Sunday, June 20, 2010

An athletic weekend

I did two events this weekend, which is unusual for me.

I recently did the first workout of Week 6 in "Bridge to 10K." That means I ran for a solid hour.  I might not have made it quite a full 10K, but close enough. I hadn't done an actual 10K or even a 5K this summer, so I signed up for one this weekend.  I thought with all this long distance training, I'd be ready to pull out a really fast 5K.

Lesson learned: Training long and slow trains you to... run long and slow(ish).  I did the 5K in 33 minutes instead of the 30 I had hoped for.  I even walked a few short stretches, which I rarely do.  I left myself some room for improvement for the next race.  I think if I want to do a faster race, I need to train with some faster workouts.

Next Sunday is my sprint triathlon, so today I did a practice open-water swim.  The race is at a beautiful recreational area in Michigan, and I enjoyed the swim. I did a mile in 36:38, which is about 9 minutes faster than I did it last year.  I felt great afterward. I really would like more opportunities to do open water in nice conditions like that. Our local tri club trains in a lake that is sometimes shut down because of bacteria from goose droppings. I still might train with them, just to be ready for the 5K, but it's not the nicest place to swim.

One thing I've discovered is that as fun as races are, I really like training better.  Training is a different kind of challenge. When I have a race, I get all wired on adrenaline and it's a big rush during the event and a corresponding crash. When I train, I just do my workout and feel good afterward.  Some people train to race -- I really race to train. Without the events, I might not get out there as much as I do. I still don't get out as much as I should.

I'm slowing things down a bit this coming week. My main goal for the week is to do at least one workout of the three legs of the tri (swim, bike, run) in my new trisuit. I also have a checklist of some little things to take care of to get ready for the race. Oh, and a few work meetings.


  1. (seriously impressed with your competing and) I love the notion of racing to train.

    food for thought as I am far too NONcompetitive by nature.


  2. So do I, Carla! Racing to train is a totally different mindset, and your reasons make great sense. I understand not wanting to do a lot of swim-training in a lake polluted with goose droppings!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


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