Early season racing

The last few weeks have been pretty busy for everyone. This past weekend, Chris raced Ragnar in the Phoenix area. Here is a very brief summary: “Ragnar was good. In short, I had a great time and put in solid runs on all 3 legs(7.1, 7.2, 9.0 miles). My quads are sore as can be today and I can’t do a squat to save my life.” The response to these types of races is overwhelmingly positive. They offer a really fun racing environment, in great locations. I really hope the race series thrives. This http://trail.ragnarrelay.com/locations/tahoe-ca/course is probably on the menu for later this summer.

Maya and I ran the El Paso Half Marathon yesterday. I was doing the pacing, and let’s face it: I did a horrible job. Running without a watch was not a good idea. Anyhow, still a PB, and a 3min improvement over last year.

For the record, just as last year, she beat me to the finish by squeezing her chip just ahead.

Owen was a bit frustrated with a slower than planned 10km (43.23). And that is a good time to remind folks that training is a process. You get a new coach, the training methods change, you are more tired than usual for a bit, and it sometimes takes longer than expected to get the results corresponding to your hard work. Bobby McGee wrote about the process of training recently. And it’s extremely simple: http://bobbymcgee.com/3-things-you-can-do-mentally-thatll-make-you-a-better-runnertriathlete/

Over the pond, in Ireland, Shane is enjoying a ‘sunny Irish winter’ to do some really serious work and reap the benefits in races. He took 13th out of 160 or so in a short distance duathlon (4k-14k-4k), averaging 300W on the bike, and a second run within 18secs of the first.

Last, but not least, Arnaud shaved another 3min at Houston Marathon. Last year he improved by close to 30min from 3.27 to 2.56, so it was hard to reiterate. But despite a slightly subpar preparation, Arnaud ran a 2.53.50. That is some very serious running, and there is hope for a 3.10 run off the bike comes Ironman Texas.

Next to race are Corey, running a 25km as a preparation for Boston, Stefan (racing an Olympic Distance in BC — yes, the swim is indoor), and Shane will be racing another duathlon in Sunny Ireland.

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