12.31.02 - Washington Resolution Run
01.19.03 - San Diego Marathon
07.13.03 - Tri For Real #2
10.23.05 - Nike Women's Half Marathon
11.23.06 - Sparks Turkey Trot
05.05.07 - Marathon de Mayo (Half)
05.13.07 - Moms on the Run
10.??.07 - Nike Women's Half Marathon
05.10.08 - Moms on the Run
06.21.09 - Pleasanton Spirit 5K
07.29.09 - San Francisco Half Marathon
10.04.09 - SJ Rock 'N Roll Half Marathon
10.18.09 - Nike Women's Half Marathon
11.01.09 - New York Marathon
11.26.09 - Spark's Turkey Trot 10K
02.20.10 - Bay Breeze Half Marathon
03.14.10 - Shamrock 'N Half Marathon
03.21.10 - LA Marathon
03.27.10 - Scheel's Fanatic 5K
04.25.10 - Marin County Half Marathon
05.02.10 - Reno Rock 'N River Half Marathon
06.05.10 - See Jane Run Half Marathon
07.25.10 - San Francisco Half Marathon
09.05.10 - Pier to Peak Half Marathon
10.10.10 - Chicago Marathon
10.30.10 - Healdsburg Half Marathon
11.07.10 - U.S. Half Marathon
11.25.10 - Scheels Turkey Trot 10K
02.06.11 - Surf City Half Marathon
03.13.11 - Dublin Shamrock 5K
04.18.11 - Boston Marathon
05.01.11 - Big Sur Marathon
06.11.11 - Lake Tahoe Relay
07.31.11 - San Francisco Half Marathon
09.11.11 - Walnut Festival Run 5K
09.18.11 - NorCal Half Marathon
11.24.11 - Scheels Turkey Trot
12.03.11 - Las Vegas Santa Suit 5K
12.04.11 - Las Vegas Half Marathon
03.11.12 - South Bay Duathlon
03.25.12 - Oakland Half Marathon
05.20.12 - Morgan Hill Sprint Triathlon
06.24.12 - Silicon Valley Intl. Triathlon
07.15.12 - Ironman 70.3 Vineman Triathlon
03.09.13 - Lucky 13 Half Marathon
04.28.13 - Eugene Half Marathon
05.11.13 - Folsom International Triathlon
5k:19:17 @ Dublin Shamrock 5k 2011
10k: 41:01 @ Scheel's Turkey Trot 2010
Half:1:30:07 @ Oakland Half 2012
Full: 3:31:44 @ Boston Marathon 2011
70.3: 5:20:07 @ Vineman 2012
Category Archives: Weekly Recap
In addition to a whole-lotta firsts, week four was about what my good friend Tim Gunn preaches, “Make it work!” With a somewhat packed schedule and a small party we were throwing over the weekend, I focused on moving around appointments and training to maximize time. I’ll talk a bit about how this all went down, but first, the most adorable photo of a Lola saying, “Mooooooooom, stop embarrassing me!”
Monday, 2/4: Long Run
This week got a bit of a double “long run” as they used to be on Mondays, but will now be on Fridays. A solid treadmill run. Oh and here’s a tip: always set your treadmill at at least 1 percent incline to try and simulate running on the open road.
Tuesday, 2/5: Indoor Ride & Swim
A morning ride that was pretty typical. Just nice and sweaty while watching the news. Nothing too notable.
The rest of the day at work left me not the happiest camper. I huffed and puffed all the way to the pool and as soon as I got in, it was as if all my woes were halted for that short period of time. I just felt myself swimming in this gorgeous saline pool, listening to the music underwater (thank you, Club Sport!) and just settling into myself. It wasn’t the fastest, but it was my first swim without using the pull buoys for part of the main set. I also learned that my ankle isn’t quite ready for flip turns yet, but it was still extremely peaceful.
Wednesday, 2/6: Indoor Ride & Transition Run
Ready for another first? First indoor ride followed by a transition run. What-whaaaaaaaaat!
Thursday, 2/7: Indoor Ride
Whoa, how did I end up riding so much this week? Oh wait, maybe it’s me perpetually putting off swimming because I have to plan around when I’m swimming and whether or not I can go somewhere with wet hair after my swim. Ha! No, I don’t actually do that. Well, maybe. A little. Ok, I do. Forget it.
Friday, 2/8: Long Run
Six miles. No brace. No pain. All outside. I think I’ve squealed about this enough now that people just want me to get on with it. To recap: it was awesome. Like free Starbucks awesome. No, no, like lunch with a certain RoseRunner awesome:
We met for some Pho and it was pho-nominal (that just happened). Just don’t tell anyone that neither of us know how to use chopsticks. Damn it.
