Last week, I took my first real sick days from working out since I don’t know when. I truly can’t remember the last time I was sick enough to talk myself into a rest day. But it happened. And since I was scheduled to have a tempo run, a trainer ride, and an easy run during those days that I took off, I had a hard time allowing myself not to feel too guilty. But, I was also pleased that I had decided not to take a rest day on Monday, so I only added one extra rest day to my week. I was also sick enough that I really needed it. It wasn’t the flu, but it was a pretty serious cold that left me feeling lightheaded and stuffed up for more than the two days that I took off. By Friday, though, I felt like I could get back on the trainer for an easy ride, and for my long run on Sunday there was nothing holding me back.
Even though the numbers are still pretty good, it was still somewhat of a light week for me, and I was okay with that. I enjoyed resting a little more and not doing anything that was too difficult until the weekend. I think these types of weeks are the ones that I will be thanking myself for come mid-July when I’m busting out 15 hour weeks and wishing for a break; these kinds of weeks will ensure that I’m not going to burn myself out in the training process.
Monday: 17 mile trainer ride varying hard and easy.
Tuesday: Five mile easy run
5 mile tempo run. Sick Day…
5 mile easy run and trainer. Sick Day…
Friday: 1 hour easy on the trainer. I gave myself credit for 16 miles, even though I have no idea. I know I need to invest in a device that tells me speed and cadence.
Saturday: 10 mile long run with Beth averaging 9:20/mile. I was happy with this run and did the first 6 with Beth and last 4 alone. She started us off a little faster than my normal long run pace, and I decided to keep it up after we split. I wasn’t feeling great, but I was feeling good enough to make a good run out of it.
Sunday: I really loved the ride I did on Sunday. I met up with Coach Steve, Beth, Tori, and Genna and we rode at Flatwoods, which is a loop that you ride 2 miles out to get to, and then there’s no stopping so you can just keep riding to your hearts content. We did 45 miles total. It has been since Rev3 that I did 45 miles, and it felt great.
I also got my first flat tire on Sunday. It didn’t go exactly as I expected it would, but now I know what it’s like. I felt more wobbly than normal on the bike, and I was glad to have someone to ask if I had a flat. If I’d been alone, I probably would have stopped and checked, but I wouldn’t have known for sure. I was really glad that I took the flat class, but it’s definitely practice that will make me better at changing tires. I should do that more.
This week I’m committing to staying focused on my training plan and getting all those workouts in. Do you take sick days? Do you feel guilty about them?