October 16, 2010

No More Excuses!

Posted in Training at 2:33 pm by Lisa

Wow, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it! Well, even though I haven’t written much, I have been working out. In fact, looking back on the past week, I’ve been either running/biking/at the gym every day.

Last week was the 10k Nike night run – I did it with Etgarim and ran it with Katia and Adi. We were pretty slow but a. with over 10,000 people there’s no way anyone except the first few runners are going to be able to go their fastest and b. it was Katia’s pace and considering that this was only the 2nd time she’s done 10k and all the other craziness going on, she did great! (For the record, this is the last time I do this race – the organization of it is just ridiculous. If you have so many people, you have to have staggered starts. And, if you do have staggered starts, you don’t have speedy people do the second start because halfway through the race (just when the route gets narrower!) all these speedy people start catching up with the slower people from the first start and there’s this sort of trampling/dodging effect going on. But, I will say this, I’m going out on a high because the T-shirt is great! I’m really happy with it (for the first time from all my races in Israel) – it’s white with a nice graphic and not too heavy on the advertising logos and it fits (as opposed to last year’s gross orangy red that was too big)!! Yes, it’s the important things in life.

Last week I put my new pedals on my bike and have started practicing with my new bike shoes – this is very exciting! This morning I went out for a long ride in the park (ok, circles around the park so it’s not that exciting yet) and I’m getting used to the slightly¬†different way to pedal (pulling up and pushing down), as well as unhooking my feet. So far, so good. In order to minimize any falls(which hasn’t happened yet but I’ve been told by everyone that it will eventually) I’m riding over to the park in regular sneakers and then changing into the bike cleats there. And then carrying around my sneakers in a backpack. While on a water break, I was talking to a guy who gave me a better suggestion – wear flip-flops to the park and then keep them in the back pockets of the bike jersey while riding. He said the resistance from the backpack was slowing me down 2-3km per hour. Crucial. I’ll have to try that next week.

I’ve decided in the end not to go to Eilat for the last triathlon of the season. As much as I wanted to, it’s just crazy expensive. In fact, even if I was working, I don’t think I would do it on principle. The registration for the race alone is more than 600NIS. That’s insane! I’m not sure how they justify those fees. When you take in the drive down there, hotel, food and any other misc stuff, the weekend could easily cost over 1,500 shekels. Not happening this year.

However, I did find a race happening on my birthday – it’s 15k which is a nice distance – it sort of clears¬†out the field but is not too long to be too hard. Right now my distance is at 12k so I have plenty of time to work on those extra 3k as well as increase my speed.

Lior gave me some tips on how to do that. I basically have to set a benchmark for a 5k distance and increase my speed each time I run that same distance. I ran with Raz last night who took off like a banshee at the start and kept me on my toes the rest of the run. Now, I just have to keep improving that time. Hopefully it will translate to the 15k. We’ll see about that…

Off to Michele’s now – later!