Monday, May 31, 2010

The Sunday Report

I know, I know...it's Monday, BUT it's a holiday, so in the grand scheme of things, it is really a Sunday.

Just call me the Queen of rationalizing.

Anyway, we have had a great holiday weekend so far.  It started off with a trip down to Watkins Glen for the Fly By Night Duathlon on Saturday evening.  Kel was racing, and neither of us have ever been down to this race before.  It is right on the track at the Watkins Glen International Speedway, and when we arrived there was still a car race going on, which the boys loved.  The race didn't get started until about 6:30 p.m., which is also unusual for a multi-sport race.

I was joined in my spectating by Coach Mary and her son, Luc.  Luc, Ryan and Noah totally hit it off and got so dirty it was funny.  Mary and I cheered everyone on, including her husband, Kel, and many of my friends who were racing.  This was a fun race to watch because there was always some action to watch.  The racers did one run loop, then three bike loops, another run loop, three bike loops, and a last run loop, so we got to see Kel a lot.  Here are some pics...

Kel (in orange) powering up the bridge.

Coming in strong at the finish.

The boys clearly enjoying either the race or the dirt or each other.

Ahh...the glory of being done.
He came in 28th overall and 5th in his very tough age group!
Nice job, Kel!  (And you look pretty sexy too!!)

After the race, we went down to my in-laws camp on Cayuga Lake.  Kel and I tented for the night, while Noah and Ryan enjoyed the luxury of the pull-out bed in the trailer!  Perfect all around if you ask me. 

We woke up to a gorgeous day on the lake, and Kel and I donned our new wetsuits for a short swim in the chilly waters of Cayuga.  I just got a Quintana Roo Superfull, so I was looking forward to getting a swim in and checking it out.  We started out with a few pics...clearly I need to work on my underwater photography skills.

I almost got both of us!!

We finally gave up and just got one of me alone!

I loved the wetsuit, although it took me quite a while to get into it.  It is so buoyant I could float upright without even treading water.  I felt nice and smooth in it, and felt as though my swim was almost effortless.  Granted, I was not swimming hard, but I still felt great.  I'm going to try to get one more open water swim in before Quassy, just to make sure the suit is feeling good and fitting well.

We enjoyed the beautiful weather, the water, Gramma and Grampa, and a whole lot of food for the rest of the day.  

Camping wouldn't be complete without smores, right?

I had a two hour run on tap for yesterday, and it was sort of hanging over my head the whole day.  I really don't like to put things off until the evening for that very reason.  We got home around six, and I was wondering how I was going to fit it all in, so I decided to run for an hour, come in a help get the boys into bed, then head out for another hour.  It worked out beautifully, and mentally really helped me get through.  For some reason 2 one-hour runs seems much more doable then 1 two-hour run...at least to me!!  I ended up with about 12.5 miles for the two hours, and the best thing is, the whole time I really felt like a runner!!  I love it when that happens.

Here's what the week looked like...tough, but I made it through:

Swim:  2h 20min 6100 yds
Bike: 8h 35m 1s 121.25 mi
Run:  4h 44m 51s 28.02 mi

Total:  15h 39m 51s 

Six days until Rev3 Quassy!!!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Listening

As I set out for my 60 minute run this a.m., if I listened closely I might have heard a tiny cracking begin (see my post on imminent cracking and enter to win some TRISWIM while you're at it!). The good news is, I was listening, and I heeded the sound.

Instead of a 60 minute endurance run, I downgraded the intensity to a walk and then an easy, zone 1 run.  It actually turned out to be a great workout, and one that I am very proud of.

Often it is easy to overrule what your body is saying because that might mean you are copping out, because you are being weak, making excuses, whatever.  You know what I'm talking about, because we have all done it.  All we are doing when we ignore what our bodies are telling us, is cheating ourselves out of our best performance in the long run.

When the body is tired and in need of recovery, more hard training will simply break it down more.  Recovery is the time that our bodies absorb all of the hard work we've done.  If we don't give our bodies time to absorb, they become brittle and hard like a dried up sponge, and don't respond to the stresses placed on them.

So, I am proud of myself because today I listened.  And because I listened, the cracking stopped!!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Choose Your Battles

This morning Ryan came downstairs wearing this:



Oh, yeah...my son, the fashion guru.  I very nicely told him that his shirt and shorts didn't quite match, and after a brief but heated discussion he went upstairs to "start over" as he called it.

