At this point, it is 10 days to the Northshore Inline Marathon. I don’t know how to feel going into this race. My training has been hit or miss lately, but what I do get in focuses on speed. Labor day weekend, I put in some decent miles Friday, 20 miles Saturday, took Sunday off, and put in another 22 miles on Monday. All told, it was 50 miles for the long weekend. It felt good to be on skates that much. I have been adjusting my boots some, as the navicular bone on my left foot has been causing problems and my forefoot still feels smashed in the front of the boot. I also adjusted my frames. The adjusted the frames, also, because I noticed I wasn’t landing on top of my wheels when recovering during the push when I was tired. The frame placement has helped me skate better overall, not just when I am tired.
My average speeds have been steadily increasing. Last night, I went out for a tempo skate. My tempos had previously been smashing my goal of a 15 mile per hour average speed. It wasn’t really pushing me. I upped the pace to 16 miles per hour, and that was quite a bit more difficult. This is the kind of tempo skating I should have been doing in June. I know better now going into the off-season as I start thinking about next year. It felt good to skate hard like that. I am hoping to skate intervals tonight, schedule permitting.
While I haven’t been struggling with injury, this life transition has taken its toll mentally, physically, and emotionally. Skating is where I find peace in the craziness. I am looking forward to the race next weekend, but with trepidation at the end of the season, racing a course I haven’t been on in two years, and being in a wave that may be too fast for my ability. Ami the Writer summed it up in her post yesterday. Now is the final push, though. The taper really starts Monday after at least one long skate this weekend. Then the bike Tuesday, a skate Wednesday, rest Thursday, travel Friday, leading up to the race Saturday morning.
I hope the weather holds…