Anyway, training is off to a great start. So far my shoulder is holding up well during my swims - which are pretty short right now, only about 1000-1250 yards per workout. I want to do more, but that's all the training plan calls for, so I am sticking with the lower mileage to hopefully keep my shoulder injury at bay. So far, so good.
Saturday was an absolutely GORGEOUS day in Kansas City. I met up with a group on Saturday morning for my first outdoor ride of the season. We met at 8am so it was a bit cool, around 50, but the sun was shining and it was simply beautiful. It was a bit windy with winds about 12-15 mph, but it wasn't too bad. Most of the people that were riding are all training for the same Half Ironman so that was good too. I did 30 miles and felt great. I was pretty ready to be done with the ride after 30, but I was surprised with how good my legs felt. I remember my first outdoor ride last year, and it was tough, alot tougher than this one. It made me feel great about my off-season training and conditioning. I was obviously doing something right.
After my ride Sat, I got in a quick 1250 at the pool and then headed home. Jim and I had plans to see the Hunger Games. I had read the book, so the movie was of course not as good, but overall I enjoyed it.
Sunday, was pretty much just like Saturday, except the weather even a little nicer. Temps around 50 in the am, reaching low 80s in the pm with absolutely no winds. Jim and I headed over to a group run Sunday morning at 7am. It is a huge group run (as you can see from the pic). They map out an out and back course of 8 miles so you can pretty much do any mileage you want from like 2 miles to 16 miles, which is great. I was planning to do 12 miles. I met up with a girlfriend to run. I was kind of excited about this because I usually never run with anyone. It was so nice to have someone to run with.
|A few of the people at the group run. Almost looks like a race.|
I discovered something on Saturday. I am a little faster than I let myself be. My friend is a faster runner than me. She generally averages around 10:30-11:00 min miles. When she asked me to run with her, I said well I would love to, but I’m slower than you. She said no problem. It was going to be hard for her to do 12 miles – it would be her longest run in probably a year – and it had been 3 weeks since she had done 10 miles. We started out and of course were talking and when we reached 1 mile I was right at an 11 minute pace (my warm up mile is usually 12:30). I said, oh we are going to fast. Next thing I know mile 2 is in the 10s – I say again oh we are going to fast. She said – you seem like you are just fine. I thought, well I do feel fine, but can I last for 12 miles if I go out this fast. Next thing I know we’ve knocked out 8 miles and I’m averaging a 10:45 pace. What the heck?? And, I’m feeling great!! About mile 8.5,I could tell my friend was starting to get a little tired and she stopped to walk a minute. She laughed and said well “I lit a fire under your _ss, and now I’m the one who can’t keep up”. So we slowed our pace for those last 3 miles and stopped to take a few walk breaks. And I still ended up averaging 10:55 overall for 12 miles!!! That’s 20 seconds per mile faster than my half marathon PR a few weeks ago. I learned something – I can push myself a bit harder. And I know I could have finished that run a little faster……hmmm…..maybe another PR in a few weeks???
|Look at all those 10s!! I've never done that before.|
After my great Sunday run, Jim and I had dinner with my sister and a couple of her friends. It was a great way to finish off the evening! It was simply a wonderful, just about perfect weekend.
Hope everyone else had a GREAT weekend too. What did you do?