Saturday, 2/9: Long Ride
Another confidence building training session that made me want to slay some dragons. Ok, I don’t know why I keep using that phrase. Chicken Face said it one day in relation to being UBER-motivated so now I just want to slay dragons every time I get pumped up. And I hate fantasy. Anyways, you can see more about the long ride here.
We also started having themed monthly get-togethers with my cousins and their significant others to ensure that we actually see each other. The first theme: LOVE. Somehow, this LOVE dinner turned into impromptu limbo, a dance-off and Vine-ing ridiculousness. Maybe it was the cocktails…
Why and how my freezer bear came out of the freezer and joined the party. I have no idea.
Sunday, 2/10: Swimming…Err…Pilates
Looks like I put off a swim until Sunday, and huh, it ended up not happening. I wonder how this happened? I looooove swimming sooooo much. Almost as much as back-to-back meetings. Ok, it’s not that bad. But for whatever reason, I ended up not being able to get my swim in so I opted for a quick pilates session.
I closed out week 4 with:
7 hours and 26 minutes of training:
1,600 yards swimming
73.39 miles cycling
13.16 miles running
30 minutes pilates
Quick — tell me something amazeballs that happened to you this weekend!
I’ve mentioned the emotional roller coaster that is recovery, but I’m happy to report we were on the fun part this week. How so? Allow me to count the ways…
Monday, 1/28: Swim
Nothing too special to note here, just getting my swimmy swammy on. Oh, and it was frickin’ freezing. The end. I also got a deep massage where we literally worked on my lower left leg for an entire hour. It was glorious.
Tuesday, 1/29: Indoor Ride & Run
Sweaty indoor trainer ride in the am, followed by a “I’m so f-ing pumped up on endorphines right now” treadmill run. Eminem you know how to cut to my soul. Not really. But thanks for letting me feel like I’m a straight up bad ass for a couple miles.
Wednesday, 1/30: Weirdness
With a check-in PT appointment in the am and then heading out of town directly after work, I only got in a 15 minute core workout. I ended up shuffling the rest of my training schedule around for the remainder of the week, but that’s what training is. Making it work with your life.
Thursday, 1/31: Yoga & Indoor Ride
30 minutes with Yoga Studio App to warm up the body, followed by an indoor trainer ride at my parent’s place. This ride was also my WITHOUT MY BRACE! Fist pumps ensued.
Oh, and for the record, Matt Lauer makes every morning better. Thank you, NBC, for nailing him down into a long contract.
Friday, 2/1: Indoor Ride & Run
With the baby shower on Saturday, I had to squeeze in both workouts on Friday. Another indoor ride followed by what was my first RUN WITHOUT MY BRACE! I thought this called for a ridiculous treadmill selfie.
Saturday, 2/2: Baby Shower!
Can I count running around like a chicken with their head cut off (whoa, bad image, sorry Chicken Face) as cardio? Nah. Well it was worth it celebrating my sis and soon-to-be nephew.
Sunday, 2/3: Indoor Ride
If you’re paying attention, I only swam once this week. Beeee-doooooo. I was supposed to travel home then head to the pool, but I was too anxious to watch Beyonce do her thang, errr…I mean watch football. So I swapped my workout for an hour on the trainer while Beyonce immortalized herself in my brain as queen of everything. Fair call?
I closed out week 3 with:
6 hours and 5 minutes of training:
1,400 yards swimming
60.5 miles cycling
6.5 miles running
15 minutes strength
30 minutes of yoga
So that was the week. Did you experience any highs? Anyone else madly obsessed with Beyonce now?
This week, I was reminded the importance of warming-up. You’ve heard it before, warming-up prepares the body for physical activity, gets the blood pumping and can help prevent injury. For me, warming up is paramount to getting my ankle ready for activity that it’s definitely not ready for/used to.
I should have smiled for the photo — I AM that person taking a photo of themselves in the gym after all.
For any run or ride, I always do my ankle balance/strength exercise, followed by either walking briskly for five minutes of the treadmill, easy pedaling for 10 minutes on the bike or 15 to 30 minutes of flexibility-focused yoga with my new best friend: my Yoga Studio app. After these warm-ups, I can absolutely telly the difference in my ankle’s range of motion. It’s not to my good ankle’s level, but I’m definitely in a better place for activity. Speaking of which, here’s a look at my slow-but-sure IMCDA Week 2 training:
Monday, 1/21: Swim
1,400 yards, with the entire main set using the buoy. At least my pull buoy is pink… it makes it a little easier.
Tuesday, 1/22: Indoor Ride
50 sweaty minutes on the trainer, but guess what… SMASH is coming back! Ah yes, the ridiculous show that kept me company on all of last season’s training rides. Oh Katherine McPhee… I can’t wait until we ride together again.
