Saturday, January 1, 2011
Now on to the future and what I will be working on for this year.
1. I want to consistently update my blog as this really helps me keep on track with goal setting and motivation.
2. It's all about IM Lake Placid. This year Lake Placid falls on my 30th birthday and I am ready to finally push myself at this distance. I no longer just want to finish and really want to work on giving it all I got. How to do this, focused run training and weight loss.
3. Improve body composition. I know what my ideal racing weight is and I know what it will take to get there. I would like to be at this by mid-march. Considering I am running a weight loss-like program at work and have access to body comp testing I have no excuses.
4. Run fast! I will be run focused until mid-march where then I will start the cycling. Problem: I need to avoid the pool. We have a great swimming community here but I know that when I am in there swimming I really should be on the road running.
So it sounds pretty simple, get faster at runner! My schedule will be light this year again so I can really focus on training.
Hyannis Half-marathon: February 27th
Spring Fling 10k: March 26th
Race Vermont 1/2 marathon: May 14th
June 25th: Tupper Lake Tinman 1/2 Ironman
July 17th: Vermont Sun Spring (using as a quick speed tune-up before Lake Placid)
July 24th: Ironman Lake Placid
August 28th: Branbury Classic Try (Olympic)
September 25th: Vermont 50 (see how well IM recovery goes!)
The big races are official and I may move some of the Sprint distances and road races around to try to accommodate qualifying of age group nationals which are being held in Burlington this summer. I haven't had time yet to figure out the race qualifiers. As for now this week's focus is 4 days of running with 2 days of strength/core training.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
I was so lucky that Phil White, race organizer, is awesome and allowed me and another guy to come up and swim in the afternoon. All of the other swimmers started in the AM and I was unable to make it b/c of work. So Steve (my new swimming buddy) and I started out for our 6-mile swim under very dark clouds. Somehow we encountered no rain or storms throughout the whole swim although it was pouring in all the towns surrounding us.
I decided to swim w/o my wetsuit attempting to be a "real" open water swimmer. Steve chose to use his wetsuit and it worked out perfectly putting us at a really even pace throughout the whole swim. Phil was in little motorboat to feed us and help us if we were in any trouble. He really kept his distance so we didn't have gas or wake in our way. The great thing about this swim is that it is really open water. The buoys are super far apart so there are times where you are just swimming hoping to be going in the right direction.
We fed every 30-minutes which seemed to work out perfectly. I originally was thinking every 45-min; which is probably when I actually need to fuel; but 30-minutes helped with not losing your mind and getting to see another human being! The h20 was a little choppy and the temp was fine (70 degrees at shore). I was never warm, but I was never cold to the put where I felt like I had to get out of the h20. My body was awesome until about mile 5 when my left shoulder was starting to shoot pain down my arm and I really didn't want to pull it through h20 anymore. I did a few backstrokes to help switch it up but what I really need to do is STOP SLEEPING ON THIS ARM. I have noticed in the last 1-2 years or so that my shoulder is just aching in the AM. I have slept on this arm for 28 years and it is so hard to try to change it. But I am working on it slowly. I really, really want to do the 10-miler but am seriously using my wetsuit b/c I know I will not be able to put in a lot of these swims on my own. I do have an Ironman to train for! I also know that this could quite possible hurt ALOT! I have a full month to train and decide on my plan.
In tri-life I am just plugging away getting my training in. I am starting to feel better on the bike as my excess weight is coming off. The run is still the same: Slow. But that is my fault for hibernating all winter. Flights and hotel are booked and I am really starting to get pumped b/c IM will be here sooner than you know it. Hope everyone is well out there in training land.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
So summer arrived this week! It has been amazing weather which means great swimming, biking and running. And summer means Ironman Louisville is going to be here really, really soon! I can't even believe it....I have found a good flow in training so I am feeling more and more confident. Just going to keep getting in those long training days. Still on course for the 10-miler swim in July. Possibly doing my 6-mile qualifier this Saturday! More news later, time to train.