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: Ironman
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.
Training comes in multiples phases, but there’s one thing that’s for sure: peak training is a beast worth noting. The key identifiers of which are easy to spot and are sure to make any outsider question how you make it as a functioning human being. Perhaps I should wear a big sign around my neck that says, “I’M IN PEAK TRAINING. DON’T JUDGE ME!” Or maybe I could provide a list of essential indicators for anyone in said state.
You know you’re in peak Ironman training when…
- Your racer back tan line could be mistaken for a whale tail tattoo.
- Piles of laundry are now considered your interior décor.
- You go through at least three changes of clothing per day, with your work attire being the least important.
- You’re so tired of eating that you actually like the idea of intravenous feeding.
- This is day 39 that you’ve worn your hair in “top knot.”
- You start to wonder what people do with a full 48 hours of free time on the weekend.
- You questioned your coach multiple times asking, “Are you SURE this is humanly possible?”
- You have a perma-ring of broken hair all around your head from the swim cap. I call it the “Halo Effect.”
- Your wrists feel naked when you don’t have your Garmin strapped on. Good thing you have a tan line to comfort you.
- Date night is watching old episodes of “Arrested Development” and staying up way too late: 10 p.m.
- You’re 16-year-old acne has all reappeared, strategically where your bike helmet and straps hit your face.
- Heels are the equivalent of ancient torture mechanisms.
- You no longer feel awkward training with old men every weekend.
- The complete disarray of your home makes you worried that the “Hoarders” film crew might show up on your doorstep.
- Your dog no longer wants to play, but just waits to lick the sweat off of your feet.
- You train solo so often that carrying on conversations with yourself for six hours straight is no longer a problem.
- “Hurts so good” is your favorite phrase. So is, “SCREW YOU, HEAT!”
- Your pinky has gone numb from being in aero too long.
- “Hangry” is your most frequented emotion.
- Falling asleep at dinner is NBD. You’ll wake up in 15 minutes and eat again anyways.
- Trips to the chiropractor are the most social interaction that you get.
- You start to see the “blue line” in your sleep.
- When Training Peaks or Gamin Connect bugs out, you better pray no one else is in the room.
- You plan your work attire based on if you can wear compression sleeves underneath.
- Your foam roller is the closest thing you have to a BFF right now.
- Water bottles. EVERYWHERE!
- Salt caps seem to be falling out of the sky…or just every pocket.
- You feel like you could eat dinner with Michael Phelps and totally keep up.
- Helmets, heart rate straps and wet suits can all be found draped and drying from any shower or sink ledge. No space is safe.
- Your car’s stench of sweat and lake goop is enough to never let another soul inside your vehicle.
And you love every last minute of it.
Any others to add to the list?
There was big news in the triathlon community yesterday: Ironman announced their new swimming initiative called “SwimSmart.” Some people are complaining, saying that it’s making the Ironman “soft,” where as I couldn’t be more excited.
Here are some of the changes that I’m looking forward to:
A few 2013 IM events (including IMCDA) will feature modifications in the swim start. Including a pre-race swim warm-up, new water temperature regulations (if the water is too cold or too warm, the swim will be altered), and self-placed rolling starts (aka “waves” like in running races).
For those who are as lucky as I am to have open water anxiety, I was terrified of the IMCDA swim start. Formerly, they didn’t allow for in-water warm-ups and it was a mass start: you literally just run from the beach, into the water with thousands of other people. The old plan would mean that I wouldn’t be able to do my in-water anti-anxiety drills and warm-up, and I was just going to stand in the back and try to stay calm. In other words, it might have been a disaster.
But with the changes, I can do the critical warm-up and drills that I desperately needed to get my heart rate in the right place. Furthermore, it won’t be a mad dash. I’m used to waved starts, I like waved starts, I won’t have a heart attack. This is awesome.
In addition to these modified starts, there is a second phase:
The second phase of the initiative will feature a comprehensive effort to educate athletes about reducing anxiety associated with the swim portion of IRONMAN events, focusing on pre-race screening for potential health issues, pre-race training and race-week preparation. Such efforts will use all IRONMAN media platforms and will include a checklist and on-line videos. Swim-specific educational communications will begin at the end of May.
I can’t express how grateful I am for Ironman taking notice of the anxiety that open water swimming causes. For those who are complaining about this new change, try getting an open water panic attack and then come talk to me about these changes. I value life over a running start any day.
