If you wanna run fast, you've gotta run fast...

Sunday, August 17, 2014

TCM in 50 days

49 days and counting...kinda makes me nervous.  I haven't raced TCM in 20+ years, and while I'm not in any kind of shape to race like I was in 2012, this should be fun.
So how fast can I run with 50 days of training?  Time will tell, I guess...I think my biggest battle is with the scale.  This summer I wrestled with the 195-199 mark, this morning was a bit better at 191, but I need to show up on Oct. 5th at 181...those pounds lost are free speed!
It's been a trying year+ for me...our family cancer scare, the passing of my father and the stress fracture that sidelined me for 7+ months...wasn't sure when would be the next time I toed the line...enter TCM.
The year hasn't been an entire waste at the races, as I've had a glimpse or two of 'fitness.  I've managed to put myself in C+ biking shape; paced Lee and Jan to sub 1:35 at the Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon in May; paced Jan to another Afton Trail 25K Master's win (while winning the Grand Master's title myself)...and then the National Duathlon Championships, where I put on an ugly display of running AND riding...somewhat embarrassing, though I tend to be less and less embarrassed with poor performances as I get older.  used to be I wouldn't race until I was 'ready', now I tend to race when I want/where I want.
...and the Twin Cities Marathon is a race that I show up to every year, and every year I tell myself, 'next year'...and I never do it.  Just the timing of it...but this year I got in on an 'loophole' and I'm going to do my best to get in shape to run my very best...whether that's 2:56, 3:06 or even 3:16.

So tune in from time to time, keep me in check and make sure I'm keeping up with my stretching and core...and if you need a run partner, give me a call!

Rocket on!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Day #1, morning ride and stats...

And so the story begins...50 days to get ready for TCM.  ...but more about that later.
AM)  This morning I got out on the MTB, partly because I ran last evening, and partly because my left hammy was a bit sore.  A little over 14 miles in 46+ minutes, averaged 18.6 on the Regional Trail, our local hard-packed rail trail.  Back was a little sore, but felt fairly strong for the entire ride.
PM)  This afternoon, Jen and I loaded up the backpacks and headed out on the mountain bikes for a quick 3+ hour ride into Minneapolis from EP.  A quick stop at Run n Fun for some new shoes and a tour around the Lakes.  Can't really call it a 'workout', though 3 more hours of biking today at 14-16 mph should help get the weight off.  Run day tomorrow :)  
Finished the night with core (crunches and sit-ups) and a ton of push-ups...


...and as I begin my 50 day journey, here are my starting point stats...
Morning weight ~ 192...holy crap!
Resting HR ~ 39 (8-16-14)
Max bike HR ~ 161  (8-7-14)
FTP ~ 241  (8-5-14)
Max run HR ~ 183 (7-19-14)
Current VDOT ~ ?

I hope you follow me on my 50 day TCM journey...I can use the support, and a kick in the ass on certain days :)