Today marks 12 weeks until Angela and I will be competing in the Big Kahuna Triathlon. This event is 70.3 IronMan race. For those that don’t know a 70.3 IronMan race consists of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 run. Yes, in that order.
This will be the shortest entry I will have made this year but I will make it nonetheless for consistency. I was extremely busy this week trying to juggle multiple items. The themes of the first week of February were negotiations and endurance.
March for the past few years has been “Marathon Month” for Angela and I. Beginning in December of each year we start a heavy, grueling, and painful training regiment. We crank up our running volume to prepare for the Publix Georgia Marathon that takes place at the end of March. This year, I focused even harder at doing everything that I was supposed to do to be ready for the race; from long runs, to tempo workouts, speed drills along with ample nutrition and cross training. All these things are required to be ready to run 26.2 miles and finish strong with a smooth recovery. I can say I checked that box. Mentally, however, I just wasn’t into it.
This is my last blog post of 2011. I thought it would be a good idea to post on a topic that dominated most of 2011 for me and will consume a lot of my time in 2012. Not hard to guess, it’s athletics. Specifically, I want to talk about the ability to buy performance gains in sports.
I wanted to create a blog entry as a way to psychoanalyze what I did and how I try to balance work, life, and training. A quick high level background; I have been tracking and making my race results and activities public since about April ’09 and mostly via Runkeeper (click the link to see my profile). To date I have recorded over 481 activities, 3,678 miles and burned 288k calories. I began this entire training obsession with simple 2.5-3 mile runs and have worked my way up to swimming, running, and biking twice a week each for an hour or more at a time.