Monday: Rest day, just a couple minutes of planking (total, not continuous)
Tuesday: TRI Team swim practice 1,500 yards + run 2.0 miles (12:34 pace)
Wednesday: Run 4.20 miles (13:27 pace)
Thursday: Unplanned rest day
Friday: Swim 1,000 yards
Saturday: Bike 11.0 miles, including feeling so great that I decided to try taking a drink of water while moving... followed by a confirmation that no, I'm still not good on the bike, as I crashed into the sidewalk.
I was able to get the water bottle out just fine, but somehow couldn't line it up to put it back. I probably should have just tossed the bottle to the ground, then stopped to pick it up, but in the moment I panicked and didn't let go of the water bottle which meant I couldn't use my brakes or steer efficiently, and just let myself run into the sidewalk and fall. Riding home for 5 miles with the wind on uncovered, fresh wounds kind of sucks, by the way.
Not too "injured", just scrapes, bruises, and road rash on my right knee and forearm. But it kept me from the midday Saturday open water swim (which I really needed the open water practice, and I'd even gotten around to renting a wetsuit for the weekend!), due to paranoia of flesh-eating bacteria (Abe also concurred I shouldn't go to the swim, though probably not based on quite the same logic).
Sunday: Unplanned rest day. I really could have at least gone for an easy run, but the idea of the brick that TRI Team was doing, an hour bike and hour run, was not appealing - my knee felt bruised up enough that that much repetitive motion seemed like not a good idea. And I just felt like vegging out and feeling sorry for myself.
Total swimming: 2,500 yards
Total biking: 11.0 miles
Total running: 6.2 miles
Even prior to the Great Bike Crash of August 2014, I was thinking of stepping back from the Olympic distance for the Portland Tri (debating it such that I'm still not registered for it; the plan was to do the sprint distance at Aluminum Man, using it largely as a final brick workout for Portland two weeks later). Looking at last year's results, I seriously might be in the last ten finishers.
And now, I feel like I'm not only too slow to do that distance now, but not competent enough in my skills in swimming or bicycling to even safely do them in a race setting (i.e., pushing myself on pace and trying to fuel appropriately). How can I do a race where the bike portion is going to take almost two hours as it is, and then have to make stops to fuel because I'm not capable of eating or drinking while moving?
I know part of this is missing some key workouts and build-up due to the honeymoon and other things. But even if I'd gotten in every single workout - I'm still slow, I'm still overweight, I'm still new at two of the three sports. Or maybe it's just a lack of confidence, and no matter where I finish it'd be worth the challenge anyway?
How do you tell when you're in over the head, versus just not motivated to put in the necessary work or lack a trust in yourself?