Thursday, August 14, 2014

Different Wheels

So... this has been a different year. I don't plan on running a marathon for the first time in 5 years. I ran a mile race and biked the distance of a half Ironman bike segment, completed T25 and started lifting weights again. I also restored my Dad's guitar and am teaching myself to play it. Now something completely different... I bought a motorcycle and LOVE IT!

I owe a blog entry on everything it took to get started, but today was my first day on my own personal motorcycle and wow I am stoked.

I don't plan on completely leaving endurance sport, but there's a lot more competing for my time now.

Friday, May 2, 2014

AFCEA 5k Pre-race ramblings

What a weird training year I've had so far. I have run very infrequently and not very far this year. I ran a one mile indoor track race on February 1st, which is my first indoor track race of any kind. I clocked 6:17 and finished in the middle of the pack, which I think is fine for someone who had not trained very much. Since then I have taken an endurance swim class and am presently in week 6 of the T25 interval training program. I feel very fit, but I have no idea of my run fitness. I presently run 2 to 3 times a week, normally a track workout on Tuesday and Thursday with a treadmill interval session on Sunday or any other time I can fit it in. I've biked to work a few times since the weather has started to perk up.

So, I am going to take on the AFCEA 5k again this Sunday and am not sure what I am capable of. I want to perform well, but did not train like I did for the same race last year. I scanned my previous 5k race and know that I ofter start out the first mile around 20 secs faster than my average pace. Dare I tweak the formula? What if I forbid myself from running the first mile faster than 6:55 and try to negative split? We'll see. I am at a great weight right now only weighing 185 - 189. I think I may surprise myself.