Monday, July 02, 2012
It's now less than four weeks to my tri, and the training schedule is shifting once again. From here on out the workouts are longer / more intense... but there are TWO rest days on each week's schedule. The goal now is to allow the body the recovery time, and avoid injury!
So, that's the plan, Stan.
On the home front, reading news of power outages and thinking of Spark friends who might be affected. When I mentioned it being all over the news that folks are without AC to my son, he commented that there are lots of soldiers without AC in the heat of Afghanistan... and asked if that made the news, too?
Got the message loud and clear, Son: Remember that we are not the center of the universe... we've sent these guys and gals into conditions we whine about if we see them here. They don't have power crews working around the clock to "fix" it... it's just not there. Don't forget that they ARE there. It's easy to be complacent here at home, and focus on our "first world" problems.
Meantime, I swim, bike, and run away from my maternal worries. Yesterday morning, I biked on the MoPac trail, out into the countryside, in the relative cool of the morning. In my mind I ran a comparison to the trail I rode in Wisconsin a couple weeks back. This close to town, ours is a little better maintained, and more used. I encountered several other cyclists, several joggers, a handful of dog-walkers... all pre-8 a.m. on a Sunday.
The day heated up as predicted, and my second outing, a "brisk walk, 30 minutes" was not my speediest brisk pace at 6:15 p.m.
And this morning, I'm off to work, with a stop at the post office to ship a few things to my son, including a birthday card, in the hopes it reaches him by the day itself, mid-month.
Live your life! Remember others, but also take care of YOU. Don't take a single day for granted. Spark on!
Sunday, July 01, 2012
This weekend I have no formal commitments, thank goodness. And I will probably try to lay low over the 4th of July holiday, too. I am preserving my personal energy for the events that are my own passion. Selfish? Maybe. Worth it? Yeah.
Two Sundays, starting next weekend, I have promised chauffeur services for my sis and her daughter to see the matinee of the Melodramas at a State Park nearby. That will satisfy my "see family" need.
I have three Saturday races in a row, starting two weeks from yesterday: a color run 5K (never done a color run before, this should be fun), the following Saturday the 750 meter Open Water Swim, and then a week later, the "main event", my first officially timed Sprint Distance triathlon.
The training plan is sitting at its longest distances for the next three weeks, then it will dial back to taper in the big race week. Am I a little concerned about tucking those two other races in the mix? Not really... the color run is on a day that would have a longer run on it... but I figure the fact it's a race makes it a speedwork day, instead. No biggie. The open water swim is at the start of the taper, and it's on a long run day, too... if I feel the need, I'll do a medium run that day in addition to the race... or not. There's time to make these decisions.
July is here! Getting close!
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Gotcha! I give up hunting for the old blog entry I wanted to link and reference... can't seem to find it in my archives. But some of you may have tripped over one where I blogged about finding the "zen" in a swim and whining that I didn't know if I'd ever get to "zen" gear in jogging/running.
It was sometime last year, that's all I know, and I scanned back to about page 14 of the blogs... so, as the church lady used to say on SNL, "never mind". We'll live without that link and trust that I once made such a statement here in a Spark blog!
The point I wanted to make in *today's* blog is that "I found it"! Zen gear while jog/running, that is! Let me explain, "zen" gear for me doesn't mean fast... it means long. There are some video games that have a "zen" mode in which score is not kept and you can just keep playing until you decide to stop. That's what running / swimming / biking in zen gear means to me.
And both Tuesday morning before work, and this morning on a long run, I seem to have found it! The gear where my mind can run free, and my body just keeps trucking. Where my breathing and my footfalls are easy, and I feel like I can just keep on forever. Of course we all know that's not true... and I will say that not every minute of my workout was in zen mode... but enough of it was for me to declare victory in my search for it.
Now, if only I felt as "zen" about the bike... that's the next goal!
Hope you're all staying safe in the heat and treating yourselves with kindness, living life full on! Life *is* good. Spark on!
Friday, June 29, 2012
After work yesterday, as planned, went to my sister's house and tried out her bike. It's a Trek 7300, nice and cushy... those shock absorbers on this hybrid took me by surprise at first. The gear shift on one side is backwards from the way mine works, but it is a twist shift like mine is, so with minor adjustments to my mindset, easily ridable.
One thing I found was that she has an extra gear, compared to my bike... mine is 3 x 7... hers is 3 x 8. I shifted up to the 3 almost at once, and got it up to the highest at some point on my 30 minute ride. Of course, riding from her house instead of mine, I got to cruise through some different terrain, always a joy. Saw several other crazy people out being active in the heat.
The heat, by the way: radio said the heat index was 107, as I was on my way from work to her house, and the actual temp was only 93. So you know it was steamy. I took my water bottle along, of course!
I got back to Sis's house, surrendered the bike, changed to my billed cap, grabbed the water bottle (refilled) and took off on foot, slathering sunblock on. From her house it's a matter of a few blocks to a part of the half-marathon route (the HILL), but I crossed the road there, and found my way to the starting point of a bike path. I kept the "jog/run" portion of the brick down to 10 minutes, allowing 20 to walk it on out... only doing a couple of 1-minute jogs at intervals in that bit.
When I got back to her house, toweled off, stretched, and paused for a nice visit. She had done her workout for the day in the relative cool of the morning, and she's getting ready to go visit her daughter. So we just sat and chatted, playing catch up... then I came home to a relatively late for me supper.
One pleasant thing I found in my mailbox was a letter from my son's commander over in AFG. It started out with words to make a mom's heart soar: "Your son rocks!" I am impressed with this commander. This is the second hand-written letter I have received from her... DIL has received her own.
This morning, my body is telling me a few things: 1) I sit on my sister's bike slightly differently than on my own, and in turn, my shoulders are excercised differently OR 2) The strength workout I did Wednesday after work was adding to the shoulders' response; and 3) something in the air is giving my sinus passages a hard time. Ugh!
Anyway, the adjustment for today is to defer the 1000 yard swim until after work. Once again, there will be more bodies in the water, and I might even make this an outdoor swim... more "acclimating" to eventual conditions I will have to perform in, a brief four weeks in the future.
Life is good. Spark on!
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Thinking about preparing for the open water swim leg, I went out looking for places I might practice, and had a "doh!" moment. The same games (Cornhusker State Games) host an open water swim event, a week before the triathlon event. On the same course. Doh! Indeed.
So, last night I signed up for it. I'll be swimming the same distance, hopefully the same course, a week before the main event. I won't care about my finish time, I will care about becoming acclimated to the conditions. Done and done.
Going to be a scorcher here today, too... but I have a brick on the schedule. Here's to staying hydrated and taking it a little easier on my ride and run legs, since I can't do that all before work, and will be pushed out into the heat. Think of it as stress training. The day itself is bound to be better conditions!
Life is good. Spark on!
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