I'm going to do something a little different this week. Instead of posting a longer post about my workouts, I'm just going to include the chart and list the workouts quickly on a post about a different topic. I figure it works out for the best. If you care about all the thoughts that went along with them you can follow me on DailyMile. I have a lot of thoughts on every one. Ha!
Tuesday: Bike Trainer Tempo 18 miles total
Wednesday: 4.5 mile Tempo Run with 20 minutes at 8:28
Thursday: 1:15 on the bike
Friday: 3100 yards swimming
Saturday: 12 mile run at 9:38/mile
Sunday: 41.27 mile ride at 18.1 MPH + 5 mile run at 9:42/mile
This weekend I did two days of training completely alone. I train alone during the week 99% of the time with rare swimming meetups with friends, but usually my weekends are when I meet up with a group or a friend either Saturday or Sunday and often both. As the weekend was approaching and training schedules and life schedules were solidifying, it started becoming evident to me that I was going to be solo on both my long run and long ride days. I wealth of thoughts went through my head.
"I don't want to do long training alone!"
"I'll be alone at my race so this will be good training."
"I don't want to be by myself. What if something happens on the ride? What if I get bored on the run?"
A lot of people train alone, and I absolutely respect that. I used to train almost solely solo before I knew other runners or got into triathlons. And I never really hated it. Sometimes I got bored after long enough alone, but it's not what I've gotten used to lately. I've gotten used to having the weekends to catch up with Tori or Beth or meet up with a new group to push my limits. And I was kind of dreading not having that norm.
By Friday evening I was aware that it was definitely going to happen, so I started making my plans for when I'd do what. And then on Saturday, I got up for my long run and made a new playlist and just had a great run. Something clicked and I just enjoyed it. Can I be honest? I've not been looking forward to the runs lately. I've more been dreading them, if you will. I have a fear that every time I step out the door for the run I'm going to hurt myself again. But on this run, I just let myself go. I kind of zoned out, ran where I wanted, and enjoyed the heck out of it.
That was odd for me and long runs lately. But I was pleased.
Then Sunday came around, and the long bike ride alone was hanging over my head. I decided I'd drive myself down to Ft. De Soto because the road around the island is pretty biker friendly; I knew with the 10 mile loop and lots of other bikers that if something happened there would be another biker not far behind. After our less than successful tire changing experience that required five people last weekend, I just knew it'd happen to me this weekend while I was without a buddy.
So off I went to loop the island.
I did three loops of the ten miles and then an out and back to the Tierra Verde bridge, and I'm sure you can guess where I'm going with this by the setup. It was an awesome ride. Somewhere five miles into it I relaxed (it always takes me a little bit to shake off my bike jitters) and thought to myself, "Hey! This isn't that bad!" I definitely still missed my friends, but I love riding my bike so much that I just practiced all the things I told myself I needed to work on and the time passed. By the final loop I was ready to get off my bike and speak to a human being, but 2 and a half hours was a pretty good amount of alone time with no music to get pretty in check with my life and how lucky and blessed I am.
Aside from the "being myself" part, it also gave me a chance to focus on some bike skills I've been meaning to work on. I took food from my bike jersey and ate while riding, and I got down in aero a lot! As it turns out this post is going a lot longer than I thought it would, so I'll do another post on bike handling. Someone left me a comment (without an email address or link to a blog so I wasn't able to respond to the question) asking me to do a review of my aero bars, so I'll do that soon!
But looking back, it was a pretty enjoyable weekend of solid training! That said, I'm already in the works checking to see what my friends are up to this coming weekend. It's good to be able to balance and enjoy both, I think!
Do you workout mostly alone or with friends?
Do you change it up sometimes?
Do you have a schedule of times you normally workout alone or with others?