- Swim – B+ ~ I am giving myself the plus for making the drive every week all winter, and for flashing the little lifeguard. I have been hitting all of my scheduled workouts, and have seen some dramatic improvement. I now feel a difference between hard, moderate, and easy swimming, and can recover on the swim instead of doggie paddling or breast stroking to recover. That is HUGE for me, it used to be just all hard. I credit my coach with this improvement (thank you so much Ange!) This is still without a doubt my weakest event, but I am already a better swimmer now than I was at the end of last season, so I am happy with that.
- Bike – B ~ I haven’t missed a workout, and I have had a few 3hr + trainer rides. I do think I am spinning better but need to focus more on my intensity. I think HR training is really helping me here, and I gave myself a B because I think I can do a lot better and have more focus. Sometimes I ride and look down and realize I am not riding all that hard or as hard as I should be. Need. More. Focus.
Also, I am very anxious to get outside.
- Run – B- ~ Like with the bike, I haven’t missed a workout. That is really good and I am happy with that, but I have not been pushing myself as much as I should. I do intensity pretty well, but on longer runs, not so much. For example, when I am told to do repeats, I do them at intensity – so for short bursts – but to run 10 miles in zone 2 requires focus on my part. Running in my zone 2 does not come easily to me, and this is because I have spent most all of my running years running in zone 1 and spacing out. This is a hard habit to break, and running 10 miles in zone 2 feels a lot different than running 10 miles in zone 1 with your head in the clouds. I need to work on my focus when I am running and do a better job at keeping my head in the game.
- Nutrition – C ~ I would say I get an A for breakfast, a D for lunch, a B- for dinner, and a C for snacks. Lunch is hardest for me, I am usually driving through lunch, I can’t sit down and eat or warm something up. It is just the nature of my job. I have been working on tackling that, and know that if I skip any meal or don’t get my morning/afternoon snack (I am like a pre-schooler) I lose control of my eating.
- Social/Family/Balance – B ~ I think this is really important because the pull of family and friends often is in conflict with Ironman training. I plan on going out socially (or having someone at the house for dinner) at least 2x a week during training. It might sound silly to have to plan that, but the fact is, it is really easy for me (and most people training for an IM) to get so focused on training (and the fact that Ironman Lake Placid is only 121 days away) that we neglect the ones who we actually need to support us – our friends and family. I am going to work hard to not let that happen to me.
- Rest/Recovery – A- ~ I am a pretty good at taking days off and following that part of my schedule. A problem I have is that work often forces me to have a very non-restful day of snowshoeing on my scheduled rest days.
I am doing better now, but do have a portion control problem. Along with a chocolate problem. And a pizza problem. When I drive, I get bored, I eat. I started packing baby carrots for my longer rides, and this does work. Anyway, I am working on bringing up this grade for next quarter.
Oh, and next week is a rest week..ahhh.
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