Sunday, January 20, 2008

Week 15- 01.14.08- 01.20.08

Back pain! Knee pain! It's all beginning to be a big pain in the @ss! Not the training, the aches and pains! I am not sure what happened, maybe my body is adjusting to all the mileage ran last week but I was not able to really so anything on Monday or Tuesday in terms of training. I made an appointment with my goddess of a masseuse Pauline at Senspa! Her hands does wonders and she is so in tuned with the body- amazing! What I thought was my IT band causing knee pain was actually my glutes and all that was somehow connected to my back pain. She told me what I should have known..I need to stretch more after my runs! You hear that Steve and Ben? No more rushing to Kezar Pub- must stretch! After 50 minutes with Pauline and what actually felt like 50 minutes on a foam roller, I felt fixed and healed!

This week was a week of milestones in terms of running. Hez and I saw some strong improvements in our run time! Every few months, our Coaches have us do run marker sets. In a marker set, you run for 30 minutes on the track at a pace that you can hold for that time. Between November and now, Hex and I improved our average run pace by 1'22''!! For whatever reason, Hez and I love running now! We used to hate it for different reasons but it's not so bad now!

On Saturday, Hez and I headed down to Canada Road to do our 15 mile bike marker set. It was quite balmy out there! 10 minutes into the ride, I actually said to myself, "You's not too late to turn can still make it to M2 spin where it's nice and warm!" What can I say? My fingers which were covered with long gloves were frozen! Alright, enough whining. The last time we did this was back in October and I just gotten back from Greece. From then and now, my time improved by 50 seconds- talk about disappointing results! Had the temperatures not been as cold, my time could have been slower. What does this mean? I have to worker harder in my M2 spin classes! No more fooling around in there! Have to hit those wattages!

This week was a swim week. I swum about 9,000 yards which is the most I've ever swum in a week's time. Along with Coach Nancy's program, I've also been very focused on the stroke improvements that Chris wants me to work on. Chris taped me swimming before the New Year and let me tell you, I do not look cute or graceful swimming! My face looks complete dorkess! My eyes appeared big as frogs..just not very cute. I think I was more horrified by how big my eyeballs actually looked vs. paying attention to what Chris was telling least for the first few minutes..then I got over it..quickly!

This next week is taper week due to the Ironteam Louis Bonpua Olympic Triathlon. I celebrate my 30th birthday the prior evening so we'll see how it goes! Yes, that is right! I am turning 30. No, I am not sad about it. On the contrary, I welcome it! My 20's were well lived and it's time to move on to another chapter of the ages so bring it on! Since it will be my birthday, it is only fitting that I made a birthday wish list! So here it goes- do not question the items- after all it is MY birthday!

Yi's Birthday wish list-

*A donation to my Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraising website-

*The Stick - yes, this is referring to the blue massage stick.

*Sock Monkey- don't ask..I've always wanted one.

*The Nanny Diaries DVD- love that movie! Such a sap, I know.

*A subscription to Runner's World- as if I don't get enough magazines.

*A travel book to a destination that I will be traveling to this year..I don't know where that is yet! Taking

*Tickets to a Phoenix Suns home game..Lower Level preferably or better..yes I am fully aware that this would require travel to Phoenix!

*Did I mention
a donation to my Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraising website-

*Another year of good parking karma- we know how important those are in the city! Oh heck, how about just good karma in general!

*A guarantee to arrive at the start line of Ironman Louisville 2008 injury free!

Workout Summary-
Swim- 3 hours and 19 minutes
Bike- 2 hours and 1 minute
Run- 0 hours and 54 minutes
Core Strength- 0 hours and 10 minutes
Total Workout- 6 hours and 14 minutes

1 comment:

velogirl said...

I'm glad you were able to resolve your pain issues. keep them in check and stretch!

don't beat yourself up about bike milestones. for one thing, you did see improvement. but bike times are tough to compare due to wind and other atmospheric conditions. and sometimes, you just don't have a good day.