Friday, May 30, 2008

I don't have a clever title....

So I was just thinking how great I've been feeling over the last 2 weeks. Which, is in fact a HUGE improvement of how crappy I was feeling the 2 weeks before that. Seems like it's all just falling into place. Which is good, cause frankly the way this training started and went for the first couple months with my stupid IT band, I was a little bit worried...

This was my bulk swim week. 3 sets broken up to 6000yards, 4400 yards & 3800 yards. Actually, Wed was supposed to be the 3800 but I felt so good I just did the 4400 so today i could do the 38. Which So did not happen. The first 500 easy warmup I knew I was in trouble. My arms wouldn't loosen up. They felt like they had bricks attached to my shoulders....

Which, is kinda funny cause there was a high school swim team having their first swim practice at the same time and they were HOLDING bricks while they did kick drills for like EVER... I mean seriously, it had to have been like 10 or so mins they were doing this. And I thought :30 of vertical kicking was hard.. HA

Anyway - I did all of the masters workout which was 3000yards, vs my 3800 planned, but there really was no point to do the extra. It was sloppy and slow and just not worth it!

So, I got mini-me all decked out again. Put her HED 3's on to ride with them tomorrow. I'm hoping they just make pedalling a little easier cause I've made pretty much all my workouts this week and I'm a wee bit tired right now ;-)

Tomorrow we are doing 6:10/:30 brick. I suppose I should actually do the brick.. I've missed a few, due to well.. cause I just didn't want to do them ;-) It's gonna be hot. I think low of 70 & high of 102... so by the time I get to run it will be about 95. Damn. My pool's gonna feel good at the end of that.

We're starting at 5:30 am, so hopefully we'll have at least a couple hours before it's too hot. Wonder if HE'll actually show??? I did let him know it would be his job to pull this week. We'll see....

So, I know everyone is starting to freak out right about now, right? Prolly already making their lists of stuff to bring, stuff to pack, etc... Well, not me. I'm kinda last minute. I hate packing MORE than anything and it takes me absolutely FOREVER... so I'm just not thinking about it.

HOWEVA... the one thing I still haven't figured out is my outfit. And people. When you aren't super speedy, I tell you. It.IS. ALLLLL.ABout.THE.GEAR!.... For reals. Must match, must look cute. And for me, must represent.

Thing is. Not knowing the weather yet, I can't seem to figure it all out. So many OPTIONS. But, you're gonna have to wait(I'm sure all the guys are so worried about the same things huh?) for my next post... for that whole dilemma. Which so far has involved Melisa ordering a bunch of stuff, and me trying it all on to see if it fits (i.e.- if I can fill out the top, which has a 0% success rate thus far)...

Decisions people. Decisions.

I'll say it AGAIN. It's ALL about THE Gear!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Bring it ON....

So I'm gonna have to say that pretty much momo and I ROCK. I mean, you've all prolly read this story. And, well I have to say that at that point I wasn't ready to toot my own horn. But, after YESTERDAY. I am ready. I say bring it on, with 110degrees, then 55degrees and 20mph winds and RAIN a week later. And, after all that, momo and I will still be ready for the challenge and we'll be ready to "chick" any one who comes our way.. Well, cause that is how WE roll!

While I will never claim to be the fastest or the best competitor, right now I'm giving myself some serious props for being hard core and tough!

So, more on this in a minute. I do need to retract a few things first... and set the tone a little bit.

This whole 7hr ride that was put on our schedule has been really intimidating the hell out of me. I mean, really who wants to end a ~20hr training week with 7HRS on the bike? Yah, not me either. But 16 weeks somehow came and went and here we were quickly approaching the ride. So, I just sucked it up and quit my complaining and mapped out a nice hilly route. On MONDAY. So that little miss needs a plan right now could be happy :-)

Then Wednesday happened and I really really felt like I might just die if I tried to ride 7 hours feeling that bad so I slept in on Thursday (slept in meaning like 6:30am) and it had somehow gone from 820 degrees to raining and 53degs. No joke.

So to celebrate I took a 'sick day' I stayed in my PJs until about 4pm and skipped my spin class and my Daniel strength work out and loved every minute of it.

