What’s Next & Where I’ve Been

After posting multiple times a week for months, it feels weird to just go silent here for weeks on end. I have written some really great blogs in my head during runs or in the pool over the last few weeks and then I get home and just never get the words from my head to my computer screen. But it doesn’t mean I haven’t been training (I have!) and it doesn’t mean there is nothing interesting to share (There is!).

But since all those really witty posts (<–sarcasm) that I have written in my head are now long forgotten, let’s just start with what the heck I am training for.

First up: ITU World Triathlon Chicago (Olympic Distance) on June 29th.

ITU

I registered for this race the day it opened last August because it was relatively cheap (at the time) and I was excited to do a race right in my own front yard. Plus it was advertised as the same course for ITU Age Group World Championships in 2015. So if by some miracle I qualify, I would get a firsthand opportunity to preview the course.

Speaking of the course…they finally posted maps about a month ago. And um, let’s just say that I am less than impressed.

ITU course

For those of you not well-versed in triathlon…that yellow line is the bike course. I spy 3 u-turns and 4 hard corner turns x 4 loops. This country-road {barely} turned city rider, DOES NOT corner well. I am also curious to see how they enforce the USAT no drafting rules on such a tight multi-loop course. My prediction is that it will be a nightmare.

I had also hoped that this would be a potential 10k PR since I was only 30 seconds shy of mine off the bike at Nationals last year, but with 3.5 loops of the run course, I predict it will be a shit show too.

I will go out {and be very careful}, knowing it will be a slow day and use it as a good chance to prepare for the next little race on my schedule…

usat nationals logo

I loved this race last year and I am excited to go back to Milwaukee with Char to race it again. It is my goal tri for the summer and I am hoping to finally break 2:20 in the Olympic. Then we plan to break our PR from last year in Milwaukee brewery hopping and cheese curd eating.

It will be a bit of a balancing act training for Nationals while I am also training for my BIG fall goal race.

chicago image

I couldn’t be more excited for the Chicago Marathon. I already get butterflies thinking about it. I will be sharing the streets of this city I adore with many friends and I am hoping for a magical (and cool) day. I am also excited to host a few of those friends for the weekend and share in the excitement together.

So where does that leave training now?

Once I finally bounced back from the destruction to my body caused by Boston, I hit the ground running…literally. I took things super easy for about a month, but once my body got over the recovery plateau, I felt fantastic. So great, in fact, that it is a little scary for me to talk about it because I am afraid to jinx myself. Maybe it’s the absence of the brutally cold temps from the winter or the rewards of strength training, but some of the nagging pains that I have had for a few years are nearly non-existent. I feel like I haven’t lost much (if any) fitness through taper and recovery and I was back up to nearly 40-mile weeks at 18-20 weeks out from the race. This is a mileage point that I didn’t hit until 13-14 weeks out from Boston.

That is all good news. But one thing I am trying to be very careful about is not letting my body get too worn down. Like I mentioned, on top of running mileage, I am also swimming and biking and trying to keep up with a little bit of strength. It was overwhelming at the start to say the least, but I think I now have a routine that works and feel like I found a good balance. I think my body has re-adjusted to two-a-days, so the next step is getting the hunger under control!

To add more complexity to this whole thing? I spent the last few weeks in Virginia where I got smacked in the face with heat, humidity and HILLZ. While I thoroughly enjoyed miles and miles of open roads to ride on just out the front door…

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the relentless up and down of those roads was a bit challenging at first. My legs finally started to adjust just in time to have a scary bike mechanical problem that left me stranded on the side of the road with no one within an hour’s drive to pick me up.

bikefail

Derailleurs should not be in between wheel spokes.

Luckily a female construction worker and her big truck came to my rescue and now the BMC is at the bike hospital on the transplant list for a new derailleur and hanger. I will be headed back to Virginia later this week so I hope to get the bike back for a few rides before I trek off to Europe for a 2 week business trip. If not, I will at least be working with this view for a few more days.

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and of course enjoying the built in hill work that will no doubt pay off come October in Chicago.

Happy (AND SAFE) running (and swimming/biking) to everyone. I hope to be back sooner than later with more training and life updates!

About Corey

I am a 30-something swim, bike, run addict married to my best friend and in love with my two schnoodle doggies.
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5 Responses to What’s Next & Where I’ve Been

  1. evamadera says:

    So glad that you’re feeling back to yourself and pumped for training! It really is the best feeling. :) Can’t wait to read about your training as often (or not :D) as you post.

  2. You’ve got an exciting few months lined up! Hard corner turns in a bike part definitely don’t sound like fun….who would do that? I can’t wait for Chicago and am so excited for it! I hope I get to see you again :)

  3. What the heck on your bike?? How does that even happen? (asking mostly because if it’s random on a bike it will likely happen to me- hello, my tire exploded on the bike hanger 2 years ago!) Also, totally jealous of your work view- gorgeous! I know you will have an amazing race in Milwaukee and Chicago will be the icing on the cake for the year! Can’t wait!!!

  4. elizabeth says:

    yay! I’ve missed you! Now that i’ve actually SEEN a triathlon, this stuff makes way more sense. I’m sensing big things for you this year! :) When is Europe? We need a damn phone date. I can’t keep up with you…

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