Saturday, November 02, 2013
November, already, time flies when you're either too busy or getting old!
After the planned last Tri of my season got rained out, I registered at the last minute for another one a week later. It was very short: 150yd indoor swim, 5.5 miles on the bike (5 loops around the campus), 2.25 miles run (2x1 mi loop around campus + 1 loop around the track) with a stadium finish.
Well…the bike route was very challenging - hard hills and speed bumps. My avg speed was only 9mph (ack)! There was no way to keep a good pace around the speed bumps.
The run route went up and down the hilly campus, 2x up a double flight of stairs, a bit cross-country and finally the track. egads! But, I made it, and took age group (AG) 1st place. That was easy - I was the only one in my age group, LOL!
So, now I have to finish my running season, which ends with our local - very hilly - marathon/half marathon. As I'm doing the half track of the Distance Challenge, I get to stick with the half marathon. But, that will be the last of 6 races in the DC, and #3 has yet to come. That one is another very hilly route, and a hard one.
Race #2 was one of my favorites, a 10-mi Run for the Water, 8 miles of hard hills before reaching the flat finish. My PR was only by 1 minute, as I walked 2 of the last hills, but, I'll take it. The way my legs hurt all week, you'd have thought I just ran a marathon!
After this season, I'm taking a break from running and focusing on preparing for a half ironman, since I crashed out of my last attempt. I have finally made peace with my bike and even bought my first aero helmet.
I think my Tri training is starting to pay off in my running, especially now that I'm not worried about my daughter. She's able to run her own race with confidence, and doing very well. Since january, she has finished every one of our races slightly ahead of me - as well she should be! This leaves me to gradually regain my own pace and benefit from the cross training for multi-sport.
There are times, though, when I think that triathlon is just too hard. I believe triathletes are the toughest endurance athletes around; certainly the most organized, considering the logistics involved in preparing and racing 3 disciplines within a certain time allotment. I'm consistent, my coach says - yeh, consistently slow, LOL!
All the same, the harder I Tri, the better I run…there must be something to all the X-training my coach has me doing...
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
12 years later and we should not forget the horrible loss of lives from foreign terrorist attacks against this country that shook us and the world into a new, dreadful reality. My Darling Groom was saved by a twist of fate that diverted him and his team from the Twin Towers that fateful morning.
Although we've rebuilt on Ground Zero and constructed memorials, we still feel pain and anguish. I am thankful for our friends who served to fight back and protect us, and who returned, and mourn for my children's friends who did not return.
I will never forget 9/11 and will continue to support our Troops, and pray for an end to the violence against those who seek, offer and endeavor to protect humanity and freedom.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
I woke up in the dark of early morning and pulled on the running clothes I set out in my bathroom. However, one step outside into heavy humidity made me change my mind and text my Coach that I'll be heading to the pool, instead.
She started me off on my usual 500m warmup. But, my legs felt like lead, my breathing was way off rhythm, and I kept stopping to catch my breath every 100m. Not at all normal for me.
We then got into drills. Again, between struggling with my breathing and just not being able to get into a good rhythm, I struggled. Another 1000m later, and I hadn't shaken out of it. On one lap, I stopped dead in the middle of the lane to catch my breath before continuing to the end and turning back to finish. It was as though I had never swum full laps, before, and I joked with my Coach that it felt nearly as bad as when I first started training with her 4 years ago (I was not a beginner swimmer, then, just terribly out of shape).
I really think a large part of the problem is head congestion from sinusitis and fighting allergies. However, I've also noticed a significant lack of performance since the Nationals where I got hit very hard on my head, twice and suffering symptoms of concussions, since.
With my daughter's first Tri in about 4 weeks, which I'm doing with her, I don't need to be struggling through the short 400m swim!
Neurologist today, another swim tomorrow, and let's see what happens...
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Some people in this world are so miserable that they just don't know how to be any other way, and that's terribly sad. Worse, why do I attract such miserable people?
I admit that I've never been a bubbly, cheerleader type, and I think that's perfectly okay. We're all different. But, one thing I've always tried to do is listen first, talk second - that's how to keep an open mind, be open to learning something new and from someone else. Plus, I've always been ready to offer support to people who need it.
Miserable people can't, or won't, do that. Instead, they take it upon themselves, worse, seem to make it their life's ambition, to suck the joy out of other people.
Miserable people make the worst coaches in the world! Unfortunately, I have to deal with some of these folks. Fortunately, only a couple of them. But, they do cause a lot of tension; and not just for me - for the others who are a lot more willing to say nothing than I am. I want to say something!
But, I don't. Words are wasted on miserable people. I always wonder whatever happened, or didn't, that makes people so terribly unhappy, and rude.
So, this is my way of saying something - some people!
Thanks for listening.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Another goal met, another step toward my dream retirement "job."
Next related goals:
- get a chapter of the Lupus Foundation started in my community
- begin planning my first directed (short) race
- incorporate (choosing a corporate name is hard)
My company has agreed to organizing a kid's 1-mile fun run to be held during our first annual company picnic in November -
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