I believe taking an off-season break away from triathlon is highly beneficial for athletes of all levels. In the past I’ve taken breaks of 7, 8 and 10 weeks (it doesn’t have to be that long). Sure, I lose some fitness, but when I get back at it I’m always motivated to get that fitness back, and I use that momentum to push beyond where I was last season. Taking time off shouldn’t be feared, it will let you reset, mentally and physically, for new races and goals.
Running when you travel is not only a great way to maintain fitness, but also explore a new place. I’ve had the opportunity to run in big cities like New York and Los Angeles, and small rural towns in Southeast Asia. I’ve put together 6 tips on running when you travel to have a safe, enjoyable run exploring new places. 1. Bring cash and ID. 2. Check Strava for popular routes. 3. Run out and backs. 4. Explore on your run. 5. Find a group to run with. 6. Smile.
Last week I headed to California. Originally I had planned to race Wildflower, but after the race was cancelled Lisa and I made a trip out of it. We hiked in Yosemite, strolled the streets of San Francisco, saw some tall trees and ran a half marathon in the Avenue of the Giants, and relaxed in Napa. It was a great trip, and now it’s time for my final training push before my triathlon season begins in June.
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Music by: Notorious TRP, “Praise You (Remix)”, and Otis McDonals, “Behind Closed Doors”.
This weeks vlog is about the Surf City Marathon. I recorded my thoughts before, and then immediately after the race. My goal was to run 2:48 or better. This was my goal the last time I went after a marathon in Chicago in 2014. When I ran my first marathon in 2012 in 4:47 I couldn’t imagine running a single kilometer in 4-minutes, so it’s been a goal of mine to run a marathon at that pace. I didn’t have big mileage leading into the race, but I was getting in good speed workouts and long runs, and my tempo runs were going pretty well. I felt confident about my chances, but ultimately fell short.
Strava Run File: https://www.strava.com/activities/857…
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Lisa and I headed down to Southern California for 5 days. We didn’t get as much sun as we had hoped, but we did manage to put in some good run miles. You can see all my runs on Strava.
Better late than never…..this is a video I put together from our trip to Ecuador in 2015. We were in the Galapagos, Quito, Banos, Quilota, and Cuyabeno. Enjoy!