Ironman 70.3 Racine (2013) Race Report

As the evidence of a hard fought race fades away, race reports stand the test of time and are here for years to come.  For that very reason, I wanted the race to settle a bit before I began to talk about it.  This was my second Ironman brand event.  The first was last year in Muncie where I showed up with a torn tendon in my foot and full knowledge that I couldn’t run and would need to take a DNF.  In actuality, the weather did not cooperate and produced dangerously high temps resulting in the race being downgraded to Olympic distance but I still took the DNF since I couldn’t run.  Details of Ironman 70.3 Muncie 2012 are HERE if you are interested.

I didn’t care much for the venue in Muncie (although I loved the town) so I decided to try out Ironman 70.3 Racine this year.  The weather leading up to Racine was hot, Hot, HOT and I couldn’t help have a feeling of déjà vu.  However, as the weekend approached the winds picked up and things started to cool off!  I rolled into Racine on Saturday afternoon for packet pickup, athlete briefing and to get my bike into transition before the 5pm cutoff.  Not all triathlons, or even Ironman brand races, require you to rack your bike the day before but some do and if you’re not in by the time it closes, then just kiss your registration goodbye cuz you won’t be racing.

Packet Pick-up was organized and smooth, the “expo” had a few vendors and a large Ironman store to purchase goodies.  The race goodie bag included a blended cotton type performance shirt, a bag, the swim cap & race numbers.

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Athlete briefing was not required but I always think it’s important to attend.  It was lengthy and boring but the view was nice.  Then I was off to rack my bike in transition which was a couple miles away.

IM Racine 70.3_bike rackedTransition is always a little hectic but I also love it because it’s where all the athletes are in one spot, all on an equal playing field and I kinda love the chaos.

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Fast forward past the shitty hotel & the shitty pre-race dinner to race morning and we awoke to a beautiful day.  Nice wind and cooler temps.

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However, that wind brought with it some waves.  My girl over at Finding My Happy Pace posted an amazing pic of what the wind brought us in terms of “choppy” waters and little wave action.  I touched on it briefly yesterday.  This was our swim.

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It was tough getting out even far enough to start swimming because the waves kept pushing us backward.  It was tough to gather enough courage to put our heads down and attempt to swim.  It was tough to keep trying to move forward with the never-ending swells.  We needed to travel 1.2 miles in these conditions.  How far did we actually swam fighting the waves?  We’ll never know.  I commend every single athlete who was brave enough to get into the water.  You had to really want it to even step off the beach.  Seriously, pat yourself on the back right now.  You’re officially a badass.

My swim didn’t go well.  Shocker, I know.  I wasn’t scared.  I even took time to encourage the athletes around me who were visibly panicking struggling.  I thought I was doing okay but I was just having trouble keeping my head down and taking more than a few strokes at a time.  If I took 5 strokes before I put my head up and rechecked my position, that was a lot.  Then my calf cramped, which was a big issue.  Thankfully I was within site of the finish when that happened so I was able to finish after taking a bit of a break while chatting up a lifeguard with a handy surfboard.  When I finally made it out of the water, I saw that it took me nearly 55 minutes to swim 1.2 miles.   Yikes, that’s bad!

Once I stumbled up to the beach, I started taking off my wetsuit and a kind man just told me to sit down and he pulled it off me.  Thank you, sir.  I know you weren’t an official “wetsuit stripper” but you have no idea how appreciative I am of your kindness.  Then I walked into transition with my wetsuit.  Attempting to recover from the swim.  Attempting to wrap my head around the fact that the race had barely started and I was in fact EXHAUSTED.  I was so tired, that I in fact walked on the wrong side of my transition rack and had to circle back around.  But I was too tried to care.

