At this time of year it is easy to look at the calendar and say "I want to do all of these races"
It is easy to get the juices flowing. All memory is gone from the pain and suffering from the prior years' races. All of the training suffering is far removed from memory.
I keep thinking Zumbro is strong maybe for me, but then I head out for a long run as I did today but the engine just does not produce like it used to.
I hit the Minneapolis Lakes circuit this morning at 5am and found.... I was the only one out there! Oh well.
First 10 miles felt great, but then I became wet & cold. My right knee started hurting, and I threw in the towel at 15. I just did not want to do anything stupid this early in the season. I think the pavement and ice made the body hurt.
This leads me to the realization that these race take more than the "yeah... I am game for that" attitude. It takes a lot more. Hence the woes. One must balance pushing the body while not destroying it. At the same time, one has to push himself mentally while also not trashing the psyche and burning out.
After today I am reminded that "it is a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll". 6 weeks left to train for Zumbro is a stretch, but not out of the question. I am just not sure I want to voluntarily go into that suffering.
If it were warmer, I am sure I would feel up for it.
So the Woes
Realizing at the end of a long run "you ain't done nothing compared to what the race will ask"
Time to get my big boy pants on.