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July Training Goals

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I have been having a hard time sticking to any training plan, so I am going to try something new. Instead of having a training plan I am going to have weekly and monthly mileage goals. Since I am doing a half Ironman distance triathlon in September I need to really start building up my running base as it is my weak area. I am going to run 13 miles a week for a total of 60 miles for the month. The bike is my strongest of the three sports. Riding 56 miles does not worry me. What worries me is having to run 13.1 miles after riding 56 miles. I am going to try to ride 50 miles a week and get in a 100 mile ride, probably toward the end of the month, for a total of 330 miles for the month. Swimming is one of my favorite sports. I love spending time in the water pushing my body to new distances. For the month of July I am going to aim for 5000 meters a week and a total of 13 miles, 21,250 meters, of swimming. I am going to put a piece of paper on my fridge to keep track of my mileage throughout the month. Hopefully this will help me stay on track with building a solid racing base.

I have one race this month, the Steamboat Lake Triathlon. Last year I got my butt kicked by the bike course. The bike course is a lot of big rolling hills, even though the course profile only shows 2 hills. I would like to kick butt in the race this year. The plan is to spend a lot of time on hwy 36, which has some difficult rolling hills heading south. I hate the ride every time I do it, but always go back for more.

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A Few Pictures From My Busy Life

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I have lots of ideas for good posts, but have been so busy with work and training that I have not had time to sit down and do any writing. I figured instead of writing something quick and not so good I would just post some pictures of life outside of work.

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First half mile test swim of the year

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Sexy new bike shoes

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It may be May and snowing, but my bike wants to go for a ride.

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Ran a PR at the Bolder Boulder. Cut 5 minutes off last years time.

Sporting my sexy Pro Compression socks after the Bolder Boulder

Sporting my sexy Pro Compression socks after the Bolder Boulder

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New 5K PR from the Stroke and Stride #1. Not as fast as I would like, but a PR is a PR.

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Swam at the Boulder Reservoir on the morning of my birthday

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Part of my favorite running loop

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I have lived by the Picture Rock Trailhead for almost 2 years now and I finally made it to the top. Every time I have set out on the trail I am either sick or run out of time.

What have you been doing for fun this spring? Have any fun summer plans?

Dash N Dine 5K

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What the Boulder Reservoir will look like tomorrow

One of my goals for this year is to run a 25:00 5K. Last night I decided to sign up for Dash-N-Dine #3 with the hope that I could run it in 30:00.

My goal today was to run a 30:00 5K. All day I ate good and then I got off work and had too much time before the start of the Dash-N-Dine and got a snack that killed my stomach. I got to the Boulder Reservoir 45 minutes early, grabbed my number, and went on a short warm up run. I felt great on my warm up run and I felt like I was sure to get my 30:00 5k.

I was on my way to line up for the start when I decided that I didn’t want to listen to music. So I headed back to the truck to get rid of my headphones. I stupidly decided to grab my rain coat because I was afraid I would be cold with the wind. Mistake number 2. When the race started my lungs felt like they were going to die, but slowly got better. About the time they got better I started getting too hot and light headed. After the first mile I physically felt amazing, but really light headed. I stopped and walked for a bit. When I started feeling better I picked up the pace and that’s when my stomach started bothering me. I’m not sure what it is with my stomach, but on shorter races I often have a lot of problems with it.

The rest of the race consisted of me running as far as I could before my stomach got too bad and I would have to walk. After about 2.5 miles my stomach started feeling better and I was able to finish the race strong in 33:40. I grabbed some Mad Greens and gave eating an attempt, but my stomach was having none of that.

I was amazed with how good my first mile felt, ran a 9:26. I think if I can figure out my stomach problem I will be able to start really improving my running speed.

And with that we will be saying good morning to snow. Hopefully for the last time.

February Fitness Goal

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This month my fitness goal was to run a half marathon. I finished the Ralston Creek Half Marathon on Sunday.
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Ralston Creek Half Marathon

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I ran my first half marathon on Sunday. I was very nervous about this race because I didn’t get to train like I would have liked to. My longest training run was 4.5 miles. No where near 13.1 miles.

