Friday, February 5, 2010

Crazy Calendar

The past couple of days I've been trying to pin point my races for the year with greater accuracy. I thought I had it down until last night when the Xterra Running RD sent out an email saying Mission Gorge 15k was to be rescheduled in lieu of the upcoming rain for March 7th. Great!

March 7th was first going to be Desert Int'l- that sold out, so I replaced it with Gran Frondo Century ride, and as much as I was looking forward to MG, I'm not missing out on Gran Fondo this year! After all, it ends in the Little Italy 'hood of San Diego- what more could a hungry 100-miler possibly ask for?

Tawnee and Lauren will be doing the same (Sara might be out of town), and the following wknd- March 14, is Black Mtn 15k Xterra run, so we at least get to do one trail race :)

Oh, and yesterday as I was waiting for Caroline to join me for our morning track session at UCSD, I registered for Super Frog Half April 11th. That'll be really cool because the age groups are bracketted larger than normal, 18-29 in my case, and there's also an amateur prize purse! I could really use some extra yesterday!

About our little track workout. Well, it was one of those that look rather easy on paper but then by the time we had warmed up, the butterflies started setting in- excitement and slight anxiety that this would actually be quite painful. Ahh pain is good though!! :D

So main set was 8x1mi not all out, but goal half mary pace. Cool. We planned to descend from 6:40 to 6:20, having 2min RI between each. Thanfully, Caroline had done this workout with Katya and they discovered a set point in the track where you can do an 800 then run road (flatish) to a stop sign for 1mi. Another point on the track you basically leave from and run some road/most trail for another mile. So we varied it and only had the last one as ALL track. That was tooons better than going around like nervous hamsters for over an hour.

Result: we freakin' killed it!!!!!!!!!...& it us:

It could not have gone better, granted we were hurtin', and the last two well both of us had voices screaming inside our heads to STOPPP. But, that's what training partners are we were for the last two. From 6:38 on the first, right down to 6:15 on the last :D Yeah baby!

To refuel before noon swim, which ended up being quite a solid session as well, ironically (I thought I'd flat out sink to the bottom!) I headed to Ki's for some good 'eatin

An update on a new personal sponsor for this year- I say personal, because our Team has decided to leave certain partnerships like shops and running shoes to individual preference because a shop is usually something local to you and things like a running shoe brand are difficult to please each one of us- having unique running biomechanics, etc.
After incredible support from Edge Cyclesports which started, and continued, as a great friendship when I was living in Orange County, I am happy to be racing for Nytro from now own.
Nytro was the first shop I ever purchased something triathlon-related from. I kid you not, I made my order from Dallas, TX my first year racing in 2006 upon recommendation from a friend. Anyway, now that I'm settled in Encinitas, it makes perfect sense- they are indeed my "local shop".

Before I sign off, on the team front, RAHA Women's Triathlon Team is thrilled to be associated with the RAHA Pro Cycling Team & the Bahati Foundation. If you haven't already checked out this video do so! The power we have as athletes to improve the future of younger generations is massive.