What a month. What a crazy first six months of the year really. Rewind to November 2017 when I began a job hunt, had several really great interviews, but all rejections. By the time April came, I had to put my job hunt on hold so that I could be all-in and present for the event company that I work for. We put on a triathlon in May and an all women’s half marathon & 5K in June. Like Rome, it’s not built in a day.
I’m the kind of person that is all-in when it comes to things I’m passionate about. I love triathlon, I love the running community we have in Madison. I get to create, encourage, build, welcome, and be the women behind the curtains. It’s really cool. It’s really hard. It’s where I needed to be for the first half of the year. I don’t know what tomorrow brings, and I am at peace with that. (Just give it a few days before I lose my mind though?)
With all of that being said, I had a very busy May and June. Even though I mapped out a training plan for myself, I wasn’t able to fully follow it. Recovering from a three-day women’s weekend event is the equivalent of recovering from doing three Ironmans in a row, I’m pretty sure. I don’t have science to prove it, but I have done Ironman events before and this was much harder to recover from. There were physical and emotional demands 24/7 for the full week leading up to it. I even jolted out of bed a few nights following the event panicked that I had forgotten something and needed to resolve it.
A couple of weeks ago I said my goal of #sub6orbust out loud. It seemed attainable, maybe it still is. I had just PR’ed the Ironman WI bike course on a training day! I PR’ed my half marathon! I got lighter, faster, stronger! Now I’m eating my words and doubting myself. Whoops!
• My last two long rides have been 16 mph average
• My long run averages have been 9:35 minute miles
• I only ran 50 miles in June!!
• I haven’t done enough bricks, speed work, strength training, yoga, etc
• Remember how this is triathlon and so many things can go wrong?
Giving myself some damn credit:
• 16 mph is faster than what I could do in years prior
• 9:35 minute miles are faster than what I could do in years prior
• I got all my long runs done in June!
• I did a transition run after every long ride
• It was literally 100 degrees on Saturday during our long ride
• Ever hear of TAPER? Rested legs will do awesome things.
Times I am capable of and need to break six:
Swim: 40 minutes
T1: 4 minutes
Bike: 3 hours, 10 minutes
T2: 4 minutes
Run: 2 hours (just typing and looking at this, LOLOLOL)
I have two weeks to Door County 70.3 and four to Ohio 70.3. One more week of intentional work and then I’ll put my training to the test at Door County!