Sunday, March 28, 2010
Week Seventeen: "I'm just going out on a test run...and test bike...and test swim..."
One might think with all the recovery I've been given this week that I would be rested and calm. I think it's had the opposite effect. Dropping from 16 hours of training down to 6 hours this week has left me chomping at the bit. I feel anxious and scattered. I just want to get back to something I know. I just want to train hard. I want to feel more prepared. I want to feel over prepared. I want the open water dreams to go away.
This week was recovery week. To summarize, I had one final round of testing and was able to see some improvements in my times which was encouraging. I caught the wave of excitement as I watched the new Rocketchix trainees (ie Sputniks) participate in their first training race. I finished the final week of an awesome strength and conditioning class, "Unleashing Your Inner Athlete", where I have had the opportunity to play with my FitBird teammates in a variety of unusual ways over the past 10 weeks. I have been experimenting with my nutrition, sleep patterns, and hydration, in a final effort to work the kinks out. I have made a few last minute gear changes and equipment additions and am currently waiting on my new aerobars to arrive to add onto my bike.
Another positive of the week - I managed to hold just over a 9 minute pace for a 5K race, a new PR for me, completing the run in 27:43. I have been told I have to rethink my "lofty" time goals that I set a week ago for next season as I have practically already met them. Ok Coach. New goal: To run that 5K and 10K distance with an 8 minute pace by this time next year. How's that for lofty??
To Be Continued...