This week I slept through my alarm and missed a workout, which prompted me to ask you how you deal with the guilt of missing a workout. To be completely honest, I wasn't feeling as much guilty about not working out, but more about not doing what my coach asked me to do.
I guess deep down I'm still that little girl who is trying to please my parents, so to speak.
What I learned from those who did respond was that a missed workout isn't important, what's more important is that you listen to your body and if you need to sleep, sleep. There will be another day and another workout.
Since many did not comment on this site, but instead commented on my dailymile page, here is what they said:
: I don't beat myself up, tomorrow's another day. :))
Pick up again the next day. Your body probably needed the rest and that was its way of telling you.
: Ah, rest :)
: Try not to dwell on it... Easier said then done :)
I don't train anything in the morning...
life moves on....sometimes you do have to sleep. and you
cannot make up for a missed workout....i think the universe sometimes
tells you in weird ways that is ok to sleep in. and heck, this weather?
sleep all day if you can!
This, the sole comment on this site, was actually extremely informative, so I thought it bears repeating:
*If you're going to miss a session, now is the time. The closer you get to race day, the more important each one becomes.
*Get used to it, it happens and you'll need to accept it. Sometimes it may even be a good thing. Listen to your body.
to this podcast from endurance nation: http://enation.libsyn.com/return-on-investment-a-new-perspective-on-triathlon-training-part-i-introduction
The point being is that it happens. Workouts are missed, hot water heaters explode, alarms don't go off and kids get sick. After my last race, I decided that if I was going to do another half iron, I was going to enjoy the process, not panic or freak out about it. I hired a coach to help keep me on track, to help me develop in ways I cannot do on my own. I hired someone I could trust and who understands that I have a full-time job, kids and a husband. If you can't have fun throughout the journey, how are you going to celebrate when you reach your goal?
Triathlon is about swimming, biking and running,yes, but for me it's about so much more. It's about pushing myself. It's about showing my children the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. It's about proving to myself that I can do anything I set my mind to do, even if it seems impossible. Missing a workout is not the end of the world. It does not prove that I'm weak or that I don't have the commitment needed to improve my times. What it means is that I need to go to bed a earlier - that's pretty much it.