April Mileage Recap

Well, I have to admit, it’s a bit sad that two posts in a row are monthly mileage recaps. But there’s not a lot of racing going on right now, so I haven’t had as much to write about. Still training though, and weirdly loving dryland swim workouts. Maybe because it’s a lot of the same stuff I’m doing for PT, and it feels extra productive to accomplish two things at once.

Last weekend was supposed to be my first triathlon of the year, and I’m pretty sure even without a global pandemic, I wouldn’t have been racing it. It was below freezing Saturday morning! In May! Definitely no open water swim for me, thank you very much. I suspect the swim would have been cancelled. So no real loss there.

In terms of training, things feel very unfocused, so I’m doing a ramp test this week to test my bike power, then I’ll work on increasing from there. I’ve not tested since before my crash last year, so who knows what’s going on.

I did suck it up and sign up for the 2021 Disney Marathon. It’s on my 40th birthday, so I’ve been saying for a while that I plan to do it. I’m not entirely sure I want to do it, but the money is in, so I’m stuck. I guess it really hasn’t sunk in because I’m completely unsure if the race will actually happen. There are all sorts of rumors about lower numbers and more spacing, but we’ll see what happens. I’m not terribly worried about it. There’s a lot going on that we just can’t control.

April Totals
Swim – Yeah right
Bike – 109 Miles
Run – 41 Miles

These numbers aren’t as bad as I thought they would be. I did a lot of walking as well this month, just wanting to get outside, and occasionally, a long walk (including one 11 mile walk) replaced a run. Since I’m not heavily training for anything, I’m not too worried about it. Just trying to stay active and stay sane.

I’m not sure that I see triathlon season happening this summer, at least not in this area. While some areas are starting to open up, things are definitely staying locked down here for the near future, and I think it’s going to take quite some time for the community pools to be open, which is where I swim. If I’ve not been in the water, I really shouldn’t be attempting an open water swim. And I’m okay with that. I could be wrong, and maybe my September races will happen. After the past two race seasons, I’m open to anything!

2020 Totals
Swim – 4.6 Miles
Bike – 272 Miles
Run – 146 Miles

March Mileage Recap (and more)

We’re 1/3 of the way through 2020, and let’s just say, I hope it’s all downhill from here. I don’t think anyone expected April to look like this, and it doesn’t seem like it’s changing anytime soon.

I hope everyone is continuing to socially distance. I’ve been doing a lot of indoor workouts, because my normal running routes are super crowded. On Friday-Sunday, one of the roads near my local trail is partially closed, which is great, but I have to go about a mile down the trail to get to the closed part. Still, it’s better than nothing, so I’m going to try to do my weekend running out there.

I’m definitely missing physical therapy. I can do all the stretching and self-work, but there is no replacement for manual therapy and dry needling. I’m definitely much more sore than normal, but I’m doing what I can. My PT office is offering virtual visits, but needles can’t be done virtually.

One advantage to being home is that I have more time to get in my workouts, which is pretty awesome. I’ve been doing a lot of dryland swim workouts (think a lot of strength work with cords) and I love it. It feels like such a great accomplishment. Sure, it’s not quite the same as swimming, but it’s definitely a good workout.

My mileage for March definitely picked up over February. That’s what happens when you’re finally not sick.

I’m doing my best to keep up with training. I know a lot of people are doing bigger step backs, but I personally need the push, or I’ll slack off. I don’t want my return to racing to be completely terrible (whenever that may happen).

March mileage
Swim: 1.8 miles (Yeah, that’s not going anywhere anytime soon.)
Bike: 73 miles
Run: 37 miles

2020 Totals
Swim: 4.6 miles
Bike: 163 miles
Run: 105 miles

Has anyone picked up any new hobbies during all of this? I tried baking bread and was moderately successful. Of course, now all I want to do is eat bread. This might not be the best hobby to pick up.

Virtual Race Report – 465 Virtual Challenge

The little car moves along the course!

While I’m not usually a big fan of virtual races, when the opportunity to run the 465 Challenge came up with BibRave, I said yes. I needed something to help me kick off the new year right, and I liked the idea of taking on a new challenge.

The 465 Challenge is a brand new virtual race, running you in a loop around Highway 465, which circles Indianapolis for a total of 53 miles. The goal was to complete 53 miles between January 1 and February 29 in whatever way possible. I decided that I was only going to count run miles, but you could count run, bike, swim, walk, whatever you wanted. That’s the fun of a virtual race.

You also had the option to do the 465 miles in the first 24 hours, getting your name on the 24 hour club list, or you could aim for multiple loops, putting you in the Looper Club. While I used to be in shape to run 50+ mile months, I’m just not there right now. So I was just looking to run a total of 53 miles. (Should be easy, right? Not during cold and flu season!)

