2012 Quick Update
Every time I visit my home page, I tell myself, I must write an update. I really do not have any excuses besides life in general is extremely busy.
Well Ironman training has resumed and the work that I am putting in on a daily basis is more than likely the number one reason for my tardiness on blog posts. My coach and I have set out on some pretty big goals this year. Not only is defending my two triathlon victories (Musselman and Pittsburgh Tri) high on my list, but I also have a very big goal of placing top 3 overall amateur at Ironman Coer d’Alene in late June not to mention a run at the Kona podium in the M30-34 age group and sub 9 hours at the Ironman distance. I guess you could say that all three goals go hand in hand. To accomplish something like this, I know I have to work harder than ever before and so far I’m seeing huge results from the work I’ve put in since Kona. The past six weeks, I’ve been working at sustaining beyond threshold wattage and pretty much all of my runs have been centered around feeling comfortable running and sustaining paces in the sub six minute mile range. Needless to say, training right now isn’t easy and every time I see a new block of training from my coach, I sit here with a blank stare and wonder how and the world am I going to do this. However, at the end of the day I know that Coach Derick would never give me sessions I am not capable of doing and and when it is all said and done, more often than not, I hit my targets! Since Hawaii I have done a couple of road running races as well including a recent five mile race at North Park. My goal was to break 30 minutes on a pretty tough course and a half mile uphill finish. I managed to finish in 4th place with a time of 29:06 (5:49 pace), over a minute faster than last year.
In other news, the Pittsburgh Triathlon Club continues to grow day by day and I couldn’t be more proud than to be part of the growing Triathlon community here in Pittsburgh. Not that I needed any extra motivation to train, but by competing in the USAT National Club Challenge, it gives me a little extra incentive to get in a couple of more miles. In January we actually organized a group indoor trainer session and the turnout was unbelievable. I will also be speaking at REI this weekend on Heart Rate training and how to periodize and plan your triathlon season. If you can make it out, please stop on by.
Another cool event we organized was a 100×100 on 100 second swim off where the five of us logged 10K yards for the morning. This was the first time I had ever swum 10K yards. To be honest, once you got past 7K, it wasn’t that bad! We had roughly 20-30 athletes swim that morning and it was a great time.
This year has also been spent sharing memories with great friends and of course with the love of my life. Jen has a pretty big milestone birthday coming up. This past weekend we celebrated her birthday early with friends at one of the best restaurants in Pittsburgh. In two weeks I’ll be in Arizona training and working my tail off.
And last but not least, I’ll leave you with a little clip on how we rang in the New Year. This was the 2nd annual beer mile race that we organized (use the word organized loosely). Four beverages – four laps – one winner.