First four-weeks recap – SSSMST goes to Lake Placid

(In case you missed it, I‘m journalling my ironman training here on the team website.  The introduction was posted last week, and later this week I’ll introduce the other teammates in on the fun!)

I’ve made it through the first four weeks of my IMLP training.  Here’s what I’ve learned:

  • Running in the winter is really fun!  Much better, to me, than running in super hot and humid summer.
  • Riding the trainer still sucks, but sucks less when you do it at a college gym with 30 friends.
  • Swimming only twice per week feels like a break.
  • Getting up at 5am is actually not that bad.  Getting tired and falling asleep at 9am does not make me very exciting.
  • Ramping up the training makes me HUNGRY! 

Right now, I’m in California on a work trip.  I have all sorts of good intentions (of course I do) but running outside is not an option for me in the dark in a city I’m not familiar with.  So it’s off to the stuffy “fitness center” I go, only to find that it’s an actual hotel room with a treadmill, exercise bike, and elliptical in place of a bed.  And, at 5:30am Tuesday morrning, someone is using the treadmill and bike.  “Well,” I tell myself, “just go get some work done this morning, go to work, and come back tonight to run!”  Except I forget the part about “tonight” being 6:45pm, which for my body, is 9:45pm.  And I almost exclusively work out in the mornings.  Needless to say, the run did NOT go well.  After 15 minutes, I called it a night. 

This is the first workout I’ve missed in training so far.  I know that sometimes life happens and you’re going to miss workouts, but this felt a bit more controllable than the swim I’ll miss because there’s no pool here.  Alas, I need to find the balance, and sometimes missing a workout is the only way to do it. 

And on that note, it’s now just before 5am on Wednesday morning out here, and I’m going to go try again for that treadmill workout.

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