Saturday, September 11, 2010
Peaking or Freaking?
Yesterday, while emailing back and forth with Kovas from Midwest Multi-Sport Life, I was complaining that I felt fatigued and hoped I wasn't pushing the training to hard. Two hours later, I ran 8 miles in 1:03, with means my pace was just under 8 minutes per mile. I'd usually do this run in 1:05 or 1:06. I didn't set out to run this fast; it just sort of happened. And I've never run that far that fast before.
As I posted a few days ago, I recently got an aero wheelset. I had some spare time today, so I rotated tires around and got everything set up between the two bikes. Then I took the TT bike out for a short ride. When I got home and had a look at the Garmin, I was surprised to see that I rode a few miles at 27 MPH. I would have expected 22 or 23, but not 27. Is it the wheels? I'm sure that's part of it. But what's the percentage increase from 21 MPH to 27 MPH - seventeen or eighteen percent? That kind of increase can't solely come down to equipment, can it?
This kind of stuff has been happening for a few weeks. Plus I can't forget to throw the beta blockers into the mix.
Quite frankly, I'm a little confused by the mixed messages I'm getting from my body. Am I peaking? If I am then it's dumb luck (because my current training program is hardly scientific) and fairly bad timing. I do have the Long Beach Sprint Triathlon next weekend, but the race I should be peaking for is the Orange County Olympic race on October 10th - It's obviously longer and the course is much harder.
Or is my body just having a bit of a freak out? Am I physically bi-polar? How is that I feel like crap one minute and then go bag a PR the next?
I'm not even sure if this is a good problem or a bad problem. Or even a problem. When I'm feeling a little "off" I feel tired, not sore or injured. And obviously I'm finding energy somewhere.
Even if it's not a problem, it's something. Has anyone had a similar experience or any advice? Because I'm all ears.