Monday, May 30, 2011

The Sunday Report

I hope everyone had a relaxing long weekend!  Yes, it's Monday again, but it feels like a Sunday, so I will continue calling this the Sunday report.

What a difference a week makes!  I really worked on changing my attitude and outlook this week, and my training was so much better!  I'm reading The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin, right now (thanks, Sarah!), and I have really been inspired by just the first 3 chapters.  One of the things she says in it that really hit home for me is to "act the way you want to feel."  This is something I know, and something I preach to my flute students and to my coaching athletes, but lately I have not been doing it myself.  I really tried to adjust this weekend, and have already felt better!  It's amazing how powerful our minds are!

My long run yesterday was basically the same seven miles that gave me trouble last week, but mentally it was like night and day.  It was hot and humid, and I just put my head down and got it done, and felt great. My pace was about 20 seconds per mile faster than last week, but more importantly, I was able to silence that negative voice in my head. I purposely went out with no music, even though I was tempted to take my ipod with me, and tackled the attitude head on and won. It's funny how I can see this in the athletes I coach and in the flutists I teach, but sometimes it takes someone else to show it to me.  This is why I surround myself with people who are real and aren't afraid to be honest with me.  My mentors and friends challenge me to rise, and for that I am so thankful.

Just a few days until Rev3 Quassy!  I'm feeling more and more ready each day, and I'm excited to race!  Kel and I will both be racing the Olympic, a distance I have only raced once before, so it will be super fun to do it together (although, I'm sure he will finish before me!!).

Here are the numbers:

Swim:  2h 55m 7750 yds
Bike:  5h 40m 14s 64.57 mi (includes a spin class)
Run:  2h 37m 22s 15.33 mi

Total:  11h 12m 36s

I'd love to make a list of everyone racing this weekend.  I know there are a lot of races out there this first weekend of June!  Leave a comment, and I'll try to get up a post with links!!  Let's have a virtual wave of support going through the blogosphere this weekend!

Happy training!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Hills? What Hills?

Last week on the Train-This discussion board, there was quite a conversation about the benefits (or not) of riding with compact cranks.  Now if you are like me, you will probably say, "Compact what?"

Yes, it's true.  Even though I am a certified triathlon coach and have been racing 6 years now, the intricacies of bikes somehow allude me.  It's not that I don't want to understand, it's just that my mind does not like to work that way.  It doesn't like to think about ratios or numbers.  My theory is that there is just not enough room in there for stuff like that, but really it probably has to do with the fact that I really have to think very hard to understand mathematical concepts, even easy ones, and that is just...too hard.  I even struggle with 2nd grade math homework.

Anyhoo, there was this whole discussion about compact cranks, which, as I found out, make climbing hills easier (or so some people say), and have nothing to do with the length of the crank arm but the number of teeth on each of the front rings.  (Just in case you don't know, and, trust me, I am not judging, the crank is the thing the pedal is connected to.)

Now this was a fortuitous conversation because it was just the day before that I had been lamenting to Coach Mary about how difficult climbing was for me, and how I thought I must be doing something wrong because I struggled so much up hills.  This is what our email conversation looked like:

me:  "P.S. I seriously need help riding my bike on hills...I have no idea what my problem is." 
Coach Mary:  "1. You need to ride more hills  2. You need to change your attitude toward them. ;)" 
me:  "No, seriously.  I think there is something wrong.  What is this about "spinning" up the hills?  There is nothing like that happening with me.  Am I not pulling up as much as I need to?  Should I stand more?  What is my deal??"
Coach Mary:  "Low gear and relax. Let is come! Stop fighting hills and they stop fighting you."
 me:  "When I am climbing I am almost always in my lowest gear.  Relax, relax, relax...this will be my mantra."
Coach Mary:  "You have it. We just need to uncover it."
me:  "I'm going to think about this one."
Coach Mary:  "The key really is.... not to think. Let them come to you!"
After the whole crank discussion, I emailed Coach and asked her if I should get a compact crank.  (I had, in fact, already priced them out and was going to rush it so I would have it in time for Rev3Quassy.) She emailed me back and said, "I think patience and trusting in yourself is a cheaper but more valuable option!"

So today I went out to Green Lakes again to ride the hills.  I did two loops of the Green Lakes Tri course which I will be racing in two weeks.  The first loop was with a group of my athletes from the Y.  The second loop was pretty much on my own, since I was riding tempo.  My goal both times was to just clear my mind of judgement, not get all amped up by what was ahead, put my head down and ride.

And ride I did.

