The fun and games are over: tomorrow I go back to work after 2+ weeks off (Hawaiian vacation + corporate holiday shutdown). For about 2 days now, I’ve had that Sunday night feeling of dread that goes with realizing the weekend is over. I’m trying, really trying, to work up my enthusiasm for a new year and new projects. I hope I am able to try harder in the morning :-)
The exciting thing about next week though…it’s test week! A bike test, a swim test and a run test are on tap for me, scattered throughout the week. These will set the baseline for my training for the year and be solid benchmarks to compare to my fitness in future months. While I know from a logical perspective what the purpose is and that they only serve as a starting point for my year, my emotional reactions to each are a bit more like this…
BIKE TEST: Ick.
Um. I am still not very good at hurting on the bike.
SWIM TEST: Run away! Run away!
Anything that actually quantifies the extent of the slowness of my swimming is cause for fear.
RUN TEST: Bring it!
It won’t be as fast as my run test of nearly 11 months ago but I’m happy to work my ass off on the track for 20 minutes of all-out pace.
Clearly, we can see where I’m going to have to work on a more positive attitude this week. I need to channel some of that gung-ho about running into my other two tests and not be afraid of the pain. Given the shorter distance races I’m focusing on this year, I suspect putting up with pain will be a central theme, so time to put on my big girl pants and suck it up!
Training totals for December 28-January 3:
Swim: ~5359 yards
Bike: 29.1 miles
Run: 12.8 miles
Strength: 1 hour
Total time: 7.75 hours