So my first race of the season is in 7 weeks, and I’m finally officially back in full training mode. Structured workouts, following a plan, the whole kit and caboodle.
No, I don’t think you should only train for an olympic triathlon for 7 weeks. But hey, I live on the edge.
All along, I’ve been saying that my only goal for Williamsburg is to finish the race in as little pain as possible. So if that means walking the entire 10k run, so be it. However, I’m starting to mentally set some race goals.
The time limit for the race is 4:30. Given my race performance there over the past two years, I’m not terribly worried about that, though you had better believe it’s going to be on my mind until I get off the bike and find out how much time I have left. If all goes as planned, I should be on the run with at least 2 hours to spare. I can absolutely walk a 10k in 2 hours.
But the hope is that I won’t totally be walking. I’m slowly (slowly) easing my way back into running. So slowly that my next walk/run workout involves exactly five 30 second easy jogs. It’s going to be a far cry from last year’s PR, but I’m okay with that. I’m excited to get back out there and be able to race something!
I’ll be honest – I know it won’t be all sunshine and rainbows. It’s hard when you have a setback like this, especially since last season was so phenomenal. Reframing my expectations means everything. This year is just a bit of a stepback year, time for recovery and rebuilding, and then next year, I can once again attack the course with full strength.