Monday 6.0 miles/53:59/9:00 average pace
Zach couldn't join me last night so I had a nice easy solo run. I felt great the whole time - never too tired. I listened to This American Life podcast, which is really entertaining. Since I've started running more with Zach and the group, I don't rely as much on my podcasts, but they are fun to listen to. I also love Steve Runner's Phedippidations, and the Simply Stu triathlon podcast. After 5 easy miles I picked it up for a few strides in the last mile. It was hard, and my legs felt heavy at first, but they quickly remembered the drill and by the end they felt light and fast.
This morning I got up and went swimming. I did 1000 meters in 25 minutes. I decided to mix it up a bit by swimming every fifth lap hard. I only timed a couple of the fast laps, and the last one only took me 52 seconds!! That's an improvement. Otherwise I continued to focus on my rolling side to side, plus extending before each pull (the Total Immersion book calls it "winding up," like you would for a golf swing or a tennis swing). When I do it right (I think), I can really feel this. In my "wind up" I'm storing power in my entire body, and slowly release it with a strong arm pull. I want to look into lessons now, because I think I am comfortable enough to understand what they're talking about, but I don't want to continue swimming wrong. I know I need a lot of work because sometimes I find myself wondering "what am I supposed to be doing with this other arm right now?" for example. It's crazy how hard swimming really is!
So, I don't think I've specifically mentioned my upcoming race goals lately.
First, I'm focusing on running a Half Marathon on July 15th. This is the Wine Country half, which I did two years ago as my first ever half marathon. It's a flat course, and I'm going to train for a PR (current PR is 1:44:54). Zach is doing this too, his first ever long-distance race! :) Maritza is also registered and will incorporate this into her early training for the NYC Marathon. How cool is that?
Next, triathlon... Zach and I are going to do the "Tri for Fun" race which is a local race for newby triathletes. It's a non-competitive (whatever that means) and friendly environment for people who are new to the sport. That's me! I admit I'm completely intimidated and nervous by the whole idea, so this will be perfect. They hold three of these races throughout the summer, and we'll do the third, which is in August. That will be about one month before the Mission Bay Tri, which we plan on doing too. That's definitely a "real" tri, so it will be nice to have some experience going in.
I have a lot of work to do before the tri- mostly on the bike- but for now I'm focusing on training for the half marathon and getting in a few swims and bikes each week too. After the half, I will follow a specific triathlon training program to prepare. I'm really excited for all of this!!
Finally, I do plan on running a fall marathon. I'm thinking I'll do CIM again, this time running with the 3:35 pace group which would be a big PR for me. This is a ways off, but I may as well throw it out there. :)