I’ve hit a roadblock again in my training. My first week and a half of Ironman specific training for Ironman Maryland was great, and then I woke up today. All day I’ve been tired and fatigued, and I couldn’t even get in an easy spin. It feels like just when I was making some great progress I’ve taken a step back.
The Good (my 1 step forward)
- I’ve had a run focus to reintroduce some speed into my training, something I’ve lacked this year and most of last. I had a great track workout last Tuesday, I was only so-so about my tempo run Friday, but then I had a great long run that included a tough pyramid of intervals that I was super happy with. I managed to log 88k last week.
- This week I had another great track workout Tuesday.
- Last week at my open water swim I was happy with my laps at Cherry Beach in rough conditions. This week the water was calm and I swam laps faster than I ever have at Cherry Beach, I was able to get out to good starts, and I felt like my pull was really strong.
- Lisa and I did our first long ride. I got in a good set of 6x15min @ Half Ironman intervals.
The Bad (2 steps back)
- Yesterday on my bike I didn’t have any power in my legs and I first downgraded my power for my workout, and then I cut it early.
- My shins were really sore after running home from swim, a sign that I’m tired.
- Today I woke up exhausted. I figured I’d do an easy spin for an hour or two on my bike, but I just had nothing in my legs.
- I don’t really know.
- The obvious answer is I need more rest, but I didn’t actually work out THAT much in relation to what a number of other people do. When I’m not working out I’m off my feet for most of the day. I get 8 hours of sleep most nights.
- My weight did dip slightly. I’m not entirely sure why/how. I’ve basically been eating non-stop when I’m not working out. Contrary to what some might thing based on how I fuel some bike workouts, I get in a lot of vegetables and lean proteins. So I don’t think my body is lacking for nutrients.
- I don’t take any supplements, and I haven’t had a blood test in a while. It seems like a lot of people are on iron, B vitamins, etc. I’ve never been big on supplements, so I wouldn’t even know where to start.