Today is the last day before our office closes for one week for vacation. I'll be working my other job for a few days but otherwise I will be enjoying some time off. It seems that life moves along real quickly anymore, so getting to slow down will be nice. This may even give me some extra time to do some training I have not been able to do - like long swims and long bikes.
This morning I kept up the pace with an 18 mile bike ride to the north of the city up in the Red Canyon Park area. I am feeling stronger on the hills and able to push on the flats. I topped out at one point going 39mph and felt confident in my aerobars at that speed. There were other cyclist on the road this morning and I was able to pick them off one at a time. I usually train alone which is great for staying focused but gets real boring. I like to be able to ride with someone or run with someone for the company and I tend to push harder.
I have been looking at training plans for 1/2 Ironman competitions, and I have found a couple to work off of. I am wondering if I will need to get a coach at some point in time but I also realize that I can't afford one yet. It would be nice to have an independent voice to tell me if I am training hard enough or overtraining, someone to encourage my training and someone to kick me in the pants when needed. Until such time that I can afford a coach, I will put together a traing plan on paper and start working my mileage up to half-ironman distances. I guess I'll have to kick myself in the pants to go farther, faster and stronger. CIAO !