I was recently approached about entering this sweepstakes and the opportunity to let you know about it. I replied back, in typical New York fashion, with how did you get my name and email? What is this about? I could have just deleted it but, a chance to run with the vein (check out the pic on Beth’s blog) and could not pass it up if there were even the remotest of chances.
The response I got back was that the company was Googling for runners and found my blog. That is good news and proves social media works right? We exchanged emails because I was interested in Dean’s training and how he does it. I am training (now tapering) for my first Half-Ironman on Saturday in Oceanside, CA and have put in 15-20 hour training weeks.
Is Dean’s training different in terms of time? Does he cross train? If so, what does he incorporate? Swimming and Biking as well as running? Is an easy run for him a 30 miler? Is it a 5K? Does he go through ups and downs like the rest of us? What does he eat? How does he fuel during his long runs?
I had so many questions and decided that I was just going to enter my name to run with him. How awesome would that be? Not only for me, but to have something else to share with Beth. See Beth and I are both bow-legged, have complete and total understanding of our spouses to our needs to write and run. We both work from home and there are so many other things but I am missing a picture of me with the vein.
Back to training for Oceanside. It has been a tremendous learning experience for me. Prior to hiring a coach and having a formal training plan, I would have a ‘structure’ set up but if I wanted to blow it off I did. It wasn’t until I hired Coach C that I felt accountable. Yes, I hold myself accountable but if I felt like doing 4 instead of 6 that is what I did. I never skipped a workout but I didn’t have an issue with cutting it short.
Competing in a Half-Ironman is not easy, but the training is harder. The race is my reward. I am up regularly at 3am to get in what I call Breakfast A. I then take a cat nap for 40-45 minutes and get up a 430-445a and head out the door for a 5a start to the day. I workout and workout hard, then get rewarded with Breakfast B. I plan my day ahead in terms of eating and around client meetings. I always have two to three pieces of fruit in my bag to help stave off any hunger and to do so in a healthy way. I also have a water bottle with me at all times and am constantly filling it up. By planning ahead I know I won’t be tempted to do something that will do more harm than good.
I have logged more miles in this past year in the water, on the bike and pounding the pavement. I know what it takes to compete at a half-ironman, and believe I have what it takes to train for a 140.6 distance race. The question I asked myself is what’s next? Can I do an ultra? If so, what distance? 50k? 100 miles? 24 hour? I am not sure but I do know that when I do find that race I will put forth all the effort and learning it takes to get there.
My goals when 2011 started were to compete at 70.3 Oceanside, 70.3 Austin and find a way to qualify for Boston at the same time. My goals for 2012 are to compete in 70.3 Puerto Rico and a late season 140.6. Those are not changing and I can do the training for them, but does that mean that the ultra waits until 2013? I am not a patient person when it comes to that so I need to find a way to get that in between all the other races. What would change for my training is what I wonder? Am I ready to tackle that distance? Is my fitness at a point that doing an ultra marathon is the next logical step?
I keep finding ways to challenge myself. Whether it be by starting a Television Channel on YouTube. Starting my own newspaper. Moving to Dallas without knowing anybody here to be with the woman I fell in love with. Life is about challenges and running an ultra-marathon is the next one in line for me.
Have you challenged yourself today? What are your goals for 2011? Do you have goals for 2012 already? Can you be better today than you were yesterday?
If you are interested in entering the sweepstakes to run with Dean, you can do so by reading these instructions and then entering using the provided URL.
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