Sunday, June 30, 2013

No more bouncy-bounce!

This morning was my long run, and since it was 40 minutes, it actually felt more like a "long run" than the previous 4 weeks! Since I wasn't terribly worried about the time/distance, I wanted to play around with the iFitness belt that I'm still borrowing from my MRTT chapter leader. I moved the bottle holder to the back of the belt so I could adjust the belt more tightly. Also, this would move the bottle away from where my arm moves. I pulled the belt as tightly as I could while it was empty, that way when I put my water bottle and phone into the belt, it just helped it to be a little more snug so it didn't bounce.

It was so freeing to be able to run around the beautiful trails at the park and not have to worry about running back by the car to get water. Every time the RunKeeper app announced that I had completed a mile, I took a few sips of water. I had finished the bottle by the time I got to 4 miles. When I was on my cool down, I stopped by the water fountain and refilled my bottle. It was incredible and even though it was warm and humid this morning, I didn't feel parched like I usually do. I felt strong throughout and I credit that to being able to drink water when I needed it.

So yeah, I'm hooked! My chapter leader told me she's interested in selling this belt (she prefers the FlipBelt/handheld water combination) so I'm going to take her up on it. I would like to get some of the bottles that are designed for this belt because I think they will go in and out easier, but for now I'll continue to use the Fuel Belt bottles that I bought.

I also played around with the RunKeeper app a bit. I changed the settings to make the announcement on the mile and to give me my current pace rather than overall pace, since I can't get the mileage to restart after the warm-up. However, I DID find a cool new data window:

Averaged 9:43 over 40 minutes? I wish I could trust that this app is accurate! LOL
So under the splits window, there is an option to do the mile splits or the intervals. Since I set it up to do a 40:00 slow workout (for my long run) I was able to see the pace for my walking warm-up and cool-down separate from my long run! The "extra" part was the 4 extra minutes it took me to get back to the car! ;)

Having so much fun training for this triathlon!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Cycling Love!

My training plan called for a 70 minute bike ride. I decided to head over to the Greenway, even though it's the last Saturday before the Peachtree Road Race and I was afraid everyone and their cousin would be out for a run. Thankfully, the Greenway wasn't packed at all. I did see many more cyclists than ever before, and I saw 2 deer eating grass. :)

I figured out on my Run Keeper app (have I mentioned how much I love this app??) that I can set a countdown delay so that when I press "Start" it will give me 15 seconds to get my phone put away before it starts the workout. That way I won't have extra seconds before and after the workout, just after. I know, I know... it doesn't matter. But at least I can do it! LOL It took me a little longer than 15 seconds to get the phone away and get clipped in, but that's better than nothing.

The ride really went well. I've been reading the Every Woman's Guide to Cycling so I tried to use some of the information that I've picked up from that book. One thing was to spin freely and not mash and pump the legs hard. That's sort of opposite of what I've been thinking I need to do. I thought I should pedal in a lower gear so I can build up my strength in my legs. So I tried the spin in a higher gear thing and it felt pretty good. I averaged a little over 13 mph for the entire 15.71 miles, which is pretty good for me. There were no hills, though, so while I didn't have to push up a hill, I also didn't get the rest break for my legs going down the hill. My legs got a great workout!

So my feet didn't hurt, my knees didn't hurt, my girl parts didn't kill me too badly, and my hands didn't fall asleep. There was only one thing I had trouble with and that was hydration. No, it wasn't like the triathlon were I was dehydrated (did I ever mention that I only drank 3 oz. of fluids during the entire triathlon?? YIKES!). This time, I drank so much I had to pee a lot! LOL I drank water before I left and I had to pee when I got to the Greenway. Then about 30 minutes into the ride I had to pee so it was progressively more uncomfortable to ride. I peed again before I left to go home. And then I had to go again before I got home! It was horrible! I drank water before the ride with a granola bar, and then gatorade during the ride, and then water afterward. Since I felt great through the ride, I assume that I had enough fuel, just need to space the pre-ride water out more to give myself time for another potty break before I start.

It feels so great to have a good ride!! I'm actually looking forward to next week's long ride now! :)

Friday, June 28, 2013


Is this really what I look like when I swim???

