Good morning, everyone! TGIF! Any fun plans for the weekend? I head to Boston today for the MuckFest MS Mud Run, which takes place tomorrow. I’m so excited!
Also, thanks for the positive comments on yesterday’s post. Now that the USAT Age Group Nationals has a spot on my race calendar, it changes my outlook and training goals this season; as my “A-plus” race, I will train with the intention of peaking in August. Obviously, I want to do work at my other events, too, but doing well at this race will be my primary goal. My coach and I exchanged a few emails yesterday, and moving forward, I need to get my act together and get my butt on my bike—and improve my run off the bike too. My swim seems to be at a good spot (even though it will always be a work in progress), but I can and need to make some serious gains in terms of my bike and run.
And that process started this morning.
Remember Trial By Fire, the swim-run event? This morning, Full Throttle Endurance invaded Central Park at 5:30 a.m. for another competitive training session–Race of Truth. (Yes, that’s the name. When I first saw the email, I started laughing hysterically—these names kill me, ha!) Since spring is hopefully here to stay, we’ll have organized team rides outside at least two days a week; during these outings, we’ll ride in groups of eight, and everyone in each pack should be about the same speed. To determine the pace groups, we had a one-loop (about six miles) time trial in Central Park, and the coaches will use the finishing times to form training groups. Because everyone rides the same course, we can’t argue with the times—hence the name Race of Truth.
Anyway, my time trial went OK. My bike computer didn’t work, so I essentially rode the course blind in terms of distance, time, and speed. (The tech fail was totally my fault. Wednesday night, one of my teammates hosted a tire-changing clinic at her apartment, and after plenty of hor d’oeuvres and glasses of Prosecco, we got around to figuring out how to fix flats. I brought my front tire to her apartment, and in total newbie fashion, I put it back on the wrong way, so my bike computer’s sensor didn’t work obviously.) One of the coaches said anything sub-20 minutes was acceptable, and I think my unofficial time was 19:XX; good starting point with lots of room for improvement.
Hey, it’s not a breakfast sandwich (only because I’m out of spinach)!
Instant oats, plus protein powder, one mashed banana, and plenty of peanut butter. Hopefully this keeps me full on the train.
Have a great weekend, friends, and talk to you Sunday!