Let me backtrack…May 2011, I proudly informed our coach with my the news that I will do my first 21k run in Chicago during our “no training for 1 month due to school holiday” period. Her voice sounded like a cross between surprised and worried, as we were on off season and I didn’t do much long runs for this distance. But I have registered before I broke the news so she had no choice but to tell me – “Ok as long as you don’t get injured!” I was so brave to run the distance without training cos my memory of Chicago from my childhood was cold and windy. So, compared to the Philippine weather, Chicago would have made the course peanuts. But, I was so wrong and this became my hardest 21k run ever. Not because it was my 1st but because the weather was extremely beyond of what I have imagined. I finished the race though but I will not forget the last 3k of thirst and exhaustion under the heat of Chicago’s desert like weather!
So, going back to my “I have a surprise race coach” attitude, I have repeated this in 2011 for trail race , triathlon relay events and duathlons, the last of which was a standard duathlon with ZERO mileage in bike a month prior the race. I know these races that were not part of our training and race calendar never made me “a hero” out of it and I ended up recovering thus missing training days. Also, I know our coach has been disappointed though she had the most professional reactions every time I broke each news. So for 2012, the first on my New Years resolution list will be to listen to our coach as she knows best on my journey to Cobra Ironman 2012’s finish line.