Did my laps indoors while the kids played in the outdoor play pool!
OK, I no longer wish I could take/post pictures of myself after a swim workout. I mean, I'm sort of cute after a bike ride. And I'm not too bad after a run (but definitely better when I'm wearing a visor or cap than a Bondi Band). But this? This is just frightening! LOL

Today's workout was great, though. 800 yards - the longest so far in this training. I did a 200 yard warm-up, then 200 yards of endurance training (where I breathe every 5th stroke), 350 yards of speed drills (most 25s, but threw in one 50), and then a 50 yard cool down of breast stroke and back stroke. The water felt glorious today.

After my workout, I played with the kids in the play pool, and even went down the water slide and on the diving board. They are growing up so fast and they need a little encouragement to let loose and play like they used to when they were little! Seeing mom being a goofball surely helps!

Long ride tomorrow and I'm not sure where I'm going to do it yet. It'll be the longest I've done in a couple of months, I think. Looking forward to knowing how far I've ridden when I'm done! LOL

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Running with water... and a training app

Today was a run day again. With this tri training and only running twice per week (until the bricks start/resume in a couple of weeks), sometimes it seems like "forever" since I've run. In fact, today I was wondering if I'd even remember how to run!

Since I run in the summer in Georgia, and it gets nasty hot, I have been wanting to be able to carry some water/gatorade with me. Last summer I bought a handheld water bottle, but when I tried to run with it I felt all out of balance. I've been thinking about getting a belt system to see how that would work. I would really like to be able to run places like the Greenway, or Stone Mountain, and even some unpaved trails, but to do that I have to have some water on me. My MRTT chapter leader lent me her iFitness belt that has a holster for a water bottle. I ordered a set of Fuel Belt 6 oz. bottles from using my swagbucks gift cards, so this experiment only cost me $1.50! LOL

I set out for a nearby park with a trail that is almost 3 miles. I had my handy-dandy RunKeeper app and my music I spent most of the day getting into iTunes yesterday and my belt around my waist and I took off!

The belt started to bounce and ride up right away, but I think it wasn't adjusted tightly enough. I wasn't able to adjust it on the run because of where I had the bottle holster placed. So I made the best of it! I messaged my chapter leader to see if I could borrow it for my next run and she graciously agreed. Hopefully I can get a better fit because I really, really liked having water on me for the run. It was nice to be able to do a longer route for a change of scenery! I need to be able to find something that works for me! It was so nasty humid this morning that I drank 32 ounces of water (10 before, 6 on the run, and another 16 when I got home) and I didn't even have to pee! My shirt was absolutely soaked, and I am not a heavy sweater, and this trail was mostly in the shade! Yikes!

I used the RunKeeper app again today! I set up a "workout" to be a 5 minute warm-up, 20 minute run, 5 minute cool-down. I was even able to tell it which of my playlists to use, though about halfway through something happened and the music stopped. But I really like how the voice tells me when it's time to run or time to cool down (walking, in my case). I wish I could figure out how to make the warm-up/cool down their own separate pacing and not thrown in with the overall pacing and the mile splits. But truly I haven't played around with it much at all, so it may be in there and I just have to figure it out. Regardless, I am really having a blast with this app! It's like having my Garmin back, but even better! :)

Post-run selfie - couldn't figure out how to show the hydration belt in the picture!

Now THESE are some hills! :)

I promise I won't put up a graph each and every time I do a workout. But this is still fun! Look how fast I was running for awhile! The beginning and the end are the walking pace. I love graphs!! :D

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I have my numbers again!!

So, over the weekend, in addition to getting a new laptop, I also got my very first smartphone - an iPhone! :) So now, I can post cool before-workout selfies like this:

It's time to ride!
Not only can I do cool selfies, I can also download fun apps like RunKeeper. Since my Garmin went missing a few months ago, I have been trying to be strong in my forced avoidance of workout data. I am a numbers gal, and it's been quite a challenge. I have lived through it - though a few times I questioned whether or not I should take the money I'd been saving for my laptop and buy a new Garmin instead! LOL

But I persevered. I am STRONG! I don't need no numbers. I can run/bike 'naked'!

And then the tri happened two weekends ago and there was me with no numbers. I knew I ran long, but how long? And the bike course was "about 8 miles, we think". Really? How can I tell if I'm improving or not without hard data??

