So a long 2006 training year is finally over. Long training sessions in the rain, heat, and wind I will not soon forget, even though I try to block it out now and then.
It was a crazy 2006: Hernia, IronMan race, and Hernia operation. All in that order. Lessons learned about training and hopefully a better understanding of how to maintain balance in my "Life". Still a work in progress every year thou.
So what's up for 2007?
Besides trying to manage my compulsive shopping habits.
Enjoy the year with my family and try not to let these endurance adventures consume me to much, at least not 7 days a week. Oh there is that thing about "BALANCE" again.
Another IronMan Wisconsin in 2007, this time with a group of friends and fellow TRI club members to share this journey with. I'm actually glad I'm the veteran in the group. I've done it once, even thou the finish line is never assured, but feel more confident with the right training I can cross that finish line again. Hopefully a PR in the process.
But that is not my "A" race for now. The journey in hand is my quest to finish a 50 miler UltraMarathon. Still don't why I want to do it, Hmmm, maybe just why not?. But mostly to experience a different journey. The end of that 50 miler will be definitely be experience in itself.
I'm still debating on which one I will do. Down to two in my area:
Mcnaughton Park Trail Runs : Actually sounds like a great race, tough ass race, for me anyway. The top finishers time was 8:06:32, The crazy thing is that they have a 100 mile and 150 mile route.
Ice Age trail 50 : An easier race (terrain wise), a bigger race. The top finishers time was 6:55:40.
Hmm? which one?
I actually started my 16 week UltraMarathon schedule on Thursday. Okay it was supposed to start X-Mas day actually. But I did get my long runs in over the weekend.
2:45 (15 miles) , Zone 2, LSD run on Saturday. Then did a 90 minute treadmill run on Sunday. On Sunday it was raining and cold, afterwards I felt like a real wimp when I saw two people running outside driving home from the gym.
So with all that, I'm staring my IM base training with a bike focus for the next 6-8 weeks. Even writing this, it seems like a lot on my plate. But my wife says I could always eat like a "oinker" anyways.
So for now I don't plan on hiring a coach, I actually have a swim coach (master swim class). I just need the freedom to change my journey as life takes it. Besides $150-$200 bucks a month is a big chunck of change right now to shell out each month.
So in today's Chicago Sun Times newspaper, they gave the 2007 horoscopes. At the end it said my Leo Mantra was :
"I gotta be me - I'm not hiding anymore. " ( I like the "gotta be me part")
Let everybody's journey, whatever it maybe, be a great one.