Thursday, May 17, 2012
It's amazing just how quickly your training plans can be derailed. I had a nasty cold two weeks ago, so I really took it easy, hoping that a bit of rest would help it to pass quickly. Unfortunately, the rest continued a bit too long after I started to feel better. That "one more snooze" turned into two, and there went another session on the bike trainer. I decided that swimming would be no fun with a (slightly) stuffy nose, and managed to skip two weeks of swimming practices! My first dose of reality came when I took a good look at the calendar last weekend, and realized my first tri of the season was only three weeks away. Crap!
The only thing to do was to get back into the training routine I had carefully set up for myself, then carelessly tossed aside. Easier said than done, though. My first order of business was to haul myself out of bed at 5:30 on Saturday to get to swim practice. My second dose of reality came shortly after I jumped in. I was shockingly slow, and easily winded. Now, I can attribute only so much of this to the fact that I had was recovering from a cold. Mostly, I had to face the fact that two weeks off cost me a large chunk of the gains I had made up to that point. It was the same when I went out for a run the next day. I wasn't able to get in the miles I wanted to, and my legs felt heavy and tired.
I spent the first part of this week kicking myself for slacking off. How could I let this happen? I had been so proud of the work I had done, and I was really starting to make some progress, with faster swim times and longer runs. It was certainly painful to see just how quickly and easily those gains had disappeared. But I've continued to put in time on the trainer, at the track, and in the pool. I'm taking an extra rest day this week, with some walking for active recovery, in the hopes that the heavy feeling in my legs will fade. By the weekend, I'm hoping to feel rested and strong enough to tackle some of my longer workouts. I'll put this bump in the road behind me and chalk it up to a very valuable learning experience.