Monday, December 31, 2012

we gonna party like, party like it's the end of the world we gonna party like, like it's 2012

Hello Strangers!

I'm back! I know I haven't blogged in awhile, but I'm ready to get back into it for 2013 (famous last words). Since I blogged last I have...

1. Went to Texas to visit Annie, drive with a bunch of people to Memphis, didn't do a marathon, and then went to Pittsburgh to visit with my family for a few days. If you are interested in the race report, check out Jeff's blog entry here. We had an amazing time. I met some new friends and got to try some amazing southern cuisine.
2. Started going to physical therapy for my foot.
3. Ran twice. Literally only 2 times. Both times hurt. I finished 1 mile the first time and 2 miles the second time.

Looking back on 2012 I could easily be depressed over the injury I am still healing from, but if I look at the entire year I had some great accomplishments. I did some races in the North Shore swim series, and the biggest accomplishment of all was I did a half Ironman. I can't complain about that.

Looking forward to 2013, I can honestly say I am excited to get back to training. I have the hardest race of my life in a little over 5 months! My Ironman Cairns!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Song: Jay Sean, 2012

Saturday, November 24, 2012

here's to the next time

I have finally accepted the fact that I am indeed not doing the marathon this year. Those that know me well are probably not shocked to hear this, but I am actually shocked. It wasn't until yesterday when Annie told me that she sold my bib (I had told her to) that I realized that I am for sure out of the race this year.

I'm torn how I feel about this. I still get to go to Texas and Memphis to watch the race. I have done other marathons, but this was to be my first out of state marathon. And I was really looking forward to running again with Annie. That was really amazing last year to get that opportunity, but I guess that doesn't mean that it's the last time I can do it right?

Sorry Annie, that I can't run with you... but I am very excited to be there for you to watch!

More important I need to be better for Ironman in June. I've done absolutely no exercise (unless you count walking my ass off in Vegas) for about 4 weeks now. It's time to get back to it. I cannnot run or swim for sure as I have two partially torn ligaments that hurt like a MF'er most of the time. But I need to get back to doing core and arm stuff. As I was told "youre abs aren't broken, do some situps." As soon as I get back I am going to start working with my coach to get back into the groove. I can't wait to get back to working out!!!

Song: Elton John, Here's To The Next Time

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

if i could turn back time

I am running a marathon in a little over a month. On Thursday if I don't run, it will be 2 weeks since the last time I have run.

I have rolled my ankle about 4 times in the past few months. The last time I did it, it was fairly bad. I was on crutches for a week, out of work for a week, and still have to walk with a brace. It is black and blue and still super painful.

I'm starting to get sad and lazy. I really want to be outside running, but I am doing my best to rest and get better so I can race. I can't even swim or bike, because those motions aren't good for my foot either. I think I will be OK though. I am in pretty decent running shape so as long as I get out there by this weekend, I think I can at least finish the race. I might not dream about PR's this year though.

I am really hopeful that by Thursday I'll be able to get back out there and run a little bit.

Song: Cher, If I Could Turn Back Time

Sunday, October 14, 2012

i focus on the pain. the only thing that's real

First of all Congratulations to all of my amazing friends who completed the Kona World Championship Ironman yesterday. One of the most amazing finishes was my friend that was in a severe bike accident last week and raced with 7 broken ribs and various other bones. It was very inspiring to watch them finish one by one. I can't wait until that is me next year in Australia. Also congrats to Annie for finishing her difficult, hilly half marathon.

I've been on a slight hiatus this past week. 3 weeks ago I rolled my ankle running sprints. I was super excited the next day when it didn't hurt at all. This past week I rolled it again and it turns out it's sprained. I knew it wasn't good this time when it rolled. It hurt all the way up the left side of my leg.

This is my first experience with ktape and I have to say that I'm really pleased with it. I hope to be back to running tomorrow night. Song: Nine Inch Nails, Hurt

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

highway run, into the midnight sun

Hey everyone! I haven't been blogging much lately so here's a short update. I am running with my training crew and getting ready for the Memphis Marathon that's coming up in less than 2 months. I feel stronger than last year so I am hoping to achieve my goal of running a sub 4 hour marathon.

I am still swimming twice a week and I have to tell you I am getting so much better and stronger. I think sticking with it twice a week and the added yoga twice a week has really been helping my flexibility and strength.

As for the bike.... well I need to get back on that at some point.... I haven't been riding nearly as much as I want to be. Sorry this update is so boring, I will be posting a much more interesting nutrition one very soon.

How's everyone's training coming? The Honolulu Marathon is coming up!