This is what he came down in the second time...


wait for it....



wait for it.....






"Hmmm....much better," I said.  "Maybe you would be a little cooler if you untucked your shirt and unbuttoned the top button."

"No, Mommy.  I look very handsome."

"Okay."

Sometimes you just have to choose your battles.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Imminent Cracking and a Tri-Swim Giveaway

I'm less than two weeks out from Rev3 Quassy, and I was kind of expecting, not a super easy week, an easier week than last week.  You can imagine my surprise, then, when I opened my Training Peaks and saw a week that is even harder than last week.  Part of me freaked out a little bit, but the other part of me said "Now we're talking."

I'm ready to hit it hard this week, then begin my taper for Quassy.  I have two three-hour rides scheduled, the weather has been beautiful, and I am ready!!

Then I got this email from Coach Mary today:


Remember: you can crack at any time this week. If you feel like you are struggling at any point...... just send me an email and say I CRACKED. There is no failure in that!

Hmmm...

Have I mentioned before how much I love Coach Mary???

Anyway, in honor of my imminent cracking (or not), I am having a giveaway!!  (if I could I would insert cheering sounds here.)


Oh, yeah, a full-size compliment of the complete TRISWIM line (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and lotion) as well as a box of FOGGLE anti-fog cleaning towelettes for goggles.

TRISWIM is one of my sponsors this year, so I have not been smelling of pool at all this season.  This stuff is great.  It has a nice, light scent that is suitable for men or women, and IT WORKS!!  The FOGGLE made me realize I was never actually seeing everything out of my goggles!!

So, if you would like to celebrate my imminent cracking (or not) with some TRISWIM, all you have to do for an entry is one or more of the following (please leave a comment for each one):

  1. Become a follower of my blog.  Leave a comment.
  2. Follow me on Twitter:  Trimommykelly is my handle.  Leave a comment.
  3. Tweet about this giveaway with a link on Twitter. Leave a comment.
  4. Post a link to this page on your Facebook wall. Leave a comment.
  5. Make a prediction as to whether the cracking will happen or not and what it will look like. 
So, five ways to enter!!  This giveaway will end Monday, June 7!  Good luck!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Sunday Report

Ahh...during commercial breaks of the LOST finale, I'm squeezing in my Sunday report, so it actually gets posted on Sunday this week.

I wrapped up a pretty big week with a two hour run today.  It was very overcast and threatening to rain when I left, but that didn't stop me.  The run was going great until my stomach decided it really didn't feel like running.  Fortunately, I had planned a run that has a bathroom just a little past the turnaround point.  Five minutes later, with stomach still protesting, I headed home.  My pace slowed a little during these few miles, and with about 30 minutes left, the sun came blazing out.  It really was a beautiful day, and quite honestly, I was just enjoying myself since my stomach had finally settled.

Tonight, however, I realized the error of my ways...


Yeah...that pretty much sucks!!  I'm usually so careful about taking care of my skin, and this really makes me mad at myself.  I, of all people, should know better!!  (Here's why, in case you are wondering.)  Please learn from my stupid mistake, and always, ALWAYS, use sunscreen!!

Anyway, here are the numbers this week!  We are officially 2 weeks away from Rev3 Quassy.  It will be my second go at the half-iron distance, and the first this year, so I'm looking forward to it, and, yes, am a bit nervous.



Swim:  53m 2400 yds
Bike:  8h 11m 21s 125.80 mi
Run:  5h 6s 30.24 mi

Total:  14h 4m 27s

Have a wonderful week, my friends!!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Yellow Bike under Blue Sky

So, my life lately has been pretty amazing.  I've been jumping right into coaching!!  I have 7 women signed up for my 12-week tri training program at the North Area Family YMCA, and I have one client who I've been coaching for a few weeks now.  I'm having a blast, learning a lot, and, um, am really, really busy.

With training, coaching, teaching and playing flute (yes, that is my regular job!!), being a mommy and a wife, I feel like there is not a lot of time for extras.  I've really been missing keeping up on all the blogs I normally read.  I try to catch up once or twice a week, but it's hard.  I've also missed regular reading, but have just jumped into Once a Runner, by John Parker, which is fantastic!  I also have a big huge coaching manual that I have to dig into this week, so I can take my test and become official!

For the record, I just took out at least 7 exclamation points in the last paragraph.  All for you, Mark.


