Yes, in quotes because no, not for bicycle racing, but as a bike messenger. It consist of delivering depositions, bills, etc between law firms. The pay is minimal – although I think it is a fair trade off for something that you look forward to doing everyday – no waiting for Friday for it to be all over and being the weekend. Yes, I love Mondays!
With one of the most legendary battles in a pool happening last night, Michael Phelps vs. Chad Le Clos in the Men’s 200M Butterfly, I wanted to highlight the mental side of the race prep. Physical training, which is clearly essential, is where most advice ends. However the mental training is what makes the biggest difference in the outcome.
In Meb’s book “Meb For Mortals” he has an entire chapter about training your mind for the battle. As mortals we may not be competing with a rival side by side, yet by paying for an event you’re taunting the course. There are key steps below in order to PREPARE for a race event – mentally.
(I know it’s Roger and I, but there’s no month spelled RAICH hehe)
San Diego Winter’s “triathlon off-season” means run season. A few events sprinkle in to motivate in January and February, but the following month is exactly that: march. You’ll see below how we’ve been pretty busy in our spring, I hope it’ll be worth the wait!
To start, I admit guilt. I’m one of the pioneering folks of social media (Facebook in particular) who posted my run workouts to an isolated circle of “non-exercise” friends. Let’s be honest, social media is a platform to share or brag about your achievements like run, bodybuilding competitions, etc. Somewhere via magazines, results from others, and advertisements I was lead to what I felt was the ultimate achievement benchmark: Boston Marathon Qualify (BQ). I thought I was so cool when I achieved that goal.
Normal seeming day, I finish my afternoon loop at work, locking up my bike and head up stairs for 10 minutes. I am ready for my next round, coming down…. and the bike is gone. Security was on patrol somewhere else. I was freaking out, luckily found the guard in time so he can capture the security camera feed. Below is the vid from 1:10 to 2 min is the thief in action. Gone in 60 seconds: Continue reading
Bessy won Silver Strand Half Marathon 2015, and Mission Valley 5k as the overall female – so why not Roger join the tip top podium as a couple goal? Well first of all, an overall win is highly competitive for males. I (Roger) had no idea this would happen. While running the zigzag wind-pounding ONEHOPE ACT 10k course a few years back (fiesta island), which overlooked the simple flat all asphalt 5k loop, I aimed for this 5k as a PR attempt. Two days before this race, on the track with my buddy John, I nailed the run workout for the time goal (400s x 10, 800 x 1: at race pace). Come race day, Outkast’s statement proved true “you can plan a pretty picnic but you can’t predict the weather.”
“Sign up now (year early) and get 50% off your entry fee!” I always fall for these deals. So I registered for 2 10k’s on super bowl weekend… super run 10k which I did 39:54 last year, and Cardiff Kook 10k (new to me, stacked field).
You never know what can happen a few days before a race. With El Nino this year, weather is all over the place, and yay… I catch bronchitis. So PR thoughts go out the window. I think to myself lets fun run these races, is there a costume I can find somewhere to explain an embarrassing time (over 40 min)?
I just work with a glimmer of hope as each day my training run are decent that I will improve… but I get worse as it turns night and cold, that race night Im coughing up yellow thick phlegm. Well lets just go and show up… see how the first mile goes. Saturday 2 mile warm up, in the freezing cold. Ok, lets do a sub 6 min mile on the start and see how it goes. (my strategy is usually go hard on first half, cruise in 2nd). Everything is going well and I take things mile by mile, following the plan. Surprisingly I sneak in under 39 min , where my current PR is low 38. This gave me 9th overall on a rolling hill course…. and 1 min faster than last year when I was not sick. I will take it! After 2-3 mile cool down.