Buying new pillows is not something I would consider a potential issue three weeks before a race. I was wrong. I set up new memory foam pillows last night that are a bit fuller than my old ones. While I am sure I will adapt, I had a very difficult time sleeping last night. On a night I was exhausted and so desperately wanted to sleep. I woke up this morning feeling tired, but I knew I could get my swim workout in. I just wasn’t sure how well I would do. It is Wednesday and my training partner and I planned to do a 3,000 meter workout with the main set of 1,900 meters with descending sets of 550/450/350/250/150/100/50. Well, I am happy to say I did well considering my lack of sleep. I consistently averaged 2:04 per 100 meters. The pace I hope to keep at minimum in the race. Again, more encouragement that I have the training in.
Before lunch I was ready to go back to bed rather than work. I think I could have slept just fine on my new pillows at that point too. However I am not independently wealthy so I had to stay at work. My energy level increased at the day progressed, thanks to proper nutrition, hydration, and Speed Stack (my 250 milligram caffein energy drink). One thing I did know by the end of the day was that I was not going to ride outside on the hills. It was a beautiful day to be outside, but I was not sharp enough to have a good ride. Additionally, when I got to the pool this morning I could feel the fatigue in my legs from my speed workout yesterday. Although my quads were aching, I was a bit happy considering I cut the workout short. A sign I did work hard for the time I ran. To keep my legs loose and keep my fitness level up for the race, I did ride for a bit on my trainer this evening. Sometimes adjustments have to be made and at this point my main concern is injury prevention. Oh and sleep too…
Sometimes something that looks good, like full and fluffy pillows, actually takes some time to adjust and starts off with discomfort. Sometimes something that appears challenging and uneasy, like a long swim on little sleep or a speed run workout also on little sleep, actually helps build more confidence which in turn helps me feel good about my progress. Some days give us mixed signals that we still learn from. Some days are great days. Some days are not so great, but there is always something good in the day. I have shared quotes by John Bingham in previous posts, and this one is worth repeating:
What distinguishes those of us at the starting line from those of us on the couch is that we learn through running to take what the day gives us, what our body will allow us, and what our will can tolerate.