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I don’t WANNA be out there that long!

So I’m adding it up in my head, just estimates for times for all three legs of Wildflower, and I’m thinking, wow, 4 hrs at least. (And again, we’re talking Oly, not long, course.)

I don’t want to be out there that long.

I’m sure that’s a realization that comes to every slow triathlete or runner. Yeah, I’ve finished 2 marathons, and I was out there over 6 1/2 hrs.. Per marathon, not total, mind you. It gets old.

The only good thing is that I fully believe I can and will get better, if nothing else because of sheer stubborness, as long as I keep up with my training. I’m nowhere near the point where I have to figure out all sorts of esoteric workouts to improve. Just doing it will make me improve.

I can tell I’m becoming a better runner. I am also becoming more aware of what is an easy, moderate or hard pace for me; how far I can go at that pace; and so on. And my easy pace is faster than it used to be.

This morning’s run on the Strand (about 4.5 miles, including ending up a hill — admittedly you start by going down that same hill), I caught up to my husband at the end (he’s slow, too, but faster than me overall). I cut down one of my walk breaks* and ran more time and pushed myself (huffing and puffing to an observer; to me, I was just timing my breaths with my strides and exhaling forcefully) just because, damn it, I WANTED TO CATCH HIM.

The sad thing is, if I didn’t take walk breaks, if I could maintain my pace, I’m faster than him. I think as I consistently increase the run portion, and as my endurance improves, I’ll get to that point. And honestly, I think I could do longer time on the run at the same pace I’m doing the majority of those intervals (but not at the ‘I’m trying to catch Dave’ pace). So next week sometime I’ll be increasing the run time.

Watch out, hon!

*I have to admit that when I’m doing those run: walk intervals, those times are SACROSANCT. I live for the beeping of my watch, signalling those intervals. Currently I’m still at run 4, walk 2.

6 comments… add one
  • nancytoby December 4, 2005, 7:06 pm

    Try not to think about the whole time! It freaks me out too. This is like the recent discussion over at the Kahuna’s blog. If you know you can do each discipline in the alloted time, then just do it! I have to force myself NOT to think of the whole distance of a marathon, etc., just think about the next mile. THAT I can do! Staying in the moment was some of the best triathlon advice I ever got. That will get you through it!

  • Steph December 4, 2005, 7:31 pm

    Thanks Nancy! Between the Kahuna’s blog, a race report by Jayne (AKA slow fat triathlete) on Wildflower, and just fretting, I’ve got myself going. But hopefully I can channel that in a good way!

  • Mica December 5, 2005, 8:31 am

    Keep up your base training and your easy pace will get faster and faster! And don’t forget that adrenaline on race day always makes you go faster.

  • Cliff December 5, 2005, 11:53 am

    Whenever I stop for a walking break, I concentrate on getting my HR back down. I then work on getting my hydration in and breathe slowly….next thing i know..i am done my walking break and start pounding again.

  • Flo December 5, 2005, 12:09 pm

    Nancy has a good point; focus on the next thing not the total thing. I’m a very slow triathlete also (who is determined to get faster!!!) and that’s how I handle it; the swim, T1, the bike, T2, the run, the finish line. I’m doing a marathon on Sunday and due to injuries a couple months ago and a cold last week I’m going to be around 6 1/2 hours too. So just keep plugging along and know there are other plodders out there with you….

  • KLN December 10, 2005, 6:55 pm

    Yet another very slow triathlete (especially the running part) checking in. Hang in there, keep working, and you *will* get faster.

    I’m looking at 4 hours for my first Oly next year, and I’m become totally intimidated. Hopefully, its a phase that will pass quickly!

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