R&R: Rest and Registration

FIGURES, DOESN’T IT. This week had the best weather we’ve had all year, and I spent most of it indoors.

It was intentional, however. With the Martian half marathon on Saturday morning, and adding swimming to my training routine, it was necessary to take a couple of days off from running and cycling. On Wednesday I got in a “brick” of a four-mile run and 16 miles on the bike, but took it easy after that. Fortunately, the weather is supposed to be just as good all weekend – a nice change from the past two years where Martian race day has been wet and cold.

0411141419I spent most of today’s gorgeous afternoon at the Expo for the Martian races, working the registration area for the half marathon and 10K. There’s not much too it really – people tell me their bib numbers, I dig them out of the boxes, verify the information is correct, and hand them their race button and T-shirt. The hardest part is standing in one place for a long time, which is not at all friendly to the knees. Fortunately, I got a break about halfway through so I could stretch and walk around for a few minutes.

Lordy, do I look pale. It's been a long winter!

Lordy, do I look pale. It’s been a long winter!

But I’m not complaining. Running Fit takes good care of its volunteers, and as I’ve written before, the atmosphere remains low-key and laid back even when the rush is on. I’ve signed up to do the same thing two weeks from now for the Trail Marathon weekend, so I must enjoy it.

My work in the water this week was mainly about getting control of my breathing. I’m trying to establish a smooth, even rhythm to breathing while swimming, while also rotating the body to avoid raising my head too much. It’s coming along, but there’s a lot of progress to make before I’m ready for the half-mile lake swim in my first triathlon on June 18.

And yet, even with some extra rest, I can only do so much. With running, cycling, gym work, and Aikido already in the schedule, something, unfortunately, has to give. So I am making a couple of very difficult decisions at the moment. I will keep you posted.

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