Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Return

I'm back.  Not that anyone has probably missed my weekly musings...but if nothing else, I am glad to be back writing for my own good.  It's always good to put pencil to paper and get down the things rolling around in your head.  Even if there's no pencil or paper.

It's been a very reflective year for me and I was happy to explore new avenues and push my mind and body in new directions.  Most importantly, I tackled my first ultra run.  May 10th...the Ice Age 50k.  Training through a bitter cold winter presented its own challenges, but it was great to get back to the thing I love the most.  Running...and running long.

The 50k itself went really well...I had a game plan and stuck to it.  I finished 18th and went sub 5 hours, accomplishing both of my goals (top 20 and sub 5).  My early goals were top 10 and around 4:30...as race approached I knew those two might have been a stretch.  With 50k under my belt now, the 50 mile bug has been flying around me.  No hurry for that one.  But I imagine it will happen sooner rather than later.

I spent the summer tapping into some my "speed" (bike and run).  And if you know me...the notion of "speed" is funny.  However, I read Ben Greenfield's latest book Beyond Training and it really got me thinking of my approach to training (as well as the things "beyond training"...clever name, huh?)  I plan to write up a review in my next blog.  Overall, a great book with lots of great ideas...and to be fair, lots of crazy ideas.

But perhaps the most import "triathlon" related summer accomplishment was plotting out my return to Ironman Lake Placid.  I have lofty goals for the return to the magical place that is Lake Placid.  Those goal are so lofty, I think they will take several years to even give me a chance to accomplish them.  So that's what I've given myself.  Return to Lake Placid: 2018

A short (non-conprehensive) list of my intermediate goal races:
2015: Rev3 Olympic (Wisconsin Dells) & Ironman 70.3 (Racine, WI)
2016:  The Year of the Bike
2017: Rev3 (Wis. Dells) & Ironman 70.3
2018: IMLP

Until next time...