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So here I am 4.5 weeks out from IMAZ. The last few weekends have been like this for me:<br><br>
Feb 16-17: 1/2 Marathon (PR)<br>
Feb. 23-24: Run 10 miles (with 5k PR included) Saturday, bike 100 Sunday<br>
Mar. 1-2: Run 12 miles (with 10k race included) Saturday, bike 100/run 2 Sunday<br>
Mar 9-10: Run 18 miles, swim Saturday, bike 100 miles Sunday<br><br>
So, I had 3 weeks of centuries in a row and am about beat.<br><br>
On the weekdays I have generally been spinning twice a week (class on my own bike/trainer), doing 2 masters swim workouts, and running 2-3 times. Friday's are always my off day (so I have been taking at least 1 day totally off a week).<br><br>
This weekend (4 weeks from IMAZ) I have a 70 mile organized ride planned for Saturday and a 20 mile run (easy half marathon with extra miles) planned for Sunday. I'm also going to open water swim Saturday afternoon.<br><br>
The next weekend (3 weeks from IMAZ) I have an ~18 mile run and ~100 mile bike planned, then taper time.<br><br>
Weekend after that (2 weeks out) I have a short sprint race on Saturday and a 1/2 Ironman Aquabike (swimming and biking only) on Sunday.<br><br>
All that being said, what do you reduce when you decide you are overtrained? I swam this morning and am not doing anything else until Saturday morning. I am kind of stuck on keeping my weekend workouts because they are kind of milestones in my head. I know if I had to race in 3 weeks I'd be ok to go, but I don't want to start my taper this early on. I have my biggest run planned for 4 weeks out and biggest ride 3 weeks out.<br><br>
Should I reduce duration and/or intensity of some of my weekday stuff? Should I just plain take out a few workouts here and there? Last year I was certainly in the undertrained boat, and it worked out just fine for me, but this is a new "problem" for me!
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A lot of very good insight and even suggestions given here.<br><br>
Let's take a step back to look at just how far you've come, shall we.<br><br>
You have logged so many running miles at or beyond marathon distance that they snapped a photo of you and glossed it on a magazine. Not only is that very cool but it also shows that you have the run miles in the bank, to use Merigayle's word.<br><br>
You have logged so many cycling miles, and you know you have, and you've felt pretty good, that you also know that you have the bike in the bank. Those will not disappear. Not in a long time.<br><br>
As for the swim, it sounds like you have that nailed too.<br><br>
So your training is done, complete. Do you know how many other athletes toeing the line in AZ will be able to say the same? Let me answer for you? More than you think, but still a low number. And most of them will force train right through it. Which could be smart if they're seriously not overtrained, or it could be very, very detrimental. You know this sport has a great mental component. Don't fuck with it. Pardon my French, I am practicing for my honeymoon you know.<br><br>
So your goal from here until race day is to maintain your fitness while keeping your motivation up, or at least get it off the floor. I buy that you're supposed to be tired. You are. You are pushing yourself more than ever before and doing it to unreasonable levels. No, Ironman is not reasonable.<br><br>
First task is to get your motivation up. Without it, you will not do much anyway, and when you do whatever workouts you have lined up, without motivation, those workouts will lack luster and perhaps even be detrimental. To get your motivation up, you need some rest, or at least some downtime. Forget about the event. Let it go. Just for a while. Insert an easy week and perhaps scale back entirely your weekend plans. Maybe even blow off the entire weekend. Your training is in the bank. You don't need it. You know that. Then set yourself up to get in one or two more quality long rides and runs. These do not have to be monster sessions. Just make sure they are ample and quality. Say you cycle 75 mile next weekend and 85 another. With the run, you don't need any more crazy long runs. You don't. You already have what you need. So maybe insert a 15 miler one weekend and perhaps something as long as but not necessarily so an 18 miler. But try to do these not on the day before or after a long ride. That's the double whammy that whacks your energy and thus your motivation, because it gets old, it wears on you, and sometimes it's not fun.<br><br>
Scale back, get your motivation on track, and then start from there.<br><br>
But whatever you do, always remember how far you have come, and always know that you can only withstand a high level for so long. I should know. I ride that line all the time. You've heard of my marathon-a-month streak, right? Well, it hasn't been nearly as easy as I let on. It's been a hell of a lot of fun, but fun and easy aren't the same. I've had to play games with my mental state at various times to keep from burning out. I've had to insert shorter weekend runs for several weekends in the row to keep my motivation high. And you will too.<br><br>
You are now in a tired state. Rest a bit. It will pass. And then you'll go on to rock the fucking course in Arizona. You know it. I know it. We all know it. Because we've watched you grow before our very eyes.
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