Last week I took a step back to get a different perspective. I noticed that I was holding on to unnecessary and unhelpful expectations about where I “should” be in my current training cycle and comparing my training to where I was last year at this time leading into IMAZ. Expectations are toxic. When we go into something with an expectation it adds unnecessary pressure which can increase the demands on our brain and induce anxiety. I’m not in the same place I was last year at this time. But ya know what?!! Of course I’m not in the same place because I have laid more bricks, gained more experience, produced a lot more sweat, and have learned SO much more in the last 365 days. My training doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s…including that of my past self. What if I am right where I need to be? What if I am in a better place this year going into IMAZ than I was last year?
Quote of the week:
“Don’t let negative and toxic people rent space in your head. Raise the rent and kick them out.”~Robert Tew
Swim highlights: 15,002 yards
Saturday morning I set out to swim the furthest I have ever swam before…6 km (3.7 miles). Some may say, “Why?! You don’t NEED to swim that far” and they would be correct…I don’t NEED to swim that far, but I WANTED to go for it! Saturday morning was the last opportunity to swim long course in the 50 m outdoor pool for the season and I wanted to soak it all in, so I did just that! ⚡️
- Warm up:
- 300 swim
- 200 drills
- 300 swim
- 200 drills
- Main Set:
- 3×1500 swim at race pace effort (60 sec rest)
- 6×50 FAST (30 sec rest)
- Cool Down:
- 200 any stroke
Bike highlights: 113 miles
I ended the week (and started this week) with a back to back brick session and DAMN it was amazing! I rode the same 71 mile loop followed by the same 4+ mile run off the bike both Sunday and Monday. It was a HUGE confidence builder! Sunday was so AWESOME…I didn’t think it could get any better, but Monday was spicy and oh so much better! ⚡️
Run highlights: 22.4 miles
Wednesday before heading out for my run, I decided ahead of time to release the unnecessary and unhelpful expectations that I had been holding onto. The result…while running, I felt lighter, more joyful, more at peace, and held more space for self trust and self confidence.
Strength Training: 15 minutes of core strength daily
Weekly Totals: 17 hours & 29 minutes
2×30 minutes of full body strength training
Attitude of Gratitude:
What were your highlights from week 35 of 2022?!