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Ironman Blues

Friday, April 29th, 2005

My friend (also an Ironman) put what I’m feeling very well — Ironman blues. I’m not super motivated to train right now, so I’m not as happy ’cause I’m not training as much. I don’t have the pre-race jitters for weeks. I don’t have that big, all-important goal in my future.

I need to get back on my bike. I need to go for another run. Or I need to go out with friends and just have a “normal” social weekend. I used to have buddies hang out on Sundays (they would get up around when my long ride was over) — perhaps that is something we should get going again.

Whatever it is, I’m just feeling unmotivated and out of place right now. I know this too will pass… I’m just hoping I can speed that up. Perhaps that really REALLY funky order tri (bike, swim, run) this weekend would be a good jumpstart.

no ride today

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

Rain woke me up, and there have been sheets of water (at least by LA standards) for hours now. I think that my 1/8 mile run to the car this morning should count as a run *and* as a swim!

And tonight no climbing… instead a CT scan for the side. Hopefully we'll figure out and then fix whatever it is that's getting so annoying.

hit the road

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

So I made it back out on a run yesterday. I ran a few times after IMAZ and my knee was just getting sore too quickly, so I backed off and gave my body a whole week impact free (at least fairly so — I only swam and did karate and a bit of archery). I think it liked that, but it also meant that running yesterday felt sooooo good. I did about 10K in a bit under an hour, which was probably a bit too far after that break, but I was in a comfortable place. I even did a good part along a packed dirt trail.

Swam this morning… about 2500 yds which might be my farthest pool swim ever. It felt pretty good — warmup, 3×300 with a few different strokes and drills, then a broken 1500 done with 3×500 — during the first 500 I even passed a guy usually just a bit faster than me.

Tonight is probably climbing gym time… and tomorrow I might make it back out on my bike. That just depends though — it's harder for me to find time to bike when there is daylight and I'm somewhere that I like biking.

great start to the weekend

Saturday, April 23rd, 2005

Swimming was great yesterday… I was just comfortable in the water, and in
a lane with damn fast people and able to hold my own (enough). Yeah, I
was the slowest, but yeah, I felt I was doing pretty good. Part of the set was 3 hundreds as fast as we could, then an easy 50, 3 75s fast, easy
50, 3 50s, a bonus fifty to show we remembered how to come into the
wall (thanks coach), an easy 50, and then 3 fast 25s… starting off
the blocks! And then coach helped me practice a few more starts and
seemed pleased with how I was doing. I'd never really dove into a pool
before, so the block starts were new to me. Not as bad as I thought
they'd be. Actually, I really enjoyed them. So why the block starts?
'Cause it looks like I'll be helping out the team (they need more relay
bodies) by swimming in my first ever swim meet on Sunday! I'm pretty
excited, actually… and the comfort of today's swim and the comfort
with the starts (including starting by diving over a swimmer coming
into the wall, simulating a relay) just increased that.

And now (weather permitting) is karate class followed by archery! I'm excited about that as well…

side pain thoughts/question

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

So my right side has been very not happy for a while. Sometimes it feels like a knife is being stabbed right up under my hip bone, but usually it is a duller ache. Or sometimes it just cramps up. But whatever it is doing, I'm tired of it. It has been about a month of this now (and yes, it was a worry of mine that it would act up during the Ironman). In general it's not when I'm working out, but I've started getting a bit nauseated sometimes when I run (I've found tums are great for that).

I've gone to a doc, and after 2 visits they think it might be a hernia — where the ab muscles and the lining of the ab section has torn and such. Hmm. So I have a CT scan scheduled, and if that is what it is they said it will probably require surgury. Yes, I've had that scheduled since before the IM, and I did mention that I had a big race in 10 days, and was told "well since training doesn't really bug it you should be fine. Just don't add anything strenuous" (yes, I had mentioned it was an Ironman… guess that isn't strenuous ;-).

I'm really not sure what to expect. Any one else ever dealt with something like this? I'm curious if it is indeed a hernia how long of a recovery it will be… there are more races I want to do later this year, but I'm not signing up for anything major til that is dealt with.

Not sore but TIRED!

