In the last few weeks I’ve been having this sense of, “oh crap I wish
I’d taken an off season before I jump it up”. Before Gasparilla, I
talked about not finding motivation to get to the pool or get up early
in the morning, but for the most part I still felt okay about what was
happening. In the last few weeks, though, as I’ve been trying to push to
get all my workouts in on a more regular basis without much success,
I’ve continued feeling fizzled out. But, I’ve been manning up and
working to get in what I can, find peace with what I don’t, and enjoy
any extra second I can steal from my workouts or work.
have also been stressful at work in the last two weeks. It’s always
like this at the end of a quarter, so that will end soon, and spring
break will begin. I think that has added to my stress worrying about
getting in all of my workouts. But in the last two weeks, as I’ve been
exceptionally hard on myself while also being torn on how much I’m
doing, I’ve found that I got in more than I was giving myself credit
for. I wanted to get in a quick recap of workouts over the last two
weeks, because I need to hash it all out for my own peace of mind.
was the week after my PR at Gasparilla Half Marathon. I got in 23.5
miles running and 80+ miles on the bike. That included a fartlek 5
miler, a 12.5 mile long run, and a 68 mile bike ride. It also included
one AM wakeup to get in a trainer ride and make that Thursday a double
week was 25 miles running and 70+ miles on the bike. That included a 6
mile tempo averaging around 8:03 for the 4 mile at tempo pace. It also
included a 52 mile bike ride and a 4 mile run off the bike.
been getting in my long rides and long runs, but I’ve been really
missing one bike per week plus my swims. Last week I missed a run in
there as well. It’s not me. I don’t miss workouts on a plan, and now I
have to own up to it and make the workouts happen. Even though I feel
those last two weeks (plus this one…) with the two rest days and the
missed workout here and there need to serve as the last of the “not
following the plan” weeks. I’m not saying I have to be perfect, but I
have to be better. I don’t have a race until June, and I think that’s
part of the reason I’m not motivated as much as I usually am. Do I sound
like a broken record? This is the last of it.
I’m laying my plan down for one week just to hold myself accountable. I
want to see how that works. This is actually a step back week in the
plan, so it’s a good place to focus on getting every one of these
Wednesday: Run Tempo (makeup for missing yesterday because of last minute family plans)
Thursday: Swim & Trainer
Saturday: Long Bike
Sunday: Long Run
What do you do to refocus yourself when you have lost some focus?
really do feel like these last weeks of an extra rest day, though
they’ve caused me stress in a way, have aided to fix my fizzled feeling.