Training thru the winter is very different for me than training in the spring, summer & fall. In the winter, I try to hone in on what isn’t right and fix my imbalances or bring back some training that got lost in the shuffle of the warmer months. I don’t spend so much time “free running” where I run the dog on the trails, just to spend time outside. Winter is different. It’s more focused. I try to get the most of our my workouts and keep them as efficient as possible. This year I have big goals and well, there isn’t much time for lollygagging, even if it is the middle of winter.
That’s what I want, to be better than I was yesterday. Better than last year. Better than I’ve been since I moved. I’ve finally checked my excuses at the door. Put my emotions on ice about the IL house and all the drama that surrounded that ordeal and the money lost. I’m ready to roll. I’m ready to work on me. I’m ready to get the most out of my workouts and see where it takes me. As a result, I’m already seeing small gains and that’s motivating me to stick with it and keep pushing.
One of the best things I’ve done so far this year is become more consistent. Over the last couple years, I’ve ran so many marathons that I was never actually training, just ramping up for one, then trying to recover on the fly for the next one. While this is fun and keeps things interesting, it also required that I kept things pretty low key. I never really pushed the pace on any of my runs. I was always in maintenance mode. I was trying to keep my body in check so I didn’t implode.
Last year, in the midst of my “marathon madness”, I tossed in a 70.3 triathlon to try to get my pre-move mojo back. I was instantly reminded why I love the triathlon so much. Its fun and requires more focus than just running. Last summer was disastrous for many reasons but I somehow
stumbled made it to the start line, even with subpar TRI fitness. I started. I finished. And I loved every minute of it. So this year, I’m tossing in more triathlons and that requires consistency and commitment.
January was all about 1) hammering out a plan and sticking to it; and, 2) Getting my butt out of bed & into the pool when it opened. The first couple weeks were kinda messed up with the double marathon weekend Jan 9 &10th but I still managed to run 142 miles. That consists of one speed run, one tempo run, the WED night “fun run” at the Y & the Saturday long run at the Y. While, I’m still not hitting my speed & tempo numbers, I’m getting closer. My confidence is growing and I think I’m very close to being able to do the workouts, which I already softened up a bit for fear that my fitness wasn’t exactly where I had initially predicted. It took a little bit to clear the fatigue from my legs and start hitting the numbers. I finally had a good session this morning after a hard look at recovery last week. Yay!!
I also added the bike back in this month. I bit the bullet and bought a new trainer since I lost mine in the flood last summer. Now I have a “smart trainer” and well, it’s way smarter than me and apparently also thinks my fitness is better than my reality. I managed 78 miles on the bike this month, which is low but getting the trainer dialed in was a bit of an issue. Plus so far, I’ve only been riding 2 days a week. I’m planning to add in a 3rd day of riding this week.
And the swim. Last but not least. I hate getting in the water. I don’t even swim for fun anymore. Plus we currently only have one pool at the Y and its used for training, lap swimming & therapy. Therapy takes precedence over everything else so the water is way too warm, usually between 82 & 84 degrees. Not ideal for a triathlete who has to swim in open water but that’s what I currently have available. I’m checking my excuses at the door. I’ve been showing up. I put in 5 swim sessions in January and I’m already noticing a slight improvement in my time per 100yds. Goal in this off season is 2 swims per week. I’ll get them all in this month!
All of these slow but small gains in January have motivated me to keep up the work, stay committed & do even better in February. I’m being consistent. Not moving around workouts. Not making excuses.
Monday – Off
Tuesday – Swim & Speed Run
Wednesday – Bike & Fun Run
Thursday – Swim & Tempo Run
Friday – Bike (skipped in January in lieu of a rest day)
Saturday – Long Run
Sunday – Long Bike
So far, so good. I’m committed to smashing my marathon PR at the Garmin Marathon & chasing my TRI goals this year. January down. Let’s see what February brings.
** Keep Chasing YOUR Goals ** Amanda – TooTallFritz