Thursday, April 8, 2010

Stupid Work

Work is really getting in the way of my training this week.  I really need to talk to my boss and tell him to get his priorities straight.  Geez, doesn't my upcoming races mean anything to him?  I mean, really, how am I supposed to get any training in staying at a hotel in Lincoln, Maine with a schedule like this:

Monday - 4:30am-7pm
Tuesday - 5:30am-7pm
Wednesday - 5:30am-7pm, drive home, pass out.

And for the record, Lincoln, Maine smells like a big fart thanks to the local mill.  Sorry Lincoln, but it is true.  I blamed my co-worker Adam at first, but it was the mill.

Somehow I need to sneak in 3 rides, an 18 mile run, and a swim into the 4 days left of this week and not wreak havoc on my healing Achilles Tendinitis.

I feel like I have lost something.  What is it?  Momentum? Fitness level? I am not sure.

I have been consistent in my training through the winter, it really is hard for me to mess with it because once you miss one or two workouts, seeds of doubt are sown.  Every doubt you have about yourself seems to settle in your body somewhere, rearing its ugly head when you want to perform your best.  That is why I think I can do anything, avoid the word "can't", and try to avoid self-doubt. But man, I missed three days this week.  Stupid work. 

As I look at April spreading before me, (and realizing I am going to be in a town that smells like a fart) I see that work is going to make it especially challenging to get my runs, rides, and swims in.  OK, I admit it, I am kind of freaked out about it.

The good news is that I finally got a run in this morning, it was a fabulous 6 miler with my friend Beth.  I think she might run Sugarloaf with me (ahem, well, ahead of me) and I have really enjoyed running with her and her dog Austin a few times a week.  It kicks my butt out of bed knowing I have to meet someone, and she is a strong runner so I try to make sure I run with her on my tempo days because she pushes me and makes me a better runner.

On tap for what is left of this week:
Thursday - 6 mi run (DONE); 20 mile bike
Friday - Swim! First time in about a month.  20 mile bike
Sat - 18 mile run
Sun - longish bike ride @30-40 miles.


Tricia said...

I bet you'll stop noticing the smell soon. can hope...


Caratunk Girl said...

I hope so! :)

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

note to self, never go to Lincoln, Maine for any reason. oh how i hate when work gets in the way of my priorities...makes me cranky as hell! hopefully your schedule goes as planned and you will feel much better very soon andit looks like your day started nicely with a run.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Why cant work realize we are athletes first, workers second, we only work to race, (i guess to eat and have a roof as well, but whatever, minor details)

AM! said...

Hi there!
Thanks so much for visiting my blog. glad to find yours. just looked at your race schedule. Polar Bear triathlon?! I'm shivering just reading that title! Looking forward to it for you!

Jon said...

Woah good luck on the 18 mile run this weekend!

Caratunk Girl said...

KC - don't go to Lincoln, Maine. They have a Walmart and a Subway, so they are loads bigger than Caratunk (we have a stop sign) Most Mainer's call it stinkin Lincoln.

Big Daddy - I am with you, 100%.

Caratunk Girl said...

Jon - thanks, I think I need it.

Regina said...

The first part made me laugh, the far thing and your coworker, funny stuff.

You are preaching to the choir over here (as you know). 18 miles, I bow my head in respect.

thanks for your kind words. Very much appreciated.

Black Knight said...

Glad you ran a fabulous 6 miler and that you are back in the swimming world. About the boss, sometimes they don't understand the athletes priorities. I remember that the day before an important race (I ran for the Navy team at that time) the stupid Commander wrote the order that I had to make the inspections at 02.00, 04.00 and 06.00 a.m. and the start was at 10.00 a.m.!!!!!

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