Monday, June 29, 2015

The Race to the Race: My CST Report

The Race to the Race. A friend of mine has a blog with that title and, right now, it kind of sums up where I am in life as well as my race experience this weekend.

The California Sprint Triathlon was this weekend and I had big plans for it when I first signed up. It's a Regional Championship so the first five finishers in my age group qualify for Nationals. I had finished fourth last year and I really wanted to be on the Podium this year and I really want to qualify for Nationals someday.

It's always risky to have goals that depend on how well other people do, but at the beginning of the year this seemed like a reasonable goal. I even had a plan. All I had to do was swim an extra time a week and do more speed work and less LSD on the bike compared to last year. Add that to my Half Marathon training that I was in the middle of and I could shave off 5-10 minutes from my time. If I did that, I'd be happy even if I didn't get the placement I wanted.

Then real life struck.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

What to do when your goals don't work out?

At the beginning of the season, I had several goals.

The first one was to podium at at triathlon this year. Now, having goals that depend on how others finish is risky but I had come in fourth in both my tris last year and I was sure with a few minor tweaks in my training routine, I could do better. Especially since I was starting from a better place of fitness.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Race season is starting - where am I?

Tomorrow is my first race of the season. I feel completely unprepared. But excited.

I'm doing the Splash 'n Dash series this year (last year it was cancelled due to drought and I miss it) and, when I signed up, I was really excited to be able to Dash and not just Splash. But here I am the day before the race and yesterday was the first time I've run in 2.5 weeks. Hmm.