I made the drive to Farmington on Saturday and got my swim in. I am stoked that so far, I have not missed a swim. I should be in the lake in another month.
Bike - 133 miles this week
I biked mostly outside this week!! YAY! Except on the days it snowed, I rode inside those days.
Today I biked this.
|I love my Garmin 310XT|
It was super windy, with a strong headwind and some good swirly crosswinds thrown in there for good measure. It was hard work getting to the top of the hill, actually feel that I battled more on this ride than I have any other just because of the way the wind was pushing me around.
I decided to stop during this ride and eat a few Fig Newtons (thought of you KC!). I kept 1 foot clipped in and was standing and chewing (maybe my first mistake) when this big wind came and flipped me over. It was kind of crazy.
I totally blame the wind. That is my story and I am sticking to it.
Run - 31 miles this week
Last year at this time, I was injured. Before that injury, my easy runs were averaging about 9ish minute miles, and my strong runs were close to 8 minute miles, with a few sub-8 runs showing up. I was was advancing in my speed and confidence and was sure that I was going to PR in my spring marathon.
Then wham-mo. My calf gets very angry and I am unable to run. Actually, I was barely able to walk comfortably (I, of course ran the marathon anyway, because I am a moron). I had never been injured before, and I really think my ego took a hit. Not my "I am all fast and great" ego but the "I am invincible" ego. I limped through the rest of the season, gun shy even after the injury seemed to heal. I barely ran at all in training leading up to my Half Ironman.
Fast forward to now. My easy runs are 10ish minute miles (emphasis on -ish), and my strong runs are about 9:30ish pace. I have taken a step back to where I was a few years ago. It kind of sucks. But on my 13 miler on Friday morning, as I watched the Garmin tell me I was running 10:20; 10:40; 9:40 - I was getting really frustrated. I weigh less than I did a year ago. I am more fit than I was a year ago. WHY am I slower?
What is going on here?
Then I worked it out over the miles. Long runs are good for that.
I am still gun shy.
I think I am a little scared to push, scared of getting injured. I lost running for an entire summer last year, and that really sucked. I just don't want that to happen again, so I think I am playing it a little safe.
OK. A lot safe.
Running is 90% mental. We hold ourselves back for all sorts of reasons, but it all boils down to a positive attitude, hard work, and getting your head into the game.
"Whether you think you can or you can't, you are right." ~ Henry FordI just pushed the reset button on running.
Only 90 days until Ironman Lake Placid!!!