Miles of Life ~ My life as a donut Kylie Donia

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Monday, February 27th, 2006

Today I feel content. Peace. Happy. Woooo!

Why, you might ask? Why not? I might answer. Or I’d tell you it all started Friday.

Not
because Friday was good, but because it was a fairly bad morning. Had a
martial arts class, and it was not doing good things to me
emotionally/spiritually. But I realized I control that, and I may just
skip that class for a while. It’s in my hands, and my choice to make.
However, it still had me down much of that day. Then I got email from
my ex-stepdad… turns out my old health insurance was still good when
I crashed my bike over the summer, and they took care of the rest of my
airlifting bill!!! Woooo! It was like a $5000 present, and a huge
weight off my shoulders.

Saturday I did Lactate Threshold
testing, VO2Max testing, and body fat analysis to kick of an awesome
day. That amounted to about 15 miles of biking (rode to the test, test
was on a stationary bike, and rode home). You know you are a little
crazy when spending 15 minutes making your legs hurt more than you
remember in a while, and more just feeling like they had nothing left
(oh right because they didn’t) while getting blood taken out of your
fingers is something you consider a good start to the weekend!

But
it was a great start. Got home, grabbed some food, and headed back out
on the bike. I wasn’t feeling the groove at the start, so I set myself
a small loop goal. But I found my groove — oh did I find it! I
continued for about 45 miles. And the bonus? In bike shorts and a tank
sleeve jersey, the weather was so nice. Got home, pulled on running
shoes, and made it a brick! About 12.5 miles (and 1000 ft of climbing)
later it was getting dark, so I figured it was enough for a day =)

Then
it was Sunday. A nice and fairly lazy morning, and then was supposed to
meet up with Joey and Alan for a mtn bike loop. Joey’s knee was still
unhappy with him, so it was just me and Alan. Making for a bit of
adventure since Alan had never done the planned loop and I’d only done
it once… but I think I only took 1 wrong turn. And it just meant we
got an extra drop and an extra climb (nope… not back the way we came
but linking back onto the trail we were trying to stay one). So it was
a “rest/easy day” with 16 miles of mtn biking, and 1800 ft. of climbing.

My quads are just barely a good kind of sore — they remind me of the thrill.

Then
I got to go to an awesome talk Sunday evening by Brad Kearns. If you
ever have the chance to hear him speak, do it. Someday I hope to have
him coach me, as what he said really spoke to me. A lot was about
balancing stress — of life, work, training, health, etc. And listening
to your body. Balancing stress and rest to get stronger, and listening
to the little voice that tells you if you should push harder or if it
should be an easier day. And that he is a fan of 2 hard workouts today
in return for an easy day tomorrow. That seems to be how I’m
programmed. I’m working with a coach now, and although he is good, and
I feel it is worth it, I just don’t seem to work as well with the “swim
W and F with these workouts, do this run on this day at this distance
and HR, etc”. Although my coach is flexible with it, and I like the
guidelines of order, I sometimes like just doing the workout I feel,
and I don’t like feeling I’m going to be worse just because I didn’t do
exactly what he had prescribed.

Another of his main points that
hit home was that consistency in training isn’t always good. We get
stronger by stressing our bodies, and then letting them recover. Making
sure to always train x hours and by doing y is something the body will
get used to. Yes, it will make you stronger and better, but won’t be
your highest return on your time.

And his other focus?
Enjoyment. Don’t lose your reasons in the goal of a time, or of a
place. Yes, you can have those goals, and strive for them, but keep
your happiness separate. Enjoy the workout for what it is, enjoy the
race for seeing what you can get your body to do. An off day happens,
but don’t let it mess up your mood and progress.

I’m reading his new book now, and highly recommend it: Breakthrough Triathlon Training.

No
commute today, although I was really looking forward to it. Too many
little reasons why not to: First a metrolink train (which is the first
part of my non-car commute) was late this morning due to unexplained
power issues in the car last night. It’s still being worked on, but
they claimed the rest of the trains are on schedule. Then a weather
report, of tons of rain starting this evening. That I heard already at
the gym, and without a jacket or plastic bags to keep my training log
dry on the way home. I was still undecided. The final factor was when I
heard that now metrolink is dealing with a security issue, as a few
duffle bags were left at a station platform, and another in the parking
lot of that station. This was within 30 minutes of a security breech at
Long Beach Airport. Since I have a meeting at 8:30, I just drove the
rest of the way in. Keeping in mind things Brad said, about keeping the
enthusiasm, and realizing this will just make me want that ride in more
next time. And although I heard Libor’s wheels slicing through some
puddles, I also heard him remind me that loosing the data in my
training log, although also on a computer, just wasn’t worth a single
day. Looks like more rain this week, but if I prepare well I might
still ride it in. We shall see.

Hopefully more in life is going
to follow and fall into a same content and satisfied pattern, but then
again it could just make life too boring. The goods wouldn’t be as good
without a basis of comparison in the downsides.

Oh, and I think I might have to… Auburn International Long Course Tri. Talk about motivation to become a better climber!

full speed ahead

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

Training, work, life… all of it seems to be in "zoom" mode.

Work has a bazillion things due last week. That ended up having me work a good 20 or so hours over the weekend, and still putting in longish hours all week. At least I'm hourly 😉

Training has been rocking. Well, Sunday on it has been. Saturday I was working all day.

Sunday: bike ride with a good friend from college. ~40 miles, and a nice amount of climbing. Gave me another fun loop to do.

