Thursday, May 08, 2008

Game on! Er, again!

So before the race last weekend I was planning on doing the Lake Geode Olympic Distance Tri in July. Then I got annoyed about my bike from the race and got mopey and decided I was just going to run this summer (yeah, I'm a real go getter!)

Part of this was because I couldn't convince anyone to do Lake Geode with me and god forbid I do a triathlon alone! Then Krissy and I were talking and she's doing Lake Geode and then I felt like a wuss for backing out of my original plans solely because of a bad race, so...

I'm all signed up! No backing out now. And I am coming close to convincing Kori to do it too. She is afraid of the bike, but two weeks after the race we have to ride our bikes like 180 miles from the Missouri River to Ames in three days of RAGBRAI. So seriously - 25 miles should be nothing!

This course is supposed to be hilly... Hills I'll take! Just no wind thank you! I may try and go out and ride the course ahead of time, just to feel more comfortable with it. On the downside, since Big Creek was flat and fast on the bike, I don't think I'll be able to PR on this race.

Apparently somewhere in my brain I believe it is unacceptable to even bother racing if I am not going to PR (because hey, I can run or bike or whatever on my own so why pay money?). This is not unrelated to my feelings about Saturday. So perhaps this is the year to get over that...

So long as I still PR at Milwaukee Marathon in October...

Yes, there is a new game plan. Train for Lake Geode and then drop back on the cross-training and focus on running so I can train for another marathon. Of course, my plantar fasciitis might have other things to say about this. Which is why I don't plan on signing up for anything until July. But last night Kori and I had a great 6 mile run @ 9:40 pace, which is totally awesome for me and I felt great the entire time, despite the fact I inadvertently picked a superhilly course. So I'm excited to run again and be dedicated to it!

In the one bright spot from Saturday, I came in 2nd in my age group for T1. Go me!

We won't mention the fact that this entirely had to do with not putting on my bike shoes until after transition because the floor was so slippery... Little victories people!

7 comments:

Nitmos said...

I too fall into the trap of not entering races because I just don't think I have enough time to train to do real well. Sometimes, best just to enter for the fun of it. Probably end up doing better than expected anyhow without the added pressure.

Audrey said...

hey sunshine...it's easier to PR when you're new and dropping minutes from your time at every race. when you've had some good training in your past and you're no longer a newbie...it's harder to PR b/c you've got some solid times to measure yourself against. it means you've come a long way and NOT that you aren't fabulous :)

Wendy said...

Good for you!

Joe said...

Here's hoping you get over the PR or no race thing. Do it cuz it's fun! :)

jeanne said...

yes!!! my first olympic is in july too. we can another sugar-free diet smackdown. :)

6 miles at 9:40. Most excellent.

And pr whatever. do your best, see what happens. life is a never-ending adventure.
signed,
pollyanna
:)

gary said...

The PR thing is hard to get over.. I have not set a PR in a very long time... of course the solution is to do races that you've never done before! Like a new distance, new structure, heck try an adventure race.

I will say that some of my favorite races have had no shot of setting a PR, like my Flying Pig run this past weekend...

Rainmaker said...

I'd take 2nd place in any category - T1 included!