Monday, May 25, 2009

I gotz Moments

After my bout with the crank monster (post swim test), I sat down and did some deep thinking.  I don't think deeply very often cause:

a.  it hurts 
b.  I just don't bother to over analyze things too much.  KISS...

Now, you know that to good catholic boyz, Pride is one of the Seven Deadly Sins.  With the exception of my computer skillz, I've spent a lifetime being really good at a lot of things, but great at nothing.  I looked back on the past three years, and I felt that unfamiliar feeling in my chest as pride crept in.

I went to the local Barnes and Noble and got this month's issue of Runner's World.  I read, with great interest, the article titled "Breath".  What really caught my attention was the superb running efforts put forth by men who are much much older than me.  Another article described how reasonable goals where achievable with the 3 D's (desire, dedication, discipline).

With much to chew on, I got off work Friday and headed over to Columns Drive for my brick workout.  Coach had prescribed some intensity for me, on and off the bike.  I warmed up for fifteen minutes, then did 5 x 20 seconds hard, 1:40 easy.  That's when the fun really began.  I started a build up to Zone 4 on the bike.  The build lasted for fifteen minutes.  I thought 5 minutes each in Zones 2, 3, and 4 was a good idea, and that's what I did.  I embraced the burn and worked hard to stay in my zones.  Later that night, I was pleasantly surprised to see multiple miles during this period above twenty miles per hour.

After the bike, I had a fifteen minute run off at race pace.  I asked coach what "race pace" meant, and she said anything above IM pace {rolls eyes}.  I quickly changed into my Zoots and went out fast.  My heart rate quickly climbed into my aenorobic zone (170s) and stayed there.  I finished up 1.85 miles in 15 minutes for 8:09 over all pace, 5 seconds off my 5K PR time.

I texted coach on the way home, "I rock!"  I thought she would get a kick out of that.  Coach and I primarily converse through email.  I have only talked to her twice on the phone, and never texted her.  I blamed it on the fast twitch endorphins.

These types of memories are the moments I truly cherish.  They remind me of why I do these things and why I do them to myself.  The rest of my workouts this weekend have been a wash.  I got run out of the pool half way through my workout Saturday, and Sunday I got rained out of my soccer matches, so no running for me.  In the end, it doesn't really matter.  Tomorrow, I'll be back out there, starting it all over again.

There are more moments to create.

20 comments:

Stef said...

Oh YEAH that's what it's about BABY.

Nice job on that brick! I have a similar one tomorrow. But that's not until I'm done enjoying my day off today.

:-)

Jess said...

Nice job on the brick!

Molly said...

Great job on your brick! And nice attitude adjustment as well - I think we all have those moments sometimes and it's as much an important skill as S/B/R to learn how to get yourself out of it.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

I agree. You rock!

Annette said...

Yea, you DO rock! :) Way to go. You just keep upping the ante and kickin' booty all around. Love it! :)

teacherwoman said...

Sweet! Glad to hear you had an awesome BRICK! :)

Kevin said...

Great job on the birck

Missy said...

I know IT, I have to get over myself sometimes, I swear. Nice workouts and who cares if the rest of the weekend was a wash. Bet you had fun anyways!

LBTEPA said...

You think you were cranky? You would'nt know cranky if it stood up in your porridge, my friend! Thanks for another thought-provoking post. Enjoy those feelings of well-earned pride

Marcy said...

Lookin good Wes! You TOTALLY rock!

Calyx Meredith said...

Super! I love "there are more moments to create". Yay Wes!

Carolina John said...

that's really cool wes. I love running off of the bike. keeps your legs all nice and warm.

triguyjt said...

way to hit the brick.....
(this comment comes courtesy of an email...not a text...haha)

Michelle said...

You definitely rock!!!

Jess said...

Wow awesome job with your workout! That definitely rocks!

Michelle said...

You DO INDEED ROCK WES!!!

I like your attitude!!!

Smithposts said...

Nice job Wes! Definitely some "moments", many moments, to be proud of and keep you dedicated!

E.L.F. said...

Wes, I had to laugh because I was in the car and got the text. Said to Chris "someone rocks!" I had no idea who. I usually can do area codes but don't recall seeing yours before. I'm glad it was you that rocked.

Marni said...

You gotta love the crappy days of training. They can really make an "ok" workout 10 times better. And then when you have a great workout, you feel like a million bucks! Keep up the great work..bricks are the way to go!
Heading to macon tomorrow!!!

Runner Leana said...

Wow, awesome workouts Wes!! You do rock!!