Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Week 11: 8/25-8/30 (almost there)

36 min swim (26 laps)
Feeling okay. Super.slow.mo. though.

1 hour bike

30 min run

brick (61/19)
My first brick trying out the gear I will be wearing for the race. Started out by hopping in the shower to get wet and them mimicked T1 & T2. Things seem ready to go.

Unscheduled rest day - have pity on me we traveled from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm... and between waking and nine I did all the packing.

44 min run
Did some hills. Oh, yeah.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Week 10: 8/18-8/23 (max time)

30 min swim, 21 laps
My kicking still feels quite awkward. If I keep my head "down" though and try to keep my kick in my body's shadow, I can feel very long and slick in the water... the feeling is just hard to hold with breathing, turning and navigating to think about.

1 hour bike
A heavy wind made this a shorter bike (distance wise) than normal. Feeling pretty slow.

22 run / 12 walk
This was supposed to be a 30 minute run but at 22 minutes I started lower GI cramps. Felt dreadful walking home, but was okay by the time I got there. Go figure.

40 swim (26 laps, I think)
Did the first 10 in 15 minutes. Then another 15 in the rest of the time - lost count several times though, so who knows exactly. Overall this week feeling very tired and somewhat queasy. May have picked up a bug somewhere.

1 hour / 20 minute brick
Headwind kept the bike slow. First 10 minutes after transition the knees complain, but no major problems.

40 minute beach run
Boring and not too pleasant, but do-able.

Feel The Burn


As I start week 10 (which is actually week 11 of training since I redid week 4), the mental fatigue is getting harder to overcome. Run times are about to hit double what they were in week 1, and let's face it, running is just not that exciting. Any suggestions for my running playlist? Right now it's a strange mix of Pandora and TV found pop tunes and Christian alternative rock. In retrospect the dance & techno/big beat has always worked best for running, at least for me, but I'd be happy to take any suggestions based on the following playlist ;)

Mardy Bum, Arctic Monkeys (Catchy. I try NOT to be like the girl in this song though...)
Steady As She Goes, The Raconteurs (what is this song about? As I puzzle, time flies...)
Prophecy, Remy Zero
Main Title, Stargate SG-1 (woot! SG-1)
Maneater, Nelly Furtado (when she talks, she talks like she can handle it... can I?)
The Distance, Cake (yes, I'm going to distance...)
Defenses Down, Calla (what is this song about? Sounds like it didn't work out)
Mighty Good Leader, Audio Adrenaline (yep, I got one Mighty Good Leader to follow)
Satellite, Bosco
Better Do Better, Hard-FI
Underdog, Audio Adrenaline (that would be me)
Track 01 (this is some Crystal Method maybe? Anyway, a great trance track.. keep running.)
New Body, Audio Adrenaline (I am so getting one of those)
White Rabbit, Jefferson Airplane
Start The Commotion, The Wiseguys (Get up, get up, put your body in motion....)
Some Kind Of Zombie, Audio Adrenaline (too true)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Week 9: 8/11-8/16

45 minute bike
Got home in the dark after a long day (driving/flying/doctor's office/driving). Too late for anything but the inside exercise bike. Set the resistance all the way up (for the first time) and did short intervals. Felt like a workout, although I know it's not quite the real thing.

30 minute run
Missed the tide and ran on the trail. For the first time had several side pains while running. Not sure if this is the trail, the timing, or just a body thing. About half-way they toned down, but never completely faded. Also noticed I am feeling the shins and right hip when running on the hard surface. Overall though felt strong, especially near the end of the run.

40 minute swim
Rather slow going today, got the outside lane which has the pool stairs preventing an easy turn at one end. Also was sharing with several people so had to keep an eye out while swimming and turning. The lack of lane markers keeps me on my toes. Overall did 24 laps (1 warm up, 9 laps, 13 laps, 1 cool down). I am noticing I feel my lower back when I swim longer distances... I think my kick needs refining... or maybe just need to develop more core body strength.

55/20 brick
This is the first brick that kicked my butt. I did manage to finish, but my legs were jelly at the start of the bike and the start of the run. One good thing - I am finding that if I eat fruit (just fruit, no dairy, no bread) before exercising I avoid the acid reflux thing. When I got home I ate a bowl of cereal while cooking up some whole-wheat buttermilk blueberry pancakes. Hard to remember the last time food tasted so good!

30 min swim, 23 laps (warm up,9,13... I think)

35 minute run
I can run that long if I run v e r y s l o w l y. After the long weak it was more full body fatigue than being out of breath.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Week 8:4/8-9/8

30 minute swim
Hard to get up this morning, but felt good in the water. Did a warm up lap, 10 laps (15 minutes), then another 9 or so laps in 1's-2's-3's. As I focus on tucking my chin and kicking with my whole leg I felt very relaxed and smooth, I just have trouble focusing enough to do both at the same time.

40 minute bike
First time using my new cycling shorts. I must say that the padding does improve the ride.

20 minute run
A nice easy run in the morning sunshine on the Washington State University campus extension in Vancouver. After the sand, a paved trail feels fast.

45/15 brick
Brick went fine, but did need to change into cooler clothes between the bike and run. I do need to do a run through with the clothing changes so I have it planned out for the race. Also need to remember to bike early to avoid the dog walkers and families with small children - I don't want to run anyone over on the trail.

30 minute swim
Once again, had the hardest time getting up, but a good time in the water. Did 22 laps - one warm up, 2 sets of 10 and a cool down. I think my first 10 were done in about 13 minutes.

Unplanned rest day. RD.