I'm not saying those hills weren't hard, but I just didn't let them beat me today.  Before I would see a hill and just try to attack it, then my heart rate would spike up, I would start gasping for air, and get all mad that I wasn't able to climb as well as so-in-so or whats-her-name.  Today, I just let them come.  I felt them, I adjusted, I kept moving, and before I knew it, I was over them! It wasn't about me or anyone else.  It wasn't about how fit or not fit I am.  It wasn't about how much weight I need to lose. It wasn't personal.

It was just about riding.

Thursday, May 26, 2011


I have my first triathlon of the season next weekend at Rev3Tri Quassy.  This is my 3rd year racing at Quassy, but my first year doing the Olympic race.  I'm excited, but also a little nervous.  My run is not where I would like it to be, but after getting adjusted big time at the chiropractor's office today, I'm feeling pretty good physically.  It will be great to swim in my new TYR Hurricane Cat 5 wetsuit, hop on Miss Artemis Blue, and see how fast my Avias will go on the run!!

Kel is racing the olympic too, and my in-laws are taking the boys for the weekend, so we will have the weekend to ourselves.  I'm really looking forward to it!

I also can't wait to meet up with all of my Trakkers teammates, and I'm going to lubing people up for the half on Sunday morning at the TriSlide tri-pit beach-side!  Woo-hoo!!
It's finally starting to feel like summer and triathlon season around here.  Today we had a hot and humid day, and I LOVED IT!!  One thing that kind of drives me crazy around these parts is the way people always complain about the weather.  We live in Syracuse, and, yes, it snows A LOT here.  But the minute the thermometer pops above 78 and it's a little bit humid, all I hear is about how hot and humid it is!!  Come on, people!  Enjoy it.  It's going to be snowing again in less than 4 months!!!

Besides the weather, it just felt like summer.  Ryan came home from school yesterday and we filled up the pool and played.  Our dinnertime is getting a bit later, and I can actually squeeze a training session in during the evening hours if I need to since it stays light for so long.  I just love this time of year!
I had a little hissy fit at the pool yesterday because I thought there was going to be a lap lane open and there wasn't.  Clearly my fault that I did not check the schedule, but then I was hoping the water aerobics instructors would kindly leave 1 lane in if there weren't that many people in the class.  No such luck.  I ended up writing a very long email last night to the aquatics director at my Y, which began with a humble apology for my outburst and ended with paragraphs full of suggestions for ways to create more lap swimming time.  Not sure if the humble apology will make up for the paragraphs of suggestions, but, hey, it's worth a shot!

On the up side, however, I went to masters swim last night since I wasn't able to get my swim done in the morning, and got my rear end kicked up one lane and down another!  It was just what I needed to light a fire in my belly when it comes to swimming.  I purposely got in one lane harder than I normally swim in, and paid a price!  Worth every penny (or I should say drop of sweat, because I was sweating after the workout was done!)
I have recently rediscovered the joy of drinking out of a straw.  Straws just make everything taste even better.  I'm going to have to buy a box at the store tomorrow.
I've been waking up pretty early each morning and then sort of lying in bed in that half-asleep, half-awake mode waiting for my alarm clock to go off.  I wonder what would happen if I just got up when I woke up?  I'll keep you posted. Ideas like this always seem good at 10:00 at night.
I know you are probably sick of hearing about the Circle of Moms Top 25 Heath and Fitness Blogs, but I would love to be a part of that circle!!  I'm not sure how my blog was nominated, but I thank whoever it was that thought My Life as a Trimommy deserved to be there.  If you think it does, please click below and vote.  I'm a little behind because I was away on vacation when all the voting started, but you can vote every day through June 1.  Thanks so much!!

Hope you enjoyed my randomness this evening!  Happy summer!!!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Seven Miles

Do you ever just have one of those runs that are just plain hard?  Not hard in a good way, but hard as in, you don't know why you are running so slowly, you look at your watch certain that another 5 minutes has gone by and really it's only been 45 seconds, your bra is bugging you, the gel didn't taste right, the water belt keeps hitching up, you are mad at your coach for everything, your kids are driving you crazy and they aren't even with you, which, of course, makes you mad at your husband, and then, to top it all off, BAM, your heel starts hurting for no good reason at all?

Have you ever had one of those?

I had one of those yesterday.  It was not pretty.

I couldn't even write about it yesterday, it was so ugly.  I literally almost started crying...over a run.  I felt ridiculous.  I have a wonderful life and here I am crying over a silly run.  I should be thankful I can run!

Of course, it wasn't just about running.  It was about feeling heavy, and being stressed out about my kids, and being tired, and being injured.

I vented to Coach Mary, who calmly replied to me that I need to separate the training from the personal.


