Saturday, May 1, 2010

A New Friend, a Big Hill, and Some New Tools

Yesterday, I headed out to the Syracuse 70.3 course with a new training partner, Kara.  We met at a recent CNY Triathlon Club meeting and spoke of getting together sometime to train.  I sent her an email the other day to see if she wanted to check out the course with me, and it turns out she lives about a mile from my house!  What are the chances!!

I was super excited to see the course, and it was an absolutely gorgeous day.  We started out at transition at Jamesville Beach, with the skies just a bit overcast, but my Trakkers green was doing a good job of brightening everything.

(Makes me look fast, don't you think?)

Kara, mother of 4 boys(!!!) and a triathlete.
That counts as a trimommy!!

The first 15 miles or so of the course were very hilly and slow-going.  I kept my mind on how this is great preparation, not only for Syracuse 70.3, but also for Rev3 Quassy, which is just weeks away and super hilly. (Still time to register and race with the likes of Matty Reed, Craig Alexander, and Mirinda Carfrae...use my code TRAKKERS115 to save $10.)

Once we were past the first bit, the course was fun and fast (most of the time).  The sun came out and so did the views.  Lots of rolling hills and beautiful scenery.  Lush green hills and valleys, farms just being plowed for spring, cows, horses, and quaint little villages.  Here is a picture from about mile 20 in Truxton, NY.  It was taken with my phone, but you can still get a sense of the kind of beauty around here.

(Yes, this is a cemetery, but there is always something about them that are 
beautiful and peaceful to me.)

There was a cute little coffee shop at one of the turns where we met some other bikers taking a little break.  I was tempted to head in for a latte, but we had to make sure to be back in time to get Ryan off the bus, and Kara's son had maybe next time!!

We were moving right along and at around mile 35ish were feeling like we were heading home...not much more to go.  Then, BAM, an enormous hill!!  I was in my granny gear and standing about halfway up.  I tried to sit back down, but that was a no-go!! I finally made it to the top, with my heart beating out of my chest, but I was there!!

The rest of the ride was super fun and super fast.  I'm really looking forward to racing there in the fall.  It was also nice to get 56 miles under my legs again for the season.  It really is a confidence booster going into my first half-iron of the season.

I finished out the day, a little bit later, with a 30 minute run on the treadmill.  As you know, the theme to my training this week has been mental toughness, and this short run tested it!  My legs were shot and the kids were driving me crazy and I was under the gun in terms of time, but I went for it.  I practiced something I tried in my 60 minute run the other day.  I have found that I tend to be hyper-aware of everything when I run - taking in every sight, every feeling, every breath, so I have to "unfocus."  I sort of have to zone out and just flow.  One thing that helped me the other day was counting my breaths.  It became almost like a meditation of sorts, then, once I was in a place where I wasn't judging or overanalyzing, I stopped counting and just let my mind flow.  If thoughts were there, I acknowledged them and let them go.  I didn't think or concentrate.  I would call it stream of consciousness.  This worked really well, but I can't say I was sad when the run was over! :)

That is what I am aiming for tomorrow in the Mountain Goat 10-miler.  I know it's going to be tough, especially after a long week of training, but I feel like I have a few mental tools on board to help me push through.

You'll get the full report tomorrow!  Until then...happy training!


  1. That's funny...I'm trying to unzone...just a little :) I spend so much time in my head with absolutely no awareness of what is going on around me!

  2. I know Kara! She used to be in my book club! : )

    good luck tomorrow, hope to see you there!

  3. It sounds like you had a great bike ride, big hill and all!

    Good luck in your race tomorrow! :)

  4. It sounds like you had a great ride! How nice to meet up with someone new as well. Have a great race tomorrow.

  5. Sounds like your training is really coming along Kelly! You look great in the new Trakkers kit too.

    Can't wait to race with you again at Quassy.

  6. I will see you at the start line tomorrow hopefully!! I will be hanging by the YMCA food tent before the race!!! LOVE the jersey!

  7. GREAT ride girl. And you KNOW how I love the color green!


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