Dear Izzy, Max, and Kate,
We had a great vacation at Sea Grove Beach, FL. I hope you kids never forget going on vacation with your grand parents. One day you’ll realize how special that opportunity was/is.
Nana preparing breakfast for her hungry grandbabies
Max, this is Papaw showing you the sunset
The end of vacation also marked the end of my mid-season training break. I took 3 1/2 weeks off from structured training after Rev3 Knoxville. I needed the rest physically and mentally I just needed to be a “normal” person again for a short while. Training for long course racing is not “normal”, but after a break I feel a bit lost without it and I’m ready to get back to my version of normal.
I got back on my tri bike on Sunday and did 30 miles. It felt great to be out there again and I paused a few times atop the various ridges and hills here where we live to appreciate our home. Florida is great with its perpetual sunshine and beaches, but there are a few things it lacks. Namely rolling green hills and valleys and the old barns and country scenes that I’ve become so accustomed to here in middle Tennessee. I enjoyed getting out of the saddle and going uphill again. It’s always good to be home.
I rode again on Monday with my friend Daniel. We went 45 miles at a slow pace – talking most of the way about big ideas and how life takes shape around those ideas only when we act upon them. I started the year saying I wasn’t going to let fear dictate my decision making and so far I’m doing a good job of that.
Daniel Tardy showing me how to separate the wheat from the chaff. We actually ate some of it. Good to be home.
I got up early this morning for a swim for the first time in weeks. My training plan said “1000 yards w/ 8 x 25 FAST”. I thought about that on my way to the pool, feeling like it wasn’t enough. I swam 2300 straight at race pace just 3 weeks ago and leading up to that I’d been swimming 3000 yards per workout. I got in the water still thinking about being who I was just a few weeks. I thought I might swim more than the plan called for. It didn’t take long to realize how quickly things can change though. I felt fresh physically, but my muscles wore down faster than I thought they would. Suddenly 1000 yards sounded like the right thing to do.
So, I’m starting over – staring at a 16 week training plan just like I did back in January. It’s a long road, but I’m healthy and energized by my break. My goal of breaking 5:30 for 70.3 distance still motivates me. I failed at some things while training for Knoxville. I didn’t manage every detail – namely my diet. I learned my lesson and now I’m ready to commit, with the help of mix1 nutrition.
Tri coaches tell us that consistency is the key in training – and I agree. But I also believe that renewing my body and spirit with a midseason break will help me start over, full of passion and energy. Again, triathlon imitating life.
Sunday: Biked 30 miles at 5:30am
Monday: Biked 45 miles at 5:30am
Tuesday: Swam 1000 yards as 3 x 100 s/p/k, 8 x 25 FAST, 8 x 50 moderate, 100 cool down