4 January 2007
Day 3: Or, Why I hate strength training…
I’m sure some of my competitors are going to read this and say… “Ha! Zappo talks a big game, but he doesn’t really have the heart of a champion.” Well, I’m here to tell you that I will get past this hump in my training, and it will make me stronger, and then you’ll regret thinking I was a chump when I pass you on the course…. Or, at least that’s what I’m going to tell myself as I hobble around my house in pain.
The truth is, I have never really liked strength training, and that’s why I never stick to it. I am trying really hard to stick to it… and this season I am going to stick to it. No more excuses about it taking to much time away from “real training”… no more excuses about my latest injury being caused by that last strength training session. Yeah right!
So I did a “legs” strength session on Tuesday for the first time in almost 6 months. I had to recover from my heel stress fracture, and before that I was focused on “running” (like strong leg muscles aren’t useful in running), before that I was tapering for my Ironman, before that I was focused on road workouts, before that… before that… before that… These are all just excuses.
So, I did squats, lunges, and leg press. Nothing huge, not massive weight… in fact, I am sure the other guys (yep, it was only other men) at the gym were thinking, look at that wimp! Hey, that’s another excuse I can use next time I stop strength training… yeah, all those people are laughing at me. Bah!
So here it is, the third day… and I am sore as hell. Yesterday, I didn’t ride, swim, or run, I was busy with lots of other things… I did do chest & shoulders, and I did do some flexibility work… so I am still on course to keep to my strength and flexibility every day. But no active recovery on my legs made them even more stiff and sore on this the worst day of all day 3. I hate day three.
So, I jumped on my bike and headed out for a nice little role. Still riding that single speed fixed… let’s see how fast I can push this thing and still stay in zone 3… hmm… 23mph on the flat. Not bad. Legs getting stretched out a little… pumping that blood through there. Feels a little better.
Back home… sat down. Why did I sit down? Dammit! I’m sore again…. Did I mention I hate strength training?
That that doesn’t kill me makes me stronger. Right? Yeah… I keep telling myself that.
So today. 40 miles 2:20 on the bike… oh yeah… biceps/triceps/lats… and don’t forget flexibility.