Thursday, April 30, 2009

April in Numbers

April is done, and with 2 days until my first race, here are the numbers:

Bike: 23h 10m 10s - 263.13 Mi
Run: 13h 20m 12s - 81.16 Mi
Swim: 7h 44m 19s - 19900 Yd

Total: 44h 14m 41s

Run and swim are about the same as last month, but bike was way up. I'm going into the third month of half-iron training, and I feel great.

I hope you had a great month, too!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Sunday Report

Hello, friends!! It was a beautiful week here in Central New York. The sun was out, it was warm (mostly), and I was able to ride outside twice!!

Here are the numbers:

Swim: 3900.00 Yd 1h 26m
Bike: 80.52 Mi 6h 27m 17s
Run: 20.34 Mi 3h 19m 43s

Total: 11h 13m (I think I might have even impressed myself with this number!)

Flossing update: I haven't given a flossing update in a while, because it has been going so well (and might be perceived as a bit boring!). This past week we ran out of floss, and I really noticed. I missed 2 days, and couldn't even believe how much I missed it. Yes, you can change for the better if you really try.

Race News:

Next Sunday, I have my first race of the season--the Mountain Goat Run, a ten-mile road race that is quite a challenge (as you might have guessed from the name.) I've only done it once before, and that was two years ago. I should definitely be faster this time.

I am offically registered for the Rev3Tri in Connecticut, June 7! I'm so excited. I kind of wish I was racing the whole thing instead of doing a relay, but the bike would definitely have been a stretch for me. Maybe next year! It will be nice to do the swim and run and test out fitness for those two legs.

That's all for now! Have a great week.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

I Heart Buttercup

I just got back from a great ride on my Buttercup!! Much better than a few days ago. The sun was out, the sky was blue, and it was warm!!!

I rode 38 miles on a pretty hilly course, and felt great. Even the hills, which are usually my nemesis, I was able to spin up without too much effort (granted, I wasn't going that fast, but it didn't hurt.)

I switched saddles with my road bike and moved it a little more forward, and it felt much better. Still a little uncomfortable at around 2 hours, but I think that is more about me getting more time in the saddle than about the saddle.

I still need to work on drinking while riding. If I'm using my aerobottle I am fine, but when I have to reach down to grab a bottle and drink, I have to slow way down.

Now I'm off to a Syracuse Opera rehearsal. Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Buttercup's Adventures: Beyond the Trainer

Today was Buttercup's first outdoor ride. This is how it went down...

First I rechecked my front tire by taking out the tube, and then checking for any spokes or sharp things that might pop it, and then putting it all back together. (I did it much faster this time, without the aid of any written material!)

Then I pumped up the tires...this takes me longer than it should, but I'm getting better.

I got all dressed. It was in the 50's and cloudy. I dug out my helmet and my new bike gloves, put on my RoadID, filled up the water bottles, got my cell phone, shoes and Garmin on, got outside...

and it started to sprinkle.

I rode around the block and decided to head back in. I put Buttercup back on the trainer and rode for about 25 min., and the sun came back out, so I headed back outside. (I'm nothing if not persistent!) I got about 55 minutes in before the sprinkles started again, so I headed back inside to finish up on the trainer.

Here are my thoughts about riding outside:
  • Finally!!!
  • Wow, I really feel like I'm going fast!
  • My tender places do not like this saddle.
  • This feels much harder than I expected it to.
  • I'm in the small ring, so why does this feel so hard??
  • What am I going to do on hills if I can't even ride on a flat road without shifting down?
  • Is it the bike or me?
  • What is that sound when I brake?
  • It feels so good to be outside...and I'm not even cold!
  • Must get a new saddle...and possible reposition aerobars. I think they are too far forward, or my saddle is too far back.
  • I finally feel like I can shift into the big ring, I shift, and it goes into the small ring...I was in the big ring the whole time!! What a relief, but, man, I am such a dork sometimes.
  • I am really going to have to practice drinking and eating while riding. I definitely don't feel very comfortable using just one hand.
  • Home sweet home! Safe and sound!

I'm glad I finally got outside. To be perfectly honest, I think I was a little bit scared to get out on the new bike. Now it's done, and I can ride away!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Sunday Report and Some Big News

Someone (definitely not me, but I can't remember who) once said that training is like making deposits in a bank that you withdraw from on race day.

I like that. Training is more than just about one day, or one week--it is the process that gets you to the finish line (not the start) of any race or goal. Sometimes it's hard to make that deposit, sometimes it's easy, but they all add up to a nice big nest egg that will be there on race day (which, by the way, is July 19--exactly three months from today!)

Here is my weekly deposit:

Swim: 4700.00 Yd 1h 49m 30s
Bike: 29.95 Mi 3h 12m 17s
Run: 26.02 Mi 4h 14m 07s

Total: 9h 15m 54s

My training schedule called for a 4.5 hour bike today. I only got in 1.5, and the rest of my training for the day consisted of hosting Ryan's 6-year birthday party. It went really well, with few mishaps. I might have a black eye tomorrow from being hit with the pinata (that should definitely count for at least 43 min. on the bike), but other than that, all was well!!

