There are still many mountains to climb isn’t there?
Triathlon might be done but now the process of preparing for next season begins. Part of that process, at least for me, is the start of running season. On the agenda already is the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon on November 10th. Followed by the Disney Goofy Challenge, The Best Damn Race, and the Gasparilla set. Sandwiched in between will be some Century Rides (the first being on December 1st for the American Lung Cancer group).
So it is time for new goals and new targets. After reviewing my races this year I managed to step off the ledge a little and realized that the main reason my races got worse was that my running got worse. Many factors here I think, but it still comes down to the fact that I need to put in more time running, and make a point of ALWAYS running after the bike, no matter the distance. It took a little time, and some hard honesty, while looking through the past year’s logs but it seems that I was getting all of my swimming and biking in, but I slacked some on the running department. It wasn’t a lot of slacking, mostly cutting the run off the bike short, or skipping a during the week run. We had some weather issues as well, but that was an excuse. So the course is clear …
By the time next triathlon season starts JC will be a runner.
I know it is going to be hard. I try to explain the unique challenges of someone “my size” has when it comes to running. The pounding of 245 pounds on feel and knees is not fun, but there has to be a change here. Long, slow miles if I have to. Training will be mostly on my own, which presents its own challenges for me, until the weekends, but a few other teammates have offered to meet and run with me after work, so it might not be so bad. I suck when left to my own devices. 🙂
I was a bit down after the Ironman last week when I realized how my races went this season, but I took the week off, and decided that I was going to hit the road hard when TNT met again on Saturday. The scheduled called for 9 miles and I wanted to do it under 2 hours, a feat that was out of my reach all this year. I am happy to say that I did get that goal, finishing my run in 1:57:14. Not the greatest I know, but so much better than I had been running. I tried it with the Newtons, and pulled a blister on the second pinky toe of each foot (due mostly to socks I think), but I finished the run knowing I could do another 4. It gave me hope. I had never done a half marathon in under 3 hours, but at that pace I would have done it. I have 30 days to ENSURE I do it under 3 (my previous best is 3:17:00).
As a side note I would like to share a story with you which illustrates the ignorance I have to put up with in my life. When I was gone from work two of the “manager’s” on my floor asked a co-worker where I was. She told them I was out for the Half Ironman in Georgia. Their response was not “Wow, good for him” or “Amazing he can do that type of thing”. No, it was “He doesn’t seem the type that can do those races”. Just what the hell does that mean?? I guess their intent was to actually ask me that when I got back. Not a good idea. They were dutifully warned by my co-worker that it was a bad idea to ask me that, because I take this very seriously and it is not a joke to me. One took the advice. One didn’t. And the one that didn’t was invited to go back to his office and … well …. “make love to himself”. After a year you’d think they’d know me better huh?
I am getting ornery in my old age 🙂