Monday: biked to the beach (~50 miles). A slight downhill the whole way, but kept a moving average of over 17.5 mph! Crazy fast for me. Was with some great other tri ladies, and so it was a blast. When we got to the beach, we swam about a mile 🙂 We had taken a car of wetsuits down the night before. It was all in all a great day. I kinda wanted to ride back (a few people did so) but they left the same time those of us craving water went for a swim. So next time!

Tuesday I had a great run where I found a good hill that will be happy to kick my butt into shape. I then got in two 10 milers on the bike with my train commute.

Wednesday night I went for a bit of an interval run (4 mins in HR zone 3, 2 min in zone 2, and repeat). I could totally tell I've been eating well this week, as that run felt awesome and relaxed and great and energized!

Today was another bike commute, so one of the 10milers is done, and I've actually gotta run and get ready for the other now. Stopping in Rancho and getting in a swim and a pilates class on the way home.

Ok time to transform from computer Kylie to commuter Kylie. I take that p, and make it an m, just like that! Ok I'm done now =D

remember me…

Friday, February 17th, 2006

… as you are all happily playing on Trifuel today. It looks like for some reason my work computer can't connect to trifuel or trilife any more. Started sometime yesterday, and it's not the "remember our internet policy" page that the company sometimes has sites open. *sigh* It hasn't even been a day yet and I just don't know what to do. Stupid additions.

To top it off, I overslept by 3 hours today. Yup, 3 full hours (and actually a little bit more. I still have time to write before going to work, and I'm in a class all week from 9-5, so I'm amused by that. The sleep did feel great! However, it means I missed the swim or run I was going to do, and missed the bike commute (the train left some time before I woke up). So that's too bad. Maybe I'll swim on the way home, or catch a pilates class at the gym if traffic lets me make it in time.

Ok so I should get ready and head to work now — time to get my lazy ass out of pjs 🙂 Have a great day!

remember me…

breaking in the commuter

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

Finally rode the commuter bike on the commute today! It means my tri-bike has no pedals right now (as the bike shop is ordering some cheapo looks for the commuter, and while waiting the good pedals are on the commuter bike). I also got a flat. I think the tube on the bike wasn't really good. Although it held air, I think it was really just old and dried. I tried to avoid replacing it by just adding air, but that wasn't going to cut it this time. So I stopped, and did the whole thing. My commuter bike's tires are way easier to get on and off than my tri-bike's.

Luckily it wasn't a day I was racing time, but had about 20 minutes of flex time in there, so I still made it in ok. And the bike handles nicely. I think I do want to put aerobars on though. I missed them!

My foot (that I rolled back around the beginning of Oct) is still kinda bugging me on and off. For some reason mostly after biking, not running, and not much during either. Maybe I should suck it up and just go get it checked out.

In a training class this week (C#) and it's pretty good… starting again so will have to stop this here =)

Happy anniversary

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

… or something.

Anniversary of what, you might ask? Well, that’s the tough question.

There
is definitely the easy answer: My first tri was this day in 2004. On a
borrowed hybrid bike, and reverse order (Redlands Tri). Wooo 2 years of
addiction.

But there is also the answer that I seem to remember more. Perhaps it stands out more since there is no one special reminding me of
the fun, giggly parts of Valentine’s Day. But today I feel more in the quiet, sad mode, remembering the day I learned (many
times…) that bad things don’t just happen to people I don’t know. Bad things can happen close to home, too, as I’ve lost a few loved ones, all suddenly and completely unexpected, on this day.

Today I’m somewhat ignoring it all,
but reminding myself of both answers. All parts of life influence each
other… the extremes and emotions we know define the heights of their
counterparts. Last year on this day I was happy, and felt life was
falling in place. These things didn’t stand out so much then. This
year, not so much… so yeah, I’m busy remembering.

On a more tri note… The run I had this morning made me feel alive, and it was good. My mom loves me, and I now have a very bright blinky red light (great for running with, and probably biking, too). She also got me RoadID, the shoelace one (although it velcros onto my shuffle armband just as well). It has my cell, her cell, and even Holly’s. Holly was happy to have made the “mom cut” onto the emergency number list.

Slacker (& spender)

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

Swimming (with Lisa) was good yesterday. She doesn’t look at all as broken as I was worried about! And her swim form in particular looks great as always. This morning though my bed was too warm, and I had been up to late. I may run this evening, or I may let the BAAR Brawl (24ish hours of AR training/mock race) this weekend take care of it.

Last night’s excitement… I FINALLY BOUGHT A COMMUTER BIKE! $75, and it will probably save me much more than that on repairs on the TriBaby with how bad some of the roads are. I really like it so far, but I’ve gotta play with it more (I haven’t even pumped up the tires yet). That is for tonight. But here it is…


Isn’t it cute? An older Trek 1200… complete with shifters on the frame. Shimano 105 components (at least the ones I looked at). And it seemed to shift well (in the front, haven’t tested back yet…). I can’t wait to commute on it next week!

The test commute will have to wait til at least Tuesday though… I’ve got BAAR Brawl this weekend! It’s a 24ish hour mock race for AR, and I’ll be playing with Ross and Matt (Team Engine). It should be fun… I’m excited, and ready for rain and cold and biking and kayaking and dark and lights burning out and muddy fun times in San Francisco! I head up there tomorrow afternoon, and will report more on it Tuesday when I’m back.