Archive for June, 2010

Long Course Pool

After I got home from work today, I walked to our neighborhood pool for my swim, but it was closed for a private event.  Fortunately, our pool passes work for all the pools in our town (and tennis courts too), so I ran home, hopped in the car and drove to the next closest one.  I probably could have walked, but I had already wasted enough time walking to and from the first.  As it turns out, I’m really glad for the turn of events because the other pool is an Olympic sized pool!  That means 50 meter lengths!  I haven’t swum in 50 meter pool since college, so it was really a very nice treat only having to turn every 50.  I didn’t really have a plan for a workout other than to be in the water for 50 minutes, so I just started swimming hundreds.  I ended up doing the following:

Warm-up: 2 x 100m Freestyle, 2 x 100m Breaststroke

Core: 200m Free, 300m Free, 400m Free, 100m Breast, 300m Free, 200m Free

Cool-down: 100m Free, 100m Breast

Swimming in the longer pool helped me mentally prepare myself for the even longer distance for the tri.  I’ve never had trouble with open water swims, but my frame of mind is definitely a bit different than in a 25 meter or shorter pool.  I think I will be taking advantage of this pool more often!

After my swim I had a really horrendously bad run with the dog.  I had to cut it short because I was meeting Curtis and some of his coworkers for dinner, so I ended up being really lazy about it.  I still ran about 3 miles, but I should have done closer to 5 or 6.  I’m starting to worry about my running.  I haven’t done a good long run in awhile now.  I’m really hoping to get in some good miles next week.  I’ll be at the beach with Curtis’s family, but I’m planning to still do all my planned workouts.  We’re driving, so I’m bringing my bike with me.  I’ll probably bring my wetsuit too.  That way I can get some open water practice done.

Tomorrow is supposed to be a 2 hour bike ride.  My bike shorts and my tri shorts are in the laundry, so I need to remember to put them in the wash in the morning so they’ll be clean for my ride.

Have a good night!

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Quick update

Last night was a run with Curtis and the pup.  It was disgustingly hot and humid- it felt like running through soup or a steam tunnel.  We ran a 4 mile loop around our town.  Running with Curtis makes me run faster, so we went at a pretty good pace and I felt great.

Today I did an easy 90 minutes on the bike trainer.  Nothing to exciting to report there.  I spent time reading my new nutrition book from Curtis while I was riding.  I’ll do a full book review when I’m done, but so far I’m really liking it.

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Weekend training

I never made it for a swim after my last post and ended up having a very lazy Thursday.  Friday it was back to the training game with a 4 mile run.  It was under 90 degrees at 86F, so I decided to take Tara with me.  It was amazing how much easier it is to run at that temperature than the 95+ degree days we’ve been having!  It was quite refreshing.  We were pretty slow and had to make several stops for road crossings and water stops.  All in all, I was pretty pleased with the run.  I’m hoping for more cooler days, but I think that’s just wishful thinking!

Saturday was my long ride, and I did a 3 hour ride on the W&OD bike trail.  I think I did about 45 miles total.  It’s hard to say how far it is exactly because the area near my turnaround point is all detours off the trail and it’s difficult to map precisely.  I felt really good for the first half, but the second half was a little rough.  I think I need to work on going out slower so I don’t use up my legs before the end of the ride.  My speed doesn’t seem to be improving much beyond 15mph, but I really need to replace my computer so I have more accurate data.

Yesterday was a swim at the outdoor local pool.  It was just a “recovery” swim, so I didn’t have a workout planned.  When I got there I decided to do a full 1900 meter swim to find out if I could do the distance for the half-Ironman (1.2 miles = 1931m).  After a 100m warm-up, I started by long swim.  I don’t know how accurate my count of lengths was, but I’m pretty sure I was fairly close.  I felt great after the first 500 meters or so.  For some reason it always takes me a little while to get into a good rhythm.

Tonight is a running night.  It stormed earlier, so I’m hoping it has cooled off outside!

Have a great week!

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Uh-oh, Bad Trend

I got home late today (for me) and wanted to go to the pool right away.  Unfortunately, I heard thunder while Tara and I were out for her walk.  Looks like I’m not going to get to swim today.  I’m aiming for a run late this evening though.  Hopefully the storms will come and go by then so I can actually workout.

