It’s been a little while, and therefore time for an update. A lot happened in May (a marathon, a couple 5Ks, Ragnar Cape Cod, and a 100K bike ride). Then June arrived. What have I been up to?
Cross training… and not much running.
- I haven’t swum in six months. Going from zero to nearly a mile is HARD.
- Open water swimming is something else entirely. Waves in your face. Not sure which way to go. How does one catch one’s breath in the middle of a lake? All very challenging.
- First time in a full wetsuit, also quite challenging. It reduces your ability to pull on the water. Lessens your arm output. Pulls you back. Et cetera.
- Apparently I turn erratically when I change from one swimming stroke to another. Oops.
Huge thanks to Claire for keeping me from getting lost.
When finished, I fell backwards and tore my wetsuit on the rocks. I’ve ordered a repair kit. We will see how that goes.
Other cross training. Went for my first mountain bike expedition. Only bit it once, so very little bleeding. Another success.Here’s the GPS tracker from the nature preserve trails Rob and I hit.
And lastly, I’m building a barn. Well, a small barn. I call it Barnito. Barnito will be 16 x 20 feet, and is comprised of over 4,000 board feet of lumber and siding. Barnito will have a patio, a cupola, and two storage lofts. It’s a ton of work, and my forearms are feeling it! It’s not just the heavy nail gun, it’s all the lumber. A lot of lifting going on!
But the New York Marathon is twenty weeks from today, so all of this counts for cross training for the biggest marathon in North America. Add to that, today I ran the Ribfest Five Miler.
A little over two years ago, I recorded a race that was a complete anomaly. It was the Super Sunday Five Miler, and I recorded a pace that was completely out of character. It was too fast. I had no experience that indicated I could run five miles in under 41 minutes, but that is what my official time showed. Add to that, my watch battery died during the race, so I didn’t get full data. Suffice to say, my official pace of just under 41 minutes for five miles was way faster than I thought I was capable of, and it’s remained a mystery since then, and an effort I have yet to match.
I’ll never know how well I really did in February 2014. How accurately the course was measured is a mystery. I know I had the race of my life. Nutrition and training lined up perfectly, and I had an amazing run… one I shouldn’t have been capable of at that point in my running career. Or maybe just what happens when everything lines up perfectly, and you have the race of your life.
For better or worse, I’ve been chasing that result for over two years, and today I matched it.
All in all, a very good June, I think. I need more swimming time. And more time running, too, but the barn is sucking up a huge amount of my time, so we will see what happens. At least I know I’m using this body in ways that challenge me, and that means I am furthering the cause on my fitness. What more can I ask for?
Peace, love, and health,