Friday, April 15th, 2005

I expected to be sore after the Ironman. I mean… duh! It’s an IRONMAN! But I really wasn’t. Yeah, a little stiff that evening, and it took a few steps of walking to be “ungimpafied” the next day or two, but never really that stiff, sore, oh god more stairs!?!? kind of feeling. However, I am getting tired very quickly. I did an hour and a half of karate on Tuesday afternoon, and fell asleep for about 2 hours after it! Did another karate class of about an hour that evening, and again passed out asleep when I got home. I did some rock climbing last night, and climbs that I’ve done easily before wore me out. I did make it farther on one of the routes, but after each climb I think I was more tired (somewhat out of breath, arms aching, wanted to just lie on my back for a while) than I was after the IM. I guess my muscles do need time to rebuild their stores…

Yet this isn’t stopping me from looking at another IM later this year… maybe CaliforniaMan in Davis (Septemberish) or Vineman (Sonoma County, CA in August). I like addictions!

I'm an Ironman!

Wednesday, April 13th, 2005

Things I learned at IM AZ

  1. Goggles are worn for many reasons. One is for keeping water out
    of eyes. One is for helping block some of the glare of a rising sun as
    you swim into it. Another is to block against fingernails and hands
    entering your eyesockets.
  2. It’s crowded in the water with over
    1800 people all trying to swim in the same place. However, this course
    was great because it was very wide, so people just spread out and it
    wasn’t nearly as bad as some other mass starts I’ve done.
  3. If
    you get kicked, just keep swimming. I wonder how much martial arts has
    helped me make it so that getting kicked and punched in the face just
    doesn’t matter.
  4. Sunscreen on a neck raw from a wetsuit stings! Enough that I could notice it through all the tired muscles.
  5. It
    can be hard to convince your backside to go back on a bike after a
    potty stop. But personally I still prefer that to biking and running
    wet from peeing while biking.
  6. You will have taken the one thing you end up wanting out of your bike special needs bag.
  7. It is possible to peel and eat a banana while biking at a decent speed.
  8. Support
    crews help pull against wind. For miles I just focused on the cheers of
    my family and friends once I got back into town, knowing each pedal
    stroke was bringing me closer to them.
  9. Sometimes a squished
    peanut butter sandwhich made 2 days ago and in a bike jersey pocket
    outside through a warm day and an night, and then against my back for
    80 miles tastes damn good.
  10. It’s all about having a little goal.
    There was a sign for 5/40/75 miles that you passed the first three
    laps, and for the final in town lap to the finish you went right
    instead of left right before it. Each lap, that was my focus point.
    That was where I was trying to get back to.
  11. Wind is worse than
    hills ’cause with hills at least you can kinda see where it will stop,
    and you realy realize when you are benefiting from it.
  12. You will
    be tired and forget things. Despite the note in my shoe about my
    inhaller, I left it in the bike jersey pocket, and the note only made
    me grab the pouch for it saying oh yeah, it’s in here (Luckily the run
    went very smoothly and I was comfortable and relaxed the whole time, so
    didn’t need it).
  13. Unlike a regular marathon, where you start of
    feeling pretty good, feel a bit better, and then feel a bit worse, in
    this one I felt fairly sore, the first few miles were an awesome
    stretch from being on a bike that long, and there were sore muscles the
    whole time.
  14. Chicken soup brooth chased with water, cola, and
    gatorade (orange and lemon-lime) make my legs keep moving aid station
    to aid station. Alternating them works really well for me.
  15. When
    running along a canal in the dark it is hard to see the edge of the
    water — don’t fall in. Sunglasses doesn’t make this any easier.
  16. Time is motivating. Hearing that you are on pace to break 14 hours really helps keep a good pace the last few miles of the run
  17. Making
    yourself smile through the run helps relax… and gets more random
    people cheering for you, pulling you through the miles.
  18. Not
    until you stop will you realize just how shaky your legs are. But you
    will still have the energy to run to the family and friends that helped
    you through the race.

WOW. What do I say? It was an awesome race.

Getting ready for transitions and everything went easy and smooth, no issues to mention.

The
swim was definitely not my strongest part of the race. I found my
stroke and swam nice and easy, practicing glide and staying on my
sides. I could hear the swim coach telling me to make sure that I
looked straight down and kept my neck relaxed. However, I really had
issues with swimming straight. I should work on that.

T1
was easy… the had wetsuit strippers to help me get it off (after
being in cold water that long hands don’t work so well) and then people
helped you get your gear on and not forget things and then repacked
your swim gear into the bag for you. I must say, the volunteers at this
race rocked!

