Sunday, May 31, 2015

Week 10 Recap - Longest run done

This week's training seemed to drop off a little bit with a lighter bike, but definitely picked back up for the long run. Longest run in the last month of 10 miles is officially done. Lets reminisce about my 2nd week of peak training.

It feels weird to say, "Only 56 miles?"
Planned & Actual = almost dead on!
Best Workout of the Week
Probably my LBC ride on Saturday. Duh. I went back out for my third straight week of the Louisville Bike Club's Iroquois Special. Since training only called for an hour this week I chose the "short" ride of 21 miles. It's never 21 miles though. It was a HUGE group since the weather was in the 80s and sunny.
So that was kind of intimidating. I put on my big girl pants and tried to get out with one of the middle packs. I did it! I hung in with the middle pack through main street and all of the lights. I stayed in my granny gear most of the ride but just sort of followed behind these two "older" (seriously though, it turns out they were in their late 60s) gents and just enjoyed the ride. I broke off with them and actually caught up behind two others on the way back downtown. I like riding behind people not for drafting purposes but just as sort of a forecast of what's to come. I like having people spot holes, cars, and lights for me. Call me leech if you will, but right now that's how I'm comfortable. I taped a waffle to my top tube in hopes of getting the nerve to eat it during the ride...nope. Still not good with that. i did, however, successfully remove an angry bee from my glasses after it got caught. A harrowing experience, yes.
No Newbie Chain marks!

It was also my first longer ride in my Coeur kit - which I loved! My phone stayed snug even through my run afterwards. I'm desperately trying to get rid of my ridiculous overbroad tan lines from my landshark kit. Oh well, badge of honor and all that.
Ignore the back fat, if you please

Best Meal of the Week
I didn't take a pic of anything this week so nothing must've been super appetizing. I honestly can't remember much of what we ate. I don't think I cooked. Whoops. I know we planned it out, I just forgot to actually pay attention. So note to self, be more intentional this week. Tonight I'm breaking out the old George Forman and grilling up some chicken breast and serving with these delicious Sesame Noodles from the Pioneer Woman. I die. I love them. AND they're really good cold the next day. Score!

Last two weeks of Peak Training! This week is the long bike and next week is the long run. Eek! After that it's all downhill. Actually, next week is my next race, Race the Bridge Louisville. Can't wait!

Happy Running!

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

8+ hours of training - Week 9 Done

Hard to believe I'm done with the first week of peak training. Three more and then it's taper!! Lets see how it went

I'm pretty impressed with myself for the week. Actually I'm impressed with May in general. This week Josh was in Newport Beach which left me a single dog mom. It's hard to get in 8 hrs of training,  50+ hours of work and keep a beagle puppy. Luckily my mom pitched in on Beagle Duty and kept me from feeling super guilty about leaving her all the time. Thanks Mom!

Best Workout of the Week
This is a duo. My trainer ride on Thursday was awesome. I swam in the morning and anticipated riding outside before volleyball but the weather decided not to cooperate. So I popped on Homeland and hit the trainer. I stayed in a pretty heavy gear (for me) for most of the ride and did the required 5x1 min pick ups w/ 1 min spin after a warm up. it felt good! I sweated like crazy. I also cranked some serious speed. Obviously, I know it's easier to get the speed on the trainer than out on the road. I'm hoping that my weekend sessions on the road will build confidence/handling while my trainer sessions build the leg strength. 
Speed Racer!
Tan lines for the win
My other favorite workout has to be the 26 mile ride I did with the Louisville Bicycle Club. Last week I did my first ride with them, the Iroquois Special 21 miler. This week the weather was beautiful which meant there were a lot more people out. My friend and fellow Landshark Stef was there and I got to meet and chat with some other Landsharks too. Stef is relatively new to triathlon too so it's nice getting to chat with her and kind of learn things as we go. I was too scared to go out with the big main pack so I hung out in the back. Did this mean that I ended up going so so so slow the whole time? Yes. It was slow. I also skipped out on the hills through Iroquois Park. Sorry, not sorry. I met two lovely women who were also new to cycling and we chatted while we waited for the badasses/everyone else to come down. Afterwards I did a quick change and a 15 min run from the parking lot. My legs felt pretty fresh! 

To put it in perspective, this was my longest ride since TriFest. Pace wise I was identical (seriously) but it felt a lot easier. That's probably due to the elevation but I'm going to also say I'm getting stronger legs. 
Afterwards I celebrated with a Lemonade Icee and a trip to the bike store. Peter from V02 hooked me up with new cages - which I can hopefully reach and actually USE when riding - and elevated my hoods a little bit. I rode this morning and they felt better so fingers crossed I've solved the numb fingers problem. 

Love those sassy new bottle cages!
Best Meal of the Week
I dropped the ball on this one. Either that or I must've hated everything I ate this week. After Volleyball Wednesday I was starving and one of my favorite bars was "on the way home" so I stopped and got a salmon burger and crab fries. I paid for it Thursday but good lord it was delicious.  Today was my sister's wedding and I had BBQ and cake so that probably wins. Cake always wins, in my opinion. 

