Let me start by saying that I tried to tell everyone all football season that my Saints were going to win the big one. And win they did. Honestly, I cannot believe it myself and I didn't think it would happen but it did so WHO DAT?
I have been getting in a good bit of training. Most of my biking has been on the trainer doing the Spinervals. I have been able to take out my tri bike out on the road some but not a ton. I plan to start doing my Saturday brick very soon. I have been mostly running. Why? I have no idea. Last year I dreaded running. Hated it. Now, I will run before I will do anything. Maybe because it is the easiest thing to do. All you have to do is put on your shoes and head out the door. I have been using my time trial workout from my Spinervals for running. The workout is 3 minute warm up then 7 x 90s at LT plus 10 beats then 3 minutes tempo at a progressively faster speed every minute. This has helped tremendously. I am running at a pace that I couldn't even do 30 seconds of last year. I guess that will happen if you put in the time. Needless to say that I have seen some progress and I'm pretty stoked about it! I put that progress to the test in a 5k not too long ago. I had a goal time of 25 minutes and also a goal to run an even race. By even I mean pacing myself. I called a friend of mine in the middle of the week to see if he wanted to run and we decided to do so. It was pretty chilly that morning (38) and I couldn't decide to wear gloves or not. I didn't but my hands never got cold. My feet did before the race but that was it. Maybe if I wore socks that wouldn't happen. When the race started I intentionally held back. We started off down a hill so I really had to hold back. People were flying by me but that was ok. I passed all of them later. My first mile was 8:10. I settled into the race and just stayed the course. The course was roller after roller which was good. My next mile was 7:58. I looked down at my watch and thought that sub 25 was a good possibility. My last mile was my slowest but not because of my fitness. I actually got bored. For the whole race we had been running up and down hills and then we hit a huge flat section and I slowed down. Towards the end I put my head down and brought it home. We finished up that hill that we started on. It wasn't bad because it was the end. I headed towards the chute and finished in.....24:55. Sub 25. Again Progress. It was a very small race with not too many people and I even finished 2nd in my age group. I actually finished behind a guy I graduated with, Jason, so Columbia, MS was well represented. Actually he lived in the same neighborhood as I did so Lakeview was representing! Go Lakeview!! I feel like I actually could have pushed harder and I will get the chance to do that March 19th at a night 5k no less.
Last but not least Mr. Jackson Ladd Hancock turned 2. We had a party complete with lots of food, family and friends and even Elmo himself. He got lots of gifts and had a blast. Jacob had fun too and of course all of those new gifts were for him not Jackson. Happy Birthday Jack Jack!!