DAILY LOG 25 MAY 2011
MUSINGS AND THOUGHTS
Training almost every day for my triathlon has given me a different perspective towards life. The kind of training that is required for the triathlon is measured in months (and sometimes years when it comes to the Ironman Triathlons). There is no shortcut. There is no easy way out. It’s just pure and plain effort. Train for 5 hours a week and you’ll get a 5 hour a week level of performance. Train for 40 hours a week and you’ll get a 40 hour a week level of performance. At the moment I am training about 10 hours a week and that’s a far cry from the zero hour per week a year ago.
I have good days and bad days. Sometimes I think ‘what on earth am I doing this for’? whilst other times I think ‘I’m born to do this. Can I do this forever’?
More than anything I’ve ever done in my life, training for the triathlon is solely and absolutely dependent on me. There’s no one else to blame and there are no excuses available when things don’t go right. Especially so when I don’t need to do it. If I stop this whole triathlon and running business now, life will still go on. And yet I surprise myself by the level of commitment that I am capable of.
Rain or shine, if it’s time to be out there, I’m there (unless there are thunder and lightning- then it’s no longer being committed, mire like being silly).
Had a bad day at work? If it’s time to be out there, I’m there.
Missed a morning run because I have a meeting? Don’t worry, I’ll make up for it tonight.
I have had bad days when I just don’t feel like doing anything and I sometimes don’t but I’ve learnt that if I am able to push through that desire to not workout and just get myself kitted out and start the workout, that moody feeling just disappears and I would think ‘wow. I’m glad I didn’t take that day off’.
So what is the point I’m trying to make? As I said in the super long title of this ‘Failure comes from thinking that life is 90% what happens to you and 10% how you handle it. Success come with the belief that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you handle it’.
Don’t let what happens in our day to day life to get in the way of the ‘plan’ (whether it’s a training plan for a triathlon or even a plan related to your particular dream). Whatever happens, has happened. If we allow it to have an effect on us, then we fall into the trap of failure. Dont let it disturb your momentum and keep on moving forward.
Having said all that I do absolutely enjoy the days when I decide to just veg out and become a potato on the couch, knowing full well that I’ll just run 10km tomorrow to make up for the 5km I was supposed to run that day.
I did an interval workout during the brick bike/run yesterday so it may be surprising that I did another one today. The plan I have for running scheduled an interval run today and since I felt quite strong I decided to do the interval.
The sets were as follows:
10:00 warm up
4:00 moderate hard, 30 secs recovery (repeat twice)
3:30 Hard, 30 secs recovery (repeat twice)
7:00 Hard 1:00 recovery
10:00 cool down
Running hard was, well, hard but very satisfying. I was really focussing on my form especially how my left would land. My left foot has been worrying me lately and I need to pay attention to how I land. When I am not focussing I would land on the outside of my left foot instead of the ball of the foot which is a sure recipe for injury. Need to focus on more drills and more drills and even more drills so that it becomes a habit instead of me consciously doing it. When I try to run fast (especially at the end of a race) I would tend to lose focus on my form, focussing instead on the finishing line. It’s painful when that happens. Very painful.
Anyway, the run was awesome and I’m getting some consistency when I speed up which is way good news.
After the run I had a core workout at home focussing on the upper body. Push ups has always been a bummer for me and I used to be useless at it. I still useless (though not as useless as before). My immediate target is to be able to do 20 in a set and to do 3 sets of it. I can do 20 now except that it feels like death. So now I am just doing 12 per set (and gradually increasing by one each time I do it). If I can do 20 push ups comfortably, then I know my core is getting stronger.
Tomorrow is swim triathlon workout day. Let’s see what happens.