Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Restless... And prepping

Before training for triathlons I would have never called myself a busy body. Seriously, I'm the girl who can sit on the couch and read for HOURS on end, only taking breaks to potty and eat.

But I'm having a hard time relaxing. A really hard time relaxing. It feels like if I'm not training, I should be training, or I should be preparing something, or doing something to be ready for my next training adventure. Or I feel like I should be taking care of the things that I don't do because I'm training, dishes, laundry, cleaning house, etc, etc. And to be honest its stressing me out.

Maybe lists will help?

I've been thinking about starting some lists so that when it comes time to pack up the car and head north for Vineman I will know I have everything.

So question I have for you, what do you bring to races that might be easily forgotten? Or what have you forgotten that you wish you wouldn't have? Help me out!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Training Update - 4 weeks to go...

Well, I'm down to the final 2 weeks of training before taper... Man how time flies.

I was talking to Troy about race weekend a couple days ago and realized I was not only speed talking, but my voice was also a weird, un-soothing, quite possibly dislikable tone that further clued me into just how nervous/excited I'm getting.

I feel like triathlons have been a long time coming for me. I've been a runner since I was a teenager, I swam in high school, and then the missing piece fell into place when I got my road bike almost exactly 4 years ago. I had all 3 skills, and wanted to put them together, but haven't until now. And now... well... even though I'm worn down by the training I'm REALLY enjoying the experience. I have never, ever, been in the kind of shape I am in today. And when I look in the mirror I may not LOVE everything that I see, I could pick out things that I want to change, etc... but how can I not appreciate my body? Last week I covered 115 miles in 11 hours with this body. And it has done very little complaining about all the stress I'm putting on it. Its just really amazing. And I'm finally feeling like asking it to continue to push for the next two weeks will not break me. My body can handle it.

So this upcoming week is still kind of a "?" about my exact plans. If I hear back from the guy I met at the pool last week I might be joining him and a couple other people for a hilly 11 mile run tomorrow, which will be my long run for the week. Other than that I want to fit in my 3x3x3 for each sport and keep moving forward. I am aiming for a 60-64 mile ride this weekend. We are going to Paso Robles for the weekend again, so I need to find a route over there to get in the mileage.

Here's my thinking:
Monday: Long Run/Swim Endurance (Speed) 2
Tuesday: Ride 1-1.5 hours
Wednesday:Swim Muscular Endurance 4/Ride 1.5-2 hours
Thursday: Recovery Run
Friday: Run Long Intervals/Swim Endurance 7
Saturday: Ride Long (60-65 miles)
Sunday: OFF!

And if something changes and I need to move workouts around, I'm prepared to be flexible in that way. :) So cheers to another week of training! Let the journey continue. :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sending Mixed Signals...

So I just read an op-ed by Jillian Michaels here.  I originally wanted to write a long response that included how ridiculous I felt it was for her to write a post that, while I agree with her points, she also is equally responsible and participates in a culture that says one thing and then does another.

I don't really care if she is required by some line in her contract to allow her name to be used on a diet/supplement product, or if she actually was a part of developing this.  Either way, in my mind, she gave up much of her credibility the moment she signed the dotted line and began to participate in the supplement business.  If by chance you don't know, supplements are one of the most deregulated industries in the country.  There is no responsibility of the producer to back up claims they write on their box, nor are they even required to provide a full list of ingredients in their products (they can use the phrase "Proprietary  Blend" to prevent full disclosure).  It is my opinion and belief that the supplement business preys on the frustration and lack of clear information most people encounter when starting, trying to maintain, changing, revamping, or maximizing lifestyle choices they might make in weight-loss, weight maintenance, sport performance or simply everyday well-being.

Don't get me wrong, I know how easy it is to be sucked into the claims of supplements.  As a high schooler I tried dexatrim because I wanted soooo badly to lose weight.  I wanted to look like the popular girls, or the skinny girls, or (for goodness sakes) just look good in shorts.  What happened?? My friends asked me why I was being a psycho.  Seriously.  I was a raving lunatic on that stuff and didn't lose a single pound.  Insult to injury.  Blah.

What did I learn?  What have I learned over and over and over since?

Whether you are trying to lose weight, maintain your weight, improve your sport performance you've got to keep 3 things in mind... (and I don't think these are in any particular order)

  1. Patience - You've got to give yourself time to learn how to do something differently.  Whether its eating, running faster, walking further, lifting more, cooking, grocery shopping, or whatever else you want/need to work on, you've got to put your patience hat on with yourself.  Be nice to yourself... if you are having a good day, congratulate yourself, if you are having a bad day, make one single good choice and move on.  And be patience with others in you life.  They are changing with you.
  2. Its hard work - Its gonna take some blood, sweat, and tears to make a meaningful change.. But you get so much out of blood, sweat, and tears that in the end it is worth it.  You are worth it.  I am worth it.  Maybe there are days that you wish it would all just happen with the wave of a wand, but imagine the lessons you would miss if that happened?
  3. Enjoy the ride - Recently I've been hurting on the run.  Its had made running hard and tiring and I was just pushing through, FORCING my body to get in the few miles that I could muster.  I didn't enjoy them, in fact I had gotten to the point that I dreaded going out for a run, dreaded doing the sport that I have done to one extent or another (with love I might add) for more than 10 years.  I WAS NOT enjoying myself.  Then I ran with my friend Beki.  I went out with the intention of enjoying the miles, enjoying the company, and not worrying about my pace, or how far we went.  And a funny thing happened, I enjoyed myself.  I didn't hurt.  I loved the run, the weather was good, it even rained on us the last couple miles (I love running in the rain), and when we finished I had a smile on my face.  My run reminded me of an important detail of any journey.  You have to enjoy it.  
So I guess those are my lessons learned, and any less than putting the time in, the work, and having a little patience has caused me to have more frustrating and waste more energy on the wrong things.

