Thursday, April 28, 2011

three things thursday

1. This is the strangest training cycle I have ever been in.  It basically goes like this: "What did I do yesterday?  How do I feel today?"  Honestly.  Sometimes it goes further into "Did I swim yesterday?  Did I ride?  Hard or easy?  What did I lift, top or bottom?  Okay, do the other thing today." but in general I'm not even thinking that much about it.  I'm not mapping out workouts at the beginning of the week like I usually do.  I make some dates with friends for rides/swims/runs, and then kind of fit everything else around it.  I've been alternating hard rides with recovery rides for the most part, and I'm trying not to swim two days in a row if I don't have to.  I'm allowed to run every other day, but that's essentially the only guide I have.  I'm listening hard to my body.  And surprisingly enough, I feel like I'm getting in the quality workouts I need and (generally) the recovery time I need.  Who knew I could live without the giant colored spreadsheet?  


It's also pretty great because focusing on one day at a time is doing a LOT to prevent me from feeling panicky about being massively under-trained for my 70.3 - in particular, the 13.1 leg.  I am doing literally everything I can do to show up prepared but not overtrained, and while I'm looking forward to starting to taper, I'm not counting the days and workouts backwards from the race because my plan doesn't extend that far.  I wake up, evaluate how I feel, and go from there.  I've already had to reevaluate my goals for this race based on being restricted in training for the past 6 weeks, but my biggest goal has got to be to finish.  That alone would be a huge achievement so close to a ridiculously debilitating injury.  If I decide I like the distance, I've got my whole life to go back and crush each leg of it.  


2. I've been starting to wean myself off of doing workouts with music.  I don't always work out with music, but I plug in for longer/easier workouts.  But there are no pink iPod shuffles allowed in a 70.3.  So starting May 1, I'm going cold turkey on the music for all workouts.  Who's available May 14 to tell me knock-knock jokes for 70 miles?  My 310XT came without that feature.  LAME.


3. I noticed yesterday that I can tell the difference between two of my quad muscles for the first time, and I'm starting to get my scary cyclist calves back.  When did I become this person?  Also, do not google image "scary cyclist calf" unless you want to have nightmares.  


Don't forget to go enter my Road ID giveaway (yeah, you forgot about it, go, enter!).  Not a lot of bonus entries from twitter so far...!  I'll pick a winner tomorrow.

17 comments:

  1. please make me one of the friends you're workout dating asap. thanks.

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  2. I wonder what I would get if I google imaged, "Scary Runner Quad" ...

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  3. I love your training plan...or lack there of. I think it's awesome and really smart...kind of like you =) Good luck! When is your 70.3??

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  4. I like the who-needs-a-plan plan. Whatever works! I'm looking forward to our run + refuel tonight :)

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  5. Love the training plan because that sounds like how mine always are! Although I was sitting at my desk today making a spreed sheet for my tri in sept.

    I think you will enjoy working out w/o music. I never use music and I think it's great!

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  6. I think you should ditch the spreadsheet for good. The music? Hang on to it for some things but good to get used to going without it. And yes, dates please?

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  7. I agree with Amy on the spreadsheet. I recently in the last THREE years started listening to music again, thanks to a gift from the hub, but I only like music for days I don't care about. and of course, the pool... :)

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  8. I think it is awesome that you feel you are still getting the quality workouts you need from listening to your body. That is kind of where I am at as well after dealing with injuries...listening to my body on the workout side of things and just hoping to finish. I am excited for your 70.3!!

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  9. This whole post is eerily similar to what I've been doing. How about I just sent an email to Morgan saying I wanted to do a century ride some day and ... who am I? It's amazing what tri's will suck you into.

    Keep doing what you are doing and just finish the 70.3. Sometimes the experience of just finishing is enough and you're right, you've got plenty of time to train your face off and kill it on the next one.

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  10. It sounds like the "non-plan" plan is a good idea and working for you! I'm working without a plan right now too and it's making me a bit jittery. I'm trying to resist but I may have to bring one back soon.

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  11. Great training plan! I feel like that's how I train for a lot of races.

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  12. I feel the same way. It seems like every time I have a training plan I can never follow them. I'm not sure if I will print a colorful spreadsheet again.

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  13. all workouts with no music? impressive. i can go without music i guess, but i'm all about podcasts/audiobooks and the like.... i like having someone talking to me the whole time. makes me feel like i have friends who are willing to torture themselves with me all the while telling witty stories and making me laugh.

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  14. Oh man...good luck with the no music! Everyone says that it's possible - I'm just such a sucker!

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  15. I don't run with music anymore - too distracting - but my upcoming Avenue of the Giants course forbids! earbuds/earphones on the course. I predict tune-dependent runners will carry sweet fanny packs with iPods hidden inside, and mini-speakers clipped to the side. A runner's boombox - Tunes for all!

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  16. Of course I immediately google image searched "scary cyclist calf."
    So many cows. Didn't know that cows could actually cycle. Or that they were so scary...

    Love your random posts - they are the BEST!

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