We got home from vacation last week and I was thinking about where I was at training wise overall, but mainly for my upcoming marathon in October. I realized with all of our summer craziness that I had missed a couple too many long runs and I needed to get back on track FAST. And, I also hadn't been on my bike in three weeks with us being out of town, and it being in the shop the two weeks prior to that. I have a 75 mile ride in three weeks with a climb up Big Mountain. YIKES!
So, I decided to do what everyone tells you NOT to do. And that is cram a lot of training into a short amount of time. I did an 8 mile run Thursday night. Then a 20 mile ride with a climb up Emigration Canyon on Friday. I then woke up Saturday morning and ran 12 miles. My legs felt like lead by mile 8, but I got through it! I was now officially "caught up" with my training schedule I outlined at the beginning of the summer. My long run this week will be 14, and I am going to attempt to climb Frary's Peak on Antelope Island this week for my long ride/climb.
I really want to take full advantage of the five weeks that I have left of summer break with some good hard core training. I feel ready for my Olympic Distance Tri on the 25th of August. I even feel pretty good about the Wildflower Pedalfest 75 miler. I am not so worried about the distance on that one as the climb, so I have been focusing more on that aspect of it. I keep having more epiphanies on the bike that have helped. I have thoroughly loved watching the Olympic road races and how they maneuver on their bikes. WOW! The women's race was amazing, and in the rain no doubt! I still have so much to learn!
In the meantime...
Happy Training Al!