We are three weeks away from my first race of the season, which of course just has to be a Spartan Beast - and I am slowly but surely starting to freak out. I backed off my workouts post-OTS diagnosis, meaning my training has been decreased dramatically for about the last 3-4 weeks. I played two hours of soccer each week, but the rest of my time has been spent doing a few hours of low-impact cardio. And of course some upper body and core work. I've been doing yoga, swimming, and cycling. Running, besides soccer, has been avoided.
Honestly, the first few weeks my legs hurt so bad. I'm not sure why, prior to backing off I had no issues with any pain beside when my calves would start cramping during training. As you can imagine this was a pretty defeating feeling. Luckily they have since been feeling stronger. I've had a few little spasms during soccer but was able to keep them from fully cramping. I've invested in some compression sleeves that seem to be helping a bit. My body feels strong, but I'm scared my endurance has completely tanked. At this point I don't want to test it and risk setting my legs back during recovery. Unfortunately, I think my game plan for my first race is going to have to be a mental battle. I'm just going to have to push through my lack of preparedness and get to the finish line. I'm going to have to be okay with going much slower than anticipated. That will be a massive "mind over matter" undertaking for me.
Prior to the start of my weight loss journey I had very low self esteem. I knew I was capable of things, but the self-hate talk ran pretty rampant in my mind. When I trip up in my training or nutrition it is very easy for me to fall back into my old patterns and start putting myself down. I am sure it is something most people struggle with, and it can certainly have a massive effect on your performance. I know these are the kinds of things I am going to battle in 3 weeks. So I am trying to prepare myself to stop it before it happens.
I also had the pleasure of experiencing my first ever ice bath this week. I had two soccer tournaments and ended up with bruises all over my legs. It certainly wasn't a pleasurable experience, but I must say my legs felt AMAZING the day after. Will be doing this again for sure.