The end of June is here – in a blink of an eye it seems, half the year has passed. With today being a rest day, it is also a good time to review goals and look forward. For June I had two races, my first sprint triathlon of the season and a ten mile running race. For triathlon I wanted first and most importantly to see an improvement in my swim. My training this winter paid off and I swam faster than even I expected. In running I wanted to PR my ten mile race time and that I did. I do want to put more into running. I am giving myself a little slack since I am recovering from an ankle sprain, but it is not an excuse to slack off. One thing for sure, while I met my goals I also am aware of where I need improvement.
Looking toward July, I plan on ramping up my training, especially on the bike and run. Tomorrow I have my second triathlon this summer. It is a sprint with a 750 meter swim, 16 mile bike and a 5K run. I am hoping to finish under 1:45 – sprint races with a longer bike than standard are always hard to predict. I am most concerned with getting my transitions down tight. Last month I had to carry my bike into transition, that did not help my time. I will make sure my racing wheels are on nice and tight tonight…. My bike training in July will include a 50, 55, and 60 mile long ride. Hopefully it will lay a good foundation for my long race in September. For running I have decided to take the plunge and hire a coach. The trainer who did my cardio assessment last month will be working with me to develop both a running and eating plan to boost my metabolism. The actual coaching program is a metabolic running program. I am always open to try new things. What I have been doing hasn’t changed things much so it is time for a change.
I also am looking back over the past six months. I made the decision to start this blog on December 30, 2011. I haven’t missed a post yet. The process has brought me far more benefits than I ever imagined. Originally I wanted to try my hand at writing, being a numbers person. In addition to expressing myself, I have found my voice in motivation, met so many creative people from around the world who motivate me daily, and have created a journal of my journey. Here is to the next six months, but first let’s enjoy today. For that is what I know I have for certain and I don’t want to overlook the blessings before me.