One Step Closer


March 23, 2013 by IowaTriBob

This past week I got one step closer to saying goodbye to my old friend and arch enemy – 800 meter track repeats.

For those of you not familiar with my love hate relationship, I posted previously on my continued war with speed intervals –

To recap, the workout consists of:

Warm Up:

15 minutes – easy pace with some stride drills

Main Set:

4 x 800 meters with 400 meter recovery in between

- Goal of 3:30 time or 7:00 min/mile pace for each 800 interval

After last recovery run, 2 miles at 10k pace (8:15 min/mile pace)

Cool Down:

5 minute walk, jog

I still have no idea why this particular workout continues to be so difficult, but this past week I was able to remove another RED box and get one step closer to taking it down.

800 Repeat Tracker

I’ve learned not to be too disappointed in myself when I’m unable to complete a workout or when missing a time goal for the day.  I’ve come to realize that each of these self made failures (and that’s exactly what they are) provide just a little more motivation to push harder the next time around.

I know that if I stay at it and keep moving the limits that I’ve set on myself out a little further each time, when I look back I’ll see that I might have lost that days battle but I’ve clearly won the long term war that I’ve embarked upon.  So for now I’ll take knowing that I’m one step closer to winning the 800 repeat war and look forward to the next one to come.

And did I happen to mention that the South Beach Triathlon season opener is just a few short days away!

6 thoughts on “One Step Closer

  1. Sandra says:

    Yay for you!!! :-)

  2. Carrie says:

    It’s all about improvement–and t-minus 14 days until South Beach! :D

    • IowaTriBob says:

      Very true and its a motivator all in itself. It will be a lot of fun to get this first one underway. Like you I’m starting to think about it way too much.

  3. David says:

    Good luck at South Beach. What a great triathlon spring break to give yourself!

    • IowaTriBob says:

      Thank you and I’m taking the entire family on a cross country drive with a little visit to Disney thrown in on the way back home! That should be an adventure all in itself!

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