Sunday, August 15, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
I was so lucky that Phil White, race organizer, is awesome and allowed me and another guy to come up and swim in the afternoon. All of the other swimmers started in the AM and I was unable to make it b/c of work. So Steve (my new swimming buddy) and I started out for our 6-mile swim under very dark clouds. Somehow we encountered no rain or storms throughout the whole swim although it was pouring in all the towns surrounding us.
I decided to swim w/o my wetsuit attempting to be a "real" open water swimmer. Steve chose to use his wetsuit and it worked out perfectly putting us at a really even pace throughout the whole swim. Phil was in little motorboat to feed us and help us if we were in any trouble. He really kept his distance so we didn't have gas or wake in our way. The great thing about this swim is that it is really open water. The buoys are super far apart so there are times where you are just swimming hoping to be going in the right direction.
We fed every 30-minutes which seemed to work out perfectly. I originally was thinking every 45-min; which is probably when I actually need to fuel; but 30-minutes helped with not losing your mind and getting to see another human being! The h20 was a little choppy and the temp was fine (70 degrees at shore). I was never warm, but I was never cold to the put where I felt like I had to get out of the h20. My body was awesome until about mile 5 when my left shoulder was starting to shoot pain down my arm and I really didn't want to pull it through h20 anymore. I did a few backstrokes to help switch it up but what I really need to do is STOP SLEEPING ON THIS ARM. I have noticed in the last 1-2 years or so that my shoulder is just aching in the AM. I have slept on this arm for 28 years and it is so hard to try to change it. But I am working on it slowly. I really, really want to do the 10-miler but am seriously using my wetsuit b/c I know I will not be able to put in a lot of these swims on my own. I do have an Ironman to train for! I also know that this could quite possible hurt ALOT! I have a full month to train and decide on my plan.
In tri-life I am just plugging away getting my training in. I am starting to feel better on the bike as my excess weight is coming off. The run is still the same: Slow. But that is my fault for hibernating all winter. Flights and hotel are booked and I am really starting to get pumped b/c IM will be here sooner than you know it. Hope everyone is well out there in training land.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
So summer arrived this week! It has been amazing weather which means great swimming, biking and running. And summer means Ironman Louisville is going to be here really, really soon! I can't even believe it....I have found a good flow in training so I am feeling more and more confident. Just going to keep getting in those long training days. Still on course for the 10-miler swim in July. Possibly doing my 6-mile qualifier this Saturday! More news later, time to train.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Leading up to this race I have been struggling with breathing and being able to get my heart rate up while running and when cycling hard. My bike time trials have been significantly slower, like 2-minutes over an 8-mile course and running has just been dreadful. So needless to say I expected nothing to be pleasant about this course.
The Black Bear Tri is hosted by CGI Racing (http://www.cgiracing.com/) who do an amazing job of hosting an event. There were absolutely no glitches within this race and we started exactly at 8:00am. The only thing that I would have liked differently was to have mile markers on the bike course because idiot me has lost the Garmin charger and had no way of knowing where I was on the course. Black Bear takes place in the Poconos of Pennsylvania which is super hilly with lots of twists and turns on the descents. At first I thought I would totally suck on such a hilly course because I am so used to dragging behind Luke who cranks up hills. It turns out I did really well on the bike course and only had 1 woman pass me. Once I entered transition I just focused on breathing slow and easy. I did not want any chance of hyperventilating and not being able to pull it together for the run. So off I went at a nice easy trot. I kept a consistent pace and my legs felt strong. There were times when I was telling myself to pick it up but freaked out once my breathing got a little out of control. So I maintained a good pace and a good attitude. My overall time was a 2:50which sounds slow but everyone's time were way slower on this course so I was really happy with my finish. I was 7th in my age group and 21st overall female. Not bad for still feeling sluggish and out of shape.
Next race up is a sprint distance at our local pool which means a yucky indoor pool swim but this race has always been a challenge for me so I am looking forward to racing hard. I will be continuing to work at tempo running during my training so I can gain back some confidence when having to run hard.
It has been super hot in the Northeast which has made training great. I love the HEAT! That's all for now.
Swim 20.20 (3rd fastest female)
Run: 1 hour and 25 seconds
Overall time: 2hrs, 50min, 35 seconds
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
My personal training workshop that I attended this past weekend with Afaa was awesome. It helped my relearn some of the things I have forgotten and motivate me to continue to branch out more in the fitness industry. I am already looking at some work exchange where you get to travel free in exchange for teaching classes.
