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
Tag Archives: IMCDA
Well would you look at that, today marks day one of a gradual three week TAPER! We have reached taper…uninjured (knock on wood). The past two weeks haven’t been as long in duration as originally planned (life got in the way), but I still got in some solid training.
Unlike last year’s IMAZ training, IMCDA training has consisted of two 20 mile runs, two 2.4 mile swims, three 100+ mile rides, multiple double bricks and the big triple brick. All of which are far more than I got in before because of my knee injury – phew! With that, here’s a look at the past two weeks…and I’m going to abbreviate it as much as possible.
Oh, and more importantly, BIB NUMBERS ARE OUT!
Mon. 5/20: Rest
Tues., 5/21: Swim & Competitive Eating
I am continuing to work on my incredible eating skills, including this taco salad that will only set you back $12. Life is good.
Wed., 5/22: Run
Thurs., 5/23: Ride & Run
Fri., 5/24: A Special Visitor
Guess who came to visit… only the most adorable nephew in the world’s best t-shirt ever!
Sat. 5/25: TRIPLE BRICK!!!
Once in the training cycle we complete the infamous triple brick. This daunting day starts in the early a.m. and by the time you’re done, the rest of the world is getting ready for dinner.
While the triple brick (bike-run-bike-run-bike-run) makes for a long day, I actually think it’s quite manageable as you mentally break it up into chunks. Rather than “I have almost 100 miles of cycling and over 15 miles of running to do in one day,” you break it into the chunks and celebrate each chunk’s completion. In fact, the worst part of the day is the fact that you have to load your bike into your car three times for the run.
I thankfully rode with my friend Tom, where we commiserated about the heat and rejoiced in its completion. I felt strong, probably didn’t eat enough, but was happy to have that epic training day under my belt.
Sun., 5/26: Long Open Water Swim
2.4 open water miles with practically no anxiety. I’m happy to say that I think I’ve beat this whole open water anxiety thing!
I’m about to throw my Garmin against the wall as it keeps malfunctioning, so some of this data is an estimate, but I believe I closed out week 19 with:
12 hours and 13 minutes of training:
8,300 yards swimming
109.22 miles cycling
24.16 miles running
Mon., 5/27: Rest
More R&R time with the world’s cutest nephew who demands to hold my finger (well, I may place it there myself)…
Tues., 5/28: Run
This week I struggled to find the balance between training and life, and on this particular day, life won and I missed a swim.
Wed., 5/29: Ride & Run
Thurs., 5/30: Ride
Fri., 5/31: Yoga & Open Water Swim
Sat., 6/1: Long Ride
Holy mother of all that’s summer. 111 miles in 95 freaking degrees, plus a special guest appearance by the wind. Sure it was heat training, wind training, mind training, yada yada yada. But by the end, I was ready to never see the sun again.
Sun., 6/2: Run
Confession time: I overslept my 2.4 mile open water swim. GAH! But alas, I made it up by getting in 13 miles where my legs proceeded to feel heavy from Saturday’s ride. My body is tired and ready to do this thing.
I closed out week 20 with:
12 hours training:
2,200 yards swimming
135.73 miles cycling
21.41 miles running
15 minutes yoga
So there you have it. Not a lot of volume, but some solid workouts. Taper here we come!
The past two weeks have been nothing but packed and exciting! I got my five seconds of fame when I was quoted in the WSJ for an article on cycling (it’s one line, but I’ll take it) and I was honored to be featured as Amanda’s runner spotlight.
Training included two 20 mile runs, a surprisingly difficult triathlon, my longest swim and ride EVER, and that one time where I almost did an entire Ironman in one weekend.
I’ll try to keep this brief…
Mon., 5/6: Rest/Yoga
I may be resting, but I’m super pumped to have won this Vega contest. WAHOOOO vegan protein! I’ve been using their Recovery Accelerator and holy amazing, why wasn’t I using this stuff from the beginning?! I can’t wait to test the rest of their goodies.
