Monday, January 19, 2009

Early Season Form

Here we are in Mid January already. Training has started for everyone with early season races, and if it hasn’t quite started for you yet it can’t be far off.

The Tri K 2 team has some stellar results already this year with the St Pete Classic 10k road race and the Clearwater ½ Marathon and 5 miler this past weekend. Wendy Johnson put on a great race in the St Pete Classic. Scott Vaughn posted a big PR by more than 3 minutes and was 12/32 in his age group with a time of 47.41!!! 3 min in a 10 K is huge. I think he is at the start of an A-1 race year!

Doug posed a time of 40.13 (5th) in the 35-39 age group with a perfect 5 k spilt of 20.06, after a HARD week of training, Val ran a 1.14 with her heal pain, a SISU effort. Thanks to Dror’s advice ,yours truly hit my goal of breaking 50 min, with a little help from Scott and Doug, thanks guys!!.

Jose Baez and Jose Baez Jr both ran the Clearwater ½ Marathon and 5 miler respectively. Jose posed a time of 2.24 for the ½ and was glad to be somewhere warm instead of freezing in Chicago…at least he thought this was warm. It’s all relative, the rest of us are freezing here. KUDOS to Jose Jr, who posed a time of 34.50 for the 5 miler, avg. pace 6.58. He was 9th overall male and won his age group. Congratulations to all of you!

Doug and I proved out the benefits of OUTSPOKINS RETUL bike fit on Sunday with our first long ride 4+ hours on the Suncoast with some friends and training partners. The RETUL is like the MasterCard commercials – Priceless--added power in the hills and on the flats, pretty amazing. I saw a lot of Doug’s back wheel from a distance as he must have had a motor on his P3.

Happy Belated Birthday to Jodi who decided to go freeze in NY for her special day. Lots of good training rides and runs coming up soon. The Chilly Willy sponsored by Outspokin is Feb 8 so mark your calendars.

Now is the time to make sure that all those nagging injuries are put to rest – so you can focus on your training for 09 and reach your goals. Hopefully you have all done your goal setting for the year, have your races planned out and can be focused on what you want to achieve.

Train well, Race smart!