Being that I am still miserably ill, I’m fantasizing about what crazy race I might want to train for next. I have a confession. I’m secretly fantasizing about
As you may recall, my last 5K was actually part of a sprint and olympic tri. I got schooled by the olympic triathletes who whizzed by me during their 10K. Admittedly, they were pros, but it was fascinating to watch them and realize they’d already done 2 events. Getting off topic, but my point is I’m now obsessed.
I don’t know how to swim or cycle.
It’s two long and complicated stories, but I never learned to ride a bike and the only swimming I do is some weird half-monkey looking “breaststroke.” However! I refuse to be deterred by these minor setbacks, so I’m going to learn to swim and ride a bike.
Sarah’s Triathlon Training Plan:
1. Learn to swim–take swimming lessons at the local pool (I can already hold my breath and such, so this shouldn’t be TOO hard)
2. Learn to ride a bike–I already own a bike, I just have to learn to stay upright. Suggestions?
3. Find a training plan–maybe through MIT? I plan to keep training for half marathons, although I’m planning to do a sprint tri.
4. Pick a goal race–my friend Amy suggested the Triathlon for the Cure race next July. It’s a 250yd swim, 7mi bike, and 2mi run. It’s great practice, but I’d like to aim a little higher on distance as well next summer.
Yes? No? Have I lost my mind? It would be nice to feel more comfortable in a bathing suit in public by next summer, so I’ll definitely have to keep plugging away at the weight loss.
So that means my training goals right now are to:
1. Be prepared for the Emerald City half on 9/4/11–this may or may not happen depending on my illness
2. Be prepared for the Columbus half on 10/16/11
3. Stay in shape for the Hot Chocolate 15K on 12/3/11 –what’s the longest run I really need to do before this race? I was thinking 7-8, but I’m curious what the entirenetz think. Because the internet is never wrong.
4. Learn to swim–if I can scrape up the money, I will do that this fall, otherwise it will have to wait until husband is employed or I have graduated and taken a higher paying job
5. Learn to ride the stupid bike that is gathering dust in my garage. Advice? I can get moving, but then I either miss the pedals or lose my balance.
I’m still sick, so I don’t have a ton to talk about. I can’t decide what to think about running a half in less than a month when I haven’t done more than 7 miles this training cycle. I’m hoping to be up for 8.5 on Saturday, but right now 2 is my absolute max. My lungs are filled with junk and my sinuses are still stuffy. Also, my dogs love to feast upon used Kleenex, so I need to get better NOW.
For the record, the neti pot is the most disgusting thing I’ve ever used and it works amazing. I think it’s the only reason I’m getting better right now. And it isn’t as uncomfortable as it sounds. And I fully expect Kara to be completely grossed out right now.
So, I had this post mostly typed up and went to acupuncture. I got home and went to feed Odin, my candidacy betta (I got him the week before candidacy in September 2009). I eventually realized that the dried up tea leaf was Odin. I know bettas can sometimes rehydrate, but his eye and fins were gone, so I flushed the poor guy. I did take a picture, but then I realized it was totally gross and no one wanted to see that.
RIP Odin. Who I apparently never took pictures of. I am a crap fish owner.
So, any training advice? What’s the shortest long run you can get away with before a half marathon? Any at home cures for sinus infections?