That’s how I’ve been feeling the past few weeks about my training, I’ve fallen off the wagon and despite my best efforts I can’t seem to get back on track. I’ve lost my groove. I sit down on Sunday evening; look over my training plans, plug them into my calendar and then thud, something happens by Wednesday that throws me off schedule and I can’t seem to regroup and get back on track.
So what am I training for? That’s an excellent question. I have paired down my goals for 2017 and am focusing in on 3 races: 1) Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on April 30th, 2) Ironman Santa Rosa on July 29th and 3) The Chicago Marathon. Currently I am mostly following my marathon training plan, I run with the Dallas Running Club and this year the Spring goal race just happens to be OKC so I am set there. As far as Ironman Santa Rosa goes, I need to be in the pool right now working on technique drills and rebuilding my base, but I am acting like a scared ostrich sticking its head in the sand pretending I don’t have to swim 2.4 miles in a lake in July. I really developed a love of swimming this past summer so I am really stumped as to where this mental block has come from, I am struggling to get myself in to the pool. And let’s not talk about the bike… My training plan starts in just 3 short weeks and I don’t feel like I’m ready to jump in to tri training.
So dear interweb friends, here’s my plan in an effort to get myself back into the swing of training and to satisfy an urge to start writing more; I am committing to posting weekly training recaps on Sunday night. Understand that I do not profess to be a wealth of knowledge on tri training, I am self coached and do a lot of things that would make most tri coaches shake their heads in dismay, like planning a PR marathon smack dab in the middle of a IM training cycle. But what can you do, both races are equally important to me and I will always be a runner first and foremost. I am just an ordinary girl struggling to balance a demanding career with an equally demanding hobby.
So here we go, here’s my plan for this week so you can come back and check in on me next Sunday:
- Monday – Run, easy 3 mile run with Scarlett, core and strength work
- Tuesday – Run, Intervals with the DRC
- Wednesday – Swim, core and strength work
- Thursday – Run, 60 minuets at easy pace plus strides
- Friday – Swim
- Saturday – Run, DRC Love the Lake (Time Trial)
- Sunday – Cycle, stretch
Oh and I’ve been working on my nutrition and have for the most part eliminated refined sugar and flour from my diet and I love it! I can really tell a difference in how I feel and in my running when I stick to my plan of clean protein, lots of veggies and some fruit. So after a weekend of not being very mindful of my eating I am ready to get back on track.
So there it is for everyone to see. I’ll be back next Sunday to give a full report, warts and all on how my training went this week. Congratulations to you all on becoming my accountability partners!
PS- It was announced this past week that Mike Riley, The Voice of Ironman, will be announcing at IMSR so I have even more reason to get focused and kick butt with my IM training. Never mind that I will not DNF again.