Heading into this past weekend’s HITS Triathlon Series Napa Valley tri-camp, my confidence and fitness were soaring.
The Sunday before, I ran 13 miles, with the last 4 miles at 6:30 pace. I was pushing it.
On the following Wednesday, I did 12 x 400 on the track…FAST.
In fact, I signed up to run a 50 Miler. Rock the Ridge is on Saturday, May 2nd. This will be the LONGEST running race of my life. Up to now, I’ve done 6 50K’s, but that’s been the longest. My goal is to average 10 minute miles and finish in 8:20:00. We’ll consider that a “long” day. The run supports the beautiful Mohonk Preserve here in the “Gunks” of the Hudson Valley. If you can, come run with me!
I’m back from Napa tri-camp now and going from below freezing temps here on the East Coast to 80° and sunny in Napa was not easy on my training. On Friday, the group and I biked the Olympic course for 24.8 miles. Then we ran a 10K and finished with a few “heads up” laps around the lake.
The next day, we rode 56 miles with a fast, sub 7 min mile run off the bike. No way around it, the bike course in Napa is hilly.
We pushed the pace on the hills, though, with 3-5 minute climbs. We finished the day with a few more heads up laps in the lake. [Another photo from my cell phone]On Sunday, we finished the weekend with a 10K run at an easy 8 ½ /9 minute pace.
Let’s face it, I am getting older, but I want to get faster. For the 1st time ever, I want to hold 5:59 pace for 6 – 9 miles. Running is the most important.
Biking is my best, it’s natural to me. The 100 miler in Ocala was the 1st time I had ridden since December. I just look at a bike and my thighs get bigger. Cycling is just in me. My plan is to tweak my riding with a few shorter group rides and a long 60 – 100 mile ride/week.
Swimming is the least of my concerns right now. If I can gain fitness through the running and biking and get in a few 2 mile swims a week, I know I’ll be fine.
I know that right now I don’t really have the endurance…I’m quick and strong, but not quite ready to go long. As the weather here in New York is shifting, I can’t wait to get back on the bike. The climbing will get me stronger; and with a decrease in my eating volume, I can lose the last few pounds I need to lose to hit my goal at HITS Kingston. Remember, beat me in the Beat the HITS Race Director Challenge and win a FREE Full entry to 2016 HITS Kingston!