Debating the 2017 Season

ironman-20160925-0045For the first time in a long time, I’ve hit November and don’t have a big race planned.  Don’t get me wrong, I have a few races already scheduled (Donna, Rev 3 Williamsburg Oly) and a few more that I’m hoping to get into (Cherry Blossom, Army Ten Miler), but I don’t have a goal race yet.

I’m up in the air about doing a 70.3 this year, and a big part of that is scheduling.  I want to pick a good race, but I also want to make sure that it fits in with the other things I already have scheduled (family trip, and a friend’s wedding, date TBD).  I can race anytime, but big events and trips definitely come first.

I really enjoyed the training this year.  It was hard, but I liked it.  It wasn’t like marathon training where I just felt like I was running all. the. time.  It did take up a lot of time, but it wasn’t time I dreaded.  I just wished I had more time for the other things I wanted to do.

Now that I know what I’m doing with a 70.3 and how my body will react, I can really set goals.  I can really work on improvement.  Before this year, I think my longest bike ride was about 50 miles, and it was a day long adventure with a lot of breaks.  This year, I topped that many, many times.  Suddenly, a 40 mile ride was a stepback week.  So mentally, I think the next season will be easier.

But having a rebuilding year wouldn’t be so bad either.  Step back, really work on short distances, focus on dropping some weight and improving my speed.

So it’s something I’ll have to debate over the next few months.  A big part of it is just going to be scheduling.  I’m not just going to do any race – I want it to be the right race with the right timing.  I have some ideas.  We’ll just see where I land.

Wednesday Workout Recap

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I have got to get my you-know-what into gear.

Monday – Choir rehearsals.  Yay.  “Rest” day.

Tuesday – Swim practice.  This is going to be tough to get back into, with two late nights in a row.  But I did it and it is done.

Wednesday – Trainer ride plus weights.  Not with weights.  Two different workouts.  I would fall off the trainer if I tried to do strength work while pedaling.

Thursday – Ab work and strength work.  My core is terribly weak and it is my own fault.

Friday – Trainer ride plus weights.  And a massage and early voting.  It was a productive day.

Saturday – 10 mile run.  Lovely as always.  Picked up a new fiction podcast – The Bright Sessions.  Definitely recommended.

Sunday – I was supposed to have a long trainer ride but by the time I got home from cheering and visiting with awesome friends, I was exhausted, dehydrated, and starving.  It was not a night for riding, so this workout was 100% missed.  Not good, self.  But worth it.

Cheering Report – 2016 Marine Corps Marathon

Huge congrats to all of the Marine Corps Marathon and 10K runners!  This race was no joke this year.  Ridiculously warm temperatures.  I think it got up to 81 degrees out there.  Considering that we had our first frost earlier in the week, that’s just insane.  And definitely tough on the runners.

Yes, I was the girl handing out SunRype on the course.

Yes, I was the girl handing out SunRype on the course.

This year was definitely a bit different.  Normally, we’re out early, catch the majority of the 10K racers and then wait to cheer on the marathoners as well.  This year, because of the Metro work, the 10K course was completely changed and we ended up just cheering the marathon.  It meant I could sleep in!  Thanks, Metro?

It’s definitely always a balance as to what to bring and how much.  This year, we had Twizzlers, beer (and cups), a few Cokes, SunRype bars, cookies, donut holes, candy, and tons of pretzels.  And we definitely ran out.  We always try to save for the 13+ minute milers, because we know how tough it is to be later in the race and have spectators already gone, so we make a point to be there and to have snacks.  We also did a lot of handing out ice from our cooler.  People were dying out there.  It was just so warm, and coming off the 14th Street bridge, where there was no shade, people were melting.

I was so impressed with all the people running.  People really did their best to push through some pretty tough conditions.  And it was awesome to be out there and feel like I was helping, even a little bit.  If you haven’t spectated a marathon before, I really recommend it.  It’s a lot of fun.

Even if you do end up with a tendinitis flare afterwards because of all of your cowbell ringing.  Only I can injure myself cheering.  Cowbell Wrist.  It’s a thing.