This morning I went out for a short, 'day before the race' run. Was out for 30 minutes and did two 3 minute race pace intervals. Needless to say the intervals were not fun. Darn it!!! My breathing was laboured and my legs were a bit heavy. Somewhat disappointing as I kind of hoped, in the back of me wee brain, that I would 'race' Melissa's. Ah well, such is life. Tomorrow I'll just go by feel and see what happens.
In the afternoon I went to the gym and got a new strength program from Patrick. Yet another IronGod here in Cochrane, and also a fitness centre owner, coach, and personal trainer extraordinaire. I haven't done strength training since May, so I wasn't sure how I'd feel.
I should add that I've been a gym rat since I was 16 years old. I love strength training - I find it meditational and the one place I can just zone out and focus on what my muscles are doing. For a person who's brain never stops, this is a blessing.
Today; however, I realized just how much strength I'd lost during training. It was disappointing really. At the same time it was a good thing because I know where my weak areas are now and I know what I have to work on to be stronger for next tri season.
My shoulder had been bugging me the last month of IM training. Today I learned it was because the muscles in my back aren't strong enough, and the front ones are compensating. So we are going to work on that. Also, we'll continue to work on my core. Definitely needed during race season!
I love the exercises Patrick gives because they are for strength, but triathlon related. Hopefully this year I can keep going to the gym even during triathlon training.
I'll have to start slow....I think I hurt even from just doing the 'here's how you do this exercise' workout today. Sooo sad. I'm not too worried though. I know I'll be just like Ahhnold in no time! LOL.
Strike a pose....