It happens every year. I do some good posts in the fall months of October and November, and then a few good ones Dec – Feb or so. Throw in a few odds-and-ends posts, and I have about two or three posts per week.
Numbers 1-5 written in late April…..
Here we are in mid-April, and I’m ramping up my volume and intensity to get ready for my super-secret race I can’t tell anyone about yet. I have to do my own race because all the races I want to do are on weekends that have things scheduled and fall higher on the priority list in life (family, work, etc). But I do have the Pocatello 50 coming up on June 1, so I really do have to ramp up at least the volume of my running to make sure I can finish that.
Anyway, I thought I would throw out a few things to think about.
1. When do you start running outside in the morning? I start in June or so, when it’s 40 or warmer. My wife started running outside in the morning, starting at 6:45am, when it’s starting to get light out. It’s still too cold, at 30ish, for me to get out of a warm bed and go running. If I have to bundle up in the morning, I’d rather not go. I can bundle up at lunch and run for 90 minutes in near-zero weather (just not blowing, cold, and wet weather!), but that’s easier because I’m not getting out of a warm bed and going into that cold, cold war.
2. Am I the only one who finds it quick and easy to ramp up my swimming? I’m not swimming superstar for sure, but I usually get my swim up to par within a couple of weeks. I started my swim two weeks ago, and I’m up to 3-4 workouts of 1,500 yards, and it’s not killing me much. My first workout was to be 2×500, but it turned into 4×200 when I realized I didn’t have the endurance to get past 250 yards with decent form. I’ve since got up to 1×1500 in 22:00, which is quite normal and pretty much the times I’ll have all year. Right before a race, I could probably do that 1×1500 in 21:00 in the pool, so I’m close to that already. Now it’s all about building endurance so that 2000 yards is a nice warmup for a bikeride.
3. It’s spring. Make sure you teach your kids to swim. Here’s something from another blog I follow: http://talesofamountainmama.com/2013/04/proud-to-be-a-part-of-the-swim-team.html
4. Next time you’re out running early in the morning or late at night and have the awesome opportunity to see the moon, remember these interesting facts: http://www.adventureparents.com/blog/dads-dirt-roads-blog/774-infographic-things-you-might-not-know-about-the-moon
5. The Isagenix IsaPro whey protein seems to be helping with my swim.
And the rest written tonight, May6:
6. Yes, the posting is slowing down. Spring is sprung. Summer is coming. I can’t be in front of a keyboard at this point in life. And my kids need to be outside...the older they get the cooler it is to go outside with them. Looking forward to some mountain bike action with Kiddo 1 on a trail-behind-bike on an easy trail, and maybe even wifey along for the fun!
7. Bike To Work. I biked 1.5 miles to work today, on my mt bike, all uphill. I’m in good bicycle shape right now, but apparently it is not directly transferrable to MTB. By noon my glutes were screaming, and now my entire lower body is sore from a 1.5 mile bike ride. Goal is to bike to work 80% of the days in May, June, July, August, and first half of September when I’m at work.
8. TrainerRoad is doing another online race. Check out 8 Day of California. I would do it, but my schedule won’t allow it right now.
9. Scout Mountain taunts me still. The snow is coming off slowly. But I’m not ready to run it. I did 16 miles on a flat course along the Boise River two weeks ago, and it hurt a bit. I started at 8 minute miles and finished at 10 minute miles, so that was pretty fast for me. It hurt ALOT, though, and I’m not confident that that endurance transfers to a 20 mile mountain trail race. Here’s a pic of the mountain (very small, in the center above the road) taken from I-15 in Pocatello. The picture doesn’t do it justice…it looks alot bigger than in the pic. Snow is coming off rapidly at this point, but I haven’t seen the east-side yet this spring, and that holds snow alot longer than the northwest side I can see from Pocatello.
10. I did a 60 mile bike ride on the trainer last weekend. That’s three full months ahead of last year when I did it for the first time in mid-August. And I never did a long run last year, but I did one in mid-April of this year (see #9 above). So I guess I’m in better shape, but I can’t lose the weight this year like I have in the past….at this point, I’m getting a bit worried that it won’t come off!