Race of Truth

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!

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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.

Breakfast

Hey, it’s not a breakfast sandwich (only because I’m out of spinach)!

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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!

22 responses to “Race of Truth

  1. Good luck this weekend and have fun!

  2. Good luck, I will be thinking of you this weekend

  3. Great news on the nationals and not sure how I missed that one… It’s really great to hear this and you’ve definitely put the work in to make it happen. The race of truth sounds like a lot of fun as well and I definitely understand needing some experience in the bike to run as this is one of my weakest areas (besides the rest of the race) – I just did some 800 meter brick repeats which were both fun and seemed to help (at least my confidence). Congrats again and keep up the great work!

    • The Race of Truth was fun–and I know I can push harder and go faster! Already looking forward to the next time trial. Bricks are tough. We do them once each week, but it’s spin bike to indoor track, aka easier than road/TT to outdoor running.

  4. Good luck on the run! That sounds so fun!

  5. Have an awesome race! And that’s hilarious about the bike tire. I would SO do that.

    • I didn’t even realize it until I was talking to one of my teammates after the TT. He’s a strong biker, so he took one look at my wheel and said it was on the wrong way. My bad! 😉

  6. I missed your last post, but THAT IS SO BEYOND AWESOME. I’m so glad you’re going! It’ll be such a good experience.

  7. Have fun this weekend!
    I thought of you the other night–I did an hour spin class and then attempted to run to the library. My legs felt so tired. Kudos to you!

  8. Sometimes riding blind can be freeing..or make you crazy 😉

  9. Whoop whoop, have fun this weekend! Can’t wait to see the before/after race pictures. 🙂 Now I’m off to check out yesterday’s post that I missed. Obviously it has way exciting news in it!

    • Thank you for the tips, Gina! My uncle is our team photographer for the day, so I briefed him on the before/after pictures. I also spread the word about braiding long hair. Basically, you’re a genius, and I owe you big time. 🙂

  10. Good luck this weekend! You’re gonna have a blast 🙂

  11. I think riding blind would drive me crazy! I definitely like to know how I am doing on the bike, running I can deal but with biking I have no concept of how I am doing.

    • Yeah, it definitely wasn’t ideal. I mean, speed I could do without if I had to, but I really wanted to know overall time and distance. Oh well–next time!

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