So Leslie has put the pressure on me by trying to post every week or so. No guarantees here but I'll try to be at least more regular. I would say that I'm back in full swing trying to get in shape for the season. Leslie decided to do Sebring so of course I can't pass up a chance to get in alot of miles in a short time frame. I think my goal is basically to get a RAAM qualifier out of it (not that I'm planning on doing RAAM) which the website appears to say is 425 miles in 24 hours. Seems pretty doable for me.......I think. I updated the schedule of events for us to include races I've already entered since they seem to be filling up really fast. I'm also planning a few Xterra races and tring to hit as many cyclocross races as I can in the fall with hopes of going to Nationals (don't really have to qualify). So I had heard a few years ago about at-large entries to Xterra World Championships in Maui but had never seen anything about it. Well I was just looking at races and happened on the Xterra site looking for other races and it said at-large was open, so I entered and got in to Maui. Kind of ended up figuring out the second half of my season for me real fast.
So far this year, I jump started the year with a little 5k on the CSU campus New Year's eve. OUCH!! wasn't really ready or in shape for that and ran 19:11 for 9th overall and 3rd in my age group. So if nothing else it was a starting point. We'll see how I measure up with another running race maybe around the end of Feb. Just like leslie I've been trying to be consistent and ramp the miles up in all three disciplines. No 900 miles or whatever like Leslie but I am up 50 miles a week now running which is what I should be around til Boston. I sould hit 600 miles biking depending on how the weather goes the rest of the week and should be over 20,000 m swimming. Pretty good totals when all is said and done for me for the month of January.
So I'll leave you with a couple pictures that were kind of cool. The first is from Hawaii at the beginning of the red road and the second is out the front of our house this past sunday. This past sunday it was clear and maybe 40 at our house and we went down the hill to ride and run. Well it was maybe 18, cloudy and really cold, leslie mtb with me and I ran 13 miles (my best long run this year for sure). We ended up coming home and riding the trainers because we couldn't stay warm and my hands were frozen from the run. The clouds just kept creeping up until it was foggy at the house and maybe -2 degrees or so.
Well I'll try to be semi regular posting from here.