I have my first race of 2012 on Sunday with the Saint Patrick’s day 8k race in DC which I’m looking forward to, but what I’m really ready for is triathlon season to start.
I have a feeling it’s going to be a very good year and I’m on my way to a big step forward in getting faster and finally putting together a successful half ironman race. I’ve been spending a lot of time in the pool this year, to the tune of 150,000 yards already compared to a total of 366,000 for all of last year. I’ve been swimming almost every day and it’s paying off, I finally got under 1:20 pace for my 100 yard repeats and for the longer sets of 300s-500s I’m in the 1:20s for my pace. It’s not super fast but is good for a non swimmer and should help me come out of swim closer to the front of the race which I think will have a positive impact on how I race this year.
I haven’t been running as much but I think the extra swimming is helping with my overall fitness as I’ve now gotten my longer runs well under 8 minute pace which is a first and my harder runs are starting to be around a 6 minute mile which is a head of where I was at this time last year. The bike is starting to get better as I put in time time and with the mild winter I’ve been able to get almost all my long bike rides done outside which has been nice from a motivation and enjoyment standpoint. Because 2 1/2 bike rides inside aren’t the most fun things in the world. I’m also about 5 lbs lighter then this time last year and about 5 lbs from what I would consider my goal race weight which isn’t going to be to hard to get once the long rides and runs pickup.
So overall I’m really happy with how my winter played out and I was able to make a lot of progress in the weakest part of my racing while still staying constant or improving in the other two and I think I have a really shot at getting a qualifying shot at Mooseman in June.