Monday, June 29, 2009

competing like it's for $10,000

As I've mentioned a dozen times or so already, yesterday was a race day for me. I'm not going to post a long, boring race report, just a few of the highlights.

I did the race with a friend and we were talking with our husbands before the race about how nervous we were, and how we didn't train like we thought maybe we should have. My friend said, "It's just for fun. I might have done things differently if it was for, like, ten thousand dollars." And then we both looked at each other and I could tell we were thinking the same thing. "Why didn't we train like it was worth ten thousand dollars?"

So in October, I will be competing for $10,000. Well, I will be if I can find someone to spot the 10Gs. But otherwise, I'll just ask myself how I would train if it were for that much money, and try to do that. I couldn't quit my job for $10,000, but I sure would make my training a priority. So, OK, I'll just do that.

By the way, we couldn't have had better race-day support if we had been professional athletes. Our husbands really took good care of us all day long, cheered for us along the way, took photos and videos and were just generally great.

This is my tentative $10,000 training plan:

Week Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
22-Jun swim run 30-40 min Pilates walk off off Triathlon
29-Jun swim run 30-40 min Pilates 6-7 miles Cycle/Yoga* Pilates/bike run 30-40 min
6-Jul swim run 30-40 min Pilates 7-8 miles Cycle/Yoga* Pilates/bike run 30-40 min
13-Jul swim run 30-40 min Pilates 8-9 miles Cycle/Yoga* Pilates/bike run 30-40 min
20-Jul swim run 30-40 min Pilates 9-11 miles Cycle/Yoga* Pilates/bike run 30-40 min
27-Jul swim run 30-40 min Pilates 4-6 miles Cycle/Yoga* Pilates/bike run 30-40 min
3-Aug swim run 30-40 min Pilates 11-13 miles Cycle/Yoga* Pilates/bike run 30-40 min
10-Aug swim run 30-40 min Pilates 4-6 miles bike Pilates/bike run 30-40 min
17-Aug swim run 30-40 min Pilates 12-14 miles bike Pilates/bike run 30-40 min
24-Aug swim run 30-40 min Pilates 5-6 miles bike Pilates/bike run 30-40 min
31-Aug swim run 30-40 min Pilates 13-15 miles bike Pilates/bike run 30-40 min
7-Sep swim run 30-40 min Pilates 5-7 miles bike Pilates/bike run 30-40 min
14-Sep swim run 30-40 min Pilates 14-15 miles bike Pilates/bike run 30-40 min
21-Sep swim run 30-40 min Pilates 5-8 miles bike Pilates/bike run 30-40 min
28-Sep swim run 30 minutes Pilates run 30 minutes walk off half marathon

I'm sure there will be modifications along the way.

You see that Pilates (specifically, Pilates Reformer) has a significant role in my $10,000 training plan. There is a very good reason for that. I felt pretty amazing yesterday after finishing my race (in 1:38:31 for the time geeks out there), a time that was right in the same range of my other sprint tris, even though I felt like my training was not quite as rigorous as I would have liked it to be. Usually I feel more tired and sore and have bad headaches and GI problems after long races. My husband and I thought about what was different and came up with a few ideas.

  1. Pilates reformer classes. I didn't have any injury problems in training and I didn't feel like I was beat up with a baseball bat after the race was over. I think the core strength I built with these classes was a big factor.
  2. Probiotics. I have been reading The Probiotics Revolution (review forthcoming) and have been including daily doses of kefir and/or yogurt, plus the probiotic-friendly foods suggested in the book.
  3. Salt. At one of my triathlons I heard about hyponatremeia, and though my symptoms aren't severe enough to match the clinical definition, I wondered if my usual low-salt diet, plus the heat and the fact that I lose a lot of salt when I sweat, might be a factor in how I was feeling. I made sure to have saltier-than-usual foods before and after the race just in case.
  4. Heat acclimatization. I've been spending less time in air conditioning and more time training in the heat. My husband reminded me that I went out and trained in long pants on several days that most sane people were wearing shorts. Plus, our air conditioner went out for a while when it got really hot.
I'm not sure which, if any, of these was the magical factor, but since they are all easy and low-risk, I can definitely include them in my next training plan.

The best thing about the race is that it got me pumped up and excited. As silly as it sounds, I feel like now that this race is out of the way, I can really focus on my training. Half-marathon, here I come.

Anyone have $10,000?

6 comments:

  1. Good job! I have it on good authority (since I'm doing it myself currently) that if you sign up to raise money for a non-profit while doing your training it's kinda of the same as someone paying you, except you have the weight of people forking over money to see you succeed.

    And it feels almost as if you're making the money yourself. Almost!

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  2. What a great motivator! I wish I had 10k to give you. I might have to adopt this mindset!

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  3. I wish had the 10Gs for you, I'm in awe of that schedule :)

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  4. Congrats on your race! It will be interesting to see how your $10,000 training goes. I never race "just for fun" . . . I think I'm only racing for about $20 though. Anyway, isn't the feeling you have now worth more than $10,000 anyway? Money just can't buy that feeling!!

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  5. What a good idea - train like you are racing for money!

    I am happy the race went well and you feel relieved and ready to focus! :)

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  6. Very clear, planned training schedule. Your thoughtful analysis of factors that probably changed the way you felt and how you raced seems spot on. Wish I had $10K to sponsor you.

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