What the heck?
I think there's a couple things going on, but I think one of the biggest is that I've come off my high. It was inevitable. Things were clicking for me, and I was having some amazing breakthroughs. I smashed through PRs for both the 10k and half marathon distances. It's also a foregone conclusion that I will eventually destroy my previous 5K record (since I ran both halves of that 10k considerably faster then my current 5k PR). I've seen considerable and measurable improvements in my swimming and biking as well.
Realistically, it's not always going to be like that. I'd love to think it was possible, but if I kept seeing improvements at that level and that frequently, I'd probably win Kona next year. And, while I think I still have a lot of untapped potential, I think it's safe to say that I don't have much shot at winning Kona. I am unlikely to ever again get a 30 minute PR on the half marathon distance. I may have the ability to eventually cut off another 30 minutes, but if it happens, it will take years to get there, as opposed to the six months between these two races.
So, it's time to settle in for a bit. Does that mean I stop shooting to get better? No. But, my body can't always be hitting a peak in performance. Now, it's time to let my body recover a bit and rejuvenate. Get over this freaking cold. Let this post-fall soreness go away. And, while I'm doing all of that, I need to lay off on the cookies and eat my vegetables. Seriously.
I've been feeling frustrated that I've "only" been working out once a day. "Only" 45-60 minutes most days. Seriously? I remember a time when I would have considered that an amazing level of activity. So, yeah, I've been tired and run down, and I haven't been getting double workouts in. Since my half marathon, I haven't done any long runs. I still am maintaining a level of activity from which I can easily build back up.
I can't stay high all the time, so I have to remember how it felt to be there. Because, I will be there again. July 29, 2012 seems like a great time for another huge peak...
Yesterday's HBBC points: 0
Last Week's total: 35