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11/27/09 8:14 P

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glad to see everyone is doing well...

Things have been crazy here. My daughter broke her tibia falling off the monkey bars at school. She is doing pretty well but cannot get around without crutches.

Also, I had a tire blow out and find out I needed to replace all 4 tires.

Needless to say, with all the craziness and extra expenses I decided not to spend the $20 to run this week. I know it's only $20 but it was one thing I didn't have to do. Plus, there is always stuff that goes with racing, so I'm skipping it.
Other than that, all is well here. I'm looking forward to getting back into a routine so that will be my goal for the next month.

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A bit late, but HAPPY THANKSGIVING all you USA multisporters!

Hopefully by now you're all out of your turkey comas....

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If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.
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11/24/09 5:56 P

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Hi everyone... still smiling about the new bike and new treadmill... my own little additon are my new asics running shoes... I like them... I kinda miss my old adidas supernovas but they were done done...

my running is slowing increasing in distance. I am hoping to do 5km on Jan 1 (resolution Run)... I am swimming once a week (about 1200 -1500m each session) and sometimes twice. I am not biking or strength training yet.

So now that I have checked in my plan is to join the tri swim group in January (new activity guide comes out next week) and start strength training. I plan to try some indoor cycling or spinning this winter, but snow will come soon and cycling in winter outdoors is a wee bit tricky in Ontario!!!

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11/23/09 3:52 P

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DRC:
Congrats on the new treadmill! I'm a C25k grad as well, and I heartily endorse the program. You know what to do, baby steps...

GRIF:
I add on the road or TM. I don't get to the track much, if at all. Of course on the TM it's a lot easier, on the road I do one big loop to get me close, and then a couple of smaller ones to add the time. I don't obey the build exactly on the road but it's in a pretty tight (1-2') ballpark.


It was the DW's birthday on Saturday so we went out with friends to celebrate. That was very nice, had beef ribs (which were actually fall-off-the-bone done, unlike the other times I've had beef ribs) and a couple of glasses of wine, a glass of beer and some good ol' fashioned conversation. Had a good time, and I also managed to get an easy 50' run in in the morning as well.

Sunday I took the new Time Trial bike out for a spin. It rides about as well as a TT bike should (fast, provided you're going in a straight line). The fit is pretty much dialed in which is nice but now I just have to get used to it, my position is kinda aggressive so my neck and traps take a bit of a beating. I didn't really want to push it first time out so I just rode for 90 minutes, getting used to the position and handling and also the unique feeling of being able to ride on the road in the 3rd week of November!

Ran as a warmup before volleyball in the afternoon and also winter-ised the garden yesterday too. And did about 10 loads of laundry, in anticipation of my parents coming to town next weekend.

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If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.
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11/22/09 3:55 P

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DRC - Congrats on the treadmill and getting back to C25K. That was my entry into running and I'm so grateful for the program. I ran the roads this morning, but actually looking forward to my next mandatory treadmill run (due to morning darkness) on Tuesday. I'll probably be sick of it by spring, but if it keeps me running though the winter, hooray!

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11/22/09 1:44 P

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I got a new/used treadmill this fall too. My old one almost died on me. My excuse for that one was "I can't use it--it might die." Well, I gave it away and took in a much healthier treadmill. Now I have to use it...

I started C25K today. I haven't run since before my foot surgeries, and I was afraid to start again. So I started at the beginning. We'll see how it goes.

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11/20/09 4:11 P

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Did 4.25 miles on my new (used) treadmill this morning. Feels great to get my body running again!

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11/20/09 8:28 A

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yahoo on the treadmill!

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11/20/09 4:38 A

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Bought a used treadmill on the cheap yesterday - now, no more excuses ("It's too dark!" "It's too wet!" "I'm scared of ice!") to avoid the run. Let the winter triathlon training begin!

Notice I didn't say - "It's too cold!" - that's my outdoor biking excuse! ;-)

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11/19/09 7:56 P

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Hi Everyone... all is well with me. I am running more too... I got new shoes for my birthday which is super exciting. I also bought some walmart running gear which will get me through some coldweather running.

But I love to skate too and sometimes go on my days off. If anyone is thinking about skating, sale and pelltier have a brand at Canadian Tire that is amazing. I am sure there is something comparable in the USA... the thing is .. these skates are much sturdier than old style white figure skates. They are still figure skates with a boot that is more solid like a hockey skate...no more wobbly ankles....

