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Poor preparation and indecision

Posted by thepeteplan on June 16, 2008

After spending the middle of the day in the heat chamber at work walking on the treadmill I arrived home from work pretty tired, and fell asleep on the sofa. I drank a can of diet coke to wake me up a little, and decided I wouldn’t train today. So I made a big dinner of pasta and meatballs, and washed it down with a bottle of peroni beer. After eating I remembered a quote of one of my sporting heros though:

“Mentally I feel that if I’m not doing something that my opposition is gaining advantages over me, and I don’t like that feeling.”

I’m not normally good at remembering quotes like this, but it wasn’t spoken too far in the past, so was still in memory. With that I made the (probaby unwise) decision to change and take myself out to the garage and do today’s planned session. I like training in the garage. No distractions, just me against the machine. No music, no tv, no other people, and actually not enough light, but that’s another story (and something I plan to rectify).

So only 20mins after dinner with the meatballs still sitting heavy in my stomach I did a slow 1k warm up and set the monitor for 1k reps with 1min rest:

10 x 1k / 1min rest:
3:24.8 / 1:42.4 / 30
3:24.4 / 1:42.2 / 29
3:24.6 / 1:42.3 / 28
3:24.6 / 1:42.3 / 28
3:24.5 / 1:42.2 / 29
3:24.5 / 1:42.2 / 29
3:25.3 / 1:42.6 / 30
3:25.2 / 1:42.6 / 29
3:25.1 / 1:42.5 / 29
3:23.9 / 1:41.9 / 29

Total: 10k = 34:06.9 / 1:42.3 / 29

After rep 6 I really thought it was a matter of when, not if, I would see my dinner again. Gladly I didn’t. I’m probably better off for having done the session rather than having skipped it, but I’m annoyed with myself for the indecision and having a large meal straight before training, because it made it harder than it should have been.

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One Response to “Poor preparation and indecision”

  1. Iain Greenwood said

    Glad to know I’m not alone, full of phlegm I did today’s short intervals in the same frame of mind. I thought the first interval would need to be abandoned. In the last, supposedly faster, interval I did handle down.

    But a colleague in the gym described being surprised by a “growl reminiscent of an injured bear” (how they knew what that would sound like I cannot imagine!) as I took the handle back up and completed the interval 1S/500m slower than the session plan. I was so annoyed with myself I redid the fast interval. At 200m in I was sure I would aquaint the gym with my breakfast. Despite this, at 200 to go, I managed to put in a faltering sprint for my fastest interval by 2.4S.

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