Monday, November 30, 2009

Ultra Cool

I have had this thing lately when it comes to ultra marathons.  I think they are way cool, and totally want to do one.  Maybe even more than I want to do a marathon. I'm not sure what the allure is, but it just seems so elemental or something like that.  I'm not sure if one is in my near future, BUT an ultra is definitely something I want to do at some point. 

I have mentioned my friend, Ben C., before on the blog.  He has really been a mentor to me in all things endurance and is one of the most giving people I have ever met.  I want to send out a huge congrats to him for a great race at the JFK 50 Miler the weekend before Thanksgiving. This was his first 50 mile race, although he is an old pro at ultras (well, he's not old, he just has a few ultras under his belt).  He beat his first AND second goal for a finish time of 10:36!!  Amazing!!  You can check out his pics at Brightroom.  (I tried to steal one to put on the blog, but I, alas, am not that technically capable.)

He was kind enough to send me his race report, and I just wanted to share this one quote with all of you. 
"The training for JFK and the weekend were powerful and a reminder that what one can do is limited by what one believes they can do."


Congrats, my friend!!  I am proud of you and am looking forward to the day we can run one together!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Sunday Report

Well, as you know, this was my official week off of training and nutrition.  I did manage to squeeze two runs in, including the New Bern Turkey Trot 5K, which was a lot of fun.  I ate way. too. much.

WAY. TOO. MUCH.

The good news, is that I'm ready to hop back on the wagon tomorrow.  I really feel gross, and don't even want to think about what the scale will tell me tomorrow.

The trip to NC was fun, but exhausting.  I think there is no such thing as a relaxing vacation if you are traveling with young children.  And our young children chose this week to test us to the very limits of our patience.  They were holy terrors this week!!  I think they totally forgot that mommy and daddy were people to be listened to!  The car trip there and back was actually not bad, because they were forced to sit still...something that did not happen at any point during the rest of the week!!


It was nice to be with my family and meet my brother's girlfriend.  And like I said before, I just love NC.  It is just so beautiful and peaceful...probably even more so when my children are not in the state!!  Here are some pictures for you to enjoy...a few of them were taken by Ryan.



Ryan, Kel, my Dad and Uncle Jeff cane-pole fishing.



A view from my run.



Ryan's picture of the view from the deck.



Weinie was a very willing subject for Ryan's photographic efforts.



Our annual croquet tournament (that I never, ever win), picture courtesy of Ryan.



A surprise visit to Santa in Beaufort, NC on Friday.  Ryan didn't want to go see him, because just that morning I had told him Santa probably wouldn't even come to our town because he had been so bad!!

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
Happy training!

New Bern Turkey Trot Race Report

We had a great week in NC and did end up racing in the New Bern Turkey Trot 5K.  It was the first time me and Kel have actually raced together, which was totally fun.  My dad came to keep an eye on the boys and watch us race.  It was nice to have him there cheering me on.

There was a guy dressed up like a turkey entertaining all of the kids.  Ryan just went right up to him and started chatting, but Noah was having nothing of the turkey man.



It was a chilly morning for the southerners, but for me and Kel it felt great, and after my short warm-up (which I decided was a must for a 5K), I stripped down to just a run skirt and a tank. I warmed up for just under a mile.  I think for me the warm-up is completely essential.  I still think I run better after a bike ride, which I just cannot figure out, but maybe it has something to do with my physiology or something like that.

Anyway, the race was very well organized and started right on time.  There were about 400 people racing, but not all were in the "competitive division".  Of course, me and Kel were in that division.  I can't even imagine doing a race and not being competitive, but that's just me!!  The horn went off right at 8:00 a.m., and we were off.  My dad got a great picture of us waving at the boys right after the start.

(I promise that we didn't plan to match...it just happened that way. 
I wouldn't be that cute on purpose!)

I haven't run a stand-alone 5K in about 5 years, so I really had no idea of what to expect.  Since I've only been back to running for about 6 weeks since my injury, my hopes weren't super high, but I knew I would beat my last open 5K time easily.  My plan was to take the first mile medium-hard, and increase my intensity from there.  I wanted to push, but still maintain the good form that I have been working on lately, mainly striking with my forefoot and keeping a high cadence.