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11/18/09 9:07 A

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WONGERCHI- thanks for the 1-2-3 info. interesting. How do you generally train for runs? t-mill, track or road? Seems it would be a lot easier to add minutes to your run either on the track or tmill. Since winter is looming, that will be a great way for me to increase!

I made it back to the gym last night. I just joined Gold's for $19/mth - Lifetime! so excited! I biked 10miles (30 mins) and ran 2m. Definately felt like I could have kept running but had to get the kids to different places. Not bad tho for my first day really back at it. And I feel great today too!

DZTAMRA - Congrats and good luck on the turkey day 5k!



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11/17/09 9:49 A

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Well, I am glad to have read all of your posts and get back in the loop. I've been MIA for about two weeks now. My husband and I renewed our vows for our tenth anniversary. We had about 100 people at the ceremony last Saturday. For two weeks before that, all we did was plan and prepare.

I'm glad to be back into the conversation. I am planning a run tonight. I'd like to work hard for the next week and then do a 5k for Thanksgiving. I did the run last year and so far, it is my personal best. I'd like to beat it and I think I can. I'll let you know!

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11/16/09 8:01 P

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Wongerchi - Thanks for the information! The more i know, the more i know how much I don't know! emoticon



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Beth:
No, that's 1 minute. ' = minute, " = second.

My runs are in a 1:2:3 ratio (short:mod:long), and I run by time. So my build's by time also, and I build each run by 1, 2 or 3 minutes per week. So the short runs get 1' on them, the mods get 2', and the long run gets 3'.

Cool runs are the BEST. I can't do heat when I run, I generate enough of it as it is!

You know how people say that "Transition is the 4th sport"? If that's the case, then "Scheduling" is the 5th. And probably 6th. Good luck!

Hope everyone had a good weekend. Last weekend was the Provincial Cyclocross Champs. Didn't go so well - I learnt the lesson of tweaking my warmup on raceday, definitely not the best way forward in life! You'd think I'd know better! I'm going to blog about it later.

Week off the bike now, although I'll probably ride on my bike days, but nothing too intensive.

In God we trust, all others bring data.
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If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.
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11/15/09 8:17 P

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Ice skating - used to love it out back in the woods behind our house - Bambi visual made me smile emoticon .

Wongerchi thanks for the tip about working up to 10 miles before speed work, I had that in the back of my mind but really don't know much about training for this. I ran a 5K last weekend First Annual Jewfish Creek Bridge run - beautiful cool temperatures - perfect to run in and a sweet change from the 80 degrees we've been having. It was fun and easy. I actually enjoyed it.

Now gotta get back to biking and swimming regularly. It is tricky to schedule it all into the week, gotta really sit down and plan this out.

I don't know the lingo when you talk about running - you are "bolting on 1' for short runs - is that 1 mile?

Tomorrow is a fresh week, and I am ready to dig and and get started.

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11/14/09 10:39 A

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"but seeing as I'm already started Winter training a proper taper would leave me sitting on the couch eating cookies for a couple of days. So we won't be doing that."

I love that, WONGERCHI!

Still fighting my lazy winter tendencies. It finally stopped raining, so I *will* get outside today. I'm sick of thinking about indoor workouts.

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11/14/09 9:40 A

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Ha! I like the Bambi visual Wongerchi!

I'm impressed with the running 6x a week! Good luck with your training. Speaking of running, I should get myself off this computer and outside since the sun is finally coming up. emoticon

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GRIF:
+1 on the great guns. I was thinking the same sort of thing, doing the pushups and situps as one big superset. Good luck with the comeback, getting sick is no fun.

Running's my weakness but I do much better when I train around a stand-alone HM (I do Intl Du, R-B-R 10k-40k-5k). If you're doing Oly Tri then you also need HM run fitness so doing a HM sorts out your run training. Then add in a couple of bike and a couple of swim workouts for maintenance and you're pretty much there. Depending on your running plan you may have to tweak the swim/bike workouts to make sure that you hit the runs. It also depends on what your "A" race is, of course.

ANNE-TRI:
Ice-skating? What a hoot. When I put on skates I'm like Bambi...

SUPERPTA44:
Welcome! Don't be shy and ask questions. We've all been there...