Details on the IMCDA swim start are as follows:
IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene will feature a rolling start…athletes will enter the water in a continuous stream through a controlled access point… An athlete’s times will start when they cross timing mats under the swim arch.
If you are now complaining that your finish photo won’t match your gun time, welcome to the running world. They never match.
If you can’t tell already, I am SO EXTREMELY grateful for this change. Thank you, Ironman.
Now it’s your turn: what do you think about the new Ironman SwimSmart changes?
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!
For those who are still battling frigid temps and are stuck on the indoor trainer, I apologize for what you are about to read…
It’s March in NorCal and it’s FRIGGIN’ GORGEOUS!
The sun was out, the birds were literally chirping and the mid-70s helped create a perfect week 10. Sure there was one day with a little rain and wind, but all was forgotten when you consider what the rest of the week had in store. Now on to week 10, which is the biggest week thus far (notice a trend?).
Mon., 3/18: Yoga/Core & Swim
The swims are getting longer (~2,800 yards) and my chicken arms are working hard to get used to it. Speed is lacking, but then again, I never claimed to be a strong swimmer.
Tues., 3/19: Run & Strength
Hill climb Tuesday! Thanks to Layla for the recommendation, I found a new hill climb just a couple miles away from my work. While I did feel like I was running uphill, in the rain and wind, both directions, it was enough to give my heart rate a run for it’s money.
Wed., 3/20: Ride & Run
Lately, after a hard ride and when I transition to running, I’m getting some pretty weird pains on the bottom of my injured foot. I take it slow and steady to loosen up the bottom of my foot. I’m not quite sure what’s happening, but massage and being careful with it seems to be working.
Thus., 3/21: Indoor Ride & Swim
An a.m. indoor trainer ride and a p.m. swim kicked off a busy next couple of days. Thursday was also the day that I said goodbye to my favorite Speedo “Long Hair” swim cap as it snapped on me right before I entered the pool. Thankfully, Club Sport has huge noggin’ caps available that didn’t leave me stranded. I also threw out my red training suit as I realized it had become a baggy, saggy disaster. Why didn’t anyone tell me?!
Fri., 3/22: Long Run
I was determined to get my long run done on Friday so I could enjoy our Sunday plans. But getting in 14 miles for work would have meant that I’d have to run over an hour, in the dark, by myself. I’m try to be extremely cautious of my personal safety while training and running solo in the dark never seems like a wise idea. Thus, I opted to run after work.
Gah, let me tell you, the last thing you want to do on a Friday after work is your long run. I found a general route and made my way around town for 14 miles. It started out a little toasty, then cooled down to the perfect early evening temps. I even got in a few lovely neighborhood trails.
At 10 miles, my ankle/foot/knee started giving me a little grief, but I took it slowly and steadily to ensure that I was able to finish my longest post-injury run yet. As I neared then end of my run, it was a race against the sun to get back to my car. When I finished, I was in my running euphoria zone. Not because of a great pace, but just the bliss of running. Better than any Friday night happy hour.
Sat., 3/23: Long Ride
Last year, Coach Paul hosted two long rides in Half Moon Bay and when I found out that this week’s long ride was in Half Moon Bay again, I was so excited as it is simply stunning.
My friend Ray and I started by the ocean, rode through towering eucalyptus trees, past rural pastures, and climbed…boy did we climb. I heeded Paul’s advice of going slow and easy up the climbs, rather than going for speed, and my legs thanked me in the end. 68 miles later, I was one happy camper (longest post-injury ride yet!).
If anyone has the chance to ride Half Moon Bay and it’s surrounding areas — DO IT! Your legs and soul will thank you.
Sun., 3/24: Rest
Chicken Face and I finally took advantage of the local wineries by getting tickets to Livermore’s Barrel Tasting Weekend. We probably only made it through 1/3 of all of the wineries that were participating, but after 17 tastings, this light weight was done and became increasingly hangry (note to self: must remember snacks). It was the perfect way for us to actually do something outside of train and school, and it was just another reason why I’m falling more in love with California (despite it’s ridiculous housing prices).
I closed out week 10 with:
13 hours and 02 minutes of training:
5,300 yards swimming
94.73 miles cycling
24 miles running
1 hour and 15 minutes strength
30 minutes yoga
How’s the training weather where you are?
Coach Paul would call week seven “the calm before the storm.”
