Friday, May 21, 2010

T Minus Six

Only six months to go until Ironman Arizona!  Does it seem close to you?  It certainly does to me.

I've found myself searching for and reading DNF (Did Not Finish) Ironman stories on the web lately. Not to be negative or pessimistic about my chances of finishing IMAZ in November.  I just found I can learn more from folks who had races that didn't go so well.  Sometimes the picture perfect race reports aren't very informing or even that interesting.  It does tend to create a little bit of paranoia though.  The more stories I read, the more I see how many things can go wrong - especially on the bike.  Even though I expect the run to be difficult, it will be nice when I get off the bike and onto my own two feet where the chance of an equipment failure ruining my day diminishes significantly.

On a more immediate note, this weekend is the San Diego Century.  I'm driving down to Encinitas CA tonight after work, for an early morning start tomorrow. I completed this ride last year so I know exactly what to expect. It's a challenging course with a fair amount of climbing, but nothing out of the ordinary. I expect it to be a fun training day.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Upcoming events

It's a little bit more than 6 months until IMAZ, and I've got some endurance events on the upcoming calendar.

On May 22 I've got the San Diego Century.  I did this ride last year.  It's a challenging century ride with a good amount of climbing.  It should be a good training day.

June 13th is the Valley Crest Half Marathon.  I haven't signed up yet, but I probably will. I've done this race before too.  It's not the flat and fast half marathon I'm looking for, so I don't expect to be anywhere near a PR, but it's a very hilly trail half marathon, and should help build strong legs for Ironman Arizona in November.

And my first Tri of the season will be on June 27th at the Breath of Life triathlon in Ventura.

But most importantly, I'm taking this weekend off from training to go camping with my son and his Cub Scout Pack.  It should be a great weekend.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Feeling Sluggish

For almost two weeks I was feeling really sluggish on my run workouts.  Even on short runs I'd feel like I was running a minute or two faster per mile than I actually was.

I think it had to be lack of sleep, because the last two nights I went to bed earlier, and sure enough, on my run today I felt great and my pace was back up where it should be.