Sunday, February 19, 2012

Tough Love

Another weekend in the pain cave.

Another spinervals sweatfest.  This one was called Tough Love. 

It was kinda tough....2 hours into the ride a guy fell off his trainer.  I'm not sure if it was a trainer malfunction or rider error.  Either way he managed to wipe another guy out and do some nasty damage to his own arm and shoulder.  Scary considering we haven't even made it outside to ride and people are getting injured.

On the training front, this build phase has certainly made me more tired than usual.  Yesterday was a long swim /bike /run brick.   I ran off the bike and my legs were feeling really good.  Today I woke up and my body felt tired...not sore...just fatigued.  I had a long run followed by a trainer ride on my schedule and I had put the workout off all morning. Finally I knew I just had to get it done so I threw on my running shoes and off I went. The first 30 minutes of my run my legs were stiff...almost as if they had forgotten how to run....and my brain was doing its best to negotiate an early end to my workout.  But then it occurred to me that maybe all this training was just as much about getting my mind into shape as it was my body. 

Endurance racing is such a mental game. I think you can train your body to go the distance but ultimately it is your mind that gets you across the finish line. 

I learned that lesson today...and I completed my run and my ride.

Tough Love indeed.


  1. Ditto! I am right there with you....even on the part about falling off a trainer...I did that a long time ago and bent my fork on an old bike which I could only ride on the trainer from that point on. I am also good at getting stuck in my clips and went down during the Tour de Tucson at a RR crossing when given a signal by police to go and then an abrupt stop as another train suddenly appeared. I fell in slo mo into another guy and had to untangle my bars from his spokes, then the officer pretty much had to lift me and my bike that I was still attached to up. Hope your training buddies are ok. Best to get out of that cave. Wishing for warm weather to greet you soon. Beth

  2. Oh my gosh!! That's crazy! I can only imagine the slow-mo feeling of falling off the trainer and into someone else. Ugh. Hope he's ok. You are not selling me on the pain cave with these posts. :P

  3. Donna, you have officially scared me from ever putting this DVD into my DVD player. I have Tough Love, I am not so much scared of the pain it will bring, but that someone will blog about me when I fall off my indoor trainer!

    Looks like you had an amazing vacation. We will see you in November.

  4. I need to come live with you for a few weeks to get my mind back to where it needs to work out. I seem to have lost something, and you have lots to spare.