Last week I hit 100% of all my planned training sessions and felt pretty great. I did feel pretty tired by Saturday afternoon, which resulted in me hitting my bed around 8:30pm. I woke up Sunday morning around 6am though, just in time to catch a recap of the Australian Open women’s final and then head off to the pool for a speed/recovery swim.
The key is to listen to your body, and today I was too tired to do 80 minutes of cycling plus 40 minutes of running. So I decided to do a gradient run set. I had laced up my shoes, filled up my water bottle, and trotted off to my neighborhood mini-gym — where I found someone else using the one treadmill that worked.
I ended up back at home on the bike trainer for a 50-minute threshold session. It’s about consistency, of being in the habit of doing some training even if it’s not according to plan. This way, you don’t lose steam for when your body starts to feel better.
Earlier in the week I felt super-charged during my track session!
My body is a bit like a freight train these days: it took a lot of effort to get moving after my offseason, but once started it only needs consistent application of momentum to keep it moving forward on track. And I think that’s what will keep me going this year. No giant leaps forward in mileage or speed; it’s just better to keep chugging on at a constant rate than to accelerate and brake like I did for so much of last year. Continue reading “Dispatch #4: The Little Engine That Could”