Tues., 5/7: Run
Wed., 5/8: Swim
Thurs., 5/9: Long Run
With my weekend triathlon on the horizon, my schedule got all screwed up and I manage to convince two suckers…ehem…friends, to run 20 miles with me pre-work. This was the longest run I had done in quite a while. With my knee injury, I didn’t even get up to this mileage while training for IMAZ. I was beyond happy for the company and the fact that I had run 20 miles. My hips were complaining by the end, but I was still all smiles.
Fri., 5/10: Yoga
A few personal things came up that forced me to take a rest day and just get in a quick yoga session.
Sat., 5/11: Folsom International Triathlon
Oh yes, the triathlon that I didn’t see coming. I was so happy to see my family, my nephew and to have taken 3rd in my age group, but you can read all about that here.
Sun., 5/12: Open Water Swim & Long Ride
Nothing like getting up early to get your open water swim on followed by 100 miles in my new SOAS race kit. I can’t get over how much I love these kits (you don’t want to hear what happened to my ass when I tried padded shorts again…)
Last year, I trained with two buddies: Ilona and Jared. I hadn’t seen Ilona in what feels like forever, so when she offered to join me on my long ride I knew we were in for a gab-fest. And that’s just what we did: cycled and gossiped. It was awesome.
When she stopped at 75 miles, all I wanted to do was call it a day. But of course, I knew I couldn’t. I made my way and completed 25 more solo miles. My trophy for my first 100 mile ride of the season? This sunburn that turned into a second degree, bubbly, oozing, sleep on a towel, gross mess:
I closed out week 17 with:
15 hours of training:
7,240 yards swimming
125.28 miles cycling
29.24 miles running
47 minutes yoga
Mon., 5/13: Rest
I’ve never loved rest days as much as I do now.
Tues., 5/14: Recovery Run
What was supposed to be a tempo workout was turned into an “OMG my legs are so freaking heavy I hope I can just shuffle through this” run.
Wed., 5/15: Indoor Ride & Transition Run
Pretty standard, indoor trainer ride and run. Wooooo…
I also went into the city for a Luna Bar event for their new carrot cake flavor and met Jacqueline. Is it just me, or is this vending machine completely normal? In fact, it’s just a fancy version of my desk drawers. Well, way fancier, but I’m sure I stock the same quantity of Luna Bars:
Proof that I only wear my hair in top knots these days. It’s the easiest way to pretend like you care.
Thurs., 5/16: Pool Swim
I skipped a bike workout – guilty as charged! However, I hadn’t hung out with Chicken Face in what seemed like ages, so I felt like some husband and wife time was much needed (and well worth the trade-off). I’ll take a quick swim instead.
Fri., 5/17: Yoga, Core & Open Water Swim
I haven’t seen anxiety’s face around in a while, it must be my restraining order against him. Excellent.
Post-swim, I slapped on some new Nike tights for only the finest date night apparel.
Sat. – Sun., 5/18 – 5/19: My “Almost” Ironman
Saturday was my longest ride EVER! 110 miles was on the schedule, but come on now, I had to go the extra two for a new PDR and to see what it felt like. Thankfully, I rode a majority of the time with some guys from the group who kept my mind off of the fact that I was riding 112 freaking miles!
After I finished the ride I wondered how in the hell I was going to run a full marathon after that. But as Coach Paul reminds me, I’m putting trust in the taper
Sunday was another early morning with my longest open water swim ever (2.46 miles) and my second 20 mile run. When Tom and I started the run, I questioned how we would survive 20 miles in the heat. But taking it slow and steady with plenty of fuel and commiserating got us through it.
I couldn’t help but to think that over the weekend, with tired legs, I was only 6 miles short of an Ironman! I’m more excited than ever and I celebrated this achievement by eating this same braised tofu bowl three times in one weekend:
I closed out week 18 with:
15 hours and 13 minutes of training:
8,819 yards swimming
123.5 miles cycling
28.49 miles running
45 minutes yoga
15 minutes core
We are getting so close.
This week was ripe with lingering injury pain, mini bouts of strength, yoga and massage, quality time with the treadmill, challenging hills and a day when you are reminded just how much you love being on two wheels. This is week 11.
Photo courtesy of Coach Paul, five second before my precious last piece of PB&J fell to the ground and I had to make a very serious decision. I ate it.
