Monday, March 21, 2011

Tri Season is upon us folks!

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Okay. Time to get my head in the GAME! Tri season is here. REAL training has begun and my head is elsewhere (in case you hadn't noticed). It's all good though. I'm hitting the workouts (uh, except the swims last week. Additional level of scheduling headache w/ the hubs traveling and my regular swim time being in the evening.. post kid's bed.) I think I've got it nailed for this week. Time is carved out and plans are made (I sit down w/ my calendar every Sunday and make sure my workouts are SCHEDULED!!! this helps me insure that I get them done. I do have to juggle sometimes, but for the most part I can hit them) so I'm hopeful that my two swims will happen... though I'll be swimming solo and we all know how that usually turns out. Not quite as good as when I'm training w/ my friends, but something better than nothing.

Rev3 Knoxville is only 8 weeks away. EEK! I'm feeling okay. I lack focus a bit right now, but so long as I'm getting my workouts done I'm happy. The running is still painful... BOO! I'm suspecting that I'm going to be limping along all season because, let's face it, I'm not going to have any time to get off it for months to truly let it heal. I KNOW I need to do some yoga and I'm working on (meaning planning and getting my mind around getting up earlier) finding a place to fit it in. I've only ever overcome an injury and gotten back to pain free running through yoga. We all know it would benefit us... as would uh, swimming, biking, running, eating, sleeping and strength training. Who wants to pay me to just exercise all day? Cause I'll do it! Any takers? I can set up a paypal button on here and you can just start clicking it! :)

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I'm no longer racing Rev3 Quassy either (oh, how plans change after the initial hub bub wears off and reality sets in). I AM working with Rev3 as the Local Volunteer Coordinator and I'm having so much fun with it. I mentioned some of the connections I'm making as a result. I've gotta say I love LJ too! She's so amazingly energetic and delightful. SO.. if you are coming to the race, but aren't racing (or you, uh, live here) click on THIS link and hit SIGN ME UP! and volunteer for this great race. It's an amazing experience to volunteer and gives great perspective as an athlete. Give back to your sport! You know you want to!
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Originally I had planned on doing Rev3 Portland as well, but things have changed. For a few reasons... 1. Money money money - all frequent flier miles have been used up for our trip to Texas for the MS150 in April.
2. Family. A trip to the PNW to do a race also includes crazy running around to see family. I wouldn't feel right going out there just to race and not going to see everyone. This would add a level to stress that I don't want to put the family through. We will find a time for a family only non-race related trip.
3. We are taking the kids to DISNEY World for their birthday. They don't know yet. We're going to do that 'hey kids, wanna go on an adventure today. Get dressed we're going to Disney." thing. This goes w/ the 'spend our money on family time' and not on items thing. Though Disney is FAR FROM MINIMALIST! ha :) To each their own.

Now I'm speculating as to whether or not I need to (should) do a local HIM. Thoughts on that? Can I hit a Full Triathlon without first doing a HIM? Coach says absolutely.. what are your thoughts fellow AGE GROUPERS!?

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We're not even going to talk about Rev3 Cedar Point yet. Maybe after we get through Knoxville. Still totally freaks me out to think about it so I generally just don't! :)
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Capping off with Rev3 South Carolina will be great fun. I'll be looking for what coach calls the Ironman Bounce.. a little bit of extra speed doing a shorter (God, really?) race after a longer race. Or I might be just glad to be heading back to my alma mater for some fun with the team and reunions with fellow alumni. We'll see how I'm feeling when we get there!

I am getting paid or three workouts a week so I suppose I shouldn't complain too much! My spins are going great. Coach has worked it so I have my three spins a week to just wreck myself w/ speed work and big gears and then I do one nice long ride outside. This works surprisingly well for me. I have a hard time killing myself on a ride outside, but I have a hard time NOT killing myself in a spin workout. Go figure.

In addition to this a buddy and I are putting together a tri program at the gym where I teach spin (New Milford Sports Club) that starts in June (yes, that's late, but it's for a sprint in August) and I'll be running a run and bike program as well in April and May. I'm really looking forward to sharing my love of sport w/ others and I get an enormous high from seeing people succeed in their athletic endeavors!

Should hear about whether or not I got into the NYC Marathon sometime mid April. Here's hoping that TP and I both get in. It would be a great way to cap off the season before hanging it up for some R&R.

Let's do this thing!!

How are you feeling about your upcoming season? HIM pre IM a necessity or a luxury?

12 comments:

  1. I'm the same way with biking. I ride hard if I'm forced to when I'm outside. This usually happens because I need to keep up with people or I get horribly lost. If I'm on a ride on my own, I tend to find myself being quite blase about the whole thing.
    Give me a spin class and I kill myself.

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  2. I guess in spin we have the safety of knowing that if we totally blow ourselves up we won't fall off the back and get left in the dust so we can spend it all! :)

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  3. That MUST be it!

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  4. You can totally do a full without doing a half! That's what I did and I don't regret it at all. I'm hoping to do my first half this year. :) sounds like you've got a fun season ahead of you!

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  5. EEK 8 weeks...i better get my butt into gear.

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  6. Sure, just do the IM! :-) Of course I really have no idea and no experience - but I know people who just train for the IM and do it. I think it's more up to you, if you feel like you need the half to say, oh geez, i could totally do another one all over again... or not. :-) Just take the plunge I think. Which race is the IM? Then do the half after and that will seem easy.
    Sounds like you have a lot coming up - good for you for getting it all done! I would love to join your cycle/run group if I lived closer. :-) Maybe even the tri group if it was a sprint...
    Good luck with everything!

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  7. Thanks Colleen and Karen.. I think that's the route I'll go. :) So much to do such little time. :)

    Karen.. I wish you could do the tri program too! :) (it's a sprint!)

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  8. Don't tell me that it's only 8 weeks out. I'm doing the HIM and I'm totally freaking out! :)

    I think you can do the full without the half. It's all about getting the workouts in that leave you swimming and biking and running long. Heck, many of your training weekends will be longer than a half anyway! We'll miss you in Portland, but you totally have good excuses! ;)

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  9. Thanks Colleen. You are so brave to pull out a HIM this early in the season. I'm sure you will rock it!

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  10. I have been lax in my commenting. Your plan sounds like a good one. You can only do so many races, and racing takes away time from training. GOOD LUCK!!

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  11. First of all, we are so alike it's scary sometimes :D. I'm much better at killing myself on the bike when I'm indoors. I think I get distracted outside by all the pretty :D

    LJ is completely awesome, you will love working with her!

    You can definitely do an IM without a HIM.

    Sounds like you've got a good plan there!!

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  12. For me, I did a HIM in June, but didn't race again until September for my full. I liked being able to fully focus on the IM for two solid months without anything else getting in the way. I say totally doable.
    Bummed that you won't be racing Quassy, but at least we'll still be able to meet up!

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