|SD 1/2- maybe I complained but it was fun|
carpooling and hanging with my GrooveTri
The reality is that it takes time for the work to take affect.... patience! I lack patience as do most of the athletes I coach. We work hard and want to see the results the next week- it just does not happen that way.
A few weekend's ago I had really rough San Dieguito 1/2 Marathon. It's not just that my time was 5 minutes slower than the last time I ran it was more about how hard the effort felt, where I placed and the feeling of being slow in general. The plan was hold back 1st 5 miles, pick it up for 5 and then all out. But mile 6-10 was hard, harder than my heart rate showed and the all out was just not there. RPE (rate perceived effort) was HIGH and results LOW. In any case... it happens.
I showed up the next day to Monday AM masters (hobbling) my calves were wrecked after running in Newtons (another
Wednesday I rolled into Masters without any expectations and had the same success. I ended up leading the lane (which has NEVER happened unless
I was still wary this week and Monday was rough, tired from a long weekend of training. While it was a struggle the faster times were there... Today was my best swim to date and it was a killer. I was tapped out, HR maxed and arms were screaming after 4750 and over 3000 yard main set. they are still sore tonight- feels good
Enough about that - the point is that that is a GREAT reminder to keep working, adding miles, efforts and time and the results will come.
On other training notes- it definitely is IN season vs OFF season. Logging miles, hours, yards and efforts. It feels good to feel that familiar fatigue and eagerness for a rest day as well as for the next hard workout. Coach has me on my toes, every week is different and just when I am used to hill repeats I see 4x1 mile repeat at a scary pace. After the San Dieguito
Definitely a step away from long ride Saturday wtih a brick and run Sunday. But at 48- gulp turning 49 this year, we need to try something different! It's all in Mike's hands. Turing over your training to a coach takes confidence and trust...so far so good. He is there to talk me off the panic ledge, check in after a hard workout and explain why the next few weeks are the way they are.