70.3 Training - Despite my early hesitations about the swim portion of my half Ironman training, things have been far from a total fail. Sure, I really don't know anything about the sport (including that you should be fitted for goggles, who knew?), but I am finishing my workouts, swimming only freestyle (huge, since I swam breaststroke in all of my previous triathlons) and on Saturday, I have my longest swim to date - 1300 meters. And in case you didn't know, that's like a super big deal.
Looking Ahead - I've made it clear that Ironman 70.3 Texas is my #1 goal for 2012. But the thing is, the race is on April 1st, leaving the last nine months of 2012 wide open. For some people, this might be an OK thing, but I don't really work well with a lack of structure. So, I am looking for suggestions (and don't say Ironman). How are you going to challenge yourself in 2012? What do you think I should attempt?
Tough Chik - As you probably know by now, I am part of Team Tough Chik for 2012 (registration is open for 9 more days if you want to join us). But, what few people know is that I am now working for Tough Chik as well. A few weeks back, I pitched the idea of putting together an East Coast expo schedule with myself as East Coast Event Manager (like that title? I've had no objections so I'm going with it.) Fortunately, Shannon, the original Tough Chik, had been considering expanding the company's reach and she agreed to my proposal.
Let me tell you, I could not be more excited. Our first event will be the Shamrock Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K in Virginia Beach in March. So, if you're racing it or are in the area, be sure to come and see us.
Congrats on the Tough Chik gig - sounds perfect for you! How lucky for me that I am running the Shamrock for the first stop of the tour!
Glad to hear the swimming is going better than expected. 1300 meters is huge if you have mostly been breastroking up until recently. Go Tonia!
I want to come to that race so badly. Good for you and good for Tough Chik! What an exciting thing.
As far as 2012 goals hmmmm....I have a lot of half marathons this year on my schedule. My big goal is to run a sub 1:50 half. We'll see.
What a cool new job! That's awesome. And 2012 goals. I'm doing my first 70.3 in June and am thinking that I'll do another in the fall. Then I can gauge if I'm crazy enough for a full Iron the following year. Nuts, nuts, nuts.
How about racing a timed ultra? I do Howl at the Moon every August. 8 hours to do as much as you can/want. It's so much fun and the sky is the limit!!!!
OMG!!! so excited about you and Tough Chik!!! I am registered for the VA beach half and can't wait now I am triple excited!!! WOOOOTT go TMB as always you continue to rock!
and p.s. can you teach me to swim??? hahha
I'm glad to hear from someone else who finds swimming a bit of a challenge though I suspect you are way ahead of me. I am so proud of myself when I swim several laps of freestyle. They aren't pretty (yet) but the fact that I am doing them is amazing. And fitted goggles? I didn't know that one. There is so much I don't know! Just a sprint is intimidating. Will love following you doing the half ironman!
Some year add VCM to your race schedule in May.
Why not add in a 2nd 70.3 for the back half of the year? Ironman Austin is in October. There are also many others out there but you could do the Texas Two-Step with Galveston and Austin.....
Congrats on the TC gig. That is pretty cool. What exactly does that entail?
TMB ECEM? Cool for business cards. I like when you get to name your own title. I was "Queen of My Office" for awhile.
Find an awesome half for the fall so I can figure out a way to get over there and run it too.
And, I'm considering an 8k in Portland for March, because you like that distance...oh and an instant PR.
Great to hear about Tough Chick! I am thinking of joining the team and I will see you at Shamrock!
love the initiative you did for tough chick job !! as the east coast event manager maybe you need point person for the NJ area, we have a large amount of tris in my area and i could man the events at them ????
Congrats T!!!! You are a tough Chik!
Very cool on the Team Tough Chik thing. Let me know if you'll be doing any expos in DC. I'll work for cupcakes. ;o)
So, how do you feel about a girl's weekend at the Toughest (half) marathon?
congrats on the Tough Chik gig, that is awesome! and yes, please let us know when you will be in the DC area! :)
After the 70.3, you should throw yourself into a fall marathon with the goal of smashing your pr. Long endurance training really improve fitness for shorter events, so 70.3 should catapult you into a super marathon time.
Very, very cool :)
1300 is a total big deal!! Im joining TC today :)
East Coast Event Manager will work, but I am still going to refer to you an Lt. Awesomesauce :)
Woohoo for your swimming! Just keep working at it, and before you know it, the 1.2M swim will be "easy" for you! :)
Congrats on the Tough Chik job..that's awesome!
YAY ---- Team Tough Chik
So f'in cool!!! Go Team Tough Chik!! If you guys ever need a Midwesterner, I'm your gal!
Dang. I wish I was on the mainland. I would love to be a part of the Shamrock run.
She you at the Shamrock! If this baby doesn't hurry up and get out of me, I'll be walking the whole thing BUT I'll be there!!!!
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