January 29, 2014
Half Ironman 70.3 Augusta -- 8 Months Away!
Today is 8 months from Ironman 70.3 Augusta. Holy crap, y'all! Coincidentally, I hired a coach today. I start working with her in a few weeks. Initially, I wasn't going to start this early because you typically train for 6 months for a 70.3, but I'm still a fairly new triathlete & need to build a solid base before I start training.
Let's talk about burn out, because I know what you're thinking. But my brain probably works differently than yours. For the past few weeks, I've been 'pre-training' - getting back in the pool, doing track work-outs, etc. Me trying to get in shape to start training is burning me out. What will help is having a coach telling me what I should & should not be doing at this point. So that's what I'm doing.
My very smart friend, Hot Koh Koh, told me yesterday that I need to think about what I want out of this race - do I want to just finish, do I want to finish with a strong run, etc. My immediate response is that I just want to finish. But I thought that about Fall Creek Falls & I was disappointed afterwards because while I did finish, my time kind of sucked & I regretted not pushing myself on the run.
I don't know yet what I want out of Augusta, but I've got 8 months to figure it out. I would like to lose a little more weight. I lost 20 lbs last year & would love to lose 5-10 more before the race. I'd like to get faster & a smaller body would probably help that. I'd also like to get comfortable on the bike & not feel like I'm going to crash & scrape my face off every time I descend. So yeah, smaller, faster, less scared of dying. I think those are obtainable goals. We'll see!
To be continued...