Monday, August 31, 2009

August 30 - September 5

Times are in minutes unless otherwise noted.

Sunday: Bike 60
Actual: Bike 45 (flat tire!)

Monday: Run 30
Actual: Run 32

Tuesday: Bike 60
Actual: Bike 50, Strength 15

Wednesday: Run 30
Actual: Bike 45, Run 15

Thursday: OFF
Run: 25, Strength 20

Friday: Swim (Open Water)
Actual: OFF

Saturday: Bike 60, Run 20
Actual: Walk all over NYC/hours-miles of walking; Strength 30


Monday, August 24, 2009

August 23 - August 29

Well, it was nice being on vacation last week (literally - we road-tripped to Indiana to visit family), but it's back to reality this week. All I did last week was one run - in Indianapolis (which is AWESOMELY flat) - 2.6 miles in about 27 minutes. I have to get myself ready for the Mainiac Tri in Maine on September 26, so no more slacking off. I'm doing this tri with two friends who I'm sure are faster than me - time to buckle down and work a bit on speed, especially on the bike and run.

Goals for this week:

Sunday: OFF (Drove home from Indiana)

Monday: Bike 45
Actual: Bike 40

Tuesday: Run 30
Actual: none

Wednesday: Bike 30, Run 20
Actual: Bike 55

Thursday: Swim 45
Actual: Swim 35, Strength 25

Friday: OFF

Saturday: Bike 60
Actual: Run 34, Strength 20


Monday, August 17, 2009

Third tri's a charm


Mainiac Sprint Tri

Maine? Why Maine? Are you insane? In the brain?

Um. Yes. Possibly. I also have two good friends in the Boston/NH area who have agreed to do this with me. Plus you get a free beer after the race.

How COLD will the water be?

Not cold at all. For a polar bear. Or a beluga whale. Water temps are predicted to be between 58 and 62 degrees. Actually, I think for Maine, that's downright balmy.

You do realize this swim in in the OCEAN, don't you? Something you said you'd NEVER do?

Hmmm? What? Did you say something? Mmmm. Beeeer.

Did you order the pink "ALERT" swim cap?

Surprisingly, I did not. I blame being distracted by the offer of free beer. I am simple like that.

You know, you can just buy beer? In like, tons of stores right near your house. And not have to freeze, sweat or risk being eaten by a beluga whale to get it.

True, but what fun is that?

Are you going to be singing "Maniac" from Flashdance the morning of the race?

Already there, dude. Already there.
"She's a maniac, maniac, oh oh. And she's dancing like she's never danced before-ore."


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Recap: Women's Revolutionary Triathlon

Wondering how today's race turned out? Check out my recap at my main blog,The Gav Menagerie.

Stay tuned for details about my next race in September . . .


Monday, August 10, 2009

August 9 - August 16

Sunday: Off (travel back from MD)

Monday: Bike 60, Run 20
Bike 45 (hills, hills, hills)

Tuesday: Swim (open water) 30
Swim (open water) .5 mile/20 minutes

Wednesday: Run 20
Actual: OFF

Thursday: Swim 30 (pool)
Actual: Run 20, Strength 25

Friday: OFF

Saturday: OFF

Sunday: Women's Revolutionary Triathlon
Swim .25 mile, Bike 10 miles, Run 3.1 miles


Sunday, August 2, 2009

And then it hit in the face like a brick shot out of a cannon

So, if you pay any regular attention to this blog, and really, you probably don't. But if you did, you might notice that my training lately has been a little . . . irregular? Scattered?

And if you did think that, you would be right. Reason #1 is that I've been thinking lately that I just had SO MUCH TIME until my next tri. SO MUCH TIME to train and get myself back up to speed. Because after all, my next tri is August 16 and that is a WHOLE LONG WAY OFF.

Except, well, it isn't.

Because yesterday I looked at the calendar and it was August 1. Meaning I have 16 days.

Six-teeeeen days.


And that's bad, because while the swim & bike distances on this tri are a lot shorter than than the first one (quarter mile swim vs. a half mile swim, and 10 mile bike vs. 19.5 mile bike), the course is SIGNIFICANTLY more challenging.

The bike course is very, very hilly. The climb out of transition is about 1.5 miles long, and parts of it wickedly steep. Then there's the loop through the park - more hills, not steep, but long. My legs are like jello after one loop, and the course requires two.

I'm not thrilled, but with some weekly riding of the course, I have gotten to the point where I can climb all the hills without stopping, though like I said, my legs are all shaky and my time is, well, not great.

Then there is the tricky issue of the descent back to transition. It's really steep and I am a big chicken. I ride my brakes the whole way down and that's with just ME on the course. What's it going to be like with other cyclists - the faster ones whizzing by and having to pass the slower ones (if there are in fact any slower than me). The hill is not only steep, it's curvy.

Quite frankly, it scares the ever-loving crap out of me. And the hill does empty directly into the transition area.

I can't imagine what the plan is for avoiding a 100-bike pile-up in the transition area. I'm just blindly hoping they have a plan to avoid this.


Then there's the issue of the run. It's a trail run, also hilly, and also full of ruts and big roots sticking up all over the place.

It will be a minor miracle if none of the athletes in this thing walk away unscathed.

I've been in a bit of denial about all of this, which, I think, has been part of my lack of motivation in training.

But now that it's August 2?

I'm making the most of the next two weeks.

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August 2 - August 8

Sunday: Run 35, Swim 30
Actual: Run 35, Swim 45

Monday: Bike 75
Actual: Bike 65 (hill training)

Tuesday: Swim (open water) 30
Swim (open water) 38 min (1 mile), Run 22 (2 miles)

Wednesday: OFF

Thursday: Swim 35
Actual: Bike 30, Strength 20

Friday: Bike 40
Actual: NONE (packing for trip)

Saturday: Run 30
Actual: Run 30, Strength 20