The bike was WINDY!!! Like so windy
that side winds made me think I was going to fall over. And so windy
that there were 10-15 miles on the back part of the out and back loop
(so we did it 3 times) where it was just like going uphill the whole
time. Yeah, frustrating and tiring. On a completely flat section not
being able to get over 10 MPH just because of wind. Bleck. The winds
have been compared to those of the HI Ironman (known for horrendous
winds). During those miles I just kept focused on how each mile brought
me closer to town and my on-site cheering section.

T2
was also fairly uneventful. Only thing I forgot was my inhaller — I
had a note in my shoe about it and grabbed the little pocket it was
going to go in, but totally forgot it was currently in a bike jersey
pocket and not in the pouch. Again, the helper people were great.

The run was pretty damn sweet.
I felt really good starting out. Like too good. Scary good. So I ran.
Lots of people were walking part, but I just didn’t need to. I think I
felt better for most of it than I did when I did “just” a marathon in
January. I passed like 400 people! I just flew. I was relaxed and
smiling pretty much the whole time. I got told I was gorgeous by
another racer (and older guy) and had many words of motivation from
other runners. I think that is part of why I like the run so much. With
all the bike positioning rules, you get very limited interactions. With
the swim, yeah, not so much interacting outside accidently bumping
punching and kicking. So I PR’ed in the marathon — 4:39:28 (my other
one was 4:56ish). That’s pretty sweet 🙂 And I felt good even at the
end. My legs were kinda jello-y, but I walked from the finish line on
my own and even jogged over to the people there to see me a few times.

Overall: 7/11 in age group, 1123/1830 overall,
and 13:51:26 So if you double my half IM time from last May, you get
14:36. So in some sense, that + some time should have been my
guestimate time. But I must be in better shape now – my swim speed was
the slower, my bike and run faster.

And
the massage after — that was also good. I’m not nearly as sore as I expected to be. In fact, I feel pretty good. Had a nice swim of about 1900m this morning, and a few hours of karate yesterday. Good times. I can’t wait for the next one!

My Race stats:
Bib#1767
Division: W18-24
Overall Time: 13:51:26
Overall Place: 1123/1816
Division Place: 7/11
Swim:
Time: 1:37:27
Overall Place: 1594/1816
Division Place: 11/11
100m Pace: 2:34
T1: 7:38
Bike:
Time: 7:17:59
Overall Place: 1499/1816
Division Place: 10/11
Average MPH: 15.3
T2: 8:56
Run:
Time: 4:39:28
Overall Place: 638/1816
Division Place: 4/11
Mile Pace: 10:40

championship PossAbilities Tri series race

Monday, April 4th, 2005

This weekend brought the end of the PossAbilities Tri Series. I enjoyed the series as a whole and hope they do it again next year. This final sprint race was a 5k run, 8 mile bike, and 125 yard swim. I finally broke an hour on a sprint tri! As I got out of the pool (it was a reverse order tri) I could tell there was no hour yet on the clock, but that it was close. My final official time is 58:51. I felt really good on the run (ran about a 25:18 5k, perhaps my fastest ever) and my bike was around 28 minutes as well. Transitions even went smoothly this time. I even remembered to leave the velcro open on my bike shoes to make them easier!

I had been doing well in the series in my age group (with a 2nd, 2nd, and 3rd at the first 3 races, respectively). This weekend I was happy with my first age group 1st place ever! (well, I got 1st in one race last year, but I was the only person in my age group that day). It turns out that since you had to be at the race this weekend to qualify for the series, and the girls who got the other 1st places (3 different ones I believe) didn't show up, I ended up winning it for my age group as well! I got a cheesy plastic trophy, but I'm proud of it. I really could see that I've improved over the last year. At these little local races last year I was usually 4-6th place of about 8. This year I'm one of the "fast girls" that another person was talking about in the transition. It's neat since I can really just see all my training pay off. And now to hope it pays off in Arizona on Saturday!

this race's stats: W20-24 1/9, overall women 20/90, overall 119/281

4 days, 19 hours

Monday, April 4th, 2005

Good swim this morning. It was lots and lots of 100s (I think 21). I sat out a few, as my side has been a bit unhappy and I don’t want to push it right now. Might go for a ride this afternoon. Trying not to do too much, but also not too little. Tapering is hard!