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Spring Training 2010


Pre-ride 3-31-2010
Originally uploaded by Iron Mike Schubert

Baseball players have wound down Spring training and the regular season has begun. Atlanta has completely skipped Spring and gone from high temperatures one week in the 40’s to last week in the 80’s. I decided it was time to take some time off from work for a little Spring training of my own.

3/31 – 43 mile bike ride through Suwanee, Buford, Flowery Branch and Sugar Hill. High temp on the bike was right at 80 degrees.

4/1 – 5.75 mile run at lunch (I worked today). Again – the weather was perfect. This is evidently the start of heat training for the season so my run struggled a bit. I expect this to change quickly.

4/2 – Rest day. If anyone ever posts a week’s worth of workouts and you don’t see a rest day, you need to question them. You get stronger via recovery from the activity, not from actually doing the activity. I worked today, too.

4/3 – 6.7 miles run. This was an easy out and back on the greenway. Not a lot of elevation change. Right at the end I had to gun it to get around some annoying Team In Training people. Once again, they were occupying the entire 12 foot stretch of concrete with just a few people. They said “sorry” as I passed them on the right – meaning they knew they were in the wrong. Unfortunately, they continued to be in the wrong even after I passed them.

4/4 – Ride: 15.5 miles. Originally I planned this to be a swim as I thought it was the last day of the Tri2Remember Swim Clinic. Evidentally, it wasn’t due to the Easter holiday. I have missed the prior two practices due to the ING Marathon one Sunday and dealing with my mom’s estate the other Sunday. 

4/5 – Stott pilates. It’s nice to work out with athletes. There is a common respect there – especially when they give you a workout that absolutely kicks your ass. That was the way today went. Imagine 1 hour of core work where the goal is to find all of your different breaking points and make them stronger. That’s how it went. At the end, the instructor said she admired my ability to swim / bike / run for hours on end – she could do pilates for hours, but no way could bike or run for that long. And to be honest, an hour of Stott was all I could take. Mutual admiration isn’t a bad thing.

4/6 – Long run. >10 miles. I wanted to go longer than that today, but it simply wasn’t in the cards. As I mentioned earlier, it’s heating up in Atlanta – they high today was around 88. So the heat training has kicked in earlier than planned. That’s not a bad thing. I just ran 26.2 a couple of weeks back, so I’m not worried about the distance. I’ll get in a 15 miler this weekend and a bunch of maintenance runs as well so I should be all set for 26.2 again in 2.5 weeks.

And thus Spring Training for me has ended. I feel better and stronger today than when I started 1 week ago. The base fitness has been awakened and proven. I am working on the 3rd solid week of logging EVERYTHING that goes in my mouth and my workouts. All that combined and I FEEL like an athlete again. That was the overarching goal of the past week and I met it with flying colors.

2010 ING Georgia Marathon Race Report

Back on March 21st, I kept my streak alive by running the 4th annual ING Georgia Marathon. I have run in all four years, and really should link to past race reports here – but I’m not going to at the moment.

This year’s event brought a new race director, additional starting corrals, and a change to the marathon course. Here are my thoughts in general:

I like the course (in general). They have changed it every year the race has run and that is fine with me. The basics of Candler Park, Decatur, Emory, Druid Hills and Ga Tech have remained in tact. This year, the marathon cut out the Virginia Highlands bar area – which initially I was happy with. The new route down Stillwood, Los Angeles Ave, and Elkmont was nothing but hills. They were steep ascents and descents. Who the hell thought that was a good idea at mile 20? The out-and-back to mile 22 was also rather poor since there was no water stops through there. This course has way too many water stops on it, but for some reason there were none in this area.

Having the additional starting corrals was a good approach, but I’m not sure how the assignments were generated. I had targeted a 4:15 marathon, but for some reason the 2:45 half marathoners were a corral or two in front of me. I showed restraint by starting easy and not zig-zagging across the course (though my Garmin did show me at 26.38 miles. There were a lot of people walking in front of me in the first 2 miles. I just don’t get it. Maybe next time I’ll ignore my starting corral placement and move up. There is no one there to prevent it.

I really can’t say anything about the new race director. The prior one took a bad rap for poor organization. If you read my report from 2007, you’ll see they ran out of water at many water stops. The next two years saw a decline in marathon runners. Sometimes a change is needed at the top to attract folks back. I hope they come back because this is a lonely marathon with only 2000 people running it.

Randomness:

– I normally wear spandex on 20+ mile runs but didn’t on race day. Sadly, I forgot to put on body glide before the start. I realized this standing in line at the port-a-john and had to run 1/2 mile back to my car 5 minutes before the race started. So in reality, I ran over 27 miles that day. Does that qualify as an ultra?

– I wore a new pack from zombie runner that carries 2 20oz water bottles. It was uncomfortable at first, but I was very happy to drink my Infinit Nutrition solution for 20 miles.

– The ‘charity runners’ did not appear obnoxious. I guess it could be because there are so few at this event.

– Rain sprinkled periodically during the event. It didn’t bother me at all though.

– My longest run since Ironman Wisconsin (Sept 2009) was 15 miles. A combination of weight training and longer than normal short runs may have helped.

– I actually broke a lot of conventional wisdom at this race. You’re not supposed to do (or wear) anything new on race day, but as I mentioned I ran without spandex. I also wore a new shirt, new shorts, new socks, and had that new race pack that I had never run with. I guess when you’ve run 15 marathons it’s ok to deviate from conventional wisdom, but you kids at home shouldn’t try this.

Here’s the course map and elevation:

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