Race Schedule and Results

Friday, September 10, 2010

Where to next

Gosh, I couldn't be more lucky to have such amazing people in my life. All of you bloggy friends have really helped me tremendously in getting through the disappointment of not finishing the Ironman. You're words of encouragement were all so sweet and supportive - I'm really lucky and thank you all.

So, what's next? (because let's be honest, I'm not one to throw in the towel and mope around all day because of a stupid DNF).

I'm feeling good. Training is coming back faster than ever and I still have the desire which is something I was hoping wouldn't leave. Yesterday we went out for a run. 5.4 miles. The first mile was a 8:55 pace. Then we got talking about something that's bothering me, I got all worked up, and I ended up averaging 8:14's for the run - and I felt like that pace was casual. Nice... And the day before we went for a 30 mile bike ride. Fought the wind for 15 miles (I'm talking leaning into the wind to stay up kind of blowing) and averaged almost 19 for the ride. Felt great. I've done a 10 mile run which was strong, and some smaller workouts here and there.

I'm putting a half Ironman on my schedule in two weeks - the Deer Creek Fall Challenge. I know that I'll be ready by then and I'm excited to go a little longer. Kind of my redemption for the 17 miles I missed in Louisville! :) It's a local half and I've done it three time. The first year, I finished in 6:55 - it was 93 degrees, my first half and I thought I was going to die. The second year, I finished in 6:50 - a hurricane literally came through Ohio ( I can't even make this up) and at one point, myself and two other races were on the ground in a three point stance (one hand and two feet touching), crawling across a dam on the run course because the winds were gusting at 60mph. Last year I finished in 6:01. I know I'm better than that and hopefully that shows this year. If nothing else, it'll get the dust moving.

We signed up for the Columbus Marathon in October too. I wasn't going to run it even though I knew that Tom really wanted to, but really, it's just a few extra runs. Tom's convinced we can break 4 hours - I'd like to PR (which would be a 4:20 or better). I'm just excited to run in the fall. There's nothing like lining up next to other runners - me in capris, long sleeves and gloves, and many of them in short shorts and sports bras turning blue from the cool crisp air. :)

And then we're doing the half at Beach2Battleship. It's a team race for Team Type 1 and I'm super excited. I haven't heard a ton about the race so it'll be fun!

So that's what's next... that'll get me through this year and then I can start looking at next year! Baby steps...

16 comments:

misszippy said...

I think those sound like perfect goals for you right now. And the weather gods will be with you after all the past nonsense! Good luck with it.

Emz said...

I'm with MissZ - great goals.

Alisa said...

That's certainly plenty of races and training to keep you busy!

Great that you're letting the IM roll off you---you should! It wasn't you, you were trained.

I'd really like to do another half next year, I also know that I can do better. Here's to hoping for no hurricanes or 93 degree weather.

Molly said...

the marathon in october sounds lovely, good choice!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Woohoo for having some good training days again! :)
I think those sound like great races to finish out the year!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

UGHHHH!!!!! Deer Creek, I remember riding my bike sideways!!! Deer creek is a consisant nightmare in my tri career. All my lousy races were I sweared off the sport was at that site.

So I been head hunted to do the bike leg of a relay team, I havent heard from them in 2 weeks, but I hope we do it and I will see you there.

Did they upgrade the water level to swim there yet?

Anne-Marie said...

YAY for good training runs/rides and jumping right back into it!

The rest of your season sounds awesome! I've heard good things about Beach2Battleship - looking forward to the race report.

I'd had Deer Creek on my list of possible future races, since it's only a ~4 hour drive away, but given the weather history I might have to rethink that! I'll cross my fingers for nice weather this year :)

Christi said...

Sounds like you have some great races ahead of you! Good luck at all of them!

Rebecca said...

We can battle Deer Creek together (praying for great and/or halfway decent weather) but of course I will only be doing the Oly distance. Maybe a half SOMEDAY. ;)

You sure do have a lot of goals ALREADY ahead of you. What you have planned the next three months is more than what average people do in a year!!

Judi said...

its always nice to have a race plan. :0)

Kristin (Triathlon Dreams) said...

YOu are going to do great!! I love the fall for marathons!!

Julie (ROJ) said...

Way to get back on the horse! You'll be great.

Niki said...

Sounds like some good races to look forward to!

Jon said...

Glad your mojo is still there. Now go kill all of those races this fall!

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Today's Triumph said...

I am curious to hear about the Beach2Battleship! It sounds fun and for a good cause ; )

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