Anyway, I had the good fortune to be able to share my long ride this week with my friends, Kristin and Andy.  Kristin just started a blog called My Triathlon Dreams, so if you have a chance check it out.  They were planning on riding from Beaver Lake Nature Center which is about 8 miles from my house, so I loaded up my back pack and rode there to meet them.  We got in a beautiful ride, complete with a puppy chasing, horses, and a dinglehole (actually, that was the name of a road we were on...isn't that awesome!).  Andy has some mad cycling skills and got lots of great pics of us in action.  Seriously, I don't know how he rides with no hands, down hill, taking pictures all at once.

Kristin and I flying downhill.  Check out the sky.  It was like that the whole day.

How can you not smile on a day like this?

I rode home, ran a 30 minute transition run, and ended up with 52 miles on the bike, 3.1 on my feet, and a whole lotta ice in the tub!!


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

thoughts

  • I've been busy jumping right into my new job as triathlon coach at the YMCA.  I'm totally loving it, but getting used the new routine right after getting back from Florida has thrown me into a bit of a tailspin.
  • I'm beat.
  • I think the first two thoughts are probably the same.
  • Every time I see a squirrel running across the road, I think about the time I saw a squirrel mourning over his lost friend in the middle of the road.  It still makes me sad, and it was months ago that I saw it.
  • I rode for two hours today and the first hour I did indoors because I wanted to catch up on LOST.  I'm still confused. 
  • I haven't had a latte since Sunday, and I'm hardly thinking about it.  
  • Except for now
  • and whenever I pass a Starbucks
  • or a Dunkin Donuts, and I don't even like the lattes from Dunkin Donuts
  • and after a hard workout, like today's
  • but really, I'm okay...I'm fine...really.
  • I so appreciate all the comments on the Athena/Age Group debate.  I still haven't decided for sure, but I must by Friday.  My very good friend, S., sent me a beautiful email that said, "You are a masterpiece! Imagine if all art was the same size!"
  • Thank you, my friend, for sharing your wisdom.  I hope you don't mind me sharing with everyone else!
  • When I'm tired, like now, I really want to eat something.
  • Be sure to check out the latest Aflac Iron Girl webisode from the triathlon in Las Vegas!

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Sunday Report

I might have to quit calling this the Sunday report if I keep picking Monday or Tuesday to post it!  With all the traveling I've been doing lately, I feel like I am way behind on blogging, but there are just not enough hours in the day, right?

The boys and I just got home from Orlando this evening.  I feel like I've been away more than I've been home the past two weeks, so I'm looking forward to settling into my new summer schedule that involves lots of training, some coaching (yay!), some music, and some lazy days with the boys. I have a blessed life, no???

I've got lots more pics from our trip, and I'm going to try to put them up tomorrow, but for tonight, just the training numbers:


Swim:  45m 2187 yds
Bike:  4h 35m 55.25 mi
Run:  2h 11m 58s 13.07 mi

Total:  7h 31m 58s

I didn't hit every workout this week, but considering I was out of the state or traveling to and from 5 days out of 7 this week, I think it's not too shabby.

One more thing...I'd love your thoughts on this.

My weight has been hovering right around 150 for about, well, forever, it seems.  I've done a good job getting my body fat percentage down, but that number just doesn't like to budge.  So, with Rev3 Quassy coming up in a few weeks, I'm considering switching to Athena division if I am still 150 at race check in. (For those of you who don't know, Athena division is for females 150 pounds and up, so I am right on the low end of that.)  My thought is that I will be much more competitive in that division than in Female 35-39, which is a crazy hard division.  I also think if I am working hard to eat clean and am still at 149 or 150 (I'm pretty sure you get weighed with clothes on), that there is nothing to be ashamed of for being a big girl, right?  Kel thinks I shouldn't, but I am wavering.

To that note, however, I've decided that from now until I head to Aflac Iron Girl Atlanta in June, I am going to be amazingly clean with my diet.  Something of note I will be foregoing until that time is my grande nonfat latte habit.  You read it here!!  Now I have at least one person to hold me accountable.

Let me know what you think - Athena or Age Group???

Friday, May 14, 2010

Trimommy and Sons: Adventures in Orlando

I'm in Orlando with the boys and having a spectacular time.  I just finished up my first day of USAT Level I coaching training, and my brain is chock-full of knowledge and my heart is chock-full of inspiration.  I'll have a full report at the end of the weekend, but first let me tell you about our day yesterday.

