Transition

January 24th, 2011 by Craig

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
– M. Kathleen Casey 

I woke up this morning at 3:00am and realized I haven’t been sleeping well for weeks.  The weird thing is that I have been training hard enough to warrant coma sleep but no dice.  As I sat there in my insomnia I also realized my appetite has been weird for weeks.  My stomach has been acting very weird as well.  About an hour later I finally gave up on sleep and headed to my computer to check e-mails.  As I fired up my machine I thought about how grouchy I have been lately…….more than usual anyway.  A few e-mails down and I was out the door to run over to the pool for early morning masters.  My normal mojo just wasn’t there, on the run and as I started to warm up in the pool I was sluggish.  Finally it hit me.

Sleep disruption……check.  Loss of appetite…….check.  Weird digestion…….check.  Grouchy…….DOUBLE CHECK!  

Wow!  As I write this I can’t believe how blind I have been the last few weeks.  I’m a professional at this and I was still blind to the fact that I am totally over trained at the moment.  I would have spotted it in a second if it was someone else.  Time to practice what I preach. 

 I crawled out of the pool and walked home.  It’s time for a transition.  I need to forget that I’m a triathlete for at least a week.  Turns out I am not superman in spite of what my ego says.     

  

    

   

Trainer Time

January 13th, 2011 by Craig

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My parents taught me at a very young age that life will offer many lessons and not to worry if you forget these lessons…….life will surely re-teach the lessons to you as many times as needed until you learn them.  So true! 

 Yesterday I put in my long ride on the trainer and I just happened to put the front wheel block on a higher setting than normal.  Now today I am really sore!  Turns out even the slightest change in the angle of the bike on the trainer can make a big difference in how you ride.  Lesson re-learned.  Use a variety of height settings for the front wheel when riding on a trainer.  In fact, I plan on putting an extra block of some kind under my front wheel to get a nice steep angle in prep for climbing.   

Reboot

January 6th, 2011 by Craig

“You have to get out of shape to get back into better shape.” –Heather Fuhr. 

As the bulk of our team is now beginning to ramp up training for the 2011 season I am reminded of how easy it can be to get discouraged this time of year.  Not too long ago most of us were hitting our peaks for the 2010 season and putting down personal best times.  Now, after a break, our minds want to go that fast again right away, but our bodies just are not ready.  Remember to cut yourself some slack as you beginning laying down your new base.  It’s okay to be slower right now.  Just trust in your training zones and your feel and forget about speed for a while.   

Why do you run?

January 1st, 2011 by Craig

After my run this morning in the snow I remembered a video one of my good friends sent me a while back.  Very inspirational!  If this video doesn’t get your blood moving you must be dead.  Check it out…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChbjB_208Ls