Somehow, the year is flying by, and we’re already only one week out from Ironman 70.3 Boulder. When did that happen???
It’s been a tough couple months trying to get training in, but I’ve been doing alright. As usual, not as well as I had originally hoped, but my conditioning is pretty decent, and somehow I seem to be getting faster (thank you, living at altitude!), so that’s good.
Going into the 70.3 this coming weekend, my goals are pretty much the same as usual:
- Have fun and enjoy the day.
- Give it my best effort.
- PR if possible – given my recent biking and running paces, I should be able to do this if nothing unexpected happens.
Ideally, I’m expecting something like:
- Swim: 42-43 minutes (I might be a bit slower on this one since I haven’t swam much.)
- T1: 5 minutes
- Bike: 3:30 (16 mph average)
- T2: 5 minutes
- Run: 2:04 (9:30/mi average)
- Total time: 6:27:00
So we’ll see what happens. The foot has been doing much better, but it’s still a question mark on anything longer than a few miles. I’ve been trying to take it easy and give it a chance to rest and let the irritation go away. So far, so good. I’ve been able to run 3 miles with no pain during or after, so that’s progress. I’m hoping to get in a couple 6 mile runs this week to get a better sense of how things are going with the recovery.
This weekend I got to do my first open water swim of the season, and it went surprisingly well. The first OWS is usually a bit bumpy and there are usually a bit of early season jitters. But this time I felt great. I never got jittery, and actually had a really nice time in the water. My swim conditioning could use a bit of work between now and the full in August, but I should be fine for this coming weekend. And I have a few more OWS practices coming up this week to make sure I’m comfortable and ready to go.
One thing that’s been really great is riding with people from my tri club. There’s a fantastic group that goes out for a weekly no-drop ride, and I’ve been loving riding with them. We had a great 59 mile ride after our OWS on Saturday. It’s fun to ride with them because it’s a low stress group that still pushes me a bit, so I’m improving quite a lot every time I ride with them. Plus, it’s a great way to meet new people, since I’m still pretty new to the area.
Another awesome thing about Boulder – so many group workouts and races to choose from! I now have SIX different OWS chances throughout the week, plus the weekly Stroke and Stride series, and multiple weekly tri club rides and runs. It’s fantastic!
Anyway, it’s late, and I need to get some sleep. Lots to do tomorrow!