May 15: Day 92
No workouts today, 10 scheduled this week
Today is the first day of my IM training. Now it’s real. I have 22 weeks to get ready for this, and I am starting day 1 determined to train my mind and body, even with no workouts today.
That starts first with doing the little things right. I plan to do the following this week to get everything kick-started and hopefully set the right tone for all my training.
- Improve my diet quality using Matt Fitzgerald’s Racing Weight principles. I have followed these before and felt great, but have gotten off the wagon a bit. Now is the time to get back to eating smarter, not less.
- Plan all my workout times in advance. They are on my calendar at specific times. This should help keep them from being OBE (Overcome by events)
- Go to bed at 10PM or earlier every night. I have early morning workouts basically Monday-Friday, and there will be days on the weekends I will want an early start due to the heat and volume. I need the rest.
- No alcohol this week. I usually drink a 2oz bourbon with dinner every night, but I don’t need the empty calories.
Hopefully this will help set the tone even in what will be an extraordinary week as I am babysitting a friends ferrets, having my son graduate high school, and having my wife’s parents come in for a visit around those festivities. Heck, if I can stick to all that during a week like this, normal weeks should be a snap.
I promised a Running with the Cows report and I definitely have the pictures, but I am a bit ashamed to say I completely failed to do the race “easy” and actually beat my time from the previous year. I did go easy the first two miles though! I think that’s a win.
You can get a sense of the charm of this race from some of those photos I love the cow logo and the fact that not only do they put names on the bibs, they train the volunteers to use them. I heard my name at least 10 times on the course. That’s a nice touch you don’t always see. Those racks of clothes are part of the fundraiser, and they are really successful from what I can see. Obviously that’s a bit more food than a banana and a bagel for the runners afterwards too….
I love the cow balloons. They had those all over. Lastly, the race medal has 8 cows on it to celebrate their 8th race. The cow in the upper right is actually a remooooveable lapel pin (had to do it). I love this race.
Today’s focus: eat right and rest up. Big week ahead. Wish me luck!