No SOMA for you!

25 02 2009

After yesterday’s shortened commute I was “inspired” by Heidi to go for a run and then swim some laps. Another (unscheduled) brick day. I suppose that it’s so early on in my quote-unquote training career that I don’t really need to worry about burn-out. I don’t recall the last time I took a full day off, though.

The next big race on the books is going to be the Whiskey Off-Road. After that I have no idea what to expect. We could be moving to Washington as soon as May or as late as July. Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited. It’s great that Heidi is going to fulfill one of her dreams of getting her Ph.D. It’s great that I’m going back to school to at the very least increase my knowledge base and at the most get a grad degree, myself. But man has this thrown a wrench into my IM plans…not only in the financial sense but my race schedule I had planned out is junked. No SOMA for you!

It is what it is and I just gotsta keep rollin’ along. So I’ve got myself exactly two months to prep for the Whiskey. It’s only 25 miles but it’s my first mtb race ever. Here are some micro-goals for the next eight weeks:

  • Log at least 25 miles a week on the fixie.
  • Ride SoMo at least once a week which will be the long ( >2 hours ) ride.
  • Do one BIG* day.
  • Keep on running and swimming!

So a 25 mile mountain bike ride, though I’ve never done one, isn’t necessarily anything astromonical. I wouldn’t classify it as an endurance distance. That being said it’s going to require some endurance from myself that I have yet to experience. Looking at past results the slowest male rider is taking over 6.5 hours. I’m shooting for breaking 4 which would better than exactly mid-pack. Gotta set the bar somewhere.

BIG day. I’m going to plan for Monday, April 13 being a day that I get in a big ride to test my endurance level and nutrition. I want to head out for a four hour ride and end with something left in the tank. No idea where I’m going to do this (prob SoMo) but plans are in the works. This all may seem a little funny for you guys and girls who regularly ride 3+ hours but I’m somewhat of a newbie and I’m trying to be as realistic and prepared as I can. If you’ve got any suggestions please feel free to fire off an email to me at speedgoat23 at Gmail.

Alright, my wake-up alarm is about to go off. How exciting.


Sufficiently Whooped

2 02 2009

Took off running today and laid down my best time in recorded history. Ran over four miles maintaining a 7:37 pace.  That’s pretty fast for this guy. …and I’m delighted to report that I still had a lot left in the tank when I got home…but the alas, the pool was awaiting.

Monday night date.

Monday night date.

Heidi just made a pizza tonight that was sauceless with green apples, yellow onion, spinach, walnuts, and dijon mustard. Sounds weird, eh? I thought so too but it was delicious!! I ate four huge pieces and had a glass of wine. Now I’m thinking it’s bed time.

Rest is Temporary

2 02 2009

Afer a couple of days off due to some exhaustion in the mind and legs I took off for a little road run this afternoon.  Temps in Arizona are fantastic right now, mid-70’s. There was a little pain in my left heel for the first eight minutes or so but once that subsided I gained some ground.

Tempe Town Lake Path

Tempe Town Lake Path

It was a quick run at just under 30 minutes, but I maintained a sub-8 minute mile. This upcoming Saturday will be my first 5k of the year. I have recently been working on a spreadsheet of all of my recorded race times over the past six years and it appears that my PR for a 5k is 24:34 set back in 2003 when I was 23 years old. A few years later now I feel like I can beat that time so I’m gunning for a 24:30 this Saturday which is going to require a 7:54 pace.

As I’ve been digging around on the internet looking for race times I’m recalling how I felt about and what I remember of each of those races. I haven’t run that many: six or seven 5k’s, an 8k trail run, a couple of half marathons, and an xterra tri. My very first race though, that 5k, the very first race of entire life at the age of 23 was spectacular. I was so nervous about whether I would have to walk, would I be coming in near last, etc. I had no idea what to expect. It was fantastic.  It felt very similarly to how my first tri experience was. I love that feeling of nervousness. This is going to be my first race in a quite a while where I’m actually triyng for a PR; an entirely new set of emotions will present themselves I’m sure.

Today is a day off. I’ve got a couple of chores written down but am also planning on running, swimming, sleeping, and reading. Not necessarily in that order.

Water That Birds Don’t Drink

23 01 2009

Last night I’m about to crawl into bed when I decide that my final act of productivity for the day should be to look up the local city of pool and see when they re-open.  Well lo-and-behold the pool is heated and they’re open now!  I wasn’t expecting to start up my swim base until april, so this is fantastic! Today I did my obligatory run, took a nap, ate a quick peanut butter sandwich (with what I later realized was moldy bread), hopped onto the fixie and rode to the pool.

I was a little goofy in the wanter, to be honest with you.  Not that I ever was a good swimmer; I’m still a “beginner” relative to most triathletes but I’ve regressed a bit since October. The 750 yards I squeezed out was a perfect first swim of the year for me. It was difficult but not bad enough of an experience to inhibit my want for another workout.

Finding the goggles was a fucking chore in and of itself. Having just moved, most of my “stuff” has changed it’s location and the new hiding places are less than intuitive shall we say. I finally found them buried in the bottom of my climbing gear box. Who knows. I’m just glad I was able to get back in the water.

One Day Away From 100 Runs / 100 Days

14 12 2008

It begins tomorrow.  The “official” start of my (base) training season.  A run is defined as any distance (within reason), at any effort, at a time > 30 minutes.  I can do two a day in order to bank runs but each must be a separate run.  This is going to roll through the holiday season all the way to March 24.

I’m most likely going to incorporate some benchmark test every two weeks just to see how the progression curve looks.  Immediate documentation will be very scientifically recorded using what any decent coach utilizes…Twitter.  The tag will be #100runs if you’re interested in following.

In other news, there really is no other news.  I’m about to trot off to work which will be followed up with yet another round of “flip this house.”   Hence my excitement over the running tomorrow.

Diving back in…

12 12 2008

Life has been a little difficult lately.  I was quite sick for a good solid week; still don’t feel 100%.  Had a job schedule shift from evenings to early mornings; which I actually am learning to prefer.  I’m also going to be moving out of my house and in with the girl; a big move…an exciting move.

Training has taken a backseat, though, that changes on Monday when I begin a base campaign with an effort to run 100 times in next 100 days.  The theory here is that I’m going to build endurance through frequency rather than longevity or effort.  Each run has to be at minimum 30 minutes and I can double up some days in order to make-up for days missed. I’ll be documenting on Twitter, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Mid-term goals for 2009 (e.g. SOMA 70.3) are kind of up in the air.  The girl has been unofficially accepted into grad school at Wazzu, which would obviously require us to relocate up to Pullman, WA.  Hopefully this doesn’t affect my mental attitude when it comes to training.  I’m going to try to keep positive and continuously have a race planned as something to work towards.  Next up?  Skirt Chaser 5k in Feb.