Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Focus on the work, not on how you feel


My 2018 mantra has been "Focus on the work, not on how you feel".

For where I am, I can't think of a better mantra,

Because Liz is killing me.


As you know, I don't say that lightly. 

I am training for a 70.3 at the beginning of April.

When I was putting together my plan for 2018, I told Liz that I could do a 70.3 in X time. I broke it down.

Silly me.

I told her: 

I can swim in X time (with transitions with or without a wetsuit).

BBS says I can ride in X. (BBS accurately predicts my times within seconds).

I can run a half marathon in X. I haven't done it yet (off the bike), but I KNOW I CAN.


And well, Liz apparently took me seriously. 

Here I am, 13 weeks out from my 70.3. I am doing more work right now than I have in my peak weeks in the past.

I asked her, "Hey. What's the end game here"?

She told me that she doesn't think of training as a weekly volume. 

Basically, she thinks in terms of what the athlete needs.

This year is our 5th year together. Last year, I showed that I could recover from hard work and an intense schedule. 

I believe that's a big factor in setting up my schedule.

Coming from a short course background, it would seem like I should be intimidated by all this.  But, I'm not. For the first time ever, I'm not intimidated. I believe in myself to do the work

I'm excited to see what I can do. 

What I have found is that everything I am doing is all mental. She has me doing sprint intervals at the end of long runs. 

Can you hold the pace, Tea? Can you?

Focus on the work. Not on how you feel.

At masters, I had two back to back days of tough workouts. 

60x50's one day.
30 x 50's and 40 x 25's the next day. I knew it would be hard to hold my paces during the 25's, but I didn't give up. I gave everything I could; even though it wasn't very much.

Focus on the work. Not on how you feel.

I am constantly asking myself, "What do I have to do to make this happen"?  Sometimes, that means taking a longer rest to gather myself. Sometimes that means failing an interval or a workout.

Workouts aren't meant to be perfect. Workouts are meant to test you. We need to use our workouts to learn. We are meant to figure out how to overcome challenges; how to overcome negativity; how to overcome when we are tired.....

Do you know how many years it has taken me to get to this point? 

Yesterday, I had a long run that didn't go super well. I wrote up my notes. I told Liz what I did, what went wrong. I most certainly didn't beat myself up. Liz and I went back and forth for a bit, and she said, "You know what you have to do".

Yes. Yes. I do.

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