This is my favorite of all time
In April, I raced a duathlon in Wrentham Mass. They do the exact same race in October as well. So of course, because I’m a nerd, I like to see numbers and the idea of doing the same exact same race sounds awesome so I can compare apples to apples.
But travel to Wrentham just wouldn’t work this weekend, so luckily there was one a little closer in Lowell Mass. I found out about it from runlovelyone, so the extra bonus was that I could meet a twitter/tumblr peep!
I’ve been feeling pretty down about my workouts lately. I’ve been
missing skipping workouts and dogging my bikes. The only thing that’s been going great is my running. I haven’t done much distance at all so I’ve been really worried about this race and wondered if I should even bother with it. I wanted to see how I’ve improved since the beginning of the season and if I couldn’t get my best performance I wasn’t sure it was worth it.
It was sooooooo worth it and I’m soooooo glad I did it!
I woke up this morning and turned on my computer as I ate my breakfast. My plan was to go for a swim. I see a tweet about a race here in Concord today.
So do I race it? I have a duathlon tomorrow so I could use fresh legs for that. But my running has been the only thing that’s been going well fitness-wise for me. I’ve been wondering how well I could race a run-only.
Woke up this morning and found out there’s a 5k in town via twitter.
Decided to race it because I’m curious about how fast I can run when I don’t have a bike before or after. Also: A) I get out of my planned swim this morning and B) I have built-in excuse for why I won’t do well at my duathlon tomorrow.
Time to make it hurt.
Just finished up my research paper about carnitine supplementation for endurance athletes. I have about 20-25 hours of work into it. Glad to get it done, but now have to start working on my in-class presentation on muscle recovery & aging due mid-November.
If I get an A, I’ll share it here. Really interesting information!
1. Always have a race plan
2. Clean your wetsuit after every race
3. What you eat & drink will affect your training & performance
4. Tell other people what you’re doing. It makes it harder to quit.
5. Pre-race anxiety is a good thing
6. Strength training is critical for triathletes
7. A few missed workouts won’t affect your fitness as much as you think, don’t stress about it.
8. Schedule your races wisely
9. Your head can either be your biggest asset or your biggest liability
10. You’re body is capable of a lot more than you realize
11. It’s awesome having your kids cheering you on
12. Consistency & Persistency is the key
13. It’s hard to breathe when you’re crying during a run
14. Failure is a lesson in disguise
15. Don’t take your eyes off the goal