Well, I closed out July the past two days with some great training. I had a good swim on Monday and two solid days of running, tacking 13 more miles onto the month. The goal was actually 14 but the weather tonight didn’t cooperate. I’ve started running with the Irish 31 Running Club on Wednesday evenings and they usually do 5k runs from their bar. Because of this I’ve also been running in the morning so I could get enough miles in. Fortunately, as of this week, they added a 5 mile course. And by added a 5 mile course I mean they asked who wanted to go 5 miles. Since I was the one who reminded him about it, I got to lead the pack of…1 other person. I decided the best thing to do would be to follow the 5k course for 2 miles and then go another mile out before turning around. That would give us our 5 miles.
Last weekend after we did our metric century ride, a few of the people in my training group mentioned they were doing a pair of triathlons on Saturday. One in the morning and one in the evening. They suggested that I come along since it would be fun if we were all there! I declined because in my head that seemed insane but I figured I’d sign up for one since I wanted to do a race with them. When I got home after the ride and checked it out, I saw that both races were sprint triathlons of 1/4 mile swim, 10 mile bike and 3.1 mile run. I figured, hey, if I can do a single race of 1 mile swim, 25 mile bike, and 6.2 run then I could do both of those. Less than half the distance combined! So I signed up and joined in on the crazy fun. I mean, I want to do Ragnar if I can find a team opening so I should be able to handle this.
I set some running goals this year, none of which I’ll actually hit. They were pretty aggressive so that’s alright. Shoot for the stars and you might land on the moon I like to say. The moon is definitely in sight too! One of those goals was a 1500 mile year. My best previous year was like 400 miles. Injury and illness set me way behind that goal and I knew by mid-March that was a bit unrealistic for me. However, I’m already over 450 miles on the year, which makes this already my best year ever (and its showing in my race times). With 5 months left I also am close to making a possible climb to the 1,000 mile mark. That is hard, but still in range!
This past weekend was another great weekend of training with my Tampa Tri group. These guys put on so many miles that I really felt like I had to step it up if I wanted to hang and I feel like I did ok this past weekend. We started off with a 13 mile run, followed by a mile swim and finished it with a 62 mile bike ride. Fortunately the run and bike were split up since I don’t think I’m quite ready for a half ironman yet! Close though. I could have done one this fall if I’d realized I’d be this far along by now but when I do Augusta next year I should rock it. I’d rather be truly ready for a race like that instead of just able to complete it. I’ve ‘completed’ enough races at this point that I don’t feel like suffering through one like that!
So a few weeks ago I hooked up with a triathlon training group. I actually haven’t figured out what they go by. The Facebook page is Tampa Tri and their newsletters are A Train. I should ask just to see. They definitely kicked my butt the first weekend I met with them and I haven’t gone out with them again yet since I had my own races to run already. But the next couple of weeks I’ll be in town and that means I’ll definitely be joining them on the weekends.