Up early for a trainer ride. RPE = 2.
Nooner stress relief run. RPE = 6.
Depending on work, maybe even a swim tonight. Got to the pool tonight. Better swim than Sunday. I am still breaking down and rebuilding my stroke. Tonight was 500m, drills, drills, drills, 500m.
If you can't tell, I am trying to front-load the week with training to make up for the unavoidable missed sessions over the Christmas Holiday.
I was still feeling a little run down before today's run so I decided to actually wear the HR monitor. My goal was a HR cap of 150. The first 2 miles were ok with numbers in the high 140's. I think I was keeping just under a 9 flat pace. However, when I passed one of the local military buildings my HR monitor went nuts and started giving readings in the 190s and 200s. This has happened at this point before, but usually the everything returns to normal after I pass the building. For some reason today the HR reading stayed WAY high for the entire run. I think it is time for a new HR monitor.
I hit the 3 mile turnaround point right on an 8:45 pace. That is when I started to misbehave as I saw one of my friends about 1/4 mile+ in front of me. So I decided to catch him and ended up running a mile or so with him before I decided to keep the pace up and run my way home. Probably not too smart considering the fact that I know my body is tired. RPE first half = 2-3; RPE second half = 4-5.
Easy spin tonight depending on how I feel.
SLOW, morning recovery run. Today is one day I wish I was wearing my HR monitor to see what was going on. RPE was 4, but should have been a very low 2 based on pace. It probably was the result of the intense training lately, and I bet the beers last night didn't help. ;)
Splish, splash later today - I promise!
My conscience kept telling me all day that I need time in the pool so I got wet tonight. Drills, drills, drills. It wasn't pretty, but it never is. :)
Fun brick today at Dismal Swamp. I didn't have real fresh legs, but all things considered it was a good session. Not to mention we had another BEAUTIFUL mid-December day. :)
And yes, I know there is no purple in my graph this week - tomorrow. :)
GREAT run today. Not because of the easy pace, not because of the beautiful weather; rather some philosophic life/balance/training issues came a little more into focus for me. RPE = 2.
Which leads me to training..........
I’ve really been struggling with my approach to training as I am not the type of person who does well with a rigid schedule. I don’t like it for work, I don’t like it in my personal life, and I sure don’t like it for training. In running I’ve been quite successful following a training ‘blueprint’, while adding and subtracting depending on my work/personal schedule. I never skimp on the time or miles, but I certainly do better when I take things as they come. For some reason, I’ve felt an external pressure to follow someone else’s IM training program to the exact minute and detail. Well, during today’s run I finally decided that is not going to work for me. I decided that I will not be a slave to the HR monitor, but I will use it as a guide from time to time. I decided that I will continue to use RPE as my evaluator, as I understand the need to train your body to be efficient at lower heart rates. I decided I am going to design my training schedule with help from numerous sources.
So, here are things I will do over the course of the next six months:
I just won’t do any of this on someone’s schedule. If this training philosophy costs me 15, 20, or 30 minutes at IM CdA (which I don’t think it will), that trade off is well worth it. I am not looking for a Kona slot. My only goal is to expand myself and become an IronMan. This IronMan experience will be a part of my life, but it will not consume my life. There are too many other things and people to appreciate. :)
So, that is why today’s run was SO GREAT. I am going to update some of my short term goals to reflect this philosophy. I expect that my training goals and training philosophy will change numerous times over the next 6 months. This is only how I feel today.
On a separate, but related note – I decided to run Disney for time. I know I have a sub 3:30 marathon in me. I won’t give Disney the typical taper/recovery time, but I think my body will still be ok. I will also use the race to practice nutrition, which after 5 marathons I still don’t have quite right. If I can avoid the mile 23 bonk, I will run sub 3:30. Again, I do this only for me. :)
Well, that will wake you up in the morning. Up early for Spinervals - Hillacious. RPE = 7. One of the things I need to work on over the next couple of months is to train my body to enjoy morning work-outs. :)
Run at lunch today and possible (???) swim tonight.