I've been on an Iced Coffee kick lately and Starbucks Via is the perfect way to get it. I drink this stuff on my way to my morning swims. Perfect little pick-me-up. 

I also discovered these at the grocery yesterday. Any time you can tell me that peanut butter cups are "healthy" i'm on board. Finally, a use of quinoa I can get behind. 

This week is another heavy training load. I'm excited though! Tomorrow is my rest day and we're hoping to go to the zoo. Our zoo is so hilly it'll be a "working" recovery but I'm excited. Fingers crossed the rain holds off!

Happy Running!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TriFest Olympic Race Recap

So it's been 10 days since I finished my first Olympic triathlon and I'm still riding high from the accomplishment. So before I lose all memory of the event - or do another race - I wanted to get some notes out. 

Tri Fest is a two day tri, aqua bike and duathlon put on by Headfirst Performance out at Taylorsville lake. I'd been told there was always a good turnout from the Landsharks & I thought an Olympic about 60 days out from Muncie would be a good test. Boy was I right. 

The sprint started at 8am and the Olympic at 11 so I set my alarm for 8. I think I ended up waking up around 630 out of pure excitement. I fixed half of a bagel and mixed up some powerade. They were calling for hot temps so I started hydrating early in the week. I made myself some hot tea after my bagel and watched tv. At about 8:30 I had the second half of my bagel and peanut butter. Woke Hubz up around 845 to go on the coffee run while I packed everything into the car. In a crazy twist we were actually out the door on time at 9 for the 45 min drive to Taylorsville Lake! 

The event took place out at a state park less than an hour from Louisville. Luckily is been out there for the OWS clinic the previous week and knew exactly where I was going. Hubz and I drank our coffee & enjoyed the ride. The late start made it so much more enjoyable getting there. 

As we pulled up the sprint was still finishing. Parking was plentiful and I tried to stay out of the way while getting everything together. My friend Emily was there cheering on fellow Landshark Stef and it was really cool seeing her. we run together often so it was a little boost of confidence. Transition filled up quickly but I scored a (close to the) end spot and checked out the lake. 

Things were really heating up by 10:30, literally. The lake was 74 degrees - 8 degrees warmer than the week before! I got body marked, had a honey stinger waffle and took a ton of fluids. After a lot of back and forth I decided to wear my new Cat 1 wetsuit. The water was just cool enough & id never worn my suit so I thought, why not? 

Just a quick pre race briefing and the. It was time to swim! 

The Swim - 21:00 (by Hubz watch)

The swim was just about as perfect as can be. The wetsuit kept me floating through the short mele that was the mass start (though it wasn't nearly as bad as id expected). My strokes felt strong and I sighted perfectly. The only minor mishaps were that my cap, which was about 10 sizes too small, kept slipping off my head and pulling my goggles with it. Also, one of the bouy's moved to the left quite a bit and threw off everybody's line. Minor things, really. I was out of the water before I knew it. Hubz wasn't even ready for me! 

T1 - 30:17
I don't really remember much about T1 so it must've been pretty standard. There's a hill for the boat ramp up to the transition area which was a real bitch. I was going to bypass the wetsuit strippers but the lady damn near pushed me down. I'm excited that I beat the other two girls in my age group out of T1 by 3 minutes!! Huge accomplishment for me. I got my socks and shoes on and was ready to ride! 

The Bike - 1:57:44
I knew going in that the bike was challenging. Considering my novice status and my spectacular fail on the sprint course the previous week I really had one mission: survive, stay upright. There is a MONSTER hill comin out of transition that sucks hope and optimism right out of you. After that it's basically a rolling course 12.4 miles out, then a little bit easier on the way back. I kept a good clip going out, allowing myself to rest a little on the downhills. I shifted well and kept a really good cadence! I stopped at the turnaround and took some chomps and had some fluids. Since I was treating it as a training ride I let myself just hang out and do what I do on training rides. I stopped again at 20 miles and had another chomp and fluids. I rolled back into transition and saw Jessie, a fellow Landshark, and Josh waiting for me. I was elated I'd made it. A good number of people were hanging out after the sprint, cheering and volunteering. As I zoomed in to dismount I shouted, "I didn't die!!!"  I survived the bike and I couldn't have been happier. 

T2 - 2:10
I got off the bike and would've been happy just to get a diet coke and a beach towel. It was starting to get hot and i had no interest in running. Josh met me and helped me spray down in sunscreen. I got a high five and off I ent on the run. 

