February 2014 was less awesome than January 2014…but more awesome than February 2013 and 2012 combined.
…makes John grouchy. This last week was one of those weeks, where anything that could go wrong (work-wise) did. As a result of missing Monday’s run due to forgetting my phone belt (cardinal rule of running solo: never go without your phone), I decided that it would be a good week to skip any tri-specific training (swimming, cycling, running) and focus on stretching and strength training.
That had mixed results.
There’s a great article in the current issue of Triathlete magazine titled “It Takes a Village”, about the support system we triathletes need and how to support the triathlete in your life. There’s even a group on Twitter called the TriWivesClub; their stories and anecdotes are hilarious.
What does my personal support system look like?
When I started down this running/triathlon road a couple years ago, I would drive through pain and discomfort to hit a scheduled workout. Inevitably, that led to more pain and discomfort. Which led to more pushing through, and more pain. You can see where this is going. As I wrote a few weeks back, I’m not as young as I used to be…I can’t pull off that nonsense anymore.
So when my left knee said “dude, not feeling well”, I listened.
Like many (most?) of you, I have a day job, a family and other obligations besides my training. That being said, triathlon training takes up a huge amount of my time. I really don’t have any other hobbies, and I’ve actually given up other hobbies to train as much as I do (I no longer have any video game consoles, haven’t for a few years now).
What does that level of commitment/insanity look like?