Well, I didn't stick to my plan.  I ran a little too fast for the first mile and slowed for the next two, but I was able to maintain my form for the whole race, which is good.  I even have proof of my new forefoot strike in one of the pics my dad took.  I think it is the first picture I have ever seen of me running where I actually look like I'm running!!

I am actually off the ground in the picture...and note my front foot...definitely a forefoot strike.

My official time was 26:51, although my Garmin had me at 26:46 for 3.14 miles.  Here are my mile splits:


1 08m 20s 1.00 miles 

2 08m 44s 1.00 miles 

3 08m 35s 1.00 miles

4 01m 07s 0.14 miles 07m 46s /mile

The second mile was tough, and I pushed myself through by chanting "Pumpkin Pie" in my head to the beat of my running. Not too shabby, but I know I can do better because my 5K at Irongirl this summer was 26:19, and that was just a week after Musselman, so my legs were not fresh.  I'm not sure why I feel so much better running at the end of a triathlon than I do just straight.  I think I just like it more!! I was able to pull out 4th in my AG of 30-39, and 101 overall out of the 281 that got timed.  I'm definitely not in the middle, so that is an improvement!

Kel had a great race and finished in 21 minutes flat.  He placed 3rd in his AG, but they only gave out prizes to 1st in each AG, so we didn't stick around.


He makes it look so easy!

My dad and the boys had a great time, and I'm thinking when my dad retires he should take up race photography!!  Here is a great pic of the fam after we finished.




And Ryan, the budding photographer, took one with my Dad in it!


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Blessings

Ahh...the air smells a little bit salty, the breeze blows just enough, there is absolutely no noise (except for the noise my children make), I don't have to make decisions about dinner, and I ran yesterday in a skirt.  For all of these reasons and so much more, I love it in North Carolina.  There is just something about this place that speaks to my soul.  Every time I am here, I love it more. 

The boys are having a great time with Grandma, Grandpa and my brother.  Grandma always spoils them with lots of new toys...right now they are playing with the Caterpillar (the construction vehicles) train...a train with construction vehicles, you can't get any better than that.

I had a great four mile run yesterday.  It was warm and my feet were quick (for me, anyway!).  When I was almost home I saw a red fox, but didn't have a chance to snap a picture.  Too bad I can't run that fast!  I might even get to run a 5K tomorrow!  My dad totally wants to go watch and has offered to wrangle the boys so Kel and I can both run. 

On another note, I have a confession...actually an apology.  I owe R. an apology for going a bit too far in expressing my innermost (and darkest) feelings in a post the other day.  I have removed the post, but I have learned a very valuable blogging lesson...some things are too personal to put out there.  I generally have a tendency to wear  my heart on my sleeve and speak (or write) whatever I am thinking...regardless of the fact that I have not thought it through! I'm sorry R., I hope you will forgive me, and I want you to know that I love you and I know you love us!!

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and I have already been eating like there is no tomorrow...so I'm not sure what tomorrow will bring!  I hope all of you enjoy your day of thanks!  Blessings to you and your family!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Sunday Report

This was a pretty good week for me, these days anyway. Here are the numbers:

Swim: 5400.00 Yd 1h 55m
Bike: 19.71 Mi 2h 26m 39s
Run: 8.65 Mi 1h 21m 49s
Stretching/Foam Roller:  35m

Total:  7h 18m 38s

Nutrition:  20 points

It's been a great, lazy Sunday at my house.  We went to church last night, and I slept until the late hour of 7:24 a.m., skipped Masters swim and enjoyed my coffee(s) and a book in front of the fire.  The boys played together outside, so it was quiet to boot!!  I stayed in my pj's until noon, and am totally putting off packing for our trip. As I'm writing this I'm sitting in the family room half watching The Polar Express...and I'm the only one in the room.  I just don't feel like getting up to turn it off, and I can't find the remote from my chair!!

