Thursday, December 31, 2009
As for the training season, official IM training does not begin until March. So up to then I am just going to focus on my running, swimming, strength training and weight maintenance. It is so good to get the off season over with and back to training.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
It has been a very physically inactive week here for me in Vermont. A good friend of mine came out to visit from Wisconsin last minute so I was unable to take off work which meant my free time was spent visiting her. Totally worth it but my body reacts poorly to not moving at least once every day. I did get to do my Christmas and wedding dress shopping with her which was good because I am very good at postponing those sorts of activities.
So back to ultrarunning and other crazy ventures I have had time to dream of in my laziness. I have been looking at peakraces.com at maybe doing 50k at the beginning of summer and then a 50 miler at the end of summer. I am not sure if this is even something that I would enjoy but it seems like a very good challenge. And I need that in my life. I have no idea how to go about training for something like this but there seems to be plenty out there on the web. It also seems that Vermont has a fairly big group of ultrarunners in the area. I know that I may also be looking into this because I am not training for an Ironman this year (maybe, possibly a xmas present??????) and I am so bored professionally and physically that I always tend to think of extreme things to do when I get bored. Who knows what the future will hold but I do know there are some amazing challenges out there waiting for me!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Depending on the day I am either complaining about the cold winters and planning to relocate or I am in such awe of the beauty especially when you get out on a nice snowy run. The best thing about running in the winter is that you usuallly warm up and feel fine. I have done many spring bike rides where I have never warmed up! Yesterday was one of those amazing days. It started off with a fun trip to a farm in Hardwick, Vt to look at some Lab puppies for Luke. They were so cute! We have to wait for the next liter but it was good to check the place out and start some planning if we decide to go through with this. Then we had a relaxing lunch, grocery shopping and then hit the snowy roads for an easy five-miler. I have been really good about staying conisistant with my running the last 2-weeks as my marathon training starts this Tuesday!I know in one of my last posts I mentioned that I missed the start day of my training plan.
That was for a 20-week plan. After a crazy work schedule, flying to Cali for a wedding and just being plain unmotivated I decided to wait and reorganize with a 16-week plan. The good news is I am feeling pretty motivated and have accepted that I may be spending some time with the treadmill this winter. Fine with me, as I stepped on the scale and the number was way off what I wanted to maintain for the off season. That is motivation enough!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
So today's workout will be 6-miles. I better get my butt home, get geared up and dig out my headlamp.
I did officially sign up for the 10-mile Kingdom Swim (http://www.kingdomswim.org/) on July 24th (my 29th birthday). I am determined to do the full 10 without a wetsuit as opposed to doing the 3 with a wetsuit like I did last year. It will be interesting to see how I hold up without the wetsuit. It still amazes me how much faster I am with it.
But now I am a RUNNER! Must stay in that runner mindset and not get distracted dreaming of open H20 and long bike rides.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Focus #1 (December-March)
March 28, 2010
Ocean Drive Marathon, Cape May, NJ: I love this race. It is so laid back, affordable and keeps me training through the winter. I will run, ski, and lift this winter!
Focus #2 (March-June)
Get on the Bike!!!
June 26th: RaceVermont 1/2 (First time this race is being held)
(will get in a sprint also but main focus is the 1/2
July: 10 mile open swim (Kingdom Swim) I just had to throw that in there. Hopefully I will train for it. It will be fun regardless.
Focus #3 (June-August)
I want to break 2:30 in the Olympic Distance at the Vermont Sun
August 8th, 2010
And if I can pull it off, finish with the Vermont Sun 1/2.
Focus #4 (September)
Get married, mountain bike, and play!
I think this season will be a great time to really lay an awesome solid foundation. I am also hoping to do some tri training events locally. More on that later!
Monday, November 9, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I have alot of different goals I am formulating in my mind. Hofefully I will have some all together and post soon. Although it is a tough time to get outside, it is a great time for dreaming and planning!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
So I am declaring that I am in marathon training for Ocean Drive Marathon in Cape May, NJ in March 2010. I will race a 1/2 on November 7th and will get back on my strength training program. I think buying one of those cool running journals will help, recording it on-line just doesn't work for me.
