Posted by: pursuingsub17 | October 6, 2010

My “workout but don’t train” plan is working.

I was going over my race results compared to last year and realized my 2009 season was much better. There are several reasons why. I was more serious about training then. I had something to prove to Marc. I had a nemesis to motivate me. But most of all – and I think I’ve said this before – I started training waaaayyyy too early for 2010. In 2009, I didn’t start any kind of training until the end of February.

In the past month I’ve been easing back into running and forcing myself to just slow down a bit and enjoy the scenery. I finally have my legs back and some energy but I’m not pushing myself too hard. You don’t realize how much a half Ironman takes out of you until you think you’re ready to give it all you got and you are lucky to be able to run 9 k without feeling like garbage. Marc’s teammate, Andrew, said he still felt like he was pulling a piano behind him when out for a run in September – and his race was in June!

Anyway, I digress. I’ve been trying to mix it up a bit. I started some light workouts for sculpting the upper body last week but I’m using the pilates bands and tubing instead of weights. I’ll start including plyometrics by November. But I’ve thrown the schedule out the window in terms of what I’m actually going to do on a particular day and why I’m doing it. If I feel like running, I will. Maybe I’ll bike instead if the weather permits (and we’ve had some really nice days lately).  Swim only occasionally. Sometimes I’ll hop on the eliptical for a half hour or just go for an hour long power walk without the iPod and take in the sights and smells of fall. Belly dancing classes have taken the boredom out of exercising. I love the isolation exercises and I think I’ll benefit from them a lot. I’ve been doing yoga too with the Wii when I’m not using the tubing. And I’ve been doing crunches and other core exercises about 4 days a week. All of this is starting to show results, mentally and physically – unlike last year. Why?

The key is to pick something I’ll enjoy just to get some exercise just to stay fit and maybe shed a few lbs that I’ve gained over the last few years. So I’m working out because I want to – not because I have to. Last year, I “trained” with the goal for a speedy 70.3 for 8 months before my first race (the marathon). By that time, I was sick of training. And I still had 2 more months to go before my 70.3. So I slacked off, went to too many gatherings with friends, ate too much rich food and drank too much wine and beer. I was packing on calories and getting minimal training in when it should have been the opposite.

So that’s where I’m at right now. It’s made a lot of improvements – some physically but a lot mentally. I actually look forward to going for a run or a bike or whatever my heart wants to do. No schedules, no coach. Not until the end of February anyway :).



  1. I think this is a great concept. I may need to try it myself after the marathon in January. I’ve been in training mode now for…over a year. Wow! That’s a long time…

    My theory has been that if I’m in training for something then I’ll go workout. And in the beginning that was probably not a bad idea. But now I’m wondering if some of my recent issues aren’t from pure burnout…that constant mental strain of “training.”

    Glad it is working for you!! Think I will follow in your footsteps after my marathon in January…unless of course I’m in training to come over to the darkside…LOL!! But maybe I’ll keep the spring easy…and try a tri in the fall.

    We’ll see. But I think there is much wisdom in your approach. Keep it fun!! Keep it fresh!! Happy working out…and not training… 😉 Heather

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