It’s funny–the longer I laze about in my “fun-only” workouts, the less motivated I am to get back to training. Which makes me seriously question the wisdom of getting back into a training regime.
The hard-and-fast event on my calendar is the NYC Marathon, which I am very excited about doing. My goal for that event is not to PR but to get back to an acceptable starting point. In other words, to firmly say goodbye to the 5-hour road marathons that have been the norm over the last three years.
I worked to slow down for pacing the 5-hour group (wacky, huh?) and then the combination of no speed work and long endurance focus pretty much disabled my 1st gear. I can go forever and ever, but now I want to speed along for a relatively short way. So a good starting point to begin working on a PR is going to be 4:30-4:45 (the finish times of my “bad” marathons…lol…it’s all so relative).
I would like to do the Longhorn Half Ironman again but I haven’t actually signed up for it. It is so exciting for a 56-mile bike ride to be “fun” and “doable.” I thoroughly enjoyed that race…oh, yeah, I forgot about the horrible run, but I believe that was due to several newbie errors on my part.
The other week, I sat down and plotted out a progression of long runs to get me ready for NYC. This is not the hard part; the difficult aspect is finding a way to get in speed work with a group which I consider crucial for me at this time. I don’t really have a lot of options, surprisingly. A kid at home with activities (morning and evening), plus a hubby who travels a good amount cut out most training groups’ times.
I’ve been looking at T3 but do I really need to pay all that money for something that, right now, is not my primary focus? I’m going to go check out their run workout this week–I suspect this will be a deal maker/breaker for me. If the speed work group grabs me, then I will most likely consider that a twofer win–a way to meet my marathon goal and see improvement in the half Ironman.
There is a part of me that says I should just continue to fart around and do both events for fun and train myself. I’ve got all winter to work on running, and my focus next triathlon season will be on a speedy half.
Hmmmmmmmm….I set myself a deadline of August 1 to piss or get off the pot on setting my plan.