Sunday, July 11, 2010
Mile 46. 10 left to go.
The good news is that I went the whole distance (1.2 miles open water swim, 56 miles on bike).
The bad news is that I missed the bike course cutoff by 18 minutes so they didn't list even my swim time in the results. As far as the results are concerned, I never even did it.
But *I* know I did it. My muscles sure do.
I barely made it out of the swim course - with 2 minutes to spare. I'm a super slow swimmer.
According to my HR monitor, here are my times (since I don't get any from the microchip I wore the whole time)
1.2 miles swim
165 max HR
128 avg HR
56 miles bike ride
156 max HR
136 avg HR
I don't regret doing it, but I'm glad it's over, and now I can go back to my kayaking with a clean conscience, not feeling like I should be triathlon training, instead! LOL (I signed up for this event back in November, long before I got hooked on white water...)
And by the way, 2456 calories is way more than I usually eat in a day. And I *burned* it, on top of my BMR. LOL
P.S. About the "training" - I was doing fine until April when white water season started and simultaneously the pool I was using closed for 3 weeks for a semester break. I started paddling frequently and never looked back. It was so much more fun. I rode my bike outside probably about 3 or 4 times since April. Spin class became unavailable sometime in May due to summer break at the college where they teach it.
I'd swum 1.2 miles only once before, in the pool and wasn't as fast as I did it yesterday. And that was back in February. I believe the last time I rode my bike more than 26 miles in a single shot was in the 1980s. To be honest, I wasn't 100% sure I was physically going to be able to complete the course.
Having done it, I have no doubt that if I'd actually stuck to the training schedule I would have completed the course in plenty of time, both swim and bike. But the training is so boooooooring compared with kayaking. I'd rather spend my energy paddling and training FOR paddling (cardio mixed with strength training) than focusing on just the cardio for this (bike + swim)
Maybe if I didn't have knee arthritis that prevents running I would be more into this - after all, as an "aquabike" participant I was already ineligible for any prizes or anything.
Anyway, I tried something new, did it, and found out that training for it just doesn't float my boat (literally). I don't regret trying it, and I'm relieved that I finished it, (and feel fine today). Now I know.
And NEXT YEAR I'm going to leave my ENTIRE SUMMER open for kayaking, because I can't tell you how many enticing trips with friends I had to turn down already for A) the diabetes charity ride I'd signed up for, and B) this triathlon.
I have two more things coming up, neither of them timed:
1) 1.2 mile charity swim next month. Piece of cake.
2) 100 mile charity ride in September. I'll just start riding my bike to work on a regular basis (14 miles each way). Should be fine.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
As of this past Saturday evening I have now paddled 19 different rivers/creeks.
The most recent were the Hudson river
and the Sacandaga
...both of which are fed by scheduled dam releases, which are very convenient!
Not sure what will be #20, or even when; I have a friend coming to visit and will be doing a triathlon with her this coming weekend and traveling with her the following weekend. So I'll be out of the boat(s) for a while. I may even end up with kayaking withdrawal... LOL
Friday, June 25, 2010
This was originally written as a response to one of GEE-KNEE's blog posts
But I've thought about it since I wrote it, and finally decided it deserved its own post status.
I've been less than thrilled about my 15 or so lb gain from my lowest weight in March.
A few days ago I revisited a video of myself in a pool session, practicing a kayak roll at the end of February.
And I thought about how I was lighter back then, with a lower % body fat. And I watched that feeble roll and realized something.
If I could have all this weight and fat back off to where I was in that video but have to trade my kayaking skills, I wouldn't do it. Because I love kayaking, and there's no way I'd be running the rivers I'm doing now without the skills I've gained since that movie was shot.
And then yesterday I had another epiphany. There's no reason that has to be a choice. Summer just started. Kayaking continues comfortably through September. I know how to lose 15 lbs, and I know how to lose the last 5 after that.
I can have BOTH my kayaking skills, AND the body I want. So I'm gonna. Because the only thing stopping me is ME.
And here's an even cooler deadline. Why not see if I can get my physicsdiet.com weighted moving average back down to a healthy BMI (under 160) by the one year anniversary of when I first set foot in a whitewater boat? July 25.
Here's me last weekend, running a class III+ rapid ( "Garberator") on the Ottawa river in Canada
What a difference, eh? More photos here
Why NOT celebrate by giving myself back the body I want, AND have the skills to go with it?!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
TIREDOFWORKING posted pictures of his workout room at home.
DANSTOUT did too.
MRPLATSON posted one also.
So did ELYMWX.
Here's the bowflex I started with. You can see the elliptical in the background against the wall. The Nordic Track on the left has since gone to CARRIE1948. I have a resistance stand I can put my bike on that isn't visible.
That's one of my trainers at the bottom right, with his headlights lit. He likes to jump on me and add about 12 lbs to my crunches, pushups, etc. The plastic on the wall mirrors has since been removed so they're reflective now. There are speakers on the wall from which I stream Pandora. Loud. Usually a mix of the Lady Gaga channel and a variety of hip-hop.
Here's the olympic cage that I use for most of my lifting these days:
The furnace ductwork behind the cage is conveniently magnetic, so I can stick reference charts, records, etc. on there.
I also have free weights (5, 8, 10, and 15 lbs) and ankle / wrist weights (2.5 & 5 lbs). I use them in combination to get the right amount of weight for whatever it is I'm doing. There is also a stability ball down there.
The floor is covered with a couple of free rugs my neighbors were getting rid of when they moved.
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