The question is: will this make me faster?

Ankeny,IA 
Today
Sunny High 73FLow 54F
  • Temp: 47F
  • Hum: 56%
  • W: 11mph SSE
SUNDAY
Light rain shower
High 74F
Low 56F
MONDAY
Sunny
High 72F
Low 46F
TUESDAY
Sunny
High 69F
Low 39F
WEDNESDAY
Heavy rain at times
High 71F
Low 55F

Sunday - October 21

Run
  • 1h 35m 57s
  • 13.10 miles
  • 07m 19s /Mi
What a day. I don't know how to feel about this run just yet. On the one hand, I missed my target time by about 4 minutes. To me that seems like a lot, but now that I type it, 4 minutes isn't that much. On the other hand, I set a new PR (under race conditions) by 16 minutes. That seems like a lot. I'll have to keep thinking about it. The weather was a bit warmer than I'd like (60-65), and it was a little breezy, but that is not an excuse. That may cost me, what, like 1-2 minutes. The first mile was too fast as it always is, but not by much. 6:52. I was hoping for 7 minute pace, so I backed off, and the second mile was 7:10. Perfect. Third mile was 7:16, which was a little too slow, but we did go up a hill. Mile 4 was 7:06. Cumulative at this point was 28:24. I could tell that 7-minute pace wasn't going to be realistic, so I changed to have a goal of 7:08-7:10 or so, which would put me at about 1:33, which is what I predicted in registration. I don't remember all my splits exactly, but they went something like this: Mile 5 - 7:16 (35:40) 6 - 7:20 (43:00) 7 - 7:15 (50:15) 8 - 7:22 (57:37) 9 - 7:23 (1:05:00) 10 - 7:30 (1:12:30) 11 - 7:19 (1:19:49) 12 - 7:49 (1:27:38) (big hill) 13 - 7:37 (1:35:15) final time 1:35:57 I could tell I was slowing badly at about mile 8. I was just hanging on as best as I could from there. I really hit the wall at about mile 11. Obviously, I am a little disappointed that I couldn't keep up 7-minute pace, but I'm OK. Overall, it was a good run, and I don't think I could have done much better (didn't leave anything on the table). Besides, if I hit all my goals now, I'd have nothing to shoot for next time! 16/118 AG 78/878 men 92/2461 overall

  • Health data: Sleep: 4 Stress: 4 Soreness: 4 Fatigue: 1 Sick: 1 Overall Workout: 5

Saturday - October 20

Looking good, Billy Ray!...Feeling good, Lewis! I went downtown to get my "packet" for the half for tomorrow. Registration was at the Convention Center, same as for the Hy-Vee Tri. There was a sports & fitness expo going on, which I think mostly consisted of local shops with stands selling shoes, gear, food, etc. Registration was very easy - no lines, no pre-race meetings like for Hy-Vee. Don't get me wrong, I didn't mind the pre-race stuff back in June, considering it was the first time any of us had done a tri. But this time it was very smooth. I could have been in and out in literally two minutes if I wanted. One of the booths was for Hy-Vee, so I stopped by. If you fill out a survey, you get your choice of a hat or t-shirt. The hat was the same one we got for competing. So I got the shirt. It's the black shirt with the "swim bike run" Hy-Vee logo. I also asked about the USAT membership, to see if there was a discount. The guys didn't know, but they said they'd call me when they find out. I think I'll get up around 6:15 or 6:30 tomorrow, have a powerbar and some gatorade and head out. I'm parking at the hospital ramp, so I won't have to worry about finding a spot. It's about 3/4 of a mile to the start (8AM), so I'll just use that as my warmup.

  • Health data: Sleep: 5 Stress: 3 Soreness: 4 Sick: 1

Friday - October 19

Rest day. I don't plan to run again until Sunday morning. I want my legs to be as fresh as possible. I don't have much concern from a cardio standpoint, it's more of the leg strength and endurance that worries me. Ideally, I would have done more long runs in the 10-15 mile range to truly prepare to race 13 miles. But seeing as how I only decided about 2 months ago to increase my endurance to train for this, I didn't get that done. The first time I ran a half, I ran 1:51. At that time I was only worried about being able to finish. That is not something I'm worried about anymore. The glory of completing the distance is for first-timers, IMO. Don't get me wrong, it's an accomplishment. It's just that I have loftier expectations after the training I've done over the past 10 months. Hopefully everything comes together the way I'm hoping on Sunday.

  • Health data: Sleep: 3 Stress: 2 Soreness: 2 Sick: 1

Thursday - October 18

Run
  • 28m 48s
  • 4.00 miles
  • 07m 12s /Mi
Nice and smooth this morning. I barely looked at my watch, trying to gauge my speed mostly on feel. I tend to go a little too slowly when I do that, as my first mile was at 7:39. Rather than try to make up for lost time and finish with an average of 7:00, I just increased the intensity slightly to get the last 3 miles at 7:00 average. This just kind of felt like a systems check, making sure everything feels good 3 days before the race. Everything is a go as of now.

  • Health data: Sleep: 3 Stress: 3 Soreness: 4 Fatigue: 5 Sick: 1 Overall Workout: 3

Wednesday - October 17

Swimming didn't happen. I woke up with a headache and a sore back again. I'm pretty sure the headache is from too much caffeine. The back has me puzzled. It did improve after some ibuprofen and just moving around. I think I'll just take today off again and try to do a short run tomorrow morning.

  • Health data: Sleep: 3 Stress: 4 Soreness: 4 Sick: 2

Tuesday - October 16

Another day off today. Legs are just a little sore, but it's just the usual post-run stiffness. Plan to swim tomorrow.

  • Health data: Sleep: 3 Stress: 3 Soreness: 3 Sick: 1

Monday - October 15

Run
  • 26m 58s
  • 4.00 miles
  • 06m 44s /Mi
Wet and dreary day outside today. Typical October Monday. A long day at work, followed by Voters Assembly at church, meant I was forced to the treadmill. It was actually OK, as I got to watch the MNF game. DVR is great - I can watch an entire game in about an hour and a half if I skip all the commercials and halftime. If I skip all the down time between plays, it actually cuts it down to about an hour, or even less. Anyway, I did 8.6 MPH, which is rihgt about 7-minute pace, with 1/4 mile accelerations at 10 MPH. Knees felt fine. Back feels fine. This was a comfortably intense workout, if that makes any sense. I'll still probably take tomorrow off, plan to get to the pool on Wed., then do a 3-4 mile steady pace run on Thursday. So far, so good.

  • Health data: Sleep: 3 Stress: 3 Soreness: 3 Fatigue: 3 Sick: 1 Overall Workout: 3

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