The bike portion started up a big hill.  Many people crashed before they even got half way up.  I was mounting my bike (off to the side) and a lady came rolling back down the hill with her bike.  Yikes.  So I was being extra careful, clipped in and pedaled up in an very uneventful manner.  I knew immediately that I was in for a long ride.  1)  My new aero bottle canister was not sticking to my handlebars.  It took me several miles to get it locked back into position (then it came back off in the last 1/4 and we fought again!).  It just wouldn’t stick, and it kept knocking into my computer and changing the settings.  I thought about tossing it to the side many times but I knew that I needed it.  Finally got it to stick after a couple miles.  2)  My calf was still sore from the in-water cramping.  3)  As soon as I got down into aero my neck and shoulders were already tight and sore from fighting the waves during the swim.  Not ideal.

The bike course was one loop of mostly country roads that seemed to always be going up or down.  I didn’t see any hills bigger than the one in and out of transition but there were small rollers almost all the time.  And the country roads were bumpy, very bumpy.  Aid stations were stocked with performance drink, water & gels every 15 to 20 miles.  It always amazes me how brave the volunteers are standing roadside holding a drink out for us to grab.  None of this would work if it weren’t for the volunteers so I am very thankful for their hard work and dedication.

The first half of the bike was decent although I was much slower than normal.  However, the second half was just rough bringing more hills (or maybe they were the same ones, just looking bigger due to my fatigue) the wind, and more bumpy roads.  My neck and shoulders were BURNING with pain & fatigue.  All of this really took a real toll on me and I fell way off pace.  But I made it back to transition.  56 miles on the bike DONE.  3 hrs & 29 minutes.  Super slow but DONE.  Screen shots below from FinsherPix, the Ironman photog:

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Transition 2 was all good.  Such a relief to rack the stupid bike and be back on my own two feet.  At this point, the race is over for me.  I know that I can run, walk or crawl 13.1 miles if necessary.  BRING IT!  The run was an out and back course with two loops.  The temps were well into the 80s by this time.  However, I did enjoy looking for my friends amongst all the other runners.  It helped with the monotony being able to look to see if I could spot people I knew.  The aid stations were well stocked with water, ice, bananas, pretzels, oranges, energy gels and performance drinks.  The residents of Racine ROCKED in the spectator department, bringing out their water hoses, sprinklers, kids with squirt guns and just doing what they could to help keep us cool.  I will also acknowledge that the course was well shaded in many places and the wind that caused so many problems in the water and was a nuisance on the bike, was now a welcome relief.  And the views of the water in several spots were breathtaking.  Screen shots below from FinsherPix, the Ironman photog:

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Not what was in the plan but I finished in 6 hours & 50 minutes and I was super happy to hit that finish line.  Swim – 53:46, T1 – 5:02, Bike – 3:29:19 (16.05 mph), T2 – 2:54, Run – 2:19:52 (10:40 pace)

Ironman picked a great venue in Racine.  Beautiful area & race site.  Aid stations, volunteers and medical assistance were plentiful.  However the race is very expensive ($225 to $250) and they ran out of food at the finish, which I think is unacceptable for the cost of the race and the duration for which the athletes compete.  In fact I left as soon as I finished my race because I needed to go find food to refuel.

Finisher medal & Hat:

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All in all, I think it was a well ran event, minus the food snafu at the end.  The athletes were all very nice, even the fast ones.  The race officials were serious but helpful.  The volunteers were amazing.   However, I probably won’t go back to Racine for an Ironman event.  It’s a long way from home, traffic to Wisconsin stinks and I’m still not convinced that the cost of the brand endorsement is worth the extra money to race.  I’m a small town girl and like small town races with small town price tags but as with everything, it’s all in personal preference.

** Get Out and Give It A TRI **  Amanda – TooTallFritz **

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Ironman 70.3 Racine, The Aftermath …. What Hurts?

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Yesterday, I tackled the Ironman 70.3 in Racine Wisconsin.  Going in I was neither particularly nervous or particularly excited.  I knew it was going to be a hard day.  I knew that I was undertrained compared to my fellow athletes.  I knew that it would test my limits.  I knew that I would want to quit.  I knew that I would have to “dig deep” in order to finish.  I knew that I REALLY wanted to finish.

