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Week 9, Marathon countdown summary....

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Here is my week in review... its a little late seeing as how i am almost through with week 8 but i have been insane busy and have not been on much at all.

Sunday - Insane 61 mile ride on the cycle 5 hrs 13 minutes..
Monday Rest
Tues Light workout with trainer
Wed 10 Mile run, felt strong and well recovered, was actually happy on this run.
Thurs Rest
Friday -
-2 mile run in the morning
- Workout with trainer after work
- 25 mile cycle 1 hr after workout
Saturday and Sunday REST

One of the things Ihave learned from this week and other weeks is that I am a distance junkie. i get an enormous amount of self-validation from pounding out miles in a sometimes unrealistic manner. not sure as to why but that is the way i am. If i can channel that in healthy manner, i could be an Ironman in the making. If not, I will beat myself up and get injured. I have the mentality of a distance athlete but that needs to be tempered with sound training principles.

case in point, my 61 mile ride pretty much just happened. i never intended to go that far but once i get going and break a mile marker and am going into unknown territory, i am like a hound on a blood trail, i get on it and start wanting to explore. I got a great mileage and had an awesome time on the bike BUT....
- i wasted alot of time recovering when I should be training for a MARATHON!!!
- i also got a case of monkey butt i will not soon forget! It was like a bad sunburn on my backside...whew....

What i need to do after discussing this with my trainer is to focus on short but high intensity runs for speedwork. i am woefully deficient in speed training and need to step it up. Basically to get high intensity workouts but not so intense that i need to take days off to recover and save my long runs for their long run designated days.

basically - quit pushing....
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    Monkey Butt, I love it! You are so smart in psyching yourself out and UP for all this.
    1806 days ago
    I am poor at speedwork too. I know what you mean by distance junkie. I'm on training for marathon number 3. The nice thing about the cycle work is it will transfer some to the running training.
    1806 days ago
    1808 days ago
    I love to see those miles notch up, too, but you're right - they come at a price! All the best with your marathon training!
    1811 days ago
    Other than doing a bit more than we should, you've got the elements there! I'm trying to convince myself to do hills when I'm not doing the long distances. Great job so far!!
    1812 days ago
    It's all about balance, and you'll find your stride--determinatino is not something you lack! You continue to inspire me to do better and keep pushing myself. Keep up the amazing work!
    1812 days ago
    You'll figure it out eventually. Where there's a will there is a way. And you certainly have the will power for the long haul.
    1812 days ago
  • v REEKU731
    Fabulous update my friend! You are just like I am - once you are in unknown territory you want to push yourself as hard as you can! You are definitely an endurance athlete in the making! Just stay patient and you'll be running Ultras & finishing Ironmans in no time!!

    1812 days ago
    You will find that balance Robert...just keep on learning...keep on truckin! Woot woot! =)
    1812 days ago
  • v EDWINA172
    Never heard of "Monkey Butt" before. LOL! Sounds like you've a lot going on. Hope you are taking time to recover. I, too, am a distance junkie. Have a great weekend.
    1812 days ago
    you are doing great..and i like how you learn more all the time!!
    Better monkey butt than..well i dont know..but at least its gone, right?
    1812 days ago
    You work it , Ironman!!! You are doing awesome!
    1812 days ago
    I understand your methodology perfectly. With the irregular schedule, you want to get in as much as you can WHEN you can.....and if conditions are right, you will push the envelope. That's how my 8.5 mile LSD turned into 11.2 today. Just be sure to listen to your body.
    1812 days ago
  • v ERLYWA
    Maybe not QUIT pushing, just pushing smarter. Remember to coach the coach! :)

    You got this.
    1812 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/14/2011 10:54:28 PM
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