One thing I LOVED about this race was the race emails. Every week, they sent a motivational email that included where you would be on the loop if you were doing your 53 miles at an even clip (.88 miles a day). Of course, they were sure to remind you multiple times that you should not, no do not, never ever go run on 465. That always made me laugh, and yet you know there was probably that one person…

For example, here is a bit from week 3:

Piping along the west side of Indianapolis amps you up for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing!”!  The West side of Indianapolis houses the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home to the Indianapolis 500, NASCAR Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard, INDYCAR: GMR Grand Prix, and the MOTOAMERICA: Superbikes at the Brickyard!  Just the thought of those high speed engines has us picking up our pace! 

I really enjoyed learning about the area as I “ran” around the loop. There was also a Facebook group for this challenge, which was equally fun. There were a lot of people taking on this challenge as a way to kick off the new year, and for some, kicking off a new healthy routine. It was great to get to cheer on new runners and walkers.

The race swag is pretty sweet. It arrived just as I was finishing my 53rd mile, and it’s super cute. The medal is adorable, and the car slides around the course, which I love. They billed the t-shirt as super soft, and it definitely is. It’s one of the nicer race shirts I’ve received in a while. It also came with a bumper sticker, and while my car remains sticker free right now, I do have a fun collection of stickers on my bulletin board at work, and this one will fit right in.

While I don’t do a lot of virtual races, this one made me see why some people love them, especially the ones with an attached community. It was a lot of fun to get to talk with other runners, especially newer runners. It was good to challenge myself and make myself get back on the treadmill, no matter how much I didn’t want to. And it was fun to start the year on a positive note. So I think this one might just stay on my list for next year. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

January & February Recap

This has been a crazy, crazy set of months. I’ve had my mileage for January sitting in a post draft all February and never got around to writing it. So let’s take a look at my year so far.

These past two months have been crazy. January had two trips, and in February, my boss was in training so I had to do my job and her job (note – that is an impossible task and I felt like I was clinging onto the edge of a cliff the entire month). I also managed to catch multiple colds. But I’m working to get back into training. I’m registered for a few olympic distance races this summer, and I want to be able to complete them!

My first race is at the beginning of May and I’m already a bit nervous. I’ve not actually completed a triathlon since 2018. My first race in 2019 ended in a crash, and my second and last race in 2019 ended up being turned into a bike-run. So getting back in the water, completing a swim, and then getting onto the bike is going to be scary. I’m also really far behind where I should be on my swim skills.

My personal photographer picks great locations and takes amazing pics. I guess I’ll keep him around.

January Mileage
Swim – 1.2 miles
Bike – 56 miles
Run – 36 miles

February Mileage
Swim – 1.6 miles
Bike – 34 miles
Run – 32 miles

As you can see, February wasn’t a great month for me, workout wise. I did show up to the pool twice, and that’s better than nothing. I’ve been struggling to get myself out of bed and to the pool, but I’m recommitting for March. I will show up.

I’ve also got to make sure to get in all my running – I’ve got a ten mile race coming up at the beginning of April. I definitely want to run strong there, so I’ve got to step up my game.

2020 Mileage
Swim – 2.8 miles
Bike – 90 miles
Run – 68 miles

I also need to be better about keeping up with this blog. It’s a great resource for me to look back on, and tracking my training publicly has really been good for me. So now I’m setting the goal. I know that I need to keep up with my training, but I need to get back to blogging. Ideally at least one post a week, but at this point, I’ll be happy with two posts a month!

Plus I’ve got a few things non-fitness related to post about!

New Virtual Race – The 465 Virtual Challenge

In order to kick off the new year right, I’ve signed up for the 465 Virtual Challenge. What is this? 465 is the road that loops around Indianapolis, and it’s 53 miles long – so to complete this challenge, you run, walk, swim, bike, hop, etc. for a total of 53 miles between January 1 and February 29.

For some of us, 53 miles in two months sounds like a solid challenge. But for a lot of runners, that might not be enough mileage. So you have the option to become a Looper – how many times can you loop 465 in two months? Or maybe you’re a one-and-done type – can you get the 53 miles done in 24 hours? (I do not even want to consider this – I’m not sure I’m back into that sort of biking shape, and I have never been in that sort of running shape.)

There are two signup options – the basic package gets you a bumper sticker, a training program, motivational emails, a virtual bib, and a certificate of completion. The premium package gets you all that, plus a t-shirt and a sweet finisher’s medal with a car that slides around the route.

If you use the code BIBRAVE, you also get 10% off.

I’m really excited to get started with this. I think I’m going to try to run the 53 miles, because I’ve been working to get back into a running routine, and January and February are going to be difficult months, schedule-wise. This will hopefully help keep me on track. Anyone want to be racing buddies?