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averagelog - October 3rd

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

THE WALL

Marathoners define “the wall” differently.  I like this one –

"It felt like an elephant had jumped out of a tree onto my shoulders and was making me carry it the rest of the way in.”—Dick Beardsley

What actually happens is around Mile 20, roughly 2,000 calories of glycogen fuel have been exhausted, resulting in an overwhelming feeling of heaviness in the legs, a lack of concentration and even feelings of outright despair [source: Latta]

We’ve hit the wall…in our training.  We’re unmotivated, sluggish and flat out don’t want to do it anymore.  In fact, I only swam 2300 last night, Justin.  Yes, we’re slacking, too.

Last night in the pool I did have a breakthrough, though.  I lost count after 1000 yards and decided I would swim for time, and found that when I wasn’t focused on the distance, my mind wandered and it was actually EASIER to swim.  I thought about what I would do if I saw a shark during the race, what to write in this blog, how to raise more money for MAF.  All of a sudden, my time was up (yes, not quite the distance I was supposed to go).  If we can find this zone during race day, we’ll be coming up the ramp feeling great.

We know this happens to everyone in training.  In fact, there are great ways to stay motivated…to keep going when all you want to do is sit on the couch.  These little mind tricks are great.  But we need more.  Send us your pick-me-ups.  The last thing we need to do is fall into the “tapering blues”.

Off to ride.  I am averagemaaaaaazzzzzzzzzz….

 

JB