Apparently, it was the week before things start to “pick up.” Considering this week was a 10 hour plus week, I’m anxious to see how my mind, my body and my relationships manage this time around. Overall, I’m excited, I’m anxious, and week seven was a good segway into the upcoming adventure that is Ironman training. Here’s how it went down:
Mon., 2/25: Swim
2,800 yards. Whoa, when did we get to 2,800 yards already? Still the same battles with swimming, i.e. I never want to do them. But alas, I’m in the pool. I’m just thankful it’s the saline ClubSport pool and not that nasty ass thing I used to go to where they sprayed the weird chemical along the edge while I swam. Thank you, Club Sport, for the sweet membership!
Tues., 2/26: Run & Strength
Oh you know, just me falling back in love with tempo work as I try to see those 7s back in front. Later that night, I tried Jillian Michaels’ new “Hard Body” workout DVD that I was sent. I did level one and it was so-so — I’m anxious to try level two and see if my beloved Jillian can live up to her Six Weeks Six Pack DVD that I love so much.
Wed., 2/27: Rest
Thurs., 2/28: Ride & Swim
Just your usual indoor trainer ride. But that swim. Dear God that swim. I can’t think of anything more boring than a swim workout with an increased amount of kicking and no fins. What I had to keep myself amused was consistent to that of a three-year-old. I would be completely content if the kickboard and I took a long, loooong break. It’s not you. It’s me.
Fri., 3/1: Overslept!
Sat., 3/2: Long Ride & Transition Run
An awesome day with awesome friends as we rode almost 58 miles throughout the East Bay, followed by a 15 minute transition run.
Plus, my first awkward tan line of the season!
Sun., 3/3: Long Run
Almost 11 miles, my longest run post-injury, with Chicken Face by my side. Slowly but surely making my way back and I couldn’t be happier.
I closed out week 7 with:
10 hours and 07 minutes of training:
5,400 yards swimming
74 miles cycling
18.53 miles running
1 hour minutes strength
If you could could do without one workout forever, what would that one be?
Ironman races do not allow any type of MP3 player or cell phone to be carried with you during the run; however, there are no rules on what I can play pre-race to get in the zone. No, Kanye, I want to get in my zone.
I know I’m going to be a bundle of nerves, so I’ve compiled a playlist of some of my favorite pump-up, introspective jams. Some are quite different from what I would have on a running playlist, but know this: I’m no music aficionado. I only know what I like, top 40 and all.
Below is a look at the playlist (or you can see it on iTunes here).
Tell me, what other songs should I add?
Oh, and happy halloween!
Hellllllllllo – it’s Page! I’m still up here on cloud nine right now. Can someone please tell me how I can make a permanent home here? Everything is rainbows and butterflies – quite nice.
I thought I’d take a moment to discuss some of the (caution: work jargon ahead) key learnings from Vineman 70.3 and opportunities moving forward. But don’t worry, this blog post doesn’t include any text heavy slides, awkward stock photography or baffling budgets.
- Taper Tantrums: They are real and they will play evil, evil games on you. Seriously, you will do everything in your path to ensure that you get to race day in one piece and despite your best intentions, your body will have a vicious fit.
- Taper Tantrum Cures: As much as taper tantrums are just that, a tantrum, I also believe it’s your body’s way sending you a message. If something hurts, baby it like crazy. I cut out all running for almost a week, iced, rolled, got massages and stayed off of my knee as soon as it started acting up. It also helps to have friends sending good vibes your way.
- Check Your Bike: With running, the only thing you really need to take care of is yourself. Not so in triathlon – your bike is another expensive machine that needs to be checked and re-checked prior to race day. I’ve been having some problems shifting my bike down into the front small gear (like my fancy terminology there?) and while sometimes it worked seamlessly, other times it didn’t. I had already taken it into the shop once and when it started acting up again, I took it back in. It turns out that my front deraillleur was bent and when they tried to fix it the first time, it just got bent again. So the fantastic folks at Livermore Cyclery fixed my deraillleur by installing a brand new one, of the next level up, for FREE! Please picture me doing a fist pump here.
In addition to upgrading and fixing my deraillleur , they took the time to explain to me how to clean my chain (apparently you need to – who knew) and why the basic model chain ring I have makes it harder to shift. Thus, I see some component upgrades in my future.
- Get There Early: For running races, I liked to get to the expo/race starts early simply to avoid the lines and crowds. However, I’d urge you to get to the triathlon/T1 or T2 set-up early not only to get your goods, but to rack your bike or place your T2 stuff as close to the end as possible. If not, you’ll be forced to squish your bike into a rack that is already overwhelmed, or far down the line. The closer to the end, the less you have to run and the better your transition times will be.
