So, I realized 2 days ago that I have 9 weeks until my Half Ironman. Panic has officially set in. I must be really crazy b/c I’m showing you a pic with no makeup on. Can you sense the urgency in my face?
Well… not really. The past month and a half has been taken up with moving back to the states from Germany and traveling. I’m glad I got to travel a lot (yes, I know I still owe you my Tuscan cycling recap), but now it is time to get serious. I have been in Spokane for 5 days so far, my bike won’t be here for another month at least along with my foam roller, compression socks, and other tri accessories, but I’ve got to make the best of it.
Did I mention that we are still staying in a hotel? Hopefully, we should be closing on the house soon.
Getting back to the HIM. The thought of swimming 1.2 miles, biking 56 miles, and running 13.1 miles right after one another is seriously gives me the heebie jeebies. I have been doing one training session of each sport a week. Pathetic. Plus, I have this race in two weeks, then this one the week after, then this one the week after that. Was I just plain stupid to sign up for these races starting just three weeks after I moved here? Maybe. I can’t go back in time, and if I could, I don’t know if I would have done it differently. I wasn’t purposely slacking. If you lived in Europe, and you had to get in some last minute traveling, you know you would do that rather than training! Plus, family comes first in my book. I can only move forward.
Yesterday, I set off to try out the pool on base for the first time. It is a training pool so it has really odd hours. It was also empty! It was just me, the pool, and the lifeguard.
It was a “form” day, so the workout seemed to take F.O.R.E.V.E.R. I needed it, so it was fine. I did the 2550 meter workout.
Afterwards, I hopped on the bike in the tiny gym on base with no one in it, and spun by myself for an hour. This bike will be my friend until my real bike gets to me. Hills, sprints, jumps, oh my. A guy poked his head in the room while I was spinning like a crazy woman, and left right away. Maybe it was the hard breathing and the sweat drenched shirt that scared him away?
It was a great workout ending with 10 minutes of abs.
I slept really well last night. HELLO training!
Today, I’ve got a nasty speed workout on the tready:
Speedwork Dist: 8 mi, inc Warm; 8×800 meter 7:25 w/400 meter jogs; Cool
I know this seems not so scary, but I haven’t done a speed workout in about 2 months so I’m sure that running this pace will be a shock for the legs. Plus, this will be my longest run in about 3 weeks. My last run that was about this was my last triathlon. I feel like I’ve lost so much speed since my marathon. It is time to get it back.
In addition, I’ve got another weight lifting session.
I’m not messing around here. It is time to get serious with my training.
- I refuse to be the last one out of the water.
- I refuse to be the last one off my bike.
- I refuse to be the last one getting done with the run.
I don’t want to be taken by surprise by how “horrible” a HIM is. I want to be able to enjoy the race. I’m not saying that I won’t be suffering. I’m sure I will be, but I don’t want to have to drop out b/c I didn’t do my “homework.”
Goals for the next week to help me with this:
- Get over my fear of going to a masters swim class. I’m going to show up next week at the pool on base, then transition to the pool where my tri club meets when we move into our house. I’m really freaking out about this. I know that I have the potential to get so much faster. I have already come so far the past few years with my swimming. I’m excited to see how I can change with a coach.
- Get my schedule together. I know that I was an idiot and forgot to set aside my training book when the movers were packing everything in our house in Germany. I won’t be seeing it again until I see my bike which will be a while. I need to find a good training plan. I am not one to mess around with schedules and do what I “feel like.” I think that is just a recipe for a disaster.
- Be consistent. I need to stick to my schedule (once I come up with one). I’m going to be doing at least 2 of each sport this week, then moving to 3 times a week for next week.
- Eat right and get enough sleep. I’m a little stressed (as you know) right now with trying to buy a new house, starting school very soon again, and getting settled. Sleeping 6-7 hours a night is not going to help me train the best as I can. Eating crap is not going to help me either.
I am excited to jump back into training, but I will need to make sure that I take it easy for the next couple of weeks or so to avoid injuries. I’m thankful that I at least have a good training base to take all of this on. I don’t recommend doing this if you don’t have a good training base. 😉
Do you need to get back to training consistently? What are some tips to get you back on track?
Do you think willpower is a big factor when wanting to get back into shape?
P.S. Great article about the differences in training between men and women. Have a great day. 😉