How do other athletes keep life and weather from interfering with their training? Am I just not making it a high enough priority? There are days that I don't work out because I don't feel like it. There are far more days that I don't work out because I don't feel like I can take the time. My husband was great all winter about watching our son for the few hours he is home and awake each day so that I could get my training done. Now that summer is here, I just get "but I need to [fill in some random project here]..." And of course, then I feel guilty about "making" him watch Liam.
The other challenge this spring has been weather. On days that I do need to take Liam with me to train, it inevitably is extremely windy (he hates the wind in his face and cries) or raining (do you think people would call CPS if I took my son out in his stroller in the rain?). Even if I don't have to take him with, it's been difficult to get any type of recovery or easy workout in when you're fighting 20+mph wind almost every day. We have a treadmill in our basement, but with the rain we've had this spring we also have water in the basement. So no working out in the basement until it dries out. (As I type this, the water is receding. Fingers crossed that this continues and it dries out soon!)
Enough rambling about various excuses. My marathon is less than a week away (Eeeeeek!) and the "big" triathlon I've been training for is just five weeks after that. My race season is soon coming to a close.
And that is why I've been thinking about all the reasons I don't feel like I have trained enough. I can almost guarantee I will PR at this marathon (knock-on-wood). Even with taking the past month easier than planned, I am still more well-trained than I have ever been for a marathon. Yet, doubt still creeps in. Especially during this week of tapering. I just keep wondering "Did I do enough?", "Can't I do something now to make up for missing something else?" And I know the answers to these questions: It will have to be enough, and no, now is not the time to try to go making up for anything. Now is the time to rest and let my body get ready.
So here is the "enough" that I did last week:
Sun: 3-sport brick: Swim- warmup in lake: Bike- 28.52 miles, 1:57:38; Run 3.09 miles, 30:17
Mon: Rest- scheduled
Tues: Off - unscheduled
Weds: Brick: Swim- 1050yds, Bike easy 25 min, 6.07 mi
Thurs: Run- Tempo- 8.74 miles, 90:00
Fri: Swim 900yds - drills- couldn't get comfortable in my stroke so worked on form drills instead of scheduled swim
Sat: Rest- scheduled
Bike: 34.59 miles
Run: 11.83 miles
Five days till the marathon. Ready or not, here I come!