Friday, July 29, 2011

Last few days in Boulder

Time has flown by really quick and I can't believe I have less than a week left here in Boulder. Honestly, I'd rather stay longer for many different reasons. As an athlete, sometimes you just want a little space from everything to focus on your training goals. The mental and psychological benefits are huge if you can stay focused for a long period of time. With a non-commitment-like schedule you can have more flexibility with recovering and training. This sport can be selfish because it's very individualized in terms of input and output. You have to find optimal ways of maximizing your performance but also not jeopardize other aspects of your life.

On the other hand, Boston will be great preparation for the World Championship. Although it's been about 90+ degrees in Boulder for the last 2 weeks, it is less humid than Boston. I tend to not get too bothered about the heat as much as other people, but I need to face the worst possible scenarios so that I can be ready for Daegu. If anything, I need to use the weather for my advantage as I believe I have a great fuel system in me. I will spend 3 weeks in Boston for weather acclimation while also doing a few races on the side, which I look forward to. The last time I raced in New England was March 20! Training wise, It's been a tough month of July. I've started some harder long runs and the weekly training load has increased a bit since my last race (on July 4). However, I'm trying my best to stay fresh by keeping a good balance of training and recovery. There is still a long way to go but I'm slowly getting there.