Beth:
Running in the cold is simply a function of mindset and clothes. I personally don't understand how you guys can go out in the HEAT! I'm definitely prefer the cold.
Personally, I think that if your long run is 6 miles then you need to run further before even thinking about doing speedwork. Once 10 miles becomes pretty routine then think speed - the endurance is most bang for your buck seeing as it's your first Oly.



As for me, Right now I'm half-heartedly tapering for the Provincial Cyclocross Championships this weekend but seeing as I'm already started Winter training a proper taper would leave me sitting on the couch eating cookies for a couple of days. So we won't be doing that.

Running's going well, 5-6x week is very comfortable. After this weekend I start to ramp up the time, bolting 1' per week onto my short runs, 2' per week onto the mod runs and 3' per week onto the "long" run. In 5 weeks I should be running 3x 20', 2x 40' and 1x 60'. That's starting to look like a decent base. And the runs are short enough that I can slot them in whenever!

Starting to get a bit burnt out on the bike, after Provincials I'm taking a week off. That probably won't happen, because I can see myself riding just for the heck of it.

In God we trust, all others bring data.
- W. Edwards Demings

If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.
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Specificity, specificity, specificity.
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Wow, nice guns GRIF!

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All you winter dwellers amaze me, running in zero degrees? I look forward to it dropping into the 70's for my runs. Did my first tri this summer, a total of 4 sprint distances and loved it except for the heat.

I am thinking of doing an Olympic distance in March which should be cooler temp wise, so want to improve my weak running. Right now my long run is 6 miles - any tips on increasing speed? I am slowly but surely increasing distance.



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11/12/09 10:59 A

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I signed up for my first sprint tri this week with 3 co-workers. We are not doing it as a relay, but indivdually, but may train some together. One co-worker is a personal trainer also and is all excited about being our "trainer/cheerleader" as she is not doing the race.
She has me signed up for a 5K on the 5th, so I plan on getting a run in today. I haven't really done much the past few months.

I am a beginner and enjoyed reading your posts. Hope to start posting myself more as I get into my training.



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11/11/09 5:54 P

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Wow, awesome arms! I guess I should give pushups more of an effort.

Well, took the kids ice skating today since it is dreary outside. Always makes me feel like a kid again too! But I really do need to get back on track with a training routine for the new year's duathlon. It always helps to come here and get inspired!

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I did the 100 pushup challenge last year while in high gear tri training. That's how I got the arms in my profile pic. I highly recommend it, it doesn't take much time and the results are amazing. I actually did the push up and sit up challenge at the same time. I alternated between the two instead of "resting".

I just got over 10 days of being sick and not working out, at all. This week has been tough, slowly getting my energy back. I am not going full force in fear of a relapse. But I did resume the 5am workouts, doing ok so far. Next week I will kick it back into high gear.

I need to plan a winter training schedule. I have 4 Tri's scheduled so far for next season, starting in Feb (indoor) and a 1/2 Marathon in May.

Anyone have any suggestions on training for two separate events? I need to get the distance running in, but don't want to slack off on the bike or swim.





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Just checking in with the weekend antics. Gotta say it was a fun one!

So on Friday night I got my H1N1 flu shot. Being asthmatic I'm actually in a high-risk group and it was being offered to all hospital staff so I took it. Wiped me out on Saturday, low-grade fever and muscle aches. Not nice, but I did catch up on my sleep - slept in for 2hrs. After a morning of errands I tried to run on the TM, bailed after 10 minutes and then went back to bed for another 2hrs.

We hosted poker night on Saturday which was a lot of fun, not a regular occurrence but the DW wanted to learn how to play so it was an excuse to have people over, drink wine and eat snacks until 1am!

Needless to say I was in no fit state to race on Sunday morning, so I didn't. Instead I had a leisurely breakfast and went for a 2hr semi-hard ride in conditions that were exceedingly strange for early November. Sun? Warm? Huh?!?!? Then the DW wanted some company so we went for a 30 minute leisurely trot. A very civilized way to end the week, although we did spend the evening building shelves...


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If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.
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Specificity, specificity, specificity.
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TENIS:
+1 on the PTs. They're geniuses. But the pain, wow. When I busted my knee playing football (the American kind, not soccer) my PT was my best friend and worst enemy all wrapped up in one cheerful package.

VELO:
Heh heh it's the old saying. 1 cyclist = ride, 2 cyclists = race. It took me an entire year to learn that it's OK to be passed by old folk on 30lb bikes on a recovery ride. Now it's all good, I generally leave my roadbike at home and take the cross bike on a tour of the bike paths and take in the scenery.

