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Kona Eastside Tri - Race Report

Race breakfast wouldn't quite go down. Had my 16 oz. G'ade, power bar, Ezekiel english muffin/almond butter 2 hours before race start, but had to pass on the banana.

No Heart Rate or Garmin data today. Accidentally left it at home (Boo!) when I was diligently double-checking it to make sure everything worked. Ugh!  Hate when good intentions go bad!  Today I raced completely blind.  No Heart Rate.  No cadence.  No speed.  No pace. 

On the way to the race site it was misting rain -- was kind of worried about the streets, but they were dry by the time we rolled. 

The Swim was okay.  My arms and shoulders grew tired fairly quickly today, which is not the norm. Seemed like I was better the first 400 and got noticeably tired on that last stretch. The last leg of the swim, I really had to think about kicking... my legs were sinking if I didn't -- they were just tired.  I know I swim better than this, so I'm trying not to be bummed.  I did a lot this week (including adding s…

Surprisingly Well!

I have to do a little celebrating!  I made it out to run last night (I was determined... no matter what!).   I was kind of dreading it, since I haven't run since Lonestar back 17 days before.  That's a while to go without running.

I hit the road last night and the biggest difference with my heart rate was even though I was pushing at 155-160, I didn't physically feel like I was.  In the past 160 would quickly get out of control and jump to 170-something and I'd hit my max and have to start walking.  Last night was a very controlled run.  Nothing got away from me. That was awesome.

This morning I had spin, which was normal spin. I think this instructor's favorite phrase was "pick up the pace!"  That's all he kept saying.. over, and over, and over again!

I did a 30 minute run after and once again felt really good!

This morning, Coach texted me to find out what my 5k PR was, because he thought I might have beat it on my "easy" run last night.  …

Adult Truths

My boss sent me this... too funny and most of it absolutely the truth!

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all …

Where's my Game?

After 2 very light weeks of training, it's supposed to be "game on" this week.  I admit I needed a slight break from training, as much as my family needed to have me take a break!  For the next 6 weeks I have different goals outside of racing, focusing on nutrition and strength training. Try to get leaner and stronger before I start training for Redman.  It's really a challenge to do both, and train hard for an event. I always struggle with this dilemma because I must have a tri in the future to focus on in order to keep some consistency. 

I started Masters Swimming today  Me + Masters Swimming =  very entertaining.  :)

Funny story... or maybe not so funny.  Your call.  We have more than a couple people in every lane.  We "circle" swim most of the time... like 99% of the time.  So this morning it was just me and Ben in our lane and we were doing 100's on our intervals.  I swim a bit faster than Ben (except when he's sneaky and has his fins on).…

NASCAR Driver Tri's

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From Competitor.com
NASCAR Driver Ready For His Debut TriathlonPublished: Apr 26th 2011 2:31 PM UTC by News NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip, who plans to compete in this weekend’s Monticelloman Triathlon in Virginia, says endurance sports motivate him to stay fit.

Michael Waltrip is enjoying his ownership role with his NASCAR Sprint Cup organization this year, but he’s keeping busy with some outside interests, too.

Although he’s running only a limited NASCAR schedule, he’s getting in plenty of hours of competition. Next up on his schedule is the Monticelloman Olympic Triathlon in Lake Monticello, Va., on Sunday — which comes just hours after his two NASCAR Sprint Cup teams race Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway.

Waltrip has competed in several marathons, including the 2000 Boston Marathon. The triathlon Sunday includes a 0.9-mile swim course, a 24-mile bike course and 6.2-mile running course around Lake Monticello.

The competition comes a week after Waltrip tested…

Fab Food Find - Cha-cha-cha Chia

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Chia seeds.  I know, they look weird.  But don't hate the Chia.  It's good for you!  And no, these aren't exactly the same Chia seeds found on the clay forms of the "As Seen on TV" products.  Those seeds are not FDA approved. 

Chia seeds are loaded with antioxidants (more than blueberries!) and are a sources of protein, fiber (more than bran!), calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and copper.  

One blogger source says, Chia "contains 6 times more calcium, 11 times more phosphorus, and 4.6 times more potassium per 100g of edible portion than milk, and have 6 times more iron per 100g of edible portion than spinach, 1.8 times more iron than lentils, and 2.4 times more iron than beef liver."

Chia seeds are also considered to be hydrophilic, meaning they can absorb large amounts of water quickly. Great for aiding athletes with hydration.

Eaten raw, chia seeds are also a great source of essential fatty acids, offering a healthy balanc…

Food Journal 4/20

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Yesterday's plan changed, since I wound up going to TriSwim.  I did grab a small slice of meatloaf before I left to tide me over and after swim some of us headed to Chick-Fil-A and I grabbed their chargrilled chicken and fruit salad.  Not bad for 22 g of Protein and 210 Calories.  As usual though, the "light" berry balsamic dressing was 130 Cals for the packet.  It's a good sized salad... I used the whole darned thing and it wasn't very good.  Super-duper sweet!!!  Would do the salad again, but not the dressing. 

Still ended yesterday with 1,310 Calories, 131 g. Carbs, 37 g Fat and 122 g of protein.

I was a super-duper good protein girl!

Here's the plan for today... boss brought me some leftover stuffed cabbage from their Passover Seder.  I haven't had good stuffed cabbage like that since my Gram was alive!  Yum!

I may or may not take a 1 hour run tonight.  Feeling like I should with a 160+g of carbs for the day.   








How to Pull

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Progress and Plans

Yesterday was my second swim since my 70.3 race.  The first was a group swim -- not that it doesn't count, but it's a different mentality going in.

