If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been miserably failing at attempting to half marathon AND triathlon train while also completing 90 days of P90X3. Despite the fact that I’ve dropped one workout from the week (doing 5 instead of 6), and the workouts are only 30 minutes long, it’s just not possible for me to adequately train for triathlon while focusing so much attention on the other two. Now that the San Diego International Triathlon is only 5 1/2 weeks away and I’m only 9 days out from my big goal half marathon at Rock n’ Roll San Diego, my motivation is shifting away from completing all my P90X3 workouts.
Originally I had planned to actually make P90X3 last one extra week and end just before 4th of July when we jet off to Cabo for the long weekend (I’m a bridesmaid in a good friend’s destination wedding). The reason I added the extra week was because I knew I’d want to taper and recover from the half marathon, plus we have a 5 day trip to Nashville planned in early June. But, I didn’t really do the math and realize that the taper/recovery and Nashville trip would set me back so much. I also didn’t account for the fact that the leg workouts would leave my legs tired and heavy at times, therefore affecting my running. I didn’t anticipate backing off P90X3 so early before the half marathon, but at this point, my body is telling me to lay off and rest as much a possible before the race on June 1.
As of now, I have not swam a single yard and my biking has been pretty pathetic. You can’t do well at a triathlon by just training for one sport. Although I don’t have intentions of getting on the podium at this race, I did commit to racing it and paid money to do so, and it’d be a waste to ignore my training. At one point completing P90X3 was more important to me than the triathlon but when I really started to think about it, I realized that I’ve just put pressure on myself to complete the 90 days consecutively since I had such fantastic results with P90X. I was proud of finishing P90X in 90 days and I wanted to repeat that.
So, for now, P90X3 is on hold. I started the first week of Phase 3 this week but only got through two workouts. I’ll be out of town this weekend for my Sister in Law’s wedding so I would have had to cram in 5 P90X3 workouts Monday-Friday. My motivation just wasn’t there and I obviously put my focus on running and biking over P90X3. I started to stress myself out over fitting in all the workouts which is not what it’s supposed to be about! I also wasn’t giving each workout my all – the workouts are really intense for 30 minutes so when I do back to back workouts, I find myself lagging during the second one. They are meant to be completed on separate days, not crammed into an already packed schedule. I plan to start fresh with Phase 3 after I return from Cabo and it will be perfect timing as it’ll give me 5 weeks to finish it just before heading to Vegas for Asia’s bachelorette party!
June will be filled with swimming, biking and running. I may throw in a few of my favorite P90X3 workouts or even go back to Club Pilates for a few classes, but I won’t have a strict training schedule outside of triathlon. I plan to mostly focus on the bike and the swim, since I clearly have the run part down. Plus, I will likely start marathon training in August, and it’ll be good for me to give myself a little break from high mileage running for a while.
I feel relief!!! I had a very good final tempo run tonight and now it’s time to get some rest before the big race on June 1!
Have you ever changed your training goals or plans mid-training cycle?