Now for the big news...

I'm pretty sure I can see my abs!!!!!!!!!! It's definitely not a 6-pack or even 4, BUT there is some definition happening there. I asked Kel, and made him promise to tell me the truth, and he said (after looking in a couple different light settings, having me twist this way and that, and then telling me to pull my shirt up higher...) that he could definitely see "something."

I'll take it!

Have a great week!!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Long Run

I had my longest run ever today. Not my longest run of the season, or the longest run this year, but the longest I have ever run in my entire life!! Fifteen miles, and they felt great.

I had no stomach issues today. I left about 6:30 a.m. having just eaten a Luna Bar. I took 16 oz of Powerbar electrolyte drink (0 calories), 16 oz of water, and 2 gels. (I also had a pack of Clif Shot Blocks with me, but they fell out of my pouch, and when I found them on the way back it looked like an animal had found them first. Oh well, I didn't need them anyway.)

Here are my splits:

1: 9m 57s
2: 9m 44s
3: 09m 50s
4: 9m 45s
5: 9m 38s
6: 9m 57s
7: 9m 44s
8: 9m 49s
9: 9m 38s
10: 9m 47s
11: 9m 50s
12: 10m 12s
13: 9m 58s
14: 10m 07s
15: 10m 06s

Fairly consistent pace throughout, but I was tired the last 2 miles. All in all, a great run!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Super-Trimommy Strikes Again!

What a day! I can't believe I can even keep my eyes open to write this. Here's how it went down:

  • 6:00 Wake-up call from crazy robin trying to break into my house (for once, it wasn't one of my angelic children waking me up)
  • 6:45 Get breakfasts on the table, lunches in the lunchbags, and dinner in the crockpot
  • 7:45 Get dressed for a run, check email really quick
  • 8:00 Boys to sitter after getting everyone's stuff into car (we were quick today at around 10 min.)
  • 8:20 Quick pit stop before beginning my run
  • 8:30 60 min. run: 10 m. warm-up, 40 min. tempo run, 10 min. cool-down--6.65 miles
  • 9:30 Quick shower and get ready for work
  • 10:00 To the Hobby Lobby to buy stuff for Ryan's birthday party
  • 11:30 In Oswego (after 45 min. drive--ahhh some time to relax) for 2 hours of teaching
  • 2:35 Home again after picking up milk from the dairy
  • 3:00 1 hour conference call (more on this tomorrow)
  • 4:00 Pick up boys and off to Wegmans to replenish the bare cupboards
  • 5:45 Unpack groceries, fix dinner, clean kitchen, referee crazy screaming children (why are they always so crazy from 5:30-6:30 pm???)
  • 7:15 Help Kel clean up, get Noah ready for bed, put a load of laundry into washer
  • 8:00 Off to Masters Swim where I swam as though I were made of lead
  • 10:21 Going to bed...

right this very minute. Good night!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

My Indoor Biking Adventure

I know, I know...I really need to get outside on the bike. Here's some proof...

Tonight I hopped on the trainer for a quick 45 min. ride around 8:40 or so. My sweet hubby had just got off his bike and kindly put my bike on, pumped up the tires, and filled my water bottle with nice cold water. I plugged my earphones into the computer and was happily pedaling away watching the latest episode of LOST. The show had just come to a very suspenseful part, and right when the "scary" part was revealed, I heard an extremely loud my house!!

oh wait...that was my front tire POPPING!!!!

Apparently, Kel had been a little overzealous in the pumping. So, tonight, finally, I changed my first flat tire, in the comfort of my own home, with a how-to book on my lap.

It only took me about 20 minutes.

I really wish I was more mechanically-inclined.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Sunday Report

Well, it was a rest and recovery week, but still a hard one. It was nice to hit all of my planned numbers without too much effort! Here are the numbers:

Swim: 4000.00 Yd 1h 42m 04s
Bike: 39.47 Mi 4h 27m 39s
Run: 19.45 Mi 3h 10m 48s

Total: 9h 20m 31s

I only have about 4 weeks left in the teaching semester, so that will really free up my time for training. I am also looking forward to warmer weather, because I have got to get my wimpy, scared of cold-weather riding butt, outside on my bike! I started getting freaked out this week that I haven't been outside yet. SOON!! I PROMISE!!!

On a side note, I have been so hungry. I've pretty much been eating anything I want with the exception of added sugar and junk food, and I feel like I cannot eat enough! The good news is I am not gaining weight. I was kind of hoping to lose a few pounds (I have lost 2 since March 1), but I'm not sure if that is going to be feasible. I really feel like I need to fuel the training. I'm definitely still working it out. I'll keep you posted.

Have a great week!

The Long Run

Another long run is in the logs today. I don't have my splits because I didn't change my Garmin from bike to run, and then I deleted them from my log, but here is how it went down.