Awww..I think I feel more focused now. Thanks for the ramble :)
Monday, October 12, 2009
So it has been a full month since Ironman. I "think" that I am completely recovered and back to my normal self. The week after the race I felt great. I went to Masters swimming, ran, rode my bike and was thinking "wow, that was easy". The Luke and I went off to California where I did nothing but eat and enjoy the beautiful weather. After getting back from Cali I was tired and didn't want to do anything. I even had to take off a day of work to sleep and rest. I may have been coming down with something or the months of training and then traveling might have just taken a little longer then expected to catch up with me. This weekend I have 2 full days off to myself. It was great. I got to sleep ALOT! And also run and ride. I am getting back into strength training as well which I hope will make a difference with my body composition and strength.
I also got engaged while I was in California so I will now be training and wedding planning! I think the wedding planning should be easier then the training, but you never know :) Still seriously thinking about IM Florida but also thinking about just training hard for Olympic and Sprint distance races since the budget will but smaller with trying to pay for a wedding. In the near future I will be racing in a 1/2 marathon this coming weekend and hopefully some other local running races this fall!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Those will be my magic numbers come this Sunday! I have been reading through many race blogs reading everyone's race day plans. Boy, people have things really thought out. I am unfortunate in that I have never been to the Madison area and only can picture it through the videos and from what I read. I like that some things are going to be a surprise and there is nothing that I enjoy more than getting to ride a new course. My race plan is simple:
Take it easy, enjoy every minute, stay focused and stay strong. This is something that I have always wanted to do so I have achieved my goal just by going through the training and getting to the race. The day will hold lots of surprises, some good and some bad but I am ready for whatever happens.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
I decided that if I was going to go that far I would go somewhere beautiful. I left from Elmore at 7AM and ended up to Lake Willoughby. From Willoughby I ended down a beautiful country rode and then down route 16 to Hardwick. If anyone is looking for a smooth rode with a nice shoulder check out Route 16, it was awesome! The ride ended up taking around 6.5 hours and was somewhere around 100 miles. I am unsure of this info because my Garmin died in the middle of the ride. I am trying to embrace all of this available technology but forget about the little things like make sure my battery is charged! I finished feeling strong and ended out for my run. Again, no watch but I was out anywhere from 40-45 minutes.
This morning I headed into Stowe to get in a 2-hour run. I had a freshly charged Garmin and ended up running for 2.05 and completed 11.5 miles. Slow, long run!
The best part of this training week is that it is finally hot! Around 85-90 degrees and I trained through it. I can now say I am prepared for the cold, rain, wind or heat!
Next week is also labeled as "HARD". Can't wait :)
Monday, August 10, 2009
Luke did amazing and qualified for the Best of the US race that will be held in Mission Viejo at the end of September. So excited and I get to go along for some needed beach therapy.
The next two weeks will be some hardcore training and then a gradual taper for IM. Reality is starting to sink in. I feel strong and confident.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
A lot has happened in my training and racing world. And I am happy to say it has all been very POSITIVE! Luke and I decided to take this past week off to train (happened), take care of some housework (somewhat happened) and to relax (not really). It was a really great way to refocus mid-season and get in those long rides and runs.
The week started off with both of us participating in the Stowe 8-miler (http://www.locorunning.com/stowe8miler.php) . This is a great run through Stowe that I often do on my training runs. My goal was to hold 10-min mile pace. I finished the race in 1 hour and 12 minutes. Way under my goal! I felt solid running until around 6-6.5 miles where I got a little sluggish, pulled it together and finished strong.
Luke and I then got in the car and headed to St. Lawrence County, NY to meet up with our bike group to enjoy some country riding. I thought we rode in the middle of nowhere in VT, this part of NY was empty. Lots of really good paved rodes with good company. I also got some good swims in lake.