Song: Journey, Faithfully

Sunday, September 23, 2012

sunday bloody sunday

Friday night I was invited to a glamorous (also free) event at the Lux at the Trump hotel. I was the good one, stayed sober, drove my drunk friend home and what happened... yep I was still too tired the next day to go and do my long run with my Boca crew. I think I am getting too old to party like a rockstar. Here's a picture from the Honolulu Pulse of me and two of my besties at the event. The theme was "Great Gatsby". My dress was borrowed from my friends 15 year old daughter.

My favorite picture from the girls clean up nicely.

As punishment for missing my run, I have to do my 14 mile run tonight, alone, before yoga.

It was still worth it!

Song: U2, Sunday Bloody Sunday

Saturday, September 15, 2012

ain't no mountain high enough

Today I had to be one of the best runs that I have had in a long time. I was a little nervous because we were doing a totally different route and that area of the island is known to be hot and not have many water fountains. The nice thing about training with my group is mobile aid stations, it is so nice to have Gatorade parked every few miles.

For those of you who are familiar with Oahu, the run today started at the old Foodland in Hawaii Kai (Annie, close to where the red party was), we went past Hanauma Bay (where we went snorkeling) to Makapu'u and then ran up to the top of the lighthouse path. It actually wasn't that hot and from all the hill drills I did awesome on the trail part up the mountain. I came a little short on mileage but for all the hills we did, it ended up being 2 hours anyway which was my target time to run. Over all, I feel like my training is going great this year. Having the experience of last year under my belt is really helping me to be a better runner this year.

76 days!

Song: Diana Ross, Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Monday, September 10, 2012

heyyyyy sexy lady

If you haven't heard this song yet, I don't know what rock you are living under. I absolutely LOVE it.

Haven't written much lately because I haven't had much to say. Running is going well. I feel a little behind from last year, but not worried about it. I'm still swimming a lot but have dropped the biking a little.

The newest development is that I am doing yoga again! I can't wait to see how the increased flexibility helps with my running form and swimming. My coaches have told me for awhile that I need to do yoga because my shoulders really are a mess. I guess this is what happens when you type for 8 hours a day.

Song: Psy, Oppa Gangnam Style

Thursday, August 16, 2012

it's gettin' it's gettin' it's gettin' kinda hectic

How is it already the middle of August? Just a short post that official marathon training begins in 2 weeks!! I'm ready to start training again. There will be more frequent updates as marathon training ramps up!

Good Luck to Jeff doing Ironman Mont- Tremblant this weekend. I know Annie is excited just to be out of the hot Texas weather.

Song: Snap, The Power

Sunday, August 5, 2012

no, your never gonna get it never gonna get it

Picked the song for the title today because this weekend I went to an 80's concert. It was the Ladies of the 80's with 5 women acts from the 80's. I barely remember who they were, but the highlight of the night was that I got to dress up in my 80's gear. I am very proud to say that I didn't have to purchase anything. I had everything in this picture in my closet already!

Training wise, my cycling and swimming has been solid. I'm not sure I remember how to run, but I figure marathon training starts soon enough. I have been going to masters swim twice a week and cycling at least twice a week. Every Friday for the past 3 weeks I have done Tantalus and today I didn't a 60 mile ride. It was my first ride over the Pali. For people not from Hawaii it's an alternative route through the island that is crazy hilly in some areas. It is also super windy and involves a tunnel. It was really fun though.

I feel like both my cycling and swimming are getting much stronger. Song: En Vogue, My Lovin

Friday, August 3, 2012

it's friday, i'm in love

Happy Friday everyone! This cracked me up, enjoy!

Song: The Cure, Friday I'm in Love

Sunday, July 29, 2012

relax, don't do it, when you want to, go do it

Hey everyone!

Glad to see I still have followers even though my blogging has not been regular lately. That doesn't mean I haven't been training, I just haven't really been keeping track of it. I'm trying to have "fun" for awhile because I know I will be in serious training mode soon enough.

The day I signed up for Cairns I ran to my coach freaking out like "omg what do I do now, how do I start." He said to me "Deanna just have fun now, because at some point it will not be fun." I am really embracing that phrase right now. I'm working out most days, swimming and bike mostly but I'm not tracking my workouts and I'm keeping it pretty low stress. I know that soon enough (end of August) marathon training starts and I'll be running a ton.

Yesterday I did a chill 700 meter swim with the Tinman clinic then rode alone about 30 miles. It felt great. Today I was supposed to hike, but we got rained out and started drinking Bloody Mary's instead. Now that I am sober, I think I'll run tonight.

Song: Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Relax

Sunday, July 22, 2012

since you've gone i been lost without a trace. i dream at night i can only see your face

Where is everyone?

Blogger seems like a ghost town lately. I guess that means everyone is training hard. I'm getting back into it. I'm off the crack (poptarts dipped in nutella) and I'm back on the old boring diet. My training is picking up, but I'm not really running that much.

