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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, July 18, 2008

Another Race Weekend

One more race to go on my "four races in four weeks" adventure! It's official...My body is a little burnt from the efforts, but there's just so many fun events to do in this town and the Marble Falls Tri has been a favorite for the last three years.

Distances are a little odd: 1000m swim/24 mile bike/4.4. mile run

This is the first year I've noticed that their slogan is "The One with the Hills." Nice. Very Nice. That's comforting :-)

The week has been a toughie on many fronts, but the training segment has focused mostly on running.

I wrote about Monday's 10 mile Pace Run a couple of days ago. It went even better than expected.

On Tuesday, I went to AM Swim Practice and PM Core. I didn't go to PM Spin because of some serious leg fatigue. I'm listening to my body...sorta. I also knew I had another tough morning run workout coming up.

On Wednesday, I did a 4 mile tempo run in 27:57. VERY happy as a sub-28:00 is always my "happy place" for tempo! We did a 1 mile warmup, 4 mile tempo and then 1 mile cooldown. Ultimately, I went way out too fast and was barely hanging on at the end.

On Thursday, I did my 45 minute at-home swim workout with pull cords and my swimervals DVD and then I came home from work and did a 45 minute spinervals DVD on the trainer. For some reason, I wasn't in the mood for hard "coached" workouts. I needed an easy recovery day.
(Which is funny ironic since I was just on TV praising my coaches)

This morning (Friday), I got up and ran 16 miles with Amy. We had a decent run up Shoal Creek, across Far West and some Great Hills action before turning around heading back. We averaged 9:10 for the run which was just fine with me as we were both complaining about little aches and pains in our joints.

My plan for tomorrow is to REST (which is why I did my long run today) and then race on Sunday. Last year, I placed 2nd in my age group in 2:08. Last year, I wasn't as beat up as I am this year so we'll see how it goes! I believe I'm capable of 2:00-2:05, but that's on a damn good day!

I hope everyone has a great weekend. Best of luck to those racing Lake Placid, Vineman and all other community races. Treasure your abilities to compete and race with joy and passion!


Viv said...

The one with the hills...umm would that not be your entire vicinity?! If they claim them it must be serious :-) Hope the rest day does the body great.
Good luck this weekend I will be cherring for you from here.

amybee said...

just getting caught up on blogs today.

Nice interview! Very cool. I think your story is great.

4 miles in less than 28:00??? I was all "puffy" this morning when I went a touch over 4 in 45 minutes.

Looks like I'll have to add that interval workout after all....

ShirleyPerly said...

Good luck this weekend!! And I'd be happy to run a 5K at your tempo pace.

Borsch said...

What a full week!

Good luck at the race!

WADDLER26.2 said...

Great training week!

Good luck in your race.