LAKELIFE:
This is the 100 pushup program that I'm going to be doing...

www.hundredpushups.com/

Now all I need to do is to actually get off my butt and start.

HELENGUNTHER:
Ooh, X-country skiing. I do that too! Classical though, skate-skiing is far too complicated for us folks who have barely mastered gliding... I think that's what happens when you come from a land with hardly any snow!


Oh man, I barely got in a half hour of cross practise last night before it went pitch black. I was all set to go when the boss decided that he wanted to have a meeting about a paper that I'm not even an author on - I couldn't really say no so I had to sit there and stew as valuable cross time dribbled away. Still, I got to play outside if only for a while.

Run tonight, it's going to be a cool one. The running tights are seeing a lot of action these days!

In God we trust, all others bring data.
- W. Edwards Demings

If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.
-P.Z. Pearce

Specificity, specificity, specificity.
-Andy Coggan

The plural of "anecdote" is not "data".
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Is there some specific place you guys are finding this pushup challenge thingy? My physical therapist (for my torn rotator cuff) has given me the go ahead on pushups, so maybe this would be a way to get going?

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I'm doing a lot of core work in physical therapy even though the issue is hip/glute/ham related. So goes to show...Core affects everything...guess that's why they call it the core!
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They told me to run (slow and easy jog) to see how things were going after the new stretches I was taught. I still have a ways to go, but it IS getting better. Physical theapists rock!


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I registered yesterday for my first tri in 2010, I'm excited!

My friend is doing it too, so it will be nice to have someone to comiserate with, I normally train and race by myself.

On the pushup challenge, it's a great program. I got up to doing about 30, then I just got lazy and quit. I'd like to start it up again though.

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I can't really afford the gym dues to ST but the pushup challenge sounds good. Here in NM it gets cold, we are at 6500ft but rarely rains/snows so as long as one is bundled up you can ride/run almost every day. I finally found a pool with lunch time lap swimming 4 miles from work so I am getting in 3 days a week now. However, my daily bike miles are now 24 miles a day as a result. I try to ride easy but the last two days it seems like other cyclist cause me to pick up the pace over the recovery state. I just need to let it go...

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Had a fun work out tonight. Noone has any activities on Tuesday, so I took the kids to the park for a workout. We did some fun drills around a rectangular perimeter (skipping, running backwards, high knees, you get the idea), then we raced up a hill and walked back down 4 times, and to top it off we did bear crawls all the way up the hill. It was fun for all of us.

Wongerchi, I know exactly what you mean about the parents just sitting to watch practice. My son practices 3 nights a week for 1-1.5 hours each. I see the same parents sitting the whole time every night.

TENISWHIZ, I'm glad to hear you were able to run. Keep up the work on controlling yourself. I'm sure you just want to jump back in and go for it all.

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Thanks for the tips!

I ran today in the mid to upper 40s. That to me is PERFECT...Not too cold...not too warm....Light clothing and all is good.

Still nursing this glute/sciatica issue and hadn't ran in two weeks. PT wanted me to give it a go...so ran slow, ran smart. Still needs some work (therapy), but it is getting better! These guys/gals work a lot of magic!


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I'd rather have the cold anyway than the heat that you guys down there have in the Summer! I'm continuously amazed at how you can run in those temperatures.

Sounds like you had a good run! That's something I would do if my kids (don't have any just yet) were at sports. I've never understood why some parents go and just watch their offspring do sports when they could use the time and go exercise themselves... Maybe when I become a parent I'll figure it out.

Cyclocross practise tonight and it's stopped raining! It's all good.

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I try to run in the winter when I can, but MN can get pretty cold. When the windchill is much below 0 degree F, I usually wimp out. They do a pretty good job of clearing the roads here from snow, so I run in just my running shoes. I try to avoid the paths and sidewalks, because they are usually not cleared as well, and there are patches of ice that you can't see. One friend of mine broke her elbow when she slipped on a patch of ice while running. So stick to the roads (always run against traffic), and be very alert for the driver that's not paying attention.

Also, if there's that much snow on the ground, making the footing dangerous, I pull out my X-Country skis and change my workout. Also, if any of you live where there are great trails, try skate skiing for a really intense workout and a great cross trainer for cycling.

As for socks, I love Smartwools. They make a few thin ones that are great in running shoes and my feet stay pretty warm, unless the temps are ridiculous.

