California On My Mind

So on Sunday I went to my blog and saw something that I very rarely look at.  What I saw was the 70.3 Oceanside countdown.  I have not paid attention to this very much because of the DRC 1/2 Marathon and the Dallas White Rock Marathon.  My coach emailed me a couple of weeks ago to tell me that the training was going to ramp up because California was coming up.  It still never dawned on me what that meant.

Then the number finally hit home.  On Sunday I saw 98.  As in 98 days away.  I was 14 weeks away from racing in my first 70.3 race.  I was 14 weeks away from going from an aspiring triathlete to a half-triathlete (not true as I’m a triathlete now but the enormity of the feat just hit me that way.)

Now I am not one to get nervous about these things as I have planned for it.  I have been training for it.  I put myself in a position to succeed.  It’s what I do, but the days were for some reason just staring me in the face.  Derek and Mandy (check out their blogs – super cool people doing super cool things) have had a countdown for IMLP going for sometime and I thought it was great.  I have had this countdown on my blog for sometime and it helps to alert you when the race is coming up but it finally spoke to me.

So for the past three days I have been California Dreamin’.  I even changed the background on my blog to what I believe resembles the coast in Oceanside the morning of the race.  This whole race has changed my view of training.  Before it was like I knew I was training for this race, but now each session means more.  To me it means going faster than the guy sleeping in.  To me it means going longer than the other guy just going through the paces.  To me it means pushing my body to the next level.  To me it means pushing my mind to places I never thought existed.  I am honing my craft and my craft is my mind/body connection to not just complete the event but to COMPETE in the race.  Am I dreamin’ that I can win….absolutely not, but what I’m dreamin’ is that I am going to be the best I can be on that day and I will not accept other options.  Failure is not an option.  Coasting is not an option.  I signed up to compete and compete I will.

On the home page of the 70.3 California website is the following description:
Athletes will enjoy the calm waters of the 1.2-mile swim course in Oceanside Harbor, the tough one-loop, 56-mile bike course that includes the coastal beauty of San Clemente State Park and the challenging inland hills of Camp Pendleton 13.1-mile run through the coastal neighborhoods of Oceanside.

The 1.2 mile swim starts with a wave start and I have 1 hour and 10 minutes to complete the swim.  The 56 mile bike is 1 loop with a 4 hour and 20 minute cut-off.  The 13.1 mile run is 2 loops with a cut-off of 3 hours.  Total time to complete the race is 8 hours and 30 minutes.
 
My training has gotten me to the point that I know I have the endurance to complete this race today.  What I also know is that the training has ramped up to the point of pushing my body further and further.  Coach was not lying when she told me it was going to get harder.  It has gotten to the point that I almost lost my lunch twice in the past week.  Once during 12×400 repeats at a once unthought of pace of 6:00-6:06/mile and once during a 2 hour trainer ride where I was pushing the RPMs higher and higher.  Today may be the third time that this happens because I have 6z800 repeats at a pace of 6:15/mile.
 
All of this being said I am loving it.  I am loving the fact that my body is responding to this training by being able to go faster, harder and longer (insert joke here.)  I am loving the fact that I look forward to swim training now.  This has been a breakthrough week for me.  A week in which I say….who cares if you throw up?  Are your competitors throwing up or are they eating cookies and cake and candy and sleeping in because it’s the holidays?

There is no substitute  for hard work.  There is no magic pill (Thanks Jon) to getting faster.  There is no more powerful muscle in the human body than the mind…..as the mind goes so does the body.  My mind is being trained just as much as my body.

So as I continue to dream and visualize the race I will leave you with this:

or maybe this is more your style:

Maybe something more modern:

  No matter your style and flair just know that I got California On My Mind….

pf button both California On My Mind

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  • Mamarunsbarefoot

    If I was you that is all I would be able to think about!! 94 days!!! I'll be doing my first half IM in August. Yeah for you!