We arrived on Wednesday night, and this is how I began my day on Thursday morning:


A sunrise swim at Lucky's Lake Swim.  Lucky has a beautiful home right on this lake, and opens his property up 6 mornings a week for anyone who wants to come out for an open water swim.  If you live in the Orlando area, or are visiting, I highly recommend stopping by.  I did two laps of the lake for a beautifully warm, no-wetsuit, 2,000 meter swim...my first open water swim of the season.  I felt strong, and am very glad I went. I got to sign the wall at Lucky's, and he even got out his props for a picture.  Thanks, Lucky!!


I also met a fellow trimommy blogger, Kate (Going the Distance).  I actually first learned about Lucky's Lake Swims from her blog, so when I realized I was staying about 6 miles from the lake, I shot her a message asking if she wanted to meet up!  She switched her swim workout to Thursday, and we had a great time chatting before and after the swim.  As she said to me..."Trimommies Unite!"


After my swim, I headed to Sea World with my parents, my sister, and the boys.  We had a wonderful time.  I'm not sure if I had more fun watching the dolphins and Shamu, or more fun watching the boys watching the dolphins and Shamu.  It was a great day.  Enjoy the photos!

Petting the sting rays. 

I got to put my new waterproof camera to work!

This is Ryan right after we finished the Journey to Atlantis ride.  Basically a 
roller coaster that goes through water.  He loved it!

My little sand angel.

Shamu

Noah watching Shamu.  I love that look of wonder.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Aflac Iron Girl Del Mar Webisode

My lastest webisode from Aflac Iron Girl is up on Facebook.  Click here to watch it.  You can also check out a little slide show of some pictures I took here.

I had a wonderful time in Del Mar.  The 5K/10K had almost 3,000 women running and walking.  I was able to spend some time with three women, all cancer survivors, and be inspired by their stories, dedication, and compassion.

You will definitely be inspired!!

The Sunday Report, better late than never

Whew!!  I've been leading a crazy existence lately.  I'm currently sitting on a plane headed towards Orlando, FL.  I'm off to the USAT Level I Coaching Certification Course to become a certified triathlon coach!!  I'm super excited to soak up everything USAT is going to teach me this weekend, and I'm also excited to see where all of this is taking me in my "triathlon" life.

I have the boys with me, since my parents live close by.  We decided to make a little vacation out of it, and are headed to Sea World tomorrow! Should be fun.

Last week, I finished the week in Del Mar, CA with the Aflac Iron Girl 5K/10K.  I was still able to get in some pretty good training, which makes me happy since Rev3 Quassy is right around the corner.  Here are the numbers (ending Sunday):


Swim: 1h 30m 3900 yds
Bike: 4h 1m 9s 48.91 mi
Run:  3h 31`m 21s 21.67 mi

Total:  9h 2m 30s


Given all of the travel I did last week, I'm really pleased with my numbers.  Hopefully, this week will an equally successful traveling/training week.

Happy training yourself!!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Aflac Iron Girl Del Mar Update


Well, after a very long day of travel, including delays due to bad weather and bad weather radars, I finally made it to beautiful Del Mar.  The weather here is perfect...blue skies, a cool breeze and the warm sun shining down.  The palm trees made me smile, too, since I never see those in New York.

I headed right over to the Aflac Iron Girl expo where I met with Cindy.  She will be running the 5k tomorrow and has a great story.  You'll have to check out the webisode next week to be inspired by her.

Me with Cindy, her son, Hunter, and Robin

After the expo, we came back to the hotel to get a little workout in.  My plan was to do an hour on the stationary bike in the fitness room, but you know what they say about the best-laid plans...

First, I couldn't find my Garmin and had a major freak-out that included calling my poor husband three times to have him look for it at home.  I remembered putting it in my suitcase, but I couldn't find it anywhere.  I took everything out of my suitcase (which I carried on, if you were wondering) and my backpack...twice.  It was nowhere to be found.  I decided to try not to think about it too much.

Second, I got to the hotel fitness room, and there was exactly one stationary bike, and it was a recumbent bike.  Seriously, I might as well just lie down and take a nap.  So I opted instead for a 45 minute endurance run on the treadmill.  It pretty much sucked because it was like 9:30 p.m. my time, and I hadn't really eaten anything substantial since about 11:00.  Let's just say I learned my lesson.

