First of all I want to thank all the positives messages I received regarding my last post. Is always good to know that people are reading all the non-sense I talk about. You know who you are and THANK YOU!
MORE and MOAR hours.
As training start piling up, it means that wake up calls start to get earlier and earlier. Certainly this new training program am into has taken me by surprise by the amount of time invested on it. Wake up, train, work, train, sleep, repeat,... almost everyday.
If I want to get better, I need to put the hours, basically. Professional athletes live to earn an income on performing well, so their work is to train. Regular mortals have to still have a normal job and maintain a balance between work and training. I wish i could train like a Pro for a week without worrying about work and still getting paid haha.
The past weeks we have been blessed with having great weather conditions to train in Miami. While Miami is known to have an eternal summer, there's always a time period where while the rest of the country is freezing under snow, our temperature stays between 50-60F (which is freezing for us) but makes more manageable to train. Training in summer is literally hell, with temps of 90s, so having around 2 to 3 months of "winter" conditions in Miami is actually very welcome.
Now back to the program. Last week I started to get back into the program fully, no more excuses and just doing the work that I’m supposed to do. We are starting to have big days in the middle of the week additionally to the even bigger days on the weekend. For example I had scheduled a 2 hour run on Wednesday and a 2:00 brick Thursday.
On Sunday was a huge day since it was a 70.3 (half-ironman) race simulation, which consisted on a 4 hour bike and a 45 min run. The bike was HARD, because that day was really windy, but surprising enough I had enough on the tank to pull it out. The run was a bit harder as I’m still trying to nail the intensity that I put on the bike and handle jelly legs on the run.
To end the week on a high note, I had a 400m TT on the pool, to assess fitness level and gains and to my surprise I did really well. On 01/08/16 I did my first test and I clocked 6:35.8at 1:39 pace for 400m. The day that I did the test, 03/04/16 I clocked a sub 6 min! which was a 5:48.9 @ 1:27 pace! I never thought I would keep a sub 1:30 pace swim. So yes, I was really happy with 47 seconds of my previous time! Hopefully coach will give us a new bike and run test to see the fitness gains!