New Shoes - I've been needing a new pair of running shoes. Concurrently to this, I'd been thinking that dropping $175 for a new pair is a little bit crazy if at all avoidable. I've been training in Newtons for two years straight and though expensive, they've been very good to me. That said, there are two particular truths that come to mind when I now think about running shoes. First, there are plenty of runners who log tons of injury free miles that don't wear Newtons. Secondly, I'm a different runner than I was two years ago both in terms of improved fitness and form. And because of that, how can I know for sure that Newtons are the best shoe for me without trying other pairs? I can't. So I did.
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|Kind of mad at you at the moment...|
Also, there was something going on with my seat-post - I couldn't keep my seat clamped on tightly. It didn't matter how tight I cranked it, it kept loosening up. Plus, it's a carbon post, so you have to be careful with how much torque you apply lest you may damage it. And since I don't carry a torque wrench in my pocket, I was guessing anyway. This too was annoying.
|So your saying there's a chance?|
The Solana Beach race is on the short side of sprint triathlons with a 1/4 mile swim, 9 mile bike and 3 mile run. Two years ago, I did it in 1:20. Last year I turned in a slightly more respectable time of 1:07. Can I shave off another 7 minutes this year? Maybe, and here's how.
Let's start with the "easy" part, which is the bike. With the exception of 4 fairly wide u-turns, the course is entirely on straight multi-lane roads that are essentially flat and extremely well paved. As long as there is little wind (which is a reasonable assumption for an early morning in the summer), I should be able to knock this out in 24 minutes.
Moving on to the run. If I'm motivated enough, I can maintain a 7:00/mile pace or slightly better for 3 miles. And all the motivation I'll need will be to look at my watch coming out of T2 and see that I'm 39 minutes or less into the race. Enough said.
This only leaves the swim, which I'm addressing last because it's the wild card. I figure I've got 11 minutes to get this done, since I need to allocate 4 minutes for both T1 and T2. To many of you, 11 minutes is a lifetime to swim a 1/4 mile (440 Yards). But remember, I suck at swimming. I'm working at it though - hard, and this time I'm not kidding. My 70.3 training plan is getting me to the pool. Lately, I've been lucky with finding times to swim when the pool is relatively quiet. And I've been enjoying it. For me, that last sentence is huge.
I need to get my pace up to 2 minutes per 100 yards (which would make the swim just under 9 minutes), because I need 2 minutes to get from the beach to the transition area. I'm swimming 2:10/2:15 per 100 yards in the pool now and I have about 7 weeks to improve. This is doable.
So let's add the pieces together:
Swim - 9:00
Run to T1 - 2:00
T1 - 2:00
Bike - 24:00
T2 - 2:00
Run - 21:00
TOTAL - 1:00
I just need to find a few seconds somewhere....
Have a good rest of your weekend.