Friday, August 14, 2009

Han't a Clue

At first, I thought it was a cold, while secretly hoping it was a bad case of reflux. It's kind of hard to tell when you dayum nose runs and sabotages your body on a daily basis. After a couple of days, it became apparent it was worse. I had the whine flu. Maybe the swine flu?! I dunno. I didn't go to the doctor.

After Sunday, and Monday, AND TUESDAY off, I ran Wednesday and then biked for twenty minutes. My body enjoyed the endorphins. It might have even helped. Thursday, I woke up feeling groggy, head not quite pounding, and enjoyed working from home. By the end of the day, I was feeling well enough to do my 45 minute bike and 15 minute run off. I even rode in the rain. It was nice and cool.

Today? I am feeling better. Almost human. My nose is doing its thing. My head is mostly clear. That means... The RACE IS ON :-)

LOL...

Dee Dee and I are headed to the Fall Creek Falls Olympic on Saturday (the race is Sunday). I'm still not sure if I am going to officially "race" it. We'll just have to wait and see how I feel Sunday morning.

Which brings us to the topic of today's post...

I was reading Alan Couzen's blog about what it takes to be a top age group triathlete. He said it takes thousands and thousands of hours to be a sub-15 hour Ironman, and the earlier you start, the better. He also said that it takes years and years to improve one's performance across the spectrum of Ironman training, in order to achieve that coveted sub-11 and sub-10 hour Ironman finishes.

This is a generality. I know that. I probably trained fewer than 500 hours for Ironman Florida, and certainly fewer than 1500 hours over my lifetime of triathlon. Yet, I turned in a sub-14 hour Ironman on my first attempt.

You have no idea how good a sub-14 hour Ironman is...

My coach told me this after I crossed the line, but it is only now that I am beginning to understand. We reach a point in our training where progress is no longer measured in leaps and bounds. As Jen Harrison said, "It takes a long time. This whole thing is a process." It takes committment, and patience, and a love and passion for what you are doing.

I kinda snuck this race in on coach. I thought we had discussed it, but evidently, I left her out of the loop. With me being sick and all, I don't really feel the need for an organized race plan. I think I am going to focus on a few things.

1. The technical aspects (good form, no dead spots, etc)
2. Negative splitting each discipline
3. Having fun

With the last one being the most important of them all. Life is hard enough. It's just a whole lot harder if you never have any fun, ya know?

Have a great weekend, everybody!! I'll see you on Monday.

Wes

22 comments:

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

glad you are feeling better. Daughter had the ick. Husband had the ick. I certainly hope that *I* don't get it!!

Enjoy the race!

Lauren said...

Glad you're feeling better.

Kim said...

hang in there and get better! and yay for sub-14 hour IMs! :) i just squeaked by. hopefully a sub-13 this year :) good luck this weekend!

Michelle said...

Glad you're feeling better - and good luck in the race! Have fun!!!!

Molly said...

So good that you're feeling better - goooooood luck this weekend!!!

Jennifer Harrison said...

GREAT BLOG, Wes and SOOO true! And, I am glad you are feeling better...and love that you were talking about "the process!" YES YES! :)))

Lily on the Road said...

What a great post Wes, you are absolutely correct on all counts. The most important part IS truly having fun.

Hope you and Dee Dee feel better soon.

Good LUCK!

teacherwoman said...

Between your post and John's post, I am getting super pumped for my race in the morning. You're right, you just gotta have fun and hopefully all the training and everything else will fall into it's place!

Can't wait to read a race report! ENJOY!

X-Country2 said...

Sounds like you're on the right path to start cutting serious time. Good luck!

Renee said...

Hope you stay feeling better and beat the crud! Have a blast and ENJOY!

Jess said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better and good luck with the race!

Missy said...

OH, best of luck. Fall Creek Falls is a great race. Sorry I'm missing it. Can't wait for a full report.

Darrell said...

I like your list of goals. I hope you fulfill them all. Have fun!!

LBTEPA said...

We all knew how good a sub-14 IM is! LOL.
Have a fun race - glad you're feelig better :)

LBTEPA said...

just went over and read that blog link - clearly I will never do an Ironman! I'm not 'assertive' enough to train 3 hours a day

Joe said...

Good luck Sunday, Wes!! And do have fun...look forward to seeing the write up!!

Stuart said...

IS that filed under ignorance is bliss? Have a great race!

redheadmomma said...

thanks for the reminder - life needs a little more fun in it! :) Have a great race and I hope you're feeling 100%!

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

ready for the great race report!

Smithposts said...

Sounds like you have the flu thing licked! Great post. Hope the Fall Creek Falls tri went well. I am looking forward to your post.

Rachel said...

Seconds on having fun!!! You'll do great. And the extra forced rest from the cold will make you even faster.

Marni said...

It is hard if you aren't enjoying it! Great post and Jen does give great advice! Hope the stuffies are going away. :)
-marn