What I didn’t know was that the wind, which brought in that cool front, would be blowing hard and that Lake Michigan would be a total beast.  It was the kind of day on the lake where hubby and I wouldn’t have even bothered to take out the boat.  Large rolling waves which resulted in white caps up near the shore.  I knew that was bad.  I knew the swim would be super hard for me since it was already my weakest event.  I kept wondering if it were even safe to swim out there?  But they were sending out swimmers, wave after wave after wave and eventually it was my turn.  I entered the water toward the back of my wave because I am a slower swimmer.  We walked out, no running today because the big waves were coming in so fast that they were knocking us backward.  We walked out to the point where it was inevitably “time to swim” and a few people got started.  The ladies in front of me however were a bit “nervous” and just looking at one another.  I yelled, “Let’s DO THIS” and that seemed to get us down and  into swim position.  The swim course wasn’t very technical with only two turns and long parallel to shore swim.  This should have been somewhat easy.

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Yet, it wasn’t easy.  I can’t really say that I swam much.  I would take a few strokes and then have to look up to see where the waves had pushed me.  I  would readjust, take a few more strokes, get swamped by more waves, then put my head up to look again.  I was either floating up, or down, or to the side.  My stroke was more of a flail than an actual swim stroke.  Had I been a person prone to seasickness, I would have vomited.  We were definitely rolling up and down with the waves.

Then when I could finally see the end, I started to kick.  Hadn’t done much kicking before that point, and I almost immediately got a nasty cramp in my left calf.  I had to roll over onto my back and massage it out, only to start swimming again and have it come back within minutes.  I was not happy and was trying not to panic because I was SO close to the end.  I just wanted to get out of the damn water.  The lifeguard came to me with a surf board and let me hang on until the cramp passed.  Not cool.  Not normal.  Not fun.  Sad smile

I did finally got out of the water and walked slowly to transition.  I was thankful that I got out of the water on my own power.  I was trying to catch my breath.  Trying to recoup a bit.  But my calf was very sore from the cramp and today it feels even worse.  So the first, and most painful What Hurts? award definitely goes to my sore calf muscle.

The second What Hurts? award goes to my neck and shoulders.  Apparently, all that flailing around in the water, keeping my head up to see where the heck I was going, and just the general roughness of the swim put the hurt on my neck and shoulders, which already suffer from limited mobility on a “normal” day.  This was very noticeable as soon as I got on my bike and got down to ride in aero.  OUCH.  Now magnify this over 56 miles and 3.5 hours and wowzers, I can’t move my neck much at all today.

The third What Hurts? award goes to my left knee.  Apparently my left calf muscle checked out after the swim portion of the race.  It didn’t get the memo that I would be needing it for the entirety of the 70.3 miles.  So since it withdrew from the race early, my left knee took over in the bike portion.  Well, left knee started screaming at me about mile 30 and it hasn’t stopped screaming as of yet.  Left Knee and Left Calf are having a major battle right now, playing the blame game and just being generally very pissy with one another.

The last What Hurts? award goes to the chafing department.  What chafed?  Hell if I know but I felt like I got burned while I was in the water.  Both underarms are red, raw & have swollen patches.  It could have been my sleeveless wetsuit, which has never previously caused a problem.  It could have been my tri kit, which has never previously caused a problem.  It could have been the waves beating the living shit out of me.  Who knows but it hurts to wear clothes and put my arms down.  No worries, I’m going to work “nakie” today and plan to hold both of my arms up in the air and pretend like I just don’t care!!!  The super sexy photos are below if you care.

IM Racine 70.3_chafing      IM Racine 70.3_chafing2

I’m going to take minute here to thank Mission Athletecare for protecting my skin so that I don’t have a 5th What Hurts? award.  I do have a little bit of a burn on the back of my neck but I did swim 1.2++++ miles, bike 56 miles, and run 13.1 miles over the course of 6 hours & 50 minutes in addition to running thru 10+ sprinklers/hoses, getting shot by several water guns and dumping at least 24+ cups of water over my head.  All that with one application of sunscreen.  So I’m super pleased that I’m sunburnt too!  Thanks, Mission  Athletecare!

