Saturday, September 5, 2015

On becoming a morning person

For most of my life, I have been a dyed-in-the-wool night owl, going to bed around midnight most days, if not later, and getting up no earlier than 8:30 am. Then on the weekends, I'd sleep in even longer.

I'd like to say triathlon changed all that, but it wouldn't be true. Even though most races start in the wee hours of the morning, I didn't really change my habits. I did my workouts after work on the way home and I would just push through that early morning "I don't want to be here" feeling on the days I had to get up early to race or attend a clinic.

This changed when I joined El Camino YMCA Triathlon Club.

Friday, September 4, 2015

You had ONE job. Just one

Yesterday marked the beginning of the two week period prior to racing in the ITU World Age Grouper Aquathlon Championships.

It has been shown that it generally takes ten to fourteen days for fitness gains to be incorporated into your body. 

What this means to me is that once I am two weeks out from a race, my main job -- my only job -- is to maintain my current fitness level while not injuring myself.

So what did I do yesterday? Went for a nine mile run to get ready for the San Jose Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon and tripped on absolutely nothing and hurt myself. 

Yes, I managed to fail in my one job the very first day!

I probably didn't really trip on "nothing." The ground is uneven on a trail. But I didn't trip on a rock or a tree root or anything I could see. I was probably just not picking up my feet enough.