Next was a 14 mile bike ride and 2 mile run, which I don't have anything interesting to say about. Riding in wind is hard, it was hot, boo hoo, the elements are mean, etc, etc.
This weekend's triathlon is the Culpepper International Triathlon - a 1,500 meter swim, 24 mile bike (that is "not easy" according to the website), and 10K run (which they call a "challenging course"). I really could not be more excited for it, even though my training has been sub-par. Mainly because my half ironman dream team is back together - Lily, Jackie, and me. Try this on for inspiration - I'm driving down while Jackie sleeps in the car, because she is working from Thursday morning until Friday afternoon, then doing the race Saturday morning. Oh, and she just registered yesterday after coming off a 40 hour shift. I can pretty much never complain about being tired after work again.
Moving forward, next week I'll be phasing out the swimming for sure, and most of the biking, to start focusing 100% of my efforts on JFK training. I just completed my fall training schedule by signing up for the Fire on the Mountain 50K, recommended by Abbi, who did it last year. I'll be doing a the Wineglass marathon, followed two weeks later by the Hartford marathon, and the 50K two weeks after that. Hm, typing it all out like that makes me feel tired already. The 50K will be my last long run, and then I'll start a 3 week taper for JFK.
I'm aiming to do what Kara did last year - taking the long runs from one plan, and combining them with weekday runs from a second plan. It's been awhile since I actually tried to follow a training plan exactly as it's written, but of course I'm oddly excited about it. Since this is my second 50 mile race, I wanted to incorporate some speedwork, which the second plan provides.
I see JFK training being less time consuming than my half ironman training last spring. Sure, I'll be running a lot, but I'll also eliminate a lot of "transition" time. I won't have to drive to bike rides, get my bike set up, put a wetsuit on, switch between two (or three) sports, or do any two-a-days. I'll just fill in the extra free time by working at the running store to pay for all these races!
Do you like to incorporate shorter races as part of a training plan? I find it's a good way to avoid getting burnt out on the same long run routes by yourself all the time.