I recently saw The Dark Knight Rises again and I couldn’t help but relate to the story. No, I am not referring to my frequent running from police.(Minor spoiler) for the past month, I have been plunged into the abyss of school and socializing, and it has been hard to escape to the open road and water.
Since finishing up the Spring Meadow Triathlon in early July, I have been training minimally. First, after the race, I was feeling pretty unmotivated and tired…never a good sign for a triathlete. It was getting hard to get any of my workouts in. Then I had some dear medical school friends come into town for a week. During that week, I barely touched the bike or shoes. Swam once. Right after that, I hauled my butt to a “limited utility” visit to school in Seattle. This week, I have been finishing up paper after paper for the end of the semester. So, again, training this triathlete has basically been as consistent as a game of roulette. And for this month, the house definitely won.
But, now we have a new month and I am trying to refocus. I am attempting to just get out and “enjoy” myself more on the road. Some days I just forget the watch and go for a run. I got into two rides this week thus far. Both were a decently easy. First was a .83 IF Trainer Road session of Citadel:
Then, I finally followed that up with a sobering ride with the guys from Great Northern Cycles. Unfortunately, I was only able to ride part of it with the group as I wanted to take my kids to the beach in Whitefish. It wouldn’t have mattered anyhow as the guys again whooped me good and I would have ended up riding by myself anyway. But it was great to get out on the open road nevertheless. And to end up with the family at the beach followed by a peanut butter fudge milk shake from Sweat Peaks is just a perfect day in my book.
Running is slowly ramping back up. I put in a small 10k earlier in the week. Then followed that by a 5.6 mile hilly tempo through the Canola fields. Followed that yesterday with a recovery six miles on the treadmill. I am going to experiment a little and crank up the run mileage this month. I want to see what it feels like to put in a good 40-50 miles a week. This is way easier to say than do, so keep your fingers crossed.
As for events coming up, I have one more triathlon this season on August 21. This is down in Polson, Montana and it should be a fun time. It’s the first time this race has been put on, but it sounds like they have a good show planned. Later in September, I am doing a century ride called the Huckleberry 100. I have notoriously bad pacing on longer rides, so I may take that experience as good practice for future Ironmans.
What’s that you say? Future Ironmans? Nah, sorry folks, no truth to the rumors. My wife and I are expecting our next little one in October. For once, I actually want to raise a newborn without training for an Ironman or other long event. So, no Ironman until 2014 for me. As for next year, I would like to go back to Alcatraz, but with the lottery, that is always in the air. If I am feeling really adventurous, I may go for a half again. In any case, my main goal is to do full fatherhood for once. That doesn’t mean I won’t be doing some hardcore training. Plenty of progress to be made and lots of local races to enjoy. Without a doubt, this is going to be a fun next 360 days.