Why is it that we all want to take the easy way out? Working hard can be so unappealing. Too much time. Too much effort. Or maybe it’s the fear of failure…? Personally I think the last one can lead us to cheat more than the other two. We cheat to succeed and we also cheat ourselves out of opportunities for fun and adventure because we say to ourselves “I could never do that!”
You might have noticed that’s it’s been a looonnnngg time since our last blog post. Our last post was October and our post before that one was in June! What is up with us?? We talk about writing our blog all the time. We say we’re going to start up ‘next week’. We laugh about it, we plan it, but we never follow through. Well as the new year approaches we have vowed to get back on track. We plan to return to our regular blog posts to keep you entertained, provide a little information, and a lot of insight into our crazy workout, racing, and family lives.
Last week I tried to do a 1 X 2 iron-distance race with USA Ultra Tri at the Virginia Double Anvil (that’s 2.4 mile swim, 112 bike, and 26.2 X 2). My plan was to do one iron-distance race thursday and then turn around and do another one on Friday. The result — regretfully — failure. I raced the iron-distance race thursday, but tweaked my knee on the bike. Luckily it didn’t hurt to run so I finished the race Thursday. I went to bed that night knowing I probably wouldn’t be able to race on Friday. When Friday morning came, I suited up and swam the 2.4 miles but as soon as I got on the bike my knee really hurt and after 12 miles I dropped out. My first DNF (Did Not Finish) ever. In endurance sports it’s bound to happen but it still stings.
Hello again! It’s been a while since we wrote a blog post and we apologize. It’s the classic case of incredibly busy end of school year for the kiddos leading into the busy summer before we had time to breathe. Now, finally there is time to sit down, have some quiet time and get in to the rhythm of summer. And although our posts won’t be as frequent as during the ‘school year’ we will check in periodically and share our words of wisdom about begin active over the summer–whether we’re training, racing, exercising, or simply surviving!
Although distance road racing season is winding down here in Charleston, it’s the beginning of a very fun triathlon season. This Sunday is the start of the Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series –-5 races over the summer from May to August. For me it’s a race filled with familiar faces of friends and competitors. I’ve had a great time racing this series over the years. HOWEVER, this year….I’m just not feeling like getting back in to race mindset. It’s VERY unusual for me. To race or not to race, that is the question for me.
Living and training in the Lowcountry of South Carolina means unless I include a bridge on my route, I am running at sea level. Thanks to a regular strength training routine, I luckily have some leg power to help me up hills despite rarely training on them. Which is basically how I survived Portland and Boston last year.
The Boston Marathon has come and gone and I was fortunate enough to run it this year for my 5th time. It is truly a magical race. Well, I can say that now. Last week I was slogging through a very difficult 26.2 miles. I was wondering if I could even make it the whole distance! But more of that in a bit, for now let me say that although my race last week was definitely a physical struggle, it was almost more mental race for me.
Overall, there are two main road racing seasons: Spring and Fall. Each has its advantages and disadvantages and my past 3 races are good examples of some of the pros and cons of Spring events.
Against any advice I’d give any of my runners, I participated in 3 races over 3 weekends. 1st was the Rugged Maniac Mud Obstacle 5K. Next the Wrightsville Beach Marathon. And, rounding it up, was the Cooper Bridge Run 10k. Hence the first dilemma with Spring running – how to decide what to do!?!?! Then to figure out if are any of them “A races”, or just all for fun?
I always say you can never see a city better than to run in it. This also holds true for getting a feel for the people of the area, even the neighborhood. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a friendly runner. I do a slight wave, or head nod at the minimum. Usually, I’m the one saying good morning, or sometimes striking up a conversation. I’m also the one who is disappointed when I don’t get a nod or wave back.
If you are expecting to find a blog about eating competitions, sorry this is not the blog for you! Instead, this blog is focused on proper eating during long distance endurance events, primarily endurance running events. I’ll focus mostly on running this time because iron distance triathlons, endurance swims and bike rides have different nutrition need and tips than running events although some basic principles are the same.