On Friday May 6th I held a seminar that discussed pre-race and transition checklists and went through the steps to take.
Beautiful day for a race! The weather was nice and cool in the morning, but it definitely started to warm up by the start of the race. Decent breeze slightly out of the north and off the water, so that kept things comfortable for the whole race. I wanted to go out controlled today, so that meant being above target pace for the first couple of miles. I hate doing this, because I feel like I am playing catch-up the whole day, but it's definitely the smarter way to run. My goal time of 1:18:00 meant 5:56's was the target pace. However, two years ago m
The week leading up to a big race is always a tough week for me. I have a hard time cutting back on training and resting for the race. Most weeks during the year I have a full training load and I get very comfortable with that. When I taper down for a race, I have a hard time dealing with cutting back durations and intensities. I'm sure I've gone into races more tired than I should have been. The 6 days before IM Canada I put in 7 hours of training!
That being said, it's race week now and I'm doing what I always do.
Well, the title of the blog says it all. I just got a refund in the mail from Tricolumbia making my withdrawal from Eagleman official. I never thought I would ever back out of a race, but life has other plans sometimes. It was a tough decision, and one I wish I didn't have to make, but it was the right one.
To get personal, here's the reason why.
Several months ago I registered for this half marathon when they offered the first 100 entrants would pay $17.66. How could you say no to that?! So I signed up with initial plans of using this as a training day before I pumped up my cycling miles to get ready for Eagleman. However, plans change and I will not be racing Eagleman this year (that'll be for another blog) and this race became a little higher priority. My PR at this distance was set in 2009 with 1:20:28 on a very flat course.
My name is Bryan and I am a triathlete from northern New Jersey. I grew up a swimmer, but got into running and triathlon in 2004. Since then I have raced numerous triathlons fromn sprints to Ironman and completed plenty of road races from 5K to marathons. I want to use this blog to recap some workouts and races to share my thoughts with anyone who wants to read it. Feel free to comment and tell me what you think!