I’ve never been very good at math. I spend a lot of my running, biking or swimming time simply trying to add and multiply to work out how to meet my distance or time goals. Don’t ask me to divide… The good thing is that it keeps my mind occupied! During the last five miles of the Disney Marathon, I spent so much time trying to work out what pace I needed to maintain in order to qualify for Boston, that I had finished (and qualified!) before I ever worked it out. In my brain’s defense, it does get difficult to do math in the late stages of a marathon!
So I’ve been training really hard lately but discovered this morning that I haven’t lost any weight. My weight barely fluctuates anyway but I was surprised not to see any change from whenever it was I last weighed myself. But then I got to thinking…how much am I really training? Maybe I just think it’s a lot because it’s Wednesday and the first 3 days of the week are always heavy training days for me. So I decided to find out how many hours I really spend training. Here’s how an average week looks:
Monday: 1 hr bike, 1 hr swim
Tuesday: 1 hr strength, 1 hr run
Wednesday: 1 hr run, 1 hr swim
Friday: 1.5 hr bike, 1 hr yoga
Saturday/Sunday: 1.5 – 3 hr run
The reality is that I’m only training for 10 or 11 hours per week. That’s really just one long workday. So why does it feel like so much? Maybe it’s because I spend so much time thinking (and writing!) about training!
Of course this doesn’t take into account all the time spent stretching, foam-rollering, showering, and setting up the bike to train inside. But when I look at it this way, it helps me realize that I’m really only asking my body to perform and my brain to focus for a short amount of time each day. And this helps me make the effort to push that little bit harder, go that little bit further, because, at the end of the day, training is only a fraction of my day.
How many hours a week do you spend training?