This week my challenge was to squeeze in 2 additional hours of training for a total of 14.5 hours. This has been hard because I have never put this many hours into training - let me show you last year's training minutes graph (this is when I was using sparkpeople.com to track everything):
As you can see, my training hours never went above 10 hours/week. I never felt like I was scrambling to get in the hours - and I didn't necessarily have any specific weekly time or distance goals. So this year is different - I have no distance goals, or per-event time goals... just a big weekly hour total.
I started to feel it emotionally towards the end of the week - squeezing in extra time here and there, trying to work things out so I ended up covering my hours - it just got to me on Thursday and I had a mini-breakdown... the main points for me were that I was working so hard, and for what? Why am I even doing all of this? I'm sure there's been points along your journey where you've asked yourself this same question... I just got to the point where I couldn't emotionally handle it anymore and I think I probably cried for 1/2 hour - but then I finally got over it! Paul and I talked about it, and at the end of the day, it doesn't matter what anyone else believes or thinks, I am doing this all for me - to see what I can do when I put my mind to something - to show myself that I can do the things that I thought were not possible for me.
The other thing that became abundantly clear, is that I cannot lose myself in all this training - my life cannot revolve around this... If I do become so engrossed, obsessed, that I lose sight of the things which I find important (my husband, my kids, my relaxed vacay-life), then I am hindering myself - I will be working against myself and my own family. I need to find the balance this year - find that point where I still feel connected to the things around me, but still fit in as much training as possible.
I was able to get in 15 hours in week 2 - my plan calls for 16 hours in week 3. I will see how this goes - I may need to back off some.
I have been reading through a free online crosstraining workout for runners, and pulling workout ideas from it. Today's circuit workout was pulled from it, and I had fun with it - it was not too tough, but it really got my heart going.
Tonight's swim was a little rough - rough water! Paul helped me to realize that this weekly swim is going to be about me overcoming the rough waters - not being so concerned with how fast I'm going. My swims in calm waters will always be much faster than this - but this will give me stronger character! :)
- bike to work and back 13.2 miles
- hill run
Total Immersion style of swimming, and felt like I got pretty smooth in the water (for not being super fast or taking any lessons). But this year, I felt like I lost it all! So I read up again on TI, and slowly remembered the things that I worked on last year. This pool workout was such a confirmation for me of the style and kick speed that I need to be doing - I felt like I got a lot out of this workout.
- bike to work and back 8 miles
- 5 mile tempo run
SDRI to carpool there - and he just left the car there. I ended up biking up to Lake Miramar, running 6 miles with a friend who is training for her first 1/2 marathon, and then I biked down to SDRI. Our *almost* 15 yr old son was running his 2nd trail 1/2 marathon on Sunday, so the packet pickup was at SDRI - I got his race# & shirt, and picked up the car.
- REST DAY!!
- Get up early and go cheer on my son at the Foxy Run 1/2 Marathon !
Week 2 (Base 1) Report
- Run - 18.9 miles (3.15 hrs)
- Bike - 108.5 miles (8.5 hrs)
- Swim - 1.68 miles (1.4 hrs)
- 2 ST, 1 Yoga (2 hrs)
- Total hours for the week: 15
- (goal was 14.5 hours for the week)