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New Stuff

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I am soooo excited.

I got a new pair of bike shoes and pedals.

These are my new and nifty Specialized Trivent shoes. I've read many reviews and they were nearly all positive. It's a great entry-level carbon tri shoe for ~ $160.00

I always rode with mountain bike pedals and shoes, because mountain bike shoes were so much easier to walk in. I wasn't happy with my last pair of mountain bike shoes; they just weren't right for my foot right. So I decided if I was going to have to buy shoes, I may as well get a triathlon biking specific shoe. I'm glad I did.

Getting these shoes meant I had to get new pedals too. I always worry about spending too much and not being happy, and that's easy to do with the cost of bike equipment. This, by far, was the most I've ever spent on a pair of athletic shoes of any kind, so I was a little nervous; and now I had to buy new pedals in order to use them.

In come my new Speedplay pedals. There are all different versions made o…

Blogging?

I haven't been blogging much the last couple weeks. Between training and work things have been just a tad busy. The Danskin Tri is in just 9 days; I am both excited and anxious to get this one done.

Darren and Cass were in 'bama this past holiday weekend while I worked. We had no idea how long everything would take, so we planned to be here throughout the weekend to get things going; I was definitely glad all went fairly smooth on one really long night. Of course we have a couple things to fine-tune, but overall it was a smooth transition.

While my family was gone, aside from missing them (it makes for a quiet house!), after 2 hours of sleep, on Saturday I volunteered/watched at the Combat Tri at College of the Mainland. Elysha participated; she's my "she-ro". The woman never stops -- she never sits still. She puts me to shame. LOL

Speaking of not sitting still, later on Saturday after we (Elysha, me and her Husband) headed out to Austin, and on Sunday we b…

2 Points?!?

You know that last tri I did? I just learned this morning that I earned 2 USAT points for the 5th place Athena division finish; that's 2 points.

I don't know what I'm supposed to do with them... but it sounds kinda cool. LOL

I think my multisport training team gets to count them. The different teams keep track of points and clubs win money at the end of the tri season for having the most points.

Swimming

What is the best way to gain more stamina during swimming? how can i improve it !!!?
Sports Comet

"Stamina comes with practice. If you have a difficult time continuously swimming long distances, break your workout down and do a pyramid or ladder set.

Pyramid sets you gradually increase the distance of each set and finish with your longest distanced set. For example, 5 sets: 100, 200, 300, 400 and 500.

Ladder sets you increase your distance, then decrease and finish with a short distance. For example, 5 sets of 200, 300, 400, 300 and 200.

Increase your distances or the number of sets as you get used accustomed to the sets. Set a goal of how many yards you will like to accomplish in your workout. If you workout for an hour, try to complete 3000 yards, then increase to 3200 and so on.

The best way to gain stamina during swimming it to do a lot of long distance swimming about 3-4 times a week roughly about 4kms. then about 3 times a week work on your speed and recovery so do sprints of …

Kick it in to gear already! My freakin' Thyroid!!!

After another reduction in my meds to .88 of Levoxyl, the last 3 days have been filled with repeat palpitations. They're not as strong as they were pre-medication, but they are coming again. The strange thing is that it seems they last longer... as long as 10 minutes in some cases.

So I called the doctor and the nurse called me back. Evidently I am now HYPERthyroid, instead of HypOthyroid. She said some palpitations would be expected while my body gets used to the reduced medication.

What a balancing act this is!

I did get my first accupuncture treatment yesterday. It will take several before it makes a difference. I'm thinking I need to hold off on another until I know what's going on.

On Training

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Last night I attended a seminar on stretching and strength training for triathletes. It was helpful and informative. At the least, I left feeling like a really needed to bring strength training back into my workouts. I'd been focusing so much on cardio endurance that lifting has kind of fell by the wayside.

Basically, my goal is to get 4 strength training sessions in a week with 2 exercises per muscle group. I may be able to accomplish this at lunch time here at work. We have a small gym that might have enough to get by, without having to travel out to the gym.

This was provided by the speaker (a physical therapist, trainer and triathlete) last night. This is a basic strength program to follow for Sprint Distance Tri training.


For the rest of the Summer my training schedule should look like this:


I Liked This Enough to Repost....

"When I was a little girl, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage, and extremely burned toast in front of my dad.

I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his toast, smile at my mom, and ask me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember Watching him smear butter and jelly on that toast and eat every bite!

When I got Up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad For burning the toast. And I'll never forget what he said: 'Baby, I love burned toast.'

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if He really liked his toast burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, 'Debbie, your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she's real tir…

Official Tri Results *Update*

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The good news is, I finished in 1:32:58... not 1:35

Finishing #435 of 467 participants sounds realllllly bad; but have to keep it in perspective.
Finished Lonestar 2:05 and some change, so this is an improvement.

Lots of room to grow; T times are much improved!

Update: Finished 5th in the Athena class out of 8 (not 10)
I was not last!!!

