Friday, July 13, 2012
Yesterday I skipped the second of the "two a day" workouts, which was to be a brisk 45 minute walk. For one thing I know I'll be running tomorrow. I had walked my usual work breaks, but I needed to get to Omaha either yesterday or today to pick up my Color Run packet for Saturday.
While there, I shopped for new running shoes (funny how they have packet pickup at fitness stores... what a great marketing deal for the stores!) I was debating between one with a firmer / less flexible "cush" and the Nike Pegasus, which is lighter weight and a softer running feel.
Why even debate with myself? Because of what I read about shoes for the biking leg of a TRI, that firmer, less flexible soles give a better power transfer to the pedals, you don't have to work as hard to get the speed. And if I could have a running shoe that worked better for the bike leg, no shoe change in transition?
I ended up favoring my softer run. Reasoning? The events I have scheduled soonest AFTER the tri are all pure running events. If eventually I decide biking is something I need to emphasize more, I could go to a real clipless bike shoe, and eat the time cost of the shoe change at transition. And I have to consider the possibility that I may decide never to do another tri!
The title comes from an offhand comment the sales dude made as he walked me up to pay for my purchase. He said something about my having a "runner's build". WHAT? ME? What the heck is a runner's build, anyway? He went on: "You know, low body fat." OK, granted he was selling me running shoes, but although I answered with an automatic "thank you", it made me think, once again, about how far I've come and how others who *don't* know my history might perceive me, based solely on my current appearance and body size.
They don't see the 225.5 pound woman who panted and wheezed after taking five steps to answer the telephone. They don't see the woman who had trouble squeezing under the steering wheel. They see me as I am now, and might assume I've always been so... but it's been a long and winding road from there to here... and at moments like this, when I am anticipating the joy of motion, I'm so glad that I traveled it.
There is a toll in time, determination, and sticking with it. There is a toll in having to get back up after slips and lapses. There is a toll in changing eating habits to support the activity. BUT, that toll is so worth it.
To my Spark friends along the way, I'm so glad to be fellow travelers with you. Join the journey! Find YOUR happy place! Life is good. Spark on!
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Remember how I was having my little spat with Polly Perfectionist on Tuesday about losing track of the lap count? Today I was NOT going to go through that again. So I carefully concentrated on a different element for each 100 yards (4 lengths of the pool = 100). The first hundred was just concentrating on getting that little warm up, on going easy. The second was triumphantly knowing I hadn't lost count YET!
The third I set my focus on my kick. The fourth on smooth breathing... etc. Pick an element for each 4 length rotation.
In the end, I finished my 1200 in 43 minutes, which is about when I called time on myself on Tuesday. And I feel good! Take THAT, Polly!
Oh, and yes, I got my 15 miles on the bike in after work, but I chose a bike path whose twists and turns slow me down. Probably a good thing, as it was rather warm... our little break from the heat seems to be over for now. Or at least, now being separated from those 100's by a few days, the 90's are feeling hot again.
In short, life's still good. Spark on!
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!
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