Yes, there’s a big game on TV today. But the big game I’m thinking of? It’s the one that goes on in our heads. The mental game.
It’s no secret this training block scared me a little when I first saw it on my schedule. It’s not the biggest I’ve ever done or the biggest I’ll ever do (hello, Ironman training). But it’s big for me in January/February. And here IS a secret I haven’t shared about this 3-week block: there’s no rest day. I’ve had light/recovery days but I’ve done at least one workout every single day and will continue to do so for another week. That made me nervous!
It would be easy to make excuses, to opt for sleep some mornings over dragging myself out of bed for another workout. To say I am too tired or sore. To tell my coach I really need that rest day. Instead I’ve been enjoying the challenge – no, LOVING the challenge – and making it my personal mission to use every recovery tool at my disposal to be ready for the next item on the schedule. Compression clothing, quality sleep, pre and post workout nutrition planned in advance, good hydration, healthy diet, the best supplements – the works!
As a result, I’m having a blast and learning a little something about myself at the same time. I wish I could send a giant WOOHOO with every bit of data I upload into Training Peaks. I CAN do this! I can push and push again and not hold back for fear of failure later. January/February training may not make or break my race season, but it is breaking new ground when it comes to my confidence!
I will post photos and fun from our quick AZ trip separately.