Today I learned something important about my training abilities. Because I got to bed late last night, I chose to sleep to my normal non-training time and double up in the evening. I didnt think it would be too big a deal, my swim was an easy set totaling 2100M. My run was only supposed to be 50 minutes followed by 6 20sec strides. I figured ok, no big deal.
The swim went well with no issues. I got home from the gym and put dinner together real quick so I wouldnt have to eat too late and then headed out for my run. Right away, I knew it wouldnt be a good one. It was almost 90 and humid. I struggled through it and stopped myself at 30 minutes. I just had no energy and my legs felt like lead weights. If for some reason I ever have to double up like this again, I know I need to run before the swim.
While I have a training plan that is on paper and have been doing fairly well at executing the planned workouts, there are certain things not part of the plan that are almost as important that I have so far struggled with.
I need to make the effort to get to bed much earlier during the week (as I write this at 10:15 and really should be in bed). This way it will be easier for me to wake up early to get my scheduled training in.
I also need to schedule my weekday runs for the AM through most of this plan. It was 88 Degrees around 7PM this evening. I may also need to push some of the swims to the AM. The longest workouts during the week are my bike rides. The problem is that other then Friday, I leave for work at 6:30 AM and usually get up at 5:30. This would mean that I would often have to be up around 3AM if I needed to ride in the AM!! Knowing how it can be difficult for me to fall asleep, this is really not a preferred option. The one issue I may run into is I may end up some weeks doing rides 3 nights in a row from Wed-Fri. I know this wont be too bad. I would just need to strategically shuffle my rides around so that my easier bike is the middle day of that set.
The other big thing I know I need to be doing better at though I cant seem to get right is my diet. I need to at least lose the 20 pounds I put on over the winter. I dont eat too bad, but it is really difficult for me to lose weight so I need to be super careful what I eat. I have been reading the Paleo Diet for Athletes book. It is a really interesting read. Overall, it isnt too bad, but I just dont know if I could give up everything they consider to be unhealthy. The toughest thing is that it recommends to give up what most consider "healthy" carbs such as whole grains and beans. It does make the exception before/during/after training that you can eat the carbs.. This could possibly make it doable. I did a search on BT and found that those who did it struggled for a little bit, but felt so much better after that.
Finally, I need to make more time for some sort of functional/core strength training as well as yoga/trigger point/roller. These things are super important to keep me strong, flexible, and injury free. The other thing I am doing to try to stay injury free is changing the way I run. I have reread the important chapters of Chi Running and have begun to try and implement their method. I have noticed when I am in the groove and in the right position, running definitely feels easier and I dont get any aches in my knee. I find myself while I am running visualizing the three parts to the correct form and have to pull myself back into proper form. The problem has been holding the position. I know that will get easier with time, especially as I lose more weight.
Well, let me head off to bed before it is too too late