Saturday, November 10, 2012
stick a fork in me, I'm done.
I think I'm going to try a 2-week taper but honestly I've begun to rethink ALL my training and have come to the conclusion that I've just wasted a year of training with no focus and have no hopes of bettering my time (other than in transistion) this year. I am hoping I do at least as well as last year on the swim, think I might have a 6:30 bike in me but expect to do about the same on the run (and hopefully not worse). So either exactly the same or maybe 30 minutes faster. That said, I'm deep into trying to figure out how to train for next year. Yeah, I'm already planning to do Cozumel again. Can't seem to get that race out of my blood (though I'll likely have a much different view in a couple Sundays).
Mom and Dad arrived and muled a SHITLOAD of crap down here. Got maltodextrin for Jamie (and me), Scratch, some electrolyte tablets and lots of clothes for Sissy and some for Ellen, but the main mule will be my sister's family, who are bringing half an Amazon warehouse. I think I finally placed my last order on Friday and after this trip my sister may decline the opportunity to visit for the near future.
It has only taken me a year or two but I finally figured out I should be riding intervals and much harder efforts than I have been in order to get faster. Who knew? The last couple weeks I've been trying them out and hope that I'll glean a tiny bit of benefit from it. I also managed to break a toe AFreakingGain swimming. I always leave a water bottle on the dive boat (to wash the salt out of my mouth after each 750m "lap") and I have managed twice, so far, to break a toe on an unseen giant piece of concrete or rock. I ran on it immediately afterwards, not sure if it was broken or not, and have had pain all the way down my foot (unlike the last time when my toe just increased gigantically in size and showed all colors of the rainbow). Still able to run, though, so I guess I just keep doing that and icing it.
I've been working on my cycling pedaling motion and when I keep the image of a steamtrain in my head with the arms that move back and forth on the wheels, it really helps me pedal quietly and efficiently and stops the pedal mashing. It takes incredible concentration though, so it doesn't last long. Tomorrow I hope to make up today's missed 3hr ride and 1 hr run. After a day of lazing about in bed, I should be up for it. Mentally I'm already checked out though.