It has been crazy here this last week in Georgia. I waited two hours this evening in line to get gas. When I went under half a tank this morning, I knew I was going to have to seek out gas today. After passing several stations, I found a BP with a tanker truck in the front. I pulled up and the lines didnt look too bad. First we had to wait for the tanker to finish filling the tanks. Then it turns out the front pump was broken on our line, so we had to wait for the 4 cars in front of us to use one pump instead of two. Then, it took almost 20 minutes per car to fill up because it was so dang slow. No I have to keep a close eye on things since we head for South Carolina on Saturday. I am hoping things will be better by this weekend.
So on Saturday, I did the local 10K. My plan really was to try and pace myself and see how my legs felt. The first half I felt pretty good. I went out a little fast in the first mile. I finished the first three miles in 25:06. Mile 4 was much hillier thus much slower. I still thought there was a chance to PR, but I really just wanted to stay steady. It seemed like the second half of the race was much more uphill then the first half. I hit 6 miles in 53:58. So my 2nd 3 miles were almost 1 minute per mile slower then the 1st 3. I sprinted to the finish and finished in 55:41. When I finished, I was a little disappointed. I had not used my inhaler before the race, so i felt my breathing was limiting me. But when I got home, I realized this was my fastest 10K race time in almost 2 years and like my 3rd or 4th fastest ever. I am thinking next year may be my year of speed and putting off my full iron until 2010. A real plus was I had no knee pain whatsoever.
Since I dont often get the chance to do one of the weekday group rides, I jumped on the opportunity to do the Monday night ride. Due to construction, the route was changed to one that was much hillier. I felt pretty good making it up the hills. Once I finished the 16 mile ride I went ahead and did a 10 minute transition run. I am feeling pretty good. I cannot wait for Sunday!!!
Then I can chill for a week or two and then I have to start thinking about the Silver Comet half, and Possibly the Half (or maybe run/walk the full if I am feeling up to it) and then an early 2009 marathon. I am thinking my tri season for 2009 will pretty much be the same as this year, but with the addition of some sprints and possibly an additional oly.