This was a long day.  I must say that I can normally walk away with minimal soreness and nothing really lingers.  Today however is a bit different than the norm.  No worries, I’ll be back at it soon enough but not today.  I am resting, relaxing, hydrating and eating whatever the heck I want.

** Everything Hurts ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

What To Take To A Triathlon ….

Whether your heading to a sprint or a long course triathlon, the list of “what to take” can be daunting.  So daunting that I have in fact shied away from shorter races with the reasoning that the packing, traveling, hauling of gear is more of a PITA chore than the reward of the race itself.    Next year, that will change.  I will be delving back into the world of sprint and Olympic distance TRIs and it will be fun, Fun, FUN for me!  However, the list will be virtually the same for any race distance.  The single best piece of advice I can give for hauling the gear would be to invest in a transition pack.  I did it for years without one, which means I used a regular back pack, then carried whatever wouldn’t fit and also attempted to push my bike along to transition all while not dropping anything or crashing my bike.  This plan is a total FAIL though if you are at a location like Pleasant Prairie where you need to get on you bike after the race and ride it, along with your gear, back to the car. 

Transition packs are expensive in my opinion.  I waited until I had a coupon, found a discount, saw a special for free shipping, etc. then read a billion review and still didn’t know what to buy.  I basically decided that as long as my gear fit in the pack and it held up over the course of time, then I’d probably be happy.  I picked the DeSoto Transition Pack (retails for $119) because it has a specific spot to hold my wetsuit, bike pump & helmet.  Then it has a giant compartment & several zippered pouches  for whatever else I need but those 3 things were my biggest issue because they never fit into my regular backpack.  I think with all my discounts, I paid about $80 for this thing and I really do like it.  I have an older model but these are stock photos of the current DeSoto Transition Pack VI.  Love it!

 DeSoto Transition Pack    DeSoto Transition Pack 2

THE LIST

PRE-RACE

  • Directions to expo, hotel, race venue
  • $$ (cash) – you may need to pay to park at the expo or on race morning.
  • USAT card & ID
  • Confirmation to hotel & event
  • Snacks & Water – Stay hydrated and fueled leading up to the race.

TRANSITION

  • Bright colored UNIQUE towel to help you identify your spot.
  • Transition pack (or backpack) to carry your gear.
  • Good attitude because it might be “a little” hectic in there.

SWIM

  • Goggles
  • Swim Cap (not for the race but in case you want to test the water at check in)
  • TRI Kit (I like a 2 piece in case I need to hit the potty)
  • Wetsuit (optional but highly suggested)
  • Body Glide, TRI Slide or Mission Athletecare Anti-Chafe to put anywhere and everywhere the wetsuit or TRI kit might chafe.
  • Sunscreen (sport specific spray that is quick dry, like the Mission Athletecare Sun Defeated continuous spray)
  • Throw away flip flops – Hopefully you won’t need these but sometimes you get to a venue where you just can’t walk around without your shoes.  Or maybe you will have to walk a mile to the swim start and are you going to do that barefoot?  Are you going to go back after 6-7+ hours of racing and get your flip flops? 

BIKE

  • Bike – Sound elementary but if we are making “the” list, don’t forget the bike.  Smile
  • Bike shoes
  • Socks (if you use them)
  • Tire pump
  • Fuel for on the bike
  • Water bottles (freeze your fluids if possible)
  • Sunglasses (with a fresh coat of anti-fog or Johnson Baby Shampoo to prevent fogging)
  • Helmet
  • Tire repair kit:  tools, tube, CO2 canister for tire inflation

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RUN

  • Running Shoes
  • Socks (if you use them)
  • Toe protectors (if you need them)
  • Fuel for on the run
  • Hat/Visor

THE RIDE HOME

  • Change of clothes
  • ShowerPill wipes to clean up
  • Flip Flops or Keen Bali Sandals (my favorites, the cushion & support is so nice on my feet!)
  • $$ – You are going to be hungry.  You will be stopping for food. 

