This is going to be a little bit of a different year for me. Historically I have just raced bikes with the odd running race thrown in. This year I am going to be doing a few more running races as well as a couple of triathlons. The triathlons are something new that I have never done before, and will be the biggest challenge training wise. I also do not swim, so that is something I will have to learn this year.
The other change is that I am trying to get the family more involved in athletics in general. If any of the kids get into any of the sports that I am into even better.
- Courthouse O’Putnam 5K – Ran a 25:15
- Willi-Whammer Half Marathon – Ran a 2:04:48.21
- The Battle at Burlingame 6 Hour MTB Race – Changed Plans
- Race of Rams Duathlon – Overall Time 1:11:37.5
- The Battle at Burlingame Sport Race – Finishing Time 1:38:53
- Whiteface 100k MTB Race
- 28th Pat Griskus Sprint Triathlon
- Carrabassett Backcountry Cycle Challenge
- Niantic Bay Triathlon
- Timberman IRONMAN 70.3
- Full Cyclocross Season
- Stay healthy for the whole race season!
- Finish in the top 10 of a 100k MTB race.
- Top 50% in a Cat 3 ‘cross race.
- Have FUN!
- Get my weight under control. Ideally it would be between 185 and 190.
- Make better use of my training time to free up time to spend with the family.
- Improve my bike handling skills in all cycling disciplines.
My 2013 racing year can be summed up in one sentence. It was over before it ever started.
I had a good plan going into last year and I thought some achievable goals, but the week before my first bike race I broke a couple of ribs. This wasn’t the first time, but it was the first time that it hurt enough to stop me from riding, training and sleeping. While I was waiting for the ribs to heal, I decided to go see a doctor about a problem with my foot that had been bothering me off and on for about a year. It ended up being a severe case of athlete’s foot. He put me on oral Lamisil for 90 days. One of the side effects, other than destroying your liver, can be fatigue. For every hour I spent on the bike I would spend four crashed on the couch after. It was the end of July by time I was off this stuff and another two weeks before it cleared out of my system and I could start training again.
So what’s the first thing I did once I was training again? Over train and end of with a pinched nerve in my neck/shoulder area that made it pretty much impossible to ride. That took another six weeks to get straightened out. At this point it was mid-October and the ‘cross season was in full swing and I was not even close to being in race shape. At this point I called it a season without ever lining up for a bike race, and only one running race.
So long 2013, and I am not sad to see you go!
Over the weekend I ran in the Courthouse O’ Putnam 5k. It was the second time I have run this and was hoping to lower my time a little. Well I ended up 3 seconds slower than last year. Overall I was still happy with my run. My first and last miles were close time wise, while my second mile was almost 50 seconds slower. The second mile is also where all the climbing is during this race. At the end I felt that I may have held a little too much back and could have easily held the pace I was running for a second 5K. My time was 25:15, which worked out to 8:08 minute miles. This is well under what I need to reach my first big goal of the year, a sub two hour half marathon.