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The starting area

The week leading up to the race I was checking the weather every few hours. The forecast was for snow and 35. I have no problem running in 35 degree weather, but I was not interested in running while it was snowing. We were out of town Thrusday through Saturday night which was really hard for me. On Saturday my brother told me that it was snowing at The moffit tunnel so I was pretty sure that I would be running on snow packed trails. Thankfully there was only a dusting of snow.

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Around mile 2

The first part of the course was covered in snow. Thankfully there was very little ice for this clutz to worry about.

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6 miles in and I see a storm over the mountains

I knew that at mile 7 the switch backs started, so when I got to mile 6 I started getting nervous. My knee was doing good, but up hills are when it acts up.

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Looking toward the switch backs

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About half way up the hill looking out toward Denver

The switch backs went on forever, but my knee was strong the entire way up. About half way up I was really happy that I got to see the Dnever skyline.

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It’s hard to see but it was snowing when I got to mile 9

The storm that I saw earlier in the race had caught up to me around mile 9 and it started snowing, but thankfully only lasted about 10 minutes.

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So close

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I can do this

By this point my legs were like lead. I wanted to walk the rest of the way, but my legs felt better when I was running. The last part of the race is on a road that felt like the longest hill of my life. I actually had to stop and walk with the finish line in sight because my lungs were shot. Being that I decided to start in the second wave I was one of the last people to finish. It was really nice to still have people cheering at the finish line. I got a picture taken of me trying to jump, grabbed a coke and burrito and headed to my truck. I did some minor stratching and headed back to Boulder.

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I FINISHED

For a few years I have been dreaming of doing long distance races, but I was afraid that I wouldn’t like them as much as I wanted to. After this race I have realized that I really do prefer longer races. Even though I wasn’t able to run the whole race I had a lot of fun running. I will definately be doing more half marathons.

Splits

mi Pace (min/mi) Elevation (ft)
1 9:51 -16
2 13:37 47
3 14:14 57
4 12:56 54
5 12:23 49
6 14:58 107
7 11:05 5
8 14:16 103
9 10:32 -187
10 11:51 -96
11 13:59 -52
12 12:58 -58
13 13:19 1
14 13:07 6

Totak time: 2:47:16

First Half-Marathon

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So I finally decided to commit to the Ralston Creek Half-Marathon on February 10th. This means I have 8 weeks to get my runs from 3 miles to 13.1 miles. I’m hoping that is enough time to train and finish in under 2.5 hours. I ran a 10K in May in 1:11 and I spent the first half dealing with my stomach, so I think with some quality training I could easily meet my goal. I am planning to do a half-ironman triathlon this summer and I feel a half-marathon will make me feel more confident come race day.

Training plan

First Snowyish Trail Run

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I recently decided to work harder at not being lazy and get 2 runs in each week. This week I waited until Friday to go on my first run and the weather was calling for snow. So where do i decide to go? Caribou Ranch of course. To get there I had to drive the Peak to Peak Highway which had snow in places. It took me an hour to make the drive, so by the time I got there the weather was starting to turn south.

The drive

Drive to the trailhead and it is sunny and snowing

A random snowy section on the drive

A random snowy section on the drive

I left the car and it was just cold. As I started running I felt a lot better than I expected, after my bike ride on Tuesday. I was suprised to see that the trail was mostly free of snow. After a mile it started to snow and the wind was picking up. I decided to turn around early because I was driving the car and if something happened I would likely be without cell service in a un-populated area. I got back to the car and the snow was picking up. I left the parking lot and headed toward Nederland (which is maybe 500 feet below Caribou Ranch), where it was not yet snowing.

Just before I decided to turn around on my run

Just before I decided to turn around on my run

Looking good

Looking good

The snow after my run

The snow after my run

Running in the cold was exhilerating. I really hope I can keep up the motivation to run through the winter. I am really looking forward to running while it is snowing, if the snow ever comes.