I haven't bounced back from Sunday's crappy ride. Yesterday I was so tired and discouraged I was crying and saying I thought it would be a good idea to quit training and give up IMFL. I haven't looked at my bike since Sunday. Can't stand to think about getting on it. Yesterday I skipped my scheduled 13-mile run and called my coach. She said we'll back off for awhile. She rewrote my schedule for 3-4 day training weeks for a while. This isn't much for Ironman training but it's what I can tolerate. I have never been able, in marathon or triathlon training, to go over 3-4 days a week without breaking down physically, mentally or emotionally. I did my training for ChesapeakeMan 3-4 days a week last summer. My friend Dianne calls me the "Queen of Undertraining." I emphasize rest over training and it always gets me where I want to go.
Today I was scheduled for a 30-mile ride but I still can't look at my bike. So I did yesterday's 13-mile run. Very slow pace, jogging 11 minutes and walking 2, to simulate what I think I can do at IMFL, walking through the aid stations for a 6-hour marathon.
I really was serious about quitting yesterday, for a while. My life would be so much easier without the pressure of Ironman training.
Or.... my training would be so much easier without pressure from the rest of my life.
I don't understand why it can't work like Steve says: if I work 25 hours and train 15 hours, that's 40 hours a week, why is that less doable than a normal full-time job?
I don't know why it's not that simple. Anyone have a clue?