I have a race this weekend - another sprint. After setting a PB at my last sprint I almost don't want to do it. This is probably going to be the first time that I don't improve my times at a race. But, I may surprise myself :)
The biggest difference with this race is that the bike is long; 16 miles to be exact. But, I've really really been working on my running, and I'm going to do everything I can to run the entire last leg of the race. That's my #1 biggest goal for this one. Get over this wall I have. No WALKING! :)
Other then that - my goal is to finish in 1:45.
The focus right now though is for Escape. The practice run for the swim in in a week, and I feel ready for that - got my Swag in the mail the other day - I'm really excited!
I'm regularly swimming 1.2+ 2-3 times a week at the lake. I swim with a bunch of REALLY fast people who push me every single swim. It's funny how slow I feel at these swims, and yet when I get with a group at a tri or whatever I discover that I'm not that bad :)
After escape my focus will be on the Anchorman Championships in San Diego. I want to hold my own on this one so I'm planning to stay with my 6AM lake swims, and start an 'advanced' 5K training program to try to bring my run speeds up.
Not that my run speeds aren't improving - I did a 4.5 mile run the other day without taking a walk break and finished in 53 minutes. My Garmin is telling me I averaged a 11:45 pace! under 12 min/mile for 4.5 miles! I know that probably seems really really slow most of the athletes out there in blogger land, but on 11/19 of last year I did a 'fitness test' and ran 2 miles, my pace was 15:48. That's 4 min/mile in 8 months - that's good right?
After Anchorman my focus race will be Lavaman - I plan to get back to Lavaman SOMEHOW -- The goal is to be 110 lbs lighter in 2 hours faster - I've got 3 eight week cycles planned to train for that...
Once that's past well, I'm going to step out and really push myself - I plan on doing Vineman 70.3 - that's right a 1/2 Iron Man. With Lavaman in March and Vineman in July, I figure that'll give me plenty of time to add the new distance,. In all honesty, I'm already doing the swim distance, and for Escape, I'm training as if the run is the 13 miles so I don't think it'll be that big of a leap... I'm excited about it.
Lastly, I wanted to share these... My finish at the last tri:
Me, sprinting to the finish:
There's my finish time - by the look on my face, this is about when I could see it - remember the 'girls' started 20 minutes after the clock started :)
I like this shot
I feel like I'm channeling Steve in a Speedo here and his One legged Pirate Pose. although he's much better at it then I am...
And this one: Well this one is fun just because it freaked my husband out -- He saw it and said - what the hell is that!?
"That" being the muscles in my arms... rar!