Enter the iPhone. My mother upgraded to an iPhone 5 and I was lucky enough to be blessed with her phone, which she then secretly upgraded for me to a brand new 4S because there was a promotion running which made the upgraded phone free! I have seen lots of my friends post their workouts on RunKeeper so I thought I'd give it a try.

There are several pre-loaded workouts, and lots of other features that I haven't had a chance to learn yet. But you can set it up for cycling and running (and other activities - isn't this strange... there is a "swimming" setting for RunKeeper. Who takes their iPhone in the water?? Weird!)

It was a little hard to push the button to start the workout, and then put the phone in my belt, and then clip in and ride. I figure I added about 15 seconds starting and stopping, at least, but you know what - it's not that big of a deal! When you've had no data, you learn to be grateful for what you have!

When I got home, I looked at my pretty numbers, all laid out there for me:

It's just like having a Garmin - there are splits and everything!!
 And to my surprise, look at the cool little "analysis" it gave me...
Yeah, that makes it look really hilly! WOOHOO!
One thing that it did that I'm not sure if I like was that it called out every 5 minutes all of my stats. Because I wasn't wearing headphones, it was broadcast! This could be handy, or it could be annoying. I will have to play around and see if I can make some changes. Regardless, this free little app makes me a very happy girl! I'm actually really excited about my run tomorrow! LOL

Monday, June 24, 2013

Triathlon Training: Week #4

In this 12 week training plan there is a cut-back week every 4th week of training. I usually like my cut-backs to be every 3 weeks, so we'll see how this works for me as the training picks up. And pick up it does in the next few weeks! :)

For this week, I just enjoyed the downtime and focused on stretching. I also ended up doing a surprise 5K, which was a lot of fun!

I am excited to be getting into the real meat of the training this coming week. I call it the "Build" phase and that's when I get out of the area on the bike where I ride all the time and start adding up some time in the saddle. Neither the swim nor the run will have me approaching record workout times, but that's why I picked this training plan. I've got to improve my cycling and I will do that via time in the saddle.

I am also bumping up my twice weekly strength training. Today I started that and it proved to be a nice challenge. I am already starting to see some improvements in my overall muscle tone! :)

I hope to be able to post more this week, now that I have a laptop again!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Unexpected Race Report: Trippadoodle's Trot 5K

I wasn't expecting to have a race report to share with you today! My Moms Run This Town chapter selects a monthly race to participate in as a group, and this month's race was the Trippadoodle's Trot 5K. This race benefits a local boy who was seriously injured last fall when the outer bands of Super Storm Sandy came through our area. Unfortunately, the race closed before I got a chance to register. I decided to go on down to the race anyway, to cheer on my MRTT friends - and then I would get my own run in on the way home. I've been wanting to run later in the morning anyway so I can better prepare for my triathlons, where the run portion starts later on when it's warmer.

I arrived at the Gwinnett Braves stadium where the race was being held decked out in my MRTT singlet. I walked up for the group picture and my chapter leader Wendy said, "Did you see they are having walk-up registration?" Well, no, I sure did not - I skipped the entire section because I didn't think it applied to me. I was so glad I had brought some cash with me (in case there was a place for donations set up)! I rushed over and registered for the race. I didn't get a shirt but that's ok!

I hurried back for the group picture. Wendy stopped a photographer for the county paper and asked him to get our picture!

Members from several MRTT chapters - LOVE the backdrop for this picture!
The race took off through the parking lot and out and down a street near the stadium. This was an out and back course which I love because you can see the leaders and you can also see all of your friends and cheer them on!

Since I don't have a Garmin anymore, and there were no mile markers, I really had no idea what I was running. I intended to take everything slowly since my training schedule in this cut-back week only called for a 20 minute run. I monitored my breathing and let that be my guide. It was hot and sunny, and I hadn't worn a hat or a Bondi Band. Ugh. I chalked it up to good triathlon practice!

I assumed the turn-around/water stop was the halfway point. I looked at my watch and it was around 16:30. Yep, that was a nice pace for an easy run. The course was more uphill on the way back, but I was warmed up so I didn't think I would lose much on my pace. Imagine my surprise when I turned the last corner and saw the finish line - and the clock showing 29:xx. I was completely shocked! Sub-30?? Without even trying?

I had a good 1/10 of a mile to the finish so I kicked it into high gear, telling myself that a sprint interval would be good for me - and took off!

