I am racing Wildflower Long Course again this year. It is one of the toughest half-Ironman-distance races -- 1.2 mile swim, a very hilly 56 mile bike, and a similarly challenging 13.1 mile hilly run.
We all have good days, and we all have bad days. Yesterday was a lousy day, and today was pretty great.
I've been riding and running lots of hills lately. I have found some killer hills in my new neighborhood -- for those of you familiar with the San Fernando Valley, I run a route that includes a nearly two mile climb from Ventura Boulevard due south to Mulholland. It's tough, but it's helped make me a strong hill runner. My bike rides have taken me up several of the canyons from PCH up through the Santa Monica Mountains.
Last year's Wildflower was a pretty good race for me. But this year I want to do better. Last year I finished in 7:11; this year I want to break seven hours. I am more experienced and I think I'm more fit. Coach Jamie of Triathlon Training Series, my coach for over two years, who has really helped me to grow as an athlete, continues to put together my workouts. There have been changes, though. Since January, I have a new personal trainer who pushes me very hard. Also, I also think my nutrition is better, incorporating more protein and less sugar and processed foods.
I have two more weeks to train. This week will be challenging, and the following week will be a taper so that I am well rested for the race.