Wednesday, August 31, 2011

i'll be missing you

I'm writing this and using the label of "missed" so I can keep track of how many workouts I miss training for the marathon. Todays workout was supposed to be a 30 minute run so I decided it was better to rest so I feel better for tomorrows Boca workout.

I woke up feeling a little worse than yesterday so I slept until around noon and only left the house to get a jamba juice drink with the immunity boost. Now I'm watching TV and drinking green tea with honey. (thanks Angie for that suggestion)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

i don't know much, but i know i don't feel great

This week has been such an awesome training week so far.

1. Saturday was first day of marathon training
2. I actually ride my bike 13 miles
3. That same night I did a short sprint workout
4. Last night I didn't try to make any excuses to get out of the masters swim.
5. Tonight is another FUN Boca night

So why am I getting sick!! I'm tired, my throat hurts, I feel hot, my eyes are scratching my contact lenses. I'm going to rest as soon as I get home from my run tonight.

This makes me curious, what are your favorite "get well fast" remedies? I usually head straight to Jamba Juice for one of their vitamin infused drinks. I don't care if it's just in my head, but I feel like they work.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

a new day has come

Today was Boca marathon training day 1. It was pretty awesome to get back to running with the group. There were some familiar faces but also some new people that I will get to meet. I'm sure there will be more people after some of the group returns from the 2 Ironmans' this weekend.

We did a few drills and then split up into groups. I went with the longest mileage group and we did 7 miles. I kept a 9:38 pace which I'm pretty happy about because I felt awful. Having those 2 beers last night was probably not a great idea. I had a headache and starting getting terrible stomach cramping halfway through. I did keep going though.

We haven't gotten the schedules yet for the week, but it will be 3 days with the group and then scheduled workouts for the other days.

I also got my marathon shoes! For the first time I actually got 2 pair and am going to rotate them like coach suggested. I was trying to wait until I went back home in October to get my brothers steep discount (he works at Dick's Sporting Goods headquarters) but I couldn't wait. I wanted a new pair for the Maui 1/2 marathon and besides Dick's doesn't sell the brand I wanted.

Most of you on the mainland might not have heard of this brand called Zoot. They are actually from the Big Island of Hawaii and were designed for triathletes. Check out the awesome lace design. I did not expect them to be as comfortable as they were. They were literally the most comfortable shoe I have ever put on... and I LOVE my Asics. They are also pink, which is key. I will keep you updated on if they are as good as they feel.

I also wanted to mention that I am now a believer in compression socks. My recovery time is so much quicker when I wear them immediately after a run.

Friday, August 26, 2011

so far away, doesn't anybody stay in one place anymore?

First, I'd like to say welcome to both blogging and the world of triathlon, new triathlete Sachie! Sachie is a friend who I know through her husband Franklin. I can't wait for our first ride together. She's been a runner and just got her first bike this week. She's blogging about her new adventure here. She's starting at the perfect time, and I think she'll be ready for her first sprint tri early next year!

Not much has been going on here. This has been my last official rest week. I'm super excited to finally start my marathon training Saturday.

One thing I haven't mentioned yet in my blog is that I'm on a "temporary break" from Crossfit. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Crossfit. I think the workouts are amazing. I have been doing it for over a year and really think it's an amazing workout and compliment to triathlon. The only problem is the cost.

When I decided to focus more on the triathlons and use Crossfit as a training tool for them I failed to factor all of the additional triathlon costs into my budget. It is just not feasible for me to do both. When I started finding that I couldn't afford things for my bike, I knew it was time to drop the Crossfit membership... at least for now.

So, today I reactivated my membership at the YMCA. The YMCA's here are actually really nice facilities. They have

1. a pool with great lap swim hours
2. yoga and strength training classes. I have really really missed having yoga in my schedule.
3. cycling classes
4. weights (I will probably use this the least)

But most of all it's in a convenient location and very affordable. I spent tonight mapping out my new training schedule and I am really excited to start something new!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

swim, bike, run. caught in a bad romance

There is a flaw in my plan to use only blog titles relating to song titles. Now when I run, the only thing I do is try to figure out what song would be awesome as a blog title. I guess at least it keeps me occupied right?

