The other races include; San Diego Marathon Relay (Im gonna do the hilly leg), a 5k or 10k or so, Wasatch back (Utah Ragnar), a new race announcement, and then finally Silverman half iron, agian. New announcement: Strawberry Fields Olympic distance triathlon. It will be an ocean swim in Oxnard, CA. Should be a fast one. I welcome that since all I got around here are super hilly races. It will be fun to get loose on a flatter course. Even better my wife is going to do it too. Andi will be stepping up to the Olympic distance as well. Should be a great time.
A few weeks ago there was a request for my performance goals during the Silverman this year. There has been several bloggers who have posted goal setting posts. I like to set multiple goals and when I consult with other racers I try to get them to do the same.
My A goal: Sub 7 hours. 6:59:59 or better. This is quite lofty for me since it will be a 1 hour 10 min PR. Last year I walked soooo much of the run and stopped a few times on the bike because of cramping. So in order to do this I have to keep the same swim. The swim is going to improved regardless of what I do but all it has to do is stay the same. The bike needs to go to 3:30. That would be 45 min faster. No stopping and improve a few miles per hour. Im already doing most of that. Then run a competitive 1/2 marathon. Last year I walked probably 2-3 miles of it total. Can I shave 15-20 min off a 2:50 1/2 when I am capable of a 1:52 (according to VDOT)? That is yes. My best race will be better than 6:59:59.
My B goal: Nail nutrition so I do not have any cramping/nourishment issues. This means that my weight must be down and my eating must be right on as the race gets closer. I will be 30 pounds or so lighter than last year. That should help.
My C goal: Finish happy and healthy and ready to do it again next year. My Marathon experience is the only wrench in my program. Its the only race Ive done that has left me not wanting to do it again. It clouds my Ironman thoughts and I dont know what to do with that. How do you sign up for an IM anyway? I think if i do go for it, it will have to be AZ. My IRON readers please comment giving me advice on how to get in, I heard its hard. Here is how my week went:
Tue: Softball plus 3 mile easy run
Wed: Pushed a bike for my buddies state championship volleyball match, hes the head coach.
Thurs: 4 mile run. I was very tired and not feeling great so I went slow.
Sat: Bristlecone Trail run.
Sun: Very windy 39 mile bike ride on the ENTIRE river mountain loop trail. My first time. It was epic although very very challenging with the wind. The wind was at least 30-40 mph. The climbs were steep with a headwind. It took every bit of fitness I have. I was quite slow but I grinded it out. I know this time last year I would have crashed and burned. I did well today. Quotes I like 2:
“I just want to see how long I can keep this thing going. The easiest thing is dying. Living is a a pain in the butt.”
“Running has never failed to give me great end results, and that's why I keep coming back for more!”
Keeping coming back is a pain in the butt!