When training for an Ironman you have long training weekends that fatigue your body to simulate race day. But what about the mental fatigue? What about the “I really don’t feel like doing this” attitude?
I mentioned to Kate 2 weeks ago that I think it would beneficial to do a few of our long runs on Friday evenings. It is very likely that I will be starting the marathon portion of the Ironman during the late afternoon and crossing the finish line when the sun has already set. I think the mental fatigue of getting off your bike after 112 miles and having the thought of a whole marathon infront of you is pretty daunting. I wanted to try and simulate this fatigue without having to ride my bike for 7 hours.
Last Friday evening Kate and I set out for 14 miles at 530 pm. We were both exhausted from the work week and this is the first time either of us had done a long run that started in the late afternoon. IT SUCKED. It just felt…weird. Normally I am done my workouts by 9 am…not 8pm. We were both surprised at how slow we had to run (it was also as humid as a sauna outside) and how much we had to push each other through to the finish. We kept discussing how weird the run felt but we couldnt put our fingers on exactly why. I think it was just because we had never ran while already mentally drained. Our legs felt fine.
We both agreed that we are going to do more of our long runs on Friday evenings to get used to the feeling of starting a long run while tired and finishing in the dark.
I think I also need to start practicing using margaritas as recovery drinks since that is my plan in Cozumel.