Monday, March 28, 2011

Disappointed

That's pretty much how I feel about my training. I've even run out of excuses why I am not training. The weather has been pretty good in the last few weeks, I was not sick and I was not busier than usual. I guess the explanation is the fact that I do not have any self control and discipline, like my wife keeps telling me. Even if I don't like it, I have to admit that she's right :-).

Here it is what's going on since my last post, more than a month ago.


On Feb. 27th I did the Peterborough Half-Marathon. The kids ran the 1K race and had a really good time. Me, not so good. Besides the fact that I did not train for it, I also managed to get completely wasted the night before the race. I went to a birthday party on Saturday night, had a very good time and, as usual, got utterly drunk on beer and wine. I got home at 2:00 AM, spent half an hour in the bathroom throwing up and then went to sleep. Luckily the race was starting at 12:30 so I managed to get some decent sleep. The hangover that I had on Sunday was one of the worst. Just before the race was about to start, my head was throbbing with pain, my resting heart rate was in the high 90s and when I bent down to tie my shoelaces I felt so dizzy that I had to lie down. After the race started, I felt a little bit better but I still felt like puking most of the time. The first 10K were hard, really hard because of my headache and my unruly stomach. It also was cold and windy and the course was quite hilly. After about 10K I started feeling better and my headache went away. I picked up the pace and managed to finish the race in 1:43h, with a negative split. My average HR was 172, way higher then usual. In the end, considering the circumstances, I am happy with this result, even though it was 13 minutes over my PB.

This Sunday Miha and I were supposed to do the Around the Bay 30Km Road Race, but because our son got really sick, we had to cancel it. Luckily, the organizers allowed me to transfer my race entry to my friend Dan, so the money did not go wasted. Anyway, I was not trained for it, so it would have been another sufferfest and my time would have sucked regardless.
I'd like to congratulate all of my friends who participated in the ATB, some of whom I met only in the Blogger universe. John P. and Quinton J. had a great race and both set a nice PB.

My next big race is Mississauga Marathon, which is on May 15th, 47 days from now. When I registered for this race, the plan was to qualify to Boston Marathon. In order to BQ I need to finish it in under 3:15h, which would have been doable, had I trained like I did last year, when I finished it in 3:18h. Now all I hope for is to finish it with a decent time, hopefully in under 3:30h. That of course can happen only if I find my motivation and I actually start training.

The good news is that I am healthy and rested. I even managed to stay sober for the last month. All I need is a  little bit of discipline and motivation to start my training. I know that once I get back into my routine it will get much easier. The plan is to start with baby steps and slowly build up my motivation. I am also going to update my blog weekly with my progress in order to keep me honest. The plan for this week is to run 30K, bike 60K and have one swim session. That's about 6 hours of training, which is not that much, but it's good enough for a baby win.