It's amazing how you can take one relatively adaptable athlete, add Ironman training, get a little less than optimal sleep, and mix in one small problem and it becomes a world crisis.
Case in point: Last week, I dropped my bike off at the shop to have a Quarq power meter installed. For a number of reasons I decided to switch to Quarq, the biggest being that now I can switch wheels without losing my ability to ride with power. Anyway, I was supposed to get the bike back that night so that I could do my scheduled ride. The shop called me in the afternoon to tell me my derailleur was not compatible with the crank and they didn't have one in stock that was...it would be an extra day to get one.
OK, adapt and overcome. *breath* Email coach and ask permission to move the bike to the next day.
The next day I waited anxiously for the call that my bike was ready. When it came, I bolted out of my meeting and raced to the shop. Where they had trouble synching the Quarq with my Garmin (you need a "head unit" to read the data and my Garmin was the intended unit). The guy tried a few things, played with the battery, and suggested I go home and update my Garmin software and then it should work.
Insert 90 minutes of frustration at home as I update software, do a hard reboot on the Garmin, read numerous online forums, and finally give up in frustration because nothing I try will get my Quarq to show up as operational.
I'm fairly sure if you saw me that night, you'd have thought someone had died, it was such a world crisis to me at that moment. I had to remind myself, you can still RIDE the bike this weekend for your big workouts, you will live if you don't have power because the Quarq needs replacing.
On Friday I went back to the shop yet again to bring them the bike and ask that they sort out the problem. That afternoon they called me back - all synched up and working fine. What was the problem? A dead battery in the Quarq.
I stressed all night and day over THAT?!
And this is why I need to eat and sleep enough during heavy training...it's far too easy to let stress take over my life otherwise! All's well that ends well and my weekend workouts were fabulous- more about them in the next post though!