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Wow, living in Texas is a breeze compared to what you guys are talking about. I don't really have to worry too much. I do enjoy running when it is colder!
Last night I ran 4.75 miles while my son was at football practice. I just parked the car at his practice and took off. I just ran for 30 minutes, then turned around. His practice is 1.5 hours, so I still had time to watch him practice for a little while. It as a great run.

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TENIS:
I use grippers when it's icy, they're little studs on heavy duty elastic that wraps around your shoe. Other folk swear by Yaktrax, I personally don't get on with them at all. The problem with both is that running on cleared road/sidewalk is a no-no as you'll blunt the studs or wear away the spring. As a result, last year I probably only wore them once - snow's not the problem, it's the ice but once you get the hang of it that's actually not bad.

Patchy snow and ice I'll go without. Around here our snow's generally pretty packed with foot traffic and snowplows but I'll not hesitate to run in the road where it's clear, and I'll do that more often then not.

I run in my normal shoes. That grip's plenty good enough if you know how snow/ice works. DEFINITELY non-cotton socks though, can't stress that enough. Getting your feet cold and wet is not pleasant.

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Teniswhiz- Everyone tells me that the trick is to use trail shoes w/ goretex, and some good wooly socks. Beyond that, I've heard of people using a product called YakTrax, which just go over your normal shoes, but I've not tried them myself. Here's a review of them from beginner triathlete: http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/cms/arti
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I guess my issue isn't so much with the cold temperatures/snowy ground, but more with the slush/freezing rain/wind/blizzard-like lake effect snows that come so often in a Syracuse winter. Cold, sunny days with snow on the ground sound like they'd make for an exhilarating run, but those types of days are hard to come by :) I will try my best to acclimate!

Got out for a run this afternoon, and it was wonderful! So good to be back out there. Starting the 100 pushup challenge tonight-- woohoo!

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Thanks, Wong! And I agree with you...LOVE winter running! There really is no reason not to run in the winter anymore. Today's fabrics are unbelievable in all kinds of weather. I run in 10 degrees and have still come home sweatin' like a pig! One tends to run faster and better, more efficient in cold weather versus very warm or hot. So take advantage of it.

I'd like to know....

What type of shoes or "add-ons" do people use to run on the snow? Is there anything out there that works on roads with patchy ice and snow?

And if you run on snow, is it packed? Or powdery?

I'd love to see a great discussion on this as I HATE dreadmills! An occasional controlled run here or there is fine...but I would rather run outdoors!

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ANNETRI:
Duathlon Jan 2nd? Sounds great! January in Ottawa is snow, skiing and skating but we do have a running event, the Winterman, in Feb. Every distance from 5k to marathon, last year it was a balmy -10C. I'll probably do the 10k this year...

DZTAMRA:
Yeah I have that problem with the clocks going back. However, I have been getting up early to run (I'm running 5-6x a week so they're all short right now) and so this whole running in the morning thing is actually starting to work...

CSTRUB:
The DW and I are doing the Resolution Run too. 5k though, and then we're hitting the bar!

TENIS:
Golf in Minnesota? Hmm... Congrats on the swimming, Masters swim club is worth it's weight in gold. The improved swim will help with the bike/run too, as you're going to be relaxed and able to come out the water without your HR going through the roof!

HELENGUNTHER:
Tennis, eh? My x-training sport of choice is volleyball. I'm on my wife's work team and it's a hoot. Even though we're not very good...

LOOKIN4WARD:
The bit that connects your bike to the trainer is your rear quick-release skewer. It's also the bit that connects your rear wheel to the frame. So you should be able to put your bike straight on the trainer and be done with it.

Stick with the running in the cold. It gets better, it's all about mindset and layers. There's nothing better running weather than a sunny, clear day, with snow on the ground. Lovely.


My weekend has been filled with sorting out my bikes. For some reason, all this week my bike trainer resistance unit has been making some weird rattling noises which is definitely not what it should be making! Thankfully it's a lifetime warranty so I took it back and got me another one. Unfortunately, this is the 2nd CycleOps trainer I've had to return in the past month, so I decided to ditch Saris and go for a Kurt Kinetic trainer this time.

Currently, it is set up in the basement and ready to go, but there's no bike on it at the moment! That's because I took my roadbike in for its annual overhaul. And it's a biggie. Everything from top to bottom gets looked at before it goes on the trainer for the winter - the work order was pretty impressive viewing. I did bribe the shop with coffee.

