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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Back in the Saddle

I've been getting requests to update my blog lately.  I'm actually pretty humbled by the amount of people that have told me, in one way or another, that they have read this blog.  It's really cool.  Honestly, there hasn't been a lot to write about lately.  I enjoyed a break from training for a few weeks and am slowly getting back into it.

I like looking back through the years in my training log to see how much I've improved this year over last year and the year before.  I'm big on comparing my training this year vs. last year and I'm always looking to make improvements.  November of 2009 was plagued with a lot of nagging injuries from coming back too quickly.  Shin splints from running and shoulder problems from swimming resulted in a very inconsistent start to the 2010 season.  So this year, the pressure is off.  Triathlon season is a long one.  I can race as early as March while the last triathlon on the schedule in the San Francisco Bay Area is typically around Halloween.  There is absolutely no rush to hurry back and start pounding the roads and hammering in the water.  I decided to have a little fun and a change of pace this time around in November 2010.

In 3 weeks, I am running the Las Vegas Half Marathon.  Did you notice I said "running"?  I won't be running 60-70 miles a week in preparation for Las Vegas, but it has kind of kick-started my training for 2011.  I've focusing on the run for the for the last 5 weeks or so, but have also been sprinkling in some biking and swimming along the way.  I'm looking forward to jumping straight into a running race without having to swim and bike before it.  It's been great feeling like a runner again.

After Las Vegas on December 5th, I'll come home ready and eager for my real base training to begin!  Once the half is over, December and January will be "learning the correct swim technique and getting faster in the water" months.  I will also be improving my relationship with my bike seat.  We will be spending a lot of time together.

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