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Austin, Texas, United States
I'll make you laugh, or break my neck trying. This is usually accomplished with daily bouts of swimming, biking and running. A former "chub-a-holic," I got fit and healthy the good old fashioned way and went from a mid-pack athlete to top age group runner and triathlete. I'm a Writer and USAT Level 1 Certified Triathlon Coach. I guess that makes me part Tina Fey and part Jillian Michaels. Visit my coaching site at www.fomotraining.com

Friday, December 07, 2007

Sunmart 50K-Conquering the Unknown

I have to admit, I have no idea what I've gotten myself into. Six months ago, running a 50k Trail Run (31 miles) sounded like a splendid idea. This race comes highly recommended by people who have done it in the past and I've always had this event on my "race checklist." The only problem is that I haven't really trained for the "trail" portion of the event and I'm entering this race with absolutely zero tapering...thanks to my pesky little friend called "Ironman Training." When I signed up for Sunmart, I didn't know I was going to be doing IM Arizona in April. Yes, could probably have taken it easier this week, but I'm learning that IM Training is a train and if you miss the first couple of stops, it's hard to catch up.

This week, I've run twice (easy 5 miles both times), gone to two 1.5 hour spin classes, 2 core workouts and 2 swim classes. Before we leave for God-forsaken Huntsville, Texas today, I'm going to go to Barton Springs for my one mile swim. You can obviously tell my head is on "Ironman" training and not a large Trail Race. I've even scheduled an easy 1-hour bike ride on Sunday for recovery. Yes, a bike ride is now considered recovery and not lying on my ass.

The weather is also posing a threat at the moment. LOW of 66, HIGH near 80! Yikes...Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate.

Send some positive vibes towards East Texas tomorrow as I cross another milestone off my list and grow a little tougher with every step. I'm definitely NOT racing this one so I'll be happy with 5+ hours.

Have a great weekend!


Anonymous said...

Hope you and Amy have fun - I want to hear details when you return. I'm presently doing weather dances for you guys and for Randy's Dallas marathon too (should work if you've seen my dancing :) )

Richard said...

Carrie - you two are going to have a blast, whatever happens. I just want to know how Amy's going to get her sushi fix on the course! Here's to walking the uphills and PB&J...