It is hard but I am finally wrapping my head around the fact that I do indeed need to lighten the load until the end of the year so that I can be 100% fresh and ready to begin the training needed for the Louisville Ironman in August 2011.
After some whining about being bored already and the feeling of losing fitness I receive this response:
You are losing fitness. But that's ok! You want to shed all of your fatigue before you start. Otherwise you're fitness will plateau and you'll see little improvement over the next season.
The words ring true and I must get my mind plugged into this way of thinking.
So for now this is my schedule until the end of December (insert a big yawn)
Monday – off
Tuesday – Ride 45 minutes followed by a 15 minute run
Wed. – 45 minute run / 1 hour yoga
Thursday – Ride 60 minutes
Friday – 30 – 45 minute run
Saturday – Ride 2 hours
Sunday – Run 60 minutes
All of the above are to be completed in the Zone 2 or very low Zone 3 range. This is much harder than it sounds but I am working on it. Slowing down seems…well….SLOW.
I also will be adding 2 strength days and will begin this next week on Tuesday and Thursday.
To mix things up a bit I am TRAIL RUNNING on Saturday with some friends. It has been forever and my heart will love every step.