I really hate it when I look up and realize I’m not where I’m supposed to be. Whether I’m not in position in a sport, took the wrong exit in the car or, in this case, I’m just behind. I’m not where I wanted to be at this point in my training. Yes, I know it’s early in the season and I’m probably at least where I was last year, but that’s not good enough. I should be ahead of last year.
Excuses are everywhere. Work commitments, rotten weather and so on. But none of it matters now. The racing season is upon us and I’m not ready. I have my first multisport race of the year, a duathlon, this Saturday. I have done one brick, and three rides over 20 miles THIS YEAR so far. I REALLY need to lower my expectations for this race to just a training event and not worry about times. It’s not going to be pretty.
My next race is the first weekend in May. It’s a triathlon and so as soon as this race is over, I’ve gotta get back into the pool. I purposefully took some time off from the pool because I felt that the quality of my workouts was suffering. I was developing poor form and poor training habits so it was time to back off for a while. That being said, I really need to hit it hard in April otherwise I might as well abandon my half Ironman goal for this year. This might not be a bad idea anyway, but I’m keeping it… for now.
I realize I need to be careful over the next month because I don’t want to be so excited about a full training schedule again (thank you SPRING!!) that I end up overtraining and getting hurt. But I do need to gradually build up my mileages over the next two months in all three events. Againk, my running is fine and I don’t have far to go, but the other two sports are just not where I want them to be yet. I’m hoping to catch up in the next month with some longer rides and then just let swimming come on gradually. Especially when we can get back out to open water again.
The good news is that, even though I’m a little disappointed with my efforts thus far, I’m still excited about the season and about moving up to Olympics and half Ironman distances. Sprints are fun, but I gotta start getting my money’s worth out of my bike!