Today I did a 50 mile bike ride and that felt great. I'm reading up on some Triathlon books on my new kindle (well new to me... my parents hated it so sent it to me.) Other than that, really not too much new going on. I miss reading about everyones training, so how about an update. This means you Annie and Sachie.

The first graphic my friend created for Ironman Cairns:

Song: The Police, Every Breath You Take

Monday, July 16, 2012

take your passion, and make it happen. pictures come alive, you can dance right through your life

Finally, the news I've been waiting to report.
I got into Ironman Cairns Australia on June 9, 2013.

Day 1 of training starts today! Even though it's raining I am going to run and go to the pool. No excuses or pop tarts!

I am so thrilled to finally be on my way to achieve my goal of becoming an Ironman! I'm not really sure what to expect, but I am super excited to see what the next year of training brings to me! Song: Irene Cara, Flashdance - What A Feeling

Thursday, June 28, 2012

the long and winding road

When I started this blog a year ago, I had only completed 1 sprint distance triathlon. Since then I have completed an Olympic distance and a half Ironman. This has been the final destination the entire time.

Set in one of the world’s most iconic tropical locations, Cairns Airport IRONMAN Cairns will take place on Sunday the 9th of June 2013.

IRONMAN Cairns is a gruelling iron-distance triathlon that features a 3.8km swim, a 180km bike leg that travels one of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia towards Port Douglas and a 42.2km run that included the Cairns Esplanade before finishing in the heart of Cairns.

Ironman Cairns Sunday 9th June 2013

How to Enter: Entries will open online at 11am AEST Tuesday the 17th of July 2012.

I am very hopeful that I will get into this race and that in less than a year from now I can say that I am an Ironman.

Song: The Beatles, The Long and Winding Road

Monday, June 25, 2012

I hurt myself today to see if I still feel

I haven't really been doing that much since Honu. I hiked a bit the week after with my brother on the Big Island and went on 2 40+ mile bike rides but other than that I am in sloth mode. I ran a few times and felt like total crap.

I didn't make it to masters swim one time this past 3 weeks and thought that it was still a good idea to do the first North Shore Swim Series race. The Sangria at the finish line was my motivation. It was a 1 mile swim and the first time I've ever swam on the North Shore. It was AWFUL. I have never been in so much pain. I was so nauseous and the conditions were pretty bad. It was 46 minutes of absolute torture. I was actually praying for a jet ski rescue, but since no one came to my rescue I finished the race. It is really amazing what you can do when you have absolutely no choice. I am for sure going to make it to the masters swim now.

My friend said he has never seen someone so white coming out of the water. I really thought I was going to collapse.

I think the break is over and now it is time to get back to my diet and training schedule. There are 3 more progressively longer swims coming up so I need to get back into shape so I don't want to die like I did this Saturday.

Song NIN, Hurt

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

2012 Honu 70.3 Race Report

I apologize for the extreme delay in my race report, but I took a week off to hang out on the big island after the race and then I came home to a broken router so my entire weekend was spent unplugged.

So the big news, I am a Ironman 70.3 finisher! I'm super proud to be able to say that especially after reading things like this:

One after one they came in and told us they’d never seen race conditions like this. “I had to stop to put water in my water bottle at the aid stations,” Ironman World Champion and Kona veteran Laura Sophiea said. ”I’ve done over 300 races and this was by far the toughest conditions I’ve ever experienced.” “I’ve never raced in conditions like this … With this wind there were points where you were running on the spot,” said runner-up finisher, Australia’s Greg Bennett. “It was, without a doubt, the most brutal thing I’ve ever done.”

Originally from:

Here's my breakdown of the race:

The swim 53:19: The swim was really good for me. I'm not a super strong swimmer so I will take any swim time that has me making the time cut. The water was super calm and except when I fell running to T1, it was a great swim.

The bike 4:04:57: Awful. I wanted to do at least 30 minutes better than what I did. The winds were really bad at 30-40 MPH and it was 90 degrees. I got pushed into the road at least 3 times and many people were crying. I almost gave up once, but knew my brother would make fun of me forever. I'm just happy I finished it.

The run 2:15:54: Overall not a bad run. I ran the entire way and felt pretty good. The only problem was it was freaking hot and seriously right next to lava.

My overall time was 7:25:30. Not the best time out there, but it is a finish and I will take it! Here are some pictures.

My amazing support crew after the race. Angie, Bryce, David, and Katie. Having them there before the race, during, and after were priceless. It was so good to see their smiling faces and Angie with her signs. I will have to post more pictures of the signs later,

Thanks to my brother for getting the VIP badges!

Pre race, me and my training friend Loren

Rounding the finish with a big smile on my face because I'm seeing friends and family!

My fans!

