As warm weather nears we get closer to triathlon season and fun spring races! I recently combed through my archives and found a summer goals post and thought whoops, I totally didn’t do all of those… all the more reason to start thinking towards this summer’s goals and the training necessary to get there! Last summer I was a newlywed and coming home from 2 weeks in Greece- fitness wasn’t exactly my top priority I was just happily living life…. Hence why I did a sprint tri not Olympic in July. This spring includes another long trip (hello west coast!) and a summer full of wedding (5 weddings in 6 weeks and that’s not even an exaggeration!) I’ve always thought the “Fail to Plan, Plan to fail” quote was so accurate… as much as I hate scheduling workouts it’s important to have a weekly game plan to meet your goals.
Looking towards this spring/summer season and my goals and plans first up I have the Love Run- half marathon on the docket this weekend. I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve been so ill prepared for a long distance race, oops. I blame several things… the crappy snowy weather, traveling, lack of planning/schedule, back injury, and desire. I enjoy running but after taking some time off over the winter my body didn’t want to run 3-4 times a week… there were some weeks I only ran once but usually it was only twice. This is a very poor way to prepare for a half marathon. Since it’s my 4th half I knew that I could go out and run it not problem without a great deal of training… or so I thought, I guess we will see what happens on Sunday. Fingers crossed for a good race… temps look pretty solid so that helps 🙂
Since I’ve sucked at running over the winter I’m hoping to pick it up this spring (being able to run outdoors consistently should work wonders for my motivation). Although I don’t usually focus too much on time goals and PR’ing I’d like to improve my Broad Street Run time… this will be my 4th year doing the race (one for every year I’ve lived in Philly) and basically my time has been the same every year! I’m totally guilty of not pushing myself very hard but I think it would be interesting to see if setting my expectations higher will improve my time. I’m hoping this will start me off on a good note leading into triathlon season.
I plan on racing the Tri Rock Philadelphia Olympic distance triathlon at the end of June…. The course is basically in my backyard so having “home” field advantage should be fun! I’m actually going bike shopping next week after 2 years of doing tris on borrowed bikes (thank you Gordon!). If anyone has any bike recs, let me know! I’m also ambitiously planning on doing the Pittsburgh Tri for the first time this August. This is ambitious because I’ll be finishing up my 6 week wedding stretch (aka limited training time on weekends and lots of traveling) and Pittsburgh has hills, a lot of them, and I hate going DOWN hills on the bike. Most people hate going up but I hate going down, so scary. Definitely needs to practice some hillier rides this spring and summer. And follow some sort of training plan… last summer I basically biked 2x/week, swam 2x/week, and ran 2-3x/week with 1-2 of those runs being after the bike. Probably doing something similar this spring and summer. Also hopefully running my first marathon in the fall, my friend Sarah at Run Greensburg is putting together a training plan for me to start in July! Excited to be working towards so many goals this season, bring on all the races!!!