Tuesday, October 8, 2013
New Physical Challenges For This Early Retiree
I don't know what it is about me, but I can't seem to go for very long without setting a new physical challenge for myself. Right now I'm up to my eyeballs training for two upcoming back to back endurance events - the Long Beach Half Marathon next Sunday, and the two day, 100 mile MS Bay To Bay Bike Tour the weekend after that.
Our training schedule over the last six weeks has looked something like this:
Week One - Run 5/4/5/7, Bike 40/35
Week Two - Run 5/4/5/8, Bike 45
Week Three - Run 6/5/6/9, Bike 50/45
Week Four - Run 6/5/6/10, Bike 55
Week Five - Run 6/5/6/11, Bike 62/41
Week Six - Run 6/5/6/12, Bike 50
With both events right around the corner, we're now in tapering mode, which means our next two weeks will look like this:
Week Seven - Run 6/5/4/13.1 (Half Marathon Event), Bike 35
Week Eight - Run 6/5/4, Bike 62/40 (MS Bike Event)
But what to do after that?
Well, we start our Sierra Club Wilderness Training & Backpacking Course in January, so beginning the week right after our MS Ride, we'll be introducing weekly 10 - 12 mile conditioning hikes into our schedule.
Which still leaves most of the week free, and I've learned from experience that unless I have something to train for, I tend to get a bit lax in my workouts. Nicely, we recently met a couple in our Lifelong Learning program that likewise enjoys long distance biking. We 'bumped' into them a week ago on the river trail we ride to the beach and back, and we must have passed muster with regard to the speed we were maintaining, because they've invited us to join the club they belong to, a local cycling group sponsored by a bike shop here in town. They do weekly Sunday rides to the beach and back for breakfast, about 40 miles in all. Super excited to start this up after our upcoming MS ride.
Even nicer, I just received an email from a friend inviting me to join his LA Marathon training group, which will also start up at the end of this month. The 2014 LA Marathon is on March 9, a week before our final Sierra Club Wilderness backpacking trip, and a couple of weeks before we take off for our spring/summer travel adventures, so it works perfectly with our calendar.
And, although I had sworn 'never, ever, ever again' after my 2010 and 2011 marathons, the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings inspired me to do just one more, which I wrote about rather emotionally in this post. The running community is rich with positive energy, and I'm immensely proud to have been part of it since 1995. As tough as both of my marathons were (no matter how hard you prepare, those last 6.2 miles will either make or break you), the chance to train for LA with the fun, energetic people in my running club is just to good to pass up, particularly in the year following the horrific events at Boston when runners all over the globe have been coming together in unity. I may never run a qualifying Boston time, but I can still be with them in spirit, and that's what next year's LA Marathon will afford me an opportunity to do.
So it looks like I'm in!