Tuesday was also when my ankle decided to be a biatch again. Like pain going down the stairs, biatch. Trying to be safe, I pushed out all of my runs until later in the week as the pain went down each day. I have a feeling that going for my second outdoor run and my longest run yet may be the culprit here.
Wednesday, 1/23: Swim & Yoga
More time soaking up the sweet saline pool at Club Sport (hello underwater speakers!) and a bit more time getting with the Yoga Studio app. I’ve been alternating back and forth between the flexibility and balance classes: flexibility to loosen things up and balance to get the neuromuscular strength back in the ankle.
Thursday, 1/24: Indoor Ride & Run
50 minutes on the sweaty trainer and then back on the treadmill to see how the cranky ankle was doing. I was uber-nervous on the treadmill as it was stilly being a pain, but I managed to warm it up enough and get my run in.
This was also the first “Oh dear God did I sign up too soon?!?!” melt-down I had with my coach. He assured me that I’m going to have my highs and lows, and yes, it will take time. But we need to listen to my body, communicate a lot, and it will all be ok. Oh the mental mind-games of training.
Friday, 1/25: Yoga, Run & Strength
A little pre-run yoga to warm-up, and then another outdoor run where I ended up taking the same fateful road. F-YOU MANHOLE COVER!
Later that day, it was time for some lower body and core work. It sounds like a lot, but with the small increments that I’m doing, it was totally manageable. Chicken Face and I even managed to make it to a date night. SCORE!
Saturday, 1/26: Long Ride
An hour and 15 minutes on the trainer is a lot indoors. With Chicken Face insisting that we watch Gold Rush (ugh), I struggled maintaining my zeal. Lola and I later made our way downtown to look at overpriced vegetables at the farmer’s market — it was delightful.
But later that night, the amazingness that was the gut bomb above happened. It was dreadfully unhealthy but amazingly delicious.
Sunday, 1/27: Yoga & Long Run
Hmmm…I wonder why I felt like a sloth on this run? Oh wait. See photo from Saturday (still worth it).
I warmed-up with yoga then went for my longest run yet, 4.7 miles, outside and it was much better than the runs earlier in the week. Still working on my fitness and still not trying to freak out at every twinge, but it was a step in the right direction.
I closed out week 2 with:
7 hours and 9 minutes of training:
2,875 yards swimming
46 miles cycling
10.21 miles running
30 minutes strength
1 hour and 15 minutes of yoga
Do you regularly warm-up? If so, what do they consist of?
Well, week one of IMCDA training is in the books! It was a chilly week one for California, but nothing too crazy. In fact, I must admit that it didn’t feel so much like Ironman training, but rather a week of completely manageable, yet scheduled, workouts. They were all short in distance and time as I get my ankle (and body) back up to speed.
It’s frickin’ freezin in California!
Monday, 1/14: Swim & Long Run
Hot damn it was cold that morning. Shivering on the ledge I took the plunge and just jumped in. Soon I realized that I have a lot of swimming work to do to regain my old fitness and I need to take it easy on my ankle. A majority of the 1,400 yards used the pull buoy.
Also, Mondays (for now) are my long run days to ensure that I have at least one weekend day to spend with Chicken Face. But this “long run” was just 3.5 miles.
Tuesday, 1/15: Indoor Ride
Simply 40 minutes on the trainer, all at 90+ RPM. It still got me nice and sweaty.
Wednesday, 1/16: Swim
Lola is not impressed with these workouts.
1,400 yards with the a mix of regular swimming and the pull buoy. Pretty standard.
Thursday, 1/17: Indoor Ride & Run
Another 40 minute ride on the trainer at 90+ RPM and a 2.5 mile run on the treadmill. Like I said…the turtle wins this race.
Friday, 1/18: Run & Core
With the approval from my PT earlier this week, I got the approval to run outside for the first time in 10+ weeks! I was nervous and frightened that I’d slip and eat in on secret, evil black ice, but alas, I survived 2.5 outdoor miles. But hot damn do I have a lot of work to do. What the hell happened to my speed?
Saturday, 1/19: Long Ride
If only all “long rides” could be an hour on the trainer at 90+ RPM.
Sunday, 1/20: Long Run
As mentioned earlier, all of my long runs are scheduled for Monday. But it was finally a beautiful day and Chicken Face said he’d go with me, so I couldn’t pass it up. We ran 4.2 miles outside, together, very slowly. It was lovely being with him, but the mental games I’m playing on my lack of speed are quite frustrating. Le sigh…patience young one, patience.
I closed out week 1 with:
5 hours and 14 minutes of training:
2,900 yards swimming
35 miles cycling
12.8 miles running
How do you prevent getting frustrated when coming back from an injury?