2009 Silverlake Tri - 400m / 10 mi / 5 K

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So here I am sporting my new team jersey. BAM is Bay Area Multisport. Not sure how I like the 2 piece gig. There are pluses and minuses to 1 vs. 2. The debate is neverending I think. LOL

I took time the night before to prep everything for race day, like a good little triathlete, so I could maximize my sleep. Transition opened at 5:30 am and I had not been there before. I think I need a Garmin. :)

There was scattered rain in the forecast, but the only way the event was going to be canceled, was if there was lightening.

Got up, got dressed, took meds, made breakfast and loaded the car. Said my "see you laters" to Darren and Cass and promptly left, leaving my breakfast behind! Doh!

I found the site, super nice! See that pic at the top! Suffice it to say this tri is definitely a do-again. :) I got myself situated and ran a little, stretch a little, and chatted a bit -- you know, just to warm-up.

I was not sure what to race, age group or Athena. I chose Athena, only because I did age …

Donna's Copycat Fuji Apple Chicken Salad Recipe

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So I went to Panera Bread the other day and enjoyed their Fuji Apple Chicken salad. I have to say it was yummy. But after I went to the website and read the nutritional content I was less than pleased. A 500+ Calorie salad and a ton of ingredient names in the dressing I can't even pronounce. Although one that I can pronounce is Propelyn Glycol, which is found in lighter fluid. Uh, yeah... I don't think so.

So I took it upon myself to make a similar salad.

Salad Fixin's
Romain Lettuce (they used mixed Spring Greens)
Red Onion
Pecans (just a few per salad)
Tomatoes
Dried Apple Chips
Gorgonzola Cheese (just enough)
Rotisserie Chicken (Breast only No Skin)

Donna's Fake Fuji Apple Dressing (6 servings)
2 T. Olive Oil
1 T. White Balsamic Vinegar
1 T. Apple Cider Vinegar
1 T. Garlic Powder
1 T. Onion Powder
1 1/2 t. Dijon Mustard
3 T. Organic Frozen Applejuice Concentrate
Theirs: 80 Calories 6 g. Fat and full of processed crud.
Mine:
Calories55.5  Total Fat4.5 g  Saturated Fat0.6 g  …

Wednesday...

Today is Wednesday, and that means it's a Brick day. I enjoy brick day. :)

Today is also a "sim" day in that I will give max effort on my bike and run since the Silverlake Tri is on Sunday!

2 things of note this week, although not earth-shattering I should recognize for my own benefit. My 5 mile run this week was DEFINITELY better than the week before. My pace for the 5 for still >12, but the cool thing is I actually ran the first 2 miles. Probably shot my load for the remainder of the run, but the point is I feel myself getting better, and that's motivating to me, anyway.

I was behind in training (the 5 mile run and the 700 m swim) because of weekend work and just general lack of time. So got the 5 mile run in on my OFF training day, and yesterday I had a vacation day and took myself to the pool. I swam 2000m in about an hour. I did 4 x 500's, so it wasn't 2000 straight. The last 500 I did with breaths every 5 strokes. Another great improvement. I…

A First-Timers Video - Danskin 2007

Brave
Nichole Nordeman, Jay Joyce

The gate is wide
The road is paved in moderation
The crowd is kind and quick to pull you in
Welcome to the middle ground
You're safe and sound and
Until now it's where I've been

'Cause it's been fear that ties me down to everything
But it's been love, Your love, that cuts the strings

So long status quo
I think I just let go
You make me want to be brave
The way it always was
Is no longer good enough
You make me want to be brave
Brave, brave

I am small
And I speak when I'm spoken to
But I am willing to risk it all
I say Your name
Just Your name and I'm ready to jump
Even ready to fall...

Why did I take this vow of compromise?
Why did I try to keep it all inside?

So long status quo
I think I just let go
You make me want to be brave
The way it always was
Is no longer good enough
You make me want to be brave
Brave, brave

I've never known a fire that didn't begin with a flame
Every storm will start with just a drop of rain
But if you believe in me
That…

The Cassinator

This just tickled me.. probably won't tickle anyone else. But she's so funny about "racing". Even racing up the stairs she gets all nervous and worried she won't win. Certainly it is not something I've taught her, but I guess kids just naturally pick it up at school. We just try to tell her to do her best and not quit.

Cassie: "Mommy, I want to ride my bike on the home day."
Mommy: "Okay, we'll make time for it"
Cassie: "I want to ride with you on all the days" (that means all the time)
Mommy: "You want to race with Mommy too?"
Cassie" "Gasp* "No, I don't I like races" (as she visibly cringes)
Mommy: "No?"
Cassie: "I am afraid I won't win"
Mommy: "You know Cassie, Mommy never wins."
Cassie: She's quiet for a second "Never???"
Mommy: "Never."
Mommy: "What about just riding or running for fun?"
Cassie: "I can do that!…

Training and Randomness

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It's Friday and ordinarily I'd be happy, except I have to work late on an infrastructure project tonight -- which kind of blows since I miss a cook-out with some friends who are visiting from Germany. Such is life in IT, I guess...