Good thing too, as I was cyclocross racing yesterday and managed to snap my chain, resulting in my first DNF of the season. Which sucked, especially seeing as I was about 3/4 of the way through the last lap and looking at a typically solid mid-pack finish. Thankfully I kept the bike upright, at least but that was me done for the day. So I have to head down to the shop to stick on a new chain, hopefully in time for cross practise tomorrow.

Still, the running's going well at least!

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Okay...I am turning over a new leaf (or turning the old leaf back to the way it belongs). I need to get back in the habit that I lost after my broken foot last October and the foot surgeries I had in December and February.

But it really sucks that I am trying to do this as the days are getting shorter and I don't have enough daylight after work for anything...

I am starting well, though. I just want to do SOMETHING every day this month. I can build it up with more direction next month. I also think I picked out a tri for next summer, so I have something I can't back out of.


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Hey all,
I've fallen off the tri-training bandwagon lately--and it's time to get back on!! Winter weather will soon be setting in here in CNY, but that will be a good excuse to get back in the pool. For indoor biking, I had a magnetic resistance trainer, but when my bike got stolen (long story, happened right before my first tri this summer!) that meant the part that attached the bike to the trainer was stolen too... wonder if I can replace the part, or if I'll have to invest in a whole new trainer. Anyway, a resistance trainer is my plan for winter biking. Running is tricky, because I *hate* treadmills, but my body can't really handle super cold temps. Guess I'll just have to bundle up?!

I have signed up for a 5-k on Thanksgiving morning, so that will be great motivation to step up my run training.

Wonderchi-- I love the one hundred pushups idea! Strength training is definitely not a.. well... strength.. of mine, although the times in my life when I've been consistent with it have been really rewarding and I've definitely noticed results. The pushup program might be just what I need to gradually get back into strength training. Thanks for the idea!

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Helen.... Your post sounds so much like what I am going through here in Chicagoland.... TERRIBLE October weather...worst Oct. in 84 year, they said!

Tennis...that's MY talk! AND...I used to live in the Twin Cities area and played in that HUGE women's league they have there. 3000 women strong! It's the largest organized women's tennis organization in the U.S. (who knows...maybe even in the world). That was the BEST tennis group I have ever played in! Traveling the different clubs around the area to compete ever other week and get a personalized critique from the coaches....and then on the alternate weeks, practice with your coach and team. LOVE IT! Is that the group you are in? Either way, MN was the most tennis friendly state I have lived in and I've lived in many states. Chicago doesn't have anything like what MN had in terms of tennis. Minnesota loves their golf too! For a state with a long winter, it doesn't stop its' residents from taking full advantage of ANY sport! Miss that state!

I'm on the disabled list as far as running and lifting weights. I thought I pulled glute, but I actually have sciatica. So some low back injury. I start physical therapy tomorrow evening and am halfway done with a wretched prednisone medication via declining multiple tablets that taste HORRID and is making me sick! Can't wait to get off that garbage! I'd stop now, but that's not a drug you can just stop. You have to wean off of it. I don't think I'll ever take that stuff again! That's not to say others shouldn't take it...I just don't do well on most medications.

At least I can still swim! So keep up the swimming...I, too, am in a Masters Swim but for 3X a week. 5 AM on M,W,F. I LOVE it! The team members are fun, the coach is fun and the workouts challenging. It's made a HUGE difference in my swim time and am no longer intimidated by the swim portion of the triathlon. In fact, it has now become my FAVORITE part! Never thought I'd say that. So enjoy!


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Well,
October was a frustrating month for me, because it seemed as if we had November weather in October which meant the end of my outdoor rides and not very motivating weather for outdoor runs, either. 40's and rainy just doesn't excite me.
I've tried to make a commitment to swim 2x a week with a masters program to help my swimming (I just never seem to get much faster). I'll need to start spinning classes since I can't ride outside anymore, but I need to really focus on my run, since I signed up for the PF Chang's half marathon in January! I was hoping that would help me work on the run during the off season, but I just hope I can get my training in given the crappy weather we have here in MN.
Strength training is so important, and yet it's my least favorite thing to do, too. I'm luck if i do it 1x a week, and I know I should get in at least 2 days. I tend to do more functional strength training...lunges, push ups, various sit ups, work with bands and dumbbells. It really has cut down my injuries.
The one thing I have been consistent with...tennis. There's so much indoor tennis here, and it's so fun, I've been playing at least 3x a week! Doesn't help my triathlon training, but it sure is fun!
Have a great November everybody!

