I’ve started training blogs a million times and never followed through with them past the first week, but I’m beginning to see that this may be one of the only ways to really stay on track in the pre-training season plateau mode I seem to be in now. My sports psychologist has recommended it as a way to motivate myself to carry on, on days like this when I’m feeling bored and uninterested and quite frankly forgetting the end goal.
Last year was the most successful and least successful training season I’ve ever had. While I completed a race in a respectable time that I never would have thought I’d have done the year before, I’m still paying the price today for bad training habits. I also had to stop and re-evaluate what I was doing several times because I insisted on finding out everything the hard way. I lived by the motto more is better, putting in hours at the gym for cross-training, and opting long endurance runs rather than the very important sprint intervals that would have helped me so much.
Im going through a phase right now where mistakes I repeated in the past are finally leading me to change. I’m logging less hours but putting in the tiring drills. The problem with this is it’s hard to adjust. I’ve never been good at change in any aspect in my life, so it’s no surprise I’m battling with it so much. For the first time in a long, long time I dread going to my training. I dread doing swim drills and raising my RPM and sprinting intervals of 400 metres. I miss the days of getting in the pool and hammering out 2000m, hopping on the bike for a few hours, and coming back from a 13 mile run. I’m also finding it a challenge to train in a group and need to reconsider this for the start of REAL training season (January). I’m so used to getting it done on my own and enjoying a few hours of the day in complete solitude. That being said, I know I’m going to take something away from this so I’m trying to stick it out.
T-1.5 hours til swim practice and I’m feeling just as indifferent about it as I did this morning. I’m gonna try and go to hot yoga class afterwards since still need to make up for no training time put in on Tuesday.
Side note: still trying to figure out the best format of posting. I liked the original daily survey I used on my old blog, where I would end the day by answering a serious of the same questions every day, but maybe that’s a little too monotonous. So, you can expect things might get spiced up a bit in the future.