Wedding Prep

July 10, 2008

This weeks highlights:

A full work week , one swim, one bike, a bunch of running miles. Tuesday consisted of a epic trip to San Fransico resulting in an epic dress followed by an extra 6 extra hours of work to pay for the fabulousness I aquired in SF.

The wedding planning is coming along quite nicely and with those details in place it's time to get training for IMAZ. People ask me if I ever have a hard time staying motivated to train. "Not really". Fabulous dress=uber training time. Sometimes I do think about this answer more carefully. Training means there are things I'm not able to do while I'm logging those miles. There are just so many things I love to do and so little time. People talk about post Ironman depression. I don't think I have that, I can honestly say I am struggling to have patience with the recovery process (low and slow mileage). I haven't had much time to train lately because I have been catching up on things I misplaced :) while training. I always come to the same conclusion I love to swim, bike, and run. I'm constantly drawn to the chance to take things to the next level. (sprint distance--->olympic distance--->1/2 IM, ---> Full. There are pros and cons of this. Pros accomplish a lot, Cons...potentially loosing interest in the things you love because you have already done them. Today was one of those days where I was reminded of why I do these things for pleasure. I finished my day at work with tired legs and planned on a four mile run. A 9 mile run Wednesday and a swim/bike combo Thursday I knew Friday would leave my legs with little stomp. I thought about calling it a day. There was no way I would beat my average pace from the other day. A small part of my brain wondered "what's the point of running if you are going to go slower than you can on a good day. The better side of me remembered that there is something about an evening run in La Jolla that can't be beat no matter what pace you run. I laced up my trainers and headed down the hill.

Yes... I was 20 seconds/mile slower today. In the end, with the sun setting and my I-pod playing, I was glad to be out there for an extra 1minute 20 seconds. Hmmm, think about what I could have cheated myself out of. The San Diego area is a great place to do these things. I have such great camaraderie.

As for recovery:

Today is July 10th:

Mentally I feel recovered. In fact I feel slightly cranky from sitting around too much. I really don't feel like I have done much training wise for the past month. I can't tell if my body is deconditioned from tapering and recovering or actually tired from Iron man. Mentally I'm ready now to be in the shape I was in at Wildflower. I'm over "recovery." I'm done being slow. I start each workout willing myself to be in peak form when I am actually a long ways off. I start each workout a bit too hard and bonk before the end. This is not at all my style, so I bargain with myself by saying it's good sprint training. ( that's the Pollyanna in me). I also think I'm existing on a little too much coffee which probably is a culprit in the flash and crash performance. I know, I know caffeine is evil.... well try getting up at 5 a.m. It's not that I am that much slower right now, it's that I have too work harder to go the usual paces. It's a bit hard and humbling to face this but I know the only way out of the "shape" I'm in is to be patient.....and to be humble. I realize it may take more motivation to go out and go slow. So this is my motto weather I run a 7 minute mile or a 12 minute mile at this point I just need to do it. No matter how slow I go at this point by doing it I will look that much more fabulous my wedding dress ....right? What could be better than a swimmers back, bikers butt, or runners legs????


Anonymous said...

Hey Jen,
Lose the chronograph for the next month and enjoy...let your body dictate the pace not your Garmin and you will will recover.

Jennifer Yake said...

Sounds good. I will comply because I like delusions of grandeur and like thinking I have gone further and faster than the Garmin would confirm. Also becuase I am too lazy to drive to REI and becuase I spent my cash on a table for the patio. It will be a month before I can deal with forking out a penny to replace it. Hmmm, I wonder who anonymous is????? Whoever you are perhaps we should sit on the patio furniture and sip mineral water and orange juice or get really wild and throw back some margaritas.