And Friday I woke up and felt FANTASTIC. Like a new person..... And after my run and my swim I knew I would be good to go for our bike ride. I guess I learned how good an extra day off can really feel!! Now, I know that I should probably listen to my body more often. And I KNOW that is OK to take a rest day, and skip a workout. I'm not THAT type A.

But here's the thing with all that. For me it's not a matter of "having to do EVERY workout" For me it's a matter of GETTING to do every workout. When getting to do the workouts has been taken away from you off on and for 6 years because of stupid injuries, you tend to not take the fact that you CAN do them for granted.

Sometimes this might lead to some bad judgement on my part, but that's just me. And pain or no pain sometimes you just have to do it.

Saturday morning came and we had already moved our 5am start to 6am due to the weather. The rain was supposed to stop at about 4am and just be partly cloudy and cool with 10-15mph winds. Not SO bad. In fact I was excited to not have to slather up in sunscreen and eat salt like it's going out of style.

It's about 5mins to 6 and little MISS daniella-bella has not showed up. I check my phone, cause I've already got the feeling his pansy-Ironman wannabee - ass is ditching us. Again. Sure enough the little naturally talented bastard is back in bed and not showing because he is affraid that the water might mess his pretty hair up.

Yup my friends. This is the same guy that I was just all tooting HIS horn for being so mentally tough. Well, I'm eating my own words, with a cherry on top. And I want to take it all back.

So, Daniel has been OFFICIALLY CHICKED.

But, unfortunately the little biatch is NOT alone. Honey, I do love you with all my heart... but this has been a couple of weekends now where somehow Momo & I are the last ones standing. So, due to unfortunate circumstances... you have been officially added to our list. Now, because you have pulled our a@@es all over Scottsdale week after week, and I also know that you are going to officially stomp on us in 4 weeks on that course being that you have some serious unfinished business and all.... I will totally eat my words in a few weeks. With a cherry on top of that as well. Or, actually with a snow cone, cause I hear that's how things work in Ironman.

Now, back to the ride. After a couple phone calls from momo, and my executive decision to do the bike even if it was raining Shane & I were on our way to pick up Melisa. After the first big climb Shane had pretty much decided his turnaround point.... He was hurting. His knee was in pain when he'd push hard at all and he was slowly dropping behind. The rain was picking up and we were all cold. And I'm pretty sure that Melisa was totally counting on ME to throw the towel in, because you know we can talk each other into just about anything.

Unfortunately for her, I was on a mission. I was on 'rested' legs and I was going to finish this ride if it killed me. So, we parted ways with Shane & headed down 9 mile hill. The rain was picking up and the wind was coming RIGHT at us. We usually travel between 25-30mph down this hill, but not today. Today we were being very cautious of the wet roads and wind and rain and it took us 5-10mins longer to get to the bottom.

I kept thinking to myself how in the world did Shane do and Ironman like this? Actually WORSE than this. I guess race day bring a whole knew toughness out.

So, after an adventurous (I'm kinda hoping Melisa elaborates on those adventures) 10miles of rolling hills, and more rain, and some potty breaks, and clip issues and lots of laughs about how gross and muddy and pretty we were looking we were finally climbing up out of Fountain Hills.

The plan was to meet our friends Heather and Troy a couple miles later to do some of our riding with us. We had already sent the 2 text messages because we were late. But when I realized we were even MORE late. And, of course it started to rain even more at this point, I figured there was no way they were still there.

And my attitude went from great, to good to BAD.READY.TO.Quit. NOW mode. I was wet and getting cold and no one else was out there with us so why should we still be mode. And my house was after all, just 3 miles away.

And low and behold there they were. Heather & Troy standing on the corner in the rain waiting for us. And, without saying anything we both knew that we couldn't quit now. Even though the two only rode with us for about 10 miles, they totally saved our ride. I am very thankful for that.

Guess what else? The rain stopped. With 2.5hours left in my day - and no one else left to finish the last 1.5 hours with me (the plan was to drop Melisa off - her schedule was only 5hrs) and do a loop away from her house I mixed up the route. I dropped her off and had 90mins to go. Her house is about 35mins ride from mine so I headed up for some more climbing on my own.

I was 5.5hrs into this ride and I just got this boost of energy. Of confidence. I felt so STRONG. I got aero and just went. If you look at the graph below, you'll see where the second climbing starts. At about 85miles. That's where I was on my own. Since we had been lolly-gagging for quite a while now I decided I would push it a little bit.

