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Staying Motivated

Mar 23: Day 39

Planned workout(s) today: Bike, 5 minutes Z1, 15 minutes Z2, 15 minutes Z3, 15 minutes Z2, 5 minutes Z1

Yesterday’s work:

  1. Bike: 5 minutes in Z1, 20 minutes Z2, 5 minutes Z1
  2. Swim TT: 200 yd Z1, 400 yd Z3, 120″ rest, 200 yd Z3, 120″ rest, 200 yd Z1

Weight: 173


I didn’t post yesterday, mostly because I was distracted by both the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda and the terrible happenings in London.  Spent a lot of the day thinking about what sort of person takes random lives like that.  It’s completely senseless and has no point.  My thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by this terrible tragedy.

Of course, the way I get my mind off things like that is to workout and to play video games, so I did some of both.  My bike was mostly filler, but the swim TT I managed to cut 7 seconds off my 400m split and about 4 off the 200m split.  Small progress, but it’s early. Swimming is never going to be a fast event anyway for me, it’s a pure endurance thing.

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It actually took me longer to reset my watch to measure the swim than it took to do the 400m.  This is my first season training with the Apple Watch 2.  My impressions are mostly positive but it does have it’s quirks–like last night.  It froze on me and I couldn’t open the swim app, so I had to do a hard reset.  First time for that, but so long as it doesn’t happen much not a big deal.

For those curious I think I will give my first impressions on the watch as a fitness watch for those training for an event like this IM.  But that’s for another day.

Today I am feeling tired in the legs, more so than it seems I should.  This is unusual, but probably to be expected.  As one gets older, recovery takes longer, and I basically had two 8-milers back to back for the first time in 2017 this week.  It has me less than motivated for tonight’s bike though, which is going to be a challenging one.  It doesn’t look like much, but this type of “pyramid” workout can really eat your legs, and this one is my toughest one so far with 15 minutes Z3 in the middle portion.  I’m even more intimidated by it this season now that I have the power meter.  This is actually a good thing.  I know the power meter won’t let me slack, and it is going to be a great workout.

Doesn’t mean I’m looking forward to it.  Lol.

Sometimes periods like this, when you feel tired but are months away from the event, can be the hardest to maintain your motivation.  It’s hard to see the point in pushing through now when you don’t feel like it really matters one way or the other since the event is so far off.  That’s a dangerous attitude, as each workout in a plan is a step towards the goal and pushing through now may help set you up for success down the road.  I always feel it’s actually good mental training to get yourself going even when you don’t want to.  Not wanting to do this stuff is perfectly reasonable, but true discipline is pushing through and doing it regardless.

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That’s what I’m telling myself this morning anyway.  So wish me luck on this pyramid bike and have the greatest of Thursdays.  Cheers!

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