Monday, August 07, 2006

In a Funk.

Everything was going great. I had my first open water swim experience since training on Saturday, July 29th (outcome: challenging but manageable). I've been really sticking to the schedule, so much so that I went for a pool workout right after my haircut and style (had to fit in the workout somewhere…which meant I couldn't enjoy my hair at it's best since I'll never be able to style my hair as well as Damian).

Beth and I also rode the Iron Girl event bike course in Columbia, MD this past Saturday. The course was extremely hilly and difficult but never did I think that I couldn't do it or curse myself at signing up for the event. I was really really excited afterwards, as a matter of fact. I felt to proud and accomplished that I had come this far.

And then…Saturday night as I'm lying in bed I start freaking out. My body hurt. I was exhausted, mentally and physically. So yesterday I decided to take a break from training. I cleaned the apartment. I ran some errands. I had an iced chai with whip from Starbucks. I painted.

But I still feel blah today. I know I should run today, but I just don't feel like it. I'm going on vacation next week and wish it were this week. I think I just need a break. I hope I didn't use up all my energy out there on the country roads this past weekend. I know I just need to push through until this cloud passes.


Blogger Sherri said...

stephanie, take a little break if you need to...and don't feel bad about it. sounds like you've been going pretty hard so be careful to not burn yourself out. i, too, am very new to all of this, but have already learned the importance of listening to my body.

glad to hear that the course ride went well. i am planning to attack it this saturday. was it pretty easy to find?

get some rest and refreshment and you'll be out of this funk before you know it. the one good thing is that at least the weather this week is predicted to be more manageable than last!! a good thing!

have an excellent evening!

11:03 AM  
Blogger Steph said...

Congrats on surviving a hard week, training and all. Not to mention the CRAZY heat. That alone will take a tremendous toll.

It's GREAT to read that you did well on the bike course. I heard it's pretty hilly... Are there any substantial flats? Like Sherri, I plan to go out there sometime for a test ride. I haven't ridden a course this summer that had a single foot of flatness!

You're going to have a GREAT race, and an even better vacation next week! Good luck out there.

6:18 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

stephanie, are you staying out in columbia on saturday night or are you simply driving out early sunday morning?

12:25 PM  
Blogger stephanie said...

Hi Sherri. Thanks for the supportive comment on the post. I'm feeling much better today, by the way. :) hoorah.

As for the race, my friend and I are staying out there the night before. It's only an hour drive from DC, but since we have to be there on Saturday for all that pre-race stuff and race itself is early, we just thought it would be easier to spend the night there.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Don't worry about pushing through. Being tired, sore, and unmotivated means you need at least 1 day off if not more! You have to be wary of overtraining this late in the season.

10:55 PM  

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