The Week in Review - SHITTINGMYPANTS and 40 MPH ON A TRAINER?????!!!!

The Week in Review
On a scale of 1-5, 1 being a Couch Potato and 5 being a Rock Star, I'd give this week a 3. I rested Monday and Tuesday because I'd done St. A's, but I sneaked in a quick spin on Tuesday. Wednesday I ran, Thursday I cycled again - about 60 minutes of crit-racing intervals - and Friday I had some schedule/transportation issues that kept me from making a workout. Saturday I cleaned the house - FINALLY - and, in the process, wasted all my training time (how does that HAPPEN??) Sunday I swam almost 3km in open water done as 500-easy, 500-race pace; 500-easy, 500-with pullbuoy moderate, 500-with pull buoy easy.

I know it's better to be 10% undertrained than 1% overtrained, but . . .

I.AM.SERIOUSLY.UNDERTRAINED.

While I've done my 3k+ swims, I'm still slow as hell. While my running is the strongest it's been in a triathlon yet, and I know I have no problem running 13.1 miles, I haven't had enough 10+mile runs. And cycling? I've HARDLY hill-trained and I haven't done any of my 40-60 mile bike rides.

I know. This is SCARY. And the more I think about it, the more it freaks me out.

Then I have to remind myself . . . . Meggan, think of all you went through 2 weeks ago, and you perservered. And, no matter how undertrained you are, you've still been training. Besides, this is not the tri for you to shine. This is the tri for you to FINISH. Last year I PR'd all year - this year I'm just crossing the tape at a new distance. And I will keep crossing the tape at that distance until it gets easier and easier.

But I still am not sure what to do. Do I try to get in that last long run and long bike this weekend? Will that tax me too much before the race? What about my wacky schedule this week? What if my sleep problem doesn't let me get up early?

Ok, enough of that. I'm getting myself freaked out/sad/nervous . . .


So. I know a lotta you Yankees and and MidWesterners use trainer so you can cycle when the weather is cold, but I got one so I could train when the weather is hot - and because I'm trying to get as much at-home training equipment as I can so I can eventually cancel my gym membership to both save some money and eliminate travel so I have more training time as workouts get longer.


Anywho.


I have to tell you that I was ASTONISHED at how quickly you can get your speed up. Other than skills drills with a coach - and we took that outside for the most part - I haven't ever ridden on a trainer in a dedicated fashion. I did one session of about 60 minutes that had me between 90 and 120 RPM at a HR of about 160 and 18-40mph. FORTY MILES PER HOUR!?!?!?!?! HOLY SHEE.....

2 tidbits of wizdom:

Tea said...

Here's my 2 cents, and I guarantee it's worth every penny of it....just jump back into your training where you are. If it's too much, cut back a little bit....meaning that if you're supposed to run 2 hours, but at 1.5 you are feeling like you're at your max...call it a day.

ummm, but maybe i need to look at your racing schedule again because I can't remember when your race is.

Tea said...

ummm, wow....2 weeks huh?

YOU GO GIRL! Jump right back in! YOU HAVE THIS RACE!

Do your best and no one can ask for more.

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