Monday, February 28, 2011

2011 Race Schedule

After a tough couple weeks at work it's nice to have some down time in cold winter Wisconsin.  One of the goals of my little vacation was to plan my 2011 race schedule, to put my goals into practice and have a formula in place for the coming year.  

The schedule starts with an aquathon (swim, run) in May, it then includes at least one half marathon, two Olympic distance triathlons and two Half-Iron distance triathlon's.  All of these races are the "bigger" races on the schedule, most likely I will add a few 5 or 10k's, and maybe even another half-marathon.  

The "A" race will be the Utah Half in late August with another Half-Ironman (also known as a 70.3, the total distance in miles traveled during the race) in October.  I've debated if I would do one or two 70.3's but in the end figured once I had the base why not do another, an even harder race after the first.  The Utah Half will be a really flat, fast course where I hope I can have a time around 5:30 with the Pumpkinman in October being a much more hilly challenging course where the goal will be just finishing strong.

I've decided to add the aquathon to get over the "mental" hurdle of swimming 1.2 miles.  Once I finish that race the 1.2 mile swim before a 70.3 won't seem so damaging.  

All of this is tied to the diabetes with the goal of having an A1C lower than 6.5 by the time I complete the 70.3.  The last few weeks have been hard on the betes, with not being on a training plan and eating a few crazy foods at work, skipping meals a lot of time and eating when I can.  The routine of life should be back now, with regular meals and a training plan beginning on March 6.  Roughly half a year until Utah.  179 days.

April 3 - Carlsbad 5000 (5k race) (Carlsbad, CA)
May 7 - AquaTerra Aquathon - 1.2m swim, 5m run
June 5 - San Diego Rock-n-Roll Half-Marathon or Fontana Days Half-Marathon 
June 11 - Los Angeles Tri Series Olympic Distance Triathlon - (San Dimas, CA)
July 17 - Strawberry Fields Olympic Distance Triathlon - (Oxnard, CA)
August 27 - The Utah Half - 70.3 Triathlon (Provo, UT)
September 11 - Gatorman 1m swim (non-wetsuit race) (La Jolla, CA)
October 15 - Pumpkinman 70.3 (Las Vegas, NV)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Redondo Beach Super Bowl 10k

This past weekend I had a late additional to the race schedule.  The Redondo Beach 10k.  Spectrum Sports, the company I normally work races for was putting on the event, however since I didn't work the event I received a nice comp entry. 

I have been feeling really good since the half marathon, I really feel it's due to the new eating habits.  I mean I thought I eat well before but now I never eat anything that is poor for my body.  Not even during the Super Bowl I went to, didn't give into gluten. 

This no gluten is really working out.  I completely suggest it for any other diabetic reading this blog.  I can't remember the last time I had a blood over 200 that I didn't purposely spike (think before a workout).  Not to mention since the only fuel I put in my body is whole foods I just feel excellent, using a lot less insulin.  I have already had to reduce my basal rates and I think I need to do it again.

I ate a lot of rice the night before the event, waking up with a great blood sugar of 104.  I did the smart thing, learning from some mistakes at Carlsbad, waking early enough to eat a good meal two hours before the event.   Then right before a warm up at the event I had a gel to spike the blood sugar.  Ran two miles for a warm up then had another gel after checking my 140 blood sugar. 

I ran the event with Christian Chiappe, a fellow diabetic which is always nice.  Jamie was working the event for Spectrum Sports but as always, there with her support.  She filmed me coming down the stretch to the finish.

I finished with a 43:45 (tag), 43:52 (gun), a 7:03 pace, which is a PR (personal record).  I felt it was a good race and look forward to my next 10k when I get below a 7-minute pace.  What does upset me is that if you use a typical "run calculator" I should have a 7:22 pace in a half-marathon and obviously this wasn't the case at Carlsbad.  Proving once again I need more long runs, not to mention getting over the mental hurdle of going hard for long periods. 

Overall, it was a good race and I am really happy with my blood sugars over the last couple of weeks.  Each day that passes I learn how to control my diabetes even more.