Monday, January 3, 2011

Welcome to the Double Jogger Diaries!

I wanted to welcome everyone to my new training specific blog. For 2010, I was blogging for Team Compex approximately once per week on my training and race experiences with their product. I really enjoyed blogging for Team Compex, and would like to have my own home for my race recaps and training adventures.

2010 Summary:
Last year was really a great year for me. I was sponsored by both Team Marathon and Team Compex, and was able to work out with Triathletes in Action on a regular basis, the tri club I joined in 2009.

Triathlon- It was my second year of triathlons. I made huge strides since last year when I could barely swim and my main bike training was for mountain bike races. I was able to achieve the goal of completing an Olympic distance triathlon. I did the Island Lake Triathlon on May 29, 2010. I also completed the T-Rex Sprint Series, finishing 2nd in my age group for the series. I finished my final sprint tri within the criteria to start as "elite" status for next year, achieving my stretch goal for the season.
Island Lake Tri (Olympic) 5/29/2010 3:02:35
Triceratops Tri (Sprint) 6/23/2010 1:25:51
Pterodactyl Tri (Sprint)
T-Rex Tri (Sprint) 8/18/2010 1:21:42

Mountain Biking- I completed 2 mountain bike races. My team, the Tu N Tu Bellas, took 2nd in the Open Sport Women category, however, I sprained my ankle during the race which put a kink in my running season. I also placed second in my age and the beginner class in the Maybury Time Trial, receiving a monetary award for my class placement, my first cash payout!

Running- I had a great running season, however the mountain bike injury made it hard to feel successful as I was unable to run a fall marathon, so I was unable to try to qualify for Boston. I had a hard time finding peace with this, and the fact that Boston filled so quickly did convince me that it was the right decision to wait until next year, and not try to find a Nov or Dec race in hopes of still qualifying.

April 10, 2010 Martian Half Marathon, PR 1:42:21 5th in my age group
April 28, 2010 Run Fit 5K INSANE PR 21:19, 2nd in age group
May 1, 2010 Live Like Andi 10K PR 46:15, 1st in age, 2nd female
June - Ford Corporate Cup Relays- did the 10K and then 5K, no PRs here, but great day for racing 9 miles.
September 13, 2010 Martha Stewart Fun Run- no times or places
October 3, 2010 Brooksie Way Half Marathon PR 1:42:08 5th place age
November 17, 2010 Hines Drive Lightfest 8K no times or places, about 40:22 mins
November 25, 2010 Pilgrim's Progress 4 Miler, PR 29:10

That wraps up my 2010. For 2011, I have two major goals. The first is to qualify for Boston with a time of 3:40 at the Martian Marathon on April 2, 2011. I would actually love to beat 3:40 comfortably, and shoot for a 3:30 pace to start, and see how it goes. I am on track with my marathon training so far, using a cross of Hal Higdon's novice and advanced training plans. My second goal is to complete a 70.3 distance triathlon. I have 2 races tentatively scheduled- Racing for Recovery on June 5th, 2011, and Ironman Steelhead 70.3 on August 14, 2011. Aside from the time goal on the marathon, I would like to be able to repeat another sub 22 5K, as well as improve on my swim in the sprint tri series. I feel like I am focusing more on increasing my endurance, and with that, hopefully I will gain some speed in the shorter races. The other big item of 2011 will be a move to Louisville KY for my husband's work. The details are not nailed down yet, but we do plan to be here through the Martian Marathon, so I can continue to train with my regular schedule until then. It is unclear how the move will affect the rest of my training due to the fact that I won't have anymore family to help with babysitting. I can swim at a gym and run with the stroller, but biking continues to be a challenge. My race schedule is fairly up in the air, although I will be coming back for at least one of the T-Rex races, and most likely the Tree Farm relay again.

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