Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday Fillins

And...here we go!

1. I'm going to be completely unproductive at work with my Daughter "visiting" for the day.  At almost 6 she still has a hard time keeping herself entertained.  :)

2. Elysha lived the example of  adventure and daring.

3. Perhaps today you can recognize and act on an opportunity to/say something nice to/for someone.

4. Some people think I have one, but I only have half of a true adventurer’s spirit. (I'm just plain "chicken" to do some things.  :)

5. Compassion is priceless.

6. Forgive; no matter how difficult.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to "the best lil' triathlon in the south" tomorrow my plans include traveling to Shreveport and Sunday, I want to well, kick-ass and maybe beat Lance's course record for the tri!  <---Hahaha!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thursday Thirteen - Completely Random

1)  I've gotten to the point at work that if I don't know who it is calling me, I don't pick up the phone.  I figure if it's important enough they'll leave a message.  I hate how telemarketers immediately persuade you to feel obliged to entertain their presentation, with no regard for what I may be doing.  It's just annoying.  Note to marketers.  If you think what you have to say is important, take the time to leave me a message, I just may call you back if you think it's important enough to leave a voice mail!

2)  I've had a neurotic red-breasted bird practically living on my window-sill at work.  Seriously, this little twisted tweeter comes to my office window everyday, over and over again.  What's nuts is he pecks at the window and jumps up and down on the ledge for several minutes at a time, then leaves, then come back.  His little beak is all worn down from all the pecking at the glass.

You might imagine how annoying the sound can be.  At first we thought maybe he was injured, but he's not -- he's just nuts!  Clearly his little bird brain definitely has a screw loose.  The pecking got so annoying I considered moving my office as it had been going on for 3 weeks!  Just yesterday the guys here mounted a new pet on the sill of my window... It's much bigger and not as cute, but it's kept my crazy red-breasted friend away!

3)  My Wordless Wednesday photo was about balance.  One noter said they thought "Ta dahhh!" when they saw it.  If/when I achieve balance, that's what I'll be saying.... "Ta dahh!  Seems to me balance is a dynamic state and some things weigh more than others at different times.  I'm still trying to get better at it.

4)  River Cities Triathlon (aka "The best lil' triathlon in the South") is this weekend.  Me, my TB (Training Buddy aka "Hombre") and company, along with a group of others from the tri club are headed to Shreveport. I'm looking forward to the race.  It will be fun to be somewhere different.

5)  Mom, Sis and Nieces are arriving from NJ a week from Friday.  I'm so excited!!  Seems like I'm missing home more and more lately.

6)  I can't believe Cassie starts "real" school in 4 weeks.  That's just insane to me.  She's ready and excited to be a "Bauerschlag Bear"  :)

7) 57 days until Redman.  I started working with a sports nutritionist on my race nutrition and daily nutrition.  I think it's going to workout well.  We have some challenges with food volume as I just can't eat what they want me to eat pre-race (for obvious reason), but I think we're going to come up with a "smoothie" option to get the fuel I need.  After how good I felt on my bike Sunday, I'm excited to try more.  My daily plan has about 1300 calories a day, but is very specific with regard to content of not only Fat/Protein/Carbs, but also Iron, Cholesterol, Sodium and Calcium.  Between these very specific dietary changes, my Thyroid being normalized and not starving my body during training, I can already tell I'm feeling a bit better.  Let's keep fingers cross that it continues to go in the right direction.

8)  It's been weighing on my mind, but my Mom is divorcing after 29 years of marriage.  I'm sad for her, but not for losing him from our lives.  As cold as it sounds, I almost feel like I can breathe again knowing he's gone.  I also know love is a funny thing and that he could be back one day, so I'll hold my tongue and save my opinions for another day.

9)  My brother actually sent me a message.  Oh?  I've never mentioned my brother?  That's because we really don't talk.  In fact, the last time I saw him was when my Dad almost died several years ago.  Shortly thereafter he took up some religious beliefs that weren't very flexible.  As in, if-you-don't-agree-with-me-I-can't-associate-with-you, kind of stuff.  He sent me some videos on how "bad" divorce is.  Frankly, it annoyed me and I replied, "What point are you trying to make by sending this to me?"  He never responded and we never really talked again. Then, out of the blue, he sends me a message saying that my Daughter's birth video was a "featured video of the day on You Tube and was surprised it was his Sister (me) and her Daughter.  God bless."    I replied and said it was nice to hear from him, hoped he was well, and that "my Daughter is your niece and it would be nice if you could meet one day.  Love, me."  We'll see what happens.