That’s my list!  I take the above to every triathlon I run.  Do you have anything that you take that might not be on this list?  Tell us!!  We need all the help we can get and we value your input!

** Making A List & Checking It Twice ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

The Week Of Ironman 70.3 Racine

So the time has arrived and I’m staring down Ironman 70.3 Racine this weekend.  That’s 1.2 miles swimming, 56 miles biking, and 13.1 miles running.  Pure awesome.  Add all those miles up and you’ll get 70.3 miles.  This is merely half of an Ironman race like you might have seen on ESPN but there is nothing “half” about it in my world.

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Am I nervous?  Not really nervous yet but I certainly would have liked to have more training time in the books.  Most who tackle an event of this magnitude use a training plan (check out Triathlon Geek or Beginner Triathlete).  Possibly you’ve heard the phrase “fail to plan, plan to fail” but that’s not my reality.  A training plan for the 70.3 distance just gives me a ton of workouts that I’m unable to fit into my real life as mom, wife, employee & suburban commuter.  So I do what I can do, use the TTF “finish it” plan and that results in 1 swim, 1 bike and 3-4 runs each week (more running because I can do that at home on the treadmill while watching the kiddos!).  Yep, that’s it.  How will that play out this weekend?  We could probably call what we are about to witness a “sufferfest”.  It’s gonna hurt.

The good news is that I’m well aware that the race will be difficult.  I’ve done the distance previously with the same training schedule.  However, I was younger then, weighed less and had an extra month of “training” under my belt.  So how will that play out this weekend?  Sufferfest.

My plan is to focus on each discipline and not get ahead of myself.  Relax on the swim.  Not be upset that I’m a slower swimmer and acknowledge that most of my age group will most likely be out of the water and onto the bike well before me.  I’m a proficient swimmer; I’m just not fast.  Whatever.  The goal is to get out of the water and onto dry land.  Last time I did a 70.3, I swam the 1.2 mile distance in 44:23.  Anything under 45 minutes would make me a happy, happy camper.  Actually, just dragging my ass out of the water will make me a happy, happy camper.

The bike is long, 56 miles in this event.  That’s a long ass way on a bike.  My butt hurts just thinking about it.  My issue with the bike is that I like to ride fast.  As fast as I can go.  Well, that’s only fun for the first 20-30 miles, then I want to cry.  So I am going to try to keep things in control so that the last 20-30 miles don’t feel like dog crap make me cry.  Think I can make it thru this entire event without a tear?  No?  I gambling on a yes because it’s going to be so flippin’ hot that I’ll be dehydrated.   Smile  I’ll let you know on that one.  Anyhow, last time, I biked the 56 miles in 3 hours 22 minutes for a 16.58 mph average.  I’m hoping for a 17 mph average this time so that puts me around 3:15 and if I’m honest I’m dreaming of being closer to 3 hours but I know that’s just a dream and not my current fitness level.

The run is a half marathon.  How many half marathons have I ran?  Close to 20 since I started pushing the distance card circa 2007.  So I think I can run one more, even if it is hot.  Even after I’ve swam 1.2 miles and biked 56 miles.  I can do it.  The good thing about the “run” is that you’re on solid ground it is what you make of it.  You can acknowledge that it will be a sufferfest and just keep moving or you can obsess about how bad it sucks and take yourself out of the game.  Choices.  Remember, you always have a choice, even if you don’t like the options.  I choose to run.  I choose to move my butt closer to the finish line at whatever pace I can manage.  I have no illusions of speediness but I do know that I can usually run faster than I can walk.  So I’m going to try to focus on running and if I need to walk I’m going to do so for a short time and then get going again.  My run may look like a shuffle but I plan to keep on shuffling right to the finish line.  Last time, I ran the half in 2:20.  That’s a 10:43 pace.  I’m hoping to be under 2:10 this time, which is just under a 10 minute mile.

So for comparison, here is how I hope predict the race to stack up against my previous attempt in 2008.  I know it’s been 5 years but I’m older and wiser right?  Plus I’d like to think that Mr. Michael has made me tougher in more ways than you can even imagine.

