Its been a few weeks since I've written and I looked at the last entry where I seem pretty excited about getting into training again, my excitement wasn't so great the last few days. Its been a long two weeks of training since then, and there has been more mind training that I've had to deal with than actual physical training it seems. Week 1 was pretty good, I got my hours up to nearly 15, and had a long run of 80 minutes and long bike of 3 hours on the computrainer. Now if things remained "normal", getting in the hours is not such a big deal, but as I'm not a professional triathlete, having training free days is not so easy to come buy.
Last Saturday as I finished the long bike and then went to lift weights, I had an evening flight to France where I was to attend a company kickoff meeting. The original week of training my coach had me on was adjusted as I didn't know what I would have available to me. I didn't have a pool so I had some swim cords, just needed to have some type of bike and a place to run for the most part. I was actually at Disneyland in Paris, which was interesting. I managed to get two a days for most the days, even suffering through jet lag and a few long nights of "company activities". I even got a 100minute long run in the day before I left. The problem occurred on the way back getting into the US. I had planned to do my long bike on Saturday but I had nothing in me. I think I was more mentally drained than physically. I look back on it a few days later and I'm pretty disappointed. It was a challenge of the mind I missed out on, which is very important for an IM experience. No matter how exhausted I may have seemed I should have still gotten on the bike and did the 3:30 hours on the CT, then ran. It shows me that my mind is not yet ready for the IM, but at least I realize this.
Even Sunday morning I didn't feel like doing anything, but finally I snapped out of it and got in almost four hours biking, running, swimming and even lifting weights. I went a little overboard. Luckily my wife was understanding and my daughter had a play date in the afternoon, so instead of sitting around watching TV I started up again. I managed to get in nearly 11 hours for the week, where I wanted to get in 15. I have to get my mind in the right mind set to overcome the work issues. I'm expected to go back to Europe in a few weeks and I'll be in Asia (Japan and Korea) before mid year. I'm trying to push those trips to after IM Arizona.
I guess the lesson learned is to try and get the workouts in no matter the cost. When you finish you will feel better. Unless you are injured or sore, which I was neither, you have to beat the negative thoughts, otherwise those thoughts are going to beat you down during the race. Luckily its still early in the training schedule but I need to create the IronMind set. IM training is as much the mind as it is the physical toll, sometimes its more mind than anything. Training for an IM is going to have its highs and lows, I experienced this in my last IM, just need to train the mind better and acknowledge the negative thoughts. The mind is always trying to get you to sleep in, or skip a workout, but come race day you will feel better that you didn't and can trust what you put into the bank.