This might be my favorite picture ever. That's my brothers arm that I am running towards!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

i'm leavin' on a jet plane

This will probably be my last post before I leave for Kona on Thursday. Yesterday, we did our last longish bike ride. 40 miles to Waimanolo and back. It was my best ride this year and I was in my aerobars the whole time. I did get a new bike that I haven't blogged about yet, I will do that when I get back.

Today was the Outrigger Canoe Club Invitational swim. It was a 1.2 mile swim with a start at Kaimana beach. I didn't do a great time, but everyone said this race is at least 15 min harder than the Honu swim. It was really brutal out there. We were against the current for a good 3/4 of the race. Overall I was pleased. It was a hard race and I reached my 3 goals.

1. Didn't have to be rescued by jet ski
2. Wasn't last
3. Finished within the Honu time cutoff.

Before I forgot, my brother will be tweeting from the race to the account if you'd like to follow along.

Here are a few pictures from today:

I look slightly dazed here, thanks for the new suit dad:

Coming out of the water and so happy to see friends:

Monday, May 21, 2012

shy ronnie, use your outside voice. we don't have time for this. let's go

I know it is old, but I seriously cannot stop watching this video:

I'm pretty sure I dream about it.

I was away all last week for a conference for work. Conference went really good (I even talked to strangers), training went OK. I think it was actually good though to rest some, my body feels better (except for the jetlag).

The most notable part of the trip was that my parents drove out since I was only about 6 hours from them in Indianapolis. They took me to Dicks Sporting Goods and I got tons of new awesome gear. I got some jerseys, shorts, a new helmet, a new speedo, and even some googles. My dad is "if draining my credit was an event in the Ironman, I would win." I love new stuff, it makes me want to workout more!

Now that I am back, reality has set in, I leave in 2 weeks for Honu! I got my airfare and bike shipping all set up today!

Song: SNL Digital Short: Feat Rihanna, Shy Ronnie 2, Ronnie and Clyde

Friday, May 11, 2012

i reflect on my reflection and i ask myself the question whats the right direction to go. i dont know

Why are there so many people from Russia viewing my blog? In soviet Russia, blog views you!

Training is winding down. Last weekend was a really hard bike/run brick workout and this weekend is the hardest weekend for the swim, bike, and run. This weekend is the Boca Honu training weekend, which I am not going to attend this year. My original plan was "if I am going to do this race, I am going to do it right and go to training weekend." When I realistically started to look at it, going twice in 2 weeks and having to ship my bike both times just was not affordable. I will miss out on the opportunity to train on the course but many other people show up and race races that way right?

I'm starting to wake up in the middle of the night with panic attacks that I won't make the swim cutoff.

Swim: 1 hour and 15 minutes from start of race.
Bike: 5 hours and 30 minutes from start of race.
Run: 8 hours and 30 minutes from start of race.

I know that if I don't just want someone to tell me "oh you will be fine, you can do it" and tell me the truth, I need to ask my brother. He will always be brutally honest if he doesn't think I can do something. So, I sent him an email with the time cutoffs, I didn't specify to him that my fear is the swim, I just asked him "Can I do this?". His reply "Just worry about the swim, the rest is cake." I'm sorta relieved that he thinks I can do this at all, but also slightly terrified of the swim! I know what I will be doing for the next few weeks, SWIMMING!

Song: The Muppet Movie, Man or Muppet

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

now the king told the boogie men you have to let that raga drop

I do Tantalus so often now, that I feel like I needed to add another blog label. I remember the first time I cycled up Tantalus, which was probably about 8 months ago. I wanted to cry the entire time and wanted to give up more than anything. The only reason I completed it was because my coach wouldn't let me and there were other people watching. It is reasons like this that I LOVE training with a group. I would never do half the things that I do on my own that we get to do with Boca. And everyone is so encouraging. Even if I am the last person up that hill, everyone coming down is smiling.

Last night we did Tantalus twice, then ran for 20 minutes. I got up in 43 minutes both times and don't have the death grip on my brakes the entire time down. I was still close to last, but who cares I still did it.... twice!

Song: The Clash, Rock The Casbah

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

i challenge you to a game of horseshoes. a game of horseshoes!

I've been dying to post those lyrics for quite a while now. Just a quick update that I signed up for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon on December 1, 2012! I am super excited to get to run my second marathon with Annie and to visit her before we head to Memphis. I've never been to Texas! I'm not sure I'll be able to do the Honolulu Marathon which is only 8 days later, but at least I can train with my same group of people for the race!

Song: Arrested Development, Tennessee

Saturday, April 28, 2012

i hear the secrets that you keep when you're talking in your sleep

Hi Friends, I have been too tired to even blog lately which probably means training is going good. I just got done with a super hard workout so I'm just going to give a quick update. 35 days until Honu!

Swimming - is going really well. I am going to all the masters swims and swimming in the ocean on the weekends so I feel like even if I'm not getting much faster, I am for sure getting stronger.

