So it seems we went directly from winter to summer, skipping spring completely in the process, and I'm not complaining one bit! In the first 2 weeks so far of May, it's been gorgeous. I've finally been able to get outside on my bike, and have already been out for 5 rides. The maiden voyage last Saturday was not without its drama- we'd planned for 60k, then ended up inadvertently doing 75k, with everyone running out of water in the process. I only brought one water bottle. It was a hot day, too - about 25C! I managed a 25min "run" off the bike, feeling like death. My quads were so sore and I could barely move. Brutal!
Last week I had a solid week of training, which ended with the Mother's Day 10K yesterday. I went in with tired and sore legs, and planned to use the race as a tempo workout with some good hills. i had a 3.5 hour training day the day before. On Friday, I also did my first track workout of the year (a reasonable 5 x 800 on 5:00), which made my legs pretty sore!
On Sunday, I felt like a total piece of crap while I was warming up, and wondered how I'd even make it through the course. I decided to go out really easy for the first kilometer. This turned out to be a great strategy, as I ended up feeling stronger as the race went on, and I didn't die on the hills, like last year! My legs surprisingly came around. And while my time was terribly slow and nothing to write home about (48:xx), I placed 5th female OA and 3rd in my AG, which I'm very pleased with. Not that it's a competitive race at all, but who cares! Also, I was over 1.5min faster than last year on the same course (WTF was I doing last year?). Oh yeah, I went out way too hard, completely died and felt like $h!t. It's important to note that this course is not accurate, it's looongg- between 10.5 and 10.7k. I always thought that measuring out an accurate course would be a simple and straightforward procedure, but apparently it's rocket science.
So anyway, things are on a good track, and I have just under 4 weeks from now to get in shape for my first 'real' race of 2013 - Wasa lake triathlon. And just under 8 weeks to get in shape for a 1/2 Ironman - GWN. Right smack in the middle of Wasa and GWN, I'm planning on racing the ITU race. After GWN, I have no idea what I'm doing. I honestly have nothing planned and should probably get on that. I feel like I'm in a better spot fitness-wise than I was last year, especially considering I skipped town right around this time last year for a 2.5 week European vacation where I didn't get to swim or bike the whole time.
This weekend is the annual Jasper cycling trip for STARRT. I'm excited to be going this year! There's a crapload of peeps from the club going this year, something like 30 or 40! I'll have lots of awesome riding partners for the weekend. Geoff and I will drive up on Friday evening, then long rides are planned for Sat-Sun (90-100km). We're going to head home late Sunday afternoon and Monday's a holiday so it will be nice to have that full day at home. I also took this Friday off work so 4-day weekend for me, yippee!
I'll update on the Jasper trip after we return. Sorry no pics this time - I know, how boring!