22 weeks. That's like...um NOT a lot of time!
NEWS FLASH! I SUCK! I SUCKy suck.
Let's talk about race times. Never a good thing! Truth is, I am not the fastest boy out there (shocking!).
My run times are slow, averaging about 12 min/mile for the marathon. I am getting nice and fast (for me) on the short miles but it is not translating to long distance.
My bike times are not much better. My typical average speed is right around 14 mph. That seems to be case no matter how hard I push the pace, big ring or small ring; Hills or flat; none of it seems to matter. It always averages out to 14. If I take that speed to CDA, I'll be out there for a looong time.
I've got to find a way to get better and I've got to do it quickly.
22 weeks is not a lot of time and I need to get faster. Faster running, faster swimming and heck of a lot faster biking.
I actually thought that I was doing good. Not Ryan good but first-timer good. If the race was today, then no way, but come D day then sure. Good to go.
But then I check out Shannon's Blog.
Umm..she's doing a double workout. E.v.e.r.y.d.a.y! That means wake up at 5. Workout. Work, Come home, Workout, sleep. Repeat and repeat and repeat!
That's not me! That's not me by even half.
So...should that be me? I mean this is my first IM. But..this ISN'T hers!
Maybe..just maybe (more than maybe), she knows something that I don't.
Not that I'm freaking out or anything but!!!!!!
This Wednesday, I start with David Scott. It looks like it'll be about 6 weeks of schedule training with a consulte at the beginning. I assume he'll send me a training schedule and then we'll have a couple e-mails during the weeks.
Either way it'll involve some seroius training.
I can't wait. Because, I mean REALLY I need some help!
On a side note, I found out that I can still swim! I still suck, I am still slow, but at least I found out that I can still make forward motion in the water!
We have a new swim/masters group here, and they are offering a month of stroke drills. Easy no pressure. Emphasis on technique not speed. Sounds like a great way to get back into the water.
One good thing I've noticed is that my cardio is still pretty good. Now mind you these are only drills but I actually found that I wasn't dying for breath at the end of each lap; As a matter of fact I was relaxed and calm. I didn't need to worry about breathing at all. I actually found that I could do the whole 25 without breath at all. NICE! And the best thing was that at the end I wasn't hypoxic, I actually felt fine!
That is awesome. Each 25 was breathless! Of course, this was only doing drills and it doesn't translate to hard swimming, but still it was cool.
It's was a nice first time back into the water.
OK! So to review. I have just under 6 months to become a faster runner. I need to be a heck of a lot faster biker and still have a lot of work on the swim.
Run; bike; swim.
Work your weakness!