Finish line picture... my legs look funky!

I took a picture for proof!
My watch read 29:45 (chip time was 29:43). I didn't let myself get too excited until I could verify from someone with a Garmin that the course wasn't short. I have come in under 30:00 in 2 previous 5Ks - one was hard-fought and when I finished I vowed never to do that again. The other one, the course was short. I found our chapter leader who told me that her Garmin registered 3.15 miles! WOOOHOO!

It wasn't a PR but for all intents and purposes, it should be one. I wasn't even trying, nor was I pushing myself, and I still came in under 30 minutes. It's been over 2 years since I've had a 5K this fast! And I felt horrible afterward! It was a great accomplishment and I felt very pleased. Today in the official results, I found that I was 8 out of 84 in my age group. Now granted, a lot of the participants today were there for the charity aspect of this race, but it is still exciting to be in the top 10% of my age group for once! :)

Tomorrow I'll post the training recap from this past week!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Triathlon Training - Week #3

This week's training went according to plan, even when throwing in the super sprint race on Saturday. I kept the volume the same as in the training plan, just some of it was done on the same day. That means that I took a rest day yesterday instead of a long(ish) run.This week is a cut-back week which is perfectly timed! Though the shorter workouts are sort of annoying, I know it is in my best interest to follow them. I do add my Zumba class back in on Tuesdays for the summer (ending right before the peak of training), so this is also a great week to do that... gives my body a chance to get back into the habit of 'shaking it' while I'm not also building up my workouts for the tri in August.

The official results came in for the super sprint and it's a little embarrassing! I was 4/7 for my age group, 21/27 among women, and 49/57 overall. Ouch! I sure didn't feel like I was that close to the bottom of the barrel! ::shrug:: I have to remember that the purpose for the race wasn't to "do well" but was so I could get in the practice that I need for the transitions! I will appreciate that come August!

I can't believe the race is 8 weeks from this coming Saturday!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Race Report: Marble Dragon Super Sprint Triathlon

This morning I completed the Marble Dragon Super Sprint Triathlon. I'm glad that I waited a couple of hours to write this Race Report because I think time has given me a little perspective to today's race. It wasn't BAD, per se, but it was a little frustrating. Now a few hours later, I'm not feeling nearly so frustrated.

I won this entry courtesy of Active Advantage, and I don't think I otherwise would have made the 90 minute drive for such a short distance race. Not saying that the race wasn't worth it, because it most definitely was, but it would have been a very expensive transition practice if I'd had to pay the $45 entry fee as well.

Leaving at 5:30 AM and still managing a smile! :)
I left the house before sunrise and made my way to Jasper, Georgia, which felt like the middle of nowhere! The directions I got took me straight to the park and I wasn't the first person there! I got my bib and got marked. This race put your race number on your arms and your predicted swim time on your hand. I'm not sure I like this better than having my age on my leg. It seems that the world of triathlon is determined to make sure that the everyone knows I'm old or slow.

Unlike the triathlons I've done at Lake Lanier, there was no long walk to transition, and transition was set up a few feet from the pool. I wish I had taken a picture, but I was thinking of other things.

Transition area all ready to go... cycling shoes for the first time!

Mike's first race! He did very well, and I'm very proud of him!
After I set up my transition I went to check out the pool. It was smaller than the smallest of the public pools at home. I think this ended up being a good thing, though, because the water was warmer than the public pool I swam in yesterday. I actually got in and did a couple of warm-up laps and to acclimate to the water. I was surprised that I wasn't as cold I was fearing I would be. Even when I got out of the water, I wasn't too cold. It was a pleasant surprise for this cold-natured woman! The swim was an out and back down each lane, and then under the lane divider... do that on each of the 5 lanes and then lift yourself up at the wall out of the water.

We got in line for the start in order of our estimated finish time (conveniently marked on our hand). I was surprised to find there were many people behind me with a longer time. I'm a pretty slow swimmer. One person took off about every 30 seconds, or when the swimmer coming back moved into the 2nd lane. By the time I got in, the first swimmer had already gotten out and the pool was full of moving bodies. The lanes were quite narrow, but overall it went well. People seemed to be pretty reasonable with their swim times and I only saw one person who passed another. I heard in the later wave that it was a bigger problem.

