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!
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!