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This time of the year.<br>
Why? What is your rationalization?<br>
What will get you back?<br><br>
Me: Swimming<br>
Why? Cuz I can and I just don't have time<br>
What? Febuary when I realize I'm so freakin slow
 

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My diet is horrible. No will power. I feel like it's really holding me back from performing really well.<br><br>
Also Yoga. I hear Yoga is so great for triathletes and I had been doing some, but haven't done it for a few months. Hard to fit in.
 

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Me: diet...it's so easy to eat...CRAP!<br><br>
Will I get back on? Yup. As soon as I get back into my school routine it will be a lot easier...plus...Tithers needs to lose weight for super-secret triathlon goals.<br><br>
Plus...if I don't we all know what sheldon will take out of the drawer...<br><br>
Oh and running...need to improve that!
 

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At the end of December, I find myself exactly where I should be. But if you asked me three weeks ago, I would have told you that I was skipping on swimming. But I was skipping on purpose. I wanted to take at least a full month or more away so that I could rest the body and recharge the mind to prepare me for the rather mundane thing called laps in a pool.<br><br>
I was worried, like many of you who have also skimped, either on purpose or not, that I would lose much of my fitness and strength. And that's what I want to talk about. Where I worried about getting notched down a few bars on the fitness scale, and where I kept reminding myself that I would get it all back rather quickly once I returned, I still worried even though I had no regrets about taking extended downtime.<br><br>
And after that downtime expired and after I was chomping at the bit to get back, it was a full month and 3 weeks before I swam. The first swim my arms felt like lead. For only the first 10 laps. The second swim a week later was better but very slow. The third was a bit faster yet stronger. And by the fourth or fifth, I felt that although I was not at peak, I was good enough to resume training like however I wanted.<br><br>
And the same is for you. So if you've been away from one of the disciplines for a little too long, your fitness gained over the year or two or more does not go away over night, or within a month or two or three. It is still there, in hiding, in the darkness, waiting for you to awaken it. But don't be discouraged. It might take two weeks to wake it up, to call it out, but it will come. Believe it. Have the confidence. And you'll be that much more ahead.<br><br>
Just know that the single best thing you can do to jumpstart your "comeback" is to set your alarm clock an hour earlier, get to bed on the early side, and tackle it in the morning. A few days later, do it again. And a few days later, do it again. Before you know, like one foot in front of another, you'll be walking out the door.
 

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Slacking on? Everything!!!<br><br>
Why: Stress fractor, vacation, Christmas, excuses excuses. I feel like when I am running, I'm on track with everything. I am however doing a good job at weight training.<br><br>
Back on track? Tomorrow I start a run/walk regime. Very excited!!
 

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slacking on weight because of the holidays<br>
Starting tuesday morning it back to work on losing a ton or two
 

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Swimming.<br>
I haven't done any since the HIM in Oct.<br>
And it's cause I just haven't felt like it.<br>
And I'll start in a few days when CS gets my schedule up for GCT.
 

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Hmmmmm...we should compare schedules...I'll give you me login. Lol...<br><br>
Sherry heard the wooden spoon drawer open again.
 

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tithers i think you like the wooden spoon<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Slacking: just about everything, and I think a lot of it has been mentally-based. Yeah, injuries, commitments & the holidays had something to do with it, but even then, I just had no motivation to even get out and do the minimum.<br><br>
Funny thing is now that I've got confirmation that what I suspected is reality in regard to the toe injury, I've been seriously motivated now to find ways to keep the proverbial ship righted. I'm definitely visiting the pool more often, if nothing else
 

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Yoga<br>
Why? Because I'm lazy or sometimes it just doesn't cross my mind.<br>
What? Lots of pain after a long run. Yoga helps me a lot after running.
 

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Funny thing - I was hugely into yoga until a month or so ago. Went into a maneuver that I probably shouldn't have based on my level of flexibility (a lotus position) and something popped in my knee.<br><br>
My massage therapist the popping sound was probably my IT band slipping out and back into place, since there was no swelling or pain associated with the popping sound (the area was awfully sore for several weeks after, though.) It is feeling better but now I've been reluctant to get back to even the basic yoga stuff.
 

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Since I did not have any fall races, I did my serious slacking in July and August. I am actually humming pretty good right now. But there is always something.<br><br>
Slacking on: Serious bike work<br><br>
Rationalization: No excuse<br><br>
Plan: Already starting to ratchet it down. I have 2 weeks of vacation coming up, where I will be likely be forced into run-only mode, and some stength work. I will be ready to go when I get back. Of course I then have a business trip....
 

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diet, strength training, and stretching. I had a good program going, until my PT said not to do some of the things I was doing, and I pretty much stopped all of them.
 

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Slacking on: these last two weeks, everything. I've only been for two runs since getting back home. My weight is also up.<br><br>
Rationalization: Our little town doesn't have an indoor pool, my bike trainer is in Germany, it's snowy out, and I'm only home with my wife for two weeks, after which I go back to Germany without her for 5 months. There are better ways to spend my time than going to the gym!<br><br>
Cure: Getting back to Germany, where I have crazy-training friends and where training helps me pass the time quickly. Also, knowing that I have an A-race really early in the season (Vancouver Worlds in June - Sprint, AG) will surely motivate me a fair bit!
 
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