Now and later (this year, next year)

Been taking a break from the online side of life to go out and experience as much of the real stuff as possible before the realities of winter hit.  As such, when I get done mountain biking, trail running, regular running, swimming, etc.  I’m kinda pooped and don’t feel much like talking about it. 

As I have been roaming around the local woods, I’ve thought a lot about next year and what I want to do.  I think if I have one more good season of training, I will be able to attempt the longest distance I hope to accomplish in triathlon, the Half Ironman distance.  This is a 1.2 mile swim, 65 mile ride and a 13.1 mile run.  I really think that I will never be able to go farther than this.  My body just breaks down.  Especially on the run.  I think if I could get this distance it would really be something special for me.  I have already swam this distance and run the distance as well (more on that in a sec), it’s just the bike that I haven’t covered yet.  That… and putting them all together on the same day…!

The other thing I really want to try is an Xterra triathlon.  These are (usually about) a .62 mile swim, a 14-16 mile mountain bike ride and a 3-5 mile run.  Again, I can do all of these now, it’s just putting them all together that the training will take care of.

The problem with each of these is the same, though…  I need a bike.  My cyclocross bike did OK as a stand in for road triathlons, but it would never stand up to or becomfortable enough for a Half Iron distance.  My old mountain bike (though it could still kick yer ass) is about $1,000 worth of upgrades and fixes away from use.  For not much more you can get a decent full suspension bike (mine is a hardtail).  So my choices are $1,500-1,800 for a mountain bike (no road triathlons next year) or $3,000 for a good road bike (no mountain bike).  I can’t afford both.  Heck, I can’t even afford one!  My choices are down to rob bank or sell kidney…  Not sure what to do.  I may just be doing a lot of training and not much racing.

Back to the road running.  I looked at my training log on Friday and saw that with a 12 mile run, I could get over 30 miles for the week.  Since this would be the longest weekly total for the year, I decided to go for it.  I ended up running 13 miles (longest run of the year) in 1:49.10 which is my fastest recorded half marathon distance by over 5 minutes.

Ya know… Thirteen miles is still a long damn way.  I felt great on the run, never tired and relaxed the whole way.  But shortly after, I started to feel those old twinges in my hips, pelvis and legs again.  Even now, after 3 days and a decent 6 mile run this morning, I am still uncomfortable and feel those twinges and pains from time to time.  I just wonder if I will ever be able to go longer distances again.

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