Great Illini 70.3 – 2008

Goal for IM 70.3 Racine 2013

Swim – 44:23 Swim – 45:00
T1 – 2:37 (small transition) T1 – 5:00
Bike – 3:22:40 Bike – 3:15:00
T2 – 3:56 T2 – 5:00
Run – 2:20:23 Run – 2:10:00
Final – 6:33:51 Final – 6:20:00

There it is in black and white.  I’m looking to go under 6 hours and 30 minutes this time.  Will it happen?  Only time will tell.  Will I be disappointed if it doesn’t happen?  Hell, no.  I’m in to finish it and it will be a HUGE accomplishment for me to put this in the done column.  I’m looking forward to the race.  I’m looking forward to pushing my limits.  I’m looking forward to the sufferfest.  Let’s do this!!  Whoooooooop!

you can get thru this    stronger than you think

** Stronger Than I Think ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

Back in the Pool …

Yesterday was it.  I had ran out of excuses.   I’m 46 days out from a 70.3 triathlon in Racine, WI and I just HAD to get my ass in the pool.  I didn’t want to do it but those ironmen are mean.  Rough.  They swim with their fists and it’s important to stay as far in front of the next wave as possible!  So I went to the pool.  I wasn’t thrilled but I faked mustered a smile.

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This go round, I decided to swim at Governors State University.  They have a nice 24.99 yard  (odd distance to eliminate it from being legal for competition) lap pool and it’s normally not too busy.  It’s open from 6am – 9pm M-F, and has similar Saturday hours but who the hell wants to do a swim workout on Saturday?  Not me!  Plus, they let me do month to month so when TRI season is over, I don’t have a nasty gym membership requiring me to sell my soul to cancel.  Win, Win.  I also noticed some improvements to the pool area since the last time I used it for TRI training.  Kinda cool and relaxing, if you head to an indoor pool for that.

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Then I got in the water and fought with my goggles for 16 minutes before I was able to get them adjusted properly and actually get to some real swimming.  Then I was almost out of time and needed to pack it up and head home to the family.  In all, I had a craptastic 35 minutes of adjusting my goggles and floundering around swimming for a distance total of 1250 yards ( 0.71 miles).  Impressive, I know.  At this rate, it will take me well over an hour to get thru the 1.2 mile swim in Racine.  That means just about every wave behind me will not only swim over the top of my slow ass but also punch & kick me as they pass me up.  I’m seeing stars already.  I can only hope that the water in Racine is cold.  Super cold.  Let’s slow those crazy people down!  Okay, more importantly a water temp under 78 degrees means it’s wetsuit legal.  Yay, me!  Although I “normally” don’t need a wetsuit for that distance, it’s nice to have because it provides a little added buoyancy, fixes some of the imperfections in my swim, and HELLO, it holds me up when those assholes punch me in the side of the head.   Feel free to read my IM Muncie 70.3 report HERE.

The good news, is that the swim in Racine looks SWEET!  It’s a point to point swim where we hop in the water in one spot, and swim a parallel line with the beach to another location and get out.  No stupid M to swim.  Or V.  Or J.  Or whatever crazy shape that they make to slow us poor sighting swimmers down.  Just two right turns around buoys and straight swimming.  Racine, we may become friends after all.  Looks like I’ll just be able to put my head down and swim, hopefully in someone else’s slip stream!

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Swim #1 down.  Many more to go.  I think I better just leave my swim clothes in my car and go as often as I’m able.  My goal is 2x per week til Racine on July 21st.  We’ll see how that works with the family and job and commute and life dynamic but that’s the plan as of today.

Which part of TRI training is most daunting or inconvenient for you?

** Happy TRIing ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

2013 …. What Lies Ahead

Since it’s been all Ragnar for quite some time, I thought I would take a break just for now and instead pin down a few 2013 goals.  Better late than never, right?

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I have a few general goals  that I will focus on for the entire year.  And remember, I roll with the K.I.S.S. principle.  Nothing too complicated, just simple but challenging goals.

