Sometimes you keep on training and you feel as though you're not progressing and that you've reached a plateau. I was feeling like that the end of March and I was only two weeks into a four week training block. Last week I managed to up the ante a bit and hit the biggest week of the year so far with just under 15 hours. None of the workouts seemed particularly special but I could tell that perhaps, just perhaps I was turning a corner......
Then BAM!, I have been rocking this week. A 4 hour ride in the heat on Saturday felt great, and a 40 mile solo hill ride in Frederick on the tri bike on Sunday was hard but a good hard. The first swim with the Uglies was bang on target and I was drilling my 250 sets and setting PB's (Perhaps it was the fact that I felt that I had to try and show that I was a strong swimmer....strong swimmers can get away with Uglies, weak swimmers can't!). Then last night at the D-Ville ride I pushed it hard before running a 6 miler at tempo. Both the ride and the run went exactly to plan.
It has suddenly just all clicked and I feel ready to rock for the first triathlon of the year on May 9th. Sometimes all you need is to shake up the training a bit, get away from settling for what you have and not to be afraid to blow up.
Just as a note I think that Monday was the first time that I almost blew chunks while swimming.....that wouldn't have been pretty!
- Still reflecting on @gravel_worlds from this past weekend. 150miles of primo gravel in Lincoln NE with 10,000ft of climbing. It was hard but I went for it and utimately paid the price in the last hour when I cracked, really cracked. Crawled to the finish just over 9hrs after starting.....but yes it was fun! . . . . . #gravelworlds #gravelride #IFB #parvillacycles #cycling #vandessel #lincoln
- Perfect day out on the trails yesterday on the @alchemybicycles at #schaefferfarms . . . . . . #IFB #parvillacycles #MTB #xterratriathlon #mtbracing #marathonmtb
- Kind of a rough day at 6hrs at Woodstock. First 3.5 hrs were fine (even with a 10min stop for horses on the trail) and then stomach shut down. Probably related to stomach bug earlier in the week. Decided not to head out for another lap. Great trails though and a good race from Joe's Bike Shop as always. 📸: @dchammerette . . . . #6HAW #parvillacycles #mtbracing #mtbmarathon #IFB #patapsco #mtb
- First race week of #2020....@ripitevents Little Patuxent River Run Trail Half Marathon on Sunday. Let's see how the early season training has progessed! . . #ripitevents #salmingrunning #trailrunning #IFB #halfmarathon