Dear readers: this post is just to let you know that I’ll be absent for a few days.
When I first signed up for Total 200, my coach warned me that it took her several weeks to recover after last year’s ride. She rode too hard, she said, and told me that the best thing I could do would be to take it easy to lessen the stress on my body. Sure, I thought, no problem.
I was tired and a little sore on Sunday, but otherwise I felt great. I was sure I’d be back at it in no time, as last week was my “recovery” — minus the whole 200 mile ride thing — and this week is right into high-volume training. But despite the fact that my muscles aren’t sore, every workout this week has sucked. In a major way.
I quit my swim on Monday after 1700m because I was actually afraid of passing out in the middle of the lane. I missed Tuesday night hills because of the weather and had to do a very short and easy recovery run instead. Track last night was like slow-mo. I haven’t been able to get up before 7am so far this week, and I am sleepy again about 10 minutes later despite getting 8 solid hours. What gives?
As it turns out, “not sore” is not the same thing as “recovered.” Total 200 — and all the intense training I’ve been doing since February — has taken a toll on me both mentally and physically. Even in my stepback weeks, I’ve hit hill workouts and track practice and added in yoga and weights. I live and breathe IM training. It consumes my time and energy and thoughts and it’s exhausting. I’m involved enough to where missing a planned workout has me panicked about my WI results. But I’m not invincible (shocking, right?), and my biggest fear right now is continuing to have crappy workouts, resenting my training and getting a month out from my race and not wanting to finish strong. Right now, all I want to do is move here and sleep on the beach:
I talked to AJ at length after track last night, and the basic conclusion is that taking a couple of days to rest my mind and body before getting back in the game won’t hurt my training or fitness. In fact, it’s the best thing I could possibly do right now. If I absolutely had to, I could probably handle the physical stress of IM tomorrow. So skipping a long ride this weekend, especially after 202 miles last Saturday, won’t cause me to lose my bike fitness. Substituting a 1.5-hour run for a 3-hour bike/long run brick (or skipping the long run entirely) won’t leave me unable to handle the IM marathon. So I’m going to finish out my week catching up with a friend on my ride tonight, swimming or running in the morning and then put IM aside. It’s a tough call because the long weekend provides the perfect chance to jump in on long workouts — I’m missing quite a few trips to Skyline, Prince William Forest, Sandy Point etc. — but I’m going to be distracted because these crazies are coming to visit:
My sisters are spending July 4 in DC! Hooray! I’m so excited to cook, eat, shop, sit by the pool, gossip and do everything but think about triathlon. They’re my best friends, and we’re a lot of fun when we’re together.
So — for a few days I won’t be blogging. I won’t be training. I probably won’t even be reading your blogs either. So if I don’t comment until next week, it isn’t because I don’t love you. I don’t want to read Competitor.com or check the DC Tri message boards or look at TrainingPeaks. Instead, I’ll be thinking up exciting things to make in the kitchen, planning for July 4th fireworks and maybe buying some new “real person” clothes for the first time in 2011.
See y’all next week!