Wow. Ironman training is no joke. I'm in a build month, so hard work almost every day.
This week included run intervals, a short tempo run, two swims and two bike trainer workouts (intervals.) Not to mention a 90 minute "easy" run, two strength/core workouts and the biggy of the week - a 4.5 hour bike ride that included climbing Latigo Canyon. Damn I'm exhausted typing this out! And my "real" work has gone well on top of it - so I'm happy to say that the training is actually making me MORE productive (My concert piece for the SB Symphony is nearly complete!) I need to be busy this time of year as January is hard for me. (More on that later this week, it relates to the loss of my dad.)
Anyway, I woke up early to head out to the inaugural LA 13.1 race. The plan was to do about 20 minutes of warming up, run miles 1-3 in upper zone 2 (easyish) miles 4-11 zone 3 (medium) and miles 11-13.1 in zone (hard.) I stuck to the plan and while it was tough on tired legs I have to say it was -slightly- easier than I thought it would be.
I saw a lot of my friends as it was an out and back (most were ahead of me!) My friend Roxanne from the LA Tri Club caught me at mile 9 or so and we ran together for a bit. She wanted to walk the water station so we said goodbye, and I slogged on. She again caught me at about mile 11, when I was supposed to turn it up! Man I was dreading it. But it was just 2 miles, and I've gotta say I was pretty proud of myself for finding the rhythm.
We came through the finish line at around 1:59 - an effort I'm proud of. I made my dad's "gorilla face" at the line - can't wait to see the photos. About 13 months ago I ran the City of Angels Half and it took my absolute maximum to finish in 2:03. And that was with rest. Very happy with my progress.
After the race I ran into some more friends and then decided to go soak in the ocean for a bit. The water was pretty cold, but after about 5 minutes up to my knees I realized "oh sh*t." It was a tradition for my dad and I each winter to run into the ocean. And here I was. I didn't really have a choice, so I went for it. I played in the waves while yelling "Ba-fute-sai" (it's a silly game we invented.)
All in all a good day - I'm looking forward to tomorrow (Day Off - of training that is!)