Bike - Until today I was kinda concerned because I really wasn't getting enough mileage in. My trainer workouts are going great, but I wasn't getting on the road enough. Last night me and a friend did Tantalus and today our ride as a 50 mile ride that went from Kapiolani park out to Waimanalo and back. There were some loops of Olomano (if you are familiar with that area) so there was still some hill work. I did really well and think with a little more mileage I will be fine. I am so much more comfortable on the bike, starting and stopping and turning are like second nature now.

Run - My run is solid. I am not as fast as during marathon training, but I am confident I can rock a sub 2 hour half marathon.

Ok I have to go eat and sleep now. Tomorrow is a triathlon for me. 2 hour run, 2 hour babysit, 2000 swim. I know I can do 2 out of those 3 successfully!

Also, does anyone hate the new blogger format as much as me for writing blogs?

Song: The Romantics, Talking in Your Sleep

Friday, April 20, 2012

Happy Anniversary!

Over 13 years ago I met 2 of the coolest people ever at IUP. One was Annie and her then boyfriend Jeff. Annie and me met at a crisis intervention center (yes, I actually ran a suicide hotline once) and kept in contact over the years. Yes, this is the same Annie who came to run the marathon with me just this last December. 11 years ago this weekend I was lucky enough to be included in their wedding. It still amazes me how much we changed from drinking on bars and dancing in cages, to drinking while seated and running marathons and Jeff being an Ironman now. I am glad that we have been able to stay friends and become even closer thanks to modern technology! (take your turn on Draw Something Annie)

Jeff and Annie's wedding. Yes, Kate Goselin stole my hairstyle!


Thursday, April 19, 2012

if i had a million dollars, we wouldn't have to walk to the store

When I was planning my race schedule this year I told myself 2 things.

1. I will NOT do any races other than Honu until Marathon training starts.
2. I will never do a swim only race because that's insane and I hate swimming.

So, of course I just signed up for a swim only race the week before Honu! Why you ask? It's the freaking Outrigger Canoe Club Invitational! What can I say, I am a sucker for free breakfast buffets and the shirt is pretty awesome. Since my swim is getting better and it is only a little over a mile, I think I will at least finish the race!

Also, I need new music. Anyone have anything awesome they are listening to right now?

Song title: Barenaked Ladies, If I had A Million Dollars

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

time cast a spell on you. but you won't forget me.

Holy shit! I just realized there are 45 days until Honu!
I'm going to diiiiiiiiiie. Ok, maybe that's a bit dramatic, but seriously I have to do a half ironman in 6 weeks.

Running is going really well. I have always been a strong runner so that won't be too much a problem for me. I am literally running the entire distance of the race every Sunday.

My swim is actually coming along too. I don't look like I'm having a seizure the entire way across the pool anymore. Last night I actually did 30 x 25 yards every 45 seconds at a fast pace. A few months ago that would not have been possible for me.

The only thing I really need to get more practice on is the bike. My longest rides have been 40-45 miles. I need to get some 60 mile rides in relatively soon. My trainer workouts have been really good lately though. My coach said my cadence is getting much better.

My training partner Loren, together we are the headband mafia

Song title: Fleetwood Mac, Silver Springs

Saturday, April 7, 2012

get into the groove

Hello blogger friends. It has been awhile since I have given a real update on my Honu training. We are now in week 3 of training and I am starting to feel like an athlete again. Week 1 was bad. Week 2 was a little better. Week 3 was really good. I made all my workouts this week and gave it max effort. I even swam 2000 meters since I was off yesterday and hiked to the top of Kuliouou Ridge. It was a nice workout and a change from the usual swim/bike/run.

Today I knew was going to be a tough workout. We met at Kakaako Park at 7am and headed off for Tantalus. I have done Tantalus before but never more than once and never after riding anything else. We rode up it, then descended the Roundtop Drive side about 3 miles. We stopped at a park and rode up a really huge hill a few times (once for me) then went back up and around Tantalus again. Then we still had to bike back to the shop! Once we got back to Kakaako we did 45 minutes of hill intervals on the grassy part of the park. Needless to say my legs HURT. I am wearing my compression socks out tonight.

Tomorrow is 2 hours of hill running following by a 2000k swim! Hope everyone is doing great out there!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

it's britney bitches, and i'm back

After my short break from being a productive member of society, I feel like I am on my way to being back. I'm probably a week or two behind right now physically, but mentally I am feeling way better. Last night I did the trainer/run workout and it's the best I've felt at training in awhile. I actually didn't dread going. I did the pool workout tonight and while it was tough, I felt great when it was done.
Tomorrow is another run workout and then I'm going to try to kick it up a notch and maybe throw in some P90x soon. We'll see. I think having pink hair is making me invincible!

Here's a picture of my new glasses and newly dyed pink hair.

