Setting goals is what motivates me the most to stick to my training plan. My training partner and I schedule a race a month, except in January, to keep us going. With that plan, we continually are training for up coming events and find it hard to skip workouts if we want to do our best. The first race of the year is coming up on February 12th – a half marathon in Jacksonville, FL. With most of our training behind us, there isn’t room to slack either. March brings a 5 mile race, April a 10 mile race all building up to the Cleveland Half Marathon in May.
Sounds like a lot of running races for someone who has been swimming every day and only running three times a week, huh? Well, triathlon season starts in June with a sprint a month through August all leading up to the big one – Revolution 3 Half Iron Distance at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. This will be our third year in a row competing in this event. The swim is by far my weakest sport, so I am taking the time this winter to focus on improving my swim. I improved my time last year over the previous, and I hope to improve much more this year. And that is why I pushed this morning to do my endurance workout – in an 88 degree pool that accidentally was over heated. Despite the bath water feeling, I am seeing improvement. I am pacing better on my 100’s and I did both 400 meter sets within the 9 minute send off.
Cycling is my strongest sport and I ride April through September. Fall is when I work most on my run training. We do a few 5Ks in October and November and a half marathon in December. Last year we did the Las Vegas Half Marathon – that won’t happen again. It was the worst organized race I have ever been in, which is a shame. The year before was outstanding, but it got too big too fast. Maybe this year we will try Annapolis. Stay tuned…
Some goals are short term – I learned to flip in the water in January. Some are longer term – training for a Half Iron distance triathlon eight months away. And some are lifetime – to stay healthy, fit, and balanced. But each one begins with one day, and one morning getting up to workout, and one moment to tell yourself you can do it.