Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Wishing you and your families a Merry Christmas! Also wishing our fellow Ironteam teammate, Marc a speedy recovery!
Swim- 0 hour and 0 minute
Bike- 0 hour and 0 minute
Run- 0 hour and 30 minutes
Core Strength- 1 hour and 0 minute
Total Workout- 1 hour and 30 miutes
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I just got some updates from you all, so I thought I'd give my own shoutout and give you an update on what's been happening to me.
Todd and I at track:
Todd's email made my day! It's great news and I couldn't be happier for Todd and for those who care about him. It's a nice reminder to myself and everyone that is involved with Team In Training that everyday spent training is making a difference..with the help and support of all of you!
Swim- 4 hours and 15 minutes
Bike- 3 hour and 7 minutes
Run- 1 hour and 12 minutes
Core/Strength/Stretch- 2 hours and 0 minutes
Total- 10 hours and 34 minutes
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Sunday..our practice triathlon..could it be any colder?! Of Summer 06, Spring 07, Summer 07 and Ironteam seasons to date, there's only been two times when I actually wanted to maybe cry on my bike. The first time was during Spring 07 on one of our long bike rides. We rode Nicasio Valley..it was about a 60 miler I want to say? It was windy, gloomy, cold, windy and just plain miserable! For some reason mid-way through the ride, everything from the hip down was just in pain! Mark Smith was doing SAG that day and everytime he drove by, part of me really wanted to wave him down for a ride to my car but a larger part of me always said no no no..you're finishing! I was glad that I wasn't the only one to have a bad day on that ride, the amount of people that dropped F-bombs as they finished the ride was pretty amusing! The second time I wanted to cry during a bike ride was today at the practice triathlon and that was because my toes were in pure pain from being frozen! Well, today wasn't nearly as bad as that time during Spring 07, that would have been an all out boo hoo hoo cry. This time would have just maybe been a weak whiny wimpy "my toes are frozen" type of cry.
Temperatures at 7:30am was quite frigid- air temperature was 39 degrees! We went off in three waves determined by Ironman event. The swim was short but just long enough for your toes to start losing feeling. Between the bike and the run, I am not sure which experience was more unpleasant. With the air temperature the way it was, my toes and fingers went numb during the 12 mile bike ride! Hez (fellow Ironteam member) and I kept saying to each other, "Hurry up! Let's just get this over with!" During the 12 miles, I kept trying to move my toes but they were too numb to even budge! You could have stuck a needle in my toes and I probably wouldn't have been able to feel it. I am not sure which is worse- riding 12 miles with numb painful toes OR riding 45 miles with a bee sting to my left eye (during a training ride in Aug 07). My fingers were barely able to grip on the brakes during descends but I managed. By the time I started my run, both my toes and my ankles went numb. I rolled my ankle twice because I couldn't feel the foundation of the ground. Walked about half the run because of the numbness..yes it was that bad! About 1.5 miles into it, I was finally able to feel my toes again! Yes, it was frigid this morning but it could have been worse. It could have been 39 degrees AND raining! Now, that would have REALLY sucked! Below are two pictures from the practice triathlon.
I am wearing a neon green swim cap on the left side of the picture- This picture was taken during the run- the shoe you see on the right hand side of the picture in front of Hez..that's my shoe! As Hez and I were running.. we noticed something rather funny and scary.. a sign by the reservoir which read "No swimming. No wading." We thought....hmm??
Swim- 0 hours and 53 minutes
Bike- 1 hour and 35 minutes
Run- 1 hour and 14 minutes
Core/Strength/Stretch- 2 hours and 0 minutes
Total- 5 hours and 42 minutes
Monday, November 26, 2007
Tuesday- Ran 76 minutes in the morning. Beautiful skies...pink Alcatraz as the sun is rising..nice cloud formation views of Russian Hill as I am running up and over Fort Mason..I really should bring a camera with me on my morning runs.
Wednesday- Started my morning with more Dailey Method and then had a track workout later that night. We had to bring our 30 pound trainers to track along with our bikes for a spin/run interval set. Bringing that trainer anywhere is a task! Poor Coach Pete was the recipient of our complaining throughout the track workout. As he arrived, I said to him that I never wanted to bring that 30 pound monster to track ever again! He laughed. I actually wasn't kidding! And then as we're spinning, we brought up the training matrix that the coaches want us to fill out as well, another monster in itself. We told him that it had to be modified! He laughed which meant he saw that one coming!! The complaining was all in fun- and a fun workout it was! Hez and I pushed it pretty hard on the run and had a nice spin workout as well!
Thursday- Swim workout in the morning using a tempo trainer.
