Breaking news and breaking records

by hhf3

The breaking news is that we have officially determined what triathlon and what length we’re doing. After speaking with my one buddy last night, we decided on the sprint distance of the Cleveland Triathlon (my heat goes off at 7:25am on 2 Aug) as it minimizes the amount of time we have to spend in the disgusting waters by the E 9th Street Pier. I think I can handle the 10 or so minutes to swim a half mile in the flat water. Here’s to hoping I don’t finish having grown an extra limb or a third eye or something. The 16 mile bike course is entirely on the Shoreway… a highway! The 5k run is also mostly on the Shoreway as well. The race is a little over a month away. It’s time to start working on some speed instead of endurance.

I broke two personal records this weekend. Saturday I went for a 3 hour bike ride (I’m pseudo-following a tri training regime I found on my computer… where it came from nobody knows!). I hit a couple rather large hills, and as I pretty much slow to a crawl up hills, my overall speed wasn’t that fast. Despite that, though, I rode 37.5 miles, which I’m 99.999% sure is the longest I’ve ridden. I only stopped 3x- once for my normal food break, once to relieve myself, and once because I dropped my chain. I was pretty proud of myself afterwards.

The other record was broken this morning. I jogged over to the track in the drizzling rain to run 3 one mile repeats. I was striving to hold somewhere around a 7 minute mile pace, since I held near-ish that pace in my best 5k time (also, my very first 5k time). I went 7:04, 7:11, and then… a 6:56!! During the last one, I realized I had not run a timed mile since 8th grade when I went a 6:59. Three seconds worth of improvement since junior high may not be something to write home about, but is better than nothing.

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