Follow up to vacation high….

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The tri season has ended. My travels are over for now. So what’s next? Training, training, and trying to get motivated about training.

I’ve signed up for a few things. First up, I registered for the Run for the Water 10 mile run. This is an event for a wonderful cause. It benefits the Gazelle Foundation which provides Burundians with access to clean drinking water. I’ve been wanting to do this race for a while. Unfortunately, I didn’t take into account how much I would need to amp up my running in order to be able to do a 10 miler. I was at 5 miles pre-trip. Of course, when I returned I wasn’t able to jump right back into things. I’ve been adding a couple miles each week. On Tuesday, I ran 8 miles. It wasn’t terrible, but man it sure wasn’t easy. I averaged about a 9:55 mile. I didn’t suffer any knee pain, but my body sure has hurt this week. I am worried that pushing it to 10 miles on Sunday is trying to do too much too fast. I really don’t want to suffer the set back of hurting my knee again. Soooo, I may not actually do the race. I’m still deciding. Either way, my money is still supporting a fantastic cause so I don’t feel guilty about that 🙂

Next weekend I am doing a 65 mile bike ride in the Tour de Gruene. I haven’t done this ride before, but I have heard good things. I know that it will be hilly. I haven’t biked 65 miles since May and I haven’t done very many long rides lately so this should be interesting. I am hoping to get in a 40 mile ride this weekend to prepare.

I also signed up for a stroke clinic at the YMCA. It is twice a week for a month. I am still hoping to improve my swim times. Sadly, I have not swam since my last triathlon in September. Wow, time has really flown by.

Further in the future, I am doing some fun runs with friends. There’s the 5 mile Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving, the Color me Rad 5k on December 8, and the Zombie Run 5k December 15. As far as more “serious” training is concerned, I would like to do the Austin half marathon in February and the HITS half iron in April. Whew….a Half-Ironman! What am I thinking?! Guess I really better get to training 🙂

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