Friday- Dailey Method in the AM and that was it today! TGIF!
Saturday- The team had a workout in Orinda. Hez and I didn't opted to stay local and do our 120 minute ride here in SF instead. We met up at Sports Basement Crissy Field at 8am and headed over the Golden Gate Bridge. Halfway through the Bridge, I suggested to Hez that we do the Marin Headlands..she said no hard climbing..which meant no. We made our way down to the end of the Sausalito bike path and decided that would be our turn around. On the way back, we took advantage of the beautiful weather and took a short "sit and talk" break along Sausalito's Bridgeway. Halfway up the Sausalito grade, I suggested again that we do the Marin Headlands to fill in some time and this time Hez gave in and agreed! Woohoo! We made it up the Headlands (surprisingly short and not that hard) and back to SB.
Sunday- The time has come that we started open water training. Air temperature today was 50 degrees. Aquatic Park water temperature was 54 degrees. Like Coach Alex said..mental toughness being built here! I was excited about today's open water swim because it was my first chance to try out my new wetsuit! My old one from Summer 06 was too big for me now..hence the chaffing I was getting. I got a really good deal on the Orca 3.8 that I couldn't pass up..besides..love the orange!
Water wasn't too cold..it was cold but it wasn't unbearable. I've been in worse believe it or not! After a brisk 30 minute swim..we did a 50 minute run with 1 minute pick ups every 4 minutes on the way back. Nice workout with the team! As we were walking up the cars, I saw Mr. Seal out in the water! He was sprawled out..floating around..being amusingly playful! I was a little worried about Mr. Seal with the oil spill so it was kind of nice to see him!
Pulling the wetsuit on- ready to hit the waters:
Swim- 1 hour and 20 minutes
Bike- 2 hours and 43 minutes
Run- 2 hours and 28 minutes
Core/Strength/Stretch- 3 hours and 0 minutes
Total- 9 hours and 31 minutes
It is Thanksgiving and this year I am most thankful for my wonderful group of friends! I am fortunate to have not just one friend that I can count on but a handful who will lift me up when I am down..shed light when I am confused..give me a motivational push when I am feeling like a slug and laugh with me in all the silliness of life!
Swim- 0 hours
Bike- 2 hours and 19 minutes
Run- 2 hours and 6 minutes
Core/Stretch- 17 minutes
Total- 4 hours and 42 minutes
Monday, November 19, 2007
As promised, I was on top of my workouts this week. I didn't follow the training calendar down to the last detail but I tried my best given my schedule last week and how I was feeling. I swam more than I've ever swam in weeks. Had a great track working in the morning with Hez where we pushed eachother to surprising time improvements by the lap during a marker set. What stayed with me the most this week was what I saw this morning. I did my normal run route from the Bay Club down to Fort Mason and as I approached Aquatic Park, I saw the affects of the oil spill that happened about 1.5 weeks ago. I'm usually greeted by a handful of swimmers during my run passing through that area but not this morning. This morning, I was greeted by fences and roped off areas. As I stood there..gazing out towards Alcatraz,..I actually felt very sad. These are our open waters..it's part of our lifestyle..and now it's fenced off. Hopefully, they'll have it cleaned up soon! I hope Mr. Seal and his friends are ok. I look forward to getting back in as I do love my bay swims!
Below is a pic from training this past Saturday. We're doing run drills here before our swim workout. I am on the left hand side in the Ironteam shirt, black pants and WF hat.
That's it for this week- Happy Thanksgiving to all!Workout Summary-
Swim- 3 hours and 43 minutes
Bike- 0 hours and 0 minutes
Run- 2 hours and 10 minutes
Core/Strength- 17 minutes
Total- 6 hours and 10 minutes
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
So this week was our taper week and I have to say..I took taper to a whole new level. Shamefully, I only put in two days of workouts but next week, like some of my teammates, I am turning over a new leaf and will be getting on it!
Highlights of the week was learning about nutrition at IronUniversity and using the Museum way at Golden Gate Park as a track. I think I found a new running sport if I don't want to go all the way to Kezar on non-team workout days!
Biggest take away from IronUniversity- I am now eating to train..not training to eat. Right! Eating to train..not training to eat!
Swim- 28 minutes
Run- 59 minutes
Bike- 0 minutes
Core/Stretch- 15 minutes
Total- 1 hour and 42 minutes- lame..I know! Very lame! I mean seriously..am I even training for an IM?!?! Wait until next week!
Sunday, November 4, 2007
I was not very good with workouts this week but nonetheless, this has a been a week of improvements! I saw Dr. Rabbetz for my injury this past Tuesday, which is currently an IT band issue, some pain is still there but I am running without pain which is the important part! Better yet, I am now on the once every 5 weeks plan! A long way from twice a week back in the Spring.