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I like November but have to seek alternate places to train as sometimes the great outdoors is compromised!
I aim to swim once a week and start my 5k training for Resolution run on January 1st. Good luck to everyone with November goals!

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Obviously, I'm a bit behind. I definitely need to work on the ST. I want to do the 100 push up challenge. I figure with two months left, I can finish by new year's. I have not been as consistent with anything because the schedule has been crazy. The weather change and getting dark so early definitely cause a problem. I'm going to sign up for a 5K this month just to give me new motivation. I'm competetive, so a race will force me to get back in gear.

Sounds like everyone is doing well.

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Im so happy that my physical therapist finally gave me the go-ahead to change up my strength training - I was getting so bored! With just week of new ST stuff, I swear I can feel myself getting stronger - and I feel so good after the workout. I know I'll be whining again in February, but for now, I'm doing OK staying inside where it's warmer and light. This morning was the bike and abs. Tomorrow is all arms, baby!

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Tonight is a run night. Somewhere between a 5K and 8K distance. Its my RB's (running buddy) turn to pick the route.

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I'm glad you are starting November early because my October was the pits! Earlier in the month (the day after telling someone that I never get colds) I got the worst cold ever that lasted 2 weeks. That will teach me! emoticon Then this past week my daughter and husband got what was most likely the swine flu - which was not fun, but luckily they are doing a lot better (and the rest of us have been fine). So I am really looking forward to an awesome November. I have to build up again with my training, but my goal is to do a duathlon scheduled for January 2 - can you think of a better way to start the new year? thanks for the inspiration everyone!

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Hey, look at you guys!

Lovey:
Yeah I'm starting to think about putting my roadbike permanently indoors for the winter too. It's indoors most of the week already, but I keep looking for a decent weekend weather window to get one last road ride in. The thought of having to wash 2 bikes a weekend is not an appealing one!

Carolyn:
That really sucks. Seriously, how much space does aquarobics take? And 3 people to boot. Back in my swimming days our pool always had one lane open for lane swimming. The only time the public couldn't swim was for swim team practise, but we always practised at 5-6am or some ungodly hour. Definitely talk to the manager about this.

PRETTYPITHY:
Good to hear the swimming's progressing! If you can afford it, get some private lessons with the swim instructor at the pool. Swimming's all about technique and they'll be able to tell you what you're doing right and what you're doing wrong. The next best thing once you're confident in the pool is to hook up with a small group.

LAKELIFE:
That actually sounds like a good plan to me. Winter is all about having a look at your weaknesses. For me, that's my running, so at the end of November (I'm bike racing until then) I'll switch to more of a run-focus. As the bike's your weakness, it'd likely give you more bang for the buck to work on that and just hold your swim and run at a maintenance level.

Strength Training:
Count me in as someone who has to get back into it. For me, pushing plates is nowhere near as interesting as run/bike, so I'd rather just to that then pump iron. But I need to get back into it! I'm thinking maybe I should do this 100 push up challenge ( hundredpushups.com/ ) to get me kickstarted.


I ran yesterday and this morning and did a microinterval workout on the bike last night. Those are not fun, but at least the workout's short!

Tempo ride tonight on the rollers.

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I skipped my run on Tuesday :( It was only to be a short one though, so I don't feel too bad. I did do my weight training that day though, so that's something!

I'm looking at next year's schedule, trying to figure out what races I'm going to do. I'm looking to do my first full marathon in the spring, so I'm excited (and nervous!) about that!

Went for a short swim yesterday and felt great. I hadn't swam in about 3 weeks, so it was good to get back in the pool. The swim is still my weakest link, so I need to keep working on that over the winter months.

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I can't emphasize enough how important strength training is! My first tri year two years ago was injury free as I was lifting weights 2X a week faithfully! Then, I too, fell off that wagon... Where am I today? With an appt. at the Ortho surgeon tomorrow to check out my glute! Pulled something and now pain shoots down my sciatica. Still able to swim, play tennis, walk, maybe ride...but I have not run in over a week....!

LOVEY....How is your swimming coming along?


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I completely wimped out today. So tired. Went to the gym with great plans, 2 miles later, I was out of there. Managed a 30 min walk outside but that was it, In bed with a hot toddy right now. Hope this tired thing goes away.

