July 5, 2007

Intensity

My week ( ok, i'll be honest, it was a super-size-me week and a few days...) off of training after Ironman Switzerland is over, and it's time to start building for the rest of the season.

I wasn't sure how my body would feel after my first 140.6. Would I be sore for a week like after my first 26.2? Would the road rash and bruises from my 45+ mpH crash slow me down physically, or even mentally? Would the satisfaction of completing an Ironman dampen my desire to continue to train?

Not a chance!

I feel great. Surprisingly great. In fact, I caught myself saying aloud yesterday morning that I could do another Ironman this weekend.

And that left me thinking that my body has more to give than I've been allowing it to give. There must be limits that I haven't come close to reaching... There must be more of me that could have been left on the course in Zurich (heh, I gave it a hefty chunk of skin, what else did it want!!!??)...

Ironman Switzerland proved to me that I have the endurance to go the distance. But my short recovery time suggests to me I need to kick it up a notch.

So as I shift my focus to Ironman Wisconsin, I will begin to train with a little more intensity. Get my heartrate up faster for longer... Stop the session when the work is done, not when I feel like I've had enough... Harder... Faster... Stronger...

The day after Ironman Switzerland I walked for hours touring the Swiss countryside, even climbing a 30 story wall in the process. The day after Wisconsin, I want to be so tapped I can barely make breakfast.

The endurance is there... Now it's time for intensity...

Thanks for joining me for My Daily Spin.

5 comments:

Shelley said...

This is so true and thanks for validating what I've always said..I feel great after doing an IM...people just shake their heads in disbelief..oh well..:-)

Matt said...

Oh man, that's great beautiful to hear! Excitement and desire! Good to hear, now get after it!

momo said...

ack, i forgot you were doing another so close. i'll be really interested to see how your body reacts and how you feel. i thought eight months between was too long last time, but now i'm anxious to have another to look forward to.

why don't you come to cda with us next year??

Megan said...

Whoa, nice job. glad to hear you were feeling so good after the race. I look forward to reading about the WI training!

Mallie said...

Your attitude is so fantastic. I can't wait to follow along as you ready for IMMOO.