I don’t know how I survived the past week. Really.
With three weeks to go, my program last week was heavy. As in, ton of BRICKS heavy. (No pun intended.) Total number of hours I worked out last week was 14 hours. Longest I’ve ever trained! (Imagine, I could’ve flown from Manila to LA with all that time and with much less sweat!)
I swam my longest ever, 3km, on Friday, rode my farthest distance, 110km in Nuvali on my Shiv Saturday, then ran 24k with friends on Sunday. If the workouts weren’t long, they were intense; those are what I did on the other days that week.
Except for the run (don’t be surprised), I wanted to quit each workout that week. While swimming laps with Coach Martin, at the 6th out of 24 repeats, I was thinking I could just pretend to drown, which was not very far from how I looked at that point. During my bike trainer sessions at home, the cushy bed upstairs seemed to be calling out my name every 5 minutes; I replied “No thanks!” with all my might in between groveling and gasping for air. As for the run, nearing the end of the 24th kilometer, I felt like I could do more, but, um, the smell of breakfast beckoned so I knew it was time to stop.
Surprise surprise, I did accomplish every single workout the past week. There was a lot of groaning and whining, but, at the same time, there was a lot of laughter, pride, and high fives along the way.
I am completely amazed at what my body can do now compared to a few months back. (I am equally astonished at how much weight I’ve lost despite all the food I’m eating!) I am also equally aware of how—through months of training this body at specific skills—I’ve also inevitably trained the mind to become stronger and more focused. And, the latter, my friends, is what I think matters most and is, so far, the biggest gift this journey has blessed me with.
WHAT’S IN STORE FOR THE COMING WEEK?
This coming week is all about back-to-back twice a day workouts. (Say what?! Coach Andy, I never heard of such punishment!) Man, these triathletes have been putting themselves through these grueling workouts probably for years now and I’m the new runner who’s foolish enough to try it. Hah!
So, let’s see how I fare this week. I expect a lot of suffering and a lot of fun! (Yes, I’ve learned the past few months that the two can actually co-exist.)