I have been following an Olympic Tri plan for the most part. Despite starting late and messing up which level I was doing for a week, I have done the workouts that have been planned out for me to be successful in Philly on June 26th. Successful is a relative term here and probably means something different to each of us. To me, I want to see if Triathlons are something that I want to seriously compete in. I want to see if I should register for the 1/2 IM in Williamsburg this September. I vowed not to register until after Philly and literally flip-flop back and forth everyday about whether it is something I can do. BUT.... I *will* wait until after Philly to decide. (I already have two 1/2 marathons and a marathon scheduled for the Fall).
But my plan yesterday called for all of these drills for my 1900m swim workout. And do you know what? After the warm-up... I wasn't feeling it. I could have gotten out and quit, but instead, I just swam. I swam the entire 1900m, but did not do the 8x75m sprints. I just wanted to return to the love of just swimming.
It is kind of like running. After your race, when the post-race blues set in, before you schedule that next race, you run... just to run. No plan. Maybe 12 miles or maybe just 6. I felt like that yesterday... and I made my plan work for me. Should I have done the workout? Yes! Will it substantially hurt my chances in my Tri? No!
I do not recommend skipping your planned workouts regularly, but sometimes, in order for us to be successful, we have to make it work for us.
How do you "Make it work"?