Normally my triathlon season ends at the end of either September or August.
This year? The end of July! What do I do with myself for the next 4-5 months?!?!? (get fat?)
Fortunately I got an "in" to the NYC Marathon a few seasons ago and put it off until now. Phew! Motivation. Also, holy crap my first stand alone Marathon!
And I will let you in on a little secret: I HAVE NO CORE!
So marathon and no core? What does that mean?
Run focus and strength training! Sayonara pool and bike! (Well, not completely, but it will def be taking a back seat to recovery and XTraining)
Running a 4:34 for my first "Marathon" at IM Lake Placid is fine. Really, its fine! I swear! Don't believe me? You should! Why don't you believe me? I told you it was fine!
OK FINE! I want some fricking revenge and I am NOT satisfied. THERE! I said it...Happy now?
So here goes the rest of my season.
First, strength training:
I drank the Kool Aid and spent way too much money on some nylon bands I prolly could have bought at Home Depot for $5. I went with TRX. It is simple and can work anymore, especially with the door attachment. Also, I don't want to get huge. I just want to get toned.
The downside to strength training is that it can get repetitive quick, like swimming in the pool. SO! To spice things up further, I have three different strength training routines now: #1: TRX. #2: Kettlebells (aka another form of OUCH) and #3: Your standard free weights on a bench circuit. I hope to strength train 3 times a week (because it is different and I like different) and do each routine once a week.
#1 goal for strength training? DON'T GET HUGE! Stay lean. Stay lean.
As for running, I am keeping the racing to a minimum again and focusing on some key races.
Sept 17th, NYRR Fitness Body and Mind 4 Miler. Why? I haven't ran "fast" since June 5th when I had the race of my life at Tri Ridgefield. This will be my first "speed" running race since March and will be a good "break in" race for me. (are you loving me quoting everything?)
Oct 1st, NYRR Greta's Great Gallop Half Marathon. Why? This will be my first "long" distance running race since March and my first stand alone Half Marathon in 18 months. Yes! 18 months! (done plenty in HIM's during that same period) I have a Half Marathon PR of 1:45:xx and its time that this baby goes DOWN.
Nov 6th, NYC Marathon. Why? Because this is the goal!
And from Nov 6th until January 2nd, I am getting fat! :)