Anyway, I have decided to officially take this week off.  I feel like, even though my training hours have been reduced, mentally I haven't really taken any time off.  I'm taking my running shoes and my wetsuit down to NC, but will only run and swim because I want to, not because I need to. (I'm actually looking forward to possibly getting an open-water swim in.  I'm guessing the water should be warm enough.  If' it's more than 60 or so, I'm going!) Likewise with my nutrition this week--the no-sugar challenge ends tomorrow, so I'm giving myself a break this week.  Now, I'm not going to go crazy or anything, but I think a week of not obssessing monitoring everything I eat will do my brain some good.  I might even have a glass of wine every single night, and I will be having some dessert!!

My running has felt really great this week, and I'm itching to get some more mileage in.  If I'm running inside, I have been starting off with 7 minutes of barefoot (well, socked) running, and then putting my shoes on and finishing.  I like this method because when I run barefoot, my form is much better, my cadence is higher, and I can run faster.  Even after just a few minutes, when I put my shoes on, I can keep this same feeling.  The downside, is that my calves are killing me...even with all the foam rollering (is that a word?) and stretching.  I actually think this is a good sign because it means I'm not striking with my heel as much.  I've been checking my cadence periodically as I run, too.  When I am focusing on being light and more towards the front of my foot, I can keep my cadence pretty consistently around 88 rpms. (I don't know if that's the right term but it's 88 right foot strikes per minute.)  To check on this I just count how many times my right foot hits the ground during a 15 second block, and then I multiply by 4.

I hope all of you have a great week.  I'm not sure how much blogging will be happening this week, but knowing my family, I will definitely have a good story or two to share!! 

Happy training!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Temporary


Sorry I didn't come through with a full week of eating.  Noah woke up at 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday night with an ear ache, and I don't think I got more than 10 consecutive minutes of sleep for the the rest of the night.  The good news is, he is on antibiotics and the mend, but I am behind...in everything.  I have been eating according to the rules of the nutrition challenge, though, but that doesn't make for very interesting blogging, I've discovered, unless you want to hear about me eating another bowl of sweet potato casserole! I just can't get enough of that stuff.  Maybe you were saved by Noah's ear ache!!!

Anyway, I didn't train at all on Thursday because I was exhausted.  Today I had a great 2700 yard swim.  Some days swimming just feels so good, and today was one of those days.  I've really been working on my catch and pull, and I think it is starting to pay off in a smoother, more balanced stroke.  I find I am able to swim the same speed at a lower intensity, which is definitely good.  The plan for the weekend is a short run, maybe 35 minutes, and two trainer sessions.  I'll keep you posted.

Tonight as the boys were getting ready for bed, Noah and Ryan had one of the cutest moments together that I have seen in a very long time.  Noah was on the potty (he takes forever...is this a guy thing?  I mean, really, why would you want to spend more time on the toilet than is absolutely necessary?  I just don't get it.  Just do your business and be on your way!), and Ryan said he wanted to read Noah a book.  Ryan is in the early stages of reading, so we are really trying to encourage any solo reading efforts, so we said sure.  So Ryan pulls up the bathroom stool right in front of the toilet and reads Noah the whole book!  It was so cute.  He would read a page, then show Noah the picture, and Noah would ask questions.  Kel and I just watched. Hmmm...so this is what it's like to enjoy my children!!

We are headed down to North Carolina on Monday to spend Thanksgiving with my dad, stepmom, brother and his girlfriend, who we are excited to meet for the first time.  The boys love it at Grandma's house, because they live on the water, and there is just so much for them to do outside (i.e. get very, very dirty).  I, on the other hand, always try very hard to keep my cool and maintain perspective about family, but generally always fail.  It's not that I don't love my dad and stepmom, it's just that they are very different from me and pretty much drive me crazy...in a good way...I guess.  I don't know, maybe it has something to do with the 14 hour drive it takes us to get there.  Right, that's what brings on my temporary insansity.  Definitely...temporary...


