In November I sat down and planned out what I needed to do to be a better diabetic athlete in 2015, what did I want to do? I decided that I would race more duathlons and stick to an alternating training schedule, one day on the bike the next on the bike and one weight day thrown in to keep the muscle that I had gained over the winter. Early spring has challenged me quite a bit as an athlete, I have been sick a lot and training has been tough. I'm happy with where I'm at but knew I needed more. For the past few weeks I have been searching for coaches. I never knew how to train, I just jump on the bike or go for a run. I've never done hill workouts or sprint workouts, I just let my ability do the work. I knew how far I had to go and would get to the finish, it wouldn't be pretty but I'd find a way. Last fall I finished in the top 20 in a duathlon, I didn't know how to race I just went off and raced. If I could finish in the top 20 with no training what could I do if I had some coaching.
This afternoon I found out that it won't be easy but that having some help training will help come race time. For the past year or so I had fallen into a lull as a runner. I hit a point that was acceptable to me as a runner, my times were decent but not great. If I wanted to be better I had to push myself as a runner the way I did on the bike. Today mile repeats would be the first of my training drills. Being a "distance runner" short repeats wouldn't help to much, 200 meters wouldn't help me in a half marathon, mile repeats would however. I would run a mile all out and then I would take a minute break and then it was off to run another mile as fast as I could. What I found out was that I'm faster than I thought, I ran my mile repeats at 6:26, 6:47 and 7:05. My mile PR is 6:09, after a week of no training the first mile at 6:26 was great to see and gave me a lot of confidence. The last mile was horrible, I was gasping for breath when I finished but that pain will turn into a smile when I have my first duathlon of the season in May.
Tomorrow is a day of hills on the bike which will not be easy but training isn't supposed to be easy. I'm excited to get on the bike, I'm excited to be doing anything!! I haven't been myself for a couple of weeks now and I'm just starting to feel good.