Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Bridging

In a few short weeks, I'll be heading north for my second half Ironman in as many months. Since Rev3 Knoxville, I have 5 weeks to get ready for this race. I have never really "bridged" between two races of this (and the same) distance before. Being self-coached this year, I am trying to put together some intelligent workouts to keep my fitness at its current level.

The first week after my race, I spent a lot of time... umm... boozing it up. Yea, that's the way I come down from my races. I figure I earned it. I did referee two matches and get in one bike and one swim. I'm thinking my recovery could have been a little more active, especially cycling, and I will file this away for future reference.

This week, I am focused on longer stuff. I put in a 5 mile run last night, 3 with the tempo/cadence trainer, and I got up at the butt crack of dawn this morning to get into the pool. Jimmy is graduating this weekend, and that is making this week even more challenging.

Next week, I plan to do a half IM Simul week, but on a smaller scale, roughly 60-70% of what I did before Knoxville. I am, after all, not trying to build more fitness, just maintain what I got. After that, its into the normal two week taper before the race.

I have promised myself that I will NOT sabotage this race by being stoooopid, and that includes alcohol. As a matter of fact, I have pretty much decided to give up alcohol. *gasp* It has been the bane of my existence. I need to get my weight down, and the empty calories embodied in alcohol are just not helping, et alles. If you hear me chastising myself for giving in and waving the white flag of surrender, nod your head and sympathize. This isn't going to be easy. but....

I haz plans...

Wes

10 comments:

Molly said...

Hey, I gave up alcohol for 6 weeks before Boise 70.3 last year - you've gotta try new things to see if one of them works for you! Keep up the good work!

Scott Keeps Running said...

I've been experimenting with only having a beer when I go out to eat (instead of having some in the fridge at home). I thought this would help cut down as I gear up for racing season...but now I'm just going out to eat more. :)

Kim said...

um.

what?

...scratches head.

giving up booze?!!!!!

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

If only 1 glass of wine did not turn into 2. Self control...something that I am still working on.

Scott comment is FUNNY. Maybe I will have a beer instead :)

Lisa said...

FYI - I gave up alcohol at the beginning of last month. Seemed difficult at first, but now it's no big deal. You can do it!

Best wishes bridging the races together. And have a great time with the graduation festivities this weekend!!

Michelle said...

I'm not a big drinker, but I do love a glass or two of wine with dinner, but now that I'm trying to lose the baby weight, I just feel like I'd rather eat my calories than drink them - food is so much more satisfying! You'll do great bridging the gap between these races - you're always so smart with your training!

Joe said...

You can do it, Wes.

Keep focus. Persevere.

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Rainmaker said...

On 'I haz plans' - all I can think about is the IcanHasCheeseburger picture with the cat looking at the bird at the top of the tree. Epic classic.

LBTEPA said...

Well done Wes! I know you can do it! (I have knocked off the booze myself, and I don't have half the determination you do!)
Congratulations to Jimmy as well :)

Karen said...

.... I'll empty your fridge of the cold stuff if you need a hand?