On balancing training and vacation.
Last week was a doozy. Okay – so Week 2 of Half Ironman training was basically a repeat of Week 1 (preparation weeks). However, we traveled to Philadelphia (by car) on Tuesday night and returned on Saturday, so my plans for an epic workout week got thrown out the car window. Here’s what I managed to get done:
Monday: Swim 30 minutes + strength train
Tuesday: 1 hour bike ride (indoor) + 10 minute treadmill run
Wednesday: Nada – traveling
Thursday: 30 minute run
Friday: 1 hour run
Saturday: Nada – traveling
Sunday: 1 hour and 20 minute bike ride (outdoors)
Totals: 30 minutes of swimming, 2.25 hours of biking, 10 miles of running, countless hours of “Are we there yet?!”
So…. not too bad in the grand scheme of things, but definitely not an epic Half Ironman kind of week. Coach Marni says that when I can’t follow her plan to the letter, I should focus on my weakest sport, but my weakest sport is biking (followed by swimming), and neither were feasible on our trip. And I hated ‘losing’ two days of training (and my life in general) to driving to Pennsylvania and back!
We did make a pit stop at Cracker Barrel on the way home, and Henry discovered how fun it is to take the golf tees out of the wooden triangle they keep on every table. He spent the entire meal sorting the tees from the triangle to an empty sugar dish. That was pretty cute.
I die. So adorable.
The other kind of ‘meh’ part of this week was eating. Being outside of my kitchen + two long days of driving + catching up with all our old high school and college friends = Not the healthiest week. I’ve been kind of revving myself up mentally to switch to really clean eating and little to no booze during training, but I just need to make the leap and commit. I know nutrition makes a BIG difference in endurance, and I really want to tackle this race from all angles.
So now I’m taking a little look at the rest of my summer and trying to anticipate how I’ll balance training with fun. We have quite a few vacations and day trips planned! I always love that part about summertime, but I guess I feel nervous about straying from Coach Marni’s plan too much (or at all!) because I know the only way I’ll be able to swim, bike, and run 70.3 miles on race day is if I really, really give myself over to the process. And I am already committed… but on the other hand, I like vacations! And yet training only last 12 weeks, and I really want to do my best come race day – after all, that’s why I registered. It’s a tough balance, I guess… Know what I’m talkin’ about?
Onwards and upwards! I’m looking forward to another week of training (and another weekend trip – I’m going to go visit Kath in Charlottesville!).
How do you balance training and trips? At least I love running around new cities and exploring different neighborhoods!