Sunday, February 24, 2008
Today was absolutely gorgeous here in Austin. The high was above 80 degrees. I’m not sure how much above, but does it really matter? If it’s 80-anything in February, it’s a gorgeous day.
Amanda and I had a really nice run this morning. One of the blessings of having gotten so sick is that, while I am getting back in the groove of things, I have been able to join Amanda with her training. Today she was doing her first long run back after her bout with the flu, so she’s a few days ahead of me with the recovery. Lucky her!
Anyway, I opted to join Amanda for a twenty-minute tempo block on the track midway through her run. Terra joined in, as she had some pace work to do as well. I love acting as Amanda’s rabbit, because it inspires and impresses me how well she can push herself when she’s got that carrot out front. It turns out her tempo and track paces are just right for me to run without taxing myself too terribly much. I am hoping to keep doing this with her fairly regularly even once I’m back to full training. It’s satisfying for me to help Amanda, and it’s great for her to have the motivation to move a bit more quickly. It’s not going to be long, though, before her fitness is at the point where it will be taxing for me to serve as her rabbit! She’s getting stronger and stronger.
After the run we returned to the track to keep Terra honest on her second tempo block. She did amazingly well, and her times indicate to me that her fitness is right on track to have a great IM over in Tempe in seven weeks. She’s just got to carry some of that hard work out onto the race course, and she’s going to surprise a few of her competitors.
The rest of the day was pretty mellow. We had a great swim at Stacy pool; we stopped by Jack’s shop; and we made it over to the World’s Greatest Whole Foods to pick up some groceries. We love that place, and sure wish our Boulder store would upgrade to follow suit.
On another note, I’ve finally committed to “un-commit” to doing California 70.3. I have done this race five year’s in a row, and it’s become a favorite stop of mine on the early-season race calendar. I really enjoy the venue, and it’s become a great way to assess my strengths and weaknesses. However, having lost two consecutive weeks in my training, and without even being back to full-speed yet, I just don’t think I could give an honest race effort in just a few weeks. My new plan is to build back up next week, then to implement a nice little base-building block before we leave Austin. (Fred permitting, we might be in Austin until the end of March; we’re loving it her!)
The first triathlon of the year will now be St. Croix 70.3. We have a good friend getting married the day after the race, and our World’s Best Home Stay family lives down there… and we miss them! After STX, I’ll probably race at Disney again, then power up for another go at Ironman Coeur d’Alene.
So getting sick hasn’t been that bad: I get to train more with Amanda, and I even set a race schedule!
Thanks for checking in… I really am getting there!