Monday, June 16, 2008

Not quitting yet

The truth of the matter is, that after that Sprint tri, I gave myself permission to not do the HIM. The swim was so hard for me, that I just knew, knew deep down that there was no way I could swim for 1 mile in Lake Eerie, no way no how. So, last week I kind of let things slide a little (granted I biked almost 90 miles, ran 13 and swam in OW twice). But the swims were not long enough, neither were the runs or bricks. I am going to promise myself this, if I feel on August 7th that I cannot do the 1 mile swim at GTC, then I will drop down, maybe to the sprint (considering the oly is only .25 of a mile shorter). But I will not make that decision until a few days before and I will continue to train as though I am totally going to rock GTC. I am not only doubting the swim right now, I am doubting the ability to run 13 miles after the ride, so the brick runs must increase. I have a race this weekend, so I won’t get a very quality long workout in, but I will make sure I run for 45 mins after my ride mid week. But starting next week I am back to riding hard and running long to build my confidence. I will sign up of the Milton Man Oly on July 13th and and and I will sign up for the 1 mile swim they have in Lake Eerie in July. If I can make it through that, I’ll have all the confidence I need. There is a swim coach here giving open water swim lessons a few times this summer. They are $20 a pop and far away from my home, but I am going to attend them all. And if I drop out of GTC I’ll at least know that I tried as hard as I could, but I just bit off a little more than I could chew. I seem to remember being just as confident that I couldn't get through the marathon last year and yet I did. So, maybe I will surprise myself again...


triguyjt said...

very good strategy...
keep working hard...

what is the date of the open water 1 miler in lake erie

Charlie said...

Sprint swims are chaotic. They are quick, and you never get into a rhythm.
This is very different in long course. I tend to spend at least a 1/4 mile finding my groove. Once I do, the swim gets easier.


Keep following your plan, and have faith in it.

cdnhollywood said...

I agree with Charlie - you CAN do this, and you WILL if you set your mind to it. You've got, what, 15wks left in the plan? Trust the plan. And trust me on this.

I've got the same doubts right now after doing an Oly tri last weekend. And I'm in week 16 of 20. But you know what? I have one and only one goal - to cross the finish line at the half-iron on July 13. I don't care if I do breaststroke, if I stop on the bike, or if I walk parts of the run. But I WILL cross that finish line, and I will learn from this.

Over time, you'll start to realize what's fear, and what's rational. That's when things get clearer, and you'll believe more in the plan and in yourself.

You can do this. Honest!

Just Josh Funk said...

Hey! Sounds like you have a good plan! I have to admit, I don't usually feel like I have a lot to say about the running thing, since I'm not much of a runner myself. But I enjoy checking on your progress!!! Good luck. Mmmwah.

KBULL said...

I agree-you can do this! The second lap of the IM swim? Was so much easier than the first. You do get into a rhythm and you're able to get away from all the frantic people. You.Can.Do.This. No giving up!

I saw that you had some questions about nutrition over on Trish's blog and I wrote a novel about it, so you may want to check it out ;-)

Steve Stenzel said...

Work through it - it sounds like you've got a good plan set in place...

Dan Seifring said...

I think you are employing a great strategy Monica. I wish you the best with your training.

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