I’ve been at this triathlon training project for five months now. The newness has worn off, and as I mentioned in Tri This: Month 4, one of my current challenges is finding the rhythm of training that works for the long haul.
I’ve been working out regularly, 5 or 6 days a week, and I’m noticing that my endurance and fitness is continuing to improve. My “long” workouts in each discipline are longer. Swimming a mile at a time, running 4 plus miles, biking 15 or 16 miles. And I’m happy to note that these increased distances are feeling reasonably comfortable, not at the edge of tolerable. That’s something I had been wanting, although I didn’t realize it until it happened.
I’ve also discovered (or more accurately, reaffirmed) some things about me and scheduling. I really like flexibility, deciding what to do on any given day. For example, if its a really nice day out, I may choose to take a long bike ride, despite it being the “best” day for a swim, schedule-wise. I’m recognizing that there are some competing motivations here. There’s the part of me that “knows” that in order to improve, having a fair amount of structure and discipline and scheduling may well facilitate and increase the rate of skill development. And then there’s the part of me that says “I’ve been disciplined and scheduled most of my life, and that really takes the fun out of things”.
In favor of that second point of view is the reality of where I am in life. I’m 62, reasonably fit, but really without a major physical gift. In other words, I’m not ever going to be brilliant at any physical activity. So it comes back to my priorities: Is this fun? Yes. Is it a worthy use of my time and energy? Yes. Do I want to continue for another month? Yes.
Is it okay to do it my own way? Hell yes!!