You set a race goal.
You develop a training schedule.
You do the work.
Why, then, is it so shocking when the plan comes together? This is a simple cause-and-effect relationship that never ceases to amaze me.
I guess it’s because the wheels fall off right before everything solidifies. I had lost so much speed and power on my swimming. I could get through a long bike ride, but it felt like work. My legs felt like logs while running, which is to say nothing of my mental weakness just thinking about running. Pre-race anxiety was really taking its toll.
And then, just like clockwork, everything clicked:
- My swim intervals came back to pre-injury times and my first open water swim since Wildflower went very well.
- On the bike, I looked at my Garmin and was pleasantly surprised to see my average speed was 0.5 mph faster than the last time I rode that course without an increased HR or feeling fatigued.
- I have been running hills like they are flat roads. My mind has been focused on other things and not riddled by pain and self-defeating thoughts.
The work is done.
All that’s left to do is enjoy the taper. And enjoy the race.
Weekly Workout Wrap-up
Sunday – 1600-yard swim + 30 minute bike ride
Monday – 5.5 mile run
Tuesday – 30-mile bike ride
Wednesday – 1.3-mile open water swim
Thursday – 4-mile run
Friday – OFF