Monday, March 26, 2012

brush yourself off and try again

I have been the shittiest athlete ever lately. Week one of training was really shitty. I skipped a workout and don't feel like I gave it my all. Frankly, I don't care all that much. I have had a pretty shitty couple of weeks and just getting to work and not getting fired has taken all of my energy. Tomorrow starts a new training week and I am hoping to turn it all around!

Please wish me luck!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

day 1

Today begins Day 1 of Honu half Ironman training. Right now I feel very overwhelmed and that it is not possible that I will be ready for this race in a mere 3 months. I can't wait to come back and read this on June 3.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

i once was lost, but now am found. was blind, but now I see.

I haven't been posting much, mostly because I haven't been working out so there is really nothing to say. Today I lost one of the most important people in my life. My amazing grandma who at 95 beat sepsis and almost beat pneumonia but just couldn't over come it.

She will be my inspiration for the upcoming Honu training. I only have 2 more days to pout and be a slug and then it's on! Honu 2012 training begins Thursday!

The lyrics in the blog title are from Amazing Grace, her favorite song ever.

Me and the grandparents a few years ago

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

rest day.... and by day i mean week

I currently have no motivation to workout. I haven't really done anything in about a week. I'm not too concerned yet though.... Honu training starts next week!!!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

you got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away and know when to run

I'm not sure what I would be doing right now if I were in New Zealand. One of my good training friends who has trained her ass off flew to New Zealand last week to participate in her first ever full Ironman. If anyone was ready for an Ironman finish it was Stacia. We had a super fun dinner, got her some fun travel gifts and sent her on her way. The race was going to be tomorrow New Zealand time.

Today I just heard, IMNZ cancelled for Typhoon. Instead they will have a 70.3 on Sunday. She is actually handling it very well, but she's normally a very calm person.

How would you guys handle this? I think I would have a breakdown. Literally.

Monday, February 27, 2012

money, money, money must be funny in the rich mans world

Whoever the person was that said "Money does not buy happiness" was obviously not a triathlete. Since I often complain about how I don't have enough money to pay for this sport I love so much, I thought I'd finally post a bit of good news.

Thanks to careful saving and and an amazing tax refund check, for the first time since I moved here 6 years ago I HAVE ZERO CREDIT CARD DEBT!
This can only mean good things for all the stuff one needs to buy for the bike!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

the hills are alive with the sound of music

....and also my screams. Today was the infamous "Hell Hill Week" for Boca training. When I heard this my first thought was "wait, isn't every week Hell Hill week?" Turns out this little island has a F*#$ load of hills. And some of them are freaking steep. We ended up starting at Kapiolani Park and doing some hills around Diamond Head, including the one to take actually to the Diamond Head hike. Then we headed down Kalanianaole Hwy and did a few hills behind Portlock. We headed back on Kalaniaole and ended up doing some huge ass hill in one of the valleys. This one was so steep that I gave up 3/4 of the way with a few other people, because I knew what was coming next. Sierra Drive.

I wasn't nervous because I knew it was similar to Tantalus, but this was the first time I would be tackling such a massive hill after already riding 35 miles. Normally when we do Tantalus, that's all we do on a quick evening workout. I was hydrating and eating a ton, but I still knew I wasn't at 100%. Well, I ended up surviving Sierra Drive and then we headed back. It ended up being a 37 mile total ride and I am glad we are doing flats again next week.

For long rides, I have become a HUGE fan of Recovery e21. You can get it at the bike shop or online. I take 2 before I ride and 2 halfway through and I haven't bonked once since I started this. I really think it helps.

Other things to note this week:

1. My brother got his plane ticket for Kona. Suddenly he is flying in Friday and will make the race. Originally he didn't want to take another day off work and was just going to come after the race. He really must love his s̶i̶s̶t̶e̶r̶ Lance Armstrong.
2. I booked my hotel for Kona awhile ago. Since I have family and friends coming I did this in advance, but I was also reminded I should reserve my car so I could get one that would fit my bike before they are all taken. Done.

One more week of cycling clinic, 1 week off, then Honu training begins!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

new running blogger

Just want to give a should it to my friend Melissa who just created her running blog. She is not really a runner by trade (she's more into Crossfit) but she is giving the 2012 Honolulu Marathon a chance this December. It will be her first marathon. Welcome Melissa, I look forward to following your progress!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

and i'm free, i'm free fallin'

There sure are a lot of songs about falling... which is good because I fell again. More on that later.

This was a good training week, not for running and swimming so much, but really good for cycling. Usually with my training group we do 3 rides a week. One is a trainer workout, one is a short ride during the week and then there is the long ass Saturday morning ride. I have never really felt like I have really had a grasp on the trainer workouts. I finally have the answer, if you are a cyclist and do trainer workouts and don't have one... GO BUY A CADENCE METER RIGHT NOW. If you have a Garmin, chances are you can get one to connect with your watch. The cadence meter for my 405 was like $30. I worked my ass off during this weeks trainer workout mostly because I had a freaking clue what I was doing.