  1. Run 1000 miles –  Although this seems like a no brainer, things happen, life happens and I don’t want to neglect my life in order to rack up run miles.  1000 miles is challenging, coming in at just under 20 miles a week, but also reasonable if I remain uninjured on the fitness wagon.
  2. Bike 2000 miles – Now this one may seem a little “Coo-Coo” but I biked almost 1000 miles this year and let’s just say that I didn’t give it a full effort.  I want to log miles every week of the year from here on out regardless of if TRI season is in session.
  3. Swim – Okay, I’m not ready to step in the pool yet…..still in denial here.
  4. Strength Train & Stretch – 2x per week.  This will be the first to be dropped.  I’m already worried about my schedule.  But this is the “goal”.  It won’t happen if it doesn’t even make the list, right?
  5. Drink 2 liters of water daily.
  6. Consume 5-7 servings of fruits & veggies daily.
  7. Be happy and have a positive attitude!

After the “general” goals, I then broke my training and race schedule into three parts:  Spring, Summer, Fall.  Each session having one goal race.  One focus.  Everything else will be for fun or quite possibly just not exist.  I’ve come to realize that with Aby in 3 sports per year, plus a toddler at home, our time is no longer our own.  I want Aby to be successful.  I want to support her in every way, which includes being at every race/game.  I’m not willing to sacrifice being her biggest supporter in order to once again, “log miles”.  For me, that means less racing, fewer “fun” miles, more focus oriented training.  

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Between each session, I will rest and recover.  For example, this week, I’m doing nothing resting and focusing on non-impact activities to freshen up from Ragnar.  The bottom line is that “most” of us can’t just keep going without some downtime or we will get hurt or burnt out.  I know that there is an exception to every rule, Susan M, but most of us mere mortals need to rest.  I also find that as I get “older”, I have to be smarter about recovery.  Maybe because I’ve been doing this for most of my life?  Yes, that’s a “reality bites” admission.  Maybe because I’m not a sprinter youngin’ anymore?  I now focus on training smarter, not harder and utilize tools like Post Workout Recovery, ice baths and massage sticks to just be able to walk recover for the next workout.

Spring Session – Goal Race – Lansing Marathon – April 21, 2013

If you haven’t heard that I’m running the Lansing Marathon, then this is the first time you’ve stumbled on this blog cuz I’ve talked about it, given away a prize pack and basically tried to recruit everyone, and anyone, who runs to join me.   Don’t feel bad if I haven’t hit you up YET cuz I’ll get you eventually.  🙂  If you would like to join me in Lansing for the full, half, marathon relay or 5K, please feel free to use the $10 off discount code CHICAGO10 and click HERE to register.  You know a girl doesn’t like to run alone and I certainly hope to see YOU there!

Summer Session – Goal Race – Ironman 70.3 Racine – July 21, 2013

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My TRI season last year didn’t go well. Ironman 70.3 Muncie was shorted due to the ridiculous heat (my report HERE) plus a tendon in my foot was torn so I couldn’t run, or finish.  I went with the intention to DNF.  I succeeded in acquiring my first DNF but it was not my favorite venue.  My second, and final, 70.3 of the year was going to be the Great Illini Challenge (my report HERE) but that race was called off due to the possibility probability of severe weather.  Completed triathlons in 2012 = Zero.  This year will be better.

Fall Session – Goal Race – TBD

I know many have their entire year planned but I’m keeping the fall schedule open.  This tends to be my fastest time of year.   I love the weather, I love the speed that my base mileage brings, I love to race.  However, the prior two sessions will dictate what Fall of 2013 will bring.  I’ve tossed around adding in another marathon but I need to see how my health is and how I am sitting mentally.  I may just sit on the couch and snuggle my baby run a half and some shorter races to take advantage of the speed.  Plus, if I’ve nailed some of my previous goal races, I’ll be cycling down rather than up.  Only time will tell.  I love a good mystery!!

Have you solidified a couple goals for 2013?  Do you have the entire year planned or are you okay with a couple question marks?

** Happy Running ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **