Thoughts on the Lazy River

I have got to be one of the laziest (if not THE laziest) triathletes out there. I don’t know what it is, but I always seem to find excuses to get out of working out.. here are some examples: “my tummy hurts”, “I have a headache”, “I’m hungry”, “there isn’t enough time”, … etc etc. Sometimes I just don’t feel like it and don’t even bother making up an excuse. Let’s look at the last week (October 4-10) of working out..

The Schedule:

Monday – REST
Tuesday – SWIM + RUN INTERVALS
Wednesday – BIKE INTERVALS OR TRAINER
Thursday – SWIM + RUN TEMPO
Friday – TRAVEL
Saturday – LONG RUN
Sunday – WEDDING

What Actually Happened:

Monday – Chiropractor and REST
Tuesday – RUN INTERVALS (10x .2-mile sprint + .1 mile rest + warm-up/cool-down) + SWIM (40ish minutes)
Wednesday – Was set up to do weights, but ended up not. Made pizza and watched TV.

Pepperoni, jalapenos, and mushroom pizza on whole wheat crust. Made at my house and transported to Minh's house (because my TV was not cooperating).

Thursday – Chiropractor and I don’t even know what else
Friday – set the alarm to wake up and run, but ended up sleeping in. Travel day (to DC)
Saturday – Might have had time to run in the morning, but slept in. Did A LOT of walking around DC.
Sunday – Woke up for a rather pathetic 5.75-mile run along part of the Capital Crescent trail (as it crosses through Bethesda). Wedding prep and festivities.

The Capital Crescent Trail is approximately 10 miles of "rails-to-trails" that goes from Silver Spring, MD, to Georgetown (Washington, DC).

My run on Sunday was pathetic more from low-energy than from physical pain. My intervals on Tuesday were spiked with pain in my shins and overall muscle fatigue because I’ve been super laxed about my “training”.

My slow pace forced me to turn around here.. not even close to where I had originally planned to turn back

I’ve got a race (Big Rock Triathlon) this weekend, and I have no idea how I’ll fare, but all signs so far are pointing to “not good”. We’ll see. Hoping to shake this feeling before (much before) the BIG RACE in a month (SilverMan Half Distance Triathlon at Lake Las Vegas). I can’t go into that race feeling like this (unprepared, unmotivated, and weak).

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