I’m going to be an Ironman. I will. No matter how long it takes, hard it is, or what gets in my way! But before I do that, I decided to spend my summer training for all of the “little” races that lead up to the big shabang.
This summer marked a great race season. I competed in the Leadville Heavy Half Marathon to start off the heat wave of a season. 15.6 miles of trail running starting at 10,000ft and reaching 13,000ft at the top of Mosquito Pass, to then turn around and cruise back down to the finish. I ran the race with my friend Rebecca (www.theblonderuns.wordpress.com) and it was one of the toughest races I have ever ran. It was beautiful on top of the world and we finished in the top ten of our age groups! Since college, I have grown to love trail running even more than I do on the road. The trails are exciting, ever changing, and you don’t feel like you are running 15 miles, like you do when you are on the road hitting the pavement. I could get lost in a trail run. well not literally, that would not be too fun, but my mind goes blank and its the best therapy! It also helps to be with some great running friends that share that same passion with you about running. oh, and we share pretty much everything else that is going on in our lives!
in june it was the Sprint distance (750 m swim, 17.2 miles bike, 5k run) It is so fun knowing that the race is not long so that you can cruise the entire time. I felt so great, especially on the run!
July was the Olypmic distance (1.5K swim, 26 mile bike, 10K run)I competed in this race 2 years ago and I beat my time in the swim by 8 min this time around, and overall I was 23 minutes faster! results: http://edge.raceresults360.com/rr360/race/9fosFR/#/person:&entry_id=546:1348178597890
August was the big one. It was my very first Half Ironman. 70.3.
1.2 miles of swimming, 56 miles of biking, and 13.1 miles of running. It was hot as hell, over 100 degrees, and no shade whatsoever. Despite the weather being a huge factor that day, I had a great time and was glad I finished! I definetly learned a lot from this race. one thing was that no matter how great one feels starting the run, do NOT go at a 7:14 min mile pace for the first 4 miles. you. will. die. later. on!
I took what I learned from my first 70.3 and competed less than a month later in the Harvest Moon 70.3. You would think that since it was in September, that it may be a bit cooler out. guess again. It was another 90+ degree day and to make it even harder was the bike was BRUTAL! It was alllll hills and wind. I had no choice but to be a slug in the run. I did not care this time around. I finished and that is what counted for me. I ended up finishing 8th in my division so I guess it was a difficult race for everybody competing!
With these races under my belt this summer, I’m excited to get into the Fall season and do some shorter distance road races! who’s with me?