Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Running Focus

In past years I have devoted a lot of time and and concentrated my efforts at improving my bike fitness and most recently my swimming fitness while maintaining my running program.

I have seen drastic inprovments in both swimming and biking, and to some extent running. This has helped me signifanclty in that I am now closer to the front of the pack coming out of the water and have less "time" to "make-up", however, I have not been able to finish the race "strong" with a solid run, but have moreso been able to hang-on and in some cases move up a couple of spots in shorter races.

In order to help achieve my goals, I realize that I need to refocus my commitments to running once again and as one of my friends has said "Stop pretending to be a cyclist, and be the runner that you are". This indeed will be my focus moving forward, but with the understanding that I cant let either of the other 2-disciplines slip, and in fact I know that they each need to improve.

Happy New Year

Friday, December 17, 2010

Getting Back Into The Swing of Things

Huge Update:

After competing in the REV3 Full REV at Cedar Point in September, I took a couple of weeks off of training with the intention of slowly building back into things the first of October. This plan was derailed by case of tendonities in my left achillies.

This has been arguably my most frustrating injury that I have ever had outside of a broken bone. In the past, I have always been able to continue with at least one or two of the triathlon disciplines, but that was not the case this time.

I began running again the Decevmber 1, 2010 and have slowly been building my way back up, but admittingly have proceeded slower than what I believe I am capable of. Things have been really busy at work, the holidays are here, I am being overly cautious, and the weather has been challenging my motivation. Running on the treadmill has never been overly enjoyable, and running with temps in the low single digits with sub-zero wind chill is not my idea of a good time. Expecially when first getting back into shape.

I will be picking things up to a regular and more frequent frequency begining with the New Year. Speadking of the 2011, I have elected to not do any Full-distance triathlons and will be focusing on the 70.3 and Olympic Distance. They are the distances that I enjoy the most, and I feel a need to get away from longer distances to refocus my efforts and in the long run improve performances and life.