well , i did say i felt a story coming on ,
johnnyo was going to do something and i was going to write one on swimming , but now the dust from last weeks sensational races has settled
i thought both winners had answered a question i had asked in the 2 weeks before hand in exactly the same way .
it has always intrigued me , in some sports , where people are completely preoccupied by times , as to it being a good or bad session depending on an imposter time can be .
or as our 2 warriors
t-mac the warrior house wife and
lisbeth the supa mum, better known as the vi queen used the word to describe a couple of their sessions
what is an awfull session ?
how do we catergarise good and bad ?
is it a great session when we hit times , after we have had 3 days rest getting ready for a session ,or is it an awful session when we train hard and start a session tired and by the end are going just above a walk ?
not racking up those numbers , we want to see .
lets analisze the real test .
t-mac the last 2 ironmans have been the best ever in her career , she in the process knocked over
samantha mcglone a champion in my book , then beat another one in belinda grainger a winner of 11 ironmans and holding a big win record over our said power wife
lets leave the house part out of it , at present .
some have said to me ,
both girls not at their best ? could be right, but how much was brought on by power wifes tactics ,
and ability to change what usually happend to her against these 2 .
have an alright swim and wait till belinda chews my arse on the bike
then see how many i can hold off till the run .
or in sams case ,try to hook on when she comes past on the bike , then wave her good bye on the run
while i settle down to see how far i go before i have to walk the aid stations .
these last 3 races saw power wife
take control , setting out the rules of engagement.
blast a swim , that showed intent , then rode controlled , then hit the after burners just , when said opposition usually thinks well thats about it from tereza .
then keeps the hammer down ,or the foot firmly against their neck , asking the question , are you ready for a fight this time .
for what ever the reason for the answer , it was no .
the t - mac , when not feeling well or tired , now completes all sessions she starts out to do ,
the last 3 months , never missed one or cut short or its not happening to day , so i need to recover ,
no, a small fat man answers those questions for her now , you start you finnish .
they are all finnished , some times the finnish is ugly .
slow , time terrible , but is this the awful training ?
for tereza yes .
but is it awful ?, or is it the source of her new insperation .
some one put a stop watch , on how much confidence one gets by not leaving a session defeated .
what time is that , lets put a score on how high does it rate , that i had the discipline to cope , with not hitting my numbers but still kept going , and taking the positive out of the fog of slowness .
what browny points do i score for telling my self ,consistancy will pay me back later when i cant see it helping now .
oh the power wife got her pay back , with the best season of her ironman life and all done
with how is the session ?
awful . i get it a couple of times a week .
our next winner , is again different .
she has been panicking cause aj is away and i cant do all my sessions because my mum is not here and i have to look after astrid .
yep the mum thing is never done , and i know i watched at close quarters 2 very good ones in action .
lisbeth is another very good one .
so awful is ,
i cant train like i used to , i had to miss this session , because astrid is a bit sick
oh i had to do turbo today as astrid was still asleep , awful
brett i cant finnish the swim set , because you raved on for 30 min at the start about something i cant remember and i got to take astrid to the creche . awful for my training .
awful awful awful .
i dont know if i can still do it .
now, this is the subjective side of supa mum , all those in the squad and in leysin , have marvelled at
supa mums antics ,
for a start leysin is not flat , i think fair to say one of the games tourist play here
is find a flat piece of road longer than 50m , i think you get the picture it is on the side of a mountain ,
now their are 3 dangerous things about our little villiage that has no stop light or stop signs , again painting the picture of a quiet little hamlet .
well the first dangerous thing here , is the same as most places
taxi drivers , maniacs here , and if one wants to take umbrance on my judgement
write in and i give you my address , and we can sort it out .
2/ the school bus driver maniac , same goes for you
both whizz around our little villiage , like in a car chase from the transporter .
but the 3rd
well the third is a very tall crazy woman with a baby stroller , who runs like a maniac thru town with it and said baby in it for like 2 hrs at a time
up the hills down the side tracks round the loop .
eyes popping , sweat splashing , spit going every where ,
when supa mum , thinks she is not going hard enuff because she is missing the track set because she got no one to look after astrid .
so the roads are not that safe , the locals cant believe any body with a stroller and rather large child in it
can get up the rue du quart chalets that fast .
i once held the stroller for lisbeth while she had to run home to get something and i was like 200 m from her front door so i thought i would push it to her crner as a little gift , on the gradient , i think i did a hernia , trying to walk it
its heavy .
so dont think for safety , you switch to the mountain paths , because supa mum could very well run you over there too , or atleast spray you with some gravel , as she pulls out the trusty mountain bike
with baby on the back
sorry coach i cant ride to day , so i hope you understand its not good but this will have to do ,
and off she goes terrorising the hikers , and really if you hike for fun , you need a bit of terror in your life ,
or so i think ,
i digress ,
well how was to day lisbeth .
cut the swim short ,had to mountain bike
and brett aj aaarhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh sorry but i did a bit of a run with astrid , sorry .
"should i even go to louisville" ?
i dont know , what i will do , should i go to hawaaii ?
it might be my last time .
the training is not there , look at them other girls , what you think ?
so here i am ,
staring at 6" of magnificance , with halter top in 8 yrs i never seen the great dane with a six pack ,
and now its screaming at me , look how fit i am now , in 8 yrs i never seen her be able to wear atop like that , with out getting a black eye , this yummy mummy is ripped like no time in her career .
you cant try the compliment , angle ,
you look the fittest i ever seen you ! cause i tried it and i got the danish response "thank you but you dont have to say that , because we both know i havent done the training ".
go and have a little break and give it your best , you will be fine , then we think about hawaii after louisville.
stop worrying your going great .
so off she went , and you saw the result
the 3rd girl was light yrs behind , the first should not have been there .
the supa mum was on fire , nothin awful about it .
just a great gutsy effort all day .
being a mum is training in itself , who can whack a test score on that ?
but what i can tell you .
the score that counts ,
the only score that means anything race day
both were not awful but awsome .
dare we say ,
you train to race , too many people race to train !
so the debate rages on ,
what is good training , and what is awful .
like most things ,
its in the eye of the beholder !