Thursday, March 27, 2014

Back in the Saddle

So things on the triRunningDad front have calmed down a little bit to where I feel like a normal human being again.

As a result, I realized a few days ago that my Rev3 Age Group Championship race is less than 2 months away.  Thats crazy.  I remember when I was signing up for it and then having this winter which was so bad and trying to fit training in outdoors.  I kept saying I have a lot of time.  Well guess what, I don't have that time anymore.

I feel like for the most part I'm ready for the race.  I ran an unofficial PR for a half marathon last weekend.  It was an actual race, but I ran a Half and clocked my best time on the hilly Central Park course by over 3 minutes.  I probably could have run more, but I figured it was time to go home so I didn't push it any more.  It's weird, my running is significantly faster now than when I was training for a marathon or in warmer months.  I hope this continues.

My biking is really strong.  Thanks to the Kickr, I can feel how much stronger my legs are getting.  And since the race is only a 40 mile bike ride, I should be able to complete that in about 1:45-150 depending on the course.  I've been on the trainer for that long which says to me, my legs are ready to go.  The one thing I have not down is taken my bike off the trainer and brought it outside.   I'm a little hesitant to do that since my training is so much better on the Kickr, and I haven't gotten my bike tuned up, its still cold outside, and its so convenient for me to jump on the trainer and ride.  I know I'll have to do it soon, but that would require me to get my bike serviced and thats such a process.

The one area where I'm still struggling is the swim.  I'm getting faster no doubt, but I can stay in the pool that long.  Its so damn boring.  I have this internal clock that makes me get out of the pool anywhere between 20-30 minutes.  That just aint going to cut it.  My workouts are good, and fast, but if I look at my watch and see I have been swimming for 23 minutes, I'm itching to get out.  I really need to focus on my swim and get that going.  I can't afford to lose that much ground during the race on the swim. The other competitors will be that much better and I probably won't be able to pick them off on the bike or run.

My goal is to finish the Age Group series ranked in the top 5.  Thats going to take a lot of work and some help, but it is possible.  With 2 months to go, it's time to kick the training up a notch.

And thankfully, my life and everything in it, has returned to some normalcy where I can afford to do that.

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