I climbed until I hit 6:10 and figured it would be perfect for finishing at 7hrs with the trek back home.

I did it. I got home when my watch hit 6:59:35. 116.1 miles (had planned 121 until the weather change) avg HR 128.

And, when I loaded the info onto my computer, I realized I must have hit a lap at somepoint with out realizing. It was at 4hrs. With the weather and the climbing in the first half our avg was only 15.7 (including going DOWN 9mile hill). Lap 2, the last 3 hrs. 17.7avg, including my last trek of climbing. Whoot!

I was a complete muddy/nasty mess. My new pearly white shoes are black. Mini me is a mud crusted mess, but I didn't care. I made it. And I felt strong. And I was confident. I was amazed at how good my body felt. I'm excited to see what an actual taper can do for my legs after seeing what one extra rest day did for them.

I'm ready for whatever race day might bring. Whether it be 100degrees or cold and rainy. Been there and done that (now). I'm not making any claim to a sub xx race, because you just never know what might happen on race day. But I am claiming that I'm training and I'm ready and I'm going to have fun. And, hopefully be within reach of my partner in crime on race day - so maybe we could once again have a strong finish together. Chick pride and all.

Here are my totals for the week ~19hrs, no strength training this week

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Mental Toughness

Today was REALLY REALLY tough for me... From the second I got out of bed (AT 4:30am) and my feet were achy at the touch of the hard floor... to the COOL down of my afternoon swim...

After having a great training week last week, and a pretty good run/swim Monday, I was surprised by how heavy I felt.. Granted, it's been hot as a you know what here in the desert, but I wasn't expecting to feel so blah all of a sudden.

You know my buddy/trainer/friend Daniel... He's doing CDA with us. The guy has some of the most natural talent of anyone I have ever met. He can bust out 6-6:30min miles in a relay, after pretty much no training. Oh, and on Carls Jr burgers for fuel at 2am...

Have you ever seen anyone so focused?

Focused AND then complete opposite, fun, obnoxious, etc once his run was overwith...

Over the years I've known Daniel, and trained with Daniel he's consistently talked of his mental toughness. How he is so mentally strong in a race, that it literally carries him through anything. Like, how he most recently (re) qualified for Boston at RNR AZ marathon after being sick for 2 weeks... and still not feeling 100% on race day. He knew what he had to do. He started with the 3:15 pacer, and never left his side. With ~ 30 people starting in the group, he was 1-3 finishers.

He didn't look at his watch, his HR, nothing.. he just kept on trucking..

Daniel has also gabbed on about (I say gab, cause that's what he does.. He GABS. Like a GIRL. On the PHONE all the time) certain acquaintances of ours who seem to always bonk... Or something just doesn't go right in their races. He says it's all mental. That they get in their head during these races, and it gets the better of them...

This is an excerpt from one of momo's post's last year... about Daniel. And how he joined us for our peak ride last year.. Even though the last time he rode was several months ago, and it wasn't that far... And he did it. ALL 112 miles plus a brick.

In other news, my group and I did our last LONG, LONG ride this past Saturday. We all had 6:30 on our schedule so we opted for an out and back loop which took us into Fountain Hills, up 9 mile hill, around Cave Creek and north Scottsdale and then back down 9 mile through Fountain Hills home. Considering the way our last few long rides have been going, this one was pretty uneventful. Everyone seemed to feel pretty good, and we even dragged Krista's trainer, Daniel, along for the ride. THE ENTIRE RIDE. The last long ride he did was 2:30. I'm not sure how he felt afterwards since I even dragged him along for my :20 brick run. I'm sure he was pretty tired... Ha! The day ended with 113 miles on my bike and 2 miles on the run. Not a bad day, hm?

Again, another reference to his "mental toughness"...

As much as I hate to admit it... I've used Daniel's words a lot lately... I used them first in my St. George marathon. His advice for the down hills. Tuck and Roll!!! Well, I repeated that OVER and OVER and OVER to myself.. and it worked. I let my legs fly out from under me, and ended up with over a 10min negative split in the marathon....

