Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Some days ya got it...

and some days ya don't. I've been training for something for the most part of the last 5 years, and I've learned, by now, not to get my panties in a wad when I all the sudden feel like I'm drowning again in the pool, or I can't hold a 9 minute pace when out for a run.

Bad days happen. Just like when Briar misses a ground ball at shortstop...I always remind him that everybody makes an error every now and then, but what separates the great players from the good players is the ability to learn from the mistake and make sure you get the next one. Not that I'll ever be great at triathlon...but we're all out to be as great as we can be, right?

So Monday was a good day. I was coming off a delightfully fun rest day with the boys and some good times spent with my parents that evening. Holly and I got out on our bikes during lunch and did 22 miles that included Brinkley Hill. We felt good, we chatted a little, and we most definitely enjoyed the warm weather that was long over due. I even broke out the sleeveless jersey! While the boys were at ball practice that afternoon, I managed to get in a 2,000 yd swim that went pretty well. I had a bunch of 100s to do, and I was hitting most all of them around 1:45. That's good for me.

Tuesday wasn't too shabby either. I got up and met Heather at 5 a.m. for a 7 mile run. We both had some dead legs, but managed to do 7 miles in 1:02:21, for an 8:50 pace. I went into the rec center to do some core and strength training for the first time in 3 weeks, and got as much as I could done before starting The Big Rush (you know, shower, get all prettied up, get my boys looking sharp, and get me and the boys out the door and off to school and work.)

Briar had his second baseball game that night(Won!), and I didn't get in bed until late due to some laundry that needed to be done. so when the alarm went of this morning I DID NOT want to get up. But I did...and I ran 5 miles, a little slower this time than yesterday, and then hit the pool for my scheduled 2900yd swim.


I think the thermostat on the pool must be broken again because it felt like the warm water therapy pool. It was nice initially, but after about 5 laps, not so much. And I fought the water the entire time. Couldn't find my rhythm, my shoulders and back were sore from the weights, and my legs just didn't want to kick. At one point I put my fins back on just so I could make sure my stroke was okay, because it didn't feel okay. I cut it short at 2150yds because of time, but mostly because I just wasn't getting anywhere anyways. We'll try again next time.

I'm doing my first official metric century of the year, the Tour de Boro, this Saturday. Followed by a 20 minute runoff. Should be fun.


Darrell said...

Hurray for sleevless jersey days!

momo said...

sounds like my day tuesday. my legs had NOTHING and toward the middle of the ride, krista asked me if i was ok, i hadn't said anything in over an hour!

:-) i'm hoping saturday's ride is better! good luck this weekend!

IronTriTim said...

Hurrah for warm weather at last. First run outside in shorts for me this week. Not quite at sleeveless tops stage, but at least its warm.

Good luck on your century.

jahowie said...

My sleevless jersey is still at the bottom of the drawer. There will be better days. Keep your panties out of that wad and keep your chin up!!

Have fun on the century this weekend!!

TJ said...

Some days are definitely better than others. The bad ones make the good ones even better.
Enjoy the warm weather!

triguyjt said...

lana...please tell briar i saw omar vizquel, who played for theindians for many years, make 3 errors in the 3rd game of the year.

omar made 5 total errors the whole season and he has 10 or 11 gold gloves. he is going to the hall of fame some day. we all have days....but we all can bounce back

greyhound said...

If you've never run off the bike at a group ride, you'll love it. The roadies look at you in horror.

EmLit said...

I just stumbled upon your blog but wanted to say how refreshing it is to hear that others sometimes have lead legs days, drowning in the pool days, and days when you just can't hit your stride and maintain your pace. I feel like I have been struggling with this a lot lately (training for my second marathon) and it is comforting to know that I am not the only one, and that it isn't the end of the world!

Best of luck with the Ironman training!!

Marathoner in Training said...

I am ready for it to cool down. I am tagging you for the current blogosphere game, "6 word memoir". See my latest post for details:

Steve Stenzel said...

Nice workouts! Well done!!

Benson said...

Great pic of you on the bike. I'm still waiting for outdoor bike weather.
Great training and have fun this weekend.