Last week I received a very welcome surprise…
Women’s Running Magazine was nice enough to feature this lil’ blog of mine in the Nov./Dec. issue! A big thank you for making me feel super special – it really means the world to me!
Now on to week 45, 46 and 47…
Mon., 10/8: Swim & Strength (3,500 yds.)
This was the first time that I wrote, “It’s official. I’m getting sick of swimming…” in my workout log. I’m not getting any faster at swimming, but I’m just getting bored of looking at the floor and counting.
Tues., 10/9: Swim @ ClubSport (3,500 yds.) & Run (6.3 mi.)
Finally, a tempo run! I am loving every speed workout!
Wed., 10/10: Trainer Ride
Thurs., 10/11: Rest
Fri., 10/12: 16 miles cut short to 14
Cut my run short – had to get back to do my maid – ehem, matron – of honor duties!
My little sister and now brother-in-law.
Sat., 10/13: Long Ride (100.5) and Transition Run
We hustled back from Nevada so I could make my long ride – phew!
I really need new glasses.
Sun., 10/14: Rest
Mon., 10/15: Swim @ ClubSport (3,500 yds. of speed work) & Strength
Tues., 10/16: Swim @ ClubSport (3,400 yds.) & Ride
Wed., 10/17: Run (3.5 mi.)
Thurs., 10/18: Run (6.5 mi.)
Fri., 10/19: Swim @ ClubSport (3,000 yds.)
Sat., 10/20: Triple Brick!
2 hour ride, 50 minute run, 2 hour ride, 40 minute run, 2 hour ride, 30 minute run. You can see how it all went down here.
Testing out my SOAS race kit — I think this might be my game day ensemble!
Sun., 10/21: Swim (3,000 yds) and Trainer Ride
I had another bout of open water anxiety. Go figure. But I just had to keep swimming and eventually it subsided.
Mon., 10/22: Swim @ ClubSport (4,000 yds.) & Strength
Tues., 10/23: Run (6.6 mi.)
Wed., 10/24: Trainer Ride
Thurs., 10/25: Run
Fri., 10/26: Swim @ ClubSport (3,000 yds.)
Sat., 10/27: Run (18 mi.)
Sun., 10/28: Sick/Ride
What was supposed to be a 115 mile ride, I woke up feeling pretty awful. But I thought that because it was only in my neck and head, I could still power through it. I texted my coach and went on my way. I was stopping every 20 minutes to blow my nose and at around mile 25, I finally stopped to check my cell phone. This is what I found:
Crap. I decided that he was right because I wasn’t feeling so hot and turned around to make my way home. I took a few shortcuts and by the time I ripped my helmet off at mile 43, I felt dead. My head was throbbing, my nose a faucet and my throat a mess. I’m glad that I turned around when I did because I spent the rest of the day in bed and took a sick day on Monday as well. I’m still feeling like garbage, but I guess it’s better to get it now that come race day.
12.46 hours of training:
6,500 yards swimming
116 miles cycling
22.4 miles running
40 minutes of strength
15.44 hours of training:
12,900 yards swimming
127 miles cycling
17.7 miles running
40 minutes of strength
5.19 hours of training (stupid cold):
7,000 yards swimming
59 miles cycling
28.8 miles running
40 minutes of strength
Whew. There was a bigger week and then a not-so-big week thanks to this stupid cold…less than three weeks to go!
It’s October and one thing is for sure: it’s peak month! Along with workout after workout and insatiable hunger, I have little time to do anything outside of train, eat, sleep and work. Yes, this is also me making an excuse for not recapping almost all of September and the first week of October. Thus, here goes, in the most abbreviated way possible.
Mon., 9/17: Swim (3,200 m)
Tues., 9/18: Swim (3,300 m) & Run (5 mi.)
Wed., 9/19: Yoga for Athletes
Thurs., 9/20: Cycle Indoors & Strength
Fri., 9/21: Swim (2,300 open water yds.) & Run (3.8 mi.)
Sat., 9/22: Long Ride & Transition Run
My first 80-mile ride ever – I was on cloud nine! Followed by a transition run.
Sun., 9/23: Long Run
My first long run with no knee pain – 10 glorious miles. It was the weekend that brought my confidence and excitement back.
Mon., 9/24: Strength
Tues., 9/25: Swim (2,800 m) & Run (6 mi.)
Wed., 9/26: Swim (3,500 m)
Thurs., 9/27: Cycle Indoors & Yoga
Fri., 9/28: Rest
Sat., 9/29: Long Ride & Transition Run
Ahhhh yes, the 110-mile ride. If I thought I was excited after the 80-mile ride, I should have known that 110 miles was cause for a parade!
Sun., 9/30: Swim (2.5 open water miles)
Saturday was amazing; Sunday brought me back down with a return of the panic attack.
