I hate to jinx it by saying anything, but my training has been going really well. As I suspected, freeing myself from the pressures of the official IM time limits has allowed me to celebrate my workouts and my progress which makes me look forward to succeeding at workouts instead of worrying about failing at them.
And knowing that as long as I can keep moving forward I’ll be able to finish means that I can focus on being able to keep moving forward and not worry so much about how fast that movement might be. Plus, I had to take so much time off because of my neck injury that it felt kind of like starting over (again!) which is frustrating in many ways, but looking on the bright side it’s easier to see progress this way.
For example, my bike tonight was almost twice as long as my ride two weeks ago, and I did it two miles an hour faster. That’s great progress, but in the past I wouldn’t have been able to be happy about that because I would have been asking myself “can I keep up that pace for 112 miles? What if there are 20mph winds – that’s happened before? What if I can’t hit the time cut-offs?” Instead of all that, I just get to celebrate progress! It’s really made it much easier to have a good attitude!
The only problem now is the swim -I’m still having neck issues whenever I breathe (the combination of turning my head and pulling my arm through the water seems to be the issue.) The good news is that swimming was previously my best discipline so if there’s something I can’t train as much, it’s best that it be the swim. I’m just going to keep doing the rehab and believe that this last neck issue will go away and I’ll be able to train the swim.
I did another week with the bands as strength training. It is really convenient to be able to do my strength work immediately after my run – and nice not to have to drive to the gym, but it also limits how heavy I can go. I lift a couple times a week so I may experiment with one session of bands at home and one session lifting heavier at the gym.
I really do wish that I had asked for some fun workouts from the beginning of this, having a couple of dance-type workouts each week that I enjoy really makes a huge difference in my whole week!
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