Start praying for me right now!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Food for Thought...or Not

So I was a trimommy on fire this morning.  I was up at 6:35, and I left the house for work about 9:05.  This is what I did in between:

  1. Got Noah and Ryan up and dressed. (Well, Ryan dressed himself, but you know what I'm talking about.
  2. Made breakfast for Noah.
  3. Made coffee.
  4. Practiced violin with Ryan.
  5. Made breakfast for Ryan.
  6. Made sweet potato casserole.
  7. Put dinner in the crockpot and plugged it in.
  8. Cleaned the kitchen.
  9. Got shoes and jackets on everyone and out the door to the bus stop with Noah in the jogging stroller.
  10. Right after the bus pulled away, Noah and I were off and running (in the very cold weather) to the babysitter's.
  11. Left the stroller at the sitter's and continued on my run (3.3 miles in 30:38).
  12. Made my breakfast and lunch.
  13. Checked my email.
  14. Showered and got ready.
All before 9:00 a.m.!! Impressive, no?? It might even qualify for supertrimommy status...


Well, here for your viewing pleasure, is what I ate today.

Mint Chocolate Gu before my run...so good.  Sometimes I think I train just so I can have treats like this!!





Breakfast was what I call a Hawaiian Green Smoothie (1/2 avocado, big handful of raw spinach, frozen pineapple, 1/2 banana, greek yogurt), decaf with cream, and a Flax Plus waffle with peanut butter.


For lunch, a big serving of sweet potato casserole, a hard boiled egg, and a honeycrisp.



A couple of handfuls for an afternoon snack.

Chicken and pinto bean roll-ups for dinner.  I had 1.5.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Today's Munch and Treadmill Ratings at Runreviews.com

Well, today's eating will not be accompanied by pictures because my camera decided not to cooperate this morning.  Maybe that's not a horrible thing, since my pictures of yesterday's food were really not that good.  I am a darn good flutist, but taking pictures is something that I need to work on a bit!

Breakfast:

I made a delicious smoothie with 1/2 frozen banana, handful of frozen fruit, two big handfuls of raw spinach, scoop of plain Greek yogurt, and some ground flaxseeds. Two big cups of decaf coffee (french pressed, of course) with cream, and an Ezekiel english muffin with peanut butter rounded out the meal.  (I eat a pretty big breakfast, if you were wondering....I love breakfast!)

Lunch:

We are traveling next week for Thanksgiving, so I'm trying to clean out the fridge.  My lunch definitely reflects this!  Let's see, I had two hard boiled eggs, some carrot sticks with peanut butter, and some (kind of) fresh pineapple.

Dinner:

Today was a super long day in Ithaca, so it was dinner in the car.  I stopped at Wegmans (a trimommy fave), and grabbed some brown rice veggie sushi and a skim latte.  I also threw a bag of Mountain Rise Granola in there, and munched on that maybe a bit too much on the way home.

On days that I work, I don't eat as often throughout the day, the way I like to, but it was all good food, so no worries.  I also did the foam roller tonight when I got home for about 10 painful minutes, and I'm sure my calves and achilles will thank me on my run tomorrow.

In other news, swing over to Treadmill Ratings and check out my guest blog post!!  I wrote a little article called "Eat Like You Train." This is a way cool site that not only has quality, in-depth reviews of many different brands of treadmills, but also great articles on running, and treadmill workouts.  If you are even thinking of buying a treadmill or use one a regular basis, you should check out their reviews and workouts.  They also have a great article on how to buy the best treadmill.

Monday, November 16, 2009

My Day in Food


A friend recently asked me to post up on the blog what I eat every day.  So I decided to do just that...in pictures (and a few words.)  I had so much fun doing it today, I might just do it every day this week.  It really made me think twice about what I put in my mouth, that's for sure!

Breakfast:

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie and French Press decaf with evaporated milk (I had 2 cups of coffee.)



Post Morning Workout:

Cinnamon Bun Larabar and some locally made apple-cinnamon crackers (no sugar).



Lunch at Chicago Uno Grill:

Cuban Black Bean and Lentil Soup and salad (I only ate 1/2 of the breadstick).


Grande Non-fat Latte (My latest addiction)



A yummy honeycrisp snack.



