In my last post I left you hanging about Vineman 70.3. Here's a very short race report for you: It was hard, awesome, and very fun. The weather was perfect and the course was great.
My training in the month leading up to the race could be described as a very long taper but I'm happy to say that I still finished in my goal of under 6 hours. More specifically:
Overall: 5:58:47 (age group 21/81)
After Vineman I didn't get on my bike again until my break in September. I rode twice and then not again until mid-December. I also went hiking in Muir Woods, visited my best friend in Seattle and witnessed by brother get married in Northern Minnesota.
I have managed to swim and run regularly and did the US Half Marathon in November and the North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon Relay in December. I spent many weekend mornings running the trails in the Marin Headlands. I love trail running. It is hard and I am slow, but I an run for 2 hours and never once get bored. How could you with views like this?
I went to Connecticut and NYC for Thanksgiving. The weather was unseasonably warm and I enjoyed a long run in my old stomping grounds, Central Park.
I've had most of the month of December off from school so I've been enjoying the California "winter."
Then I went to Minnesota for a real winter vacation.
We celebrated the New Year back in California with a 40 mile ride on December 31st and a long run and Aquatic Park swim on January 1st. The water was a frigid 50.9*. I was smart enough to wear a wetsuit, but 4 of my fellow club members skinned it. BRR!
Now I'm getting geared up for the start of another quarter. This promises to be the hardest one yet with back to back 12.5 hour clinical shifts. Hopefully I'll be back again before summer :)