Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Let the training begin...

This season's triathlon training officially began with a short swim on Monday. Even though it was only 400 yards, I stuck to the schedule. I figured it would also be good for my intercostal muscle (which does feel much better these days).

Yesterday was a rest day while I took care of my daughter who had oral surgery yesterday morning! She came through it all beautifully!

Today, I did my first brick since last September! 30 minutes on the bike, 10 minute run. I forgot how strange that feels to run off the bike. But nothing hurt, so that was good!

I did my cool-down walk and headed back to the car. When  went to unlock my bike from the pole where I had placed it, the combination didn't work! I tried to take off the front wheel to see if I could feed the chain through and I couldn't get the wheel off! I was feel desperate when a maintenance worker drove past. This is when I am glad that I always smile and say hi to the folks who work at the parks, because these guys know me (and know this is my bike LOL). I got his attention and asked if he could help. He asked if I minded cutting the lock. Hmm, let's see? Bike stuck to a pole, or the $10 combination lock from Target broken? He came back with a tool and easily cut the chain for the lock and I was on my way. Not sure I'm feeling so confident in my little locks anymore, but at least my bike isn't attached to a pole anymore!

This sure is an interesting way to begin triathlon season! LOL

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Race Report: Gwinnett Life Run 5K (Chick Fil A Race Series)

I was pretty nervous this morning before this race. With all the injury stuff recently, I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to meet my goal of running nonstop. I also knew it wouldn't be the end of the world, but it's just been weird in my head lately!

One thing that got me out the door was the fact that my running club was going to be there! This was our Moms Run This Town race of the month, and there were also going to be other chapters present! And we had ordered special shirts with a "Moms Salute This Town" logo on the front and the MRTT logo on the back! I decided to order the tank top thinking a race in Georgia in late May would be too hot for a short sleeve shirt. Well, the temps when I woke up this morning were in the upper 40s! Go figure!

Group picture!
I went to the MRTT table and hung out talking with some of the other mamas. Then we headed over to the start line. The 5K and 10K were taking off together and I lined up way too close to the front, but that didn't end up being a problem. The course was about as uncrowded as I had ever seen. I had been uneasy about this race since no details were posted until just a couple of weeks ago - not even a location! But the course ended up being well-marked and safe, with plenty of cones to keep the course separated from the cars, and lots of police officers to control traffic.

As for me, I ran 'naked' today - no Garmin, obviously (since I lost mine last month WAAAAH!). I decided not to even wear my regular watch. I didn't want any pressure. And on the way up to the MRTT tent, my right knee decided to twinge a couple of times just for good measure. I didn't want to push it for some self-imposed time goal. I was even hoping there wouldn't be any clocks or time-callers at the mile markers, and there weren't!

The first mile or so was downhill. I knew what was coming ahead, though, so I just focused on listening to my music and taking it easy on the uphills. Shortly after the 2 mile marker, we turned a corner onto the main road (and back towards the Finish Line) and all you can see is uphill. It was steeper than the previous hill and pretty intimidating to me! I had to keep telling myself to just put one foot in front of the other and to keep on going so I could meet my goal of not walking (except for the water stop, which I have to walk through unless I want to make this a wet t-shirt contest LOL)!

I reached the top of the hill and there was a small downhill before the last hill and by this time I could see the 3 mile marker and knew that I was close and chances were good that I would make my goal. My knee hadn't twinged at all since the very beginning, and my ribs were feeling absolutely fine.

As I turned the corner and saw the Finish Line, I was shocked at the time reading on the clocks. Just passed 30 minutes! Really?! I was running a 10 minute mile? On those hills? And I wasn't even trying hard?! I was so pleasantly surprised! I crossed the Finish at 30:45, giving me an overall pace of 9:54/miles. And a couple of the ladies from the club commented that the course measured right on target or a little over, so it's an honest sub-10! :D YAY!

My "live" results! :D

Post-race Selfie! :)

My first CFA Race Series shirt - nice tech shirt! And bright! Great for morning runs!

The back... where all the details are!
This was my first Chick Fil A race series race, but I don't think it will be my last. Though I was uneasy with the lack of details, the race seemed to go off without a hitch! In my race bag there was a postcard advertising a CFA Half Marathon in Athens, GA in "Spring 2014". I was planning to do the Run the Reagan for my first Half Marathon without intervals since the ITB injury, but if I can't do it that fast, I may shoot for this one instead. (And if I CAN do RtR, I may do this one, also! LOL).

I'm so pleased that I was able to make this goal I had set for myself, and thankful to God for His blessings on me today!

Friday, May 24, 2013

It's almost time!

I survived the last 7 days, which is amazing considering we had dress rehearsal and recitals for my girls! They did beautifully, though, and I'm so proud of both of them! It was actually nice to plan to take the weekend off from workouts because that gave me one less thing to try to fit in!

My side is still bothering me. I had two more adjustments this week and expressed my frustration yesterday that it doesn't seem to be getting better. The chiro suggested that I get a massage for that area, and I have one scheduled for next Friday anyway, so I will ask her to work on it. He did some big time adjusting on my spinal column and it sort of hurt yesterday but is feeling a bit better today. I'm also being diligent with the icing. I have been cycling, and running, and I did Zumba on Wednesday like I wanted to!

