02 November 2009

10 Things I Have Learned This Week About Training

1) There is no substitute for sleep.

2) Sleeping in late is no substitute for going to bed early.

3)When you are involved in a Master's Swim that is nearly 3000 yards, and you start feeling terrible in an unfamiliar way 1200 yards in—listen to your body—it does not pay to muscle through a workout.

4) Halloween candy is not a good source of dietary fiber.

5) It is okay to miss a workout for this reason: you're at home with a sick child.

6) It is not okay to miss a workout for this reason: I do not have time. The gym is open at 5:15 a.m.

7) After a grueling brick workout, I am not going to gain back every calorie I expended by drinking a delicious chocolate milkshake.

8) Days off are completely necessary and a day off means a day off... not "... maybe I'll only run a 5k today."

9)Stretching is important, and difficult. I sweat more stretching 20 minutes than I do running a 5k

10) Training is addicting. Now more than ever, with the gains I made this past race season, I am inspired to train even harder.

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