Aching shoulder, very poor sleep, bad mood/attitude, feeling sick, mediocre training sessions since the weekend. I am a real gem to be around.
So I emailed my coach and asked if I need to suck it up or to rest.
He told me to read this analysis first:. I don't usually post any totals, but here goes.
Total Training Load 1/1/12 through 2/9/12 (Total 132.89 hrs.)
Bike – 38.75 hrs. (29.16%)
Run – 32.30 hrs. (24.3%)
Swim – 30.17 hrs. (22.7%)
Bricks – 26.17 hrs. (19.69%)
Strength – 3.75 hrs.
X-train – 1.75 hrs.
Total load per week:
12/26 – 1/1 – 28.0 hrs.
1/2 – 1/8 – 25.75 hrs.
1/9 – 1/15 – 26.25 hrs.
1/16 – 1/22 – 25.0 hrs.
1/23 – 1/29 – 21.22 hrs.
1/30 – 2/5 – 23.42 hrs.
Total - 149.64 hrs.
Then he told me to go home right after work, eat a cookie (or other such goodness), rest, and sleep.
That means I have to **gasp** miss a workout.
I hate that. It makes me worry.
Ok--so maybe that's a lot of training for me.
And maybe it's ok that I am tired.
And maybe I even started before those dates.
And maybe this training cycle did come RIGHT off an ironman.
And maybe I am going to be ok.
And maybe rest IS the right choice.
My race is two weeks from tomorrow. What is more important for my race? One bike ride or not getting sick and falling apart for the next week.
The answer should be clear--time to accept it and get ready for an evening of rest.
I mean, I did swim two hours this morning.
It's going to be ok. It's going to be ok. I'm going to finish this race.