That said, I am going to take a longer lunch and go swim... which is sort of where I should be right now. I'll get there. LOL

Yesterday's run was so-so. I hit the road around 3:30; it was so freakin' hot, humid and difficult ot breathe. It was strange. I squeaked out a 13 minute pace for the 5K, but I could have done better. After yesterday no more running until the evening. There's no real reason to subject myself to it. Even at a sprint that started at 7am, I'd be running by around 9am or 10 am, or so. So no more early morning and evening runs for me in this heat and humidity.

I wanted to give a shout out to Kim over at Big Girl Big City for the post she shared about her G'ma. She made me recall mine, although the r…

Motivational Quote

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.

Don't let it stop you from being who you can be.

Exhaustion tells you when you ought to stop.
You only reach your limit when you can go no further.

Wednesday

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Frist, training... Today was brick training. I did a 9 mile ride and 2 mile run. Both were awesome! I averaged just of 16 mph on the ride and had a PR on my 2 mile run 23:08 -- that's an 11:34 pace. That means that in the last 6 weeks I've cut more than a minute of my pace time.

Screw what happened at the YMCA on Sunday -- I know I'm getting better. Don't know what happened that day -- guess my body was just not in the game.

I mentioned the back thing last week. It really has not gone away completely, so I finally when to see Dr. Taylor, a Chiropractor who specializes in sports medicine/injuries and training. She focuses on all things health and fitness, including promoting weightlifting and the Crossfit protocol for training. There are some crazy videos on her blog of folks doing some amazing things! In fact, yesterday, while I was there, one guy had jumped op on a 37" plyobox! No running start... just standing ther and jumped up!

Anyway, Darren has been s…

Kickin' & Screamin'

Seriously, yesterday just sucked. All the way around. I was crabby and had no patience. It started from the moment I woke up and continued throughout the day. Just one annoying thing after another.

Truthfully, in the big picture, none of it was big stuff. Just irritating.

For those of you who don't believe I struggle with getting to the gym and being a domestic goddess, yesterday was one of those days. I knew there was stuff (laundry!) that had to get done at home. I was afraid if I went home after the gym I would just call it a night, and there the laundry would sit.

In the end, I put my body first and packed up to go to the gym right after work. Good choice, right?

So remember how happy I was about the practice tri? Well, I was quickly deflated when I got my official time yesterday -- overall the cumulative time was better than I thought (1:30:28) Just 29 seconds outside of my goal. That was the good news, but what I learned next was horrifying to my training effort:

Eviden…

Mom's Toolbox

What were you like as a first time mom?

So Amy over at Mom's Toolbox asked her readers to participate and share what it was like to be a first time Mom. She shared it wasn't the most natural of transitions for her, which you (or at least I) rarely hear. Mom's don't like to admit experiencing that challenge, so often it goes unspoken. Needless to say I was pleasantly comforted, because there were times when I felt maybe Mommyhood wasn't for me. Thankfully that mindset has changed. :)

It took me a long time to get attached to my pregnancy. I miscarried in my early 20's and always felt badly about it. Early on it was guilt I felt, like I had done something wrong, but of course I know better now. I think I carried a lot of fear with me too, which kept me distant from that miracle inside my belly.

Anyway, it took me a long time to bond during my pregnancy. I mean, I did all the things new Mom's do with their baby in their baby while in the belly; read to her…

Pearland Y Practice Sprint Tri

After taking the Tour de Pearland to find the Y -- seriously we drove around the entire city we made it, we finally found the facility. We learned it is always prudent to verify directions before leaving. LOL

This sprint tri was a practice tri the Y sponsored to which they invited members of Bay Area Multisport to participate. It was a 300 m swim, 9 mile bike and 5k. Maybe there were 40 people there, tops. You had the option of the long or short course. Elysha and I did the long. It was nice, casual and very un-intimidating.

The swim was in a pool. They seed you by swim time for 300 m. I told them 10 minutes, but the last time I timed myself it was 8:30... I just never did a pool tri before so I gave myself some extra time. The guy ahead of me was slow, then fast, then slow, then fast again... it was annoying because either I was on his feet or he was on mine. Guess it goes with the fun .

I exited the pool and had a little issue with my sunglasses getting knotted in my helmet. …

Here's the Deal...

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A quick post before I'm off to a practice sprint tri this morning...

Wednesday night I was feeling all good, bad and ugly about my brick. I had a great ride and my best pace ever on my run. Again, not stellar by any stretch of the imagination, but relative to my level, awesome.

Later that evening, I sad down on the couch and something didn't feel right. I sat up and a pain in my lower back took my breath away. Ouch! It hurt so badly it kept me awake that night; I could not even roll over in bed without seeing stars.

I wasn't stupid; Thursday I rested. I didn't do anything.

Friday I had to do a 3 mile run and 45 minute swim. I got the first 2 miles of the run in, but the last half mile killed me. My back started acting up again. I wound up having to walk the last mile of the 3. What was worse was I could not walk more than 2.5 mph without holding on, or my back whipped at me!

I hit the hot tub for a while and sat right in front of the jet; it felt some better. I c…