I alluded to it on Instagram the other day, but I’ve got my next fitness goal! Last year was a big year on the fitness front, and I have a feeling that 2017 will be, too. I’m sure something else will pop up between now and June, but the big thing I’m really focusing on is a massive PR at the 2017 Grand Rapids Sprint Triathlon!
This year, I went into the race pitifully undertrained. (Not to mention, carrying 10-15 pounds more than I’m comfortable with.) I hadn’t been in the pool at all. The only time in the saddle was on a bike at the gym. I ran sporadically, at best. My goal was truly to make it across the finish line in one piece, and not dead last as an added bonus. With a wish and a prayer, I did it. Oh my word, that finish line was beautiful. I don’t recommend this training plan to anyone.
For most of the year, I’ve felt very lost in terms of goals and what I want to work towards next. It impacted my workout schedules and my race plans, resulting in fewer races this year than any year since I started running. My budget was happier about this, but my waistline was not.
Knowing that I went into this race with, at best, minimal training, I honestly didn’t stress too much about the time. I knew if I went all out, I was risking injury. I stopped to tread water and catch my breath when I needed to. The transition areas felt relaxed. I walked a chunk of the run. As a result, my times for this year are respectable, and more importantly, PR-able.
Swim (600 meters): 21:53
Transition 1: 5:56
Bike (20k): 51:11
Transition 2: 4:27
Run (5k): 38:35
Finish time: 2:02:05
So, a “massive PR” is a bit vague for a goal, right? My original thought was to place in my age group, but based on this year’s results, that would require about at 1:15:00 finish. Doable? Maybe. But, that’s a big maybe. Let’s be honest, I’m stubborn and dream big, so that may still be in the back of my mind in the coming months.
A slightly more realistic goal that I’m actually aiming for is a 1:30:00 finish. It will still be a lot of work to cut just over half an hour off my time. But, for the first time in a long time, I’m so fired up to actually have a goal! Bigger than the finishing time is how I feel going into the race. I don’t want to feel under trained and just trying to get across the finish line. Don’t get me wrong, I fully believe that the finish line is a huge accomplishment! But, I’m not doing myself any favors approaching race day the way I did this year.
Simply by hustling through transition, I know I can take a couple minutes off right there. But, the bigger reality is that going into race day well-trained and ready to rock will make an incredible difference. I’m focused and determined. I have a vision to be my healthiest, fittest self. I am ready to feel like an athlete again.
In terms of other races for next year, I am already registered for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Half Marathon at the end of April. As of now, I don’t see it as a race where a PR is a viable option. I don’t anticipate the hills of Tennessee making this an easy race for me. As easy as 13.1 miles will ever be for me. But, who knows what will happen between now and then? I’m back in a mindset to fight for myself and my vision.