The question was asked what about 2010 introspection or 2011 goals. Well the last month has been so strange I couldn't get past it. I was really "sweating" my 22 miler. More on that later. I have become a bit shell shocked when it comes to my goal setting. I am stuck between what the race predictors say I should be running/performing, training to get there, and the place I ACTUALLY am. I still think and dream about IM just about everyday. My 2 half Irons have been a ridiculous course and I have wondered what other race courses would be like. I know I need a fast course to see if that distance suits me. I have to remember this endurance training is very different for my body. I have to cut myself come slack. This will be my 3rd triathlon season and everyone says this is the year that things start to speed up. I am looking forward to that. With my workout room at the house now available I will have a permanent place for my bike trainer. The old house had no convenient room. I will start hitting that up now that the marathon taper begins. I am going to use the taper to start to introduce biking and swimming. So for goals? I don't know. The big picture says that in order to step up to IM, I wanted to have at least 5 half IM under my belt. So in 2011 I am hoping for 2-3 half Irons, may be one more marathon? May be a few olympic triathlons? I don't know. Money for travel and entry fees will be harder than usual. My new location is less than 1/2 a mile from the river mountain loop trail. Basically, I live on the Silverman race course. The sisters are now only 8 miles from house. My new area is very hilly. Right now it is difficult but when I ran an old familiar race course I felt stronger.
As for 2010, I am proud of the year I had. I am proud that I went the entire year with personal records. I had running race PR's, I had triathlon PR's, I had course records, and I had distance records. I lost 30 pounds total. I quadrupled the number of runners and triathletes as patients. I have built up to about 1/4 of my patient population runners. I am proud of the example I set and yet, not satisfied. My PR's are significantly better but are not as fast as I want them to be. My goals also extend over to training. My training that is. Next week I am going to cali for the USATF level 1 certification class pending a pass on the exam. I also would like to become a CSCS. Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. I am also kicking around USAT level 1. I may still try to go to my annual pilgrimage to Charlottesville Virginia. The course syllabus was just released and it looks quite compelling. I don't know if I can miss it. Here is how my week went:
Tuesday-Ran 4. Trying to find my new 4 mile loop. I like to have a 4 mile easy run route. This one was not it.
Wednesday-Ran 8 miles right after work. I ran a big loop from work that including my favorite run from Silverman run course. Very slow but getting better I can feel it.
Thursday-Ran 8 miles early from the house. Tried a new 4 mile loop and ran it twice. I felt better than wed but the course was significantly more hilly. I really have to get stronger. I need to run these hills without it bogging me down.
Saturday-22 mile long run. I ran the Johnson loop with some modifications twice and then to complete the 22, a 1.3 out and back. I felt much stronger. I ran the overwhelming amount of time. For the last month that is a big improvement. I finished faster running this 22 than last years 20 miler for LA. Today I feel sore at about a 2-3/10. We will see how that goes for tomorrow. The weather was cold at the beginning but not as cold as my fellow bloggers from the east. I have read some very, very cold posts in the last few weeks. I am not complaining about our weather anymore. Quote:
“To be a star, you must shine your own light, follow your own path, and don't worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest”