Sooooo...I'm setting goals while running naked!
No, I'm not an exhibitionist. Actually, probably the furthest thing from it. You see....if you are more well-endowed in the upstairs region - ironically - you tend not to call attention to your assets. Meanwhile, anyone who wants a little upstairs padding is willing to pay big $ for it and then put it ALL out there....
So not what I was going to write about, but I am taking a cue from Mary Iron Matron and dipping my toes into "going there" when I feel I shouldn't.
So the title does mean something. After my first month of base training and a HORRIBLE month of searching for my run fitness - I am setting goals and I am running naked! This is my lame attempt to drum up some more non-tri friend followers by appealing to their voyeuristic tendencies. Not out of some vain self interest -- but more out of a OMG can't stop looking at a car accident sort-of thing.
Alright -- I probably should have some pictures -- but they would be really boring. For my non-tri/running friends, running naked is just running without any sort of feedback, music, running partner or device to distract you from the hour of monotony. So that means for me -- no Garmin (GPS watch that tells me my heart rate, my speed, and how far I have left to go), and no Ipod with Pink, Adam Lambert & K$SHA to drown out my heavy breathing. Just me, myself and my thoughts.
A couple of reasons for this:
- I have become obsessed and neurotic about the Garmin numbers.
- My Ipod battery died, needs recharging and I haven't plugged it back in.
- My triathlons are run semi-naked and I need to occasionally rely on my feel for my race.
- It's one of those rare times during my day -- that I get to think about whatever I want to think about. Not what I am going to get Elijah to eat for breakfast, when I am I going find time to plan my grammar lesson or what I left in the pantry for dinner.
The Garmin neurosis should be a positive -- but it has become a negative. I am so concerned with my HR jumping to 170 at glacially slow running pace that it becomes a hinderance to any enjoyment on a run. Not that I truly ever loved running. But most days I didn't mind it. And some days I even actually liked it. But lately -- it's been this "oh my god -- it's climbing again/well...I think this is a hill so that may be why the HR is spiking/yikes there is major decoupling/I am going so slow/why in the hell am I going to Nationals in August with my run speed like this/I just suck!!!"
Yesterday -- I ran naked and had a great run. It was beautiful outside. The yucky roadside slush had reduced to where I could at least jump over most of it. I had no idea what my HR was and my breathing seemed fine. So then I could just concentrate on my goals and my upcoming race season.
Here are the races I have in mind:
- March - Eastern States 1/2 marathon (never done anything more than a 5k in an "official" race, so God help me.
- May - Polar Bear Triathlon
- June - Mooseman Olympic Tri
- July - Black Fly International Distance Tri
- August - Gloucester Fisherman Tri & NATIONALS in Burlington, Vermont
- September - Pumpkinman Sprint Tri
I'm also going to throw in a few 5k and 10k races between the triathlons and then thinking about maybe even the Kennebunk Firemen Tri and/or the Maniac Tri.
So now that I have my race schedule solidified -- time for goals. I know Mike (my coach) is going to want my goals within the month, so I've started thinking.
Last year's goals:
- Break 25 minutes in a 5k (24:40) - CHECK
- Place consistently in my AG - PolarBear (4th and very close); Kennebunk Firemen (3rd); Pumpkinman (3rd); and Maniac (3rd) - CHECK
- Qualify for Nationals - CHECK
- Increase average bike speed to over 20mph - 20.5 and 21.4 in two races -- CHECK
Once I started being coached by Mike -- things changed DRAMATICALLY! My previous swim workouts were just the "warm-up" from Mike's plan. Although having Mike for a coach is a little overkill - I LOVE IT! What I mean is this: it's like some old guy playing in an intramural men's basketball league at a community center coached by....say.....Michael Jordan. Severe overkill -- but oh well. How many times in my life am I going to be able to say my coach is a professional athlete? (husband as pro beach volleyball player/coach not included - we all know how my husband "coaching" me worked out! )
So this year's goals.........Goals 2011 (sounds like the old Clinton National Education Goals 2000 initiative)......drum roll please.......
- Lose 20lbs. to help me get "runner lean" and give me some free speed. (The upstairs twins probably hold at least 8 of those pounds....love to get a breast reduction!) I know 20lbs. seems like a lot -- but people are always shocked to hear what I really weigh - as if I couldn't possibly weigh what I do. But I do and it needs to go!!! Jen and I have been going Paleo -- more Paleo for Athletes -- me more Paleo for Athletes + some dairy and low-carb bread and sugar-free chocolate. (shhhh.....don't tell Jen and I HAVE seen some caveman bowling and eating dinner out on the Geico commercials - so it's plausible they eat milk, bread and chocolate!) I am losing even with my transgressions.
- Break 22 minutes in a 5k. At the end of last season, Mike projected that we would take 3 - 5 minutes off my 5k this season. Damn. I'm a little scared -- but if he believes....I'll believe.
- Break this damn 3rd place plateau in my age group. I would LOVE to win my AG just once. It's probably like anything else though - once you win, you'll want it again and again and again....
- Compete with the really, really fast girls. You know who you are and I want to be right there with ya!
- Drop my average 100 yd swim time to below 1:30. Just two weeks ago - I jumped into a master's swim practice and equaled my last year's avg. of 1:40 without anything but TI technique and long slow distance training.
- Increase average bike speed one mile per hour - depending on course - gotta start concentrating on single leg drills. :)
- Survive the Olympic distance -- well more than survive -- but I really am scared about the jump from sprints to olympic. I want to jump to half iron next year - but Olympic feels so "racey" to me.
Life Goals (even if I have to wait until I hit the 60 - 70 year old Age Group):
- Make the National Team and go to the AG World Championships
- Qualify for Half Iron World Championships
- KONA! enough said.
So.....I've got some very ambitious goals and time is ticking.....I'm off to the pool to start working on that 100m time. And I probably won't be running naked much once I start working with Mike again.
Here's to my on-again/off-again relationship with my blog and a few more weeks of running NAKED!
Hope the neighbors don't mind ;)