I'm so set on the routine, that it seems like if I'm not doing two-a-day workouts during the weekdays, I feel lost.
Every day is different, so it's not like I'm just dredging through the workouts. I kind of feel like I'm on a search-and-destroy mission to hit my training hours. How nerdy is that?
I was also given a dose of elitest mentality, who made me realize how low-tech of a training person I am - and that I'm quite okay with it.
A conversation this weekend with a guy I met out at TMS regarding my Ironman Texas training:
Him- "How long have you had your bike?"
Me- "Just a couple years. I just got into tri's in 2009. Wasn't sure if I was going to stick with them, so I really didn't plan on investing in one. I got this one on eBay. Going from a sprint to Ironman in a little over a year and a half took me by surprise, too."
Him- "So, do you have a coach?"
Me- "No, I created a hybrid plan that follows the Don Fink plan, but customized to my training time available."
Him- "How are you tracking of your progress, then?"
Me- "I log everything on BeginnerTriathlete.com"
Him- "Oh. Do you use a Heart Rate monitor?"
Me- "No. I'd consider Zone 2 for me is if I can have a conversation, like we are now... Zone 4 would be lungs attempting to jump out of throat."
Him- "Do you have a watch?"
Me- "Yes, but I left it at home. I average about 3 laps an/hour out here... give or take."
Him- Awkward Pause. "Do you even wear sunglasses?"
Me- "Yes, but I left those at home too. Not a reason to give up the ride for today."
No, I don't ride the newest, fastest bike. I'm (probably) not going to qualify for Kona. But, seriously don't judge me because I choose not put my training in the hands of a coach or have a heart rate monitor beeping at me every 15 minutes to tell me what to do or how I'm doing it. I've survived this long without one- I think I'll do just fine. Old school, or not - Thank you very much!
Hope everyone is having a great week! :)
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