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Best Laid Plans…

Urgh, I didn’t workout today.  For some reason, I always have difficulty in the middle of the week with workouts and today was no different.  I had made vet appointments for my cat, Suli, and my dog, Tara, for this afternoon and I ended up spending about 2.5 hours at the vet clinic.  This meant that I didn’t get home till after 5:30PM and I wanted to make dinner for Curtis and myself.  I also only had a power bar for lunch, so I wanted to make sure to eat something before running or swimming.  I had every intention of doing something after dinner, but it didn’t happen.  I’m going to try and go for a run in the morning before work instead.

Suli and Tara are both fine, by the way.  I know this is a fitness blog and not a dog/cat blog, but I figured I’d throw that out there.  Suli just needed a rabies vaccine, and I had some x-rays done on Tara’s hips and elbows to check for dysplasia since it is so common German Shepherd Dog breed.  Fortunately, both her elbows and her right hip are completely clear of dysplasia.  She has mild dysplasia in her left hip, but luckily the vet said she doesn’t need to be on restricted exercise or anything.  We’ll just add a glucosamine/chondroitin supplement to hopefully prevent the onset and severity of arthritis later on and watch her for any symptoms for now.  I’m really pleased with the results even though they’re less than perfect.  Since she’s a rescue dog, we really had no way of knowing what her background was and I had feared that she would have bad hips.  Anyways, enough about the animals.

I’m hoping to read both my new books in the next couple of weeks.  I should have plenty of time since I’m going to the beach for a week in the beginning of July.  I’ll do a full book review after I finish both and include any tidbits that I find interesting in the mean time.
Happy training!

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BRICK

Home again, home again!  We had a fabulous trip to New York City this weekend to celebrate our first anniversary, and spent our time doing all the touristy things in Manhattan.  It was a blast!  Training definitely got put on the back burner, despite my good intentions of getting in some running.  I even solicited advice from fellow triathlete Amy for locations to run in the city, but didn’t end up following through with that.  I don’t actually feel bad about missing the workouts much at all.  Last week was a lighter week in my training plan for resting, so it wasn’t as crucial to get all the miles in.  We did walk a TON, however, so at least I wasn’t sitting around from Friday to Monday eating bonbons.  🙂

We got back yesterday afternoon, but Mondays are usually rest days for me, so I did not have a planned workout.  It was probably a good thing to give myself a day of recovery from the weekend!  My body does not seem to travel well and unfortunately I had to deal with frequent headaches and stomachaches during our trip.  I think the sun caused the headaches- I forgot to bring sunglasses and didn’t want to buy any so spent a lot of time dealing with the brightness.  And I’m not sure what was up with my stomach, but I’m thinking it might have been a combination of the water and my (lack of an) eating schedule.  Lessons learned.

Today was back to the grindstone.  After work and a bit of decompression time, I headed out for a 2 hour bike ride.  It ended up being about 30 miles I think.  It was blazing hot outside, even the wind and breezes didn’t help cool off.  Someone (can’t remember who, sorry!) recently wrote about a similar bike ride and how the wind felt like a blow drier in their face.  I can now relate.  I was supposed to do 2x 15 minutes at race pace after an hour warm-up.  I only did one 15 minute race pace effort.  Other areas of the trail were just not very conducive to doing that length of uninterrupted effort.  And, since I still haven’t replaced my bike computer, I really just guessed on my pace also.  I really need to take my bike in to the shop to be tuned up or sit down and take a look at it myself.  It’s doing a lot of what I call “ghost shifting” (technical term?) and it drives me nuts.  There’s got to be a way to fix that.  Anyone have any suggestions?

After returning home, I ran inside long enough to stow my bike, use the bathroom, change shoes, and grab the dog before heading out for a very short brick run.  It was supposed to be 15 minutes, but I walked about half.  No real reason for the walking, I should have been able to run the whole thing.