With all of the Ironman Fatigue I've been thinking a lot about the mental toughness aspect of training. And racing... Although I'm certainly no expert at using it during a race, as I tend to just fade when the going gets tough.. I've been thinking about it all during my workouts lately.

I had a 2:40 run scheduled for today. I took the dogs for an hour which was "ok"... then dropped them off and refueled a little bit before heading out again. As soon as I left my house I felt BLAH, and HEAVY... I looked down and my HR was in the 138-142 range and I was running a 9:15ish pace... I felt like I was giving it all I had, and my legs just weren't MOVING.

As soon as I turned a corner to start a nice 3/4ish mile climb my legs started to give up. I looked down and the pace had slowed to 10:30 ish pace.. HR just as low so I just kept saying to myself it's just the incline.. your legs will get better and you can MOVE faster if you JUST try!!

People, I had this conversation with myself for the next 1:35minutes. I kept thinking of ways to cut the run short... Trying to convince myself that I just didn't have it in me today...

Climbing my normal rolling hills felt like mountains, and I had to work for each and every step of that run. I hadn't been looking at my pace much after the first bit so when I got close to my house and realized I was short on time, I just called it a day (it was only FIVE mins). The good news, even though I felt like a slug, my pace was no slower than normal and my HR significantly lower. While my HR says I could have pushed much harder (easily), my body just didn't agree...

I was proud of myself. Although I did THINK about giving up a lot... I didn't. I made it.. and earned each and every mile and minute I was out there..

Unfortunately the same scenario re-appeared a few hours later at masters. I spent 3800yards thinking about stopping.. thinking about how if I could just make it through the next set, I'd be good..

I thought about the mental toughness, and how what was I going to do on June 22nd. If my arms felt heavy, just give up? NO! So, I got in my head and I pushed through my last set of 5x100 (MS was 20x100) at 2-3 seconds faster than the first set. I was happy. I felt like I finally conquered the giving up monster in my head. Of course it took over 3 hours of tough workouts to get to this point, but I'm going to really really try to think about it more often.

Our bodies can do amazing things. They just need to be properly trained, rested and ready... It's what goes on in our minds that I really do believe now can make or break the day...

So, the next time you are in a tough place, try to think of how strong and amazing you are. How you are doing something that next to no one else can do... Or, if it's a really tough time.. Think of the people you know, and care for that have had their chances taken away, or had the scare that it could someday be taken away.. Think about taking that next step in their honor.. I know I think about this/her A LOT when it gets tough...

Monday, May 19, 2008


After a pretty eventful weekend, Monday started out with a BANG.....

Do you know what it feels like to go from like 88-90 for a high to 106 in just a few days? Well, let me tell you. It's not so fun. Ask my dogs. I think I nearly killed them this am.

As per usual, I got up at 5am. I actually woke up on my own at 4:30 and SHOULD have just gotten out of bed, but I didn't. My tummy was a little upset (more on that in a bit), so I was very slow to moving, and once again did not leave for my run until almost 6am. I grabbed Bax & Abby and headed out. I planned on taking them for a just under 8mile run... It's one of their favorite loops... Rolling hills up, then a nice down and flat to home.

At the beginning of this training session that loop took me 1:20 - I had to go really slow to bring my HR to the low HR zone (up to 154) on the hills. It now takes me about 1:15.

When I stepped out my door it didn't' feel to bad. Of course that was in the shade, under my patio. Just a few steps into the run though I knew we were in trouble. It was HOT. HR was low, but I felt like I was in a sauna. We got stopped at a light at about 7mins so I gave the dogs some water there (usually wait until the next like around 12mins) - they were already panting and we were slow to start.

Hit the next light as well, and I gave them more water. .... Next planned stop for water was at ~25mins. I stopped a couple mins early... again at :35mins where I realized I was down to half the water I brought (fuel belt about 32 or so oz) so I figured I'd take a little short cut that would save us about 5mins to drop them off earlier.... Unfortunately I couldn't just turn around because we were just as far away from home going out and back vs finishing the loop.

I felt so bad for the little buggers... They were troopers tho. Even Abby who doesn't do well in the heat at all. I crossed the streets back & forth wherever I could find shade for them.. and I even stopped drinking the water so I could give it to them... I would take one little sip before giving it to them, and also took some and rubbed on their heads to cool them down a little.

