You have just finished your first couple of weeks with HE, what was focus?
First few weeks were about getting to know coach, coach getting to know me. Seeing how the body was going to respond to the training and getting back into a training routine. And there’s been quite a big focus on mobility exercises; pre training, post training and even when I’m not training!
How has this differed from previous program beginnings?
Hard to compare really, in the sense that my current training load and intensity is quite minimal having just about had this year off training completely. So I have started this program as the most unfit and weak/injured I have ever been. Compared to previous programs I started when I was fit, strong and healthy. In the past i have been able to jump straight into the full swing of things from the get go but this time round that is impossible. It took many months to lose my fitness and its going to take many months to get it back.
There weren’t any surprises with the test results, like I’ve said I have just had most of the year off training … if you don’t use it you will lose it! So I am super keen to repeat the tests in the future and see the improvements. The results I got although they were a slap in the face, have only provided me with more motivation and determination
What have you enjoyed the most in terms of training in the past two weeks?
I have just loved being back training in general, being active and out enjoying the sunshine that has decided to finally arrive in Melbourne these past few weeks. I’m loving that every session I do makes me realise or remember how much I love this sport. I have been the happiest I have been all year since starting my training program and I can’t wait to see how I feel in 3 months time
What challenges have you come across and how have you overcome them?
The first week and a half I find a bit stressful because I had an exam in the middle of the 2nd week back training…. i knew trying to balance full time shift work, studying and training wasn’t going to be easy…. so i definitely struggled for a few days there. It didn’t affect my training so much as my diet…. the training I think actually helped give me that outlet in between studying and working. But my sleeping habits and food choices definitely went out the window leading up to that exam….
Last week coach informed me we were lowering my MAF HR…. which at first I didn’t really take too well after finally thinking I was just starting to progress with my running. i do still feel like I have had to take a massive step back…. but unfortunately I have some ongoing issues with my legs that need to improve before it’s safe to proceed with the running. After thinking about it I did soon agree with the decision and have been reminded to remember to trust the process (and the coach)
Have you learnt anything new – whether it be about training or even yourself, if so, what?
Most concepts I have been somewhat familiar with but i guess now have just been made aware of their importance, like prioritising sleep and self care; to not only get the most out of training but out of your life in general.
I am learning to create some balance in my life, something I haven’t really ever been able to master.