It’s pretty amazing that I am at the point where I actually WANT to have a season in review. I’m at the stage in my triathlon career where I have ridden the wave of euphoria just about as far as it is going to go. The newness, the excitement of something new, is not that big a part of what I do now. The onus is on me to keep the excitement alive and find new ways to stay invigorated.
I feel like I had been training all year. A big race in May will do that to you. I started swimming in January, running, and riding the trainer as well. I didn’t have any lofty goals. I wanted to do three half Ironmans and one Ironman. I would have liked to go sub-6 in a half Ironman, and under 13 in the Ironman, but time goals are subject to so many different factors.
My first race of the season, Rev3 Knoxville, was a disappointment to say the least. I was over weight, undertrained, and my expectations were way too high. The hills of Tennessee have a way of correcting expectations. Going into survival mode at a race of any distance is about as low as you can go, and still have fun :-)
Next up on my agenda… Eagleman 70.3 I had originally intended to do this race, then backed out to support Dee Dee, only to take up the reins when she had to drop out due to her mother’s illness. Given the course, this was my best chance at going sub-6. Yea, the weather has a way of correcting expectations, LOL… I remember the disappointment looking at my watch after the swim and seeing my worse swim time ever, then the satisfaction I felt of having my fastest half Ironman bike split ever. Then, the heat drained me on the run, and I was back in survival mode.
The week after Eagleman, I did Callaway Garden’s Super Sprint for fun. Good thing too, as I had my worst time ever. It’s hard letting go of the digits, but I just wasn’t feeling it.
Cohutta Springs is officially my redemption tri! LOL… I’m probably setting myself up for failure next year. Every year I go there, I have such a blast, and I never worry about my time. Perhaps that’s a clue?!?
Finally, Ironman Arizona. The Ironman is such a beast. Finishing, is in itself, a great victory. I' know that I’ll do better someday, and I’m totally not worried about it.
So, in review… I did two half Ironmans and a full. I had to settle for Cohutta Springs because the cost of another half Ironman just wasn’t in my budget. I didn’t PR any of my race distances, although I did have a course PR at Cohutta, a bike split PR at Eagleman, and marathon PR at Ironman Arizona, even if it WAS only six seconds! HA!
With all that said, I didn’t meet ANY of my time goals for 2010. My goals have not been unreasonable, but they have been rather obtuse. I kinda said, let’s train this way and see if I can hit my goals. Well, that didn’t’ work out so well. What I did learn is that I did not train nearly enough for any of my half Ironmans. Training for Ironman Arizona has shown me the way. It also taught me much about the difference between being a self coached athlete and a coach coached athlete. These are all things that are so very important for the future.
I’m at this point in my career where there is this huge gap between how fast I can get and where I currently am. This gap is shrinking due to age. My goal has to be to close this gap from the bottom, faster than age is closing it from the top.
In my next post, I’ll talk about a little bit about what I have planned for 2011!