Showing posts from December, 2009

How's This for Hardcore...

Sleeping in my tri shorts on to wake at 4:30 and hop on the trainer for an hour-long ride. :)

What would have been crazier was if I headed out for my tempo run right afterwards... I'll save that craziness for next week. I had both on my schedule for today, but with the pending festivities, I'll be doing my swim, plus the run I should have done today, tomorrow.  I have to be flexible and balance everything.  So long as I get it in, I'm good.

So yesterday I went to the Endo.  Evidently I'm not converting T4 to T3.  I currently take Levoxyl, wihich is just T4. As of yesterday the doc is adding T3 twice a day.  So we'll see what happens now.  I'm going to give this a chance, but if it doesn't make a difference I'm going to push going with Armour Thyroid.  Maybe my body doesn't care for the synthetic?  I don't know.  We'll just have to see how it goes.  I just want to feel better!

My ride on the trainer this morning was uneventful, but my trainer…

Trackwork - Tuesday

Just 18 days until the Half. I'm both excited and nervous. 

Nearly ditched trackwork last night and traded off speeding for something else. The weather was crummy, cold and wet and I just didn't want to get out in it. the time I got home it wasn't quite as bad out, so I decided to hit it anyway.

3 x 200's

3 x 400's


First Week Conquered!

So I made it through my first official week of training!  I think I made my Mother's head spin with my coming and going between work, training and general holiday errands last week.  By the end of the week it felt good to have stuck it out.  I logged a total of 41 miles between swimming, biking and running. Definitely more than I have done in a week, but it really felt good. 

Yesterday was the "maiden voyage" of my new tri bike!  I still need a little tweaking withe the aerobar length, but overall I felt a difference from my old road bike.  As much as I loved my old bike, it never quite felt like it fit right -- so maybe that's the majority of the difference to start.

20 days until the Houston Half Marathon.  I will be glad to have finished it.  I start tapering a little this week. 

This week's schedule:
MON: Swim drills - 1hr
TUE:  Track / Speedwork
WED:  Off
THU:  Bike 1 hr, 30 min tempo run
FRI:  Swim intervals - 1 hr.
SAT:  "Funnest Run Ever With Chris&…

Triathlon Conversion Calculators

"tis The Season for Tri Training!

This week marks week 1 of my tri training, with my goal race being the olympic distance at Lonestar

I'm excited and even though this was a tough week to start I committed and got in my workouts, except for Christmas eve!  I had "off" on Xmas day and figured I'd get it in after we took Mom to the airport, but am really congested and feel yuck -- I even set up my bike and trainer in the kitchen and walked back and forth past in, in hopes I'd feel well enough to get on it.  However the thought of trying to breath heavy with my head feeling like it was going to explode got the best of me.  :(

I feel a little bad about skipping the workout, but  I have a long run tomorrow (just 20+ days until the half marathon), so hopefully I will be well enough tomorrow morning -- I will get out there, even if I have to walk it!

My swim workouts were great... so much better than me just getting in the pool and swimming laps.  I actually did drills and intervals.  By the end of each …

Soler's Texas Trail Run - Huntsville State Park

First, I didn't seek-out this race, and I'm not sure I would have on my own (if I'm keeping it real, friends). That said, I had a great (and challenging) time.

A friend from Daily Mile decided to do it because her Husband was doing the 50K distance and just she wanted to take it "easy" and kill time while he ran by doing the 12.5 mile distance. She wanted company, so agreed to do it at my slower-than-her pace. Since I was up to 10 miles on my long runs, I figured what's 2.5 more, right? So I signed up. I knew I could walk the last 2.5 if I had to, but I also knew I wouldn't have to if I just kept MY pace.

Between then and yesterday my friend got pregnant (Congrats!), but she really had a cruddy week health-wise and just wasn't well. On the Friday before, when she finally told me she was pregnant, I told her she was nuts to do the trail run, but she insisted... the persistent girl that she is, which is cool.  There's a lot to be said for being tena…

Friday Fill♥Ins

Image we go!

1. Wait! Wait, don't forget your coffee!

2. Tequila followed at once by salt and lemon!

3. The trouble is people not being accountable to themselves and others.

4.I miss my family during the holidays; so many miles away.

5. With a faint pop the christmas light blew out.

6. Speedwork at the track, late evening, is shadowy and ominous.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to traveling to Huntsville, tomorrow my plans include a 12.5 mile trail run and a vist to Galveston,Dickens on the Strand and Sunday, I want NEED to get everything done I need to get done!

Join in the fun!  Do your own Friday Fill♥In!

Thursday Thirteen

Just a few of my favorite "motivational" quotes authored by others... not me.
1) We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are.

2) We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

3) If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard enough problems. And that's a big mistake.

4) The end result of kindness is that it draws people to you.

5) The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be.

6) I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace - a connection to what matters.

7) Of all afflictions, the worst is self-contempt.

8) Pain doesn't tell you when you ought to stop. Pain is the little voice in your head that tries to hold you back because it knows if you continue, you will change…

Let The Training Begin!

Track work was canceled last night so I got in my 40 easy run and ran the whole thing without intervals. I had left my hear rate monitor home, but my average was HR was 149 according to the treadmill, it included a couple minute cool down. Something weird did happen and it was a total mental thing. For some reason when I got to 32 minutes and realized I was still running, I all of a sudden thought I needed to walk, and did for about 30 seconds. I took a second to make sure nothing was hurting, I wasn't out of breath... all those things that might keep you from running. Nothing was wrong... it was a total mental thing. With that, I just started again. I had never run without intervals before!

Part of what contributed to that small victory was one of the tri coaches showed/explained to me McMillans Running Calculator

Not knowing any better, I assumed that if I wanted to run a < 13 minute pace for the Half Marathon, I would have to train at a  <13 minute pace.  Apparently t…

For Sale: 2003 51 cm Specialized Allez Vita Road Bike

For sale is a previously loved 2003 51 cm Specialized Allez Vita women's specific road bike. While it has normal signs of wear and tear for a bike that has been previously loved for 6 years, it has been cared for and tuned up as needed. It has 3 small nics on the main tube (pictured below), they are the size of nail heads, but the bento box covers it. which I'll include, if you want. This bike has been great to me and has tons of mileage left in it. It has seen me through countless rides, 2 MS150s and a dozen triathlons, without fail. :)

The bike is a dark burgundy with lighter burgundy zebra strips across the main tube. Very nice design... almost always received at least one, "that's a sexy bike!" at a ride. :) I am between 5'5" and 5'6" in height.

I will also throw in a (worn twice) pearl-white Bell Helmet and a Profile Design dual-bottle holder.  I have The bike does has a Body Geometry "Dolce" WSD seat and Time style mountain bik…