I've trained nine hours this week, with another nine to go. The last two days have been especially intense though. And I wouldn't have it any other way. I could have taken the easy way out. Coach Gerardo gave me only 16 hours originally but I asked/begged/demanded more work. I'm so glad I did. Finally, I can appreciate what he meant by embracing the challenge of the distances involved in my training. Just getting through this week feels special. Today's workouts included a difficult 2,300-yard swim at 6 a.m. followed by cycling hill repeats and 20 minutes in zone three aero after that. Two hours, 20 minutes of hard work. My quads howled by the end of the bike workout, yet I felt so accomplished that I let out a primal yell to nobody in particular. I didn't care if it startled people along the Griffith Park walkway or if people thought I was crazy.
We already know I am. And by "we" I only mean you and me, not my "other" personalities.
Now I'm winding down for the evening, after a busy day of work. A good day of work, I might add. Despite my fatigue, I felt fresh in meetings and on my "A" game. My father shared an article with me about how a prominent business executive makes sure he's moving when he's thinking because it allows him to think better. I believe there's something to that. As long as I get enough rest and eat well, I definitely can see a connection between staying active and staying sharp. I wonder if other people feel the same. It's almost like fitness is the metaphorical equivalent of dressing up for work. I used to find that if I dressed dapper in the office, my performance would follow suit. Now, toss out the tie, replace it with the bike shorts, and voila!
Tomorrow, we have a half-day off from work. Despite my nine hours of torture -- training -- I'm inclined to work out some more. I won't, because I can hear Gerardo from Texas telling me how bad of an idea that would be.
Can't peak too soon.
36 days and counting.
PS: I still need to compare my running threshold data from the last "official" test to yesterday's TT. However, I think the last test measured a mile run and this was more about 20 minutes maintaining a certain heart rate and pace. So it might be apples to oranges. My first glance indicates I ran a mile 11 seconds faster yesterday and more miles in general. Interestingly, my heart rate was roughly the same (high 160s).