I came to a realization this week. When it comes to my training and the accompanying motivation, I tend to have an all or nothing mentality. I'm ridiculously driven during the hardest times and will move heaven and earth to fit the training in. But when my schedule is lighter, I slip into my old pattern of laziness and feel as though every activity is forced. After missing two workouts this week, I emailed my coach letting him know what had happened. I didn't miss them because I was tired, sore or feeling physically off, I missed them because my schedule was challenging and I didn't try hard enough to fit everything in. He quickly revised the remainder of my week and included more intensity in my key workouts. A similar approach has worked well for me in the past. The volume will be the same but I'll have a chance to work a little harder and feel more challenged. I'm looking forward to it.
I opted to do the missed bike workout yesterday instead of running since I won't have access to my bike until next week. It was an interval session with 4 x 12 minutes at Olympic race intensity, alternating between 65-75 rpm on one, then 90+ on the next doing two of each. This was so much more enjoyable that just pedaling away for an hour. It was also a relief to have my bike back in working order after the trip.
I arrived in DC last night for a long weekend with my sister and her husband. While I'll be doing a decent training load over the next few days, I won't have to do anything else except relax and have fun so I'm hoping it will snap me back into "I love training" mode. If nothing else, I will get more sleep and have a good time.
Distance - 17.68 miles
Time - 1:15:00