June 8, 2013 by IowaTriBob
I’ve sat and rewritten this post at least a half dozen times so far trying to think about why this week’s workouts have been so much fun and then I realized, it’s because I really enjoy training.
This week has been both an active recovery period and a focus on base building with the following workouts.
Monday – 1000 yard swim, P90X Core Synergistic
Tuesday – 27 mile aerobic ride
Wednesday – 5 mile zone 2 run; 1875 yard Master swim workout
Thursday – 27 mile aerobic ride; 30 minutes yoga
Friday – 7 mile zone 2 run
Saturday – 48 mile aerobic ride
Prior to this week I had spent the previous 4-5 weeks tapering, racing, recovering, and repeating. In that 4-5 week period I completed 2 Sprints and 1 Olympic distance triathlon. Although it didn’t seem to be a big deal at the time, as I look back I’m amazed that I was able to finish all the races with pretty strong efforts.
What I learned is that racing is exciting and like all things that are really exciting you can only handle so much before it becomes a little overwhelming and draining for the mind and body.
Reflecting on the last triathlon of the series, it was a strong effort for me given the weather conditions and only being my 4th triathlon; however, I now realize that I just wasn’t mentally prepared for yet another race. My mind and body had experienced too much excitement and were ready to get back to the enjoyment of training.
With this being my first season of racing I’ve learned that spacing your events appropriately can be just as important as racing itself. Now I’m sure as you race more and more the spacing becomes less of an issue as you become acclimated to the constant excitement, but for me, it was a great experience of when to draw that line.
Needless to say, this week’s training has been a very welcome change.
As I completed the week’s workouts I found myself looking forward again to the next day’s workouts. I’ve been looking ahead to see what I get (not have) to do the next day. I’ve fallen in love with the sport again and have realized how much enjoyment I get from the training itself. It’s so different from race days and race prep. Yes both are tough and exhausting but there is just a different mindset between the two. I enjoy being able to really focus on a particular workout effort, give everything I’ve got, and try new things to help myself continue to improve.
So I now know that although I find races to be an exciting part of my triathlon adventure and look forward to a couple more yet this year, I really am in this for the enjoyment that I get from my every day training.
Do you find that you like racing or training more?