I was not feeling the swim session at first.  Just felt like I slogging through the water.  After my warm-up I started feeling better -- thank goodness, because I had 5 sets of descending intervals for my main set.

In the end I did awesome -- and was happy.  It's been a while since I've swam in the 25 yard pool, so I knew times would be faster, but I did PR at 1:45/100 yd. and that was my last interval of the night after swimming 2800 yds.  I could barely break 2 minutes last year, so I'm making progress.  I love when something happens so I can actually see it.

Some of my race plans have changed. I added a 2 mile swim race to my schedule and changed my race at Redman to the 70.3 distance again.  I know I can do better than I did last year.  Not 24 hours after my race, coach told me my time-to-beat for Redman... I'l…

Food Journal 4/19

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Keep in mind I am in a lighter training mode, so I don't require as much "fuel" as I do when regularly training.  Also, with my slower thyroid, in order to have weightloss I have to be eating substantially less.  After having my RMR tested that number should be somewhere around 1400 calories per day, but with capacity limitations, it's sometimes less.  What's here is what's planned for the day, but sometimes it changes. 


Yesterday I added an apple and 3/4 C (instead of 1/2 C. Cottage Cheese).  I also added a 1/2 T. of Dark Chocolate Almond butter and few dried cranberries, bringing my calories for yesterday up to about 1280.  Kind of blew my salt intake out of the water for the day.  Ugh.  Working on that.  My target is no more than 1600 and I finished the day at just over 2k. 

Here's today!

Food Journal

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For the next 6-8 weeks my blog is going to have a lot of boring nutrition focus.  I'll still be training for tri, but I'm going to be changing up my training schedule a bit with a little more swimming, in the way of Masters and the addition of weight training. It seems the new thyroid meds might be working... though I hate to be hopeful so quickly.  I'm down 10 lbs. since starting them, and no mystery weight gain after the 70.3 like what happened with Redman. 

Today I have a 3,000 yd swim for my exercise.



Ironman 70.3 Texas - The Race Report

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Race prep really started the week before. I had been making some upgrades to my bike in the way of wheels, hubs and a bottom bracket.  I thought I was pretty well set until my bike check ride.  My bottom bracket just felt tight; making it harder to pedal.  Initially I didn't worry much about it because I thought it was just the day's wind that was causing resistance, but after talking to Darren and him taking a look at it, we opted to return the old bottom bracket to my setup... at least until after the race.  The hubs and bracket all need time to break-in.  The grease inside is thick and you need to put on some miles to break it down a bit.  So after replacing the new bracket with the original, my bike was ready to roll.

On Friday I took off of work and headed down to the race site for packet pickup and one more bike check ride.   I was 5th in line for pickup and it went smoothly.  I hit the expo and spent way too much money on IM70.3 stuff, but I figure it was my first IM ev…

Ironman 70.3 Texas

All I will say right now is, I did it and it was amazing.  I beat the cut-offs I was so desperately worried about with time to spare! 

I have a geeky race report coming, but want to wait until I can complete it with pictures.  It was a great day full of challenges.

Awesome!

Holy Race Week!

Oh yes.  Make no mistake.  It's race week.  I have absolutely no focus.

I'm driving to work this morning, listening to my mojo mix.  These are the songs that get me pumped! 
But wait... why?  Why are my eyes welling up?  I'm such a gurl.  Geez!  Why? Why?! WHY?!?

I hate the rollercoaster.  Here I thought my valleys wouldn't be as low since it's my second time around. Stupid song... talking about not letting your insecurities take hold of you.  "You're made for more."  "Don't be afaid." Blah, blah, blah.

*deep breath*

Then...

I have to make a quick run to get a new bike mount for my Garmin.  I head to my favorite tri store where the parking lot is nuts at lunchtime and I swear the parking spots are made for Mini Coopers.  I have an FX35; it isn't big or small.... when people know how to park their vehicles!  Ugh!!

I had pulled into the spot and realized it just would not do.  I was 2/3's of the way in trying to get out without hi…

4 Days to 70.3!

It probably goes without saying that this week is just a complete roller-coaster ride.  Being my second half ironman, I still get my pre-race lows, but I don't think they're quite as low as they were with the first one, which is good for me... and good for everyone involved. LOL

This is the week where everything on my body starts tweaking.  I feel little aches and pains where I haven't before, and they make me momentarily worry.

Yesterday was a short bike and negative split run.  I rode without any devices through the twisty-turns of my neighborhood.  I think I rode down every single street in my subdivision.  It was kind of fun, with the wind constantly changing direction.  Probably much like I'll experience race day, except it will be for longer stretches.  My run was alright, but then again, that's how my run is all the time; alright and slow.  LOL

My bike is running nice and smooth, especially with my Husband's handy-work at installing my new hubs and crank…

Weekend Racing Recap

This weekend was the Kemah Triathlon Festival.  I pretty much spent the weekend volunteering or racing -- as did the rest of my family!  Cassie did the Kids K, while I swam for a relay team on Sunday.  Hubs and Cass volunteered at one of the aid stations on the run course.  The swim was 1500 meters just 300 m shy of what I'll have to swim next Sunday in the 70.3.  I was pretty happy with my swim in that I was able to swim pretty straight.  Lots of big buoys this year that were extremely visible.  I even noticed distance marking on some of them.  The water was calmer than last year, but with a push to the right from the current -- which made it a little challenging to keep a straight line.

I wanted to finish my swim with a 2:00 pace, but finished in 35 minutes with a 2:08.  I really can't complain because it far exceeds my 2:31 pace at Redman last year, and that was a completely still lake!  I'm pretty happy with picking up 20 seconds per hundred for this distance. :)  It g…