Well, I got in my final 20 miler before the Space Coast Marathon I have coming up. I was a little worried, based on last year, that doing a 20 miler just 2 weeks before the race was a bad idea. But I feel so different this year. My recovery times are so short that they feel non-existant. I can function pretty well after big runs and by the next day I’m fine. I don’t know that I even NEEDED this run, per se, but mentally I did. My last 20 mile run was done in about 3 hours & 25 minutes. Since then I’ve done a 15 & 16 mile run. So I think I was ok for the race but in my mind I wanted to have done a second 20 miler.
Yesterday was the final race of my triathlon season, the Olympic distance TriRock Clearwater. The race is run by Competitor who also run the Rock’n Roll marathon series. TriRock is a newer addition and I think its only been around for a couple years. I’ve been very excited about this race for 4 or so months now. Its the first Olympic I’ve done in Tampa which meant less logistical hassle. The course is a one that I’ve run many times while training with my friends. And, maybe the clincher for me, the Olympic course was a dedicated course. Every other course I’ve done has been “do the spring course twice” and that can be extremely boring. The worst was when the run & bike were once the same out and back so I ended up seeing the same stretch of road over and over. But not so for TriRock Clearwater!
Well, I’ve had a lot of fun races so far this year if only because the people I went with were all fun. But really, after Gasparilla, most of my training and racing was focused on getting to October, November, and December. Last month was the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler. Next month is the Space Coast Marathon. But this month, and this weekend, is TriRock Clearwater. TriRock is owned by Competitor and they’re the same people who do the Rock’n Roll Marathon series. This is a pretty new race (only in its second year here in Clearwater) but the course is awesome and something I’ve trained on many times.
Ironman Florida (IMFL) was this past weekend up in Panama City as I mentioned in my last post. Panama City is about a 7 hour drive from Tampa which makes it a very doable race for anyone in Florida. Since our plan is to do this race next year and it sells out pretty much immediately when registration opens (it takes just a minute) the only way to guarantee a spot was to go up and volunteer since volunteers get priority. I’ve never even spectated a race before so this was going to be a whole new racing experience for me! Fortunately I wasn’t doing this alone and really how could I be doing it along? My friends Amanda and Hugo were also along for the ride over the weekend.
Today was a big day. Today was the day that I officially started my journey to Ironman and specifically Ironman Florida (IMFL) which will be 1 November 2014. That’s a long ways off but its a huge, fairly intimidating mountain that I have ahead of me. Fortunately, I won’t be climbing this mountain alone. I’ll be going with two other people (at a minimum) who I have become friends with through my triathlon training and racing. Hugo and Amanda are two of the (many) awesome people I’ve met up with the past few months and if they weren’t doing this I don’t think I’d have even considered doing this yet. I certainly wouldn’t be registered because I wouldn’t have understood what I even needed to do to guarantee myself a slot.