I wrapped up my biggest weekend so far this year which puts me within one week from race day. After a few days of snow, sleet, and yuckiness, the weekend shaped up with some absolutely beautiful weather. 50+ degrees and some brilliant sun shine. Sorry to those of you in the mid-west area!
My coach sent me my training plan late last week and when I looked at it my heart sank. 3.5-4 hour ride on Saturday followed by a 30 min brick run. Sunday: Run for 2 hours, then hit the trainer for one hour, easy, in the afternoon. YIKES! Last season, the weekend prior to all of my Half Ironman races was always a fast 40 mile ride on Saturday, with a 10K fast run on Sunday. I kept it short, but fast. It was all quality and just enough that I didn't nuke my legs a week out. What my coach prescribed is totally different!
And this now brings up the point of "letting go." This is why I hired my coach. Over the past 12-13 weeks he has pushed me to another level, and now to another level. Why would I stop trusting him now and go back to my old habits? Hasn't what he already given me worked? Shouldn't it continue to work? I question a lot of the stuff he throws my way, and I resist at first, but always follow through in the end. What and where has this gotten me? A LOT further than if I had done my own thing! Yeah, I am one stubborn guy, but I have learned a lot by "letting go" and trusting my coach.
I am sure he knows what he is doing, after all he has been doing this for a long time AND he has an incredible race resume to back it up.
Two years ago, heck a year ago, I would have laughed if someone had a crystal ball and told me that I would be riding 65 miles @ race pace, then dropping a speedy 4 mile run, THEN running 14 miles the next day and still feel like I had some left over.
It was a good weekend of efforts and a total confidence boost leading up to next weekend. I am seeing this past weekend as almost a transition point leading away from Half Ironman training into Ironman training. I am sure that by the end of June I will be looking back at this weekend and saying, "Wow, what a cute easy weekend of efforts that was!"
Coach just sent me my plan for the rest of the week and it screams one thing: Keep it cool, but keep it fast! Aka, keep those knives, aka legs, SHARP! But don't go cutting up rib bones!
So far the coaching thing is paying dividends beyond my wildest dreams!
Sooooooo, if you wanna follow me, (or stalk me) this coming Sunday, simply log onto Ironman.com, click the "Athlete Tracker" button, and enter bib #234
My race name will come up as Leonard Campbell. Yes, I know, my name is JON, but my legal name is Leonard. Don't like it? Blame my parents! ;)