I definitely like training a lot more than racing. To be clear, I like being registered for races, I’m just not crazy about doing them. I like the preparation that’s required and the fact that nothing’s a better motivator to get your ass out of bed than the thought of collapsing on the run leg of a triathlon. The thing I find hardest about racing is not the actual race itself or all of the stresses that go along with it, but the simple timing of getting your training right.

Right now I’m training for the St George 70.3 and the San Diego Rock and Roll marathon. So over the past 3 months I’ve been working pretty hard and have definitely been running a lot. (Or at least a lot more than I’m used to.) And I was feeling pretty good about 3 weeks ago. I had a couple tough, but awesome training weeks in a row and was feeling fairly strong. But then something clicked and now I feel flat and just plain worn-out. So I’m starting to doubt myself and am thinking I’m over-trained and that I probably peaked way too early. But at the same time, I don’t really feel like I have been pushing myself all that hard and honestly think I should be going even harder.

So I guess that’s what I’m talking about — getting the timing right so you have the required miles, but still have that spark on race day is tricky. I’m still hopeful that my taper will work and I’ll start to feel refreshed. This whole training/racing thing is a learning process, though.


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