The first full week of half ironman training is in the bag, and I survived handsomely. I closed out this week with a few lessons, both good and bad, to carry forward in my training.
We all know that feeling; a knot deep in your stomach. A little queasiness accompanied by shaking knees. The feeling you might loose your lunch all over the expensive, antique rug in your office. That’s how I felt yesterday as I sat staring at my computer screen.
Gather ’round kids for a tale of breaking the cardinal rule of racing. But don’t worry, this story has a happy ending.
This weekend was the Hudson Crossing Triathlon out in Schuylerville, NY. It’s a great race with about 400 athletes traversing through the rural countryside of upstate NY. I did this race last year, and I love the venue. I love it so much, that I have taken to heading out this way for some of my recent long rides.
This weekend could be summed up in one word. HOT! Holy cow, by Saturday the weather was into the 90’s!
Saturday was one of my favorite races of the year, the Freihofer’s Run for Women 5k. I did this race as my first 5k ever back in 2010 and I love running it every year as a benchmark of how I have progressed. Just running the race itself if so energizing. It is a women’s only 5k, and this year there were over 5,000 women registered. Being out running with this crowd: everyone from first-timers to Olympians is one of the best ways to kick off the start of the season.
This weekend was the first race of the season- a local sprint triathlon at the Southern Saratoga YMCA. I did this race last year as my first triathlon and loved it. The race is geared towards first timers and I love that there is no pressure and no expectations. I went into the race with very little training, so I wasn’t sure how I was going to do. My first goal was to shave time off last year’s 1:21, and my second goal was to win the age group again.
My mantra for this race was “Suck it up Buttercup”. I knew I would need something to motivate me when I wanted to start easing up. Continue reading