Tuesday, I woke up at 4:30 to ride my bike, and I decided I was too tired. I was up, I should've got on the bike. Yesterday, I woke up at 4:15. I was supposed to do a 12 mile run. I used the bathroom and felt a little pain in my ankle and I decided to skip the run!! I have never skipped a run for a minor pain. I regretted it all day. My shoulder has also been bothering me.
Friday I was up at 4:15, and was on the bike at 4:30. For my early morning rides, I either get on the trainer, or ride the roads in my neighborhood. At 4:30 there isnt much going on in my neighborhood and there is only one way in/out so there isnt much trouble. Unfortunately, it also gets to be a little booring with only 3 or 4 miles of total roads to ride on. For the ride, I drank a bottle of my nuun/powdered gatorade mix. I also took a gel at 45 minutes. I felt sluggish on the bike for all but the last 15 minutes. I dont think I would not have made it through the ride on the trainer without my favorite movie of all time: Monty Python and the Quest for The Holy Grail. I just could not get the legs to move fast. Next time, I think I will try to take a gel before I get on the bike and maybe it will feel better.
After skipping Saturday's run, Cathy and I went to the pool. I was only able to do 1000 meters before I had to stop due to shoulder pain.
Today, I drove out to Stone Mountain. There is a little less then 5 mile loop that goes around the mountain and is quite hilly. There is a good mix of rollers and longer climbs. Due to time constraints, I was only able to do 3 laps in 1 hour. Overall, I felt ok. If I had more time, I think I would have been better able to assess how I feel. I will definitely be back there often to train on the hills. From what I understand, there is a 7 mile option that has a few harder hills.
After last weeks really slow long run and this weeks no show, I dont think I will be doing the Chickamagua Marathon. Based on my recovery time for the Olympic, I will need at least 3 weeks if not a month to fully recover. That just does not give me enough time. I am not a big fan of the Atlanta course and dont think I want that to be my first. That would be my last option for the year. In lieu of the marathon, I think I will do a 15K trail race. It will be my first trail race. A whole bunch of my running group is planning on doing it, so I will likely do it too.
Looking at the beginning of the year, I have a few local options and possibly one travel option. If any of you have experience with any of these, feel free to give me your opinion.
There is the Museum of Aviation Foundation Marathon in Warner Robbins GA on January 19th. I dont know anything about it. It runs around an air force base which might be cool. Plus, it is relatively flat.The only thing is that Georgia weather is a little unpredictable in January. Apparently last year was windy with freezing rain
Warner Robbins Elevation profile
The next possibility is Callaway Gardens on January 25th. Again, dont know much about this race. It is run inside the park. I dont know about the elevation, but they say it is similar to boston? That may not be pleasant. I did enjoy the tri at Callaway, so I dont know.
The third option is the The A1A marathon in Ft Lauderdale on February 22nd. This is run along A1A, the main drag along the beach, and is pancake flat(other then 1 bridge). Since our family is in Ft Lauderdale, we would have a place to stay.
Once march comes around, there are three options: Alpharetta (no date yet), Snickers Albany (March 7), and ING Atlanta (March 29th). I have heard mixed reviews of Alpharetta, Albany is supposed to be fast, and ING is the big one here in Atlanta.
If I do one in January, I may then do one in March as well. It may also depend on Cathy. When I talked about maybe going home to Ft Lauderdale to race, she thought she might train for the Half, since it is nice and flat.