So this weekend will be my 1st race of the year! Of course the race is rated as being totally hard so my goal is to just use it as a good training day and set a strong, steady pace. I am starting to feel excited for this season and for my big Ironman training weeks.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
If I were to be graded on my last 6 weeks I would give myself a C+. Yes, I got out of bed at 5 am 2-3x/week for Masters swimming and have been biking and running fairly consistently. But I still feel like I am trying to get in shape where my goal was to originally come into training in shape and ready to train hard. That didn't happen so I must accept it and move on to focusing on hitting all my key workouts and getting in the extras! Meaning I am going to try and hit those double days where my plan says I can leave them out if tired. This past weekend was a great, sunny weekend of training with a 2 1/2 hour ride and 8.5 mile run. I must get pictures of my new, favorite run. I would say over 75% of it is on nice dirt roads, trails and grass. It reminds me of my high school cross country running days. I also had to do a lot of firewood moving this weekend which makes cycling and running long seem easy. My shoulders are feeling it!
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Training update: Yesterday I completed my 1st brick of the season. Had one planned last week and it never happened. It was tough, my legs were stiff but I warmed up after 5 minutes and squeezed in some pick-ups. I am 6 weeks in and starting to feel confident in my training and motivation.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
The vegan diet is going good. It has been fairly easy to stick to as I don't really care about meat much anyway. I have been experimenting with Bulgar and discovered some yummy chicken type product to use in stir-fry which ended up having egg in it, so I messed up there and then also my soy yogurt is made with some sort of milk product. Again, nothing I am stressing about as I am just trying to focus a good balance of grains, vegetables and protein. I also made a yummy PB/Chocolate Krispy snack that is great to have when I need something sweet.
So my next discussion topic that I am interested in researching is Athletes and Allergies. Do any of you out there suffer from allergies? I got hit hard in Florida and am just now getting everything out of my system. I know that I need to just suck it up and see a specialist but any other ideas out there. Acupuncture, herbal remedies, etc? I really want to get this resolved so I do not have another wheezing attack this season. Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated!
Friday, March 12, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
After this long yucky winter of sickness, work and not training I was so excited for our annual trip to Naples, Florida. It is amazing what sunshine can do for a person. Although this is our vacation Luke and I both want to always use this trip as a kickstart to training. We found a local 5k race in Naples that was a lot of fun. What a great distance, especially when you haven't been running. We have gotten in a lot of swims, runs and even got to bike this year. I found a great bike shop where we were able to rent some road bikes and got out for a few great rides. If you are ever in the area be sure to go to Naple Cyclery's http://naplescyclery.com/. They have all of the top brands, but more importantly, the BEST customer service I have received when renting a bike.
I have also gotten a lot of much needed rest and relaxation on this trip that has let me refocus, get prepared for IM training and just be HAPPY with where I am in life. I have also been doing some research on food and nutrition and am going to really start to make some alterations to my current diet (a post to come soon). Think GO VEG!
Off on another day of breakfast, run, beach, swim, lunch, beach, chillax, dinner, relax some more, sunset walk, sleep! Does it get any better?
Monday, March 1, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
To back up the past few days I have been completely physically inactive. Luke had a major cold/flu/illness starting on Christmas Eve and although I was trying my best to fight it off it caught up with me. And it stuck around.....resulting in many days of doing nothing. But I was signed up for this race and thankfully my grossness cleared up enough where I felt good enough to get the run in!
Now these trail races have a reputation for being really hard! Just read the race applications on their website. http://www.pretzelcitysports.com/ And the reputation lived up! I really wouldn't even describe these as trails in some parts. They were so eroded and filled with rocks that I wouldn't even want to hike on them for fun. So they made the running very slow and technical. There were also crazy climbs where everyone just marched in a line up the hill. Not one person complained that people walked, everyone just seemed to be in it together. So although this may not sound like a great race review to some, it was way more fun than any road race. The miles flew by, although they were significantly slower then on the road. My 8-mile race time is around one-hour and ten minutes and this race was just a little over 7 miles and took a full hour and forty-four minute. Holy slowness! But it was great and I am now feeling healthy to get back to training.
Oh yeah, I also bought my wedding dress!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
There is something peaceful about running down a snow covered road w/o even the sight of tire tracks on the ground. It has been extremely cold here lately (as it has been all over the NE and Midwest); but I have been getting out every once in awhile to get away from the evil treadmill. I have a 7.2 mile trail run coming up in 2 weeks in Pennsylvania which I am very excited about. It is supposed to be a killer, hilly race and should be a nice wake up call for me!
Some news to share with everyone! I participated in the incredible Northeast Kingdom Swim this past summer and since then a group of us have been emailing and trying to coordinate more swimming events in the area. Click on the following link to read more and if you are able to get to Vermont these are great events and is also a great vacation destination.
They are also holding an even up triathlon that is geared to swimmers (3.5 mile swim, around 50 miles on the bike and 13.1 miles for the run). This should be a great time to see if I can hold off those runners with such a long swim.