This blog title came to me as I was reading my friend Jeff's blog entry on him becoming a runner. It really hit home with me because as I am winding down triathlon season and ramping up marathon season I find myself "caught in a bad romance" with swimming and biking. I know I need to focus on running primarily and can still swim and bike, just not like I was before or else Annie will be waiting for me at the finish like for over an hour at the Honolulu Marathon (this is slowly becoming my worst fear). I will miss my intense bike trainer workouts and long swim workouts, but I do plan to keep them as part of my marathon training as much as I can!

This week was my 2nd to last week before the marathon training with Boca Hawaii starts. Part of me is nervous that this group doesn't start until August 27th. Don't most people already have a good 2 weeks of training in? Oh, well I guess the coach knows what he is doing so I will trust him.

I finally got my motivation back this week. I ran 3 times and went to bootcamp twice. No bike rides were completed and a swim was started but not completed. Yesterday I was up and at the beach ready to swim by 7:30am. I swam about 20 yards and a giant dead octopus touched my arm. I tried to stay calm (I mean it's dead not gonna hurt me right?), but I could not. I immediately swam to shore, drove home and watched Season 1 of Arrested Development for the rest of the day. So for swimming this week, it's the thought that counts.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

i would do anything to run, but i won't do that

*I just decided all of my blog titles from now on will be related to song lyrics. This is awesome.
**This will be the longest blog about the shortest run ever today!

Sunday marked 2 full weeks since my last run and I have just kept putting off the first run. Finally, with all three seasons of Parks and Recreations watched and having moved on to Arrested Development (which I think is NOT as funny) I decided it's time to put the running shoes back on and get off my butt. I also decided that this would be a good time to start a new habit. There are two things that I hate above almost anything.

1. Waking up early
2. Being itchy (so much so that I carry Benedryl both cream and pill at all times)

When I signed up for the half ironman I knew at some point I'd have to start doing 2 workouts a day and that meant.... waking up early some days. I figure now is as good as a time as any to start this habit.

Last night I made sure to get all my clothes out, prep my lunch, and do everything possible so that I could sleep in as long as possible and still get an hour run in. I even planned to go to bed at 9:00pm (didn't make it until 9:30 because I started doing my computer updates as I shut down).

I finally set my alarm.

Even as I was excited and prepared I knew there was about a 50% chance I'd actually do it. I actually was surprised how good I slept, I expected to be up every hour worried I'd miss this alarm. Finally at 5:15am the alarm goes off and I hop out of bed! It was about 15 minutes from the bed to the street. I did almost turn back once when I realized my shuffle was dead... but I told myself I was up, so I might as well do it now!!

I was so excited!!!! I had a huge smile on my face and was singing in my head "I just woke up" to the Lonely Island Song "I just had sex."


I smiled at every homeless person and tired person going to work at this ungodly hour. Then I looked at my GPS, yes it's been 3:35! I'm doing great.

I make it about a 3/4 of a mile and then it happens. It has happened a few times before, I will have an allergic reaction to something and the heat from running causes a reaction and suddenly I am covered in hives. I think this time it was new soap. So as I mentioned before I HATE BEING ITCHY. Seriously, I think I'd rather wake up at 4am to run than be itchy. I can't turn around now though, I JUST WOKE UP!

I keep running and scratching at red lights (I'm sure the people passing buy enjoyed that scene) but I couldn't help it, it was AWFUL! I kept going because my goal was to run for an hour.

Around mile 2, the inside of my eyelids started to itch and I decided to call it a day, I run home for a grand total of 2.5 miles. I still consider this run a success because it marked the end to my ban on running and I was able to prove to myself that I can get up early! I plan to also get up early on Thursday and try this again.... after I get new soap.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

back at it

I am nearing the end of my two week break from exercising. I'm not sure if it helped or not, but I didn't feel like it and now I do again. I'm off the jaw meds in a few days so I'm just gonna take the next few days off and not stress about it. I did do a 30 mile ride on Sunday so that felt good.

My official marathon training starts August 27th. Until then I am just going to attempt to run 3x per week, bike 1x per week, and maybe swim 2x per week. I'm still doing the boot camp which has been pretty cool and different.

I was also a little down after the race (which I hear is normal) I just had that feeling of "now what" after that amazing experience just ended. I was able to finish 26 episodes of Parks and Recreations this week though. That's gotta be a PR of some kind. So for now I am starting off with short term goals to keep me motivated as well as reminding myself of my long term goals.

