So this is a quick blog to highlight and celebrate a few achievements & milestones that I have achieved over the past couple of days!
First on Thursday night 22/9/16 I ran my 1,000km for the year (2016), this was a goal I set in January as part of my planning for the year. Thanks to Garmin for helping me celebrate and monitor this goal! Remember that back in in 2014 I ran a total of 260km for the year, just on 5km/year. In 2015 I ran a total of ,1087km, averaging 20km/week. So far this year 2016 I am averaging 26km/week. So I have now revised this goal up to 1,200km for the year, keep watching and following on Strava or Garmin Connect to see how I go!
After achieving my distance goal for the I then headed to my normal Saturday (24/9/16) parkrun at Capalaba where I ran my fastest ever parkrun!
As the photos above show, this was my fastest 5km run, setting a new personal best! I have spoken about the supporting and inclusive environment of running at parkrun. This Saturday was no different and as soon as I started running (and within the first km) I found I was running with some super supportive guys, who (almost) sacrificed their own personal run to help me achieve my running goal of breaking 20 minutes over 5km.
I am grateful to both Sam & Daniel for their amazing support during the run! They ran super consistently, which is evidence by my fastest pace was 3:56min/km and my slowest was 4:02min/km. Normally if I’m chasing a PB I would go out super fast and struggle to finish the last 2km. On Saturday it was all about the gentle consistency, maybe just maybe that is the secret to a super fast 5km run. My next goal at parkrun is to seek royalty status and record a 1st place finish, but that can wait, I in no rush!
So now we roll unto Sunday, where following the successful run at parkrun, I decided to enter the first triathlon race of our season here in Australia. Nothing like a last minute decision. This also happens to be a local race for me (about 10 minutes from my house), so made the decision even easier.
This triathlon was pretty typical race! I had very little expectations, my swim was solid (wearing a wetsuit) but not earth shattering. My bike felt solid & perhaps I held back a little tying to save something for the run! M average speed was about 36km/hr (with no race wheels) is pretty solid, but I feel now I could have given more. My run was perfect, I continued to push as hard as I could through the entire 5km (4.65km as per my Garmin). Finishing 6th in my age group was a surprise and I pretty happy with the overall feel and result for the first race of the season!
So that concludes a epic 4 days achieving some significant goals and banking a solid first triathlon of the season. I cant wait for the next race, this summer is going to be epic!
The biggest regret we can have in life is to not TRI!
Till next time build consistency, keep smiling and live to Tri!