I'm not necessarily looking for advice or even so much 'encouragement' but just need to vent. I've almost completely lost the level of fitness I spent the entire year so far building up and it's got me really frustrated.
After the Cali 70.3 I intended to take a few days off to let myself recover. My legs were sore and I had a pretty bad saddle sore. Gave it about 3 days and started feeling like I could get back to it when I started getting sick. Nothing major, just a cold, but I felt awful and had absolutely no energy. I do suspect that the race had a negative effect on my immune system. To make it worse, I was scrambling to catch up on some work I had put off in the preceding weeks, so I really didn't have as much training time as I was used to. In the end I took almost two weeks COMPLETELY off.
Bad Idea. Terrible. As I'm trying to get back into the groove, I still feel really "off." My run pace is actually better than expected, but I feel awkward and heavy running. I find myself knocking my foot into the opposite leg's calf on each step, for example. My ride pace/power is not bad, but my HR is up way higher to maintain it and I feel a lot less comfortable. Longest I've gone since the race is 45 minutes. My pool is still closed for renovation, so even though I love swimming I haven't been in the water at all.
Not even two weeks and I feel like I've lost everything. I need to register for Wildflower still, but now I'm second guessing if I'll even feel up to it. There's a bike race this weekend that I wanted to do (Sea Otter Classic) but I'm passing. Been meaning to get out to the local tuesday night ride, but it's a slaughterfest ride and I'm not looking forward to it.
I think part of my frustration, too, is that a friend of mine did a HIM a week after me and even though he trained a lot less he demolished my HIM time by 30 mins. That's a real kick in the teeth.
Ugh. Just "Ugh."