Short Term
1. Don't eat 36 Starburst in a day (like I did yesterday)
2. Leave the couch in between episodes of Parks & Recreations for at least 5 minutes
3. Try to run at least once this week

Long Term
1. Train for the Maui Half Marathon (9/11)
2. Continue training for the Honolulu Marathon (12/11)
3. Half Ironman (6/12)

I'm sure there will be many smaller triathlons and running races in between, but those are the big ones

Friday, August 5, 2011

tinman pics

Here's a few more pics from the Tinman.

So happy the swim is over!

I don't look like I'm having much fun here

Thursday, August 4, 2011

forced rest

No workouts for the next couple of days. I'm on forced rest from my doctor. From an injury over 3 months ago where I fell off my bike and hit my jaw I have developed severe TMJ. I thought it was just an ear infection, but unfortunately the antibiotics didn't help and the ear, nose, and throat specialist has me on very strong muscle relaxers for a few days to stop spasms. I'm just glad I made it through the race!

See ya in a few days!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

what's next?

With the Tinman and the training over, I had about 3 days of nothing really to do. I have basically been eating anything in sight and I did make it to Crossfit, but I barely did anything. Time for me to set a new goal or I'll be sitting on my butt eating nutella for a month.

The Tinman marks my last Tri of the year. I feel like I've accomplished a lot this year, but am now ready to focus on running. This worked out perfect because I have the Maui half marathon in September and the Honolulu marathon in December now to focus on.

Tomorrow starts my beach boot camp. I'm super excited to do this for various reasons.

1. I'm doing it with a friend that really wants to try something different.
2. I get to meet some new people hopefully.
3. It was $30 with a Groupon for 15 sessions.

I have no idea what to expect, but I feel like it will be like Crossfit, but at the beach. I am also going to start the Boca Hawaii marathon clinic starting the end of August so I really don't have much down time. I like that!

Monday, August 1, 2011

tinman race report

The night before the race I went to a party for a few hours and was super glad I did. It took my mind off the race a little. I didn't eat (or drink the fabulous looking mojitos) anything there, but I went out and got some Curry that I knew my stomach could handle after. I was in bed by 10pm and slept pretty good.

The alarm went off and 3am and I knew it would take me about 30 min to eat and get ready and then less than 30 min to ride my bike to the start. PANIC, my tri suit zipper broke. I almost had a heart attack. I only have 1 tri suit and don't really even own a good cycling jersey yet. I luckily have a swim bra and tri shorts and planned to wear that the entire time. Must get more clothing immediately.

I got to the park by 4am and was one of the first people there. I got a prime transition spot all the way at the end, the first bike near the run and bike out. It was really cool that I knew a lot of people this time from the training clinic. We waited around for a while then went to check out the water. It looked so scary in the dark.

So we basically stood around from 4:30- 5:30ish when the transition area closed. My swim heat started at 6:05 and I was really nervous about the swim the most. I felt like my swim was slow, but I later learned that I took 7 minutes off the swim time from the last race.

Transition 1 went great but I had a tough time on the bike. I felt like I was struggling for about the first 16 miles. After the giant hill (heartbreak hill) I finally felt good. Luckily it was overcast too since I was only wearing the swim bra. It was so nice to see my friend Linda right after the hill. The course went past her house.

By this time I was convinced I wasn't going to make my 3 hour goal. I seemed to be cutting it too close so now I just wanted to finish. I got back to the bike transition area and it looked like all the bikes were back so I was getting a little discouraged.

My run went great. I feel like running is my strongest sport and even though it was hot and uphill I did the 10k in under an hour. As I was coming around the finish I heard someone from the tri clinic say "You're under 3 hours Deanna" I was so happy to hear this I sprinted to the end.

I was expecting my friend Fay at the end, but I was super surprised to also see my friends Pat and Susan. There are more pictures to come later, but I had to get one of the 40 they brought me of my favorite beer. I was drunk in about 5 minutes at 9:30am. Awesome

Me finishing the race!

Me and my 40!

Official results
750 Meter swim 18:22.4
Transition 1 3:07.7
40k bike 1:35:15.2
Transition 2 1:28.3
10k run 56:24.2

Final Time 2:54:37.8 Yay! Just under 3 hours! I ended up being 20 out of 33 in my age group.

Overall, I am super happy with the results. Everything went well but I really am going to have to pick up the training for the half Ironman. I really need to start doing longer bike rides and need to get aero bars ASAP.