Thursday, January 17, 2013

This is harder than I thought

At last writing, I'd ranted about not doing triathlon this year. Or more aptly stated: NO MULTI-SPORT.

Now, I'm at the point of trying to figure out what I do in regards to a few races coming up. I have a 10 mile race in about 4 weeks. There's just no way I'm going to be ready for it. Likewise, there is a race on Saturday (5 miles). I'm debating whether or not I should do it.

Why wouldn't I do it:
1.) I don't feel ready to race. Do I go to a race just to run casually?
2.) It's a 45 minute drive. I could run 5 miles from my house and save a 90 minute commute.

Why would I do it:
1.) Go to the race just to run casually.
2.) Give me a different route to run
3.) It's going to be a pretty nice day, and the race would be done by 11am.

My problem is that I sort of got wrapped up in this whole "swim focus" thing, which I stopped immediately after doing it for one week.

I realized:
1.) I am just not someone who has any desire to go to the pool 5 or 6 times a week.
2.) I HATED it. HATE it. This is from someone who loves (well used to love) swimming.

That's when I realized that I'm just not a cookie cutter athlete. Let everyone else fill their time with swim, bike, run focus.

Me? I need more variety.

By the way, this is precisely why I don't run marathons. I simply cannot run 5-6 times per week. The thought of taking up an entire Sunday with a run that lasts for hours? Well, that's just makes me want to hurl.

Different strokes.

But, I digress.

SO.....I cleared out my calendar, but now I'm quite stuck. I'm thinking 2 swims, 3 bikes and 3 runs per week  plus my strength workouts (5 days) should be good. With some maneuvering, I can make it so that I'm doing 2 activities a day, at about 2 hours in total, per day.

For me, that's just about perfect.

I can skip the 10 mile race, which will be disappointing, but what can you do? Then, I can really prepare to run my March 7k hard. I would like to beat last year's time.

There ya go. I think I just figured it out.