This was an unusual week for me.
I actually did run a bit, and I also did a lot of swim and cycle. But really it was a far cry from my recent weeks of 40 plus Miles per week.
I felt pretty dispirited about this set back. It seemed unfair. Life, of course is unfair.
I try to keep things in perspective. This is a setback and even though it feels devastating it really isn’t. If I never complete another Marathon in my life, I will survive.
It’s a funny thing though. 2 weeks ago when I realized what had occurred, I was pretty sure the effects would wear off quickly and that I’d still be running my half marathon. As the time approached for the half…it slowly occurred to me that I couldn’t run the half. At that point, i was fairly sure that I’d be back at training the next week. When I got the set of workouts for that week, they seemed kind of short and such, and I admit I felt relief that they seemed manageable. As I completed them and found myself EXHAUSTED anyway…it dawned on me that I wasn’t you know, bouncing right back…
So then I had the moment of shock. What! I’m slow again? OMG!!!! I then had a few days to contemplate this, and feel quite sorry for myself, and wonder if this was some sort of punishment for something. I kind of realized that this is one of those odd things that happens, and while it’s no one’s fault exactly, it is really something that I can use to learn from I suppose. I also kind of was steeped in disbelief as in, I kept thinking, “Next workout will be better” I made lots of excuses like, “Well, I was tired today” or “not enough sleep” or “Wrong nutrition” Eventually on Friday, I realized things were not getting a load better. I’m just not really where I was. It was really depressing.
And even when things are depressing, well, this is what I have to work with.
THis week I have been in constant email contact with the coach person, as well as lots of verbal contact. He has been very available to me and supportive, but I do not think he actually believed that all that fitness was gone until I sent him some recent run times from the weekend. Whew. I am slower.
Being the person he is, sent me an email saying
Sounds like the legs are turning around a little. Lets build up slowly again. Stay hydrated. Don’t get in a rush or panicked. You’ll build fitness faster this time than last time.
That helped a lot, plus I had a nice conversation with one of our awesome professional triathletes. She made me feel better about everything, oddly by just having a conversation with me about shoes. By then end of it I felt as if I might be actually making some fitness progress.
SO this week, is another fairly easy week, no increase in miles, some increase in intensity, and thankfully no more Swim/Run/Swim/Run workouts because I am a wimp and I found them cold.