10)  I found a half marathon I might do next year if I can combine it with a trip to NJ.  There is the NJ Marathon Festival where I can "Run the Shore".  I think it would be tons of fun since I lived on that boardwalk as kid!  It will be too close to Houston (if I get in) and Lonestar 70.3 (if?) to do the full, but I did consider it... after all, it does have a neat shirt!

11)  With regard to number 10, some of my best family memories (post divorce) are "down the shore."  I loved going to Asbury Park for the 4th of July and watching the fireworks.  I loved the old Convention Center/Paramount Theatre, there was such an overwhelming sense of "old" and "history." Probably because it was in a perpetual state of disrepair when we'd visit.  However, whenever I'd walk through there I'd always try to imagine what it was like in it's day. The entire Asbury Park area had had a hard 20+ years from the 1970's to 1990's, but slowly things  are being restored and that's a good thing.

8)  Does everyone get so nostalgic when they get older?

9)  Hmmm, next thing you know I'll want to try to knit/crochet again!

10)  So Dailymile has a swimming challenge sponsored by Ford/Ironman. It's now much time you spend in the pool.  Not necessarily how far or how fast, but rather how long.  Kind of evens out the playing ground.  Anyway there are 25 prizes (an Aquasphere Ironman Wetsuit).  I'm number 5 and there's just 2 days left of the challenge!  I'm hoping I score one, in a sleeveless!  I'm a little worried the sleeves might be too hot for Redman.  Hmmm.

11)  My friend *S* had Gastric Bypass on Monday.  Send her good vibes.  My BFF is going through the process of a revision from lap band to gastric sleeve.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed everything continues to move forward for her and smoothly!

12) Cassie adores her friend's St. Bernard. We're looking for a large, loyal, quiet dog.  Recommendations?

13) I'm wrapping up my Thursday 13!  Need to run to the store... outta here!

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Triathlon Girl Talks Tactics LOL!

Entered! Houston Full Marathon Lottery

I've never won more than a bottle of ketchup in a grocery store contest when I was a kid, so here's hoping (???) I win the lottery for entry in the 2011 Chevron Houston Marathon.  Now I wait until August 17th to see if I made it in.

I was kind of torn as to whether or not I'd do the event.  I am somewhat annoyed at the whole implementation of the lottery system, but it is local and I need something to keep me going through the Winter. 

I'm also thinking about combining a trip to NJ in 2011 to do the half-marathon at "Run The Shore" New Jersey Marathon Festival -- it's down the boardwalk from Long Branch and South... seems like it would be fun!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Race Sim

Overall my race sim went well.  I'm happy and have complete confidence I can do this!  I need to define, refine and tweak some things here and there, but with 9 weeks still ahead of me until Redman's Half, so I have time!

So my swim of approximately 1800m was about 43 minutes.  I don't have an exact time, but I know I came in under 45 -- and that was my goal.  At Silverlake I did the 1 mile race, in a wetsuit in 42 minutes.  This was 1.2 miles and I did it without at wetsuit in 43 minutes. So I'm definitely showing signs of improvement. :)

My bike was decent.  I felt really strong the first 30 miles. We started our way back and had some headwind and cross wind, which made it "feel like we were riding into a hair dryer!", as described by a friend, which dropped our overall average speed.  I was having a great ride up until then.  Still, though, I managed an overall average of 15.7 for the ride, which easily would have been 2 to 3 miles slower last year!  Total bike time 2:50:07.

My run... well, its still slow.  It was hot and by the time I was done with my bike I was super lazy.  Our meeting point was a brand new high school facility.  No trees.  Just brick and cement.  After my bike I was so desperate for shade I ran the 3ft of shade around the school's edge for some relief! I did my 20 minute transition run.

After all that I was tired, but felt mentally good.  And while I was obviously physically tired too, the idea of doing 13.1 after swimming and biking didn't want to make me barf. I know I can slog through the half at the end if I need to -- but I'm still hoping I'll have enough to manage a <15 minute pace on the Redman run.  I'd be totally ecstatic if I could run what I did for the Houston half, but it would have to cool off a ton for that to happen.

The real big deal was my nutrition yesterday and how that changed my mental and physical performance.  Seriously.  I was pretty skeptical it would make as much of a difference as it did.

