Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Yesterday after work I did the requisite "run 30 minutes" from the training schedule. My way. I respected the run 8 minutes / walk 15 seconds cycle, but I went a little longer... i.e. I didn't count the 9 minute warm up as part of the 30, and I finished out the fourth 8 minutes.
Today's schedule calls for a 15 mile bike workout. Well! Whenever it says "bike" but not "brick", the temptation is to make my work commute part of the bike. Problem: the bike commute figures out to somewhere between 6.2 and 6.7 miles... even doubled that doesn't make 15.
Plus the bike commute adds the complication of wardrobe changes & carrying a lock cable, and all that rot. So... between that and listening to the body which would like a little more recovery time after the run... I'm opting out of trying to combine the commute into the picture. I will bike AFTER work.
And I will... I have a cute new "tri" suit to try out on the bike... and tomorrow I'll try it on my walk portion of the workout. I intend to wear it for the open water swim in a week and a half. Nothing should be "new" on race day... all equipment should be tried and tested.
By the way, those swim socks? I was impressed with how well they dried off in my kitchen during my work day. And they did not impede my kick in the water, although I was conscious of them. Tomorrow, I'll wear them again for my morning swim.
I am starting to think about the tapering process... I haven't really been tapering THIS week, as the color run isn't a "real race"... it's "just another workout". But I'm thinking I might taper a little bit on the swim workouts next week, in preparation for the open water swim (which is essentially a dress rehearsal).
Life is good. Spark on!
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Uma Rockie Vertigo! Combined a couple of the suggestions from the comments to yesterday's blog. For short I can call her Uma, or Rockie, depending on the sound track in my head.
This morning's challenge? Tamping down Polly the Perfectionist who is stamping her little foot in frustration at me for losing track of the swim laps. I swam for about 43 minutes but since I wasn't doing rest stops between the 4-lap hundred yard bits... managed to allow my mind to drift and lost track. I know I did at least 1100 yards, as I took a conservative bend on where I was in the count, rather than risk shorting it. I was supposed to do 1200 but stopped myself for time. That is the one thing about swimming before work, there is a cut-off.
Got the pet porter out of the shed and have it up on the deck for the kitties to explore today. They are up for their annual shots and too big to both fit in the box they rode in last year. They were very curious about it. I'll just leave it there today, clean it up at some point before we make the trip on Friday.
Oh, and about the swim... tried out a new bit of gear today: swim socks. They are supposed to be wearable in the swim, and protect the feet going to transition from the lake to the bike. I wore them in the pool today, just to see how they'd do. Not bad, not bad. I can see where they would be a great aid if the lake were cold (I don't think this one will be by the 28th).
Out of time, gotta go! Spark on, and live LIFE!
Monday, July 09, 2012
Some of you have been around long enough to see me name my car and now my bicycle. It might seem silly to some, but I used to do this all the time... and then I stopped. I was married to a man who did not have that element of whimsey, and I was a mother and a career woman, and felt I was too... I don't know, busy? Grown-up? Or did I just lose my inner child for a while?
Whatever, there were several years when the cars did not get names. They were just the ____ (fill in brand name... Subaru, Ford...).
Where am I going with this? My new bike has a name (Brenda Starr Trek), but my mountain bike does not! It's time she got one. Oh, yes, the mountain bike is definitely a she, too. She's blue but her brand doesn't give me much inspiration to work with (Univega?) She's taken me down rural trails and at one point in time allowed me to chase after a then BMX riding son (major reason at the time of her purchase).
Have to give this some thought. Suggestions are welcome.
Yesterday was my niece's birthday, and I went with her and her mom to go watch her dad perform on stage in a Melodrama. Great fun was had by all... followed by a carrot cake b-day cake. Knowing that was coming made me a little saner with the popcorn at the play.
Today is a rest day on the training schedule, and my body is cheering for it... definitely ready. The rest of the week will probably take me away from Spark except for the basics of logging in,tracking and spinning the wheel as I move into two a days with long swims in the morning on Tuesday and Thursday, and a medium bike ride on Wednesday between. Friday I'll need to drive to Omaha to pick up my Color Run packet... so if you don't see me around much... think of me being active and smile for me!
Life is good, if busy. Spark on!
Sunday, July 08, 2012
Somebody else has to start supporting the consumer economy, not just me. Nonetheless, the bike shop sale I *wasn't* going to bite for? Yeah, I bit. After riding my sister's "comfort hybrid" I was going to borrow it for the tri. But I got to thinking, then I dropped by "just to see what they have." Uh-huh.
Seeing what they have, turns into test rides (rode a couple of different models)... and long and short of it is that "Brenda" ended up in my garage and took me on our first training ride this morning. Extra credit goes to those who look at the photo and groan at the two degrees of separation in the pun of the name.
That said, Brenda and I took a nostalgia trip as part of a 22.8 mile tour de city. I ended up cycling in parts of town on residential streets that were part of my grade school through high school years. I zipped by the house my parents had rented when we first moved to town (I was 7), and up the hill that used to seem so huge to my first grader legs. I cruised past the house we lived in until I moved out, too... and up the *other* "big hill" that was the challenge of my middle childhood. Guess what? There are bigger hills than those close to my current home... and I grin and push myself up those, making the childhood hills seem smaller.
Anyway, this afternoon it will be the melodramas, then a birthday celebration for my niece, and finally a recovery walk in the evening before calling it a training week and prepping to go back to work tomorrow.
Life is good. Spark on!
Saturday, July 07, 2012
Today I had the "run 50 minutes" workout on the calendar. As I have been doing since the beginning, I did my warm-up (9 minutes) without counting it toward the 50 minutes, and my cool-down after did not get counted, either. But both got counted in the distance/time I tracked on Spark.
The heat wave is moderating... only supposed to get up to 91 F today, after two days that topped 100. Still I wanted to get out before it heated up too much. I filled up the camelback to make sure I would have a ready hydration supply, and walked out the front door. Essentially, I ran the same route I biked on one of my earlier workouts... the one I described as biking through Watership Down? The clover and bunnies, small lakes and underpasses. I didn't go quite as far as I do on the bike, stopping and turning around at an easily measurable point for the mileage tracking.
I passed one other jogger on the way out, and he passed me back when I dropped for my walk/water break... muttering something about making him look bad. Seriously, anybody who is out being active today looks good in my book! Only the die-hards, right?
I've started reading Jeff Galloway's book, Half-Marathon: You can do it. This is because Marsha, with whom I'll be doing the women's half in November, is working with a Galloway running group, and I wanted to see what his method is all about. Yeah, I know, not supposed to look beyond the current goal race... but I'm reading up on it. I won't take my first time trial until sometime in August! But hopefully *having* another goal race beyond this one will give me a reason to not turn into a slug with the "finish line"... y'all know how I hate finish lines!
Life is good. Spark on!
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