Tuesday, May 25, 2010

It's coming along

Since school has been finished I still have found plenty to keep myself busy! Over the past week, my P2 peeps spent several days in Colorado training-I didn't go since I was hoping to get some study done for my upcoming boards exam. Needless to say, I didn't get any studying in nor did I get anything accomplished around the house either! I did however get in most of my training for the week-the only training missed was due to the lack of cooperation from mother nature. Speaking of bad weather....Saturday brought back memories of the training trip that was planned last August in Madison. Saturday, I had a planned workout of a 2.5 hour run and a 2 hour bike on the Liberty course. The plan was that I was going to do the run by myself, prior to biking and then Cindy and Mark were going to meet me for the bike on the Liberty course. I ended up only getting in a 40 minute run

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

SO So Sore!

Since school has been completed my biggest priority has been to get all my training in or at least as much as time allows for me to get in. With my last semester's interference, my training was less than consistent. This week I have been trying hard to get caught up and stay consistent with my training.

Monday, I missed my swim and bike but still managed to have a killer workout! Killer in the sense that I was killing myself with boredom from the run on the dreadmill and then a workout that was worth killing myself for at Discover Strength. Since the weather has been a little less willing to cooperate with my training(who does mother nature think she is)I didn't get in my bike workout that I was trying to make up from last Saturday. I ended up running for a hour on the treadmill. I also ran out time to get my scheduled swim in for Monday's workout as well.

On the 23rd, I had my baby into the bike doctor for her yearly check up and change out in her chain. When I picked up my bike Aaron had mentioned to me that my bottom bracket was starting to wear out but everything else was looking great. I excited to ride, took her to P2 practice on Thursday (a hill bike workout). The workout was hard-hard like I was riding in the hardest gear the entire workout, plus my chain was rubbing a bit. I struggled through the workout! I was frustrated with myself and my workout that day. Monday, I bought my bike back to County Cycle to have the rubbing checked out and mentioned how hard the Thursday workout had been. Well it turns out that my bottom bracket was extremely worn out and needed to be replaced, which hopefully was the culprit for my biking being so difficult.

Following my run I made my return to Discover Strength for my first strength workout since the beginning of the semester. Even though the workouts are horribly hard, I was excited to get back into the routine of doing strength training and hanging out with my personal trainer buddies over at DS. I was scheduled with Luke but got the royal treatment from Greg, Luke and Dan. I started off the session by telling Luke that I hadn't been there in a while and he stated that he was well aware and that they would be easy on me (yeah right-they don't know what going easy is). Needless to say, I left the appointment shakey for hours to follow and sore to the point that my arms cannot be lifted along with screams of soreness everytime I sit down.

Tuesday, on the training for the day was a 90 minute hill run with an optional bike. Since it was my turn to lead run club, I ended up doing a hour of hills by myself and then finished my workout up with an easy 30 minute run with run club. The run was hard, but I felt that it wasn't as bad as the previous Tuesday run, which was done in the same location except for the fact that I still cannot move my arms because they are sssssoooooo sore!

Monday, May 10, 2010

A weekend of celebration



School is officially done!!!! Or at least this graduate program is completed.....as I do have plans to continue maybe as soon as fall semester. I know-I'm a glutten for punishment! It has been a busy but important weekend with my graduate school graduation and Ethan's Baptism/Owen's welcoming ceremony.

Saturday, started early with my alarm set for 3:45 am so that I get dressed in my graduation apparel and on the road to Mankato by 6:00 am for my graduation ceremonies. The first of the ceremonies in Mankato was my hooding by my advisor. The second ceremony of the day was the actual graduation. Following the ceremonies, we took a few pictures and then headed back to the cities. On the way back we stopped and had dinner with Joel and Amy at El Loro. Then that night I did a little celebrating with Maragarita and Rob.

Sunday was Owen and Ethan's big day! Ethan was baptized and Owen was welcomed into the church. The kids did awesome, however you could tell that Owen was a bit nervous for the days event. I am a proud god momma of Ethan! We followed up the kids celebration day with brunch at the Christenson house.

On to my training:
I have had a pretty good week of training! Or at least consistent week of training:) Following my finals, I have had some time to concentrate on training. Although, I looked forward to every workout, each one kicked my butt! It was one tough week of workouts! Tuesday was hills-90 minutes of running hills! Wednesday, I spent two hours on the trainer since it was really cold and yucky outside. Thursday, again it was a hill day, but on the bike. We spent 2 hours doing hill repeats. Friday, I ran out of time. Saturday, no workout since I was gone the day in Mankato.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Praying for lightening

Yes yes again its been a while since my last blog post. I now have the time update my blog on a regular basis since my semester is done! For the past 3 months school has monopolized my time not leaving little time for workouts with P2 or workouts period. In fact last week I didn't get any workouts the entire week! I have constant anxiety producing thoughts as I think about my upcoming race schedule! In less than a month I have the Madison 1/2 marathon coming up and I haven't ran more than a hour and a half since I don't know when.

This week I have entered into the training phase that focuses on Ironman-WOW where has the time gone? Along with the coming of this new phase comes the initense hill workouts and speed sessions along with a million hours in the saddle. As stated previously, I haven't done much for consistent workouts for quite some time, which made me extremely worried about tonights workout. This past Sunday coach had mentioned that Tuesday's practice (today) is going to consist of hill repeats in St. Paul-Not good! I haven't done any hill running since XP2 (fall) except for the over pass (the only hill in Anoka County), which is an ant hill compared to the hills in St. Paul.

The workout went as expected-CRAPPY!!!!! I felt horrible! My legs felt like Lincoln logs and started cramping about 30 minutes into the run making it hard to keep up (harder to keep up I should say since the team runs about the speed of light). Oh, I forgot to mention that we were battling gail force winds too! The workout was 90 minutes of hill repeats and about halfway through I started praying for lightening (since lightening is a good excuse to stop a workout) so I could remove myself from the hell that my coach was putting us through. My prayers were not answered and I did end up making it through the workout and even though it sucked I'm glad I did it (funny how that works).

Yesterday, I got in the pool for the first time in 3 weeks and actually felt great! My stroke felt smooth and really was effotless-the man in the lane next to me actually made the comment that I had a nice stroke! My swim was short only a half hour, but that was all time allowed for since I had to catch some ZZZZ's before heading into work.

Tomorrow I have an easy two hour bike on my schedule. I now praying for warm weather and less wind!