The first big change was breakfast.  I never really ate a ton for b'fast to begin with, but I promised myself I would do what I could. It took me 90 minutes, but I managed to get in half of everything the RD recommended.  I thought for a second that maybe she didn't I'm an RNY post op!  LOL  I ate a reasonable amount of everything.

On the bike I wore a second watch with a timer for 15 minute increments.  This was a reminder to drink/refuel.  The RD has me alternating G'ade Endurance and water w/Nuun every 15 minutes, with a gel thrown into the rotation as well (never a gel with G'ade at the same time!).  It all went really great -- I'm relieved to know how much better I'm going to feel on race day with a proper nutrition plan in place.

60 day countdown begins today!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

I Should be Sleeping Now...


I'm kind of excited/nervous about tomorrow.  I have a race sim that is going to be pretty indicative of how Redman will go.  It's an 1800m swim, 47 mile bike and 20 min run.  Yeah, the run is short, but I need to save it for crossing the real finish line. :)

I have a completely new nutrition plan with the help of RPM Sports.  I'm anxious to try it and see what a difference it will make.  My hope is it that it makes for an A-maz-ing day.

I'm a little concerned though because it's a lot of food (volume-wise) for me.  Heck it even sounded like a lot to my coach!  She said I'd be tired just from chewing 2 power bars; she's probably right!

I'm going to give it a whirl since tomorrow is the day to make mistakes and try new things.

Oh well... as ready as I'm going to be.  Need some shut-eye now.

Do you do race reports on simulations?  More to come.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Race Report: Bayou Duathlon

Oh!  The Bayou Duathlon was this past weekend.  I neglected to mention it or even do a race report for it.

In lieu of the Katy Flatlands Century Ride, I did it as a relay with "Hombre", my training buddy -- the better training choice since I have that crazy brick this weekend, and according to SC*, "you can ride 100 miles any ol' time."  LOL

Anyway, "Hombre" did the run(s) and I did the bike.

A group of us headed out to ride the course before the race (11.5 miles) at 5:30 am. There was absolutely no wind and we were chit-chattin' keep ing 17-18 no problem... not even breathing heavy.

SC:  "I think you'll average 20 today."
Me:  "I think you're smokin' crack.  I've never averaged 20."
SC:  "What's your goal?"
Me:  "I don't have a specific goal; only to do my best.  Then I can't be disappointed if I don't reach a magic number."  "Because today my best might be 17 or it might be 20."

Secretly though SC laid it out for me and I thought just maybe 20 was possible.

SC probably also knew exactly what she had just done.

The race started and Hombre had a great first run. I hit the bike hard over the levy and knocked the breath from me.  I get so excited when I first start!  By the time I finished the downhill and turned onto the feeder  I was okay.  I looked down and lo and behold I was going over 20!  Whooohooo!!  It was about a half mile before the u-turn and I was feeling so good, because if I was going over 20 headed south, I'd be faster heading north!!!  A bunch of tri club folks out for their long ride were on the hairpin waiting to root us on.  It was nice to hear them cheering.  I made an awesome turn (if I do say so myself!), but then WHAM!

Wind?  Really??  Where did this come from???

That was so weird... and from the Northeast, at that -- according to OC**, that happens, what, like once a year?!  Quickly my aspirations of averaging 20 were squelched as my legs were burning.  "Really?", I thought, "they're burning already?"  "There's no way that early ride could have possibly have drained me, it was so nice and easy!"

I just figured I  had to push through it and do my best!  On the first long lap I was able to keep right around 18 heading north into the wind.  I made the turn, headed south again, and kept mostly 19-20 with a max of 23.  That last loop was tough -- this was like a time trial, you know?  An all-out effort.  On the last length heading North it was all I could do to keep it above 17 mph.

Hombre did a great job with the 2nd run too and we finished in 1:12

Our relay team was up against the others who train with the same coaches.  Their teams were stacked with super he-man cyclists and super fast runners!  I finished, averaging 17.9 officially (18 on my computer), but it looked so yuck compared to their averages of 23.something mph!  LOL

Still I did my best.  It was a good ride for me, and was my best for that day.  Really I couldn't have done anything differently or tried any harder than I did, so I'm pretty happy.  

*SC ("She-ro" Coach)
**OC (Our Coach) he coaches all of us, including SC

9 1/2 Weeks -- Hahaha!

Hey, it's me... Donna (Ride or Tri Like a Girl!).  I just have a new blog title and new look!

There's just 9 1/2 weeks left before Redman. I can't believe how fast the time is flying by.

