If there was one word to describe my training so far, this would be it. It sure beats the alternative. This is why we take the fitness tests. We use the digits as guidelines to control our training.
There is a school of thought (old school) that says loudly, base before speed. The latest thought (new school) says (a good bit of) speed before distance, using the fitness you currently have. If you were, I dunno, crazy enough to use your digits from last year, then you would have nobody to blame but yourself when you get hurt.
I have also found, during this process, that I am enjoying my workouts more, a lot more. My data files from my ride yesterday at Columns Drive show me consistently hitting miles in the 21-22 mph range during my 10 minute under/over intervals. Yet, I wasn’t suffering. What a huge confidence boost this was for me.
There’s a place in a triathlon training plan for suffering. But not now, and not in mine, nor this season. My first race is now officially five weeks away. My plan is shifting to power, and I have just tons of refereeing stuff coming up with State Cup.
Things should get interesting. I hope y’all had a great weekend!