The tired-ness is setting in. Long tough week followed by long tough week followed by long tough week and now I'm finishing up the longest toughest week. I guess after this I'll be tough and able to go long. That's the point, right?
So tomorrow I'm riding 115 miles and following it up with a 30 minute run. I'll ride the first 90 miles with a small group and then I'm on my own to finish up the last bit, so that should be challenging. The 30 minute run doesn't scare me, except that the last 10 minutes is supposed to be HARD so that means just slugging through it isn't going to cut it.
And I guess, really, this workout wouldn't scare me so much except that I'm already so tired going into it. Day after day after day of hard training is taking it's toll. And I found out this morning that it really *is* possible to work too hard in the pool. So while I had a fantastic swim, I'm still paying for that effort right now, almost 7 hours later... I swear I just want to curl up on the couch in a little ball until it's time to eat again.
And speaking of being tired going into a workout, how about that 20 mile run on Sunday? My sadistic coach was probably tapping her long skinny fingers together when she was clearly thinking, "How can I make this run as brutal as possible for Michelle? I know! We'll make 5 miles of it HARD- faster than race pace- AND, don't start running until NOON when it's really really hot out..."
I told one of my training partners that I was going to wait until noon to run on Sunday and with her eye brows raised she asked, "Does your coach live here?" I laughed and said no, she lives in Chicago... "Oh, that's why she thinks it's ok to tell you to run at noon." Dana was right too- weekend weather forecast calls for wind on Saturday but no wind Sunday. That means that Sunday is going to be HOT. Stifling HOT.
Ok, I'll stop complaining now. You can tell I'm getting tired huh because before I was all like, "Oh I just love training!! Training long and hard is so awesome!!" And now I'm like, "Oh I can't believe I have to put my body through all that again this weekend..."