Back to VT, did a long ride to Woodstock, Vt, a long run and lots of other workouts in between.
This past Saturday I raced in a 3-mile open water swim (www.kingdomswims.org). I won the race overall (yep, beat all the men). I felt controlled and comfortable throughout the whole swim. We had excellent conditions and I had a awesome kayak guide who knew the course. It got me thinking about focusing on open water racing more.
Monday, July 13, 2009
It was a great weekend for me doing a SPRINT tri. I forgot how great sprints are and that I can actually do fairly well at them. My goal going into this race was to finish in the top five. A few of the really good women were not at this race so I knew I had an even better chance. http://www.coolrunning.com/results/09/vt/Jul12_Vermon_set5.shtml
The swim went well. It was pretty rough getting around the men backstroking. This race always starts the women behind all the men. I just went all out and finished 1st female out of the water. I just found out that I hold the female swim course record and I pretty sure I bettered the time. (7min 17sec)
On to the bike. Normally I am used to being on the bike all alone until the fast women catch me. Since the heats are not too far apart (only 3 minutes), I got out of the water with a lot of decent men riders. I am very particular about not drafting and racing a fair race but the men were all over the rode so I am sure I was not completely out of the draft zone. It was motivating trying to keep up with that group though. I'm sure this was my best bike time ever but have not had time to look back at last years results. (39.22) Never mind, just looked. This is where I definitely made up my time, last year I biked 41 minutes. That makes me really love my Felt now. I also had a very slow transition here because I knocked over the mountain bike next to me. Sorry to whomever that bike belonged too.
And then off to the run, I felt good. Heart was pounding but was able to get the air in. I knew this course and that it was a quick out and back. The way back had a good decline so I knew I couldn't give up. I had to stay mentally strong the whole way. One girl passed me right after the 1/2 way mark. I kept her in my sights, stayed positive and kept pushing. Finished with a 25.10, slow closed to getting a 24. Next time.
Overall finish, 2nd female overall, 1st in age group and a new Personal Best time of 1 hr. 13 min. and 58sec. I am glad I got under 1:14.
Now I am off for a very intense 2 weeks of training!!!
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
This weekend has been above and beyond anything that I could have imagined it to be. First off, Bobby McGee (http://www.bobbymcgee.com/) was the presenter for Running Skills and Mental Training. Unbelievable! He had coached some of the most amazing athletes and is one of the most engaging speakers I have heard. He also passed on the critical knowledge, which I had most of down, but helped reinforce. Yesterday, Bob Seebohar (http://fuel4manceblog.blogspot.com/) lectured on Sports Nutrition. Again, one of the best out there and also gave me lots of new info! This workshop has really lit a fire in me to get out and find a way to get involved with coaching again. It has also helped me know where I need to improve and where I am successful.
Of course, the training has been limited. Before leaving, I had a great TT (i think, results have not been posted yet). The breathing felt better and I felt like I could push hard. Nice long run with a 20-min race effort in the middle on Thursday. I got out on the bike today and all I have to say is "I love VT"! Very funny considering that I am always telling Luke that I want to move around. I have completely lost any skill that I had for riding in traffic. Tomorrow is only a 1/2 day of lecture so I should be able to get back to VT for my long run and then off to Tupper Lake to ride the race course on Monday! Having fun and feeling good :)
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday was much better with a long 70-mile bike ride. I have to get my long ride in on Monday because of the race this weekend. My breathing was better because I was working at such a low intensity and it did take a good 50-miles for the legs to warm up. I guess I will just have to try to push my brick workouts a little harder to see if that will better prepare me.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Wednesday was a new TT on Country Road in Montpelier. It was a very hilly, rolling course. I felt strong but know that I did not push as hard as I could have simply b/c of not knowing the course. It will be interested to see what my time was in comparison to the others once results are posted. I had a great run yesterday with 4x4 minute pick-ups. I am really feeling strong at my pick-up pace and am hoping to push that paces this Sunday.
