Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Quietly Doing My Homework

I realized that I haven't posted since last Monday, and this post is a bit contrived for the sake of posting. I'm just quietly doing my homework in preparation for IM CDA. I have both a plan and a philosophy for the remaining four weeks until the big day. I have a training skeleton that I will follow, but at the same time, will be flexible with proper recovery taking precedence. I am following Macca's tip to pick the one workout you need to nail for the day, and the rest of the workouts for the day are amenable depending on recovery. I am also working on rebuilding my confidence. Last summer, before racing the full Vineman, I had no doubt about my ability to go under 10 hours, I believed 100% that I could do it. My confidence is a bit shaky this time around. There is no way I'll break 10 hours if I don't BELIEVE I can do it. The first step in rebuilding my confidence is to start nailing my key workouts. The more key workouts I nail, the more I deposit into the confidence bank. I made some good deposits this past weekend, and this coming weekend will give me lots more opportunities to make deposits, about 20 hours of swim, bike, run deposits. When I think of all the work I have to do this weekend, I'm reminded of the the times that I've been able to sit quietly at the SFMOMA enjoying my favorite piece of artwork. The picture does not do this Rothko justice, put it on your bucket list to sit in front of this painting one day.

8 comments:

Beth said...

I like it Kiet!!! I'm totally with you - success in workouts breeds confidence come race day. Way to Get The Work Done!

mtanner said...

I truly believe sometimes we are on the same page due to our titles!
Yes I get the whole "believe" thing. In fact so much i tattooed that on my wrist to look at and remind:)

Jill Costantino said...

YOU CAN DO IT!
and for those workouts that happen to not be nailed - they still go into your bank, because there is ALWAYS something that you can take away from what you do!

B.E.L.I.E.V.E.!!!!!!

Teresa said...

Mental training is KEY. Keep dreaming, believing and following your plan while listening to your body!

Lets do this champ!

tn

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

I believe in you!

Thanks for the Alcatraz encouragement.

Kim said...

You have your plan, you will follow it.. when the time comes, you'll be ready. Don't forget to ask yourself the hard questions now.. the why's, and the what's that will pull you out of the depths when your body and your mind are battling head to head. How about this - you break 10, I'll break 10- we'll celebrate. I'll be doing it in Kona.. so you'll just have to come on down - or over.. or wherever! Put your head down! You're getting there!

Libby said...

quiet confidence kiet. mental training. read every article you can find on mental training and internalize it. prepare your mind as much as your body for race day :) keep being smart and staying focused. your day is almost here!

D said...

If a chick can do it in Texas (Beth), you can do it in CdA. Don't be a pussy.