Sunday, May 31, 2009
Short report for now: PR, 1st in AG! Woo hoo!
Distances: 1500 meter swim; 24.9 mile bike; 6.5 mile run: 3:51:37.
Despite some near disasters, it went well, I felt good, I did what I wanted. Now I need to get a shower and shop for groceries so I can come home and collapse!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I'm sure we all have foods that don't agree with us, either in everyday life or when in training mode.
I should have known better. I DO know better! But in a moment of weakness....what can I say??
Still, after an exceptional training weekend and the luxury of a whole day off without having to work, swim, bike, or run, I went a little crazy.
For me, there are 3 no-nos when it comes to what I absolutely cannot eat or drink when training:
First: watermelon. Much as I love it, it goes right through me! And after my long ride Sunday, I had brought a tub of it in a cooler and pigged out on it!
Second: Red wine. One of my weaknesses, but again, doesn't mix with training. While I don't get hungover or sick, if I drink more than 2 glasses (and I have to confess--I did), same thing the next day. Goes right through me.
Last but not least: Chocolate, and in this case a Dairy Queen Dilly Bar was the food of choice. This after 3 hours at the zoo in the hot sun with 2 infants and 1 toddler (and thankfully their parents!). Another no-no for me in training.
But, mix all 3 together and you get a deadly mix. I honestly could not go out to run this morning. I didn't dare! And even if I thought about taking a chance, I used up all my extra time in the bathroom! I distinctly remember doing the same thing last year just before a race, and have pretty much abstained since.
All that training went to my head I guess! What do you avoid when training??
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Yes, its really that hot here--today anyway. Frost on Sunday and Monday, beach weather today. See why we get so frustrated with the weather here?? Its always on our minds. As athletes, its something we have to take into account every day. I keep thinking of how easy it was in Mexico this past winter, just to get up, get dressed in shorts, and go run. And later go for a swim in the Carribbean. We're lucky if its warm enough in Lake Michigan to swim in July! And I know some of you others in the north and my Canadian friends have the same problem. Does it make us better athletes? Maybe tougher, not sure how much better.
Personally, if I could ride or run whenever I wanted, or almost whenever, I think I would be a better athlete. Not having to stay inside in the winter (I know that's a choice I make, but I'm pretty sure a lot of us northerners spend at least some time inside), I'm pretty sure my biking skills would be far better with a little more continuity throughout the year.
So let's get on with the training! It looks like we are actually going to get a decent weekend here and I for one intend to get some serious riding in! Good luck to all those racing! Hope you get great weather and have great races too!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Friday, May 08, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
One reason Saturday's Fifth Third River Bank Run 25k will have a major course change for the first time since I started running the race. Also, if anyone has ever run the Grand Rapids Marathon, you would also have to run through here.
I cannot believe just how much flooding we have had this year! It started back at the end of December/early January, subsided, and has been off and on again since the snow has melted.
This year I am not doing the 25k. It will be the first time in longer than I can remember that I won't be doing this race. This was my goal when I first started running back in 1988, to run this race by the next year, which I did. But this year, I've decided to skip the race. First, its a hard distance to train for unless you totally keep up on your run mileage all winter. And since I pretty much have turned to inside running once the snow falls, I usually use that time as running downtime and drop back some on the running, not wanting to do all those long runs on the treadmill. Realistically then, for me it means I only have about 4-6 weeks to effectively train for 25k (15.5) miles. I have done it but it never turns out a good thing.
So I decided to free myself of the guilt of missing the run because I have bigger races to think about. I want to stick to my training. And, I only have so many free weekends to get my planting and yard work done. (I thought I said I was freeing myself of guilt??)
So, no, I'm not running the race this year.
Friday, May 01, 2009
Cycling: 160 Miles (outside miles)
Time: 16:58:11 Of course, this does not reflect that at least half of this time was spent on the trainer without logging miles before I got the new bike computer setup that would log miles on the trainer. Next month should be more accurate.
Running: 60.6 Miles
Time: 11:57:14. This is a gradual increase over the past 3 months and hit my target goal of 60 miles for the month or at least 15 miles per week.
Strength Training: 4 times
Swimming: 14.34 Miles or 25,238.40 yards or 23,078 meters
Time: 10:37:30. This is probably the hardest of the 3 disciplines to achieve. Not that I can't swim well enough or like doing it, its just tedious, going lap after lap after lap. I am trying not to lose my mind over this. I am looking forward, soon I hope, to getting in open water (once the flooding is over and the water warms up enough to not get hypothermia or cause me to hyperventilate). Here's just one picture of the flooded bike/running path around the river:
See what I mean about ducks in puddles everywhere!
Add to that core work almost daily and my fitness level is coming along. Consistent, steady progress will help me when I do this race, which is July 11. I had first intended to do this race, because of the closer proximity to home, but it really is too early of a season race for me when living in the snow belt and not having the cycling base I needed anyway. And then this family trip came up, and we'll be leaving that same weekend. I really didn't want a repeat from last year's half IM race and leaving immediately the next day for a family vacation that pretty much left me no recovery time. Sitting in the car for 16 hours a day after a race like that was very hard on me.
Rearranging my schedule to accommodate the family vacation means basically that I now again have almost 12 weeks to train for Muncie. I'm on week 8 of my 12 week program, which I finish up toward the end of this month. With a little more rearranging, but increasing intensity, I might be able to manage this race on May 31, then have a week to recover, one last weekend to get in some quality training, and then leave for Yellowstone.
I am hoping by pacing myself but keeping up consistent training that I won't get burned out before I do this race later this year.