One thing I love about triathlon training is that I am constantly reminded of how lucky I am to live in a city called San Francisco. We've enjoyed beautiful weather lately- 75 degrees in November- can you believe it?! The best sight of the week had to be during an early morning run. It was cold out but the sights was well worth it. I was running towards the Ferry Building coming back from Aquatic Park and there it was- the San Francisco Belle (boat used for the Escape From Alcatraz triathlon) in a midst of fog with the Bay Bridge in the background. How awesome was that?! And then, this past Sunday, we road with no wind, sight of beautiful cloud formations and the beaming sun shining on us. How lucky are we?!
So, I had a personal best when I road Paradise Loop. I've ridden Paradise Loop many many times. I know that route like the back of my hand. Everytime I rode the loop, I would time myself from one Tiburon city limit sign to the other.. just for kicks. Most of the time, it takes me about 25 minutes. On a bad day, it takes me 28 minutes. Today, it took me 23 minutes! Woohoo! Maybe, I can go sub 20 by the end of the season!
So this week, I missed two days of workouts because Heidi and I hosted our Halloween fundraiser party which took place on Wednesday night. Thursday, I was way too exhausted from lack of sleep to put in a workout. I probably could have squeezed one out if it wasn't for my pounding headache but enough whining. Heidi and I were able to raise about $1,700. We raised $1,400 from door proceeds and then a few hundred from bar tabs and Steven's tips. Heidi and I met Steven during the Summer 07 TNT Tri season. He was one of our training captains and was the one who put us in touch with Jerry at the Olive Bar! Heartfelt thanks to Jerry, Lindsay, Steven and all those who made it out to our party!
Swim- 37 minutes
Bike- 3 hours and 33 minutes
Run- 1 hour and 18 minutes
Core/Stretch/Strength- 30 minutes
Total- 5 hours and 58 minutes
Sunday, October 28, 2007
After spending two weeks in Greece, I was back in SF ready to hit the IT (Ironteam) workouts. Curious to see who I am spending my time with these days? Below is a team photo from kickoff! Can you find me? I'm in blue.
Wednesday night track was the first time I’ve ran in about 1.5 months due to injuries I’ve come across over the last 6 or 7 months (retrocalcaneal bursitis, achilles tendonitis, minor hamstring tendonitis and some stuff going on with the Iliotibial band). No worries, I am in good hands with Dr. Rabbetz and will be committing to a stretch and strengthen regimen that should help prevent those injuries from reoccurring. I have to say, I felt surprisingly good during the workout and the morning after. I was a bit anxious about going to track because of the time I took off from running but it turned out alright for me. I felt good and nothing flared up in terms of knee or shin pain which is a good sign.
Cycling..I need to get back into cycling shape. Hez and I did our own 15 mile time trial since we missed it with the team and I felt slower than a slug. Not that I am Speedy Gonzales but a slug is pretty darn slow. Last time I biked was at Big Kahuna when I road 56 miles back in Sept 10th and I did an 18 miler before leaving for Greece but even that few weeks off the bike...ugh!
Swimming felt good though. Actually, let me start over. When I hit the pool for the first time in about 1.5 months this past Friday, I felt like crap. Then Sunday, we had a coached swim workout and that felt a lot better! Felt better in the water..glide felt better..kick felt like it was there as opposed to Friday.
Nothing but improvements to look forward to!
Workout summary for the week- Wed- Sun (took Tue off due to jet lag):
Swim- 2 hours and 6 minutes
Bike- 1 hour and 47 minutes
Run- 45 minutes
Strength/Core/Stretch- 1 hour and 16 minutes
Total- 5 hours and 54 minutes
Saturday, October 6, 2007
This year is the 10th year of Team In Training's Ironteam so there are big expectations! Expectations to raise the most money! Instead of calling our group Ironteam 2008..we're now Ironteam X representing two things- Ironteam 10th anniversary and Ironteam x factor! Our goal this season is to raise a whopping $1 million dollars in the fight against cancer! A large amount but definitely doable.
They ended the kickoff with a video montage of the 2005 team. During that video, I saw many familiar faces..James..Emma Louise..Eric..I heard Rhian screaming and cheering in the background and thought to myself, "That must have been one fun team!" We were so fortunate to have them for our Spring 07 season!
When I registered back in July..it was official that I was part of IT08. But after the kickoff, it's officially official! I will be sporting the obnoxious neon green and purple flames!
I am really excited about the team and the season. I think it's finally hit me that I am doing something that I feel..is bigger than me in every way! Heidi, you hit the nail on the head!