Tomorrow I'm heading out to the beach for a 90 minute run, and the good news is my Garmin will be joining me!  After I got back to my room from dinner (amazing Mexican), I moved my toiletries bag, and, bingo, the Garmin was velcroed to the velcro closure of the bag.  What a relief!! 

I'll be up before dawn to head over to the event, and I can't wait!  The morning will be electric as I watch over 3,000 women run tomorrow!  Stay tuned for my webisode, and in the meantime enjoy this view...


Thursday, May 6, 2010

To Victory...and back again

Today I rode for three hours and followed it up with a 30 minute brick run.  First let me say that I am so blessed to have a life where I can go out by myself for almost four hours and do something like this!  If I ever complain, just slap me!

Anyway, I headed out a little before 10:00, loaded up with nutrition, ready to conquer.  My plan was to ride 2 hours in Zone 2 followed by an hour in Zone 3.  I had mapped out a loop and written down the directions and everything!  The loop was just over 50 miles, but I thought it was close to doable, and since I had some cushion time-wise, I wasn't too worried.

Then the wind hit me.

Holy windy city, and I don't even live close to Chicago!!  Seriously, the wind was so strong I couldn't even really stay in aero, and it was literally blowing the snot right out of me!!

I was headed west and the wind was blowing from the northwest.  Even down huge hills (did I mention there were hills) I was going slow!  But as I was riding I decided I was not going to let this wind beat me down.  I started to laugh and thought about what great training this is for the hills of Rev3 Quassy.  I am going to be so ready.  I hunkered down and kept my heart rate as close to zone 2 as I could.  I went very slowly, and I didn't care, because I was doing exactly what I should be doing.

At about 90 minutes I realized that my loop was probably not the best idea.  Fortunately, I was still in a place where it was easy to just turn around and head back.  I have to say the wind definitely factored into my decision to turn around.  I had been fighting that wind for many miles, and I was ready to let it help me along a little bit.  I was still feeling great, both mentally and physically, and then I saw this sign:


I had just ridden to Victory!!  And I was feeling victorious...victorious over the wind and victorious over my doubts.

I have a feeling I might be riding to Victory some more this season!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A Great Weekend to be an Iron Girl

This Friday I'm heading out to Del Mar for the Aflac Iron Girl 5K/10K run on Saturday!  I've only been to California once, so this will be a treat.

I think this is the perfect weekend for this race.

First of all, Sunday is Mother's Day.  What better way to celebrate mothers, daughters and sisters than by getting out there and running a race with them?  At the finish line on Saturday, mothers are going to receive flowers...how about that!!

Secondly, next week is National Women's Health Week.   I love the goals of this wonderful week.


National Women’s Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority. With the theme “It’s Your Time,” the nationwide initiative encourages women to take simple steps for a longer, healthier, and happier life. Important steps include:
  • Getting at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity, or a combination of both each week
  • Eating a nutritious diet
  • Visiting a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings
  • Avoiding risky behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt
  • Paying attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress

Woo-hoo!!  This goes hand-in-hand with the mission of Aflac Iron Girl , which is to empower women toward a healthy lifestyle!!

I'm going to be in Del Mar talking with more Aflac Iron Girls about the ways they are empowered by healthy living!!  Be sure to stay tuned on the Aflac Iron Girl Facebook page for my latest webisode!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Mountain Goat Race Report


Here it is...the Mountain Goat...a very hilly, 10 mile road race that I ran on Sunday.  It was hot, hot, hot!!  So much so, that over 60 people ended up in the med tent and about a dozen in the hospital, including a close friend of mine (she is okay).



Anyway, I feel good about this race. I was slower than last year, but it was a super hot day. My Garmin quit during the last mile (!!), so I didn't get any data at all from the race besides what I can remember.


My splits went something like this:


1 8:44 - too fast
2 9:20ish
3 9:20 ish
4 9:30ish
5 ?
6 10:06
7 10:30
8 9:30ish
9 9:04
10? 



The first five miles were in 47:05 and the last five were in 49:17.  I think that is pretty good, especially since the two hardest hills are both in the last 5 miles.


