Friday, September 3, 2010

A sprint to the finish

Well, the voting results are in, and in a very close race, the sprint distance race won by a mere 2 votes! I personally did not vote, as the will of the people seems to be that I don't have to suffer for as long during my trip to Myrtle Beach.

I've registered for the sprint distance race, paid for the plane and hotel, and even renewed my USA Triathlon membership. Now, I just need to train my butt off so I can get ready for this race. All summer I've been ramping up distance and just hoping a little speed came with it, now I'm going to be training to go as fast as I can. For the bike and the swim, this shouldn't be too much of a problem, and hopefully the run will come along as I work my way through the couch to 5k.

Rachelle's parents are here for the weekend, and we're already having a really good time. I had to work today but was able to give them a 5 mile walking tour yesterday afternoon highlighting the best local tourist attractions while focusing on some of the things that are part of Rach and I's daily life (aka the park and the river). We've got dinner planned tonight, and then weather permitting a trip to the cape tomorrow.

Yesterday I ate well, and a 5 mile walk in the 95 degree heat I am happy to count as my cross training. Today I am supposed to run, but with Hurricane Earl headed this way, that may not be easily possible. We'll have to play that by ear. If I wind up doing it at the gym tomorrow that isn't a great loss I guess.

Enjoy your weekend and stay dry!


  1. Ben once you get through the couch to 5K I can give you some ideas on how to improve your speed running. We chatted a bit about it at the Cranberry Trifest. I could detail it a little more. The workouts have definitely improved my running speed.

  2. Ben, you're welcome to my Cervelo P2C if you'll fit in a 58cm.


  3. Derek - Thanks I totally will take you up on that. Rach runs a ton so she has all sorts of plans for getting faster, but I am always looking for ideas from guys who have done what I'm trying to do.

    RAD70 - That is WAY too much bike for me. I couldn't possibly take you up on that offer right now. Next year, I'd love to go for a spin on one of those, but the idea of shipping your bike to SC to ride on it scares the heck out of me. Plus, I'm slow enough that a super fast whip like yours won't make me any faster!

  4. No worries Ben. You're more than welcome to take it out next year.