The one thing that has held consistent this week was the way I was feeling. Even weeks after the marathon, I'm still stiff, sluggish, and tight. Fatigue comes fast and I'm always hoping that it's a mental lack of strength rather than a physical one. But I keep trudging through doing my best each time. But something is certainly off.
My swim endurance and form has fallen off, and my kick has weakened a lot. My kick form is horrible now, and it seems like my legs aren't strong enough to hold form properly. Biking is reasonable, but I do wear down faster than I'd like, and I am certainly not used to those aerobars again (a bike fit might be in order). And my runs are a struggle. It's like I'm so tight that I have to fight myself to make each stride. I ran the Canada Day in Kanata 10k and struggled the whole time. I thought I'd be able to hold a 5m40 pace with ease, but not so. It went from a planned tempo run to a mental test, doing everything I could to just not walk. I managed to do that, and managed to hold a high HR the whole time, and managed to complete the run in just over 58min. With a time like that, it should have been rather easy.
So in a way, I'm back to the drawing board Not sure how just yet, so I'm going to keep doing what I've been doing - the same thing. I'm sure that it won't lead to anything (it hasn't in the past) but it's still the summer and I want to enjoy it. :D
Today I was out for a ride, and it was damned hot. Well over 40C with the humidex, but I went out anyways. I managed to keep it aerobic, right around MAF for 1h40. It was great. The traffic was low, and I felt solid for the whole ride. I was getting tired near the end, but the worst thing was my arms, wrist and shoulders from riding the aerobars. I certainly need to tend to that. But the key thing was that I did well for the whole ride. So maybe doing the same thing isn't a bad thing, as long as I just follow the guidelines I keep talking about - go easy when it's supposed to be easy; go hard when it's supposed to be hard.
Now to remember that "wisdom" in the coming week. That might be harder than any training I do. ;)