Tuesday, August 31, 2010

When will there be balance in my life!?!?!?!

I am staring down my 30th birthday and it’s affecting me in a way I wouldn’t have thought it would. I am not worried about getting older in fact I look forward to it. I feel like 30 has been a long time coming. I am married, own my second home and have my dream job (although it is turning out to be much more demanding and stressful than I thought it would be). Given all of these things you would think I would already feel like a grown up, but I don’t. It’s the little things that bother me and make me feel like I am living like a teenager. With my birthday looming I feel a lot of internal pressure to figure these things out. Mostly it’s balance that I think I need to figure out. I can’t seem to train for races with consistency AND keep my house from being a mess. I can’t seem to take my job seriously without letting my friendships lag, or take care of my yard and be a responsible pet owner, etc. etc. etc. I feel like I can’t ever get it all done without being exhausted and overstressed, I can’t even imagine trying to do all this AND have kids! How do people do it? How does everyone else fit it all in?

Ok, enough pity partying for me, back to work!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Spin Class

Workout: 60 min spin class

Does spin class count for speed work on a bike? I know it’s not the exact same, but I hate trying to do sprints on the road! I really enjoyed my spin class this morning, mostly because I like the instructor and the music she plays. My knee held up ok, I didn’t feel like I could push it as hard as I wanted to and it hurt a bit but no stabbing pain so that’s a plus. I will ice it and see how it feels for the rest of the day. Here’s hoping that I can get back on the training without any setbacks!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Contemplating come back races

I have decided to take one more week off of running and start running next week. I decided I wanted to have something to train for and started looking innocently for a 5 or 10k to run at the end of September. As I was looking at the list of races I found a race on my birthday that I would LOVE to run. Problem is it’s a half marathon…..can I be ready to run a half in a month, off an injury??? I guess we will see, runners world just published an article about a last minute marathon that also listed a last minute half training plan. I would love to do it but also want my knee to heal. I guess I will have to wait and see how the training goes.

Link to the race

Sunday, August 22, 2010


For the last 5 weeks my right knee just hasn't felt normal, it feels week during normal activities and I got a stabbing pain when I would run. I was convinced I would heal with just a bit of time off, so I took a week off and then competed in a the Loveland Lake triathlon. The run is only a 5k so it didn't hurt too bad. The next week I ran 13 miles on a treadmill, it hurt but I was determined to keep up with marathon training. The next week I ran 15 miles but it took me over 3 hours because of all of the stopping and walking. Finally last week I went to the doctor to talk about the pain that wouldn't go away. My general practice doctor thinks it's a torn meniscus and recommended that I see an Orthopedic surgeon. I was able to see an ortho the next day, the guy was an a** and he thinks it may be a deep knee bruise with a *slight* tear in the meniscus. I have been instructed to not do any "loading" activities (aka running) for 4 to 6 weeks and then I can only slowly start back into running IF I have no pain. If I do have pain after 6 weeks of rest then it's surgery time.

I am devastated, so much time off of training, so many planned races missed....it sucks, and honestly I am pretty depressed about it. I can still swim and bike (as long as it doesn't hurt) but I love to run, I am a runner who just also does triathlons. I am tempted to sit around for this time getting fat and feeling sorry for myself, that would be easier to do, but I would rather do something productive during this forced downtime. So my plan is to work on my swim and bike fitness as much as I can and try to get closer to "training weight" so come spring I can get down to "race weight"easily. So in an effort to use this time productively here are my goals:

1. lose 8 to 10 lbs
2. swim, bike, do yoga or lift weights 6 days a week
3. Ice and take vitamins everyday

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Rock Cliff Race Report

This race report is SUPER belated since it was in JUNE!! But I want to post it anyway so I have it for future reference. This was my first ever triathlon, I had the best time, I loved it, I am hooked. I want to point out that the goals for this year is not to be competitive. This year is mostly to figure stuff out, like what gear we need, how to transition effectively, how to fuel on long training days, etc. We haven't done any speed work most of our training has been dedicated to just being able to go the distance. Next year I hope to be more of a intermediate athlete and incorporate speed work into my training and get faster!

This was fine on the way in since it was all downhill and it was a nice little warm up before the race.

This race is funny because you can't park near the race start. According to the race website:
There is no parking at the Rock Cliff Recreation area. The park simply does not have adequate parking for the large number of athletes and spectators participating in this event. You will need to proceed to the Town of Francis and park in the two lots that we have designated. Athletes will need to park and ride their bikes down into the Rock Cliff Recreation area. It will be important to pack your wetsuit, and gear into a backpack that you can take down with you.

This was fine on the way in since it was all downhill and it was a nice little warm up before the race. Both T1 and T2 were in the same place, that was nice for a first timer!

Swim: This was the worst part of the race for me, we started 30 minutes late because they had to clear a lot of debris from the course. Apparently there had been a lot of rain so there were a lot logs in the reservoir. The water was also REALLY cold. I am not sure if it was because of the temperature or because I went out way to fast but half way to the first buoy I just couldn't get enough air, I felt like my wetsuit was choking me. My heart rate was racing and I was starting to panic. I seriously considered swimming to a kayak and giving up less than 5 minutes into the race. I slowed WAY down rounded the first buoy and felt like I could keep going, after rounding the second buoy I felt way more comfortable and could finally pick of the pace a bit. Needless to say I put up a pretty sad swim time but I am happy that I pushed through it and kept going!

Swim time: 18:26

T1: un-remarkable, hoping to get faster 2:26

Bike: My favorite part of the race, it was beautiful, I remembered to push myself but I still came off the bike with plenty of strength to run. I think my average MPH was around 17, I was happy with that since I just took up cycling 2 months ago.

Bike time: 51:49

T2: I would love to get this under 60 sec. 1:31

Run: felt ok, but was VERY hot, again, would like to be faster!

Run time: 26:19

Overall: 140:29 5th in my AG


How it all started

I have always been a very casual runner a couple miles here or there when I wanted to lose weight. But I grew up in a running family (all marathoners except me) and I enjoyed participating in short fun runs. This year over Christmas I decided I wanted to do something bigger so I convinced my husband Cory to train and run a half marathon. Cory likes running but doesn't love it, he loves to cycle. Since Cory was willing to train and race a half marathon with me, I suggested that we ride a metric century in June. This was a big undertaking given that I didn't even have a road bike at the time. After spraining my ankle on a trail run this winter I started swimming while I couldn't run. Cory pointed out that since we were running, swimming and cycling.....that maybe we should think about ding a triathlon. I wasn't excited about the prospect. Triathlons seem SO complicated, what do you wear? Doesn't it suck riding your bike and running wet? But I was game to try it, we had recently bought me a beautiful new road bike and I wanted to put her to good use.

Now I am convinced that we will someday do an Ironman!