Itâ€™s funny how training for a long event completely warps your perception of what a â€˜normalâ€™ workout consists of, isnâ€™t it? Under normal circumstances, I think of 1000 â€“ 1500 yards as a normal swim; a 45 minute cycling class a normal bike; and a 3 â€“ 4 mile run as a normal run. But nowâ€¦ ooooh boy.
My friend Meghann (whoâ€™s training for a full Ironman) commented the other day on Facebook, â€œ10 mile run! So happy for a short workout!â€ or something to that effect. I laughed out loud because â€“ man â€“ I guess thatâ€™s what happens when you do the entire 140.6 mile triathlon. Iâ€™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 â€“ 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 kettleballinâ€™. 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 furtherâ€¦ and in choppy waterâ€¦ and Iâ€™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 â€“ I felt strong and fast. What a difference a day makes!
Whatâ€™s your current perception of a â€˜normalâ€™ workout? Are you training for something?