Dinner of baked fish with cracker crumb topping, butternut squash "fries", and steamed broccoli.



Post Evening Masters Swim:  Chunks of Energy

Have a great night!!

The Sunday Report

Thanks to everyone who commented on my last post!!  It's nice to know I am not alone in the very difficult world of parenting.  Here's funny side note to all the comments I received.  Sunday afternoon I was grading a recital in Ithaca, and one of my students told me that her mother reads my blog and wanted her to tell me she doesn't always like her kids either!  (Note to self...don't say anything bad about Lizzy on my blog...;) ).  Thanks Lizzy's mom!!

Here are the numbers for a very dark week.  I'm glad it's Monday!!

Swim: 5100.00 Yd 1h 45m
Bike: 14.24 Mi 2h 01m 57s

Total:  3h 46m 57s

Nutrition:  18 points (but really just barely...I almost feel guilty...)

No running last week, because my foot was a little off.  I think there was just too much walking/running in Lake Placid and the week before.  I checked out just my running numbers, and last week I almost doubled my time from the week before, which definitely doesn't follow the 10% rule of increasing training (only increase quantity of training by 10% week by week.)  The good news is, I ran for a little over 2 miles today, and my foot feels fine.  I also really need to start taking my stretching much more seriously, so hold me to that, okay?

There were quite a few requests for my sweet potato casserole recipe.  Please note that when I make this I don't measure anything, so all amounts are completely estimated!

Sweet Potato Casserole

4-5 sweet potatoes scrubbed clean
1 cup or so of skim milk
2 eggs
2-3 Tbs. melted butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans
sprinkle of cinnamon
dash of salt

Bake the sweet potatoes in 400 degree oven until tender (about an hour). (If I'm baking something else I will throw the potatoes in at the same time.  I usually put them in a small metal pan.  Let cool and peel, then smash them--I use my KitchenAid mixer, Ruby.  Dump in the rest of the ingredients and mix well.  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour.

I eat this for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.  I love it, and so do my boys.  Enjoy and have a great week!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

thoughts

  • I have about 4 pairs of jeans that I really like.  Of those 4, only one fit really well--the others are too big (which I'm not complaining about...really).  All of them, though, kind of stick out where the button on the waist band is.  I've been sure for a while that the jeans just didn't fit me well, so last weekend I bought another pair that definitely fit me just right...and the button part still sticks out.  Maybe it's not really the pants button that is sticking out...
  • I had my first clementine tangerine of the winter today.  If you don't know what they are, they are little tiny, seedless tangerines that are super easy to peel and taste like Florida in a tiny bite.  As I bit into the first segment today, I had a beautiful memory of when I was about 5 or 6 months pregnant with Ryan, and I went to Virginia to be with my mommy at my grandmother's funeral.  At the time I could not get enough clementines.  While I was there, just being with my mom and my grandpa, my mom was the first person besides me to feel Ryan kick. (I know, poor Kel.)  When I think of it now, it just seems so intimate and poignant that just as my mother was losing her mother, she was sharing the experience of me becoming one.
  • I've been in a bit of a funk, and I'm starting to recognize a pattern to these funks.  Yeah...that pattern.  Why has it taken me this long to figure it out??
  • Whenever I am in a funk, things always come back to me feeling like I am not a very good parent.  I heard an interesting interview on one of my favorite podcasts, The Manic Mommies, today.  It was with the women who wrote the book, I Was A Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids. They  have interviewed hundreds of moms from around the country and found that almost all moms feel like they are not doing everything they can be to be the best mom.  Yep, that is totally me.  One of the things they mentioned was defining your expectations, and making sure they meet with what you want, not necessarily with what you think everyone else wants.  I think this is a very interesting concept, and one that might be revisited in the very near future on trimommylife.
  • I'm just going to put this one out there...think what you will.  There are some days I really don't like my children.  Does that make me a bad mother?  See above note...
  • I know people who say when they get stressed out they can't eat. Will someone please sign me up for that club?
  • My foot was hurting a little bit yesterday.  I'm pretty sure it was because of my very cute shoes.  I definitely have myself a dilemma.
  • I've been making this sweet potato casserole that has no sugar, and it is so delicious, I sometimes eat it for dessert.
Happy training!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

A Weekend in Lake Placid


Mirror Lake

I hardly feel like words could begin to describe the beauty of Lake Placid.  Kel and I spent the weekend there, and it was just amazing.  The last time we were there was before we were married, so it was nice to go back and just enjoy spending some time alone.

