First off, I want to say a big thank you to all those who posted such thoughtfull comments on my last entry. It really does mean a lot that you all take the time and energy to give me words of encouragement. I took it all to heart. And, I am feeling Much better now. I had a super 10 mile run with my hubby yesterday and went 4 minutes faster on a coarse I do all the time. Yeah!
Comparisons.....that is my thought of the day. It can really drive you crazy can't it!!! I love hearing about other people's training. I learn from it. I am motivated by it. However, sometimes I feel that I get too worried about it.
For example, I have a friend in his 2nd year of triathlon. Last year he did 2 races. He's really very new to the world of competition as a whole. He is diving in head first. I am proud of him. He's doing very well. But I can NOT Believe how much he is training. He does have a flexible job which helps. He also has 2 small kids and is married so I know he has lots of family obligations as well. But time doesn't seem to affect him as much as it does me. But that is not really the point. I focus on the actually workouts.
He goes for hours and hours each and everyday!!! It's amazing. It's mind boggling. I do wonder if it's worth it sometimes....or effective....or if I am missing the boat somehow.
I know I am working very hard too. I trust my coach. Then why do I constantly question things?
Am I doing enough?
Should I bike longer?
Should I run more often?
Is my swimming improving?
Is a day off ok?
It all comes down to this question, "IS IT ENOUGH??"
Triathletes seem to thrive on quantity. More mileage. More hours. More workouts/week. We love our log books don't we? The bigger the numbers the better we feel.
My coach focuses on specificity. He gives me workouts that might not be super huge but they target certain areas. Sustained speed, hill power, and yes, long aerobic swims, bikes, and runs to name a few.
But when I hear about the multiple century rides MONTHS before a Half Iron.....It makes me nuts. I am NOT doing this! Is that Bad?
Again, gotta trust my coach.
How do you know which program is right for you? Is it trial and error over the years? I'm only in year 2 (three, but the first was kind of a whim) so I don't have much to go on. Last year was successful. But could I be better?
I spend a lot of time thinking about this sort of thing. It's a little overwhelming to a newbie like me I must say.
I want to stop comparing but is that possible?
Does anyone else do this?
And yes, in case you were wondering, I am officially obsessed with this sport. :)