I haven't posted much lately about my training efforts. Eight weeks have past and I am still at it. Strength and endurance have increased dramtically.
I am happy to report that I skated 10.4 miles on Saturday morning. Up until that skate I'd been going no longer than 6 miles. Also, I averaged a decent pace at 11.5 mph. I think I could have gong a little faster if it wasn't for a 1/2 mile stretch of horrible pavement that slowed me down.
Looking at the big picture I have a lot of work to do. I need to enter into a more serious training regime if I want to cut a 1/2 hour of last year's time. I need to skate a few times a week alternating between sprints and long slow skating, and I need to add more stretching and leg strength training.
P.S. I think a particular reader of this blog would be interested in knowing that I skated out to her house during the long skate on Sat. I passed by about 7:10 a.m. It would be nice if next time there could be a little water stand at the end of the driveway. I expect a little more fan fare as I skate by too.