She also told me she thought this was a breakthrough.


Some days are going to be hard.  That is not a reflection of myself as an athlete.  It is a small snapshot.  It is seven miles of a year that will bring many more miles than that; seven more miles in the bank, no matter how hard they were to get there; seven miles that I needed, in more ways than one; seven miles I don't have to, don't want to give back; seven miles I am thankful for.

Sometimes it's okay to just be mad.  Coach Mary taught me that yesterday, and for that, I am thankful.

Seven hard miles that became a breakthrough.

The Sunday Report

Wow!  Is it Monday already?  I feel like I am still on Arizona time!  Despite returning home in the wee hours of the morning on Thursday, I was still able to fit some training in the last four days of the week.

Swim:  1h 45m 5000 yds
Bike:  3h 46m 55s 49.25 mi
Run:  1h 44m 47s 9.98 mi

Total:  7h 16m 42s

Now that I am done for the semester in Ithaca, I will be able to start training a little bit more.  I feel behind this season.  Last year at this time, I was fit for a half-ironman at this time.  Even though my first race is in 2 weeks, it is the Rev3Quassy Olympic this year instead of the half.  My coach keeps reminding me that I am right where I should be for the season.

I am also still carrying a bit more of the winter layer than I would like to be!!  Beginning today I am using the CoreDiet protocol to convince my body those last few pounds are definitely not worth hanging onto!!

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Kid's Got Skills...

Circle of Moms Top 25 Health & Fitness Mom Blogs

Just a quick post to let you know that thanks to someone out there I have been nominated for the Circle of Moms Top 25 Health and Fitness Mom Blogs.

I am honored and now just need to get some votes!!  I'm a little behind since this all happened while we were in Arizona.

Anyway, if you have a free moment today (or tomorrow or any day until the voting ends) please click this link and vote for My Life as a Trimommy!!  You can vote every day if you wish!!

Thanks for reading and for all of your support!

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Where to begin?

Wedding, horses, mountain biking, Grand Canyon, lava flows, Route 66, food, food and more food, little boys in tuxes, God's grandeur, late nights and early mornings, delayed flights and lots of laundry.

Hard for me to choose just a few photos, but these are my absolute faves.

The view from our room in Tucson.

Noah, the future wrangler of the family.

There was even fishing with Grandpa.

Seriously, can you get any cuter than this?

Ryan took his responsibilities VERY seriously.


My handsome little man.

This was after all the M&Ms you could eat off the centerpiece.

Pure joy! This is my favorite picture.

Can you tell how tight I'm holding on to him?

Just chillin' on Bright Angel trail.

I just love this picture.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

So much, so little

Oh my goodness!  I haven't posted in over a week, but that is not because I haven't had anything to write about.  In fact, I have so much to write I really need about 4 separate posts just to get it all out there.

However, I only have 15 minutes to spare, so I'll just give you the quick rundown.

  • Kel raced the Mountain Goat 2 Sundays ago and did amazing!  It's a 10 mile road race, and he ran it under 70 minutes which was good enough for 4th in the 40-49 age group!  I have been bragging ever since.
  • Ryan and Noah both did the kids 1/2 mile fun run at the Mountain Goat as well and had a great time.  I have lots of pictures, but, alas, they are at home and I am at work, so you will not get to see them.
  • I had my first race of the season on Saturday.  I did the Du the Lakes duathlon.  It was pretty good.  The race format is 3 mi. run/20 mi. bike/3 mi. run.  My bike leg was super strong.  The run legs...well, let's just say I like triathlons because I have a little more time to build up the lead I need to keep off the faster runners.  My performance was good enough for 18th OA and 5th in my AG.  I will have a full race report up...eventually.
  • I am finishing up the last of my semester in about 8 minutes with an hour of Class Flute Finals.  Pray for me.
  • Tomorrow we are all headed to Arizona for a week to celebrate my brother's wedding and then see the Grand Canyon.  I'm excited, but more than anything I just feel like I need a wife.  You know, the person who gets everything done for a trip.  I'm sure Kel would do whatever I ask him to do, but I don't even have the time or energy to tell him.  I just want someone who will know and then will do a wife.
I hope all is well with you!  I'm way behind my blog reading and am guessing I won't catch up anytime soon!  Have a wonderful week and happy training!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Sunday Report

This will be the quick version:

Swim:  1h 51m 5200 yds
Bike:  5h 20m 37s 70.25 mi
Run:  3h 20m 49s 19.31 mi
TRX:  45m

Total:  11h 17m 26s

I have so much to tell you, but I'm wiped out!!  I'll post tomorrow (hopefully) about the events of the week!

Happy training!