Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Days 91, 90 & 89

Tuesday, Day 89

PM: Swim, 2000 yards, 0:45

Set: 300 wu, 8 x 25 drill (catch-up, fist, weak side breathing w/pull x2), 8 x 25 kick (front/side/side/front), MS 10 x 100 ri: 10, 300 cd

Thoughts: My swim speeds are back down below the 2 minute mark and remaining relatively consistent. Last couple were slightly over 2 minutes, but I felt good about the set. For the first time, I incorporated bilateral breathing. I've avoided this in the past, since I never had much skill with it and felt good going long distances with a four stroke breathing pattern, but a three stroke pattern felt like I was wasting time breathing. But I
really enjoyed a five stroke bilateral pattern! Really. I felt more balanced and it was easier to stretch out longer. I guess all the bilateral w/pull drills have paid off!

PM: Run, tempo

Set: 3.1 miles, 35 minutes

Thoughts: Not too bad time-wise for me. I still am such a slow runner! Hopefully with a more concerted running approach for this coming week will help with that, but likely I'll always fall into the slowasmolassas category. Ah, well. At least I can bike well! :)

Monday, Day 90

No Training

Thoughts: Awaken at 4:00 am to banging on front door -- a neighbor alerting us to a flash flood on our street. Good morning! What a mess. The cars narrowly escaped being flooded on the inside, but a rude awakening. Failed to find the motivation to convert a bad morning into a training day, so I took the requisite MondayOff excuse.

I've encountered this malaise before in my training and it worries me. Some days I just don't have it in me. I just don't have the discipline to get out there and start the session. If anything is my downfall, this is it. It has dramatically improved over the last year and I've been able to rely on my own, internal, motivation to train when I "don't wanna," but I need to really apply more of this in the coming weeks. There simply isn't room to play at this. I have to keep reminding myself that this is an Iron distance. Perhaps my half iron in July will help put things into perspective. "Respect the distance" is advice a friend gave me once.

Sunday, Day 91

No Training

Thoughts: training time from today devoted to taking my bike in for an assessment, learning about chain suck, spending an hour attempting to properly attach new aerobars, realizing I'm an idiot and should never have removed the handlebar tape, and turning my attention (in frustration) to the laundry and watering the plants. Stellar training day, I know.


JenC said...

On an Ironman run, you don't have to be fast, just keep moving. It isn't the fastest runners who do well but those who can avoid walking (at least I've been told).

My husband (who has completed 6 Ironman races) says the key to a good Ironman is consistent training. It is more important than speed workouts or tempo workouts or whatever. Good luck motivating to get out the door each training day! It isn't always easy for sure.

Comm's said...

If you think of yourself as slow then I must be a turtle.

don't compare yourself to bolder or people you see in triathlete magazine or NBC race casts. Your in a great place.

Jeremy said...

5 stroke bilateral breathing is hardcore! I've been in the pool since I was 4 years old and still need to breathe every 2 strokes!

Mallie said...

I'm a four on the same side kind of girl...unless I get really winded, then I have to resort to the every other. Which I hate. Seems such a waste!

Keep it up. I'm sure you'll see gains as you ramp up the runs over the next weeks.

SkiRough said...

I did the SAME thing with the handlebar tape when putting on my aerobars!

I had to break down and take them to a shop.

Iron Eric said...

You sure do keep it real...ah. the life of a triathlete. There are just some days that things go wrong and. woops there goes my workout.

No need to worry. Your training is awesome and your effort makes a big difference.