I was really happy to finally receive my daily and race nutrition plan from RPM Sports.  Upon review it was a little overwhelming, but we'll go over everything and I'm certain I'll have a chance to ask questions.  Nutrition is really the big gray area for me with the obvious challenges and this plan is tailored just for me, and takes my rearranged plumbing into account.  I'm anxious to see how having the proper nutrition will impact performance and endurance. I guess I'll find out this weekend, because...

I have what my coaches call a "crazy brick" this weekend.  It's one of those things that tests not only your physical endurance but your mental endurance too.  Heck, for me it's almost the half-iron distance!  I'm looking at an 1800m swim, a 47 mile bike and 30 minute run -- and hopefully all under 4 hours.  That's a goal anyway.  It will be fun!.  We're doing it along side the other athletes they are training and this is the last big session for my she-ro coach, before she starts tapering for the Louisville IM.  We're all doing portions along side of her.

 Let's see, what else?  I'm taking my vitamins as newly instructed and I'm forcing myself out of bed at 4:30 AM, when my alarm goes off.  For a few months I couldn't move when the alarm would go off, which is totally not me -- I even got to the point where I didn't bother setting my alarm, and would just get up when Darren did.  If you know me, you know that is soooo not me.  I'm not a "morning person", but I do  get up early and get moving.

Dare I say I'm actually starting to feel a little better?  Doc confirmed Thyroid and Prolactin are now normalized. Just need to get these other deficiencies related to Anemia in check before it becomes something that requires escalated treatment.

Next week is Rivercities.  Don't worry Lance, I'm not out to break your record. I'm just out for the top-rate schwag.  : )

Monday, July 19, 2010

My Kingdom for a Cute but Tough "Girlz" Bike Jersey

This is a new kind of entry into the "I made it" category.  Usually it's always food!  :)

So a few months ago we were sitting at the lake after a swim and started talking about coming up with a tri jersey that had a skull and crossbones (victory or death) with a pink bow.  We were kind of excited about the prospect of a cool, tough, girly jersey and I had been wanting to do something that would help me learn how to use Adobe Illustrator.

Well, Elysha passed away and anything non-essential kind of faded into the background, as you might imagine.  

Well, there are a group of girls, some members of my tri club, some not, who are doing a bike team time trial in San Antonio.  We decided do resurrect the idea but make the tri jersey into a bike jersey.

So with some guidance of what they wanted we came up with this design.  I know, you cyclists are thinking "BLACK?!?" But really, it worked for Fatty's group, so why not ours? We ride in the Winter too!  We tried different variations, but in the end, this is what looked best and is what everyone liked, so "Chase This!"

A Fresh New Look!

Well, if you're actually visiting here and not reading through Google Reader,  you'll see the new look!  I figured I've been keeping a blog of some sort since 1997, back when we used to call them "home pages" and not "blogs", that I do something nice.  I just couldn't find the time to figure it all out.  I'd get to a point, but it would never have that polished look I wanted. 

I have to give credit where credit is due... I had some help from Mary Plautz of Last Chance Blog Designs and I'm completely happy with the end result.  This blog is changing, just like me!  Unfortunately Mary is not taking new orders for blogs, because she's overhauling her business, but I still endorse her.  So if you're interested, keep checking her site to see when she's ready to taking new orders.

There's a little tweaking to come still, but it's still worth a click or two outside of Reader to see what Mary did for me.  :)

So I've progressed from my old "Home Page" to "Ride Like a Girl", to "Ride (or Tri) Like a Girl" because "Go Mommy Go!" isn't just what Cass yells from the sidelines at a race, it what I do in life!  I just keep going!

Friday, July 16, 2010

While I am Waiting

While I'm waiting for the hot sun to go down  before I head out for my run, I was checking out some blogs.  One blog pointed me to the "Love Your Body" campaign.  I just really liked some of these posters. 

This theme kept recurring in things I read this week.  Like Shelly (Eggface) who loves her bod (and pouch) so much that she only treats it to good stuff.  Or really believing in my head that I am already a runner so that I think like one amd act like one.  Love my body the way it is right now -- this body that trains hard and sees me from the Start Line to the Finish Line, so far, without fail.  That's pretty darned good!