Mon., 10/1: Long Run (12 mi.) & Swim (3,300 yds).
My long run was originally scheduled for Sunday, but after the emotional rollercoaster and my first 110-mile ride (which was supposed to be 100 until we got lost), my body wasn’t having it. Thus, I bumped it to an early a.m. run to Monday. It was a struggle, but I got through it.
Monday evening’s swim was also my first at my brand new gym: Club Sport. I’ll share more about this gym soon, but let me tease you with this:
- Adult only, saline, outdoor pool
- Speakers IN the water – WHAT WHAT!!!
Tues., 10/2: Indoor Ride
Wed., 10/3: Strength & Run
My first tempo run since getting injured! I was loving every anaerobic minute and made me realize just how much I miss running.
Thurs., 10/4: Swim (3,000 yds.)
Fri., 10/5: Long Run (14 mi.)
Just me and my headlamp. It must be fall.
Sat., 10/6: Long Ride (81.6 mi.)
It’s funny when an 80+ mile ride becomes a recovery ride! The weather was perfect, not too hot, not too cold, and we felt great the entire way. Riding with Ilona and Jared is always a great Saturday and hey, we didn’t even get lost!
Sun., 10/7: Rest
Rest included a trip to Ikea and cooking this masterpiece:
Oh, and devouring these too…SPRINKLES!
13 hours of training:
9,408.5 yards swimming
97.1 miles cycling
20.7 miles running
30 minutes yoga
1 hour of strength
14 hours and 16 minutes of training:
11,201.8 yards swimming (the most to-date)
128.3 miles cycling (the most to-date)
7.2 miles running
1 hour yoga
40 minutes strength
13 hours and 10 minutes of training:
6,300 yards swimming
96.9 miles cycling
33.9 miles running
30 minutes strength
How has your training been going? Happy Running!
As much as I’m frustrated right now, I’m still sticking to the plan – even if that plan is modified. And thanks to my lapse in blogging, I have a few weekly recaps to catch up on (which seems to be the trend as of late). So here goes:
Mon., 9/3: Swim
3,100 meter swim. My swims now all officially start with 3s. It’s funny, I remember the day that I would have a 1,200 meter workout and would be winded and starving afterwards. Looks like things in the swimming department are moving forward.
Tues., 9/4: Swim & Trainer Ride
Somewhere in the low 3,000s at Masters (I can never remember what I did by the time I have to log it) and an hour and 15 on the trainer to begin working my knee. My trainer rides aren’t intense workouts, but rather the “increase to zone three on the commercials” variety.
Wed., 9/5: Rest
Thurs., 9/6: Swim & Elliptical/Run
Another Masters swim where I don’t know the exact distance. My brain is incapable of remembering things that happen at 5 a.m. Later that evening was a small elliptical and run combo.
Fri., 9/7: Trainer Ride
More time on the trainer with the infamous TV workout, but the highlight of the evening was seeing some of my friends that I haven’t seen in ages and a grown-up slumber party with these lovely ladies:
Sat., 9/8: Long Ride & Transition Run
Three bears and a pig farm for 50 miles! This is the ride where I felt back on top of the world – little did I know that things were going to change quickly. The rides are always followed by a run to help train your legs to transition from cycling to running.
Sun., 9/9: Run
Sunday was a gem because I not only went running – but with Chicken Face! We kept it slow and steady, but I was happy to be back out on my feet.
Mon., 9/10: Unintentional Rest
I fought the bed and the…bed won.
Tues., 9/11: Swim & Run
3k+ meters at Masters and the moon was out when we started AND finished. This doesn’t seem right. Also, another run – 4.2 miles this time. Building up!
Wed., 9/12: Rest
Thurs., 9/13: Swim & Cycle
3k+ meters at Masters and another TV cycling workout. Noticing a pattern?
Fri., 9/14: Run
I’ll admit, this one was a jump and probably why my knee threw a fit on Saturday. I was supposed to try an easy eight miles as my long run, but I ran with some friends and you know how that goes. You get caught up in the conversation, the pace and the distance, and next thing you know I ran a little over 9 miles and my knees were not happy campers.
Sat., 9/15: Swim & Cycle
Oh the day that I almost threw the towel in. ~2,800+ yards open water swimming and then the 25, turned 64 miles cycling complete with two Olympic pools full of tears.
My recovery look is so hot right now. Sweet tan lines.
But more importantly…
LOLA’S THIRD BIRTHDAY!!! She partied so hard.
Sun., 9/16: Rest
More Lola. This time in her custom birthday dress that my aunt made her for her first birthday.
This face makes everything ok.
