Today as I was reading other blogs and thinking about my friends that were competing in events this past weekend I felt a bit jealous. As you know I haven't competed in anything in about 2 months. My last event was Three Pigs Tri.
I have been training and training and training. I have put in some serious miles over the past 2 months and now I feel totally ready to compete again. I went for a long run this weekend and was able to maintain a sub 7:15 pace for 12 miles. I was stoked. I have been cycling and able to maintain about a 19 mph pace for 20 miles rides solo. I am excited.
I will be able to get my competitive juices flowing again on Oct 15. We will be back in Death Valley. I am totally ready for it. I will be shipping my bike this week. It is going to be interesting spending the next week without it.
Like last year I will be doing the City of Oaks 1/2 marathon the first week in November. Last year I was not very happy with my time, so I will be looking for redemption. My goal is sub 1:40. We will see. I have plenty of time so lets see if I back down from that bold prediction.
In the meantime I am comtemplating doing a full marathon on my 45th birthday. That will be March 18, 2012. The course is gentle (Tobacco Road) so that really does lend itself to being a great site for an inital marathon. One of my stretch goals is to qualify for Boston. So this race will give me an idea how much work I am going to have to put in on order to accomplish that goal. I have never run more than 18 miles at once so I am not sure how those last 8 miles are going to be. I have read all the stories about the wall at 20 so I guess I will find out first hand. I haven't signed up yet but I am about 80% sure I am going to.