Today I made a great decision. That trip that's interfering with the first race weekend of the season in April - I'm embracing the interference. Instead of rushing home and trying to race the sprint less than 24 hours after arriving home, I'm extending my trip and hanging out in Paris for a few extra days with this girl! There will be other races and other opportunities to qualify for AG Nationals. And in 10 years, what am I going to remember most - that sprint triathlon I bombed because I was so jet lagged, or that last-minute trip to Paris filled with museums, good bread, wine, and an awesome partner-in-crime? Exactly.
12 March 2012
Are You Ready to Rock and Roll Half Marathon Style??
I have my first race of 2012 coming up next weekend - the Rock and Roll USA half marathon here in DC. I ran this race back in 2009 and nabbed my current 1/2 marathon PR there (btw, how many years is a PR valid for? Say I am 50 years old, can I still say that 3:26 is my marathon PR, even though the last time I ran such a time was decades earlier?) Anyway, the race is hilly on the front half, and smooth sailing downhill on the back half, a recipe for negative-splitting. I think you could even run stupid and still manage to negative-split this race (though I'm not going to do that). Do I think I have another PR in me? I don't know - anything is possible. I've been very focused on swimming and biking, with a fair amount of running mixed in, but running isn't the main event this season - triathlon is. And while I'd like to have it all (who wouldn't?), I'd rather be a better triathlete than simply a better runner right now. I do feel like I can run a time I can be proud of and this is a great opportunity to try and execute the perfect race and build confidence going into triathlon season. Plus, friends from all parts of my life are running, so if anything, there's going to be some amazing brunch opportunities post-race.