I was expecting a pool swim to be easier but I was mistaken. It has its own share of challenges. For me, it wasn't sharing the narrow lanes or even the exceptionally choppy water that caused me the most trouble - it was the stupid lane changes under the dividers. The first time, I actually hit my head on the thing. How embarrassing! I lost a lot of time and momentum due to that - plus it frustrated me and interfered with my ability to keep good form. If I do another tri with a pool swim, I definitely need to practice changing lanes.

Lifting myself out of the pool in a hurry was a surprising struggle as well. I ended up scraping up my leg on the way out.

Post-race picture of my bloody knee - not sure where the grease came from!
I need to take another picture of my knee now that it's had time to really show up - there is a scrape about 4 inches long along the side of my knee! It's lovely!

Transition was close by, and it went smoothly. I dried off my feet and put on my socks and cycling shoes. Then I put on my race belt (SPI Belt with race number togs on it) since I wasn't wearing a skirt in this race. Helmet and cycling gloves on, then I unracked my bike and ran it out of transition. Today, for some reason, I had trouble getting clipped in. I really have never had as much trouble as I did today, and I'm not sure why. Maybe I was trying too fast? Or I was just nervous? Whatever the reason, it was annoying. But I'm glad that it happened today so I can practice faster clipping in, and if that doesn't work, practice taking my time getting clipped in and then I can make up that time on the ride.

As for the ride, the race director claimed that it was "mostly flat" and that may be true considering that we were in the more mountainous area of Georgia. But flat it was not. It was an "out and back" which we had to do twice.  The 4 turn-arounds slowed me down because I am just not good at u-turns. The road was open to traffic, but the traffic was light and the cars that did pass by were courteous. I got chased by a dog at one point, which was a bit scary, but I had been warned about the dog from a lady who was coming the other way on her bike. That allowed me to prepare for him. He followed along and barked a bit and I did my reverse psychology on him and said, "Good dog! Go on home!" (He's just trying to protect his territory so I don't get mad at him and aggravate him - that's my new philosophy anyway and it seemed to work). There were 2 hills that slowed me down. I have been reading about how to handle hills and tried some new techniques and it didn't really help (though I don't have my Garmin anymore so I don't know my cadence or speed, but I know I was slow). I also tried shifting into a low gear so I could continue to pedal on the downhills to see if that would help coming up the other side. As near as I could tell, I was still my same slow self. As near as I can tell from my stopwatch, I averaged about 12 mph. (Insert a big frustrated sigh here)

Even though I am not faster on my new bike and with my new shoes/pedals, I am infinitely more comfortable. My hands no longer get tingly, and my wrists don't hurt. My knees don't hurt, either. The only thing I am having trouble with are my girl parts on the saddle, so I think that will be my next upgrade. Also, I have noticed on the run that, while I still have that strange feeling running off the bike, it doesn't hurt like it used to for the first 15 minutes or so. It just feels a little odd, not the pain in my left shin that used to happen all the time after a ride. As for the lack of power that I expected to get from my clipless pedals, I will just continue to pout. And try to get down to Stone Mountain to ride some more hills. And I'm doing lunges and squats now for leg strength. 

Back to the race: I unclipped, dismounted, and ran my bike back to transition. Tried to rack my back the wrong way - nice learning experience: remember to put the seat in first! @@ Took off the cycling shoes and put on the running shoes. Took off the helmet and cycling gloves, put on the visor on, and turned my race belt around so the number was at the front. I don't think I lost a ton of time with the shoe change.

I took off with a pretty big group of runners and we followed the small red arrows for the run course. We all took off through a soccer field, and I commented to another runner, "We're trail running now!" It didn't dawn on me until the second lap when I saw lots of people seemingly cutting the course that maybe we weren't supposed to do the soccer field. I went ahead and did it the second time, though, and when I finished 4 minutes later than I expected I asked the race director and he said we were supposed to stay on the paved track and he placed a sign out there for others since a big group of us had gone the wrong way. At my pace, I figure I ran close to an extra 4/10 of mile!

I did have a bit more trouble on the run than I expected. It was warm, but not humid today (perfect tri weather today!). But I felt really drained and I even got a side stitch towards the end of the first lap. I don't think I ate or drank enough before the start, and I definitely didn't drink enough on the bike. I will need to work on my nutrition and hydration plan for this August triathlon. The second lap was better, even though I missed seeing the water stop. I think a bit of water would have helped even more. Just knowing that I was almost done lifted my spirits, and of course I didn't realize at the time that I had run long.

