Thursday, July 09, 2009

Rutting

If I was a deer, this might be a good thing...

Well, Dee Dee might think its a good thing ;-)

For me, rutting means... I'm in a rut.

Putting things into perspective. This is SUPPOSED to be an easy year for me. I have four triathlons on my schedule and a couple of road races. An easy schedule, right? No ambitious goals. No pressure. A little hard work. A whole lotta fun.

Evidently, it means no improvement either. OK. That's not fair. I've seen some improvement on the bike. A smidgen. We are grasping at straws here, people.

So... What's the goal, the plan, the reason for all of this...

First off, a healthy perspective. When this stuff becomes not fun anymore, I will stop doing it. Yea, like that is ever going to happen. So always, this first and foremost.

Second, focus on the little things. There is always something with my form I can work on, whether that's swimming, cycling, or running.

Thirdly, I am working on my eating habits. I am in the process of de-bloating again, and it feels wonderful. I am losing more weight. Less weight = faster right?

Finally, patience. I gotz patience. Keep doing the right things, trust in the process, and let the chips fall where they may.

In case you couldn't tell, this is a rest week for me. Tuesday, the little old lady in the lane next to me had a longer main set then I did. Yesterday, I did a 45 minute run that had a good bit of walking before and after the main set. I liked it that way. Today, I had a 3x300 time trial, and I didn't try my hardest. Yea, I did it, but it was a reasonably hard effort, not max. *le sigh*...

OK. I'm feeling whiny today, so I'm leaving. I'll be back soon, and hopefully, I'll be a bit more chipper :-)

Wes

16 comments:

Lily on the Road said...

Oh I totally understand! I'm exactly the same way, with only one real "race" on my list and slowly, ever so slowly getting over my injury, I've been really "low & whiny" too.

Well at leasat the sun has come out and it is almost a bearable temperature, I'm going to look at that as a positive...hang tough Wes, every day is different!

Stef said...

Ruts are no fun. You'll get out soon!

Jess said...

Those are all good things to focus on, so I don't think that's a rut.

Carolina John said...

Buckle up, Virginia! at least you're still able to get out there and hit all 3 sports. wanna babysit one of my kids tonight while i go for a swim and a tempo run?

teacherwoman said...

ruts are annoying. But, we all have been there. You'll be out of it before you know it!

Darrell said...

The goal and purpose has many prongs - continued health, sanity, balance, etc. Race times are only part of the equation.

You do it because you enjoy it, somedays less than others, but that's OK.

All that training has some pretty positive impacts on rutting as well. ;-)

Michelle said...

It is perfectly ok to whine Wes!!! We all do it. Well I do it all the time!!! WHINE AWAY!!! I will listen!!!

:O)

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

hope you will get out of the rut and regain some of that spark. :-)

Kevin said...

Be patient and youll be out of the rut in no time

Makita said...

Perfectly OK to whine. Hang in there - you'll pull through in no time. :D

Runner Leana said...

Debloating...I need to do that too. Good luck getting out of your rut!

LBTEPA said...

Whine all you want darl - we love you

Loves Life in Colorado said...

Hang in there. I'm working on getting over an injury and I've been whiny too. We just need to realize that we do it because we love it!
Tara

Annette said...

I hear ya! I often get stuck in a rut after a bigger event. Sometimes you need a little break to come back stronger. Good luck beating the rut!

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

lighter..fitter...faster... that is my plan. If all of this does not work I am going to eat as much sugar as my body can take.

Stuart said...

And there was me thinking you were going to go all stag on me.

lighter = faster = a good thing!