Training fun and frustration

I hope you enjoyed that more than I clearly did. I’ll get to it in just a second!

Sometimes when I’m training on the bike, I look and feel less than impressed with the training experience.

An indoor ride for a sweat test left me tired and, well, sweaty.
An indoor ride for a sweat test left me tired and, well, sweaty.

Other times, I’m pretty excited about the drills of the day, the nuances of forcing your body to do more than yesterday. Then, every once in awhile, something really fun happens, like jersey day!!

This year's Tri-Team jerseys from Pearl Izumi.
This year’s Tri-Team jerseys from Pearl Izumi.

Those are the Terre Haute Tri-Team jerseys for 2014. We just got these within the last few days, and everyone I’ve heard from on the team is pretty happy at what (I’m calling) “Jersey Day” means. Apparently, racing season is right around the corner!! Just ask my legs, they seem to feel it!

Remember this photo:

 

This is me, probably around 300m into swim #3, and pretty "over it".
This is me, probably around 300m into swim #3, and pretty “over it”.

I was less than excited at that point in training.

I think we’ve turned the corner. I’ve started really enjoying the process of training. I look forward to what’s on the agenda for the day. Some days are better than others when it comes to performance, but just like a day at work, not every day goes exactly how you thought it would when you got out of bed that morning.

Training, like everything else, is about rolling with the punches. For example, imagine my concern when my Forward Motion Coach Ryan Oilar told me I needed to start eating those gel packs that what I call “serious athletes” use. I hope you can appreciate my first experience that’s so kindly documented by Ryan at the top of the blog.

Since then, I’ve gotten much better. I’ve found flavors and types that I like more than others. On race day, I’ll be relying on these for a lot of energy and I know they’ll serve me well, but like other things, these are an acquired taste. (I promise, I can make it through one without “that” face now.)

And now and then, training is about stopping to see where the experience has taken you. From an awesome sunset near downtown to a beautiful sky over a western Vigo County field, you never know where you’ll land. As important as the training and the timing is, sometimes it’s just as important to stop and take it all in!

 

Wrapping up a training run in downtown Terre Haute, I caught this shot.
Wrapping up a training run in downtown Terre Haute, I caught this shot.
A quick stop on a short run in western Vigo County to take a look around!
A quick stop on a short run in western Vigo County to take a look around!

Many of you are catching up with me around town and at the Vigo County YMCA to check in on my training. Feel free to share your training stories with me as well. We’re all in this together!
Are you signed up for the Terre Haute Triathlon yet on May 17th?

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