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:
|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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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?