Fallback Plan

“He knew from the start it was going to be a tough day.”  Sounds like the opening line of a dime store novel, but it is really the third person narrative of my Monday.  However, as I get ready to drop into bed and sleep like a rock, I can call it not only a tough day, but a successful one.

I flew back to Tampa from Little Rock last night, after a few days at home with the family.  I scheduled the latest flight possible, which got me back into Tampa at about 1:00 in the morning.  My plan was to get up at 6:15 a.m., do my three mile run, and make it to work in time for my 8:30 meeting.  That was my plan.

The morning run was not just punishment; there was a method to my madness.  My first MBA class was scheduled for tonight, so I couldn’t run in the evening.  That left either first thing in the morning, or during lunch when the heat and humidity would be really brutal.

The alarm made a feeble attempt at rousing me on schedule, but I just couldn’t do it.  I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m just too old to do a decent run on four hours sleep.  I reset the alarm for an hour later, and was stunned when it went off in what seemed like 30 seconds.  I slept pretty hard for that extra hour.

The additional sleep consigned me to a lunch hour run.  The clouds were building all morning, but the rain held off long enough to build the humidity to really stifling levels.  Nevertheless, I changed into my running gear and hit the road.  It was a hot and sweaty run, but I got it logged.  Every workout this week is important, since my primary race of the season is on Saturday.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I wasn’t really doing a taper for the triathlon.  That’s not completely accurate… I have dropped my normal 3 strength training sessions from this weeks plan, and I’m sticking only with the bike, run, and swim workouts.  I read somewhere that there’s no value added to strength training during race week.  I don’t remember where I read it, or what the reason was, but that’s my story and I’m sticking with it.

Tomorrow calls for a 20 mile ride in the morning and a swim in the evening.  I haven’t done much early morning riding in Tampa, and I can’t say I’m really looking forward to it.  It’s nicer in Little Rock, where the scenery is more pleasant.  But, nice views or not, I still get to ride, which is enough to be thankful for.

Four days and a wake up.

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2 Responses to Fallback Plan

  1. elisariva says:

    I agree – no weights race week. Can cause injury or muscle strain. Let me get this straight – you train in two to three cities, work, have a family AND starting an MBA program? I did my MBA at night too – twenty years ago… Rest before a race is the most important – read as sleep. Smart to hit the snooze button! So excited for you and looking forward to the race report.

    • Chasing Fifty says:

      As usual, great advice. You are correct about the activity level. The MBA timing seemed right since I’m physically separated from the family for a year or so due to the job move. I won’t be bored…

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