The past two summers I have trained with the 1/2 IM in mind - with no luck. The first year, I got injured a week out - A WEEK OUT! I hurt my foot and was having a hard time walking on it, I even went for X-Rays and the Dr. told me that nothing was broken but that I should definitely stay off of it and not race. NOOOOOOO!!! Those are seriously the worst words a triathlete can hear! The next year I followed an intense training program and came down with a mono-like virus that had me sleeping about 20hrs a day with absolutely no energy to train. This year, I decided to give it a go again, and while race day isn't here yet, I'm feeling better and stronger than ever!
I've been following an 18 week program with an average of 2 workouts a day. I've been watching what I've been eating and how my body reacts in my workouts. But I've found, the most important thing this year in my training has been truly listening to my body. If my body says, "Woah, Em - I need a day off!" I take a day off or even two in a row. I really focus on a good recovery and I sleep a TON! My family likes to tease me about it - a 2 hr nap doesn't stop me from sleeping at night. If my body says, I need salt, sugar, protein - and yes you can really tell if your body needs those things - I don't hesitate to eat things to fill those needs.
|An intense Hill workout before the storms came through - look at those clouds!|