We got in Friday night, and had not made any reservations for Friday because we weren't sure if we would get all the way there.  But we did, and since there was a hockey tournament going on, we tried 4 hotels before we got a room.  It was functional and right downtown, but I was glad to leave on Saturday morning and head over to the Crowne Plaza Resort, where we were treated to a beautiful room with a fireplace and jacuzzi, completely free thanks to our trip to Connecticut way back in June.  I love free things!!




Unfortunately, both Kel and I seem to have lost any ability to sleep past 6:30 a.m., so we got up early and ran around Mirror Lake Saturday morning.  It was sunny and cold.  I ran around once and headed back to the hotel, since I'm still working up my miles after my layoff.  Kel did two loops, and then went out and did it again Sunday morning.  I opted for a bath in the jacuzzi tub, and then coffee and a book while looking out on the amazing view from our balcomy.

We didn't do a ton, but a highlight of the trip was a little driving excursion on the Ironman Lake Placid bike course.  Let me just say that it is a beautiful (hilly), inspiring (hilly), give you chills (hilly) course.  Kel and I had an interesting discussion over a beautiful lunch on Saturday about the potential of either of us racing an Ironman distance race.  He said if he were ever going to do it, he thinks he would want an easier course.  I said, in shock, "Would you ever do one?"  He said, "Well, not next year..."  I don't know, but it seems like we might be an Ironcouple one of these days.  The course in Placid is definitely hard, but if I were going to do an IM, I really think that is where I would want to do it.  It is just so beautiful.  I've always said that if I ever race an ironman it would be after both of my kids were in school, so I still have time to think about it!  Here are a few pics from the course.



The course goes right by the olympic ski jumps.  Don't ever tell me that triathlon is crazy...do you see how high that thing is??






What would be your view from your balcony if you finished the race before dark.

We had some very nice meals while we were there, and went to a great restaurant on Saturday night.  It would have been perfectly cozy and romantic if there hadn't been a table with about 6 ten-year-old hockey players right next to us.  In their defense, they were good kids--it's just hard to be quiet when you are a boy and 10.  They packed up just in time for me and Kel to enjoy our dessert.  Yes, you read correctly.  I decided to use my one mulligan from the no-sugar challenge on this trip, and I made sure that I did it up right.  The name of our dessert (which we did split) was "Chocolate Pervsion."  OMG...so good and so worth it.

All in all it was a great trip.  We are thinking of taking the boys up to camp this summer...and maybe watch an Ironman race while we are there?


Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Sunday Report

Kel and I just back from a weekend in Lake Placid.  It was a much-needed getaway for both of us.  I will post some pictures tomorrow, but let's just say it sure has some thoughts running through my head about a certain race that takes place there every year...and it's not on ice or snow.

This week in training was okay.  As I posted earlier this week, I'm having a hard time finding my training rhythm, but there are some exciting things in the works.  More on that coming soon.  In the meantime, I will muddle through.  Here are the numbers for the week, and the run includes a beautiful early morning run around Mirror Lake in Lake Placid with Kel.  He was kind enough to slow down for me, but it made me think we should run together more often!

Swim: 2650.00 Yd 1h 01m
Bike: 20.36 Mi 2h 34m 16s
Run: 8.53 Mi 1h 22m 28s

Total: 4h 57m 44s

Nutrition:  18 points which includes a huge splurge on a dessert I shared with Kel on Saturday night.  The name of it was "Chocolate Perversion"...for real.

Also, congrats to Ironmen Anne, Carol and Kendra.  All three of them had amazing races on Saturday!!

