5k to Ironman…They All Hurt!

After competing in 2 Ironman triathlons, 6 marathons, and countless other triathlons whenever I tell people I am running a 5k I get this response, “Oh that’s easy for you”.  While the distance of 3.1 miles is not intimidating to me, what is intimidating is running at the brink of passing out for 17ish minutes.  A 5k is VERY painful and difficult if one runs it all out.  And I got that experience for the first time in over a year Sunday at the Ravenswood 5k.  Now I don’t want to turn this into a race report but with a 5k you basically sprint out of the gate, and try to hold on as long as possible.  I tried my best to do that and by the end of the race my legs were cramping and I was in the hurt locker.  My legs just could not go anymore after that race.

With a marathon, Ironman, or longer distance race a lot of the pain is mental or fatigue rather than the body just saying, “hey you need to slow down or else.”  There is some of that in longer distance races no doubt but some of that is nutrition based and some can be overridden by telling your brain to be quiet.  The recovery from a 5k is faster than a longer race because it is so short but the pain that comes at the end of that race and right after is no joke.  The last quarter of a mile you can taste metal in your mouth from the body basically saying “no more”.

Moral of this post?  EVERY RACE HURTS!  It is just a matter of what kind of pain and how hard you push yourself.  So if you finish a race feeling fantastic, you left something out there!  But it takes a little while to get used to being in discomfort so be patient, but not too patient!  Live in the moment and race hard!

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Race Scheduling

As I sit here watching the NCAA basketball championship I am still pondering my upcoming season.  I just made some alternations to my race schedule I had on the blog because when I updated it I had ZERO clue when I wanted to race/where to race/etc.  I LOVE to race and if it were up to me I would race a lot more than I do.  But I do not have the money nor would racing that much be good for my season.  The problem with racing too much is you race yourself out of fitness.  That just means that you race so much that if you even take a few days before and after each race as easy days that’s a lot of training left on the table.  Also, this winter has not made it conducive to racing.  Hell, I’ve only been outside on a handful of bike rides!  It’s been brutal.

I have talked myself into and out of racing the Grand Rapids Half Iron multiple times but the timing just isn’t right.  I want to do the race but it probably isn’t smart if I want to race well at Rev3 Dells.  So it looks like I will be doing a Duathlon late April then open my triathlon race season either at Muncie May Triathlon or the Seahorse Triathlon.  Still not sure of my schedule in July/August but I might go back to the USAT Oly Nationals, race there then head over to Madison and do some training on the IM Wisconsin course to get a good training weekend in.  But my focus right now is on that race so I want to make sure I do what’s best for that race.

Another big thing I keep going back and forth on is coaching.  Right now I am self coached but part of me wants to get a coach but the cost is pretty high.  Part of me likes being self coached so I can make my own schedule and if life comes up I can quickly make alternations to my schedule without too much stress.

Other then that things have been going well with training and life.  Thanks, as always, for reading!