One really big lesson I learned throughout the past month or so of training is the importance, yet again, of “the little things.” More specifically, the importance of properly fueling your body. Even more specifically, the highly critical component of iron in a person’s diet (especially women!). Once I realized that my lack of structure when I’m off for the “summer” (aka my one month break) causes me to get out of a routine, it dawned on me that I had stopped taking my iron supplement.
Training this year has been harder than ever, partly because I missed such a big chunk of quality training time being out for April and May, and partly due to the fact that getting better requires digging deeper than before. My strength on the run always cancels out my weakness on the swim, so the bike is the obvious area where we need to focus my improvement.
I know it’s not nearly as simple as this, but once Ryan and Bill told me that I should basically be hurting the entire time when I’m biking, my legs seemed to come around. This happened in Muncie, which was only one month after Grand Rapids in which I biked one of my slower bike splits (ever). Since Muncie (mid-July), my outdoor riding has finally started to match the power numbers I’ve been seeing on my computrainer workouts. This is huge and will definitely lead to big gains in Kona.
<<spoiler alert: this is me breaking the tape... that they let me keep!! How cool!
After another amazing 100+ miler the day before Fort 2 Base, I wasn’t sure how my body would respond. In July, I ran the Rock’n’Roll ½ the day after a great 100+ mile bike and felt great, but this 100+ miler blew the July one out of the water. When I started the Fort 2 Base race, my legs could feel the fatigue. They didn’t feel “sore,” but they just felt as though they wouldn’t move. Coach Bill had a workout that I was to do during the race, and I was getting pretty nervous about hitting the paces.