Mon., 3/25: Strength
Oversleeping = moving your schedule around and just getting in a quick strength training session. The highlight? A Monday evening “hurts so good” sports therapy massage at my chiropractor.
Tues., 3/26: Swim & Hill Repeats
The swims are getting longer and so are the hill repeats. The hill repeats were challenging, but not as much as the foot pain I got at the end of the last repeat. Cue the nerves.
Wed., 3/27: Ride & Swim
Paying close attention to my foot pain, I changed my indoor ride and transition run to a longer indoor ride. Later that night, more time in the water.
Thurs., 3/28: Ride
Another indoor ride. Nice and sweaty, trying to focus on my petal stoke (think oval, not circle).
Fri., 3/29: Long Run
Guilty confession: I’m afraid of running solo in the dark. I will do it only if I know that the majority of my run will be in the light, rather than the other way around. I’ve tried to conquer these fears, but it’s not the night that I’m afraid of, it’s just plain runner safety. If I was with anyone else, it’s not a problem. Just solo running in the pitch black seems unsafe and something I don’t want to risk if I don’t have to.
Thus, with 15 morning miles on tap, I did the unthinkable: I ran 15 treadmill miles. I used to do long runs on the treadmill when I was commuting to my old job, but since then, I have done that sort of mileage on the dreadmill. Thankfully, the ClubSport treadmills all have personal TVs, I had my podcasts, my fuel, and of course, Matt Lauer soon kept me company.
Sat., 3/30: Long Ride
Every so often, you are reminded why you do all of this. This moment came again on Saturday.
75 miles through Morgan Territory, Diablo and beyond, where we climbed for what seemed like an eternity – over 7,700+ in total elevation gain for the day! There were points on the Morgan Territory climb that I thought my bike would actually fall over it was so steep, and the VIEWS, oh the views! I was tempted to stop and take photos, but then I’d have to figure out how to start climbing again and that wouldn’t be a pretty picture.
I heeded Coach Paul’s advice and really focused on getting in the right gear to keep my legs spinning to preserve them, and would you look at that, it worked! I rode for the majority of the ride by myself, just breathing and smiling so hard you could probably hear it. It was challenging, humbling and motivating all at the same time.
I love you cycling.
Oh, and I love you new sushi place that we just found. Thanks for filling my calorie defecit.
Sun., 3/31: Ride with Chicken Face
To top off my cycling high on Saturday, I woke up on Easter morning and made Chicken Face and I breakfast: orange vegan cinnamon rolls (SO, SO GOOD!) and spicy veggie scramble. It was heaven in my mouth.
Just when I thought the morning couldn’t get any better, Chicken Face asked if I wanted to go on a ride. Of course I said YES and we went on our first-ever ride together. 21.5 happy miles for his first “real” ride. I shared a few tips (weight back on the downhill, grip the horns, this is how you signal for debris) and it made my heart wanted to explode! He’s a natural already!
I closed out week 11 with:
13 hours and 33 minutes of training:
5,800 yards swimming
125.43 miles cycling
19.69 miles running
30 minutes strength
15 minutes yoga
While little injuries started to act up again this week, the weekend left me the happiest that I’ve been in a while. There’s nothing quite like finding the joy in what you love again, then sharing it with those you love.
Happy Easter and Happy Running!
The IMCDA training flight has officially taken off and we are now safe to remove our seat belts. Week five was packed with training and personal life balance, but I finally saw a few glimpses of getting back to where I was. From my first group ride back, my first double brick back, Valentine’s Day, birthday runs and more – high five to week five!
Here’s how it went down:
Monday, 2/11: Swim & Yoga
I’ll never get sick of looking at the Club Sport Pleasanton adult, saline pool.
An 800 meter marker in the pool and once again, my swim pace isn’t where it used to be. Maybe it’s my scrawny arms and lack of any shoulder muscles — most likely. I guess we’ll just have to keep working on that. Oh, and 30 minutes of flexibility yoga on The Yoga Studio app.
Tuesday, 2/12: Ride/Transition Run & Strength
Wednesday, 2/13: Tempo Run
Have to give a quick shout-out to my Oakley TwentySix.2 glasses c/o Oakley. Cute glasses that fit my wide face and actually don’t bounce by running. BONUS: I don’t look like an alien.
