RACE SCHEDULE UPDATED 7-2-08:
IM CHINA-APRIL 22ND
COLUMBIA TRIATHLON-MAY 18TH
PHILADELPHIA TRIATHLON-JUNE 22ND
70.3 RHODE ISLAND 1/2 IRONMAN-JULY 13TH
LURAY TRIATHLON- AUGUST 16TH
ANNAPOLIS TRIATHLON – SEPTEMBER 7TH
1/2 IRONMAN LAS VEGAS- SEPTEMBER 28TH?
BEST OF THE US TRIATHLON- OCTOBER 26TH
70.3 1/2 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP?
I know! I have not updated everyone in a while:) I promise to be better with my blog Kristin. Ya see my friend Kristin started this for me and I just need to fill it in. Seems ez enough but I can never find the time or energy. Last night she told me just to put aside a little time so here I am and I will update everyone after my events.
My last two races were not my best:( I put a sad face because I was not mentally prepared to have unsatisfactory results. I knew physically I was not ready for a PR (personal record) but somehow I was still disappointed. My main sponsor, Metabolix nutrtion, is very supportive even though I have not placed as high as last year in my early season races. My family and friends are all pushing me to do what I enjoy and prove to be very supportive of my racing and business. I am excited to have a supportive boyfriend who is a great athlete and a wonderful person. David has a great ebook on mental preparation which I recommend for everyone. It helped me a ton with getting my mind in touch with where I am with my racing(www.enduranceworks.net). I am feeling good about my race schedule and think it will be a great 2nd 1/2 of the season.
My last two races were the columbia triathlon and Philadelphia tri. I had a great swim and bike at columbia and was placed very well but the run was very difficult and I lost a lot of ground to many strong runners. A couple of weekends ago at Philly I had a tough swim and again my run was difficult although improved from columbia. I had a great time on the bike course. Dave Greenfield from Elite bicycles and his awesome team were such a great support system and motivator in Philly. I always feel strong on the bike because they built my Elite bike to fit my body. Thanks to Elite I love riding so much more and training on the bike has become my favorite thing to do because I am so comfortable.
Earlier in the year I did Ironman China and had a blast! My friend Todd and Clay were fun to be around and we all supported each others race efforts. At the end of the day it was all worth it. It was a great exsperience and I got a Hawaii slot too. After I raced columbia I decided I missed focusing on shorter distances. My coach and sponsors are very supportive of me not doing IM Hawaii this year so I am going to take a little break from IM. China was enough for me for 2008:)
I took a month off after IM China because the heat, time change and physical shock to my body was exhausting. I only trained about 6-8 weeks for China and was just glad to finish injury free. However I did suffer repercussions such as fatigue, lack of speed and just mental tiredness. The 12hr time change out there was tough to get used to before the race and even harder coming back. To top it all off I traveled to St. Croix for my frends wedding a week after China. When I got back from St. Croix columbia triathlon came 2 weeks later. I defintely enjoyed the race and competition but when I finished I knew I had a lot of work to do to get my run speed back.
I have to say my coach Joanna has been very encouraging and is giving me the right kind of workouts. They are very hard and make me curse her name sometimes but she knows all this:) My speed gets better with each coming week and track session. I am excited and feel as though this year has been a great exsperience so far with learning my bodies reaction to specific training and racing. It really helps my clients too because I can relate to their training responses in many cases and help to guide them through the ups and downs of triathlon training.
Next is 1/2 ironman Rhode island on July 13th. Todd Crandell from racing for recovery will be out there racing too so look for him. I am excited to go out and really push myself. I have some clients getting ready for IM Lake Placid, IM Kentucky and some other great events. I invite all my clients and friends to write on my blog. Feel free to leave comments and ask questions.
KI you are doing so well with your training and Lake Placid is gonna be a great 1st IM for you. I am excited to hear from my clients and friends so keep me updated from your end too. That is a big part of what motivates me to want to do well so I want to hear about your adventures.
I will update everyone soon!:) Bye for now.