Tomorrow I am signed up for a 5K race, and if all goes well, it will be my first 5K race running nonstop in 2 years! I'm excited! :)

Also, today I won an entry to a Super Sprint Triathlon! That's very exciting and so cool - but it's only 3 weeks away! LOL My tri training for my big races begins on Monday and I haven't done a brick workout in at least 9 months! Guess I'd better get on that, huh? I was hoping to get a tri in before August, but a little more advance notice might have been beneficial! Oh well, I know I can cover the distances (250meter pool swim, 10 mile bike, 2.5 mile run). I just have to work on them back-to-back! Regardless, I'm going to have fun!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Yet another injury update

Well, there is good news on the injury front.

My knee settled down a great deal by the time my Chriopractor appointment rolled around on Tuesday. But I kept the appointment anyway.

Because my side had started to hurt on Monday afternoon. @@

I have been to the chiropractor twice now and what I am being told is that the side pain is an intercostal muscle strain. I had another adjustment this morning and I'm really feeling much better. My pelvis was out of alignment on the left side which may explain the knee.

Now, the good news is that I swam and biked a little bit yesterday and I ran a little bit this morning - after taking off Sunday through Wednesday like a good little Penguin - and did not experience any pain during the workouts. And yesterday, I felt fine after the swim and bike all afternoon. So far today after the run I'm feeling good.

So I guess, all things considered, if I was going to have some twinges this was a good time to have them. My triathlon training starts a week from Monday. And this weekend is the big recitals for my daughters so I will take a couple of days off again while we're busy with that.

Next week I'm hoping to get my Zumba on, and have a little yoga fun while the pool is closed for the summer prep work - and then I'll be eager and ready to start getting ready for my tris in August and September!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Here I Go Again!

"I don't know where I'm going.... but I sure know where I've been..."

Aren't you glad you can't hear my singing on the blog? And I promise not to post any pictures of me crawling around on the hood of my car.

(If you don't understand what I'm talking about, then watch this video ASAP)

So yesterday, I ran for 35 minutes and had quite possibly the best run I've had in months. Everything felt great! It was sunny and in the mid 50s, and I didn't push too hard.  It was absolutely fantastic!

Then in the afternoon yesterday, I was cleaning the house and now and then my knee felt like it was buckling. I described it to my husband as feeling like the knee wasn't really connected together.

But then it stopped and it never hurt. So I didn't think too much of it. This morning I was scheduled for a bike ride and, even though it was the first sunny Saturday in 3 weeks, I decided to ride on the trainer in case the knee gave me trouble.

But it didn't. I had a decent 65 minute trainer workout and felt pretty good coming off the bike.

So imagine my surprise this afternoon when I'm at my girls' rehearsal for next week's recital and I find that I'm unable to put my full weight on my left leg. My knee is killing me. I got up and tried to walk it off, and then I sat on the floor for the remainder of the rehearsal in case it was the chair giving me trouble.

But it didn't get better. In fact, it's worse. I came home and stretched some and iced it and even took some ibuprofen.

I guess I'm back in the injured list. :( Will rest for the next 4 days, and then see how it feels.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Bike drills

In this "Year of the Bike", I have been trying to improve my cycling. As usual, I start out by reading up on the topic. Boy, there is a real lack of good cycling books. I found one on the Kindle that I need to buy because the sample was pretty good. But most of them are way too technical for a newbie like me.

I did learn that I need to be doing something called "Single Leg Drills" which is basically where you take one foot out of the clip and do all of the pedaling with the other leg. EYE OPENING! My cycling form sucks!! I need to search youtube and see if I can find some videos of proper cycling form. Maybe that will help with the lower leg issues I seem to get when I am cycling hard.

This is my second week of twice-weekly rides and although it's been strictly on the trainer, this week's weekday ride today went much better than last week! More time in the saddle= getting better on the bike!

If anyone has a book/video to recommend for some good triathlon-related cycling help, please share in the comments!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Race Report: May the 4th Be With You Virtual 5K

YAY! I can post pictures again! 

And what good timing, too, as it's time for me to post a race report!

Thanks to some crazy nasty weather coming this weekend, I had to complete the "May the 4th Be With You 5K"  portion of the Nerd Herd Racing Series (all proceeds benefit cancer)! I learned about this series of races from my friend, Jan, who knows I'm a pretty big nerd! When I found out this series includes a Star Wars theme, a Harry Potter theme, and a Banned Book week theme, I knew I had to do it! When I complete all 3 races, I will get the bonus medal, too! What could be better?

Well, running it with Jan at the park like we planned to do would be better. But the weather was determined not to cooperate. That's OK, though - we'll get together for the Harry Potter race in July!

I decided to visit the gym today and run on the treadmill, something I haven't done in months! I'm glad I did, too, because while I was running, I could see the rain blowing sideways! YUCK!

The race bib is probably one of the cutest I've ever seen. When you registered you had to list your favorite Star Wars character. Mine is Han Solo, and on my bib was this quote from Han: "One thing's for sure, we're all gonna be a lot thinner." Isn't that the greatest!?! These folks sure do know how to make a nerd smile!

This treadmill experience was a new one for me because it was my first time to run on the treadmill without taking walk breaks! I actually enjoyed it much more because I could zone out and not have to focus on the time and adjusting the treadmiill speed. I just set the speed and looked down at the distance every now and then!
Such a cool bib - wish I'd had some colored ink so I could print it the way they designed it!

My "official" race time, though it did take me a few seconds to figure out how to turn the treadmill off! LOL
My leg felt pretty good - I took the pace nice and slowly, and I've been diligent about my rolling and stretching! The treadmill helped me to keep it slow, even at the end when I felt like I could have pushed it.

I'll be sure to post the picture of the medal when it comes. They said it will take about 4 weeks! :)