You guys. A TEMPO RUN. And not just any tempo run, but a TEMPO RUN IN A TANK TOP! Whaaaaat? My ankle was curious, my heart was rejoicing and my arms were thankful to be fabric-free! It felt great to push myself and my speed, even if it did mean I was gasping for air. Oh how I’ve missed you, tempo runs.
Thursday, 2/14: Ride & Valentine’s Day
I’ll leave our Valentine’s Day between Chicken Face and I, but he did surprise me with the medal rack and my hurst burst with glee!
Friday, 2/15: Rest
Sleeping in and relaxing during the evening. A perfect way to chillax from a busy week.
Saturday, 2/16: Double Brick #1
It was far too easy to slip back into my normal Saturday morning, pre-bike routine: wake-up too early, tea, breakfast, messed around on the computer for a little bit and final bike prep. It was my first group ride/double brick back and all went seamlessly.
20 mile ride, 10 minute run, 20 mile ride, 10 minute run. I was tired afterwards, but everything held up leaving a solid smile smeared across my face.
Sunday, 2/17: Long Run
Sunday was Kristin’s birthday celebration where all of us crazies (i.e. her runner friends) met at her place to sip, celebrate and run around San Francisco.
While the rest of the girls ran 10 miles, I was determined to stick to my plan and not do anything stupid as I am building my strength/increasing mileage. I ran the first 3.5 miles with Jojo and Jess (two of my faves) and then ran the rest home by myself as the other girls went on. I waited for them to all arrive back and then what we do best: EAT.
I brought ridiculously easy peanut butter and jelly muffins to the party — you can get the oh-no-she-didn’t recipe here.
I closed out week 5 with:
8 hours and 55 minutes of training:
4,300 yards swimming
68.41 miles cycling
17.5 miles running
30 minutes yoga
30 minutes strength
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?
Hello! I’m back from vacation and feeling exactly what I set out for: rejuvenated, refreshed and ready to take on 2013. While I’ll share the tales of my trip to Utah with Oakley and to Mexico with my family later, today is an exciting day that I wanted to share.
Today marks the first day of training for Ironman Coeur d’Alene, Idaho!
First and foremost, I am working with Coach Paul again. He was incredible throughout this entire journey, plus he listened to me sobbing multiple times as I gave him the bad news.
Second, we decided to take each day as it comes and monitor my ankle closely. While I am getting back into the swing of being active again, I need to make a natural progression and not push it. If I push it, I risk re-injuring myself.
With my IMAZ training not too long ago, Coach Paul and I are going to focus on a) rebuilding my fitness, b) rebuilding my endurance, and c) work on speed over multiple long, long, loooooong workouts. The goal: GET FAST and STRONG!
IMAZ’s training cycle was long…too long. While much of it wasn’t specific IMAZ training but rather teaching me three different sports and how you put them altogether, I will admit that I was burnt out by the end. So much so in that it is probably what caused my body to be lazy, trip and sprain my ankle. This training cycle will be just about six months. My mind, body, family and friends much prefer the sound of this.
Preventative care will be a top priority. With the mysterious knee injury behind me, I know I’m not out of the woods. Regular rolling, stretching, ankle strengthening, chiro ART and monthly sports massage appointments are incredibly important.
Last year I learned a lot about how to fuel, but I’m almost glad that I’m getting this extra chance to really optimize and perfect my fuel plan. To be honest, I still feel like I wasn’t 100 percent sure what was best for me.
We’re also switching to TrainingPeaks from WorkoutLog to schedule and track workouts and I’m excited to be better about uploading detailed data and analyzing it.
Oh, and I WILL overcome my continual fear of open water swimming, seamlessly fix flat tires, learn about bike maintenance, and take better care of Dora’s chain. It got pretty bad.
These are some of the big changes, but I’m excited to continue adding more triathlon knowledge to my neophyte athlete’s knowledge library. More than anything, I’m ready to show failure that it hasn’t deterred me. I can, and I will, pick myself back up and give it the bird as I fly by on Dora.