Sunday, February 12, 2012: 2700 yard swim (6:45 am)
It is not good for my ego to swim next to a skilled swimmer, even if she is in my Tri group and really really nice. We both started at the same time; she finished 150 yards ahead. Holy hell, she’s fast and smooth. My competitiveness kicked in on those first couple ladders and I had to remind myself this is was a big swim and to chill the fuck out. She did loan me her flippers for my kick set and what a huge difference in made in time and ease! I will definitely be adding this nifty little trick to my training tools.
The ladders of 12 lengths down to 1 with 10 seconds rest between are looooooong. I finally got into a groove about rung 7! Follow that with 300 yards of the one arm pulls for 25 yds left, 25 yds right, 50 yds both arms, 300 yards of kick drills front and back then 150 yds of cool down and that is a big swim.
2.5 hour trainer ride with Coach (1:30 pm)
Kid had soccer game at 9:15. I was crunched for time to get home and get ready so I left Y in my Speedo, Uggs and long coat. Kid said “you are going to change for soccer, right” Told him I was but…he knows better. Thankfully, he is laid back and has a good sense of humour.
Tons of standing drills, high cadence drills and a 20 minute climbing drill. I LOVE the fully loaded drills. Probably because I have leg strength and that is what those take. NOT A FAN of the high cadence and super spin. Probably because I am a meatier girl and I have to work hard to get my cadence up to 120 to 140. Not that I am afraid of work. Just don’t feel stable on the trainer going that fast. Or I am a freak. Well, that’s been established, I believe, in that I am even doing any of this. I told Coach I didn’t have that type of cadence in me. That didn’t fly. “You have to focus, Skibba. It’s in there. Get quiet and pull it out. Let your legs fly…”
Focused on nutrition and electrolytes on this ride. What I did worked, never felt tired (as least tired you can feel during a ride like that) and never bonked. Which is important going into the run…
30 minute brick run 2.66 miles 11.16 pace
It was 15 out so I ran this on the treadmill. Normally I would suck it up and go but I was as sweaty as a blind lesbian in a fish market and that just isn’t a good mix with that temp and the wind.
At 13 minutes in, I realised how tired I was. Coach was training someone while Energiser Bunny and I ran. (Energiser Bunny is one of the nicest people you will ever meet but I swear never wears out! She is an Ironman a few times over, has mad skills and is so encouraging. She would win Miss Congenality). “You ok, Skibba?” “I’m just tired.” “You need a Gu?” “No, it’s just mental.” And it was.
Physically I felt strong. I could have kept running. My mind was tired. And that’s why I do my brick run after the long trainer ride. To train my mind to push through. Because so much of this sport is mental, what keeps me pushing to that next level, my mental restraints.
When I run outside and have those “oh this sucks” moments, one of my tricks is to talk to myself “this is fun” “woot woot” “i love this shit” “come on, skibba. you’ve got this” Out loud of course. So I went with that. Coach’s client looked at me like I was cuckoo, Coach said “almost there” and Energiser Bunny started cheering me on. I upped the speed that last five minutes to push push push like I would to the finish line, when that “oh my god this is almost over” feeling kicks in, when that seeing the finish line adrenaline kicks in and you just go.
I was happy with the outcome of this run because I was still physically strong at the end, mentally pushed and made myself speed up. This is what is takes. This is what it takes.
Saturday, February 11, 2012: 90 minute trainer ride
I know this sounds bad but I am so glad it was only Jess and I with Coach on this trainer ride. I truly love this group of girls but I really enjoyed the one on one, or two on two coaching. Well, I guess technically it would be a menage a trois.
Had my bike fit again to help with the aero position. Jeff moved the bars and seat again so I hope that eliminates the cranky knee and lower back issues but most importantly the numbness I have been having in my left hand. It is all about the fit.