Oh!  I almost forgot, Curtis’s anniversary gift to me was two books, Going Long by Joe Friel and Gordon Byrn and Sports Nutrition For Endurance Athletes by Monique Ryan.  I’m really excited to read both of them, especially the nutrition book because I know I really need to learn a lot in that area.  He’s so thoughtful!  Thanks, Curtis!

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10 Weeks?

There are only 10 more training weeks before Timberman!  Now that I’m halfway through my 20 week training plan, I must admit, I’m not sold on this distance.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still super-excited about doing my first 70.3.  It’s just that, as the training volume increases, I find it more and more difficult to make the time for training.  I don’t know how some of you do it!  I only work part-time right now, so where does all my time go??

I do spend a fair amount of time with my dog, because I do a lot of training with her and exercising her takes up a good chunk of my time also.  Working with her is a hobby for me that I enjoy immensely.  Right now we’re in two different training classes, an hour on Mondays for agility and an hour on Thursdays in a family dog “outdoor adventure” class.  So that’s some time right there, plus an hour or more every day exercising her with walks, runs, playdates or the dog park.  It adds up.  And the thing is, I want to do these things and I don’t want to have to give them up for hours spent training.

I guess what I’m getting at is that after Timberman, I think I’m going to go back to Sprint and Olympic distances for awhile.  As awesome as it would be to continue and do a full Ironman, I don’t think that now is the right time for me.  I’m not writing it off, and I still would love to do all 140.6 miles, but just not now.  I envy those of you who have figured out how to balance all this training with work and family life and other obligations, but I haven’t figured out a way that makes me happy yet.

Anyways, back on topic, despite my recent ponderings about this training thing, I am still training believe it or not!  I won’t recount the entire last week, but I did mostly follow my schedule.  I snuck in an extra rest day on Thursday because I had an extra dog for the day and it was just too much trying to get everything done.  I am super-excited about swimming this week because I finally got a membership to the local community pools, which are all outdoors.  I’ve done one swim outside so far and it was awesome.  The only bad part is that the hours on the closest one aren’t great- it’s only open 3pm-7pm on weekdays.  There’s a 50 meter pool also within walking distance that I’m hoping has slightly better hours.  I’d like to be able to go right after I get work at 1:30ish.  I’m going to try and check it out this week.

I attempted a long run on Saturday, but ended up walking a lot of it.  I got stung by a bee (or maybe a hornet?) about halfway through and it HURT!  I haven’t been stung in years and I was surprised by how sore it made me.  It got me on the back of my thigh, so my whole hamstring area went numb and sore.  I figured that I should walk in case I had a bad allergic reaction and to reduce the blood flow to my leg.  Not sure if these things really even made sense, but at the time it seemed like the right thing to do.  Fortunately, by the time I walked home, the initial swelling had gone down and the soreness had abated.  I’m left with a very itchy area that feels like a bug bite the size of my fist.  Not pleasant.

Sunday was my first 3 hour ride, and it ended up being only about 41 miles.  That’s slower than my long ride last week, but I think there was a bit of a headwind on the way out that was draining my energy.  I made a stop half-way to eat a snack and one other stop  to help a woman get her chain back on.

This week I don’t think I’ll get in all my planned workouts.  Curtis and I are going up to NYC for a long weekend for our anniversary.  I’ve told him that I’d like to run while we’re there, but I don’t know how I’d get in swimming or biking.  It looks like the hotel has a fitness room but no pool.  I don’t know if I’ll have time anyhow, we haven’t fully planned out what we’re going to do yet.  If anybody has any suggestions for must see/do, let me know!

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Finally in the Training Game

This week was much better on the training front because I actually did stuff!  And I must say, it feels good!  I won’t recount the whole boring week, but today was my long bike ride day and I did 40.6 miles in 2 hours and 45 minutes which is about 14.75 mph.  I did have a little help in the beginning because Curtis came with me for the first 45 minutes and let me draft off of him for about 30 minutes of that time.  I think this was the longest bike ride I’ve ever done, so that’s exciting, and it’s only 16 more miles to the HIM distance.  Woohoo!  Tomorrow is supposed to be a long run and an easy swim.  I think I’m going to try and do about 10 miles before the day gets too hot.  I’ve not done that much though in awhile, so we’ll see how it goes.

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