If you're a regular and you have good attention to detail, you may have noticed that I updated my "Races" section on the blog. Instead of the very pointed "none" there are now three races I have listed. The 5k I signed up for quite a while ago. It should be fun, but I'm not really focused on it. With spring just around the corner, it's about time I find a race and commit. I picked two races, both in May.
I've heard good things about the 51.5 series and we all know that I am NOT a good hot-weather racer, so when I found the KC Triathlon in early May, I thought it sounded perfect. I also have brand new race wheels to try out. This will be the second Olympic distance race I do, the first being Nationals last summer in Vermont. Since I've had issues with the run on my last few (or all) 70.3 races, I think I may try the Olympic distance for a while and see if I have more fun. It is just not any fun to suffering through a half marathon at noon when it's 90 degrees out. Just for reference, an Olympic distance race is a 1.5 k swim, 40 k bike, and 10 k run.
Then I signed up for the Running with the Cows 1/2 marathon, which is a week before the KC Triathlon. Since my long runs have been going really well, I think I'm going to try to PR. I think I should be able to. Today I ran 12 at and 8:35 average pace and that was an "easy" run. Actually, the last 3 miles were no easy but they were also mostly uphill. Either way, I'm already running over 10 miles at a decent pace. I wanted to get back to 10 mile long runs at an 8:30 pace. I think I made it.