At about 7 miles Abby had had enough. She just full on STOPPED! I walked for a minute or two with her until she picked it up a bit & I could see she wanted to run again (I think she realized we were almost home).. Thankfully, Shane was home so I was able to cut to my front street saving a little extra time and get them in the cool house.... I refilled my water and drank some gatorade, then headed back out for another :25mins..

The dogs are STILL lying around. Hasn't been much movement out of them, besides following me (sometimes) to the kitchen and restroom...

I decided if it's this hot on Wed when I do my long run, I'll have to leave them behind. I can't get behind on my water, and it's just not good for them.

THEN, a few hrs later I headed to masters. Much to my surprise the workout was exactly the distance I needed... 5000yards. Unfortunately it was my LEAST favorite type of workout... 500 warmup - 4300 STRAIGHT, and 200 CD.

The 4300 to be broken into 4 parts. First 1100 - VERY easy. 2nd & 3rd 1100 nice cruise pace. 4th 1000... build to strong pace. I was a bit intimidated, as I NEVER swim that long straight. I loose my mind going back and forth.. In fact the only other time I have swum that far straight was at IM last year...

I started off REALLY slow.... almost like falling asleep slow. I was afraid to burn out. I must have done it right, because sure enough my last 1000 was a nice strong pace, about 1:40/100yards. My end total time right on 1:15. I was actually expecting around 1:12ish when i started, but based on how slow my first 2200 were, I can see why. Plus I felt really strong at the end and that seemed to be the point!

Now, back to the weekend. My old college buddy Shelby was in town for the weekend with a couple of her girlfriends. Shelb was also in town about this time last year for a Bachelorette party. Poor thing.. She's always seeing me when I'm not so much fun/peak training!!
Here's a pic of us last year at the bachelorette party...
I didn't get to see her friday night... we were in bed by 9, of course... So, Saturday I said I would meet up with them - probably wouldn't last long but I had to see her! After a slow start to their day, they made dinner reservations for 8:30. PM that is people. That is IM bedtime!! Thankfully, I actually felt fantastic after the bike ride... several weeks coming, and I'm glad it was this weekend...
I took it easy for the afternoon, then showered, got ready (actually put makeup on... go figure!) and met Shane for dinner at 6. (come on, you didn't actually think I could wait until 8:30 did you?).... I figured after dinner I would just go walk around the mall for a little bit before meeting them. I can't tell you the last time I stepped into the mall. In fact, I had no idea that an entire parking structure was GONE it's been so long...
Not in the mood to shop, I went looking for some cute brown sandals. Of course I found what I was looking for right away and still had an hour! I'm not a "shopper" so I had no idea what to do with myself! I checked out all the new nike stuff.... looked at more shoes.... and got a call from my friends that they were heading down a little early, so I was relieved.
After finding parking, it didn't' actually end up being any earlier, so we really didn't even sit down until after 8:30.... Some good conversations, glass of wine (I tried having two, but couldn't finish it. I'm loosing my touch) they were ready to 'go out.' I said my goodbyes and was on my way home... crawling into bed around 11pm. 4:30am-11:pm PLUS 112.5mile ride. Not so shabby...
Unfortunately there was no sleeping in for me Sunday. Shane had a 3hr run planned so the alarm was off at 5. I stayed in bed until 6, when MY alarm went off and I had to get up and go to STUPID defensive driving school.

Remember how I mentioned I was sorta in a cloud the last few weeks... Well, it kinda got me into trouble when I missed the THREE big signs that said NO TURN ON RED, and was instantly pulled over by a mean lady cop who sited me. Fortunately in AZ, you are able to take a 4.5hr defensive driving course to get most minor traffic violations dropped from you record once every 2 years. I had a speeding ticket 5 hears ago and had to take an 8 hr class...
So, I spent my Sunday morning learning all about DUI's (did you know in AZ you can get a DUI for driving while on COLD medicine. No joke.), Seat belts, round a bouts and school buses. 4.5 hours of this people...
Which might explain why I spent the rest of the afternoon with my friends by the pool, which included a couple of jello-shots (college friends remember - don't judge me!) and some beers... followed by more beer and yummy pizza and pizza cookie!
Once again, we were in bed by 8:30... Are you seeing a pattern here?
Well, I think that's about all the ramblings (as if it weren't enough) I have for you now!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

All in a day's... or half day's work!