The first 6 miles went fine. I'm totally loving listening to my audiobook (The Help by Kathryn Stockett)--it really makes the miles fly by. I was averaging around 9:50 per mile and keeping my HR in Z2. Then my stomach started hurting...again!! Fortunately, I was close to a Dunkin' Donuts, so I was able to make a quick pit stop. The next three miles were uneventful, thank God! The last 3 and change went great. My plan said to run the last 30 min. in Z3, so I picked up the pace and brought my average down to about 9 min. per mile. It felt good to still have some in the tank for the last bit. At the very end, my stomach started hurting again. I had finished my 2 hours, but was still about 5 min. from home, so I just walked it in.

Now, to the stomach. I had water, powerbar electrolyte drink (0 calories), and 2 gels: a Powerbar vanilla at 45 m. and a GU lemon at 90 m. I really don't think it was what I took in on the run though. I think it was my Easter brunch. I thought I had left enough time for it to digest, but now I'm thinking maybe not so much. Next week, my plan is to have a pre-race meal (peanut butter and honey on wheat with a banana) for lunch, and then hope for the best.

I will get this figured out!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Thoughts on Resting

Every morning, for the past few days, a robin has been trying to break into our house.

Well, not really break in. In our living room we have a fake tree that sits right beside a large window, and the robin really wants to nest in it. With unfailing persistance, he tries to fly right through the window to the tree. The first morning he must have tried for at least two hours before giving up. The past three days, the boys and I have left, shaking our heads at the crazy bird, before the robin gave up.

Now let me just say that we live in an area with a lot of trees. In fact, in our yard we probably have over 20 trees that would make a wonderful home to the robin. The difference between our fake tree and the real ones is leaves. The trees in our yard are still bare, despite the fact that in a few weeks they will be gorgeous with soft green leaves.

This has made me think about how we set our own goals and set our sights on what we want in life. Often there seems to be the best way--the best way to be a mommy, the best way to be a wife, the best way to be a triathlete. We begin to focus on that one way and ignore the rest. We keep trying to fly through the closed window, and we fail to see ourselves failing.

Then we finally get tired and step back and rest. And in the resting we look around and see all of the other trees, all of the other paths, all of the other choices that will lead us to the same success that we are seeking through the closed window on the beautiful, but fake, tree.

I must remember to rest, to take a break, to stop when I keep hitting the window and take a look around to see if there is a better tree.

"There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one." Jill Churchill

Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Sunday Report

What a strange week it has been. I played with the Syracuse Symphony this week, and we had evening rehearsals Monday and Wednesday, and concerts Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings as well as a Saturday morning concert. On top of all that, Kel was out of town Wednesday through Saturday evening for business. Gramma took the boys for two nights, but I was so busy, I didn't even get to enjoy my alone time. Mostly, I was just lonely!

Despite the busy week, I got most of my workouts in. I did decide to take an unscheduled day off this week, so my run time took a little bit of a hit. It was worth it though, because even after a long run today and a long cycle yesterday, I feel good.

Here are the numbers:

Swim: 7300.00 Yd 2h 50m
Bike: 61.88 Mi 5h 38m 08s
Run: 13.51 Mi 2h 13m 29s

Total: 10h 41m 37s

Have a great week!

Stop the Tummy-Ache! (or My Quest to Master Nutrition)

I've decided to start keeping track of my long runs every week, because today at about mile 6 into my run, I had, shall we say, some GI issues. Fortunately, I had decided to run in the village today, so I stopped into a sub shop for a potty break. After my little break, I was fine, but I've really got to figure out what is causing this. It isn't the first time it has happened.

Today, I had a gel (Gu Espresso w/ caffeine) right before I took off. I also used 24 oz of GU2O total. At about mile 6, I'm guessing I had drank about half of that. I have a feeling it was the caffeine in the gel that did it. Generally, I am decaffeinated, but a little bit here and there doesn't seem to bother me.

For my long run next week, I think I will try just the GU2O and see how I feel with that.

In case you were curious, here are my splits:

1 09m 40s
2 09m 29s
3 09m 26s
4 09m 35s
5 09m 46s
6 10m 02s
7 09m 44s
8 09m 39s
9 09m 43s
10 09m 22s

Total: 10.01 miles 1h 36m 35s

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Cheap Compression

If you are a triathlete, I'm sure you are aware of the buzz surrounding compression socks. They are supposed to be great for recovery after long runs. They work by increasing your circulation by gradually compressing the leg from the foot up (tighter at the foot than below the knee), which leads to less soreness and a quicker recovery time.

Here's the thing, though. They are very expensive. A pair of Zoot Compression Socks is around $60. Sixty bucks for a pair of knee high socks! And I don't get to see if I like them first??...yeah, right.

Well, compression socks weren't invented for the athlete, their original purpose was to increase circulation and blood flow for people that have diabetes, or have just had surgery. These people are not buying $60 Zoot socks, so what do they buy?

Well, my friends, they buy the graduated compression socks from RiteAid for $3.99. Yes, you read right, compression for less than $4!!! You can hardly buy a fancy latte for less than that. Heck, it's practically free. They might not be as cool as Zoots, but I put them on today, and they are amazing. Like getting a massage!! Really!!

Now if only I could find tri shorts for $10, I'd be set!