The Saturday ride was my longest ever, from Kualoa Ranch to Foodland on the North Shore and back. I used both my heart rate monitor and my cadence meter and really was able to adjust my speed and gears more efficiently based on what the Garmin said. The ride ended being just over 52 miles and we did one pretty steep hill on the North Shore.

I did fall... at like mile 9 the person in front of me in the pace line stopped suddenly and I hit her tire. It was a pretty hard hit but luckily the arm guards kept my arms totally unharmed, just got a pretty nasty leg bruise. It hurt pretty bad for the next 43 miles. When I stopped riding I pretty much can't move it now, but I think I just need to rest it.

Look at my wound!

Also my first "nice" pair of cycling shorts (pictured above) were awesome but my ass still hurt by mile 40! What's the secret??? I even tried the chamois cream.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

quick update

Just found out none other than LANCE ARMSTRONG is signed up for the Hawaii 70.3 on June 2nd with me. No, big deal I'm sure I can catch him right? I have a feeling my brother is going to be a lot more excited about his visit when he learns this piece of news. In other news, when he made his announcement it sold out.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

bittersweet memories, that is all i'm taking with me

....this blog title and post is dedicated to Whitney Houston. You, indeed were every woman.

This week was a really good training week. I've ramped up my running, made it to cycling clinic 3 days this week and as for swimming.....*crickets*. Yeah, I didn't make it once.

Saturdays ride was possibly the hardest of my life. We practiced pace lines to from Kapiolani Park to Hawaii Kai and then we were doing a hill. When I innocently asked "where's Kamehame Ridge" I was told "oh right after Heartbreak Hill." Uhm What? A hill right after that awful hill.

So we went up Heartbreak Hill and then made a left turn at the top. Anyone familiar with this hill? We climbed all the way to the top of Kamehame ridge until it ended with a gate. But wait, we didn't let that gate stop us, we carried our bikes over it and then went to the very top where there is a hangglider landing area. It was insane. I made it very close to the top. Once I saw people tipping over because it was so steep I decided to just nicely get off my bike and walk it up. It was so steep I was almost not able to walk it up. Over all it was amazing, with an awesome view at the top.

Me at the very top Kamehame Ridge

Me and Pardis at the top of what seemed like the world.

The top of the street area, before we went off the main road

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

it's my party and i'll cry if i want to

I have no idea how I haven't mentioned yet that my birthday is in 6 days!
This year I was pretty against celebrating. At first I was planning to do a beach BBQ since I've been dying to do one but then it became expensive, overwhelming, and just not an option.

I took off work the Friday before and the Monday of my actual birthday and I was OK with just hanging out with my smaller groups of friends and just relaxing, but then I was given an option I could not refuse. I was told that I was having a party Sunday night and "with the theme "me party" and I can sit in the corner and not talk to anyone at any time I choose." If you don't know what a "me party" is, stop right now and go see the muppet movie. Plus my friend has amazing games for her Kinect as well as Karaoke.

Anyway, I don't know how I lucked in to such good friends but I am very excited for an awesome long training weekend full of running, swimming, biking, drinking and eating (not necessarily in that order)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

oh i can't forget this evening or your face as you were leaving

Yeah so tonight I decided to skip cycling clinic and instead do the following:

1. drink a 40
2. put on my pajamas at 5pm
3. paint my toenails
4. eat ho ho's
5. sing Mariah Carey songs on my lanai

I've been a little stressed lately. Between work, school, cycling, and some personal junk I feel like I haven't sat down in weeks. I know this weekend is going to be crazy so I thought why not miss a trainer workout night. Not that they aren't important, but after a 10 mile hike this week and biking Tantalus I'm exhausted. Rest days are good, and I am not feeling guilty about it at all! (Maybe a little because I'm missing something I pay for.)

Saturdays ride is going to be crazy up at the North Shore, more updates about that this weekend!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

an egg-cellent blog entry

For those of you who don't follow my friend Angie's blog (which you should be doing) you should read this awesome entry. Mostly because it's about me, but also because it's funny and it documents Angie's attempt at using eggies. There are also some relevant marathon photos.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

for SME

I'm only doing this because SME wants to know my answers, sorry I don't do the tagging thing. I barely have the energy to do this.

