REGISTERED FOR MY FIRST IRONMAN 70.3 PRINCETON

O boy… Time to hit the pool, hit the pool again, hit the pool some more, and after that… o yea, hit the pool!  I am confident I can get through the bike and run segments(maybe not as fast as I’d like), but am nervous about the 1.2 mile swim.  While I certainly have some time to train between now and September, I have much work to do.  I have relaxed just a tad in my training after my Marathon this year, and now plan to pick it back up, starting with with a heavy swim, moderate bike (trainer this time of year due to the weather), and moderate run workout plan.

I am competing in this event with my Sister and Brother-in-law, which makes it all the more exciting!  I will begin posting weekly recaps of my training at the end of this week.  My goal for my first half is 5 and half hours… we will see!  While I have the most time to gain during the bike segment, the swim segment is most certainly my biggest weakness.  Anyone have any suggestions on how to properly train in a pool for this type of event?  I often find myself in triathlons becoming overly excited during the swim, and needing to calm down before I can continue on.  I believe that’s much easier to do during a .5 mile swim, as opposed to a 1.2 mile swim, on a much bigger stage as well!

Suggestions????  Anyone else out there register for Princeton??? Registration just opened today!!!!

FULL WEEK IN

This week, I have logged more miles than I have ever logged in a week’s time before.  Tuesday I ran 8 miles, Wednesday I ran 4.5 miles, Thursday I ran 4 miles, and this morning I ran 15 miles.  Much to my surprise, I am not as sore today after running 15 miles, as I was on Tuesday after running 8.  I have began using KT Tape, as I experience an occasional flare up of Arch pain in my left foot, however I did not use it today during or after my run.  Could my body be adjusting to excess mileage this quickly?

I have also being taking a fish oil supplement and drinking an occasional glass of Cherry Juice to help decrease inflammation.  My brother-in-law had suggested this, and it’s still a bit early to say if it’s helping or not.  But it’s clearly not hurting after feeling rather fresh when running 15 miles.  Tomorrow my training plan calls for a Cross-training session (I plan to swim), and then Monday is a rest day!  If you have not read any of my earlier posts, I am following the Hal Higdon Novice 1 Marathon Training Guide!

One thing I have noticed when running longer distances, is how often my mind tends to wander while I run.  I am sure anyone who reads this and runs can relate.  For the first 3-4 miles, I tend to focus mainly on my pace, and feeling in my legs to make sure everything is working properly!  However once I get into a rhythm, my mind shifts into what I call, “Imagination in High Gear.”  I think about anything from my work, family life, past and upcoming races, and sometimes things as silly as what it would be like to be a bird, I wander who’s in that helicopter, Will I ever get to experience space travel in my lifetime, and other silly meaningless things!  Once I hit about mile 10, or 75% through my run, I begin to shift my imagination towards how good it will feel to finally cross the finish line in Dover at the Monster Mash Marathon, and this always motivates me to being running at a slightly faster pace.  I think this is most important to remember when training.  If you consistently remind yourself of just how good it will feel when you finally get there, you tend to forget about your running pains, being tired, or discouraged, and become instantly motivated.