10 hours and 39 minutes of training:
10,061 yards swimming
80 miles cycling
12.2 miles running
9 hours and 28 minutes of training:
9,623.8 yards swimming
79 miles cycling
13.5 miles running
Let me preface this entire blog post by saying I am extremely thankful for being healthy. I know that my little injuries could be far worse, and the truth be told, this isn’t a big deal in the grand scheme of things. I know, I get it and I am lucky to be healthy.
But, I’ve also been dealt this hand of cards and it’s been trying on my mental state. The main reason being that the race is a little over two months away are there is so much that I fear.
My endurance isn’t to the Ironman level yet. My training isn’t perfect. My knee still isn’t in working condition so how am I supposed to complete the last final months of training? You get where I’m going here.
This past week has been what I’m calling “the emotional roller coaster week.” One day, I’m running and have no knee pain. The next day I’m back on my bike to test it out on a 40-mile ride and it’s getting tight again. Then I run on the track and feel better than ever, leading me to conclude that I think it’s the cycling. The next day, I hop on the treadmill to do 30 minutes and the muscles right above the back of my butt are stinging and I can’t run. F!
I spared everyone in my path and instead had a virtual breakdown via email to my coach. Some of the contents of said email included the following:
I know you’re not a therapist, but I’m still freaking out. I literally had to do everything not to cry as you were riding next to me on Saturday. And what the hell is wrong with the top of my butt when I ran today? It was 100% ok yesterday at the track. I’ve never had that before. And the bruise! I think it’s from cycling. Needless to say, it’s September, the race is in November and I’m nowhere near ready…I’m going to the chiro, I’m getting massages, I’m rolling, stretching and icing twice a day. I’m on this stupid emotional roller coaster and I want to get off.
Coach Paul is a saint as he’s been putting up with so many of my neurotic emails and texts that it would probably behoove him to not check his phone for at least 24 hours. But the good news is he’s a smart guy and helped put me at ease.
So, let’s pretend for a minute like I actually have something of value to blog about – genius! Here’s a look at weeks 37, 38 and 39 (woops! I’ll try to keep it brief):
Mon., 8/13: Masters Swim & Strength
About 1,950 meters at Masters, followed by 40 minutes of strength training.
Tues., 8/14: Masters Swim, Aqua Jog & Strength
2,500 meters at Masters followed by aqua jogging for 20 minutes (no knee pain!). 40 minutes of strength training later that evening.
I’m a really amazing swimming and whack my elbows on the lane line with my super efficient stroke.
Wed., 8/15: Rest
Thurs., 8/16: Masters Swim
2,550 meters at Masters where I looked like a drowned caterpillar as I attempted a butterfly drill. Yeah, it was that awesome.
Fri., 8/17: Masters Swim & Aqua Jog
Last free Masters swim of the week and 15 minutes of aqua jogging.
Sat., 8/18: Yoga
Dragged Chicken Face to yoga for my birthday.
Sun., 8/19: Indoor Cycling & Strength
30 minutes on the trainer to test the knee. 40 minutes of strength training later that evening.
Mon., 8/20: Swim & Strength
2,400 meter swim and 40 minute strength training
Tues., 8/21: Indoor Cycling
Nice and easy for 45 minutes on the trainer to test the knee.
Wed., 8/22: Yoga
Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown – it’s not necessarily relaxing, but a good one to get a good stretch and a good workout.
All taped up from the chiro and ready to heal.
Thurs., 8/23: Masters Swim, Elliptical & Strength
2,000 meters at Masters, 20 minutes on the elliptical machine and 30 minutes of strength training.
I. Hate. The. Elliptical.
Fri., 8/24: Indoor cycling
Another 45 minutes on the indoor trainer to test the knee.
Sat., 8/25: Swim
2.1 mile swim – my longest swim yet!
Sun., 8/26: Elliptical & Strength
35 minutes on the elliptical and 40 minutes strength training.
Mon., 8/27: Swim & Strength
2,800 meters swimming and 40 minutes strength training.
All hail princess Lola.
Tues., 8/28: Swim & Cycle
2,550 meters at Masters swim in the morning and an hour indoor cycling test in the evening.
Wed., 8/29: Rest
Thurs., 8/30: Elliptical, Run, Strength
15 minutes on the elliptical followed by my first pain-free run! 40 minutes of strength training to finish off a good day.
Fri., 8/31: Elliptical, Run, Strength
Round two! Elliptical, followed by a short treadmill run and strength training. Things were looking up!
Sat., 9/1: Cycle & Run
Time to get back out on the open road – I went for my first outdoor ride in a long time! 40 miles and my knee didn’t give me any grief during the ride, but rather would tighten up when I stopped. After the ride, I quickly made my way to the track to run for 20 minutes. After the 20 minute run, my knees felt like they were walking on clouds! It was almost as if they welcome the old running stride and the cycling is what’s causing them grief.
