Sadly, my very first triathlon season has already come to an end. I’m not sure how I feel about it, but part of me wishes I lived somewhere warmer where I could do triathlon all year round. It was quite a revelation for me to discover this brilliant sport, and to now have an entire new set of goals for my future that do not revolve solely around running. I am already eager and looking forward to what the next season has in store. Between now and then, there will be plenty of time spent in the indoor pool at the Athletic Club of Bend, hours of riding the trainer in front of the television (a great way to watch college and NFL football!), and miles and miles on the treadmill.
But for the time being, the weather is still great in Bend and it’s not quite time to head indoors for training. So now what? This is the question that most frequently comes up in conversations revolving around triathlon and racing. You know you are a committed athlete when you get the “now what” question.
I guess my running season is going to take center stage for a while. This upcoming weekend I will be doing the Sunriver Half Marathon for a Cause, which is one of my favorite smaller races in the Central Oregon area. The course is flat, paved, and beautiful as it weaves through parts of Sunriver Resort, Caldera Springs, and Crosswater Golf Course. I am hoping to put forth a stellar performance and finish strong. Nonetheless, it will be a good training run in preparation for the Portland Marathon.
Ah yes, the Portland Marathon. Only 5 weeks until my first full marathon of 2014. Um… yikes! I am definitely taking a different approach to marathon training this year and am much more lackadaisical about completing long training runs. With all of the triathlon training and cross training, running has not been high on the priority list because it is already my strongest sport. That being said, the longest run I have done this year is 16 miles. I better step up my game in the next couple weeks and complete a 20 mile run at some point. Heck, maybe this “different” approach will work wonders for me. I’m not worried about finishing the marathon, but there is some uncertainty as to whether I will finish in a time that will qualify me for Boston.
Once the Portland Marathon is over, my schedule is blank. I have a feeling there will be a lot of “fun” runs and events between now and next summer, but for the most part I will be spending the next several months training and prepping for the next tri season. My plan is to do Ironman Canada in Whistler and a few other half Ironman and Olympic distance triathlons to help me train and prepare for Whistler.
I’ve been a little absent from the blogging world, which I’m perfectly ok with. Justin and I have been extremely busy and it seems as though our schedules lately are filling faster than we can keep up.
We found out just before our trip to Lake Stevens that Justin has to have surgery on his ankle to repair a torn tendon and several ligaments that are stretched and no longer doing their job. He had the same surgery on his other ankle 10 years ago, and the surgeon told him then that it was only a matter of time before he’d need the other ankle repaired. Well, that time is now and his surgery is set for September 18. He will have to be in a cast with no weight bearing for 6 weeks, so we are trying to get a lot done before then and enjoy our last few weeks of summer. We are thinking about these colors for the cast…
On Saturday, less than a week after 70.3 Lake Stevens, I did my first century ride of the year. It probably wasn’t the best decision, since I was still very fatigued and had not yet fully recovered from the race, but my coach thought it would be good for me (he also did Lake Stevens and had the fastest amateur bike split overall) and I was excited about riding with a group of people on a very cool route. We started in Bend and went over the Santiam Pass, looping around toward Eugene, and finishing by heading over the Mackenzie pass toward Sisters. It was 108 miles and 7000ft of climbing, most of which occurred between miles 75-95. Brutal, but worth it.
I got to catch up with one of my friends, Nicole, who just completed Ironman Canada and placed second in her age group. Yes my friends, this badass is heading to Kona in a couple months. She had nothing but great things to say about Whistler, which makes me even more excited about racing there next year.
After the ride (which took a little longer than planned) I frantically rushed home, showered, and was off with Justin to a wedding for the evening. Our friends Katy and Brett were getting married at Faith, Hope and Charity Vineyard, and it was a beautiful evening to celebrate.
Sunday was a self-proclaimed and much needed lazy day. I actually slept in until 7am, which is huge. My legs were toast and my energy levels were “blah” so Justin went to the pool in the morning and then he and I went to a movie and saw The Hundred-Foot Journey. It was lighthearted and cute, but I know Justin really loved it because of the movie’s emphasis on food.
Monday was our league’s Fantasy Football draft. Justin and I met up with a few of the other members in our league and drafted our teams for the season. My team, Victorious Secret, is comprised of Marshawn Lynch, Andrew Luck (hopefully he brings me luck), Brandon Marshall, Seahawks Defense, and Steven Hauschka, to name a few. Looking forward to yet another fun season of college and NFL football!
On Tuesday, the Dave Matthews Bend rolled into town to put on an impressive performance at the Les Schwab Amphitheater. It was probably the biggest named artists to come to Central Oregon and the amphitheater was filled with more than 8,000 fans from all over.
The music was great as he started with an acoustic set and ended the night with some electric fan favorites. Hopefully this will open doors for other artists who have yet to discover little ol Bend Oregon.
For the next few days I will be taking it easy with some light workouts and a lot of recovery. One of my favorite ways to recover involves drinking kombucha and falling asleep in compression boots at Recharge. This place is like my home away from home and makes me feel revitalized every time I leave. Every athlete needs to have a little Recharge in his or her life.
Hopefully I will be feeling near 100% on Sunday for my race. I am trying to PR and run a really solid 13 miles, so I am doing my best to get my head and body back into the game. Regardless, it will be a good training run and will help me mentally work back up to those longer miles before Portland.
What do you do once “race season” is over? How do you cope?
Best concert you have ever been to?