Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Somedays you got it..somedays..

Sometimes we train ourselves physically, some days-mentally. I was training myself in the latter today. We did a hard hill ride with Coach Eric yesterday, then a 3500 speed swim workout with him in the afternoon. You know the kind of swim workout you hate but then at the end you love? My HR was in the 160s for once while I was swimming! I tried my new wetsuit out-it is awesome although I really cannot gain a pound before IMAZ or I will be wetsuitless...

Today we headed for the track for a speed workout. That was a joke. I could not for the life of me get my legs to run fast. I was tired, out of gas, not sure what. So I played mental games with myself. I suck, I am the worst runner, I can never do Ironman, what was I thinking? turned into I'm a runner, I can do this, I'm a runner..

So on and on my workout went, H too far ahead of me to even count laps with. I just mentally fought the good fight and finished, even if it took me forever..Then it dawned on my Why this is just like Ironman. You just mentally decide not to let it get to you. NO MATTER WHAT the day brings! You fight the thoughts with other thoughts. You get the mental messages down before the race and on game day, use them..

6 comments:

Calyx Meredith said...

The "no matter what" part is the part I have yet to master. (Or get close to mastering.) You are such an inspiration to me!

cindy said...

You just inspired me and I'm recovering!

You're a tough chick, Debi! Your prep for IMAZ is going great...mental and physical.

I know how you feel with the "can't gain a pound" fitting wetsuit ;-) Mine is the same.

LBTEPA said...

That's great! You are so well-prepared, becuase you know you will not give in!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Yes! Mental training is good. :-)

the Dread Pirate Rackham said...

Hells Yeah! you did the training - you can do the race.

you did it before. You CAN do it again!

way to get through a tough time!

momo said...

you are absolutely right - we are what we tell ourselves we are. keep telling yourself you will swim like a fish, ride like the wind and run like a puma - and you WILL! can't wait to see you!!

big hugs! its TAPER TIME!