Thursday, September 27, 2012

giving 100% all of the time

is it possible to always give 100% ?  or can you split the effort ?  i feel like i have gone through life never having really given 100%.  is it actually possible to do it or is your perceived best effort really 100%.  how do you define what is actually 100% ?

the reason i have been thinking about this is of course ironman training.  for me 100% would be not missing a session, meeting all the training goals of each session, eating well, recovering correctly, yoga workouts, massage, strength and core sessions etc etc.  for a person who works full-time this is unrealistic - or is it ?   

i completed my degree part-time while working full-time at some fairly demanding roles.  i always felt disappointed because i found it difficult to give 100% and achieve the marks i probably would have if i was just a full-time student. or is that just an excuse ? or maybe i would have had the same result anyway because instead of work as an excuse i would have been hanging out with my mates at the tavern ?  i dont think i have ever really applied myself 100%.  my mum would give me a hard time when i was younger but i dont think it was because she wanted to encourage or motivate me.  it was just one more thing to criticise  me about and make herself feel a little bit better.

my training is going pretty good and i am hitting all the session targets as far as time and distance.  i havent missed any run or bike sessions and only a few swims.  but coach ironman has included targets regarding cadence for both the run and bike.  he has also included some weekday hill rides.  it is difficult for me to get to hills during the week - i already start work an hour late on those days and i live in the swan 'valley' - you know, the flat part.  the cadence target is just ridiculous.  the range given is what elite or pro cyclists (something i clearly am not) maintain over distance.  but that is a topic for another blog.  so while i am going 'pretty good' am i really giving it 100% ?

crowie won kona and broke the course record at the same time.  so you would say that winning is the best result and he probably gave 100%.  but did he ?  was it the perfect race ?  he got cramps towards the end so did he neglect his nutrition or did he go just that little bit too hard on the bike ?  does 100% effort always mean you will get a good result ?  at the time you may feel like you are giving 100%. so is that the answer - that you can look back and think i could not have done anything else under the circumstances.  or under the circumstances did i cop out ?  i have ten weeks to go.  i hope i can give it 100%.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Week 15 and 14 Training

i have just finished week 15 and 14 of training and the following adaptation week - which i LOVE.  can you believe i have only 12 weeks left to the BIG day !!  FARK.  

but staying focused my biggest training weeks of all time have always been the peak week for half iron training.  in april 2011 i did 15.51 hours for 270k.  in april 2012 i did 15.46 for 293k.  after this i would be feeling very tired but happy  to have completed it all.  so it is quite satisfying that for week 15 i clocked 15.20 hours and 272 km and for week 14 16 hours and 298 km.  things to note here are that i missed a swim in week 14,  i was 15 minutes down in each tuesday windtrainer session and i now track my swim times more accurately.  BUT i have put together two of my biggest weeks and i feel GREAT.  my legs feel pretty good and it is monday and i am not ready to fall asleep at my desk.  this is a good indication that i am managing the training - SO FAR.  this week is an easy 10 hours and then more of the real work begins.  week 12 is 16.15 and week 11 18.15 hours.  i feel alot more settled with the programs routine and the weather is warmer so things should progress nicely.

i have finally decided what it is that really annoys me about some triathletes.  aside from the ones who come to swim squad and like to tell anyone who will listen that they rode for 4 hours that morning followed by a 90 minute run.  and THIS is why they swim slow.  i read a comment on slowtwitch (of all places) that actually made sense.  it was along the lines of how the back of the pack age grouper is in awe of anyone who finishes in 10 hours or less and much respect is given to those who are capable and have the talent and dedication to do so.  BUT the same cannot be said for the age grouper who may not be as talented, finishes at the back of the pack but is no less dedicated or hard working.  no respect for their efforts is given.  and that attitude is what pisses me off.

so i now begin another two week block.  there are three two week blocks with a recovery week in  between to go.  followed by TAPER time.  there is also mandurah 70.3 in 5 weeks time.  this will be the only occasion that  i get rewarded with a t-shirt and a medal after a training session.

seriously how good was the weather this weekend !!