Its been a while!
I won’t bore everyone with all the minor details, so I’ll just stick to the important ones.
Post IM Texas, I did EVERYTHING WRONG, and I knew it, but I did it anyways. I spent 6 weeks eating okay but not great. Drinking coffee. Drinking way to much, and not sleeping great. AND on top of that I was doing the typical “I need to train fast to get fast” so I was out there crushing myself everyday. Running and riding 10-15 beats too hard everyday.
And of course, I was doing everything except getting faster because that’s not the way it works! I ended up sick for the since time since 2003. I was put on a 10-day Z pack due to a sinus infection that had been lingering for about 2 weeks at that point. I have not been on “meds” since I was 3 years old.
Hint # 1) If you end up on medicine because you were ignoring the symptoms, you are doing something MASSIVELY wrong!
So with the declining training paces and sickness, I was mentally shot. I was just a total mess. Once you mentally go, its game over. Before I would even get out the door I had already talked myself out of having a good training day. “Another day, another workout slower.”
I headed out for a dreaded run on a Tuesday afternoon with an iPod (first time for everything) and I don’t think I actually listened to any song, it was just “there”. I ran my typical 60 minute loop running way slower then I “thought” I should be, but where my HR was telling me I should be, hitting my “how fit am I” light pole that is 25 minutes away when I am in shape in 27:23, way behind even my winter times. And it hit me…
“ I know exactly what it takes both on and off the racetrack to be successful in our sport. I know what the training numbers need to look like to win an IM. I know the type of training it takes. So why was I doing the complete opposite? Why am I going against everything that put me on the start line of all 8 IM’s I’ve raced fitter then the previous one? “ Stop being an idiot. Get your shit together and lets get this done”
That’s exactly what I did. I cleaned up the training, day to day nutrition, and sleep. Four weeks later I sit here today 9 days post Pumpkinman half, posting a run PR on a legit course and setting a 1 mile PR while doing a 4 x 1 mile test set yesterday morning.
I have 5 training weeks left before the taper down into IM AZ (big thanks to Ken Glah and his guys, Ty and Travis). I am 100% healthy mentally and physically.
I am ready to get after it on the morning of November 18th.