My goal for this race is to stay mentally strong on the run and work the hill section on the bike course. I know that if I stay strong and fast feet on the run I will place well with a good time. Every year that I have done this race I have choked on the run. This year will be different!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I also am officially registered for the 3-mile Kingdom Swim on July 25th (www.kingdomswims.org) . I am also contemplating if I should race the Musselman 1/2 on July 19th. I did this 1/2 last year and it was great. The only 1/2 I will be racing this year is Tupper Lake at the end of June. I feel like it would be beneficial to get in 2 1/2s before IM but the dates are not what I ideally would want. I feel like I should have more time in between to rest and get in solid training time. I know races are great for you but it drives me nuts when I don't get in everything I designed in my training placed (OCD).
Today, nice 8-mile Stowe loop and weights.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Our Wed. time trial was cancelled due to rain. This week has been pretty much a wash out. Missed my run on Thursday but have nothing scheduled for Friday so I need to kick myself in the but to get out there after work.
It's funny how it is so much easier to do the workouts day after day, but once you miss a day it becomes so challenging. Enough for now as training is not too exciting this week. Just a little over one week till the first race of the season!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
This week is very similar to last week with a slightly longer bike and run (only by a few minutes). I also will have a challenging TT and track workout this week. I was planning on running a 1/2 marathon this weekend but decided to opt out so I can really get in my long workouts.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
So steep that the road was still covered in snow on some parts. The great part was that the road was still closed to traffic and we had the place all to ourselves. I really could feel the hill on the rest of the ride. My legs are still not as strong as they need to be and Luke pulled me through the headwind all the way home. I also tried Gatorade Rain which is awful. There must be nutri-sweet or some awful sugar in it that did not sit right with me. Today (Sunday), I got out and ran of 90-minutes. Feeling strong until the last 10-15 minutes. I am ok with the fact that I am feeling tired, I expect it at this time of the year. It is so exciting to be able to get all these workouts in outdoors. I was definitely not at this place last year in my training. This upcoming week will also be pretty intense with my first track workout on Thursday. I am steadily losing weight which is great and helping with the running. The feet are feeling pretty good and I have no complaints in that department.
I was talking in my sleep the other night about massages so I think I may be treating myself to a Patty massage soon!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
With the weather being rainy and cold, biking was very difficult. I only rode 1x last week so my goal this week is to get out on the bike. I'm off to a great start as I got out for a 2.5 hour ride yesterday. I also competed in a small swim meet at the Swimming Hole last Friday. Boy, do I not miss pool racing. I arrived 2 minutes prior to my 1st event (time confusion). Each race felt worse than the one before. I never warmed up and got into that racing mode. Not a big deal considering I was preping for the 1/2 the next morning. Just a fun week of racing and training.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Today, 25-mile bike loop outside! Can't wait. Just wanted to log in to keep this motivation going. Also, in search of a 1/2 marathon within the next month. Will not be able to participate in the Rollin Irish because of Luke's training weekend in Woodstock, NY.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The best part about this team is that they welcome visitors and let you swim with no charge.
I also stuck with my running. It was much less a battle to get out and run with the temps in the 70's. I got in 3 good days with my longest run going a little over an hour. Now that I have returned to the snow, sleet, and rain that is spring in Vermont; I must keep the motivation going. Before leaving I got a cyclocross bike so that I can get out earlier on the roads. Iwill hopefully get out soon with the snow clearing up by the end of this week. More training updates coming soon! Looks like today will be an hour on the treadmill.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
May 23rd: Sea Isle City Sprint Tri
June 7th: Swimming Hole Tri (sprint)
June 27th: Tupper Lake 1/2 Ironman
July 12th: Vermont Sun Sprint
July 25th: 3 mile Kingdom Swim
August 9th: Lake Dunmore Olympic
September 13th: Ironman Wisconsin
Athletic accomplishment: I finished a 25k cross-country ski yesterday. I participated in the Craftsbury Marathon. It was a great physical challenge for me and made me appreciate running a litter more. That's all for now. By my next post I hope to be doing long runs of 10-16 miles!