I ran through the cute little Finish line and collected my bling. Yes, a medal for my triathlon - take note race directors: we like bling, even if it's little bitty like this one! :)

Cute little finish line!
Selfie with my medal... my arms were shaking! I decided to eat my banana right then and there! That was my first clue that my nutrition was OFF today.
Since it was such a small race, I decided to wait around for the awards. I gathered up my stuff and took it and my bike back to the car. While I was there, one of the other ladies asked if I would take her picture. I said that I would as long as she would take mine!

My first chance to represent Team Tough Chik at a race!

I also changed out of my wet clothes because, well, eww! It took about another hour before the awards because we had to wait for the 2nd wave of adults to finish. In the end, I took 4th place in my age group by about 5 minutes. I'm not sure if I would have been fast enough for the 3rd place time without the extra run mileage, but the race director offered to call it a tie for 3rd place. I declined. It wasn't his fault, or the third place winner's fault, that I didn't pay enough attention to the course map. I will count it as a lesson learned. 4th isn't shabby, even in a small race! (I reserve the right to change that sentiment if there were only 4 of us! LOL Nah, I'm just kidding... getting up and competing/participating is always a good thing!).

I think when I first got home, I was aggravated about lots of the little details but I'm not so aggravated now. It was a good, short race and I learned a lot - and that was the entire purpose of participating! I think this Super Sprint distance is great for beginners, and very doable for just about anyone who would like to try a tri! I do recommend Five Star NTP for their smaller race atmosphere which can be a little overwhelming because there aren't a lot of details, but can also be good because the courses are not at all crowded! (This is the same company that did the Running Scared 13K that I ran last Halloween - and won my age group, because I was the only one in it! LOL).

I've got lots of training between now and my August sprint tri! I hope to make the best of it by focusing on hills on the bike, nutrition and hydration, and smoothing out my transitions!

Friday, June 14, 2013


I was searching for more information about the location of tomorrow's triathlon. It's an hour and a half away from home and I'm not at all familiar with the area. I found this picture:
The pool for tomorrow's triathlon!
What is the first thing you notice?

It may not be the same thing I noticed. Why is that? Because I assumed this was going to be an INDOOR pool! After all, the pool where I swim laps is an indoor pool so it should be an indoor pool, too, right?

Should?? Really??

Well, it's a good thing I took some time during adult swim at the local pool with my kids this afternoon to do a few laps, since I've never done any laps in an outdoor pool before!

It's going to be 66 degrees at the start of the race tomorrow. Any clue what the water temp will be? Hee hee... this might be my fastest 250 yard swim EVER as I hurry to get it done and get out of the cold water!

Also, I asked the race director and was told that they are not closing the road to traffic for the bike. He said  "but it's light traffic...and we should have police at the turn around points." 

Should?? Really?? 

Well, this SHOULD be interesting anyway! :)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Last-minute tri details!

Finally got an email tonight with last-minute instructions for Saturday's Super Sprint Triathlon. I was happy to read this first point:

1) This is a triathlon that is focused on fun and experience. It is designed for the beginner triathlete and those wanting to practice working on transitions. IT is NOT an IRON MAN or IRON KIDS triathlon. Please don't come with the fierce competitive attitude needed by the pros.

That is awesome for me! I am one of those who is "wanting to practice working on transitions". This will be the first time I will be using my new cycling shoes and clipless pedals in a race atmosphere and I'm hoping this short triathlon will give me valuable experience (good and/or bad) that I can apply to my big race in August! 

Now I'm really getting excited! 

The next two points confuse me, though: 
2) Please arrive to set up transition and get checked in at least ONE hour before your swim start time. (This way you will have time to walk the course)

3) Please WALK the course (except adult bike portion).

Why do we have to walk the course? I've never heard of that before! I guess I will find out on Saturday, huh? 

I have a couple more short workouts tomorrow to keep the body loose, and then I have to pack up tomorrow evening! I don't think I'm nervous, yet. Just looking forward to this race!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Shameless Self-Promotion!

I just started a page for Running Through the Castle on Facebook! I would appreciate it if you would "Like" that page!


