The primary excuse I hear most often when people say they can’t workout/train is “I don’t have time”. Look, working out/training doesn’t have to take hours and hours each day…only the nuts (triathletes) like myself do that sort of thing to themselves. Anyone can make time to get some activity in, anyone. Do you know what the alternative is?
I like to say there’s a fine line between crazy and stupid. Crazy is fine…crossing over to stupid can really get you in trouble. I try and do this as little as possible, but sometimes it’s inevitable.
Part of skirting that line is finding the balance between adequate rest to recover properly, and adequate training to compete effectively.
So I’ve started looking at what it would take to get to the XTERRA USA National Championships in Ogden, Utah. The point system is similar to the one the WTC uses, but is region based, so perhaps it’s a little more equitable.
Here’s the kicker: I need to compete in four regional races and come in the top 15 at each one. Problem is, there are only four races in my region!
This was my third go at the Corvallis Half Marathon, and my third half overall. I will state right off the bat that I had not trained adequately for this event…my longest run since last year’s half was one 14-miler, then one 12, one 11, one eight, and that’s it. I’ve been focusing on speed more than endurance this last year, with my overall focus being on triathlon-specific training.
I won’t say I’ve been “dreading” this race, but it hasn’t occupied a lot of my mental time lately…I’ve had my head firmly entrenched in the multisport game, especially with trying to get my swim endurance built up, so I didn’t really give this race the attention it probably deserved.
That being said, I did pretty well!
So Saturday’s Beaver Freezer sprint tri got me thinking about my training and what needs to change, as well as my gear setup. This is tricky subject, because it has to deal with balance. You can easily go overboard on both, and get detrimental effects, too.