I brought my yoga mat to the track and did 30 minutes worth of yoga and stretching.
Later that day, I took Lola on a date to the park. She even bought me some ice cream.
Sun., 9/2: Elliptical & Swimming (Swim stroke analysis)
I started off with what was going to be 30 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes on the treadmill, but when I got on the treadmill, it was as if the top of my butt was on fire! Of course, I freaked out. Coach Paul thinks it might be because due to riding and all the therapy.
Apparently, massage and rolling break up adhesions between muscles and/or connective tissues, which limit a muscle’s free range of motion. When those adhesions are broken up, your muscles can then function within their normal, full range, which in turn allows proper use of the muscle groups. So, if you were bound up previously, your muscles could not do the job they were designed to do, relying on other muscles to perform their task (or at least help out). Now they are freed up, and can again perform their function, but they are not used to doing their designed function. (I totally copied that from Coach Paul’s calm-the-freak-down email.)
All the cool kids are doing it.
I then went to meet the rest of the team for a swim stroke analysis at the amazing Club Sport (Chicken Face – can we please get a membership here?). Coach Paul videotaped our strokes from different angles while doing a 3,100 meter workout. Once he edits the tapes, we’ll get an in-depth analysis on our stroke.
I lived up my guest pass at Club Sport by hanging at the adult pool and dreaming about the day we’ll get a membership here.
8 hours and 10 minutes of training:
10,440 yards swimming
30 minutes cycling
35 minutes aqua jogging
1 hour yoga
2 hours strength training
7 hours and 33 minutes of training:
8,530.2 yards swimming
20 miles cycling
55 minutes elliptical
35 minutes yoga
1 hour and 50 minutes strength training
8 hours and 33 minutes of training:
8,950.8 yards swimming
54 miles cycling
2.5 miles running
15 miles elliptical/running
2 hours strength training
I’m going to cut the world’s longest blog post short as I’m sure I’ve lost everyone by this point. Long story short, I’m doing whatever Coach Paul tells me and will likely loose it at the drop of a dime, but you know, C’est la vie.
Well would you look at that.
In the midst of my injury breakdown, I failed to do any weekly training updates. If I had to summarize them, it could pretty easily be broken down into the following: swim, aqua jog, strength training, swim, aqua jog, strength training, freak out, freak out some more, cry, proclaim to the world that you’ve failed, cry some more, then get your shit together. Very mature.
If you want more details, let me break it down for you like this…
Mon., 7/30: Yoga & FIRST DAY AT THE NEW JOB!
With all of the new job jitters, I focused on day one over everything, including keeping the workout light and a coffee breakfast date with Chicken Face.
20 minutes of yoga to get the body moving on Monday morning. I used the “Yoga For Athletes” on Xfinity OnDemand. Their selection has gotten worse over the years, but I still like the OnDemand workout videos (when you can find a good one).
Tues., 7/31: Strength/Easy Cycle
Two Nike Training Club workouts: upper body and core, followed by 45 minutes easy spinning on my trainer. This was prior to the real pain acting up, but I still did the easy TV routine: zone one during the show, zone three during commercials.
Wed., 8/1: Swim/Strength
Ready to get your swim on? Here you go!
2 x 50 FORM (10″RI)
2 x 50 KICK (15″RI)
4 x (25 DRILL, 25 EASY) 15″RI
4 x 500 FORM (20″RI)
Follow this bad boy with 30 minutes of core strength training. Can anyone tell me when I can expect the six pack?!
Thurs., 8/2: Cycle
I originally had a regular indoor training session scheduled, but with my knee still being a pain, I kept it to 40 minutes of the TV cycling workout.
Fri., 8/3: Swim
Are we noticing a pattern yet? More and more and more swimming.
Sat., 8/4: Delusional Cycling
Apparently I thought I could hang with the big boys today. 50 miles? No problem! But at the half-way point, my knee had about had it with me. I hopped off and it was as if absolutely every muscle in my knee had cramped up. I stood by my car stretching it out for 15 minutes and it eventually felt better, but I was in no position to finish the ride.
I hate you, right knee.
Sun., 8/5: Rest
I met with Coach Paul on Sunday to talk about my knee and optimize my bike fit. He lowered the seat ever so slightly and moved my cleat position to the outside of my shoe to relieve pressure on the “Goose Foot” (i.e. the three tendons in front of the tibia that we think are inflamed). That Coach Paul is a good guy, I tell ya.
