I spent the last 10 days on vacation (thank God!) but didn’t go anywhere. The TriMadness family had a “staycation”. Normally when I have a staycation it’s because my “honey-do” list is long and I’m relegated to accomplishing some sort of project (painting the house, re-doing the yard, etc). This year, I had absolutely nothing to do. My staycation was really a vacation!
So I turned my staycation into a training camp. It was my first “real” training camp. Ever.
I swam. I biked. I ran. Most days, I did two-a-days. Brick workouts, morning runs followed by afternoon swims, tempo bike sessions followed by short-hard run efforts.
I exercised like I was 20 years old again. And, boy did I ever pay for it. I keep forgetting that I’m getting close to moving up to the 45-49 age group (Isn’t age relative?), and that it takes me a little longer to recover from hard workouts than it used to.
I put in some serious mileage over the past 10 days. My legs are tired now, my back is sore, I finally have gotten rid of that soreness on my “sit bones” from all the time in the saddle. I did a lot of drill work in the pool – focusing on what I learned recently about the necessity of a strong pull. I read Macca’s book I’m Here to Win. I followed the Rev3 race in Portland on Twitter. I watched the movie “Hood to Coast”. What an EPIC week of training for me.
I went through some serious calories too…I took in close to 20 Power Bar gels (Kona Punch is my fav flavor right now), more than a handful of Double Chocolate Crisp Power Bars, drank something like 25 liters of water and 10 of Power Bar Perform sports drink. I ate literally non-stop, and still lost weight during the course of the week. I slept like a kid because I was so exhausted at night.
I’m refreshed. Re-energized. Ready to turn the last half of 2012 into a strong multisport effort. I’ve decided to shake up what I had originally called my race schedule. I’m (finally) going to race a triathlon this season. I’m going to make damn sure I set a new personal best in the Half Rev at Rev3 Florida. I’ll do a few running races this fall. I’m totally pumped up – and the root of all of this was the amount of training I did last week.
My Staycation Training Camp was just the tonic I needed to reinvigorate myself. It’s like I fell in love all over again with this sport. I broke out of a training rut and I’ve got more motivation and energy than I can remember.
This is what vacations are supposed to do for us. I loved this experience. Mental note – in 2013 I must have another mid-year Staycation Training Camp!