Friday, December 31, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
It was rainy, cold and windy at IM AZ this year. The weather was so poor that you'd think I was racing since I am known to come with bad weather! Anyway, no in particular order, congrats to my friends that either toed and/or crossed the finish line (hope I didn't forget anyone):
I am happy and proud of every one but I am most happy to see Mike Kyle, AG(50-54), cross the finish line as he had a helping hand in me crossing my first IM finish line at Louisville a couple of years ago. Bad hip and all.. blame it on training.. blame it on old age .. but he ran a good amount of miles with me doing whatever he could to help get me there that night. Seeing that he crossed the finish line after a DNS in 2008, a DNF in 2009, has brought back good memories of the Team and what the journey of IM was all about for me.
Over the years, the meaning of Ironman has evolved and changed (for me) and now has changed and revolved back again. At one point, my life revolved around Ironman. I guess now you can say as I've evolved, Ironman has to revolve around my life.
Gobble Gobble everyone!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
And I have a feeling that might be a question in my head for awhile.. maybe even until race day! Ha ha. And the North Face I am speaking of the is Northface Challenge 50K trail run. My coach says it will help keep me focused... except I am not sure that I am ready to get and be focused.. I know that when I am ready.. I will have to stay on the focus train until the end of June! My alpha female buddies are asking why I would want to do that as they don't see the benefit ... and I can see their point too. Mike seems to think that I can do it but he thinks I can do anything so kind of biased there. It's 7-8 weeks away.. I've ran an hour at the most.. my heart rate would make anyone's eyeballs go big...but I guess it comes down to what I want to do... which is sleep these days!
As of today.. I think I want to just be there and support Mike as he is going to do the event! If it changes tomorrow.. I will let you know!
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I log onto Ironman.com and found a great article that Kevin Mackinnon wrote titled "Ironmanlife: Gotta Love Utah." At first, I am thinking, you've got to be out of your mind! And then I read the article and thought... wow it was a very beautiful course... and then I thought... I really didn't train for Utah or at least not consistently. I got back from Australia in December. Started in January but then was sick in February which made me miss a key block of training in Tucson and then I displaced a rib which kept me from swimming or training hard for a bit. All those thoughts led me to thinking... "hm.. maybe I do see another IM St. George for me in the future...?!" Not next year but maybe in the future...
Article linked is here: Ironmanlife: Gotta Love Utah and my favorite paragraph is pasted below:
Even though they were freezing in the far-below-normal water temperatures at Sand Hollow State Park, I defy any of the athletes who competed at Ford Ironman St. George to try and say that it wasn’t a beautiful spot to start their day. Out on the bike course the scenery continued to astound – again and again you can’t help but be bowled over by the beautiful views. The run was equally as scenic, but by then pretty much everyone in the race was simply hanging on for dear life – as beautiful as the course is, it’s also a tough one. While there are possibly harder Ironman bike courses out there, there isn’t another race in the world that has that hard a bike followed by that hard a run.
Training for IM Canada is starting up.....
Monday, May 3, 2010
Can you say ... tough course?
A drive through the course today was an eye-opening experience - this is going to be a tough course! Starting at about 3,000 feet at the swim in Sand Hollow Reservoir (which, by the way, is rather cold - below 60 degrees F, last we heard), the course eventually reaches an altitude of just under 4,700 feet.
The course features a lot of long, steady climbs, along with a few really steep ones, too. At one point there's a steady stretch that features a grade that varies between 13 and 17 percent. And, just to add to the fun, the athletes get to do all of that climbing twice.
There are a few upsides to this challenging course: first, the athletes get to enjoy a simply spectacular course that offers some of the most incredible vistas you'll find in triathlon; then there's the payback after all the all that climbing which ends in a screaming descent back into town.
If the bike is tough, the run course here in St. George is every bit as much of a challenge. The long, steady climb to the turnaround features an eight percent grade at one point - and that's not for just a few seconds. No less a runner than Lisa Bentley took more than three minutes to get up that part of the climb when she was checking out the course the other day.
Like the ride, though, there's a definite upside to all this - both the incredible beauty of the countryside here, and all the downhill parts of this course, too.
So, as tough as this course might be, it's also likely to be lots of fun. Besides, it's an Ironman - it's not supposed to be easy.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Upon arrival, my priority was finding out what the water temperature was-- 59F-- sweet! Anything above 56F is good enough for me!
Bike- 3:32:14 (3:31:15 last year) Oh the bike was windy!! Windy! I had real trouble getting my heart rate into z3. I spent most of my time in mid z2++ bordering into z3. I had a tough time getting my heart rate into race zone even on the climbs but I didn't force it.. just went with it and worked with what I could.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Last year, this was my favorite race. I hope it's equally as exciting for me this coming time! I am not sure how it's going to go with my back not having healed yet but I'll do my best.. give it go and see what comes of it! My top wish for Oceanside... please let the water be warm! And by warm, I am thinking 58F or above! Beyond that, I hope for sunshine and little wind.. don't we all?!
So more details about my injured back. Weak back muscles + stronger shoulder muscles as I started to pick it up in swimming + poor posture at work from sitting in front of a computer all day long = displaced rib. Displaced rib = inflamed T7 vertebrae. I can still swim, bike and run but swimming causes slight pain... post swimming causes an increased feeling in the pain... biking is fine unless if I have to take deep breathes.. usually happens when coach puts the hammer down in the pain cave and painless during the run except post run.. I usually REALLY feel it especially if run includes intervals.. needless to say.. I've been keeping my run workouts mostly steady these days.
Anyway, best of luck to those of you heading down there! See ya out on the course!!
Monday, March 8, 2010
So the past week, I’ve been feeling this BIG knot in my back muscle. It never went away like I thought it would and it bugged me to the point where breathing while cycling was tough which made for the 4+ hours that I was out there on Saturday a bit difficult. It was a beautiful day nonetheless so the weather didn’t make it seem too bad and plus I had the company of Raf and Mary which made time pass by that much more pleasantly. I had my long awaited massage appointment with my magician of a masseuse, P.Whiting, on Sunday and the first thing I told him about was my back muscle. I was looking forward to him using his magic hands to make it go away. I came away learning that I actually displaced one of my ribs!! Go figure?! I’ve never done that before hence the pain I was feeling was foreign to me but being like most other athletes in training.. it much be a sore muscle!
Lesson for the week- time to see my masseuse more regularly- hopefully every other week and if I can fit in an ice bath beforehand.. all the better! Getting beat up on the table this past Sunday wasn’t very enjoyable- progressive but painful!! I was actually gripping onto the sheets underneath the massage table .. more frequent visits should mean less gripping!!
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Finally had the chance to to sort through the 300 photos I took at Tucson Camp! Enjoy :-)
Video of photos here-
Video of ride up Mt. Lemmon here-
On MY training front, things feel like they may come around! Had a great ride on Saturday with Raf and Mike that included a climb up Stinson Beach. I asked Mike, "How long is the climb?" Mike. "Oh.. 20 minutes." Halfway through the climb.. I asked, "20 minutes for you or for me?" Mike, "Oh.. for me..." Well 38 minutes later... we were descending but it was nice to get a good climb in my legs having missed camp and all!! Now is only my swimming will come around!! If anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears, until then...
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Tucson is the site for the annual AIMP training camp held by coach for his athletes.. also fondly known as... fat camp! Tricia and I flew out Thursday and came back Tuesday 1st thing in the morning. We landed in Tucson, I texted Coach for him to come get us, he pulls up in a Maxima sudan as if he was driving his truck and off to dinner we went after a quick stop at our hotel.
Camp for me was supposed to be a solid block of training to really jump start my training for the 2010 season. Well, my immune system had different plans for that! I started to get a tickle in my throat on Wednesday and by Friday, it was full on sore. I didn't swim at all, didn't run and did minimal cycling per Coach. Although, on Monday, he wanted me to attempt Mt. Lemmon and I was planning on it but morning came and I acquired the cough of death. Lemmon would have to wait another year.
Having missed this solid training block (my 20 hour training week turned into 7), I became a bit nervous for my two upcoming races during this first half of the year. I have Oceanside in 4 weeks and IM Utah to follow after that. My training thus far for this year has been less than ideal because I haven't been able to get myself 100% health wise.I thought a possibility would be to just scratch those two and focus on IM Canada but leave it to Coach to say.. no no.. you're racing.. both of them! He said that I am much more fit than this time last year and that fitness will come back quicker than I thought.. that I'd be surprised. I just have to get myself healthy and stay there! So, that's the plan!
Stay tuned!! Photos from camp coming soon. I may have been down and out in terms of training but my inner photog couldn't stay away!