Growth & April Goals

Congratulations to Nicole Kesten for winning a race entry to the 13.1 Chicago Half Marathon!  Email me for details!

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I’m pretty proud of myself. I had a REALLY hard day at work on Tuesday, and my typical M.O. when I get super-stressed is to spend the evening begging out in front of the TV (bottle glass of wine in hand).  I really contemplated doing that last night, but instead forced myself to get to the gym for my ironman group workout(s).  I ran slower than normal (my heart rate was elevated from the stress), but I got my workouts done.

And I felt better afterward.

That’s some progress.

March Goal Recap

  • Continue to be consistent in training. Swim Bike Run Strength.  Check. I have two weeks where I got most/all of the workouts done.  Progress!  
  • Figure out a more manageable schedule.  Yay - Progress!!!
  • Run – and PR? – at the Shamrock Shuffle! Check! Although I did not state it, one of my ongoing goals at the Shamrock Shuffle is to start before Mike finishes.  I failed on this one for 2014 by 11 seconds!  I’ve actually only accomplished this once. 
  • Participate in the #ZoomaPhotoaDay challenge on Instagram.  I participated for 2 days in a row, then left off.  

April Goals

  • Have 3 weeks of training where I complete all scheduled workouts. (This allows for some flexibility for my upcoming vacation!!!)
  • Pay attention to what I’m putting into my body.
  • Try meditation. Some how.
  • Eat oysters or crawfish. Something good.

Whoa. February Recap & March Goals

Apparently I am the queen of w-word post titles.  It’s been a long week, and I’m a bit nostalgic that February has wrapped up and we’re into March now.  Here’s my Feb details:

How I’m feeling:

A little overwhelmed.  Ironman training started this month and I’m loving it.

Iron Thoughts: 

I am loving Ironman training.  I have two great coaches who are incredibly responsive, and an awesome group of people I’m training with (most are training for IMWI).  But I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed between Work, IM training, Grad School (two classes at moment), and wanting to keep a semblance of life balance.  The first month was about getting used to the routine and learning how to train.  Effort-wise, definitely lower key than marathon training.  We are doing lower heart rate training and I’m running at slower paces that I’ve trained at before. But it’s interesting to see that even within one month my pace at that heart rate has gotten faster.

Time management though, is key.  I am remembering the time it takes to recover.  Not physically, but mentally.  I am also remembering that I need to fuel for training, and eat as healthfully as possible.  Nourish the body, and also to nourish the soul.

I’ve also been paying attention to my body composition as a part of Ironman training.  I’m not focused on weight as a number, but things like my power-to-weight ratio and pace at various heart rates.

March Goals:

  • Continue to be consistent in training. Swim Bike Run Strength.
  • Figure out a more manageable schedule.
  • Run – and PR? – at the Shamrock Shuffle!
  • Participate in the #ZoomaPhotoaDay challenge on Instagram

    You can participate too! Just use the hashtag #zoomaphotoaday and tag @zoomaruns

    You can participate too! Just use the hashtag #zoomaphotoaday and tag @zoomaruns

BHAG (Big Hairy Ass Goals) for Ironman Training

I just finished cycling* with my IM group tonight and our coach asked us to think about and write down 3 goals we have for our training. I had the whole ride to think about what I’d put down. Blog-o-sphere, here’s my goals:

1. Train Smart.  This will mean train consistently, listen to my coach, and don’t disobey  her orders!  Training consistently will probably be the biggest challenge, but I’m feeling good that I have more support than I’ve gotten in the past.  I’m working on it, with this week being “get and stay healthy!”

2. Time goal for Ironman: 14:38  or faster.  I’m not sure if this is reasonable, nor is it really a logical time. I saw someone finish in that time whom I admire and was with me when I “registered” for IMWI, and consider us similarly abled (as much as me and a 50 year old man can compare ourselves).  He did Ironman last year, but his first 70.3 time was similar to mine, and half marathon times have been similar as well.  I guess we’ll find out!  If I can go faster, that’d be awesome too.  I’d be ecstatic finishing with a 13:xx too!

3. Bike Goal for IMLOU: 17 mph.  Because I don’t want to be on the bike more than 6 and a half hours.

4. Half Ironman Time Goal:  I would like to get to be able to do a 6:10-6:15 timeframe for a half ironman, which I will be completing in June 2014.

5. Swim BHAG:  This may be my most ambitious time goal… I would LOVE to swim under 30 minutes at the NOLA 70.3.  This would place our team in the top 3-4 for the swim rankings, based on last year’s results.  While I’m mostly doing this for fun, I am somewhat intimidated by my teammates.  Dave is a beast on the bike, and most of us can acknowledge that Mike is a speed demon on legs. I am much less competitive speed-wise than either of them, but I’d like to present them a respectable opportunity to try and win the co-ed award for the race.  This is scary for me because I’m not sure if its’ possible.  It requires me to drop 30 seconds off of my 100yd pace from last season (although that was in a full triathlon, not a swim-only event).  I’m just not sure if it’s even reasonable, and I’m also a little nervous about my shoulder I spent so much time rehabbing and lots of time now maintaining strength.

So that’s more than 3 goals, and it’s a little nerve-wracking to put these out on the internetz for public consumption & judgement, but this will be an AWESOME training and racing cycle if WHEN I accomplish all of these.

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*Ok well two hours ago now, between penning this, doing some quick research on past results, and eating dinner.  But who’s counting?!