After the uneventful cancellation of Roll for the Roses this year, I was a bit put off. I felt like I was gearing up for a race, I tapered down, and then didn’t get to sprint. It was frustrating. I wanted to use that race to gauge where I was going into the Chicagoland. I kept asking “Why am I working so hard for a 10K?” or “Why bother tapering for such a short race?” etc. Realistically, though, I had to do it in order to really see where I was on race day going into the Chicagoland marathon. Regardless, on this side of things, I am sort of glad the race was cancelled. I tapered, but what I really needed was some rest. I was pushing hard 4 or more days a week, and not being consistent with rest days. I was frustrated by not getting to race Roll for the Roses, and was thinking I was behind on my training. I think, to some degree, I was over doing it. Back to back hard skates meant my legs were burning out, so the second skate wasn’t providing any benefit to my training. I got some good advice on the Skate Log Forums, and have been reconsidering my training. I think had I made an attempt to keep up with the lead pack at Roll for the Roses, I would have been dissatisfied with my race. Now I have the chance to rework things going into the marathon.
Joe Friel and an interesting post regarding the importance of rest as part of a training plan. Friel’s point is really more oriented toward his experience with aging, but in a lot of ways, I can understand where he is coming from. In high school and college, I could go hard for hours and do hard days back to back. In the thick of motocross in high school and college, 3+ hour rides were not out of the question, and on weekends we would occasionally go back to back on days. Sore or not, we would get up and keep going. Now, past 30 years old, married, with an infant, I certainly want to get out and do hard work outs every day, but it is no longer realistic. While younger and certainly far from the athlete that Friel represents, the need for rest makes total sense. I have incorporated the need for rest, and I already feel like I am getting more out of my hard work out days.
Training right now means hard days followed by active rest or rest days. Hard days consist of intervals, hill skates, or long tempo skates. Active rest days are slow skates or cycling. Rest days are days off. I am shooting for 3 hard days per week, and mixing in one or two active rest days, with the remainder of the days being rest days. This week, I did an active rest on Monday (after a hard tempo skate Sunday), intervals on Tuesday, rest day on Wednesday, 22 mile tempo skate Thursday, rest day Friday, I am planning a tempo 20 miler tomorrow (Saturday), and a rest day on Sunday. Next week will start with intervals, and see where we land moving into next weekend. I feel good about this approach to training. We will see how it works out for the race in two weeks.
Another programming note, I haven’t shot much video this year, but I have been playing with editing software. I will have some reviews in the near future, including DashWare, an in-depth review of my Bont Z boots and 3PF 7050 frames, helmets, wheels, gloves, and my Garmin. I am also hoping to put together a video edit of all of my video from 2012. Hopefully, there will be a lot more content here in the near future.