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Triathlon Training - Week #2, plus some!

I did manage to get all of my workouts in, despite a challenging schedule! I had to combine some days and get up way too early for me (4:30 AM), but I got them all in and everything felt good!

I even got to workout with my baby girl on Sunday! My husband and son were off deep-sea fishing for the weekend and my older daughter is out west on a mission trip with  her dance company. So that means all of my babysitters were gone, and I am not comfortable leaving my autistic 11-year-old home alone just yet! So she came along and rode her bike while I ran!

Getting ready to do our thing!

She told me that this wasn't really a workout for her. "It's just riding my bike, which is fun! So that's not a workout!" I thought those were some incredibly wise words, and the way we should all try to look at physical fitness!

She did a really good job, especially considering that her bike is really too small for her! And I can't remember the last time she had to ride for 40 minutes straight. And it was hot and humid, too! But we had a really nice time and I'm glad we did it. I hope she will want to go with me again another day!

My super sprint tri is on Saturday and I'm getting excited and a little nervous. Last week during my workouts, I tried out the outfit I'm going to wear and it worked well. I took the bike over to the shop this morning and had them adjust it and sort of give it a once over for safety. I did my last swim workout this morning and tomorrow I will do a brick, Thursday I will run, and Friday I may swim again (or just do some yoga). I also need to review my packing list as this will be my first tri with cycling shoes and clipless pedals! But my idea is that this is the race to make the mistakes, or to uncover things I never thought of, before my big race in August! It's like a training race! LOL

I also picked up some cycling gloves at the bike store today and an insulated bottle since it's supposed to be quite warm on race day (and surely will be while I'm training this summer). My hands get so sweaty and it makes it hard to hold on to the handlebars safely. Also, I'm sure the sweat can't be good for the tape on my handlebars. I just got the least expensive pair of gloves and then later on I can upgrade if I feel the need to! I will try those out tomorrow on my brick workout.

Hope everyone is having a nice late spring/early summer!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Brick by Brick

It's been a great week for my workouts! I did back-to-back Brick workouts yesterday and today. Yesterday was the traditional Bike-Run brick and was a scheduled workout, but today's brick was a Swim-Run brick forced upon me by my crazy family schedule! But, I'm getting the workouts in and that's what's important!

I used these bricks this week as an opportunity to try out my outfit for next weekend's super sprint. I will be wearing my Team Tough Chik tri top with my new tri shorts! They fit great and everything felt good in each sport.

So far I am feeling great and I'm getting pretty excited about next weekend's race! Stepping back to the mileage/time on the training plan - even though it was much less than what I had built up to - was a smart thing to do!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Triathlon Training - Week #1 Done!

Triathlon season has begun and Week #1 of my training is complete! Of course, I had to modify the training a little bit because of the impending Super Sprint triathlon in less than two weeks! But overall, I stuck right to the training plan - even with its 400/500 yard swims and 20-25 minute runs! LOL It was so hard to stop at that time/distance, but I'm determined to be smart and not injure myself by pushing too hard.

Yesterday was my long bike ride, and for this first week, it was a 50 minute ride. Next week I will have to do my long ride on the trainer because all of my babysitters will be out of town, so I really wanted to go somewhere. I decided on the Big Creek Greenway in Alpharetta, despite that being the location of the Big Fall caused by the Getting Lost. But this time I neither fell nor got lost and I was very proud of myself.

Today was a 'long run' of 25 minutes, and I had to do that in the neighborhood before church so that I could get home before my babysitters left for their Sunday morning responsibilities! I will be glad when the next 2 weeks are over and things settle down a little bit around our hacienda!

I also added 2 days of Strength Training from a book I got from the library: The 12-week Triathlete. I am not using the training plan found in this book, because it doesn't mesh well with my schedule, but I do like tha he lays out 3 plans for tri-specific strength training. So I'm putting that into the training plan I'm using from Sprint Triathlon Training. I am still looking for the 'perfect' triathlon training plan... it's elusive.

This coming week will be a challenge to get all of my workouts in. We have morning, afternoon, and evening commitments! LOL But I will do my very best to get it all done! :)

I am really, really looking forward to the Super Sprint the weekend after next! What a great way to test out all my new gear and see what I need to focus on for my big races in August and September!