Monday, December 27, 2010

Happy Holidays!

I can't believe we are coming to the end of 2010! I am completely ready to say good bye to 2010 and ready to get started in 2011! On Christmas morning, following my shift at work, I decided to run The Joyful 5k. Since I started training for ironman distance triathlons running 5k's have gone along the way side, but Aquaphor offered the deal that if I ran one more race this year they would pay me $50, so I thought why not. I didn't have real high expectations for this 5k since I was running on tired legs and this being my first run outside this winter. The route was two loops around Lake Como. The path was really slippery but my trail Newton's made a big difference. I ended up leading the women on the first loop and then got passed on the second. I was still happy to come out with a second place finish!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Excited for my POWERFIX class today! There is nothing like killing yourself as you complete a grueling bike workout. For the first time since I have been training for triathlon, I'm going get my "numbers." We will be doing a bike class and measuring our wattage or how much power we produce when riding. The goal is to figure what can be changed to create more wattage and hence faster more efficient biking. I will however question the accuracy of my numbers not because the instructors don't know what they are doing but due to the built up aggression I have after speaking to my professors over the past couple of days. My semester is over and my brain SHOULD be shut off from school right. I'm just so sick of paying for courses where the professors choose not to do their job! DEEP BREATH.........

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Limbo Time

I just finished a 14 day stretch at work and my semester is done. It was nice to sleep normal hours and actually sleep in! I'm in limbo time again! To go from literally every moment of every day planned out so that every task can completed to having some free time is a hard adjustment! I got a chance to clean my house and wrap my christmas presents-Woohoo! And I got a massage......Wow, it's great to have time!

My training this week has been consistent except for the skipped swim workouts. My plan is to sign up for master swimming over the next week-there is something about paying a bunch of money out to make me be a little more consistent with the swim workouts. I am a bit nervous to start swimming with a group again! I can remember my first day of swimming on my high school swim team and how I wanted to kill myself because it was so hard! I'm not looking forward to struggling through practices but am looking forward to having efficiency and speed!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Love Hate Relationship.......

Recently after much convincing, I decided to try a different running shoe. For the past couple Ironman training seasons, I have battled weird pains and injury to my left foot and ankle. I have been running in Saucony Hurricanes for probably the past 6 years. The hurricanes are a great shoe with lots and lots of support that I don't actually need. After talking to my Sports Med friend Margarita and the sales guy at Gear West, I was partially convinced that it is probably the hurricanes that have been contributing to my injuries because I'm was being over supported, which has cause the muscle groups to weaken. So, I ended up deciding to try a pair of Newton running shoes. Newtons according to their website, are built with Action/Reaction Technology. The soles have these four pieces of rubber that extend over the midfoot that absorb the energy from the foot strike and then releases it as you begin your next stride. This technology is essentially suppose to promote better form and efficiency. Sounds great and dandy-huh! Because they are a completely different running shoe, with completely different technology there is a break in period. I have now run in my new shoes a couple of times and ended up being sssooo sore! My feet feel great! Ankle, shins, and butt have been so sore. I can notice the difference in the weight of the shoes, which is probably cut in half! And I also notice the power in the lift in my knees when beginning my stride. I think the shoes are working and I'm guessing that the soreness is related to now using the muscle groups that became weak over the past 6 years.

The best part of my new shoes is that they have become the fashion statement at the gym! I have had so many comments on how cute they are-I guess that's reason in itself to continue wearing the shoes.

Friday, December 3, 2010

A little less than 7 months away!

My first Ironman of the year is a little less than 7 months away! Training started this week, well at least was suppose to start. I started off the week with great intentions to hit the training hard. About a month ago, I was exploring options and researching ways to improve my training and racing season this year. I for the past year and a half had been lifting weights with the guys over at Discover Strength, which made a huge difference in my racing performance back in 2009. As I continued to workout at Discover they hired some newer trainers and I started to feel as though I wasn't getting the same results. Although, I feel as though weightlifting is beneficial to my triathlon training and performance, I needed to switch up the routine and thought to give P90X a try. I'm sure in the future, I will return to Discover Strength but for right now I need the change.

The program starts you out by doing a fitness test to ensure that one would have the ability to be successful at the program. The test takes about a hour to complete and you are given a minimum for each exercise to meet. I made all the minimums. I then started the 90 day program two days later as suggested. Day one consisted of alternating push ups and chin ups for 60 minutes and then 30 minutes of core exercises. The program is hard! And I realized that I'm a complete wimp! I finished that day with a 5.25 mile run with Run Club.

Man oh man! The next day, I was so sore! I went and got a massage and was still sore. Tuesday night was the first official day of the P2 training season and I didn't enjoy the run one bit because I was so sore! Anyways, I never ended up completing another day of P90X not because I haven't wanted to but my because my schedule hasn't allowed for it.

I have so busy this weeek! I'm currently in the middle of a six day work stretch with one day off on Monday to start up another eight day stretch. Plus, I have been busting my butt to complete all my clinical hours, attend class, and study. I only have one more week left of the semester and then I will have a month free from school! yippee!

I recently returned back from my trip to Arizona. I had a complete blast spectating Ironman and fulfilling my sherpa duties. It was so fun watching some of the best pro's race and Chrissie Wellington break the world record! I even got the chance to meet a few of the pro's as I hung out with their photographer a lot of the race weekend. Margarita and all the other athletes from Minnesota did awesome! One of the best parts of my trip was getting the chance to catch up with my friend Kim who moved to Atlanta earlier this year, who I miss dearly! My brief trip ended on Monday after I waited in line for a couple hours to sign up for next year's Ironman race.