Getting everything back into gear…
My legs are still tired from Sat ride. Today’s long run I definitely felt it. I need to set a longer route to run. When I plan a route, I stick with it. It is rare that I run longer than I have plan.
The goal for this morning is to run for 120′ (40′ easy, 40′ med, 40′ hard). Instead I did 40′ easy, 40′ med and 25′ hard. I ran short b/c I ran to the end of the route I set my mind too. My hard wasn’t as hard as I ran before. The hard section, my goal was to maintain my pace, keep a good stride and cadence.
– he trains alone and sometimes train easy or hard depend on what his body tells him (fleixble)
– keep nutrition simple. Have a banana, water…no need to overthink about nutrition
– in the heat of the race, he count his steps to relax himself (he counts up to 20)
I found that counting steps is a good way to pass time. I started counting steps in the winter when I was working on my cadence. Simple solution for a simple man 🙂
I just realize I have to swim 2 km in 4 weeks (Muskoka Long Course). Ekk…yesterday I did a rotate of 3 sets of free and 3 sets of pull. Each set is 200 m. Maybe b/c of the killer bike ride, my swim is off by a bit. Either way, I have to get this swim stuff down pact. There is no drowning Cliff this summer..(maybe next summer).
The good news is that this weekend the weather is really warming up (Sat is 26*C [ 84*F]). I can try some open water swimming. I have still yet to test the wetsuit that Mike gave me.
Now for some non-tri stuff
Last week, I sent an email to all my friends stating why I am tri-ing and so on. I should have done it earlier but better now than never. Some reply stating I should focus my life with the people that means a lot to me (family and friends AKA spend more time with them). Surprise to me is that there are guy friends telling me to spend more time with them. Sorry, maybe this is a musculine thing but first thought out of my mind was “man up, I ain’t your g/f.”
Also surprising is that, if we are really friends, I really don’t need to explain why I tri and no need to debate not spending enough time. There are ppl whom i haven’t seen in months and when we get together, things are solid. There is no jealousy about who’s who and so on…
Anyways….I had a really good chat with a friend on Monday about this. We talked about prioirty..obligations with life, church, family, friends, work….I had a really interesting observation.
As human being, we have this profound need to be part of the group. To fit in. On the other hand, we are raised with being an individual. The idea that we should stand up for ourselves and be our own person. For me, these two ideas are totally opposite. Yet, in our society, we always have to deal with both of them.
In school, to fit in with the popular kids and at the same time be yourself.
In work, to fit into the culture of the workplace and at the same time be an individual.
I ain’t here to say one is bad or better than the other. If one is totally individual “I just want to do my own thing.” There will be no community, no family. On the other if everyone tries to fit in, we will be a bunch of mindless lemmings. 🙂
Just something to think about….summer is finally here and my Build phase is ramming up. As I said before…life is good 🙂