HITS Napa Tri-Camp Training

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.

Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/RocktheRidge50

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!

HITS Napa Tri-Campers out for a bike.

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!

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