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I'm back on the serious ST wagon as well. I tore my rotator cuff last winter and I'm trying like heck to avoid surgery - AND to do my first tri next summer. My physical therapist gave me good advice this week(I think) - NOT to train much (if at all)on the swim since that's already my strongest event, train more on bike (since that's my weakest), and use lighter weights/higher reps in ST to build endurance. What do some of you veterans think of that advice?

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GLADGAD our swimming pool always leaves 2 lanes ( a slow and a fast )at one side for lap swimmers, the only time we can't swim is when the competitive swimmers are training, but we can when there are other classes going on in the pool. Maybe a suggestion for your pool manager.

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I am one month into my triathlon training. I started off with a couch to triathlon program but have since upgraded (slightly) to a 22 week program since I feel like I can handle a bit more. Running and biking are coming along but the most exciting developments have been in swimming. I am using the Total Immersion guide and it is totally paying off. I'll be back at the pool tonight, working on my glide! So far, I am having a blast...although I could use some nose clips.

Goal for November: Start swimming laps.

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I'm back on the ST wagon, too, JUNEPA. I didn't think I'd enjoy swimming and running as much as I did this summer and ST that used to be my fave kinda fell off the training plan. Its been a few months and needless to say, I'm in pain today. I'd tell you which parts hurt, but I need to find a good anatomy chart first. For now, I'm making up silly names for my muscles. I may lift again tonight. Tomorrow and Saturday I run. I haven't done any serious biking yet; that will likely wait til spring. The first tri is in May if I sign up.

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I went to the gym last night planning to do about 45 mins of ST and then 30 mins of swimming, but when I got there I realized I had forgotten my shoes. So I decided it would be a 40-45 minute swim. No problem - I hadn't swam in quite some time and was really looking forward to it.

After about 15 minutes a woman showed up saying that I would have to get out of the pool since she had a water aerobics class starting shortly. Only 3 people showed up and I asked if I could have 1 lane, and she said no - she needed the entire pool. For THREE PEOPLE! So she pulled out the lane lines and told me I had to leave. I was so bummed - I only had a total of about 20-25 minutes and no cool down (I really like being able to cool down after any exercise).

I think I will contact the manager of the gym and ask if they can please leave one lane for lap swimmers. For gosh sakes, the class is set for 6:00, which is peak workout time for many people who have the 9-5 routine.

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On the rant slant, I am trying to get my strength training going again, cardio is just more fun and even though I know everything tickety boos better with 2-3 strength training sessions per week, I have fallen off that wagon and need to get back on.

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Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.


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10/28/09 10:56 A

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I like the name change. I got a 30 minute run in the rain last night too. I was shooting for an hour but the rain started coming down really hard so we called it quits. It had gotten dark but with my new illuminated jacket, I was light a flashlight.

I think itís getting close to the time to hang up my bike. Evenings get too dark, too soon. I donít bike in the dark. I am going to try to get a few rides in November but will definitely switch to all spinning right after Thanksgiving.

So during the week, I train and watch my eating habits as I am competing in a Biggest Loser challenge.

Lovey


2013 Goals:
- lose 50lbs
-stay consistent in my workouts
-strengthen my recently broken ankle

2012 Accomplishments:
-cosistent training after healing from a stress fracture in my foot
-completed a 10 miler, 10K and a half marathon
-sorry my year ended in Maym 2 weeks after my half marathon when I crash on my bike shattering my ankle. I had surgery and ortho put in 8 screws and a plate.



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10/28/09 10:00 A

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Starting the November thread early, but hey, it's nearly there! This is the social/what I did last night/rant/discussion thread, so please jump in.

Heads up on the name change, I'm a bit crappy when it comes to names so any other suggestions welcome. Has to be ~50 characters though.

Anyway, so what's everyone up to? I got a decent run (30') in yesterday night which was nice, although running in the dark still sucks. I'd rather be out in the wet or the snow than in the dark, personally.

Bike tonight, I'm in the heart of cyclocross season so I have to train for that. Still, at least I don't have to think about a training schedule. Race on the weekends, train a bit and recover during the week. So simple.... As the Geico ad says.

In God we trust, all others bring data.
- W. Edwards Demings

If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.
-P.Z. Pearce

Specificity, specificity, specificity.
-Andy Coggan

The plural of "anecdote" is not "data".
- Frank Kotsonis


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