Mon., 8/6: Swim/Strength
Whoa! This is the first time I’ve done speed work with someone else (my aunt!) and boy do I need to start swimming with other people to push me:
2 x 50 FORM (10″RI)
4 x (25 DRILL, 25 EASY) 15″RI
2 x (50 KICK, 25 EASY, 25 BUILD) 15″RI
4 x (25 FIST, 25 BUILD) 15″RI
2 x 200 FORM (20″RI)
2 x 50 FAST (20″RI)
2 x 200 FORM (20″RI)
2 x 50 FAST (20″RI)
2 x 200 FORM (20″RI)
2 x 50 FAST (20″RI)
Of course, 30 minutes of strength training as well.
Tues., 8/7: Swim/Aqua Jog/ Strength
1500 meters of swimming followed by 30 minutes of death by boredom, a.k.a. aqua jogging. I’ll spare you the details, wait, there are no details, you practically just jog in place while nothing else happens and get this super amazeballs hair afterwards:
I upped my strength game to 40 minutes. Come on baby muscles!
Wed., 8/8: Rest
Thurs., 8/9: Swim/Aqua Jog/Strength
This was the day. The day that started the full blown breakdown. I lifted for 40 minutes in the a.m., then swam 1,500 meters and then aqua jogged for 30 minutes later that evening. I could feel my knee tightening up and got out of the pool to assess the damage. Cue my personal depression orchestra. Sob, sob, sob, blah, blah, blah. You’ve heard it before.
Fri., 8/10: Swimming/Strength
Swimming. Again. But this time, 2,700 meters worth and an 800 meter marker. But this marker was only seconds better than some of my very first markers, making this entire week beyond frustrating. More tears.
But then I lifted my super awesome eight-pound dumbbells and felt all invincible again. I can’t win.
Sat., 8/11: Strength/Yoga
I finally got to go to a full, one hour yoga class and loved it. More than a traditional yoga class, I felt like it was an hour of awesome stretching – exactly what my mind and body needed. And of course, more strength training was involved.
Sun., 8/12: Rest
So there you have it. My attempt at wrapping up two weeks of training and not boring you to tears. If you’ve made it this far, congratulations! Here’s how each week’s totals looked:
5 hours and 32 minutes of training:
5577.4 yards swimming
51 miles cycling
1 hour and 10 minutes strength training
6 hours and 49 minutes of training:
7,327.2 yards swimming
3 hours and 30 minutes strength training
1 hour aqua jogging
I’m trying like crazy to not dwell on the two horrible weeks that left my physical confidence in the dumpster and instead focus on moving forward. Thank you again for all of your supportive comments! Patience and courage. Patience and courage.
Prior to starting the new job, I took the highly recommended “funemployment” week. Think of it as the only week where you freely think about absolutely nothing and aren’t glued to your phone checking work emails. Ahhh, it was lovely.
Included in this week was our anniversary trip to Sonoma and a quick trip to Reno to be with my family. I had to improvise on the training, stay off my knee and make the absolute most of it. Thus, week 34 looked as follows:
WARNING: Lots of puppy photos!
Mon., 7/23: Swim & Core
FINALLY – a swim where I felt strong and was smiling (i.e. not trying to swallow pool water) the entire time! Want to smile and swallow pool water too? Try this workout:
2 x 50 FORM (10″RI)
4 x (25 DRILL, 25 EASY) 15″RI
4 x (25 FIST, 25 BUILD) 15″RI
100 MODERATE (10″RI)
200 MODERATE (15″RI)
300 MODERATE (20″RI)
2 x 600 MODERATE (30″RI)
Add 30 minutes of hip and core exercises and you have Monday.
Tues., 7/24: Run
With a good rest week behind me, this run was supposed to be easy. However, at about 20 minutes my knee decided to scream, “HELLO! I’M HERE TO HAUNT YOU!” Thus, I stopped, stretched and made my way home before things went to hell in a handbasket. Four miles that confirmed something was wrong.
Wed., 7/25: Swim & Core
I’ll spare you the story now, but I ended up swimming in an apartment pool in Reno while everyone stared at the idiot in the swim cap. Move out of my way, children — I have laps to swim!
The good news is that my little sister has the cutest new little rat dog named Harley. I think I’ll go to Reno more often…
She was so cute until I found THIS…
Thurs., 7/26: Cycle
Still cautious of my knee, I cycled indoors for over an hour. But of course, the knee was being a pain in my, well, knee.
Olympics and spinning – motivation at it’s finest.
Fri., 7/27 – Sun., 7/29: Yoga
I got mentally frustrated and ended up throwing the towel in on all planned weekend workouts and opted for multiple 20 minute yoga sessions and lots of rolling and stretching. Can I complain anymore?
I closed out week 34 with:
4 hours and 10 minutes of training:
5,252.8 yards swimming
16 miles cycling
4 miles running
Exciting? Perhaps not — but still a great week. Have you taken a funemployment week?