Training for This RaceI am not going to keep writing the same thing section, so to keep this short and simple, I haven't been specifically training for any race this year at all. But, coming off of the RMC Triathlon and heading straight to the Dells after the race for a few days, all I did this week were a few 5 mile runs. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, to be exact. Friday was a rest/recovery day and then Saturday was race day. Pretty simple.
Nutrition PlanMuch like the "Training for This Race" section, I don't want to keep repeating myself from previous race reports. But, due to this being a short race, I have found that less is more. I last ate at work around 1:00pm and it wasn't anything too complex, just some yogurt, veggies, and a salad with salmon. On the way to the race, I sipped on a water bottle with one serving of Hammer Nutrition HEED (100 cal). After that was gone I really didn't drink much of anything until the race. I did take a few sips of water after my warm up just due to the heat. It was going to be a hot race with temperatures right around 80*. An hour before the start, I took my dose of 2 Hammer Anti-Fatigue Caps and then Hammer Energy Surge tablets as needed during the race.
3.1 Mile Run (18:04)
What's on TapOn the drive home from the race Sarah and I started talking about how disappointed I was that I didn't place in my age group. We talked about where I was in my life, starting a new job, raising 3 kids, and trying to balance everything. I mentioned how, my training has been non-existent this season, how I have been basically just "winging it." She reminded me how that we talked about how this year was going to have to be a lax year with my training and racing. She mentioned how we talked about this when I took a the new job and that after this season, I'll be able to get back into a more consistent training regime. It made sense and in a way made me feel better about my finish. I was only 20 seconds off of a PR and my times haven't really slipped much from when I was training consistently. After my little reality check from Sarah, I was actually quite satisfied with my race. An 18:04 5k for a working father of 3, really aint to shabby.
As far as my goal of finishing a race in every month in 2015, I have completed a total of 9 races so far in the 8 months of 2015. Up next will either be the Waupaca Triathlon on August 15 or the Fox Cities Half Marathon on September 21st. Either way, I will be doing the half marathon as my September race. And yes, if you have been following along with my 2015 journey, that does mean that I am passing on racing for Team USA in the ITU World Championships in Chicago. Fact is, I just can not justify the financial commitment to compete in that event. It is just too much of a short notice on top of my lack of specific training. I would not want to go into that big of an event just to cross the finish line. I would have liked to commit a solid 3-6 months of dedicated training to the event to give it my all to see exactly how I stack up against the best in the world. I am relatively young yet and feel I still have great things ahead for me and my racing career. And, of course, I will never give up on my dream of qualifying for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
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