“A large part of getting back into shape is remembering how to hurt. Mental ‘toughness’ is a skill that fades and grows with training.”
I saw this quote on Linsey Corbin’s Instagram this past week. As I was grumbling and struggling to roll out of bed every morning a 4:30am, this was a good reminder that resilience, mental toughness, grit, whatever you want to call it, isn’t something that anyone has without working for it. Mental toughness is a skill that is sharpened by relentlessly waking up one morning after another to pursue your goals. I kept this idea with me as I went about my week of training.
At 18 weeks out from my first potential race, my focus for these next couple weeks is getting back into a consistent training schedule. My intention is to start adding some volume back in without pushing anything that could be a lingering injury. With a few days that I had to shuffle around due to snow and opting to ride inside all but one day this week, I was able to get in every session.
My biggest struggle this week was waking up! I’m an early riser by nature but anything in the 4 o’clock hour seems immensely more difficult than anything after 5 am. Reminding myself that this will (fingers crossed) get easier and not letting myself give into my reasons to stay in bed helped me this week. Besides that, training never felt too difficult and I never felt overly tired. I do have some lingering pain where I had my stress fracture in August which is why you won’t see any running in my training. Because I have done the “return to running” thing wrong so many times, I am leaning towards being overly cautious right now. I would rather take a few extra weeks off right now than continue to deal with pain or something worse later this year.
Ok! Let’s get to that training, shall we?
- a.m. Indoor cycling class 1 hour, strength 50 minutes;
- p.m. Straight swim 20 minutes, aqua jog 30 minutes
- a.m. Masters swim 1 hour 15 minutes
- p.m. Elliptical 1 hour
- a.m. Indoor cycling class 1 hour 30 minutes
- p.m. Strength 1 hour
- a.m. Masters swim 1 hour
- p.m. Bike trainer spin 1 hour
Saturday: Masters swim 1 hour 10 minutes, Elliptical 1 hour, Strength 50 minutes
Sunday: Ride 3 hours
- Swim – 4 hours 15 minutes
- Bike – 6 hours 3o minutes
- Run replacement – 2 hours 30 minutes
- Strength – 2 hours 40 minutes
- 15 hours 25 minutes