40/142 in F35-39
1012/2060 overall
320/905 females 



I finished with nothing left. That's the most I can ask for. I did have an interesting revelation on the way home.  I was a little, discouraged with my time, especially since it was slower than last year, but then Kel asked me if I was biking faster this year...yes...and that will help me with my run in a triathlon.  I am training to be a better triathlete, not a better "runner." 


I also checked out my race report from last year, and, despite the fact that I was about 5 minutes slower this year, I still placed much higher overall, among females, and in my age group than last year.  It was a slower race overall this year because of the heat, and I also went into the race Sunday with 10 hours of training under my legs that week and absolutely no taper.  


I'll take it!




Now I will brag on my handsome (and fast) husband.  Don't we look cute in our Trakkers gear??  (I am loving my Saucony running skirt.) Anyway, Kel ran his first Mountain Goat on Sunday, and did awesome!! He ran it in 72 minutes and made it look easy!!  He placed 12th in his very competitive age group.  I am super proud of him, and just a tiny bit jealous.


That's okay, right??

Monday, May 3, 2010

A Week's Worth of Pictures

I finally got my new camera figured out, so here is a week's worth of pictures for your viewing enjoyment.

Ryan at the bike shop on his birthday.

"Hi, Mommy!"

A day at the Ithaca Sciencenter.

Ithaca Falls

The ride home from Ithaca.

My cool Team Trakkers race gear.

Du the Lakes Duathlon
Jen - 1st in AG, Me - 3rd in AG, Noah - 3

I just like this picture of me.  It's right after I got my award.  Clearly, I am a green giant.


Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Sunday Report in Verse

Short and sweet
Because I'm beat

The Goat was today
PR I did not
It was way too muggy
Way too hot

I crossed the line
Completely spent
And that's all I'll write now
About how it went

A tough week
Is in the bank
And still I had some
Left in the tank

The numbers now
For you to see
One day a fast
Triathlete I'll be.



Swim:  1h 57m 5700 yds
Bike:  6h 18m 74.09 mi
Run:  3h 49m 16s  24.18 mi

Total:  12h 4m 16s

Happy training, my friends!!  I'll have a Mountain Goat race report soon.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

A Letter

Dear Race Director,

I'm so looking forward to running in your race tomorrow.  It's going to be a beautiful day to run 10 hilly miles with 2700 of my closest friends.  This will be my 3rd time running your historic race, and I'm hoping to PR.

Today I stopped by the local running shop to pick up my race number and shirt.  I was excited to see people carrying out tech t-shirts because you really do get more use out of them than a cotton t-shirt.  The packet pick-up was run very efficiently--I didn't even have to wait in line.  The volunteers there were very nice and wished me luck in my race.

Then, I took a look at my shirt.  It was a small, just as I had requested, but I was dismayed to see that, despite the tag saying small, it was actually quite ginormous.  I asked for an extra small, but there were none left of that size.  They had been snatched up by the other regular-sized women who picked up their packets earlier.

Now, let me just tell you a little bit about myself.  I am not a small woman.  I would say, in all honesty, that I am a medium woman, but a woman I am.  I am not a small man or even an extra small man.  My body is different from that of a man.  You might have noticed the difference between men and women yourself at some point in time.  It is usually quite easy to tell the difference, as the shape of a man and the shape of a woman are rarely similar.  In fact, a woman's shape is quite distinctive and often highly praised.  The interesting thing about a woman's shape, is that it does not fit well into men's clothing.  That is why clothing manufacturers make men's clothing and women's clothing, instead of just clothing.

I'm sure, being a race director and all, you have raced many races yourself.  If you are a woman, quite frankly, I'm surprised there were no women's shirts today, or at least enough extra small and small men's shirts for the ladies.  If you are a man, I want to ask you if you would be excited about receiving a women's shirt at an event you participated in?  Of course, you would be able to get an extra large women's shirt, if there were any left.  That would be okay, wouldn't it??

No, that would not be okay.

I read in the paper that over 2700 people registered for this race.  If I estimate conservatively that 1/3 of the racers are women (and I would guess it is more than that), that means there are at least 900 women racing tomorrow.  Really???  You couldn't get some women's shirts??  COME ON!!!!

So, I will put your shirt at the bottom of my workout clothes drawer with all of the other men's shirts I have received at races.  I will wear it because I am proud of racing your race, but I will not like the shirt.

I challenge you to do better.

Sincerely,
Kelly Covert,
just a Trimommy seeking a shirt that actually fits me

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 prom...so 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!




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