One has to know.
I just have to know. Will and I have been discussing about training and how hard you can push.
One of the mystery in my training is that I don’t know how fast I can go. This is my first season I really focus on pushing my endurance capacity. I have no idea how fast I can run in 5 k, 10 k, 1/2 mara or a marathon. I did a marathon last year and I ended up running/walking with a female runner and finished with her. Did it in 5 hr 17 min. I suspected if I go all out, it might be 4 1/2 hr.
But these are all theories. Guesses. Estimation. There is still no data to back it up. In a way, I am training in the dark. I don’t know how hard I can push or should I be pushing harder.
If I keep training, would I hit boston qualification? Pretty much this means running a sub 3 hr marathon. Or training in IM? Sub 14, 13,12, 11, 9?? :O How hard can one really push?
A bit frustrating? Just a bit.
This is the mission. Spent the next 4-5 years training from season to season and push this tri thing as hard as I can. My goal right now is to develop a solid base for IMUSA 2007.
Along the way I can start uncovering some numbers to help me find my starting point. And along the way, I will uncover numbers that will expand my horizon.
Take a look at the time of my first tri last year:
Overall place 78
Total time 1:57:15
Age Group placement 11/19
Swim place 129 (weakest area)
Swim time 17:03
Per 100 2:17
T1 2:31 (can be improve)
Bike place 75
Bike time 1:01:38
Run Place 65
Run Time 33:55
I was shocked to see that I ran a 4:32 min/km. Especially after the swim and the bike. This is coming from a unstructure training (about 6-8 hr /week).
I can’t wait to see this summer.
As you can see…my head is focus again :)…this coming week suppose to be recovery week. B/c last week I took 4-5 days off, this week I am going to ease back into training. Next 4 weeks will be a Build Phase. Going to do a lot more bricks. Must learn to love running with heavy legs.