Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Wussed out Wed

You have to love short work weeks. Thursday cannot be here soon enough. I had a good swim on Monday and a good run yesterday. Tonight we are biking downtown to see a free concert on the square, it even has fireworks afterwards!! It will be interesting to bike in the dark, I’ve never done that before. Also, I’ll be riding my giant old hybrid since our neighbors aren’t road bikers. It should be interesting trying to get up Fairmount/Cedar hill on that beast.

I don’t want to say it too loud b/c I am really not sure, but I did start marathon training. I haven’t signed up for a race yet, it’ll be Akron or Towpath, but that’s IF my foot holds up. It still hurts. But I got some new stability shoes that support my arch, so hopefully that will be enough. I’ve more or less given up on the HIM, but I am okay with that. It was very silly of me to think I could do that sort of race this year. But I will next year for sure. At this point I am hoping I can be ready for the Oly at GTC. That’s still a big maybe due to the swim. I think I can handle the bike/run distances now, but swimming 1200 yards in open water, that I am not so sure of. I was supposed to go to master’s swim this morning, but I wussed out. Maybe on Friday. I kind of think I hate swimming. I always talk myself out of it. But I just need to remember – Train to your weaknesses, train to your weaknesses.

Lots of good fun on tap for July! The Dirty Dog 10 miler (that kicked my butt last year by the way), a fundraiser at the Mutt Hutt for their dog rescue, my sister and brother in law staying one weekend, we’re having a corn hole tournament party, and then a CVNP fun run at the end of the month. Good stuff.

3 comments:

Brian said...

you probably could finish the half but no sense in killing yourself. the olympic is still fun and tough. next year pick your half and it's yours.

Missy said...
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Missy said...

Oops deleted my comment...here we go again..
I made the same mistake you did. Believe it or not, I signed up to do the 2008 Eagleman HIM and had not even once gotten in the pool. I figured "how hard can it be to learn to swim?" I was so wrong. It took me a month before I could swim over the deep end of the pool comfortably. You think you hate swimming, I know I do. I'm working on thinking more positively about that and I have to say that by the end of the race swim last Sunday, I could see where swimming could be alright once I get the hang of it and feel comfortable.

It wasn't the distance, it was the start. I did a sprint with a beach start and I was fine. But the 'in the water' start at Mountaineer did not agree with me at all. Plus it was on the chilly side that day. Once I freaked and hyperventilated, I had a really hard time getting back to normal. I really didn't think I'd be able to do it.
Another two pieces of advice I got from experienced triathletes that helped me was to 'treat it like a training day' that keeps you from stressing because it's a race. And to 'focus on the task at hand' that keeps you from getting overwhelmed especially at the beginning, or even more so right after the swim where you've been so traumatized : } and you're tired and you just want to call it day!
What race is GTC? My next even is the Mt Mama century ride and then the Patriot Olympic distance in Williamsburg in September.
I keep thinking about this half in western Maryland called Savageman. I'm so tempted to try it...but my husband keeps counseling me to stick to sprints and olys my first year..

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distance runner attempting to run a marathon in every state, vegetarian foodie, mediocre triathlete, sucky swimmer, mommy to Harper, tea lover, coffee drinker, animal saver, hubby snuggler, race addict, full time working 31 year old living in cleveland
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Marathons so far

  • Sept 2012 - Corning, NY - TBD
  • April 2012 - Louisville, KY - TBD
  • Sept 2011 - Erie PA - 4:25
  • June 2011 - South Bend IN - 5 hrs+ (it was 98 degrees!)
  • Dec 2010 - Rehoboth Beach DE - 4:26:06
  • Nov 2010 - Huntington WV - 4:11:44
  • Oct 2009 - Towpath - Cleveland area OH - 4:30:35

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