Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Less is more..

I am crying uncle!! When I feel like I am over training, I start to get diminishing returns on my biking, running and swimming. Today we took off for a 3 hour bike and about halfway through I felt so lousy and could barely push myself up the hills. So I cried UNCLE! and said I needed to go home. That was that, I was done... Not to mention there is still friggin' wind here and I was freezing when we started into a headwind. I am having PTSD from Saturday's ride I guess. My back hurts, I am exhausted -so I am bagging the run I was suppose to do today. I am in my pajamas and it is mid-afternoon. I am laying on the couch and feel like I may not move for a week.

Such is life in Ironman training world. It consumes everything. Very selfish unbalanced sport really when I think about it..That is why no more "just 2 IMs" in a year. The half Iron distance seems to be just enough to not completely take over. The full IM training just feels like too much. Even though I am not working it still is overwhelming training right now. The thing that makes it tolerable is training with H and looking forward to seeing him finish. I love the long rides with my crazy IM Outlaw friends, even if they are torture like Saturday's ride...

We are hiring a swim coach. I know a little late in the game. We found this fellow who appears to swim like a fish and that is what I want! I want to be 25 years old and swim like a fish! OK, well maybe not the 25 year old part is possible but I really think I could PR this whole IMAZ thing if the stars are aligned right and I have the race of my life. Anything is possible...Swimming better will help.

I looked (unfortunately) and out of the 60 or so women in my AG at IMAZ, I am 2nd to the oldest! That kinda sucks for me...So if I happen to get a PR, it will have to be among the youngin's in my AG. Damn!! There goes my Kona slot. Ha!

7 comments:

the Dread Pirate Rackham said...

OMG - I know him! Eric is amazing! I've had him coach me and I picked up tips right away. You'll get a lot of out of training with him.

Bones said...

Don't be hard on yourself, I'm still tired from Saturdays ride. it was tough going!

Susi said...

it's a wise thing to listen to your body, mind and spirit! hope you are feeling recovered and ready to go again.

hail in NM?! isn't it always hot there??? haha.

WADDLER26.2 said...

Your experience has taught you when to step back. Great job. Ironman training does you no good if you can't make it to the start line.

momo said...

hey, girl. i've been there too. this week was a scheduled big down week, and it couldn't have come at a better time. regroup, take good care of yourself and reassess in a few days. i bet you'll feel better. i'm doing all i can to make it fun - that's what will get you through.

although - all this wind??? no fun at all.

Steve Stenzel said...

Stupid young-ens'!!

You'll do GREAT!!

Calyx Meredith said...

Wind is demoralizing. Good for you to know when to take a break. I've heard that not only can improved swimming help your times, but more efficient swimming means more energy saved for the bike. Hope that happens for you and H from your coached swims. (And if you find a coach that can help with the whole being 25 again thing, you'll let us in on that, right?) :D