Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Periodization continued...

I can't believe how good I feel today. I'm recovering faster and faster. I'm barely sore. Just a little calf pain. Knees feel fine. Didn't hurt at all to get down the stairs. I took yesterday off just in case but I'm ready to plunge back into it today.
I am currently restructuring my workout schedule to start my next cycle (see today's word--periodization). I am excited about the change and looking forward to it. I'm chomping at the bit. I can't wait to put the work in and go to bed exhausted and sore at night. I love that feeling. I guess this is a sign that I'm well rested. I feel go..go...go. All systems go.
I need to get my body geared up for the triathlons coming up. There are 3: Race for Sight May 1st, Memphis in May (biggest race) May 22, and Rec Plex Tri June 19th. I can't wait. The bike is the longest segment so it should be emphasized the most. I'm getting ready to ramp up the bike, increase the swim intensity, and decrease the running. Up the weight lifting since it's pretty important for swimming and biking.
It's hard not to run as much. If you haven't noticed, the run is my favorite. It's so simple. Put your shoes on and go. Plus, it's the easiest for me. I'm long and lean so I'm built for running. I don't have real muscular legs so I have to work hard to build power on the bike. I don't have real muscular shoulders and I lack the extra fat most good female swimmers have for buoyancy. I'm a pretty good swimmer and an intense biker, but I need to push it. I'll get there. I'm proud of the muscle I do have. I had to work really hard for it.
No signs of overtraining or burn-out for last season. I'm really learning the art of less is more.


G-Man said...

You know, I'd probably be able to keep up with you for about 2 or 3 minutes.

Rachel said...

Thanks for the compliment. You'd be surprised though. It doesn't take long to build up a base. I've convinced one of my friends to go running with me. He was positive he wouldn't make it but he did the entire 3 miles. Afterwards, he realized it wasn't nearly as bad as he thought it was going to be.