We had a lovely day today. I started the day off with teaching a trainer class at our new CNY Triathlon Club Winter Training Facility. Today was the first official class! Basically, we have rented a space at a local mall for the winner and furnished it with 50 fluid trainers, a sound system and two televisions. There were about a dozen members who came out today at 8:30 a.m. for a New Year's ride. It was really fun and very different from teaching spin. I plan on teaching more of these trainer classes in the future for sure.
After the class was over I gave Kel a call, and we decided to meet at the local Resolution Run so he could get in a little run. It was surprisingly warm outside, even for those of us that were just cheering. This run is not really a race, but a run of undetermined length where you are supposed to predict your finish time. Kel kept saying he was just going to run easy, but in the end, he finished in the top 20 or so finishers (just like I knew he would).
Kel with a Happy New Year fist pump at the beginning of the race.
Ryan had no interest in the race, but he really wanted to go explore this old building. I told him we were not allowed to go inside, and he says, "because there are human remains in there, right?"
Don't even ask me where this kid gets this stuff.
After the race there was a great lunch for racers and families...and herein lies the benefit of finishing early...we didn't have to wait in the very long line because there wasn't one yet when we got in there. Definitely a great way to start the year.
I also had a nice long planning session with Coach Mary today for my 2011 race season. If you click on the tab above you can check out my race schedule and goals for the year. These are my big races, but I'm sure it will be peppered with a few shorter road races here and there. It's taken me a lot longer than usual to nail down my endurance-related goals, and I think the main reason why is that this is the first season in a while I am not doing something new. In2008 I did my first olympic distance tri, in 2009 I did my first half-ironman, and last year I did my first 50k as well as two very difficult half-ironmans. I had already decided that I was going to stick with known distances in 2011, and I think the lack of that "new" thing made it tricky for me to nail everything down and really get excited about it.
Now that it is on paper, I feel great about it. I'm returning to some races that I love to see how I measure up against past years, but I am also trying new races that I am really looking forward to. After talking with Mary today, I am really getting excited for what this season will bring. I'm back to running this coming week (yay!) although we are going to be trying something new which will mean more running days, but less running miles...should be interesting.
I hope everyone had a wonderful first day of the year!