jeff tagged me, so here goes:
q: what are you training for now?
a: I'm currently focused on triathlon season, which around here runs until Labour Day. My last triathlon of the year will likely either be a full sprint distance (half olympic), or an olympic distance.
Really, though, this year's triathlon season is just training for next year. I'm still on a mountain bike, and I'm still "learning" swimming (though proper form and technique may be years in coming), and so being "competetive" (with my own perceptions, not other people) is still a ways away.
Beyond that, I'm trying to keep my Sunday runs long, in preparation for a fall half-marathon. It will be attempt number 4 at that distance, and I have yet to have a truly "happy" race there.
q: if you are raising money for a cause, what is it and why is that cause important to you?
a: I'm not fundraising at the moment, though I've run more than a few charity events/races over the last few years.
In particular, we always try to do Run For the Cure. Based on the declining health of a family friend with breast cancer, I have a feeling we may do some fundraising this fall.
q: what is the furthest distance you've run in your training and what is the furthest distance you will run before your event?
a: The furthest training run I've done for any event was a 34km (21+mi) training run for my marathon last year. In preparation for this fall's half marathon, I'll probably do at least one run of 22-24km (~14 miles).
q: what is your favorite flavor of gu? (or other sports gel)
a: Vanilla Power Gel. Honestly, though, I'm lucky, in that I have yet to encounter anything food/drink-wise that I can't handle while running.
q: How many days a week do you run?
a: Right now, I aim for 3, and occasionally fall short. During the winter, when I'll be swimming twice a week but not biking at all, I'll aim for 5 times a week, but probably be happy with 4.
q: Are you injured in any way right now? if so,what are you doing about it?
a: I'm not injured, but biking each of the last two days has my quads a little tight. All-in-all, I've been super thankful for how little pain/injury I've faced this year. Unfortunately, the lone exception was in my big race.
q: what is one item of running clothing/gear (shoes don't count) you can't run without?
a: It's almost talismanic, but double-layer polyester socks. They do a fantastic job of keeping blisters and other foot ailments at bay. I'd probably be fine running in single-layer, but I've gone so far with double-layer that I'd probably be afraid to run more than a few kilometers without them.
q: do you have a talisman you are planning on taking to your event? if so, tell us!
a: Heh, I'd never thought about it before, but I supposed I do.
I have a lot of technical running shirts, and I'll wear pretty much any of them on a run. But for a race, there are generally only a few I'll wear. For a while, my running shirt of choice was my Bushtukah Booth Centre 10k race shirt, since I set my 10k PB there last fall. Since I broke that PB on Canada Day, I wore my HBC Canada Day Road Race shirt to my last triathlon.
q: Share one thing about yourself we don't know.
a: My continued endeavours into running and triathlon are effectively delaying the pursuit of another lifelong goal. It is my firm intention to become an ACBL life master, someday. For now, though, I'm happy enough devoting my spare energy into outdoor pursuits.