Monday, May 24, 2010

A (small) Slice of Heaven

Running is hard. Of the three sports that make up triathlon, I find it poetic (ironic?) that my preferences are swim, bike, and run, in that order. I'm still waiting for it to get easier. I mean, it's been three years. When does it become... effortless? Like the proverbial blind squirrel, I do sumfin right (sumfin is my word of the month by the way, cue Pee Wee), and I have a run that is exhilarating, mind numbing, a slice of Heaven.

Lately, all of my runs have been crap...

Jimmy graduated this weekend. We had activities Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Despite the scheduling challenges, I managed to put together two swims, two bikes, and four runs. My key workout was my three hour bike - thirty minute run on the Silver Comet Trail Sunday. My legs felt sore starting out, but by half an hour in, I was feeling the strength in my legs. I swear that was not me riding down the trail screaming "MORE POWER!".

For most of the ride, I managed to pick up a few stray riders, and they pushed me. I wanted to warm up and cool down for thirty minutes, then stay in Zone 3 for as long as I could, and I managed that easily. I ran off the bike at a 10 minute per mile "easy" pace. Where did that come from?

Did I mention that running is hard?

It gets harder after each thing you pile up in front of it. Bike first? Harder. Swim first, then bike? Hardest.

I'm still waiting for this to get easier.

After scooting over to Matthew's soccer match, I made it home and went for a dip in the pool. Ahhhhhh, that felt so good on my legs. I pulled a number on my thighs. A warm shower reminded me that it IS indeed the little things that are a slice of Heaven.

Filing this one under "How to feel properly rested before racing". Three weeks and counting.

Wes

17 comments:

teacherwoman said...

Let me know when it get's easier. When I was doing my 10K race this weekend, there was one point where the idea of an Olympic Triathlon crossed my mind and I had doubt of being able to swim and bike before running that 10K... not a good feeling. :)

JV said...

Scheduling challenges! Yes, how do we fit it all in? Especially in racing season! Good thing it is SO FUN :)

Maryland Girl aka Michelle said...

I struggle with running too. My discipline has been lacking lately and I am my first olympic distance tri coming up. I am little nervous.

Kim said...

um i have had some really terrible runs lately. absolutely struggling, and wanting to keel over and die. so you let me know when it gets better ;) way to get in training with all the busy-ness!

Jon Gilchrist said...

U are moving along quite nicely my friend. 3 weeks away yes? I'm looking forward to you having a brilliant performance...

Jess said...

i just run and it still hasn't gotten easier. I can't imagine putting a bike ride and a swim before it.

Michelle said...

Well, I am green with envy every time I read about your super speedy swim and bike times, so at least you've got those two! I have no doubt that the running will get easier for you, but like you said, when you stack all that other stuff in front of it, it's bound to be a little tough.

Julie said...

Hi Wes,
I think that swimming is the hardest followed by biking and then running. I respect anyone who can swim because I seriously suck at it:) You are so good at the swimming and biking that it probably doesn't matter that much if you are a little bit slower at the running. Don't worry about it...lately some of my runs have been crap too:) Hang in there Wes!

LBTEPA said...

must be the weather....crappy run season worldwide I think!!

challenges2010 said...

Out of the three I dislike the swimming the most. Simply because I haven't mastered proper swim technique so I have to work much harder than I need to. Someday it will get easier though I believe.

Scott Keeps Running said...

I like when the slices of heaven have extra frosting. :)

My Life and Running said...

Funny... Mine order of pref is run, swim & bike. I can't wait for the day when biking feels as natural & easy as running! Maybe I need to steal your "More Power!" mantra!

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

funny you should post this... I felt like something very far from a runner the other day. Even once I finished and noticed some decent times I still did not feel as if my body was doing it right...running...weird.

Andy said...

I agree with your running statement once you stack everything on top! Nice job on the Comet, I saw your facebook post and thought, I need to get out and complete some longer weekend rides. Callaway looks like good times. I need to finish signing up for my major races of the year this week, make sure that I don't get cut out of any of them because I was too lazy to sign up :)

Tea said...

I've decided that running will NEVER be easy. Now that THAT's decided, I don't have to think about it anymore.

(3 years? That's it? No way?!)

Tea said...

uh I might need to *clarify* my previous statement. I meant "you've only been doing tri's for 3 years? Not possible! You're too fast."

Runner Leana said...

Yeah, congrats to Jimmy! I know what you mean...when does it become easier? I had the same thought as I watched my friends pull away from me at the start of hill repeats on the bike on Tuesday. Will I ever be able to keep up?