112.5miles, 6:32. 112 degrees. Ok, maybe that is a SLIGHT exaggeration, but that's what 90degs felt like!! And, NO it wasn't a dry heat.. The last few days have had a lot of moisture, and we're feeling it!!

Now seriously, shouldn't that mean that we can taper now??!! Unfortunately next week is an even bigger cycling week, and there are two really big swim weeks left as well.. I'm so glad to have that ride done. That tops of my 21+ hr training week... And tomorrow. Tomorrow is my rest day. HURRAY!

It was actually a pretty good ride. I mapped it out perfectly (thank you very much) and never hit a wall, or bonked or anything. Best ride in a while actually. We weren't super speedy or anything, just felt a good sustained energy for the whole thing. And, we did a LOT of climbing...(~6000ft total...)... Oh, and FYI - CDA is just over 8000ft total ascent...

Ok, I think it's time to go eat. AGAIN.

Week 15. Just over 21hrs including 2:15 of strength.... Made all my workouts, just had to cut the Tuesday ride short (from 3:30 to 1:300 due to storms)...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Aghhh, I actually did it.

Well, I'm STILL waiting for my sister to send me her Mexico pics, so I decided to just post some of mine, but first a big big sigh of relief. Today I was able to do my peak long run. My 3hr run. Actually, I was supposed to do an additional one 2 weeks ago, but I hadn't built up that far yet and didn't' want to risk the IT band... so I think I did a 2:40 that week instead.
It was actually Pretty darn good. I did 2 loops.. the first one with the dogs, which was fun. We had some stormy weather which brought a lot of humidity and cleared the horribly polluted air a bit and also cooled the temp as well so that first hour was very comfortable. Of course I always wish I started earlier, but it seems to be taking me :45 to get going lately, and I wasn't getting up any earlier than 5!

We live close to some mountains so pretty much unless I just head West, which is way boring and too much traffic, then I have some hills. Nothing big, but some good ups and downs. 2000' of climbing (of course I did that much ascending as well)...

The IT held up. I did find a really nice new dirt trail (how have I not noticed this before???) around an equestrian park that made for a nice change. I switched up my route a bit and decided to check it out. I had no idea it would go for so long. It was basically 4 miles of nice, hard packed trail. By the time I got off the trail and realized where I was, I also realized I was going to have to end my last 30mins up hill... Oh well, it's good for me right?

As much as I enjoy running on trails I think my lack of coordination gets the best of me and my form isn't that great, so the last 30mins I had a lot of twinging in the IT band. THANKFULLY it never actually locked up, which is usually the case once I start feeling the pain. I made it home, safe and sound and STOPPED right when my watch hit 3:00. 18.51miles.... I'll take that! Especially with the tough route that I challenged myself with!

So, all in all I'm RELIEVED. I've been intimidated by this run since October when my knee started bugging me, and even more so as the weeks got closer and closer and I know that there is still a problem with it.... It was never a fear of not being able to RUN 3hrs.. but the instability and inconsistency of my IT band just frustrated me and I had the lingering ??? of will I be able to do it, and will it hold up for so long!

And, to top it all off.... a couple hours later I went to Masters and swam 3800yards. I didn't quite pull off the level 4-5 stuff the coach had on there, but I felt pretty good considering. Actually, overall I feel better today than last week after my 2.5hr run...

So, hopefully my next couple of weeks will start looking up and the training will continue to go as planned...

And now.. a few pics :-) Of course now I realize why I've been waiting for my sister's pics... mine were all from the same day, pretty much. Dinner... when I made the mistake ONCE AGAIN of asking for more tequila :-) Trust me. I am FUN in Mexico!
Thanks to my fabulous friend Carrie, I was able to drink in STYLE again...
Here is Taylor.. We got matching "el COACH" sunglasses in Old Port!
Shane's mom & step dad Karl. Apparently I gave Karl is first hangover in 20 years. So proud!
Training makes my tolerance apparently ZERO. Here's my sister. I've always been able to drink her under the table. She pretty much kicked my ass on Saturday... I'm totally blaming it on Ironman!
Shane & Tay....
If you ever go to Rocky Point, you must eat at the Blue Marlin. This is the owner/chef. The food is FANTASTIC - you must love garlic however...
And this one is for Carrie AND Stacey... Doing it up right on Cinco de Mayo... 10 am post run Mimosas....
I'm so ready to go back :-)

Monday, May 12, 2008

Got Nuthin...

