Thursday, May 22, 2008

TIME TO GET SERIOUS.

I just realized that I have approximately 10 weeks to get trained for the Steelhead 1/2 IM on August 2. Not that I've been sitting around doing nothing, but my training hasn't been that focused, and not until I actually counted out the weeks today and looked over a couple of possible training programs (18 weeks and 20 weeks), did I start to realize I'd better get down to business.

Truthfully, I am not that enthused this year about doing tris. I really don't know why, but I'm not. Don't get me wrong. I like to swim; I like to bike (sort of). I just don't want to have to do either. It seems to get harder and harder for me to get all this training in too. And this year, it doesn't look like Don will be doing any tris, so that also could be part of it.

For the first time in 3 years, I'm starting to enjoy running again, and am learning to have fun with it, and spending the majority of my time on that discipline, am finally starting to see some minor improvement (I didn't say I was getting faster, just that I was liking it again). And I've been having fun finding new running races to do, which then also requires me to work at the running more. I also know that improving on my run will make any triathlon easier.

But I can't help wonder if some of my hesitation comes from the struggles I had last year, and maybe mentally not wanting to "go there" again. Its been easier for me to do running races where I know I won't be last or stand out by being the slowest. I'm also starting to realize that to be good in one discipline, I can't expect to excel in all three (I'm pretty sure excel will never be a word in my triathlon resume, but I can't think of any other that would fit).

Fortunately, my swimming isn't that far off, my running is starting to look better, and I think I can pull off the bike training, but it won't leave me much time to do shorter races, so that's a little bit of a dilemma too.

Hopefully I can get out this weekend and put some miles in. Have a great holiday weekend everyone and be safe out there! Good luck to all those racing!

11 comments:

Flo said...

Yowza!! 10 weeks to a 70.3?!?!?!? I'm worried because I have an olympic in 10 weeks. Oh well, you have lots more experience than me I'm sure you'll be fine. Approach this the same way you've been running. Go to have fun and enjoy the journey.

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

There's nothing wrong with not being excited about it. But if you're going to follow through, it sounds like you need to get serious. 10 weeks isn't all that far off.

Ellie Hamilton said...

Wow, Vickie... you sort of sound like me. I want to do the event, I just don't want to train for it :-/

Let's keep plugging together!

My "word verification" was "mtryld" -- looks a lot like "martyr" :-D

Shelley said...

Get your butt in gear girl. I wish I could come and be a part of this!

cindy said...

I know what you mean about the running vs. tri racing thing. With the running races, it's fun because I'm more in the middle of the pack, and sometimes (on a rare occasion) better. With tri races, it's hard not to get discouraged when my bike may be the only one in transition after the swim, and practically all the bikes are back when I get to T2.

But, here's the great part for us...our favorite part of the triathlon (running) is last and we can finish strong and with a smile :)

TriBoomer said...

There's still time. Get out the door, girl. I bet the fun will come back with the consistancy of training.

Consistancy is the key.

Stay tuned...

Anne said...

This is one reason I really respect triathletes. It's hard to keep up the training for one sport, let alone three.

Lily on the Road said...

You are in good shape, you'll be ready for the next race....

Maybe your body and brain just need to step back from the tri's for a little bit and just focus on the running....

Have a great long weekend!

WADDLER26.2 said...

You'll do fine-I can't believe only 10 weeks. Yikes.

jahowie said...

Those race dates do seem to sneak up on you. I hope that you had a great weekend!!

See Zanne Run said...

i hear you on this one! i just looked at my calendar & see that i have "18 weeks" marked in a couple of weeks ... that means 18 weeks till a marathon i was thinking about. i'm not ready to go there yet.

maybe i'm the wrong person to give advice, but if you're not feeling it for the tri, maybe you need to give it a rest & focus on the running right now. if that is where you are seeing improvement, and enjoying yourself, perhaps you need to go with it & see where it takes you!