I guess I'm not very good at getting on here regularly. I'm going to try and improve that over the next several months. Like everyone, I have a tough time fitting it all in. Trying to find family/work/social/triathlon balance is crazy tough.
I find that my best weeks are the ones that I put a "loose" plan together on Sunday. I can see my workouts for the next week, I can sit down with Ana (My wife) and talk about dinners, obligations, and life in general. This way, I wake up Monday morning with some sort of guiding direction.
Flexibility is always key, but I find that a little organization will help you train, eat, work, and interact with others better. I find that most athletes will run through a brick wall to get what they want....problem is, you need to know where the wall is!
Try it out...be a little more organized. I'm going to, and just might find more time to write!
So, a little recap on what's been going on with my training and racing.
Cary Half Marathon: This was a tough one. It was SUPER hot for this time of year crossing 80 degrees during the race. Normally, I'm a very good heat runner...but having ZERO acclamation, I didn't do as well as hoped. I was nearly 4 minutes slower than last year...which is a lot for a half marathon.
The key to "bad" races is to give yourself a little time to be mad, but put a limit on it. I try to be "over it" by the time I eat my next meal. That gives me a little time to complain and be upset...but then I have to get over it. This sport is also very humbling in the sense that my "bad" day could be someone else's "best" day. No one likes a whiner, especially when someone you care for wants to rejoice!
Reach out and Run 5K: Ok, so this one was today! I had HIGH hopes coming in for a great race...and, it wasn't up to my potential. In fact, I "lost" this race on Thursday night at the Blackhawks game. With this lifestyle, spikes in "anything" can really effect you. So when you get a little too "social" a few days before a race, expect a crash and burn.
I'm not really upset with how I did. I pushed VERY hard and felt like my lungs had internal bleeding for 30min after the race. I really did push myself. The effort was there, but the gas tank was empty. I knew this would probably happen...and live and learn. Balance...like I said before...is the key. So, I move on!
Wisconsin Marathon: I have my marathon 2 weeks from today and the training has been great. Long runs are solid...the tempo workouts have been great....the Blackhawks don't appear to be making a long playoff run so I should be good :)
All indicators show that I should be right on target to qualify for Boston in two weeks. This will be attempt # 5 at doing so. I seem to always get the tough weather for Marathons...so I'm really hoping for something reasonable. I don't mind the heat, but when shooting for "time" instead of "place," you really want the best conditions possible.
I hope all is well in your life. Keep it simple, keep it organized, and you'll keep it fast!
Dedication, Passion, Results