maandag 1 februari 2016

Wheels Spinning in My Brain

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The downside to the current weather is that the majority of my training has been happening indoors.  This is good because I can keep current on a lot of tv shows, but it’s bad because indoor training requires less thinking, especially on the bike trainer.

Of course, the big thing on my mind right now is my 70.3 race.  Nevermind that I have a number of races before then.  That’s the big one for 2016, so I keep thinking about it.  My big concern, as per usual, is the time limit.  So I find myself entering potential times into race calculators to figure out what I have to do to be able to finish.  And I set up all sorts of scenarios for myself.

“Okay, it’s a fast swim, but let’s say that I have a slow swim.  And what if I’m so tired by the end that I just walk the half marathon?  How long do I have to finish the bike?”

“What if I don’t hit my goal bike pace?  How fast do I have to run?”

“What if I take five extra minutes in transition?”

It gets a little bit ridiculous.  A big part of it is that I know that my biking is where I have the most room to improve.  And I have a new bike this year, and 10 pounds less (so far) to haul around on that bike.  So theoretically, I should be faster even without the increased training.  But I want to be fast.  I want to get to the run knowing that no matter what happens, as long as I keep moving forward, I will hit the finish before my time is up.

Really, I should just stop worrying and focus on the training.  I can only get better, and my olympic races this year will give me a good idea of how my big race will go.  After all, it’s over 230 days away.  Plenty of time to train.

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