I had a few goals for this racing season and they were pretty basic. I wanted to finish a race with my run pace under 7min/mi, I wanted to qualify for XTERRA Nationals and I wanted to get into the top 10 for the Vision Quest. My big goal was multisport and I wanted to win one of the races this year.
It is funny how when you start working towards a goal…it starts working toward YOU. I was stoked to drop an hour off o f my time from last year and make it in the top 5 overall for VQ, I won the first Mulisport race of the year, I have qualified for Nationals and even Worlds for XTERRA and may even end up the regional champ with the points I have picked up. Last night, I ran the Peters Canyon Trail Race and put down a 6:28 pace with some big hours of training still in my body and I could not be more stoked.
Things have gone better than I could have imagined and I feel so blessed. . . I have exceeded my expectations and while having fun every time I get on the trail and remaining injury free. I tried to focus on “off road multisport” this year and the focus has helped but the flexibility of going for a paddle or hike has helped my mind stay pretty excited about every opportunity to share that time with friends. I am so grateful for all the great coaches and friends that I have got to spend time with this year. I also feel like looking back at my training log has been a huge help and I know how I need to “feel” to be tapered up for a race. This is hard because fitness is always changing but I am starting to get it. To be honest I am totally satisfied and it has been nice the last couple weeks of just logging time with friends on the trail and not having any planned races.
JHar and me enjoying a “yea bra” after the run last night
BUT… After talking to a few friends it looks like I would be pretty lame to pass up the XTERRA Nationals race or Worlds . It took me almost 3 year to do the series and I am not really planning on racing it next year so I should see what can do this year. I feel like I am just getting started and can still drop buckets of time. I know. . . if I do go . . I need to give it 100%. In addition to the XTERRA series, I am also doing the California Multisport series, the Conquer the Bear series and a few other races here and there…. Lots of races, lots of variety…good and a bad thing.
I wanted to ask for some advice and input about resting and trying to put together a schedule for the rest of the year… I know a lot of people take a small break mid-season and with the amount of races/training I have logged this year it may not be a bad idea. I feel fantastic but October and November are still a ways out and I don’t know what I don’t know. Maybe I am just getting into shape now or I am peaking and I will crash and burn in August? Maybe my mind will just “get over it” or maybe I will get swamped at work . . . Perhaps a rest will help?
My running sucks the most and I know it is due to the volume I am getting in on a consistent basis. I have never been this consistent running before but my miles are pretty low and I only get in some speed work during races. Here is the last several months of my running sessions.
I have managed to get better at swimming this year because I have started “swimming smart”…drafting rules! My volume and technique is about the same and swimming is still a limiter for me. I need to start getting in more than 2 or 3 sessions a week and over 1500 yards a session. Maybe signing up for Masters will be a big help?
It feels like everyone I know is riding bikes and I cannot get enough of that so I think I will just keep cranking away with that schedule. One thing I need to move away from is my recently discovered super subliminal mantra of “why run when you can bike and why swim when you can paddle”. Explains a volume of my actions to me…
Here are some key races for me at the end of the year.
XTERRA NATIONALS – September 26th
California Multisport Finals - October 11th
XTERRA WORLDS – October 25th
This weekend is the Big Bear Paddle Fest (part of the Conquer the Bear series) and this morning I just signed up for the Santa Barbara Triathlon this morning. Last year this was my longest triathlon and it is a beautiful venue and we had a great time hanging with everyone up there. This year I am looking forward to crushing myself to a new PR. The only other race on the radar is an adventure race in two weeks that should be “FUN” as the race director puts it ; -)
Maybe too much racing? Maybe that is why I am broke? Maybe I need to just focus on swim, bike, run, recover? Maybe my mind needs a rest? I have not been to the doctor for a physical or anything since high school so maybe some blood work is in order? Sean just sent me this this morning and keeping an eye on stress is always a good idea and maybe I should get my lipids checked?
Sorry for the random ramble and post just getting my thoughts out and looking for some advice so I can make some plans.