- Swim the Venue: As mentioned in my race recap, swimming the venue, even if just for a bit, was the smartest race-prep step I took. It immediately helped me ease all of my open water anxiety fears. If you want to go a step further, swim the venue without your wetsuit (if it’s safe, of course!). My wetsuit is my proverbial safety blanket as I know I won’t drown in it. Thus, logic tells me that if I can swim the venue sans wetsuit, I am the equivalent of Aqua Man. Like I said: logic.
- Eat Like A Champ: As one would assume, try to eat healthy leading up to a race, but for me, eating like a champ isn’t about changing your diet, but about fueling. I didn’t skip the glass of wine and I didn’t deprive myself of anything. Instead, I carbo-loaded, I ate normally and I had a strategic fueling plan on the bike (that I will share later). Like Coach Paul told me: don’t change a thing, but don’t try anything new either.
- Don’t Be an Dumb & Learn To Swim Straight: Seriously. Just because I don’t see other orange cappers around me doesn’t mean that my fitness has imploded and I’m in dead last place. I don’t know what the hell I was thinking. Well, apparently I wasn’t thinking because I spent a lot of time swimming back in the right direction. Note to self: work on sighting.
- Ride to the Right & Be Polite: There I was, minding my own business when some pro cyclist came zooming by and barked at guy saying, “Hey man, you need to ride to the right.” (Insert extremely really snarky tone.) I get that this guy wasn’t riding all the way over to the right, and honestly, he was making it hard to pass. However, that chick needs to lose the ‘tude. He’s probably just a normal guy trying to complete a freaking half Ironman and here she comes, spitting nasty tone. And come to think of it, she didn’t even call out “on you left!”
By the way, I tried to call out “on your left” when passing people as much as possible and when I did, people actually said, “Thank you.” I would then say thank you back, and they would actually respond with, “You’re very welcome.” Now that’s sportsmanship!
- Ice In Your Bra Works: Enough said.
- Cheerleading IS a Real Sport: Seriously, who wakes up at 4 in the morning, makes t-shirts, and sits hours on end in the heat just to see you for a few seconds at a time? Freaking awesome cheerleaders, that’s who! Knowing that they would be at the start, each transition and at the end, kept me moving and I was so happy they were there. If your family is unable to make it, Chicken Face is available for hire. Sherpa and photography fees apply.
- Smile Like Idiot: I said it before and I’ll say it again, the entire bike ride I thought about yelling, “I FEEL F****** AWESOME!” multiple time. As I look back, I realize how much I’m growing to love triathlon and the challenges that it presents. There will always be room to grow, fears to overcome and a lot of adventures to be had, and I plan of smiling like an idiot the entire time.
What are some of your favorite running or triathlon tips?
After the sad, sick week that was week four, I was begging Coach Paul to let me do something…anything! My mind was playing brutal mental games for staying in bed the majority of the week. By the time Monday rolled around, I finally got the go ahead to start easing back into the game. As excited as I was, I was naively unaware of what this meant.
This week was the week of snot.
It wasn’t pretty. I may have felt better, but the mucus monster was (and still is) in full force. Just workout, any type of workout, and it will come.
Anywho…here’s a look back at week five:
Monday, 1/2: Run (easy)
I don’t know how it happened, but it did: snot EVERYWHERE. On my shirt, on my arms, on my HAT…it was a sick and disgusting disaster. But I suppose I had to start somewhere, and that was with a nice and easy 35 minute run.
Tuesday, 1/3: Run (easy)
Coach Paul didn’t want me to push anything so he gave me the go-ahead for another easy, 40 minute run. While this may seem standard, it was probably one of the best runs ever because I suckered in a special someone to go with me:
Run, Chicken Face, Run.
Wednesday, 1/4: Swim
Back in the pool and it’s the first time I’ve ever done 500s. But would you look at that – they weren’t that bad at all. Quick and easy swim.
2 x 50 FORM (15″RI)
4 x (25 SBBP, 25 EASY) 15″RI
2 x (25 BBR, 25 EASY) 15″RI
BBR = Balance Body Roll Drill
2 x 500 FORM (30″ RI)
2 x50 Non-Freestyle
Thursday, 1/5: Cycle
My $25 garage sale trainer bit the bullet and I was left no choice: I had to get a new one (I know, I know…boo hoo). This was my first hour ride on the new trainer and I have since been told that if I don’t want to be perceived as a newbie, I need to get a mat under the trainer and remove the reflectors. (I have since removed the reflectors and ordered a mat). Oh, and notice my ghetto, indoor cycling set-up: clipping the workout to the bike and Netflix on the desk.