  • Julie

    Your blog background looks like it would be a most amazing start to a race!!…or any day for that matter :-)

  • Kovas Palubinskas

    Nice to hear you are redy now and will be improving up until the race! Enjoy the buildup.

  • Jen

    Holy crap! Less than 100 days (94:07:18 as I write this to be exact!)

    I'm sooooo excited for you!! Stotan friend march forward to victory!

    Ironically, I'm California dreamin' too – for my RNR San Diego mary ;)

  • Caratunk Girl

    94 days!! WOOT! That is so awesome!! You are going to do great, just keep up the hard work! Isn't it awesome to see your gains?

    Thanks for the mention, BTW!

  • Jon

    Awesome that your first HIM is starting to enter the radar. Have conversations with your coach regarding nutrition and start practicing your RACE DAY NUTRITION NOW! Sprint and Olympics can be finished on water, but the HIM is when nutrition can make or break your day.

    A good test for your nutrition is the race pace 56 mile bike/5K hard run brick workout. If you finish that 5K and you are still feeling good, that means you ate properly on the bike. But then you need to start eating for the rest of the run.

    Good luck! The HIM is my favorite distance.

  • ShutUpandRun

    Wow at first I thought I was on the beach when I got to your blog this morning…

    It will be inspiring to read about your training and then how you KILL this race in 94 days. Because you will!!

    Here's hoping for no Espresso flavored anything at mile 70.2.

    Thanks for your awesome, awesome comment yesterday. "All that being said there will be witnesses. At least one and that one is me. I will be with you every step of the way. I will not offer advice but encouragement. I will not be a know it all but a motivator. I will not be the person who has all the answers but instead an inspiration to you."

    You have no idea how much it meant to me!

  • Lesley @ racingitoff.com

    You are going to rock it… no question. You are one of the most determined people I've had the pleasure of meeting. You not only put in the hours and the miles, but you do it smiling. Can't wait to virtually cheer you on in 94 days! (Is Karen going to travel out there with you?)

  • DRog

    Sub 100 days! woo hoo!!
    next 14 weeks will be awesome training:)

    70.3 in Oceanside Cali is gonna be unnnnnnba awesome!

    Derek

  • TRI714

    As always I'll keep an eye out to the date. I plan on being down there as a spectator,as they needed no more volunteers as of a month ago I checked. That could change coming closer to the race date as peoples lives change. But Ill keep an eye out for your bib number and cheer you on.

  • Johann

    Great things to have on your mind! You are so positive you've won the difficult part already. If the mind is right the body will follow. All the best with your training!

  • Aimee

    Woohoo! Only 94 more days! I'm glad to hear that you are liking your training! You are going to be so ready come race day!!

  • misszippy

    You are already well on your way, so this race will be yours! It's an awesome distance; you'll love it.

  • Jason

    Jon – we have been practicing nutrition since October. Changes here and there to tweak it but I think I have a solid plan so far. Of course that could change at any moment.

    Leslie – Yes Karen is coming. So is my Mom and her fiance. Very excited about that.

    TRI – that would be awesome to see you down there.

    Everybody else – thanks for the encouragement and great words. I am excited about the race. The first step of many on my way to 140.6 in 2012.

  • RockStarTri

    Your blog background is much choppier than it will be for your race. I'm sure of it.

    PS: If you find that magic pill, you must share. In the meantime we'll all have to do the work.

  • Detroit Runner

    I've heard this is the toughest of the half ironmans. Good luck on it. It always comes faster than we like.

  • Jill

    WOOHOOOO!!! California here you come – and you're going to be totally ready – mind, body and spirit!!!

  • Shannon (IronTexasMommy)

    You're going to kill it. How do I know this?

    Because…

    Wait for it……

    YOUARE A MACHINE!! :)

  • Jeff – DangleTheCarrot

    Damn that is right around the corner! Keep on hammering the bike and you got this!

  • Terri

    I am loving it! :) It's so great to read your posts because you're so enthusiastic about hard work and training – you are an inspiration!

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