Wow, that didn’t take long, it seems like I was just standing in line signing up!
Fortunately, although I haven’t been pounding a ton of super-hard workouts yet, I have been making productive progress.
The most progress has been in the pool. I jumped in on November 7th, and have worked my way perhaps from “splashy” to “slippery”; yesterday I clocked my mile time about 7 minutes faster than when I started. At this pace, I’ll be out of the water with 50 minutes to spare. Now it’s a matter of keeping my shoulders healthy, slowly building up the distance, and adding some tougher speed intervals. I’m looking forward to adding lake workouts and a wetsuit in the early summer.
The bike – as with many triathletes, this is probably my favorite. And fortunately, because it’s the longest part of the race. Triathlete magazine just ran a page description of each IM course for 2009, and described Wisconsin’s bike as “extremely hilly.” I thought hmph, it didn’t seem that hilly to me! I think this is a good indicator of my love for climbing, which goes a long way for riding in Wisconsin. Using the Powercranks Jon leant me is training my muscles to be strong and efficient, and I look forward to trying them out on the open road once spring comes. Race wheels too? We’ll see how the budget looks mid-season…
And on the run, I’ve decided to run the Madison Marathon on May 24th, so I’ve been training with the current group of Team in Training participants who are training for the Seattle, San Diego, and Anchorage marathons in June. I love spending time with the new runners as they begin this crazy journey! My legs are feeling pretty fresh and strong lately, so I’ll continue to work up the miles for another cycle this spring.
Finally, fundraising. This has never been all about me, it’s been about curing cancer – that simple. So as I was getting ready for the season ahead and Brianna from the LLS office approached me with a nomination for their “Man and Woman of the Year” campaign, I couldn’t say no. A moment later, I had doubled my annual fundraising goal, and was signed up to work even harder this year, to work even harder at an important goal. I’ve brought in several hundred so far as I start ramping up. Each person, one donation this year, any amount. Click when you’re ready.
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