Saturday, October 8, 2016

Back from hiatus

Wow, it's been quite some time since my last blog post. I had to even look back to see what I last covered. Since May of last year I have completed 2 half ironmans, 2 marathons along with countless other halves and relay events. I have learned so much about myself over the past 1.5 years that I can't wait to share.

As I sit on my couch today trying to control the volume of snot coming out my nose, I am enthralled with Kona (Ironman's World Championships in Kona, Hawaii). What better way to kill a day as a triathlete when you are out of the game! One day I hope to be able to make it there, if not to compete I would love to spectate. Ironman is an event like no other, the crowd support and race day euphoria is amazing.

I am lucky enough to have one take place about 2 hours from where I live, in the town I currently work (mostly telecommute) and the town I went to college. This is IM Wisconsin, IMMOO as it's known to fellow triathletes.  The run course is an amazing run through and around campus that I cannot wait to eventually do. The stars have not aligned for me to sign up for the event yet, but I am really hopeful that 2018 will be my year. It was really hard for me this year to sign up, but financially it just wasn't feasible. Last year my job caused me to delay due to the hours and stress, which I changed back in November 2015.

My current plan and goals heading into year end and for next season.

1. Lose the extra weight! 2013 was my lowest weight and when I nailed all my running PR's, I am currently about 20 lbs heavier than that and I have been really close to a number of my times. If I can manage to lose all the extra weight I see many good things in my future. Doing all this will help me dial in my nutrition

2. Keep a base in swim, bike and run through the winter.

3. Work in a weights program that I can stick to. I enjoy pushing heavy weights but I need to dial in that desire a bit and work on light weights with high reps to help my endurance. Adding in a good home workout with an emphasis on core to add in addition to a gym routine will be nice.

4. Yoga & stretching. This is the very first thing that seems to drop when I dial up my workouts in the spring. This needs to stick as it really helps my strength and keeping me loose.

As I sit here today inspired, I need to keep these goals in mind. I have a dream to complete an Ironman, and I want to do it with all my heart in it!

So long for now, I will fill you in on my progress recently and what I have learned this summer.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

HIM Training Weeks 9-???

I know you all missed me, the few of you that read this thing anymore! Training has been going alright lately, the running and swimming parts are going great likely because those are my two favorites. I enjoy most days getting the training done and they don't feel like a chore. Biking on the other hand has sucked to say the least, I have missed many long bikes and I am feeling nervous I won't be race ready.
Happy for some company on a longer ride!

I was doing so great following my training plan and keep tracking of everything and I just fell off the wagon with it. I guess I get bored after 8 weeks, so these were the last few that I truly tracked on this sheet. I do log everything in daily mile so come friend me there if you want to see what I'm up to.

Favorite Workouts: These have been all of my long swims lately, I seem to just have found my cruise control zone and I am really enjoying the long sets in the pool. It really calms my mind from the chaos going on in my life.

Now for the realization to set in that this half ironman is two weeks away from Saturday, EEEEKKK!

My big goal for these last weeks leading into race day is to focus on is nutrition, both during my training sessions and what I am eating on a day to day basis. I would like to drop a little weight going into race day so I am lighter to help my body out. I am starting to see a drop this week so far with about a half a pound a day so it's keeping my motivated to stick to it.

I have run a few races so far this spring and I am feeling pretty happy with my times considering I am basically just endurance training and not getting in much speed. I have such a great group of running friends it makes it so easy to get all my runs in every week!

4/19/15 Oshkosh Half Marathon
2:15:00 (yep, dead on!)
Note to self, don't stand between the two tallest people!
It was a bit windy, as in 20-30mph winds gusting around but the new course made time go by faster. I just wanted to enjoy myself as I wasn't going for time and my body felt good. I caught up to Sarah and smacked her a good one, I owed her one! Finished out the race with her as the last few miles were kinda blah.

5/9/15 Soleburner 5K
Yay, back to the old course of rolling hills and I somehow had some speed in me that day!

5/22/15 Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon
Whew, this was a sweaty race from the beginning, humidity was ridiculous hovering around 80% for about the first hour or so, then the storm front was coming in and brought some clouds and a welcomed breeze. So many runners were saying they always curse the wind but today loved it, and I was in the same boat.

My times started to pick back up later in the race and I slammed a small cup of beer about 10.5 miles in. Hung around after the race to congratulate all the marathoners who toughed out the weather.

5/30/15 Apple Creek 50K Relay
This was 4 loops of 7.75 miles and I took the first leg, it was pouring out and had been raining quite a bit during the week so we were expecting puddles and mud. It did not disappoint and was seriously so much fun. I had a muddy behind very early on so I didn't care how many times I fell, although I am surprised that my clutsy self only did 3 times and it was on some slippery downhill mudslides.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

HIM Training Week 7 & 8

Work finally slowed down later on in the week and I was able to feel somewhat normal again. I really just hope it sticks around. I am looking forward to having Thursday and Friday off this week and it's TRI 101 presentation week. It is going to be a fun filled week and not a lot of work. Just what the doctor ordered.

Monday: REST - worked 13 hours and just no way anything else was going to happen
Tuesday: Run - 3 mi, Swim 1600m
Wednesday - REST - another long day and just felt off
Thursday: Cycle - 21 mi
Friday: Cycle - 20 mi, Swim - 2200m (furthest yet)
Saturday: Run - 12 mi , Swim - 1800m (my fastest mile ever at 34:40!)
Sunday: Cycle - 45 mi

Check out those sculpted shoulders!

Favorite workout: This is a tie between Friday's workouts, I got my bike ride in on the trainer during lunch hour and jammed out to some music while I had my lunch cooking in the oven. This was just what I needed after an emotionally draining week.

After getting done with work a bit earlier than usual I went to the gym to get my long swim done instead of waiting until Saturday. I got a new suit this week and a new silicone swim cap meant for long hair, this went great after I fixed my leaky goggle. I tweaked something in my stroke with my arm entry into the water and I actually felt fast in the pool on a long swim. My 400m split times were dropping as I went along which usually does not happen. I am really starting to warm up to these long swims and I am really enjoying them. Longest set in the pool yet, getting close to the hour mark!

Week 8: Recovery Week 

Monday: REST
Tuesday: Run - 6 mi, Swim 1600m
Wednesday - Cycle - 15 mi during lunch
Thursday: Swim 1800m
Friday: Cycle - 25 mi, Run 2 mi, Swim - 1200m
Saturday: Run - 9.3 mi (a fast long run for me!)
Sunday: Cycle - 30 mi

Favorite workout of the week: My long run on Saturday was nice, I ran at a faster pace than I have been with Sarah and Matt. We all actually had good runs, seriously people this is ground breaking news. Sarah and I are always opposite so this has NEVER happened before. It was nice getting under 10:00 for a longer run!

I really was hoping my work would slow down and it did during my recovery week which helped out as we had TRI101 and TRI102 this week. TRI101 was on Wed. night and I totally winged my presentation for "What is a triathlon" but people said it was good, sooo hey! I had off during the day on Thursday and Friday so I was able to get my workouts done during the daytime. Thursday night I got to watch my littlest niece and my nephew after his surgery so my sister and family could go to their oldest child's concert. Saturday was the bridal shower for a good friend of mine and I can't wait for her wedding in a month at Lambeau Field on the roof!

And of course, there is March Madness going on right now and I of course am rooting for my Alma Mater, UW-Madison! And who picked a perfect bracket for the section they are in? This girl!!