Sunday, July 29, 2012
I did some biking and swimming in Maine but precious little running. Walked one day but that was about it.
So this morning, I laced up my sneakers and went for a run. The original plan was 5 miles, but I just couldn't face adding the extra loop, so instead I went for my normal run, which starts with a beastly hill. (I payed the piper with elevation instead of distance - it all works).
Imagine my surprise when I managed to run all the way up the hill. I sailed down the other side and kept running. Run. Run. Run. Run Optimist Run. Felt so good, I added a loop at the end. Even ran up the last hill which routinely defeats me. BUT NOT TODAY!
Final mileage ended up being 4.2 miles in 42 min. (I'm not fast, but I'm out there) Not the 5 miles in the original plan, or the 50 min of the Fancy TriTraining calendar, but I still feel quite satisfied. HRM which usually bounces off of the 165 "Out Of Zone" several times, only gave a half hearted chirp during the final climb. Stayed in the 160s the whole time.
The only reason I can think this was possible is because of the bodily rest I had during the week.
Only negative to the run -- and this is a weird thing that has never happened to me before -- I got chafing in my upper arm from loose skin rubbing together. (Attractive obesity leftovers!) Guess I'll be investing in some Body Glide.
Moral of the story: Rest Days and Vacations are important. If you get to exercise during them - Great! But if you only get 2 of the 5 in. Dont flog yourself. You just might set a PR when you return.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
On the spur of the moment last week I decided to hitch a ride with my parents to Maine this week for a family vacation. My cousin will be there with her 2 kids that are the same age as mine. Scowhegan is in the middle of the state, no beaches but its a good old-fashioned no-telephone, no-internet, swimming, boating, hiking kind of place.
For my purposes, the family camp is on a small pond. Tri-ers, you know what that means: OPEN WATER PRACTICE!
I've been really nervous about getting in open water practice because I cant do it when Child is around and I'm worried that if I get in trouble when I'm out there on my own, I'll drown and there will be nobody that notices or assists me. (Plus, the Hudson River, my nearest Open Water has a wicked current.) But there will be plenty of people around, who will just be looking for an excuse to go out on the water. I returned the wetsuit and wasnt planning on renting one for West Point, so it will give me a chance to get in some decent time trials without one. I'll get to see if I'm as really as good at swimming as I think I am. (1/2 mile, 20 min in the Tri)
And to add crazy on top of it, I'm bringing my bike too (and sneakers, but y'all knew that part). So yeah, other people call it family vacation. I call it DIY Tri Camp.
For your purposes: I wont be around next week. I'm planning on tracking my food the old-fashioned way: pencil and paper. I'll just have to worry about calories later. I love you. I'll miss you. I'll "see" you when you get back.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Night before, check fancy TriTraining calendar to see what I should do: 40 min of running.
2 Child interruptions in the middle of the night, still get up a put on spiffy running shorts, industrial jog bra and cheapy men's tank top.
Bring Child to School. Extract self from Child who is upset that I am leaving him in the same classroom that he has gone to for the past 2 years. Think its going to be hot later, I should get the run in early.
Home, check pool, decided to put in some shock to combat green.
Check Spark. Decide to map out 5 mile route
Check email. Send out address of tonight's hibachi birthday (sister) dinner.
Get email back from sister. Tell her that I am procrasinating on running. She says "go now."
Fetch iPod (DH found it under a pile of junk mail) decide to replace headphones. Decide to put on HRM.
Fetch fanny pack to carry iPod & phone.
Fill bottle of water, cram it into fanny pack. Eat small handful of raisins because "fat burns in a carbohydrate flame."
Walk out door. Walk back in because I forgot sunglasses.
Walk out again. Walk back in because I forgot keys.
Walk out again. Finally start running.
(Heat & humidity & distance were very hard, but at least I made it out there!)
5 miles in 1:07
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Sorry. Just too funny not to share. Image from HistoricLOLs, via Cheezburger Network.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Since hordes of Sparkers (ok, ONE) have been asking:
My elbow is ... ok. No more swelling and it only aches during exercise. I still do not have full use. I've lost some mobility; I cannot straighten or bend it fully. Since I dont have insurance right now, I did some online research and LiveStrong.com had a series of PT exercises precisely for elbows, so I have been doing them in odd moments. (Its actually a pretty good website for biking information, should you be seeking such.)
Bike is .... depressed but not defeated. I tried the pedals again yesterday for the first time in two weeks. Nothing elaborate, just around the front of the house, but I wasnt able to Enjoy The Motion because I was too busy having anxiety about falling. After about 20 min, I was so disheartened about my mental state that I went inside and spent 3 hours looking at cat videos. (Oh, Cheezburger Network - you timesuck monster!). Finally, I picked son up from school, stapled a spine on, and went to the Bike Store to have them change the pedals and talk about possibilities.
I was almost crying when I talked with him because I was feeling so sh!tty and a failure. Guy was sympathetic but suggested I keep the pedals and shoes for later. "We have to rebuild your confidence." And said they had a group road ride on Thursdays. I think about it and then decide to go. Its at 6. But when I showed up at 6, but they must have left early because NOBODY was there.
Now I really feel awful. Failure at clipless pedals and too late for the group ride?? (One is my fault and the other is his, but net result is craptastic.) Heading home, tears in my eyes, when I spot the entry road to Stewart...some of the paved roads. I ended up on some very easy flat sections, just going back and forth (6 miles in 30 minutes) rebuilding my confidence and feeling out my elbow for stress/pain.
Endorphins made me feel better. I'm off to my parent's today and will either do hills or a 11.7 mi loop that I have done multiple times before.
It's a bit Bionic Woman/ Ben Heck Project-ish "We can rebuild! Stronger! Faster! Lighter!"
I'm taking a step back, but its not worth the anxiety. Right???
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