We've started week 15. I'm in sorta a bloggin funk. I can't seem to sit down and write anything...

The past few weeks have been a bit rough for me. I feel like I'm walking around/driving/working out in a cloud, so to speak. After a fantastic long run last Wed, my body just HURT after. Not sure why.. HR was low... everything felt great during.

I've also had some family stuff going on, that well... I'm just sorta in another sorta cloud with that...I know I'll come out of my funk, but right now, I'm sorta just going through the motions..

I'm still planning a fun/picture post from Mexico, I'm just waiting on my sister to send me some pics!

Week 14 numbers were pretty good, considering we were in Mexico thru Tuesday... Here's the chart. ~15 hours including some strength (just core) stuff..

The next few weeks are going to be tough. I have my peak run (3hrs) on Wed.... Peak bike (7:00/:30 brick) next Sat and peak swim the following week (6000yards)...

5 more weeks people!!! And it can't come SOON enough :-)

If you want some fun reading, please go check out my friend Sara's Ironman AZ race report. She had a tough year, and trained her A@@ off, literally... She rocked that race and finished in the end SMILING!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Just what the Dr. ordered

Apparently being a lazy lush is exactly what I needed! We had a fabulous long weekend in Mexico.... I feel rested, revived... a little bloated, and ready for the next month of tough tough training before the taper.

I ate a lot, drank a lot, worked on my ugly tan lines from swimming masters, and did I say drank a lot? Oh, and I had a little shadow for 2 days. My niece Taylor... she is QUITE the doll!

Oh yah, and I ran a 10k. It wasn't my fastest by far, but it was a nice good steady effort after a night of margaritas and maybe a shot or two of hornitos. I think my Garmin said 55: and some change, a 8:55 pace. Although the race results show me about a minute slower, I'm just chalking that up to "Mexico."...

And, to top it all off I woke up this am and headed out for my long run. It was my BEST long run in well over a year. I felt strong (again.. still a little bloated) and my legs felt light. I was able to do the full 2:30, including some hills with no pain. 15.55 miles. WOOT!

A full recap of the weekend, pictures and race to come......

Friday, May 2, 2008

a little "off" time

Well, this week came and went. Literally. It wasn't great, that is for sure. My body was on strike. Every workout hurt. Most of them I struggled with. It was a very weird feeling actually. My muscles felt totally fine, but when I would actually try to use them, they would protest.

It doesn't worry me for the race, but it does remind me how important it is to listen and take care of your body. This week has been crazy busy with work, and trying to fit everything in and I just didn't eat properly (enough) or stay hydrated. I was also due for an ART treatment, which I didn't have time for, and thus at the end of my speed run on Wednesday, the IT band started hurting...

SO, my week 13 is going to be about half of the distance of last week. We had a condensed schedule due to the 10K we added so thankfully it switched things up a bit and we lost our long bike ride and long run (whoot!). Tuesday we were supposed to do a 3:30 easy bike ride.. but Shane & I Struggled through 2hours... barely, and decided that it just wasn't worth it to continue riding like that. I've always said that if a workout is not doing anything for you, well then, it isn't worth it. Our avg HRs were 126 (both of us), which for me is about 15 beats BELOW my zone 2. Even on hills where I'm usually hovering my threshold I was in the low 140s.

I did however get my key workouts in. My long swim 4400yards, speed run, speed bike, and a couple other... today we are driving down to Rocky Point, and hopefully my leg hold up for the 10k tomorrow. Racing in Mexico is always interesting :-)

Here are April's totals:

Run 100.6 miles (16.25 miles) funny to me that some people do that mileage in a week!
Bike 616.4 miles (34.44 hrs) NO wonder my BUTT hurts!
Swim 37,790 yards 12:36 doesn't look so crazy if you convert to miles ~21 miles
Strength training ~ 5hrs

I'm very much looking forward to these days off.... to relax and not think about the training.

So, cheers to you all and I'm sure I'll have lots to report after the long weekend :-)