The Starting Point

So, I’ve been an endurance athlete since my partner-in-endurance-sport-crime (you know who you are) roped me into my first race in May of 2008. Since then I’ve had lots of fun up until this year. I was worried that turning 40 would jinx me, and as it turns out I was right. Started the year with a series of injuries and then got brought down by a mystery illness that caused breathing trouble in the middle of the events. Turns out to be asthma.

At least now I have a name for it and a good reason for my poor performance this year. I’ve also got a lot of faith in my doctor and my treatment plan. My first three years saw good, steady decreases in race times, but I’ve since hit a plateau, since I’ve been spending so much time recovering from issues. Next year, it changes.

I’ve designated this winter as my rebuild period (as soon as I get one more pesky 10-mile race out of the way), where I’m going to come back stronger and (hopefully) smarter. I’m going to try some different race distances to get back on track with some new PR’s. I’m going to have some fun. I’m going to try to bike ultra distances. I’m going to make asthma my b*tch!

So to start off, let’s see where I’m starting from, with my current list of PR’s

  • 5k run: 22:15 (Sept 2010)
  • 10k run: 46:20 (Sept 2010)
  • 20k run: 1:54:10 (June 2010)
  • 5 mile run: 39:45 (July 2009)
  • 7 mile trail run: 1:00:28 (LHF 2009)
  • Half marathon: 1:45:44 (August 2009)
  • Marathon: 4:27:16 (May 2009)
  • Olympic distance triathlon: 2:57:28 (September 2012)
  • 70.3 triathlon (long course/”half iron”): 6:31:31 (August 2011)
  • Cycling 20k TT: 33:00 (July 2010)
  • Cycling 100 mile: 5:32 (August 2010)
  • Cycling 200k: 7:34:59 (September 2012)
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