Have a great week!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Let's hear it for some soon-to-be Iron(wo)men

Since I've been blogging I have made quite a few bloggy triathlon friends out there in the blogland.  Several of them are racing their first Iron distance race this Saturday.  Kendra  is racing in Ironman Florida down in Panama City.  If you want to follow her, she is bib #63. Anne, a fellow Team Trakkers mate and trimommy extraordinaire, is also racing IMFL.  Her bib # is 2316.  And last but not least, another Team Trakkers member,  Carol, is racing Beach to Battleship in North Carolina this Saturday.

I wish all of you the best of luck.  I hope your race day dawns with beautiful skies and perfect temperatures.  I hope your swim is calm.  I hope your bike is smooth, and the wind is behind your back.  I hope all of your gels and drinks do the work they were made to do and nothing else.  I hope your socks stay dry and comfy and the body glide does the trick.  I hope you love every mile of the run, even the dark ones.  It is time to cash in on the account into which you have been depositing all year.  You have what it takes to be an Ironman, and I can't wait to hear about every single detail of your day!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Looking for Rhythm

I had a great swim last night at Masters.  2650 yards and my coach told me I am really getting more consistent with my speed.  Yay me!!  The only problem with Masters swim is that it doesn't end until 9:30 p.m., and by the time I shower and drive home it's a little after 10.  (That is late in the Trimommy world!)

Since I have my longest work day on Tuesdays and am much more likely to complete a morning workout than an evening workout, my plan for this morning was to get up early before the boys and hop on the trainer for 45 minutes.  Well, my alarm went off at 5:15, but I was not getting out of the bed.  No way was it happening.  In my defense, I had quite a big training day yesterday, but still. 

Since I've been back to running I'm having a hard time finding my training rhythm, so to speak.  I really need to sit down and figure out a plan.  That's right, a plan.  I just don't do well with this fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants style of training.  What I really want (need?) is a coach.  I want someone who knows what they are doing to tell me exactly what I should do.  The problem with the whole coaching thing is that it costs money (doesn't everything?).  So, unless a coach wants to step up and see what they can do with me for a way reduced price or for the love of sport, or something like that, I have to figure it out myself.

So on my ever-growing mental to-do list which I should really write down because I always forget what is on it, I will add figure out a doable training schedule. 

On another, strange note...I went to the CNY Triathlon Club meeting tonight.  The meeting itself was very productive.  There were about 10 of us there brainstorming and discussing ideas for next season.  The meeting was in an administrative building for a local school district and there was another meeting going on in another larger room with about 30 or so people.  In our room 10 very fit and lean people were discussing how to grow our club and get people involved in triathlon.  The other room was hosting a support group for people who had undergone gastric bypass surgery.  There are so many things to say about this funny little coincidence, but no matter what I say it will never to it justice, so I will just leave it at that!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Sunday Report and The Month in Numbers

Swim: 2200.00 Yd 1h 00m
Bike: 54.12 Mi 5h 04m 08s
Run: 4.05 Mi 39m 32s
Strength/Stretching: 20m

Total:  7h 3m 40s

This was a strange week.  My numbers ended up looking pretty good, none-the-less.  I only got in one swim workout, but I got a lot of time in on the bike.  I had a cold this week, too, which is one of the reasons I didn't feel like getting in the water, but I held my own at Masters swim this morning. I have been averaging around 1:40-1:45 per 100, which is an improvement for me. The running is going well too, but now that I'm starting to go a little "longer", I'm starting to feel the loss of my run fitness.  I'm just going to keep reminding myself that the break was good for me, and I will come back even stronger.  I've still been running barefoot (on the treadmill) for several minutes of each indoor run, which is doing wonders for my stride.  I really feel like it is changing me into a more efficient runner.

Here are the numbers for the month:

Bike: 13h 37m 45s - 118.27 Mi

Run: 1h 47m 30s - 10.43 Mi
Swim: 6h 43m 45s - 17850 Yd
Strength/Stretching: 1h 20m

Total:  22h 9m

meh...

Nutrition:  18 points (just barely) for the week

3 out of 4 weeks at 18 points or higher...I'll take it!

Have a great week and happy training!

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