Monday, April 8, 2013

Training Ups and Downs

This past week was a little bit rough in terms of training, but also really great!

I used to be obsessed with checking off every single training run, ride and swim.  I say used to like that was years ago, but really it has just been this training cycle where I am not as concerned with accomplishing every workout.

I like to be prepared

Don't get me wrong, I would like to be able to run, ride and swim every single time we are supposed to for the exact distance that we have planned, but sometimes that isn't possible. We aren't professional triathletes without any other, or very few, obligations.  We both work 40 hours a week, have a house that is neglected enough as it is, have pets and want somewhat of a social life. 

This week I was extremely exhausted the entire week, probably a good indication of what was to come, and I moved a bunch of my workouts around. I ended up doing a double on Wednesday, which went really well.  I actually ran my fastest 5 mile time ever (43:18) during the second run of the day.  

Unfortunately I had to skip a 20 mile ride and then practicing clipping in and out did NOT go well the first time.  

Back when it wasn't too complicated

I fell every. single. time. I got frustrated, and scared, and gave up pretty quickly.  After some encouragement from Mike, friends and blog readers I gave it another try on Saturday.  This time I was able to successfully clip in and out, without falling!  I'm still not confident enough to ride outside for very long but it is a step in the right direction.

On Saturday I started to notice that I wasn't feeling very well, but I tried not to think about it.  Mike and I went to see Wicked, and even though it was our second time seeing it we had a great time!

So great!

Sunday morning I felt off, I knew that I wasn't 100% but I didn't want to skip our run with our friends Amber and Greg.  I was slightly worried though because the last time I ran when I wasn't feeling well (ironically with Amber and Greg), I had to cut it short.  

Mike and I had 17 planned, but we made a route that could be cut to about 11-12 miles in case people wanted to end early.  We ran the majority of the Flower City Half Marathon course and I felt pretty good in the beginning.  Amber and I were running close to half marathon pace (for a sub-2) and it wasn't until about 9 miles that I started to not feel well.  I tried to ignore it but I knew that I wasn't going to make it to 17 miles.

The last two miles of the 11.39 that I ended up doing were rough.  It was the hilliest portion of the route and into the wind, there was a wind advisory yesterday.  We saw Mike and Greg and I told them that I was cutting it short, they went on to do 16 miles.

I am disappointed that I didn't get in our planned 17 miles but over 11 miles at harder effort was better than nothing.  I ended up staying home from work today so that I can make sure I am recovered fully for our 21 miler this weekend and Seneca7 the following weekend (I was sick for that last year!!)

I am not too worried about losing 5ish miles from our training plan, as long as this week and weekend go well. That's not to say it isn't hard for me to let those miles go, though!

21 comments:

  1. I'm impressed you even began that 17 miler, knowing that you weren't 100%. Clipping into bikes scares me, too... it's something I should really be practicing, as I do hope to do another tri someday. You'll get the hang of it!

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    1. Thanks Laura! It went better on Saturday :)

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  2. I'm totally intimidated by clipping in! How did you choose your pedals and shoes?

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    1. We went in to a bike shop and told them what we cycle for (triathlons) and they helped us pick them out.

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  3. Changing around workouts, and sometimes missing them can be smart, you listened to your body and that's never a bad thing! You're training for a lot right now and have so much going on, give yourself credit for all you do, like seriously.

    p.s. I promise to let you know when I start clipping in so you can watch me fall all the time to make yourself feel better, you will definitely get the hang of it much easier than me!

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    1. Haha, well I don't want you to fall, it hurts!

      Thanks, Laura, I definitely needed to cut it back!

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  4. Your training looks great to me. A few missed miles/workouts isn't going to kill you ;) I'm impressed with your clipless skills I would fall every time :P

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  5. I can definitely relate. I love crossing training off of my list, but sometimes, you just need a break. I hope you feel better!

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  6. Yeah, we all have those type of training days. No biggie missing a few miles. Pushing yourself and getting sicker is def not worth it. Great job with all of your training. I've been swimming and biking more now w my running and I'm LOVING it!

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  7. So this is probably pretty silly but my boyfriend is a biker. He tells me how he went 30 miles on a hard day and 10 miles on an easy day. When he tells me where he's gone, I think it's impossible. But reading this has really made me realize that people are training and practicing to go longer and harder all the time.

    Thanks.

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  8. LOVEEEEE Wicked!!! And it definitely took some time but you'll get the hang of the clips!! Keep at it!

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  9. You are doing a great job with training! Hope you feel better. Paul & I are just getting over being
    sick too. Blech. T-minus 13 days! :-)

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  10. I hope you feel better soon! It's good to take a day off or cut back here and there when your body needs the rest.

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  11. It's better to cut a run short if you're not feeling 100%. You know your body best. :)

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  12. I agree that you have to listen to your body (which includes your mind) when training. Sometimes the rut happens and you have to let yourself have those days where you do nothing or only a few miles and eat chips and drink wine (just me?). Nice work this weekend.

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  13. Hope you are feeling much better Jamie! Always better to take the rest days and get well.

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  14. I too am learning that as much as I want to check off every workout sometimes we have to adjust, modify, or delete. Listen to your body, take are of yourself, you go this.

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  15. This post is exactly why I can't schedule and plan workouts. I know for me personally, I don't like to be tied down to anything and if I was I'd feel too pressured. I think it's great that you cut the run short and just relaxed. Hope you feel better this week! :-)

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  16. Oh I loooove Wicked. I could see it a hundred times. Hope you're feeling refreshed and good as new now!

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  17. Don't count yourself down on the small victories :) Congrats on the clipping in and out. Soon it'll be second nature! Good idea to cut short and be prepared for 21 miles.. I agree with a lot of the other comments - listening to our body is key!

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  18. I feel you girl--my first marathon training cycle, I was totally obsessive about making sure every single work out happened, and then after NYC was canceled, I stopped taking myself so seriously, still made almost every single work out happen, but regained my social life, and stopped sweating some of the small things that didn't go as planned. I feel like life is so much happier and balanced that way. PS, good work on the bike!! I am totally scared of clip in shoes, but I'm so proud of you for getting back out there and not falling after the first rough day!

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