Change of Plans

Change of Plans

Jan 27

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been debating about whether or not I should run the LA Marathon this year.  I signed up for it back in September, but at the time I didn’t know I would be training for a full Iron distance tri in 2011.  After signing up for Vineman, I still had it in my head that I would do LA, as the race is early enough in the season to recover in time for both the Wildflower half-iron and Vineman full-iron.  But things have changed and it looks like LA is out, and here’s why:

1. I haven’t run over 10 miles at a time since the NYC marathon in November.  While I still have a rock-solid base from last year’s training, I haven’t been increasing my Sunday run mileage the way I should have been over the past month.  Between my shoulder injury and the fairly intense TNT Iron Team workouts we’ve been doing on Saturdays, I just haven’t been able to get myself to bump up the mileage.  There’s been too much good football on, and the beers taste too good when my legs are sore from the Saturday craziness.

2. Last year I injured my hip running the LA Marathon, and it took a good 2 months for me to get back to a place where I felt comfortable training hard again.  While I came out of the NYC Marathon unscathed, I don’t think I want to risk that type of injury again during the critical build phase of our Ironman training, especially considering I haven’t put in the proper mileage.  Normally I’m not the type to be cautious about stuff, but the recent shoulder injury made me check myself a bit.

3.  Team In Training scheduled our pre-Wildflower camping/training weekend for the same weekend, and I don’t want to miss it.  We are going to swim/ride/run the entire Wildflower 70.3 course that weekend as a warm-up for the real thing, and with my limited Tri experience I think its probably best to get as much tri training in as possible.  Plus, I don’t want to miss out on getting to chill with the team more, as we’re still just getting to know each other.

If this was my first time doing LA, I’d probably be a little bummed, but all in all its really not that big of a deal to me this year.  I’ve run LA 3 times, both the old course and new.  The last 2 times around I was involved with a training group (TNT & Roadrunners, respectively) so I was a little more invested.  This year, I signed up for Roadrunners but never met with them because our Team in Training practices are at the same time.  Without having invested the time, it doesn’t feel like too big of a let-down, especially knowing that I’ll hitting up Wildflower that weekend to get in an intense weekend of training for the real “A” races of my season.

The only real bummer is that LA has a no refund/non-transferable policy, so I’m out the $$$.  I wish I could defer my entry to 2012, but they don’t make any exceptions, even for injuries.  I have a legitimate injury right now that should allow me to defer till next year, but we all know Frank McCourt needs all the money he can get right now to save his ownership stake in the Dodgers/La Marathon/parking lots.