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RATL 1: Training for my first road race

Posted Mar 19 2011 5:27pm

After today’s training, I am uber excited about the race season. Not only am I feeling faster and stronger, I am also preparing for a new race experience: road racing, on my bike.

I have run 30 plus miles – BT50K, 2007/2010, tested my endurance in two half-Ironman’s – Greater Cleveland Triathlon 2005/2006 and even did a mini adventure race – mt bike, paddle and trail run . I trained long and hard for the 50K and half IM, but road racing, this will be a true test of my  determination  and perseverance.

The “casual” ride we did today, after a 6.4-mile trail run was “easy” for most of the girls. For me, it was tough.
I had to work climbing the – barely noticeable incline. If I hit it hard, then I was spent at the top and needed a brief recovery.
At that point, I was dropped.

I have my work cut out for me. I will be training at least once a week on the RATL course, in preparation for a April or May race.

Today’s ride: 10 miles, 41 minutes. I know my heart rate was up there …

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