Tuesday, I had a 65 minute brick. I told coach that these workouts scare me. Well, not the workouts themselves, just what happens to me during the workouts. The brick called for intervals at race pace on the bike, then a build to race pace aftewards on the run.
Now, I don't mind shredding my thighs, et al... Brutus! I know that it makes me stronger. I just don't like to shred them before a race. You see, I have this mental thing I am still trying to get over from Ironman. Pain is bad. Pain will keep you from crossing the finish line.
In a sprint, not so much...
Oh, don't get my wrong. I did the workout exactly as prescribed. I mean, what's the point of having a coach if you aren't going to do exactly what he/she says? I might as well coach myself otherwise. I place my well deserved trust in Liz. When Liz sez jump, I sez, "How high?" I trust her to help me achieve my goals.
Blindness is also not one of my better qualities. I listen to my body. That's why I rode Bags on my 45 minute ride last night. Bags has three rings. I stayed in the little ring all night. I don't think I ever got above gear five. There's something special about spinning at 90+ RPM on Bags, going up ass-kicker, and barely going fast enough to stay up right.
Refreshing it was...
and then there was my swim this morning. Liz finally put together a workout for me that took the entire amount of estimated time. It's been kind of fun for me to always come in 10-15 minutes before the alloted time. I know. I know. It's only an estimate, but humor me. 1500 yards in the pool with some fast efforts. The kinks are worked out and my swim muscles are ready to go!!
Which leads us to... The Callaway Gardens Sprint Triathlon. Fifty minutes or so of more fun than one deserves to have in one place. The first year I did this, I was still cutting my teeth. The second year, I was training for Ironman. This year, it is an "A" race. I have trained specifically for this event.
Coach likes well thought out plans. I think she tolerated my response to her query when I said, "Go, Go, Go!!". LOL... But really. The plan, with a few adjustments, is exactly like two weekends ago. I will take fluids on the bike. I will work harder on the bike and run. I will have a consistent effort on the swim this year! I would rather have the same time but be consistent, then a better time and konk out half way like I did the last two years.
So, yes, Sunday... The return to my favorite race in an enviable location. It's going to hurt like hell, but like coach sez, when it starts hurting, work harder :-)
Have a great weekend, y'all!