Day 80: Pulling motivation out of thin air

By Skip

Tick-tock, tick-tock…. I can feel the anxiety and excitement growing as I inch closer to the big day.  Regardless of my post earlier, I am going to continue to train for race day if it happens or not! 

When I told my wife I had to run after work tonight she said “I thought this was your week off before the race?”  I had to explain what tapering meant.  I told her it was a reduction of intensity in my training program, not relaxation all together.  Then AFTER I did my workout I started thinking about what I told her and it was not entirely true.  For me, it has been a reduction only in distance or time that each workout called for, NOT the intensity. 

So this is what my workout looked like for today:

  • WU: Run 10 minutes @ low aerobic intensity
  • MS: Run 16 minutes @ threshold intensity
  • CD: Run 10 minutes @ low aerobic intensity

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I got home from work and it was too hot to run.  So I decided to have dinner right away but it ended up being a very BIG plate of spaghetti.  I knew I had to wait at least 3 hours for it to digest so I would not get cramps when I started running…. I was not even sure that 3 hours would be enough for that portion of food I just ate. 

In the meantime, I fell asleep while watching TV and woke up about 10:00pm.  My wife was headed to bed and saw me on the couch and said “you aren’t going our running this late, are you?”  She might of well said “I bet you $100 you can’t run at all and by the way, some little 12 year old kid is going to beat you in the race on Sunday.”  That was pretty much all the motivation I needed and I ended up kicking butt on this workout. 

I was happy withmy main set but it took a lot out of me.  As you can see from the graphic above that during my main set I averaged a pace of 6’42”.  I really wanted to do about 6’30” but I could not find that much motivation.  I am a little confused, however, as to what pace I should run on Sunday.  I would love to run a 6’42” pace but I think I will need to keep it around 7’00”   I think this will ensure I do relatively well and not risk “bonking.”  Can you imagine I come all this way and bonk on my run, of all things? 

If I hold a 7’00” pace that will put my run at 21:44.  Hmmmm maybe I can a little faster than that.  Looking over the last Trilogy race, that would put me in 60th place for the run overall.  I can do better!  Now if I were to examine that with the “Fat Tire” division I will be in, I would come in 2nd place for the run.  Once last comparison… if I was in 40-44 age group division, I would come in 5th place overall.  Those numbers I just threw out there, remember, are just for the run! 

Tomorrow is swimming, Saturday a quick 20 minute bike ride and then Sunday is race day…. Tick-tock, tick-tock.

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Filed in: Running, Sprint Training, Triathlon • Thursday, August 12th, 2010


I love that bit about the comment from your wife, and how you interpreted it. All too familiar.


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