Step 1 one the way to ironman is done: complete a standalone marathon.
In a number of ways I feel conflicted because as most of the time with my races I think about what I could’ve done differently and better. The main goal of this was to finish and to finish strong and I did that- and I definitely learned a lot along the way.
What went well:
Pacing- I was very steady and even negative split the race. This is entirely due to the conservative race plan created by my coach.
Nutrition during the race worked well. It didn’t seem to make my stomach worse, at least (see below)
Keeping my watch set to overall pace instead of lap pace.
Seeing my family at miles 16 and 18 really gave me something to look forward to.
Repeating a mantra helped me keep my focus.
What didn’t go well:
My stomach felt off from the start. I think I need to stick to a bigger lunch and snack for dinner before races. I finally made a stop at mile 23 and felt so much better. Wish I’d done that sooner.
A marathon isn’t easy. I definitely respect the distance. At points I let it daunt me even though my effort was sustainable. Good experience to help me push through in future races.
In case there are any doubts if I enjoyed it- I am already planning my next marathon- post Ironman of course.
Holiday weekend recap
I’ve been remiss in my blogging- not that any 2 of you that read this care. I wrapped up my tri season with Beach 2 Battleship- which I won’t bother recapping because if you know me in real life, you know what a sh*tshow that was. But I finished. And ran my fastest run leg in a half to date. And I learned not to take any race for granted (especially those without any mechanical failures). I then went on to Richmond to run a 1:52 in the half- smashing my goal. It felt good to end on a high note, but the rush from a run PR is no longer the same as from a tri PR. Sub 6 will be mine!
On to Thanksgiving. Just for “fun”- most of team #rage decided to run a Turkey trot in Bethesda wearing ridiculous tutus/skirts/hats. Someone was lame and wouldn’t wear a skirt…
It was all fun until we started running and it was hilly. Whose idea was this again? I still managed a 1 min PR- good enough for me since my previous PR was at Haines Pt (pancake flat) and I really did not feel like racing.
Then on Saturday, I decided to make a pilgrimage to Tri360 to support them for small business day. As I pulled down the street, I saw a cadre of black SUVs, cop cars and media. I guessed by the level of security the President was there- and when I saw the business surrounded was a bookstore, I knew it! (last year he went to Kramerbooks). I hung out for 30 min in the freezing weather but it was worth it because I got this:
Alas, I did not get to shake his hand. Next time!
Sunday was a team #rage run followed by Dean and Deluca for coffee/snax. No pictures, so I can’t prove it happened.
On to marathon and Ironman training!
Obligatory post race photo
Congrats to Brian and Liz!
Since getting back from vacation after Kinetic, I’ve jumped right back into training. My next 70.3 is in October (was supposed to be August, but the DC curse strikes again) and my only other race is General Smallwood next weekend. I have a couple of single sport events- Ragnar DC and Civil War Century (both in September) so my plan in the meantime is to maintain endurance and try to work on my speed. Hopefully my weekly track workouts and Thursday sufferfests at Haines will do the trick. Hopefully this is not an idiotic plan. I may have to reassess if I start feeling burnt out, but for now I’m having fun riding and running with friends and just enjoying the process. I’ve also got big plans for next year, but I don’t want to jinx anything before it’s confirmed.
In the meantime, Sarah and I need to find a bike ride/race where we can wear our sweet hot pink kits. Any suggestions?
Can’t escape tri- even in Madrid!
Breakfast on the plaza mayor in Segovia.
Enjoying a café at the Prado.