Friday, 1/6: Run
Slowly but surely getting back into the groove of things with a 50 minute run. I thought I’d kill two birds with one stone and run to the grocery store, get oatmeal and run back. Who thought running home with a two-pound tub of oatmeal would be such a pain in the ass? I know…first world problems.
Saturday, 1/7: Get to know my bike
I didn’t do a specific workout today, but instead just took some time to cycle around the neighborhood and get used to riding with traffic (which I am still deathly afraid of). Don’t judge me because I don’t have running/cycling glasses and I scraped myself up. It’s what the cool kids are doing.
Sunday, 1/8: Cycle / Run
I opted for the 90-minute indoor ride option because I am obsessed with the 90-minute spin class at my gym and its endorphin-pumping madness. Music so loud it rivaled any obnoxious club, but the ride is so motivating, sweat-laden and challenging that the crazy in you eats it up. Ahhhh…pure bliss.
Post-cycle, I hopped on the treadmill for a 10 min run to start getting the legs used to the transition.
Whew – it was a smaller week, but I’m glad I slowly transitioned back into the swing of things.
Oh, and don’t forget, snot is not your friend.
How was your training week? Have you every battled the nemesis also know as snot?
I am going to make a plea to my coach that playing “Just Dance” on Xbox Kinnect for a majority of the Christmas weekend is valid cross-training. Better yet, it’s training and it beats the pants off of Dance-Dance revolution.
What’s that, coach Paul? You’re not buying what I’m selling.
Fine. Here’s what I actually managed to get in Christmas week and why I’ve been a bit MIA.
Monday, 12/19: Swim (a.m.) / Run (a.m.)
Well hello, pool. I hate you and the first dip into the frigid water, but give me a handful of laps and I grow to love you more and more each day. Here was the 1300 yard workout:
2 x 50 FORM (20′RI)
4 x (25 BBP, 25 EASY) 15′RI
2 x 50 KICK (15′RI)
4 x (25 SBBP, 25 EASY) 15′RI
MAIN SET: 3 x 200 FORM (20″RI)
COOL DOWN: 2 x50 Non-Freestyle
Post-swim was a 5.2 mile run with sopping wet hair. Don’t anyone show me a mirror because it ain’t pretty. Above all, this run made me realize how much I miss running. Le sigh.
Tuesday, 12/20: Cycle
Time to get sweaty on the spin bike and coach Paul’s prescribed workout. He sends them to me in a pretty little excel file and it’s makes my wanna-be-organized brain smile.
Wednesday, 12/21: Swim
Apparently it’s time to get friendly with 300s. Small steps people, small steps!
2 x 50 FORM (20′RI)
4 x (25 BBP, 25 EASY) 15′RI
2 x 50 KICK (15′RI)
4 x (25 SBBP, 25 EASY) 15′RI
3 x 100 FORM (20″RI)
COOL DOWN: 2 x50 Non-Freestyle
Thursday, 12/22: Cycle (a.m.) / Run (p.m.)
I was supposed to do my lactic threshold testing on Thursday, but plans went awry so we had to opt for another hour-long indoor spin session. Later that day, I squeezed in 7.1 miles and that nasty cold I had last week thought it would be funny to hibernate deep within me and then rear it’s head on the run. Let’s just say it’s the amount of snot rockets one human being can produce is amazing. Soon thereafter, Jacqueline, Kiki and I all had a our hand at making cake pops. Let’s just say they are not as easy as they look.
Friday, 12/23: Rest
Meet Pippin’. This is Lola’s boy toy and we have puppy sitting duties for the holiday. He road-tripped with us to Reno. On another side note, both hips started to sting like crazy. Thus, I was pumping the ibuprofen and refraining from all things running.
Saturday, 12/24: Spin (a.m.) / Last-Minute Christmas Shopping (p.m.)
60 minutes on the spin bike followed by power shopping can really get the heart pumping. Phew! Did I mention that I bought myself a present?
Sunday, 12/25: Christmas & Just Dance Training
Merry Christmas! Need I say more? (Sorry Chicken Face and little sister’s boyfriend…I had to throw you under the bus for the blog). Oh, and my mom is forcing me to tell you that she beat everyone except Chicken Face. So there.
I hope everyone had a great Christmas! Happy Running!