Hope my ramblings make some sense.  :)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Training Update - Countdown Continues

Well, the first of these last 4 build weeks is down, and I am... lots of things.  My body is tired, but my mind is restless.  I keep getting preoccupied with what I'm going to do AFTER Vineman, which hardly seems important right now.  But I keep thinking about it.  I seem to already know I will want to do another half-iron distance race.  Most likely Vineman, the location is awesome, and local which is a plus.  But anyways, there are other things I should be thinking about right now... LIKE MY UPCOMING RACE IN 5 WEEKS! Sheesh.

Anyways, to give you a recap of last weeks training... honestly I'm feeling like I rocked it. :D  I got in all my workouts, yes a couple of them were shorter than I had originally planned, but 9 workouts in 6 days and moving my body 97 miles in those 9 workouts is awesome no matter what.  I'm thankful for my rest day today, my body is feeling the wear and tear of those miles, but I'm also looking forward to getting back to it tomorrow.  And my take aways from those 97 miles...?  I must learn to drink on the bike.  Must.  In 46 miles I drank a 1/2 bottle of cytomax and 1/2 a bottle of water, which is simply not enough.  When I got back to my car I proceeded to down nearly 2 more bottles of fluids... thirsty much?  So this upcoming week I'm going to work on my on-bike hydration plan.  Maybe set my watch to beep every 15 minutes to remind me to drink will have to be the way I go.  Just a little something to remind me to drink.  I'll get it figured out...

And now for this week's plan of action...
Monday: Cycle Descending Intervals/Swim Muscular Endurance 3
Tuesday: Run 5 mi
Wednesday: Brick: Cycle 20-25 mi/Run 3-5/Swim Endurance 6
Thursday: Yoga/Off/Short run.. we'll see
Friday: Run ~9 mi
Saturday: Swim Endurance (Form) 3/Cycle ~ 50-55
Sunday: OFF!

Well, off for another week! Who's got something fun and exciting planned??

Ps. 5 weeks from today I will be toeing the starting line and crossing the finish line.  Its go time!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Final 2...

About to leave the house for my final 2 workouts of the week, and I can hardly wait to be done.  Not the best mindset going into a swim and long bike ride, but I'm feeling this week's training mentally more than physically which I think is harder to push through.

I have a book with a 52 week training program to a half-iron distance race... and was giving thought to following it in the coming year (loosely) and doing this same event next year.  Is that crazy?  The program includes rest after the event and fall/winter with reduced training and increased focus on strength training, etc.  Basically what I've already been thinking I'd be doing.

Anyways, why I'm giving so much thought to plans after Vineman instead of focusing on this huge upcoming race I'm not sure.. but I'm pretty preoccupied in my head recently with all of it.  And I *might* feel more than a tiny bit crazy about it. Ha!

Happy Saturday!  See y'all on the flip side.  :)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

And the countdown begins...

If I were writing this 2 days ago I could say 6 weeks to Vineman, and 4 to taper!  So its almost close enough to count.  :)

I plan to update for the next 6 weeks every Sunday, how my week went, and what I have on tap for the upcoming week.  Of course sometimes things happen, and the post will come Monday, or maybe even Tuesday (like this week), but I am determined to keep an account of these final weeks leading up to Vineman.  Because I'm excited.  Because I'm worried.  Because I'm nervous.  Because I want to remember later.  

So recap of last week... I drove 800+ miles Thrusday-Monday to spend some time with my parents, go to Beki's Law School graduation (!!!!! Congrats again girl!) and get some things from my place in Folsom because I'm moving down to Troy's for the summer (still working out the details, but I'm going to try my hardest to make it work).  I biked once,  ran twice, and went for a 5 mile hike with my parents.  Not my best showing, but it was a conscience choice to give my body, which has been hurting, some time off and I've come (mostly) to terms with that.   

Moving down to oil country means adjusting to a new locale for training.  I found the city aquatics complex that I was hoping existed, and lucky for me its cheap ($3 a swim), and there is also a Wheelmen group that has bike rides mapped and listed on their website, so I'm off to a good start.  The problem with the actual town Troy lives in is that it is small and overrun with oil field traffic (lots and lots of big rigs and trucks) on the roads that have little or no bike lane or shoulder.  This means I've got to go into Bakersfield for both swimming and cycling, a 30-40 min drive.  So workouts will take some planning.  It also means that swimming and cycling will always be double days to limit the number of times I make the trip into town, and my brick days means doing a 3-a-day workout day (first one is tomorrow) which is again totally doable, it will just require good and well-thought planning on food. hydration, and sleep.

Training plan for Week of 6/6:
Monday: Swim (Endurance 5)/Cycle (Descending Intervals)
Tuesday: Run (3-4 mi)/Core work
Wednesday: Swim (Muscular Endurance 2)/Cycle (~30 mi)/Run (2-3 mi)
Thursday: Run (3-4 mi) or Off/Core Work
Friday: Swim (Anaerobic Endurance 1)/Cycle (~45 mi)
Saturday: Run (7-8 mi)
Sunday: Off!

I'm off to a good start for the week, with all of my workouts done for Monday and Tuesday but the core workout which I'm planning to do this afternoon.  :)  Who wants to be my butt chewer if I start missing workouts??

Hope everyone is having a fabulous week so far!