The Run - 1:31:33
This picture doesn't capture this hill at all. It feels straight up and endless. I can't lie, I felt defeated. By the time I took off on the run it was 1:40ish and the heat was blazing. There was absolutely no shade to be found. I had my handheld with me and it saved me a million times on the run. I stopped at the top of the hill and seriously contemplated walking back down. If nailed the swim and survived the run; what did I have to prove? I knew I could do a 10k so who cared if I did this one? I did. I choked back tears (honestly not wanting to spare the water or salt) and kept walking. In my head I just kept saying "movemovemove" over and over. When I got to the first water stop I felt like I was cooked. I asked one of the volunteers, "is there a course time limit?" She looked at me with such empathy and shook her head. "So I can walk this whole thing if I wanted to?" I asked. "Do whatever you want, we'll be right here," she replied. And that was that. I had permission to walk, to be kind to myself. To surrender to the race and just gut it out. So I did. I walked most of it and just made myself run a little bit each mile. I continuously drank water and dumped water over me. I took chomps at miles 3 and 5. All in all it was less than 10k and I do not care one little bit. When I ran down that monster hill I saw Hubz smiling up and me and cheering me on. I was home free and I finished. 

All in all I give Tri Fest an A+. The only thing I would change would be the weather and hell, that's a toss up here in May. Muncie will likely be the same if not hotter and by then I will have had 3 months to get acclimated to the heat instead of 7 days. 

So now, for the first time since the Flying Pig, I feel like I've really accomplished something. I signed up for another Olympic in June as a final tune up before Muncie. I have a long way still to go, but I am having a blast getting there. 

Finish Time - 4:01:45

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Week 8 Recap - Half Way!

Done with my base building phase and officially half way through with Muncie training. It was an unremarkable week otherwise. Lets check it out.

52 miles? Okay!

I skipped my Tuesday swim. I was still feeling pretty sore from the race last weekend and my friends from work were up for a run. Just can't do two morning workouts at the gym a week with work and carpooling. Luckily, I got in a great run with the girls after work. Some of my workouts got goofed around, which I'm ok with. For instance, we ran for 1:00 on Tuesday so I didn't do my 15 min run on Wednesday. Instead, I did my longer ride Wednesday and shorter one before work on Thursday. Whatever it takes to get it in (healthy and without injury), right? Right.

Best Workout of the Week
Probably my long run today, but I'm going to go with my ride yesterday. I rode with the Louisville Bicycle Club for the first time. It was so intimidating and nerve-wracking. I was so anxious about the whole thing - never having ridden in a group or done the route before. I'm also, well, slow. Luckily, one of the gals from the Triathlon club was there and made me feel at home before we left off. They offered a long ride (35 miles) and a short ride (21 miles) both for relative beginners. The short ride was a lot of fun and I wasn't too far behind the pack. In fact, I wouldn't have been behind at all if not for a few poorly timed lights. Next week I hope to do the long ride.
New route through a new part of town 

From today's sunrise 9 miler

Best Meal of the Week
Nothing really stood out to me this week. I made a batch of my amazing Chuy's knockoff Creamy JalapeƱo sauce and we ate it on Fajitas and with Quesadillas. That was awesome. So probably those quesadillas with the leftover veggies, chicken and jalapeno sauce. yum yum.

The Hubz is in Los Angeles for the week on a "work" trip. I say work because he's with people from work and supposedly attending a work related conference. I say "work" because I know damn well they'll be on the beach drinking beer 99% of the time. Jerk.

This week begins the "peak training" phase of my plan. Eek! Workouts get longer and more intense. Time for speed work! I think I've put in the effort though and hopefully my body is ready to adapt.  According to Garmin, here are my totals for the first 8 weeks of training:

296 miles. On to the next 200!

Happy Running!

Did you eat anything particularly scrumptious last week? 
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Hump day Happenings

Recovery from this weekend's race has been slow and steady. Monday I had a vacation day so I walked adound, ran some errands and just tried to relax and re-hydrate. 

Tuesday I resumed my training plan with a 45 minute run. I was lucky enough to snag my girls Rania & Emily from work to run with. We went to my favorite park and ran at a pretty easy pace. My legs were so heavy. I felt like we were going lightning fast & then I looked at my watch...yikes. We stopped and walked and talked a lot. All in all it was the tin I needed. We went for an hour so I cut out my Wednesday run and opted just to bike.

Oh, the bike. 
This wise principle, attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, has been my guiding phrase lately. Certainly biking had been my manifestation of fear. Wednesday I got ghost back from the bike shop with a clean drive train and brand new bar tape. So spiffy. Rather than deal with traffic jam getting to the park I drove over and left from there. It cut the stress down immeasurably since the standing in traffic thing is super tough for me. All in all a good 45 minute ride with some strong winds & hills at points 

 This morning I hit the trainer while Hubz left for the pool. It took me well over 15 minutes to get into a rhythm. I had to keep stopping to adjust the TV or let Ellie out. It wasn't pretty, but it's done right?

Tonight I've got a swim after work and then a Landsharks Social! Luckily volleyball isn't until late late tonight so j have plenty of time for both. The presenters are on efficiency training and overuse/injury prevention. Both great topics. I don't know many people there so I'm going to consider this my scary thing for the day :) 

Happy running!

What did you do this week that scared you? 
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