by: Garrett K.
Week in Review
Last week was one filled with a lot of training ups and downs. Last Sunday I went out for my scheduled long run. It was the day after a 90 mile bike where I had took on a new route. After the ride I spent Saturday afternoon working in the yard, making multiple trips to Home Depot, and prepping to build a back yard patio. All that yard work on top of the long ride, I was beat!
When I woke up Sunday morning I ate breakfast then just sat in the living room debating whether or not to skip my long swim and focus on my long run. I had a sore throat, I was aching all over, and I was beating myself up over the possibility of skipping a workout. I decided the best thing to do was to skip the swim and focus on the run.
I finally got out the door for my run. I drove to Madison Park, geared up for a 2 hour run, and hit the road… Things were not going well, I was sucking wind, couldn’t get my fuel belt on correctly, I was just a mess. After 2 miles I looked at my times and I couldn’t muster up the energy to run anything better then a 9:30 minute mile!! I said screw it, put my tail between my legs, turned around and jogged back to my car.
I think this happens every so often when I train for a race. It’s just a matter of putting that workout behind me and focusing on what’s a head.
This past week I also took on yard projects. Living in the Northwest you learn to take full advantage of nice sunny days! We’ve had a number of them now and I got inspired. I wanted to get my garden ready to plant, build a back yard patio, and repair my tool shed. Plus Lauren had recently put together a couple impressive potted plant arrangements and I felt I needed a project as well.
I quickly learned that it’s pretty hard to tackle big projects after a hard workout, so my goal was to bang out all these projects in one day… I took last Tuesday off from work, with help from my awesome parents we basically checked off everything on my “to do list” I always enjoy projects with my dad, It’s impossible not to learn something on every project! It’s a great feeling knowing the major stuff is done and I can get back to focusing on my training.
The second half of this last week I was determined to get back on track! I am very pleased with my training and my brick on Saturday was the strongest I’ve felt on the bike on a very long time! Might be the best Brick workout I’ve ever had.
I know most people don’t know what I’m talking about half the time and just think I’m a crazy… But that’s OK, it’s what makes me who I am.
I keep telling myself highs and lows are just part of the training. It’s getting past the lows that make you a stronger and better competitor!