July 17, Day 155
- 2 Swims 3350y total: 250 yd Z1, 400 yd Z3, 120″ rest, 200 yd Z3, 120″ rest, 1000 yd Z1 | 300 yd Z1, 900 yd Z2, 300 yd Z1
- Bike 2 hours: 5 minutes Z1, 100 minutes Z2, 15 minutes Z3
- Run 1 hour: 10 minutes Z1, 10 minutes Z2, 20 minutes Z3, 10 minutes Z2, 10 minutes Z1
My sincere apologies to the dozen of people who read this blog, but it is going to get even more sporadic. A bit on that first.
My promotion has been officially announced so I can say it openly here: I am the new Director of Marketing for my unit. It’s officially starting July 31, but already I’m being inundated with information dumps and various minor dramas, and that is only going to get worse as I go along. This morning I had not sat down 5 minutes before I was ambushed into going into a meeting with a client and introduced as the new director with no background on where we were on his project. Primarily to start the transition process (allegedly) but mostly to try and get me to commit to some things they want knowing I was not in a position to make those decisions yet.
This is gonna be fun.
The thing is though, IM has sort of taken a back burner in my mind for the past week. It’s hard to focus on 90 days from now when the next 30 are going to be so crazy. This is a moving machine with lots of parts and judging by today there will be a minimal “easing in” period. It’s jumping on a treadmill running at full speed. Yeah, you can catch up, but it will be awkward until you do.
I’m still hitting all my workouts as best I can, but I’d be lying if I said that’s where my focus is. It’s basically I can look ahead to tomorrow’s workouts and plan out the day but not much else. Otherwise, my mind is on the job and doing my best to execute this transition without dropping anything. So far, I’d convinced myself that the one day at a time approach would get me through.
Then IM sent me an email this morning and caused a minor panic attack. It was entitled COUNTDOWN TO IM LOUISVILLE. I read the first two lines and immediately started to tense: “The big day is around the corner! With less than 3 months to race day, you’ll want to start training for the specifics of your race course.“
OK, this is categorically sound advice. But it also requires more attention than I can currently give. But, I can handle it. I was OK. Then further down it had a link “3 MONTHS TO RACE READY: The final 90 days are key to your IRONMAN race preparation. Here’s how to dial them in.” which I foolishly read. According to that, in the 12-8 weeks out phase I should be comfortably riding 80 miles, running 2.5-3 hours and swimming 2500y sets. Guess what? My plan gets to those distances, but it isn’t there yet.
I mean, it will, I know it will, but it’s amazing how something like this turns you upside down with worry. Here was a plan I had a lot of faith in and was hitting well, but now I worry I’m behind. Even though I know I’m not. Even though I know that’s a “one-size fits all” article and not geared around people doing their first IM on a “just want to finish it” plan. I mean, I KNOW all that. But now I have all these niggling doubts and I’m like this:
Which is distracting me from my PROFESSIONAL worries and transition process. Man. This next 90 days may be the most stressful I’ve ever had.
I do have faith it will sort itself out, and one of the neat things about this blog is I can picture myself reading it 2 years from now and saying “What was I worried about? Everything turned out great in the end” but right now I wish I could sort of accelerate to two years from now and feel that because in the moment I’m losing my mind.
Hows your Monday going? LOL. Cheers!