Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Race Goals (and some portland pics)

First of all, let me wrap up last week. I did a long run on the river on Sunday morning, but other than that did no training in Portland Saturday through Tuesday. It was forced rest, which is one way to do it, but I did spent a lot of time on my feet looking at apartments and just generally painting the town red. I think we found a place and this is all beginning to come together (besides the job thing, which I'm trying to stay positive about).

Sunday am: run
10.0 miles/1:29:30/8:57 average pace
Great run, lots of energy. It was so nice to not feel sluggish and slow for once. I started off a little slow but gradually sped up with my last mile in 8:09. Yay!

TOTALS for the week: 19 miles run, 50 miles bike, 5250 yards swim
TOTAL training time: approximately 8 hours, perfect!

Here's some pictures from my run, and one of me and Deana:

So this week I'm doing next to nothing. I got back from Portland on Tuesday and am wiped out from all the walking and not great sleep. Priority this week is resting and getting my energy level back. I'll basically end up doing each sport one time. The race is Saturday. Today I biked:

Wednesday am: bike

25.7 miles/1:43:23/14.9 MPH

Easy bike with Zach. I went over my race strategy with him. We also practiced for the bike aid station, which is where they hand you a full water bottle while you ride by. Sounds scary, turns out, not so bad.

Speaking of my race strategy, here it is:

Swim: Have fun, stay calm, don't overdo it.

Bike: Cruise along, again don't overdo it, eat Luna Moons and Clif Bar and drink Clif Shot Juice mix often. Enjoy the scenery, think positive.

Run: Stay upright. Try to remember I am a runner first and foremost and I can handle this. Eat and drink and think positive.

Specific time goals:

Swim: "A" goal: 42 minutes or better, "B" goal 45 minutes or better

Bike: "A" goal: 3 hours 30 minutes (16 MPH), "B" goal: 3 hours 45 minutes(15 MPH)

Run: "A" goal: under 2 hours (9:10 pace), "B" goal: 2:10 or better (under 10:00 pace)

Transition goals: I don't know, 3-5 minutes each?

Finish time goals, um ... 42 plus ... mumble mumble.. carry the 9... there's got to be an online tool for this, aha yes here we are:

"A" goal: 6 hours 20 minutes (ha!) let's call it 6:30. I'd be very happy with under 7 hours.

Across the board "C" goals: finish. I'm going to be so happy and proud no matter what time of day or night I roll across the finish line. This is huge! I can't wait to post my report and the millions of photos that Zach will take.

Thanks for all the support along my triathlon training journey. Thanks also for the support on the Portland thing. :) You are all the best. Sorry again that I haven't been keeping up with reading everyone's blogs, I know I will have time at some point and I will overcompensate with excess enthusiasm. :) Keep up the good work guys. I should have a race report up on Sunday.


Bob Gentile said...

It will all start to come together in Portland... Have a great TRI on Sat.

*aron* said...

good luck on saturday!! you are going to do SO awesome! cant wait for the race report!

since i have no clue about biking or swimming, the 6+ hour of racing really put it into perspective what you are doing - you are a rockstar!

portland is sooo pretty! you guys are going to have a blast there.

21stCenturyMom said...

I'll be out there cheering for you!

You need to figure out how to get at least 200 cal/hr in you on the bike. Work it out and plan accordingly, given the food and drink you are taking. It will make a ton of difference on the run.

Race Strong!

KK said...

Geez, I can't believe you don't have any leftover blog reading time after job hunting, house hunting, fun-in-portland searching, best friend visiting, half ironman training and basically just trying to breathe. You are a total stud for accomplishing all of this!!!

You will do awesome on Sunday; I'll be thinking of you (and cheering and sending good vibes your way) :).

Good Luck!

Ewen said...

Stay calm. Good luck, and enjoy it!

6:20 definitely sounds doable. Pace yourself, and power home on the run!

Thanks for the Portland pics - they bring back memories.

Michele said...

Good luck this weekend. You are going to do GREAT!!!! Can't wait for the report.

Enjoy the week of taper. sounds like you have a great race plan in place. Just remember to have fun!!

Mir said...

Good luck! I can't WAIT to read the report. You are going to be awesome!

(Don't sweat the job thing, either. You'll find something.)

N.D. said...

It looks really pretty there. Great goals!! Good luck!

ShirleyPerly said...

Oh, your pictures remind me of when I ran the Portland Marathon! That's a great area and I hope the move works out for you and Zach.

Good luck at the race and look forward to your RR!

Gotta Run said...

Taper girl.....TAPER!!

You are just days away now. I am excited for you!!!

GO ROCK IT... but enjoy it.

Marathon Maritza said...

I know you are going to kick ass on Saturday!!!!!

Go Jen, go!

ncrunner12 said...

I'm sure everything is going to come together and Portland will be a great new home. The pictures look great.

D10 said...

Good luck. I can't wait to hear all about it. You are going to do awesome. I think you have a great plan laid out as well. You can do this, you have trained hard!

Kelly H. said...

Can not wait for the race report. Good luck today!

kelsalynn said...

I'm glad you had a productive yet relaxing trip to Portland! Can't wait to hear more about your life-transition!!