11 Random things about me:
1. I have never had coffee (I might have had a sip once, but spit it out)
2. I hate peppers of all kinds and colors
3. I truly believe my cat Bailey is superior to most people
4. I am probably funnier than you.
5. I'd rather do an Ironman than get my PhD
6. I hate it when my clothes match
7. I've never worn heels
8. I eat the same thing everyday
9. I love anything pink and camo
10. I have a panic attack every time I leave the house if I think I have to meet new people or have conversations with people
11. I have a weird ability to memorize song lyrics after hearing a song once and I quote songs in normal conversation everyday. My friends often get random song lyric texts

11 Questions from Kepa:
1. Do you keep a training log?
Daily Mile and my blog.

2. Do you think videos of guys getting hit in their privates are funny?
No, I think captioned cats with poor English is funny.

3. Train/Race - socks or no socks?
Only socks for the run for races. For training I wear socks for long rides though.

4. What is your favorite movie?
I have many. Beaches, Zoolander, Romy and Michelle, Mean Girls

5. Do you listen to music while you train?
Yes, when I train alone.

6. Heel striker or mid/forefoot?
Recovering heel striker

7. How many pairs of running shoes do you own?
Own, like 5. Currently rotating between, 3.

8. What is your favorite color?

9. Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent, Other... Don't Care?
Yeah I'm not going to discuss politics on this blog, sorry.

10. At what training distance do you decide to carry your own hydration?
Luckily in Hawaii we have water almost everywhere. I'd only carry hydration on a new route far from town.

11. Do you wear your workout clothes more than once before washing them?
No, I smell too bad after I work out.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you're use to

This blog title has no relevance to anything, but I've been listening to a good deal of TLC and other 90's awesome music lately. Not too much going on lately, let's see:

1. No more foot pain, I'll be finishing out PT very soon.
2. Been running and swimming a few times a week. Nothing serious, just to keep my skills up.
3. Really loving all that I'm learning at cycling clinic. Practicing pace lines and rode up Tantalus again. This time I felt so much better and did it in 44 minutes.
4. I am taking a programming class that is really cutting into my training.

That's really abut it. I am going to kick up the running a bit and plan to start P90x soon. I keep saying "soon" but I think I want to start after my birthday (2/13) so I can go alcohol free until Honu.

Monday, January 16, 2012

crash into me, baby

Fact: I hate Dave Matthews, but this blog Title is applicable for 2 reasons.

1. Annie is a huge Dave fan and always has been. Despite this flaw I am so proud of her for PR'ing her second marathon in a month. I think she has to be doping.

2. I actually did crash this weekend.

If you had asked me last week what the scariest type of line out there was, I would probably have said "line of cocaine." Nope, that is incorrect, I now know the scariest kind of line out there is a pace line.

In my life, I have participated in team sports (basketball, softball) as well as individual sports (track, tennis) and I have always been much happier in sports done alone because:

1. I dislike most people
2. If I suck I don't want to hold you back
3. If you suck I don't want you to make me look bad

Triathlon is a great sport for the loner. Yes, you can train with a group and help each other to be better but come race day you have to complete that entire race on your own (unless you are doing a relay then that's different). When you cross that finish like you know, YOU accomplished that win and if you didn't finish, YOU didn't alone. Of course there are other variables on race day like weather, tripping over people taking pictures on the course etc, but for the most part even with your family and friends helping you, you still do the race alone.

I just assumed cycling was the same. It is not. I had no idea what a "team effort" it takes to cycle efficiently in a pace line and that you are essentially trusting these people with your life. In a pace line, you can't see around you and have to trust the people in front of you to tell you what's coming up, to not brake suddenly, and to be your eyes. This terrifies me. My coach said that you can really learn a lot about yourself by cycling and I am seeing this. It was really hard for me to trust these people some of them who I had never met before.

I did OK with the pace line. I tried not to get too close, but I felt much better when I was behind a guy I knew. Sadly, I did go too fast at one point and crashed into his tire. Thankfully I went down, but he did not. No injuries because I had bike sleeves on (I highly recommend them for sun and road rash protection)

The ride was about 25 miles total and next week will be closer to 50.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

running just as fast as we can, holding on to one anothers hand

I have 2 very exciting pieces of news I must share:

1. I ran 6 miles with no pain at all yesterday. Thank you Mr. Physical Therapist. (Don't worry Annie, I won't quit going.... yet). I am still not going to be doing any runs longer than 6 miles for awhile but it's really nice not to have pain.

2. I successfully changed and patched my bike tire all by myself. This might not seem like a huge feat to you all but trust me this has been a very stressful thing for me. I just haven't been strong enough to get the tire off by myself, so I get frustrated and make someone help me. I knew I couldn't go on that way as I would need to learn this skill but I was just putting it off. Last night I knew I had no choice. I had a flat that needed patched and I have to get to cycling clinic by 5:15 today. This meant NO TIME for help. It took me about 20 minutes, one scratched finger, 3 broken nails and 2 cats almost hurled across the room out of frustration but I did it!! Now I just gotta work on doing it faster.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

even the nights are better, since i found you

.... