Monday, May 25, 2009

May 24- May 30

Measures are in minutes unless otherwise noted.

Sunday: Bike 60
Actual: Bike 70 (15 miles)

Monday: Hike 60
Actual: Hike 60

Tuesday: Run 30 or Swim 45 (TBD)
Actual: Bike 35, Strength 30

Wednesday: Bike 30 or Swim 45 (TBD)
Actual: Run 33 (5K), Strength 20

Thursday: Off
Actual: Swim 50

Friday: Run 30
Actual: Bike 50 minutes (about 10 miles), Strength 20

Saturday: Swim 45
Actual: Off

OK, so I didn't stick to the schedule AT ALL, but I think I managed to work out more than I'd planned.

TOTAL: 368 minutes (6.1 hours)


Sunday, May 17, 2009

May 17 - May 23

Times are in minutes unless otherwise noted:

Sunday: Off

Monday: Bike 30, Run 20
Actual: Bike 30, Run 20, Strength 30

Tuesday: Swim 45
Actual: Swim 35

Wednesday: Bike 45
Actual: Run 35 (3.2 miles)

Thursday: Off
Actual: Off

Friday: Swim 30
Actual: Strength 20

Saturday: Run 35
Actual: Off


May 10 - May 16

**No goals this week. Just working out when and however I feel.**

Sunday: Off

Monday: Off

Tuesday: Swim 45 minutes

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: Run 25 minutes, Strength 25 minutes

Friday: Bike 1 hour

Saturday: Off


Sunday, May 10, 2009

Looking for a race recap?

I posted it here since more people know about that site.

I will say all that fretting about the weather was for nothing. It was perfect: cloudy/partly sunny, mid-70s, no wind.

Now, onto the next one . . . . stay tuned.


Thursday, May 7, 2009

Countdown: Two days

Today I am feeling: Better. With the exception of my race packet, everything I need is in this house. Went out for a nice, easy bike ride today (just 6.5 miles) and feel . . . well, ready.

Current stressor: The weather. There are reports of possible thunderstorms on Saturday. Do you know what one of my biggest phobias is? BEING OUTSIDE IN FREAKIN' THUNDERSTORMS. :::runs screaming through house:::

OK, in fairness, removed thunderstorms from its forecast for Saturday and other sources say they're most likely in the afternoon. But still, I'm stressing about this. I know there's nothing I can do about it, but I'm still stressing. Please think non-lightning thoughts for me.

Projected water temperature: 62 degrees, taken from the center of the lake yesterday. Brrrr! I went with the sleeveless wetsuit, so let's hope the activity itself is enough to keep me warm.

Stuff I must remember not to forget: Practice transitions, pick up race kit and pack up stuff!


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Countdown: Three days

Today I am feeling: EXHAUSTED. I had a horrible night of sleep last night. First, I couldn't fall asleep. Then, my four-year-old came into our bed and spent the next five hours kicking me in the back.

Also? Anxiety dreams have started. Most are the usual stuff: I get there and don't have my bike or I get lost and can't find the park. But in last night's dream I am running when Mark comes by in the van with the girls and picks me up because he wants to show me some houses. Then, he drops me off back on the course WITH THE GIRLS. So I have to "run" the last mile dragging a kid in each hand. Weird.

Projected weather: No real change. says showers and 75. Mac weather widget says party sunny and 73.

Stuff I have to remember not to forget: Pick up wetsuit tomorrow and then practice transitions. I plan do this in the front yard if anyone in the area is bored and looking for some cheap entertainment.


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Countdown: Four days

Today I am feeling: neurotic

Must remember not to forget: to buy Body Glide, energy food and a racing belt from the running store

Projected weather on Saturday: It depends on the source. says 72-degrees and showers. The weather icon on my Mac's dashboard says sunny and 75.

Projected water temperature: Temps at the water's edge are averaging 66-degrees. They are taking temps from the middle of the lake in a day or two.

Decisions I need to make:Long-sleeve or sleeveless wetsuit? Leaning toward sleeveless. Yes, it will be colder, but I'm concerned about the sleeves being too constricting (I've heard it takes extra arm strength to swim in one) and given my schedule on Thursday, I'm not sure I can get to the pool with it to practice. Besides, you warm up once you get swimming, right?


Monday, May 4, 2009

Week 13: May 3 - May 9

(Training tapers off this week in preparation for Saturday).
Times are in minutes, unless otherwise noted:

Sunday: Off

Monday: Bike 25, Run 15
Actual: Bike 25, Run 15, Strength 20

Tuesday: Swim 30
Actual: Swim 30
(46 laps aka 1,150 yards)

Wednesday: Bike 30 or Run 20
Actual: Nothing

Thursday: Light swim with wetsuit TBD
Actual: Bike 20

Friday: Off

Saturday: Jersey Man Sprint Triathlon
Actual; FINISHED triathlon. :-) :-)


Friday, May 1, 2009

Finding inspiration where ever I can

I find myself drawing inspiration (or more accurately mantras that I cheer myself on with) from some of my children's books and movies lately. I don't know if that's just because that's what I'm exposed to the most, or if these are just tried and true motivators. What do you think?

When swimming: Finding Nemo
The scene when Dory, Nemo and a bunch of other fish are caught in a fishing net and need to escape.
Just keep swimming! Just keep swimming!

When biking (especially uphill): The Little Engine that Could
I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.

When running: The Tortoise and the Hare
Slow and steady wins the race.