It’s funny how training for a long event completely warps your perception of what a ‘normal’ workout consists of, isn’t it? Under normal circumstances, I think of 1000 – 1500 yards as a normal swim; a 45 minute cycling class a normal bike; and a 3 – 4 mile run as a normal run. But now… ooooh boy.
My friend Meghann (who’s training for a full Ironman) commented the other day on Facebook, “10 mile run! So happy for a short workout!” or something to that effect. I laughed out loud because – man – I guess that’s what happens when you do the entire 140.6 mile triathlon. I’m not quite as nuts with my Half Ironman training, but I am to the place where I think a 2500 yard swim is a normal swim, a two hour bike is a decent ride, and an hour run in no big deal.
I have to say – I am kind of looking forward to going back to REALLY normal workouts. Actually, I think I may do something completely different, like a yoga challenge or kettleballin’. We shall see!
Yesterday, I swam 2100 yards. I did a 100 yard warm-up and two sets of 1000 yards. I was a little freaked out because the distant felt SO HARD. It was just one of those workouts, you know? My arms were heavy, I felt slow and cumbersome in the water. It made me nervous because the race is going to be even further… and in choppy water… and I’ll probably be freaking out. Me and open water are not BFFs. Sigh. I hope the next few swims before the race feel more positive. I know my swim fitness is just as it was a few days ago, but those emotional ups and downs are a little unsettling.
Today, I woke up early and did an hour on the indoor training and a 3 mile run. That was more like it – I felt strong and fast. What a difference a day makes!
What’s your current perception of a ‘normal’ workout? Are you training for something?