Training Update

It’s been awhile since I have given a good ol’ training update and I think it is definitely time for one.  Can you believe that it is less than a month until my first Half-Ironman!?  I can’t!  It makes me excited and nervous to think about it, but I know that I’m ready to do this.  Not only do I think that I can do the distance at an acceptable pace now, but I’m also ready to be finished with training.

Lately, I’ve found myself day dreaming about different activities to do, instead of the same old boring River Trail runs or bike rides out East in the country.  I’ve been thinking about things like when Phil and I took our trip to North Carolina around this time last year.  This last weekend I was even tempted to do a 14 mile trail.  It really wasn’t a good idea because I haven’t run anything further than 11 miles and it has mainly been flat (aka not trail running).  Also, I had been having a pain in my foot (like the tendonitis I experience sometimes) and trail running is a little more dangerous which means I would be putting myself at higher risk for injury while not being that far off from a major event.  Just not a good idea.  Instead, I ended up sticking to my training plan and running 11 miles on the River Trail.

Beyond being ready to being done with training, I have had quite a few other things going on with training.  Per some advice I got from some of my friends, I signed up for TriArkansas, an Olympic distance triathlon, as a test run for Redman.  Unfortunately, it was stormed out.  So, when the race director, graciously, offered to roll everyone’s registration over to the Sprint the following day, I really wasn’t interested.  I have just started doing speed work again and since I had lost a day of training trying to race TriArkansas, I really needed to get in a long bike or run.  So, I opted to sign up for Toad Suck Olympic Tri.  As per the previous paragraph, I’m itching to get out on the race course and see what I can do.

The last new addition to my training is a new Garmin Forerunner 310XT.  I previously had a Garmin Forerunner 305, but it is several years old and the battery life is beginning to titer out and I was having doubts about whether it would make it through the Half Ironman.  Being the lucky girl that I am, when I came home from work the other day, Phil surprised me and got me the 310XT along with a cadence sensor.  I added the quick release system and Phil ended up making a custom mount my tri bars.  It has been really great so far and I know that it will definitely make it through the entire race.

Well, I think that is about all that is going on with me for now.  In about a week and half I’ll be racing in Conway and then it will be taper time! Yikes!

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