Thursday, March 1, 2012

Think Spring

My spring/early summer racing schedule is definitely ambitious.  I'm registered for the Madison Half Marathon in late May (#11 if you're keeping track), the South Shore Rock 'n Ride Duathlon on June 10th, and the Warrior Dash on June 16th.  Yes, I'm a glutton for punishment, but I figure you only live once and in that time you should
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To that end, it's time to start training for all this epic goodness.  I'm armed with a shiny new training plan and I'm ready to go.  Now granted, a training plan is just that - a plan.  It's an outline of what workouts I would do if my life existed in a vacuum.  I assure you, it does not.  There are going to be days that I just can't squeeze in a workout and there are going to be days where I flat out just don't want to. I've also built in some step-back weeks, rest days, and done a little rearranging based on events that are already on my calendar.  As long as the "I Can't" and "I Won't" days don't outweigh the "I Will" days, I should be race ready.

I'm not too concerned about my ability to finish the half marathon, but I'm going to have to work my butt off if I want to finish well. I've run the Madison half twice before, and although the course has changed immensely since then, I remember it being somewhat hilly.  I guess I'd better get over my hatred of hill training!

I know I'll be fine at the Warrior Dash.  This one's all about fun, not speed. I'm just looking forward to a fun, muddy weekend with The Husband and our friends.

The duathlon, however, has me a little nervous.  First of all, I've never done one before, so the 'newbie factor' is definitely coming into play here.  Second, I'm getting comfortable with my new road bike in the safety of my basement, but taking it out on an actual road is freaking me out a little. I'm terrified that I'll get penalized for drafting, crash, or just generally piss off the more experienced athletes. I guess I'd better suck it up, face the fear, and do it anyway!

So here goes nothing!

I wonder if I'll be adding to the 'retired shoes' pile after all of this!

1 comment:

Angelfish said...

Wow you are ambitious! I'll be happy if I complete a 5k! You've gotten me to run but don't even think you"ll get me on a bike! They scare me to death!