You can take a look at some of the other poster winners here; I just posted the ones I really liked.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

For the Athena Closet: Nike Dedication Sport Top

I've stood on my soap box before, asking the sports apparel manufacturers to hear us.  "Us" being the fluffy, non-junior sized athletes.  We exist; we're not "Bigfoot."  Please, please make performance apparel we can swim, bike and run in!  Really, I mean I don't want to do a full Ironman naked one day!  :)

Depending on the manufacturer I can wear XL's.  Nike actually offers XXL's; the shorts are too big and the tighter fitting tops just don't cut it in the area of the "boobicles", at least for me.  Until I found the Nike Dedication Sport Top!  Can you hear the angels singing?  I can.  :)  The top comes in sizes 1X to 3X.

If you are looking for a looser fitting top, this is not it.  This is form fitting.  It has a flattering fit, believe it or not, but the 1X was a little long on me, but just right in the bust.  If I were juding I would say these run a little small size-wise, but does that surprise anyone who tries to find pluss apparel?

I wear this top for both cycling and running and even though it still requires a racer-back bra underneath (because it offers little support!)  I like that it is form fitting (more like a bike jersey).  For the die-hard cyclist, you might prefer jersey for the pockets on the back, but I keep my feasting necessities in my bento box.  I hate running in a bike jersey; it's just too heavy!

Anyway, this would be a great all-around workout garment... everything from yoga to cardio. I scored mine on the Clearance rack at Academy for just over $14 bucks.  Not sure if it was a mistake, but my gain!  :)

Also, Moving Comfort just released their new fall line today -- like right as I was writing this post I saw the email... I'm going to check-out the offerings and summarize!  But looking quickly I saw running tights in capri length for extended sizes.  Yippy!  :)

Annual Post-op Labs :::Cue Dramatic Music:::

Da-duh, dum, dum...

Let's recap, shall we?  For the last 3 months my Thyroid has been good.  For the last 6 weeks my Prolactin levels have normalized, according to the numbers, so thankfully Dostinex is working. Really, it's nice not to feel like I'm lactating. 

But why, then, do I still feel so crappy?

Well, I visited my PCP yesterday to discuss my annual post-RNY labs.  Generally this is a very uneventful discussion.  It never really changes.  I'm a "good patient" and he likes that I "the results show I still follow the rules at over 3 years out." 

First, considering my hormone issues, he thinks it's great I'm "just 7 lbs. up".  He said a lot of post-ops this far out have gained more.  Of course I replied, "but I'm swimming, biking and running almost 100 miles a week!  I shouldn't have ANY weight gain!!"  He can't say much other than "hormonal chemistry is tricky" and that I should go by body fat percent.  And in that area, I haven't gone up and I haven't gone down. 

So that's all good stuff.  Well, sorta... depending on if you ask him or me. 

The bad news is my labs were sh*tty and my labs point to being Anemic.  Good grief!  Could my body chemistry be any more screwed up right now?

Jokingly he said "You were healthier before all this Triathlon training."  Very funny. Not.

So we turned up the volume on some supplements (http://www.bariatricadvantage.com/) and we'll see how it goes after 3 months.

I'm disppointed things are out-of-whack, but happy there's an answer.  I'm even happier there is something I can do about it!

Also the Anemia would account for the feeling of chills and dizziness I had on my last several long runs.  Oh yeah, did I mention that?  Well, it was happening.  I can slow down and get it together a gain so I just listen to my body.  I like to think I'm pretty in tune with what I am supposed to be feeling.

There was more good.  My total cholesterol was not just great, but my ratio of healthy cholesterol (HDL) to LDL was awesome.  Generally I have good total cholesterol, so thank you CorOmega fish Oil for helping to raise my HDL. :)

And... the best good news is, I'm still no longer Diabetic.

Firecracker 4! Me and the Cassinator

I did the Firecracker 4 in Lake Jackson.  My race was fine.  4 miles, under an hour.  I know not lightening speed, but 57 mins in this heat was good for me!  Nothing really of significance about the race.  I just went to support LJFAT and have some fun since I had to run anyway.

The rest of the race was a blast.  I brought Cass-a-frass with me because BASF sponsored a fun-run for the kids. 

I'm not sure if I've shared this, but it's pretty funny.  With Cassie, if you call it a race she just freaks out.  You can't even say, "Race you upstairs!"  She'll just stop, shoot-out that bottom lip and goes into full-blown pout-mode.  If it wasn't so sad it would be funny.  So, therefore, any kind of race situation/challenge is called a "Fun {fill inthe blank}".  The ironic thing is, get her in a race situation, and she's all game and gets competitive!  Here's some pics.

She doesn't quite understand "pacing" yet.  Poor thing went out so hard she barely made it all the way back!  She had such a stitch in her side, but was super-proud to finish.  She's a tough cookie. :)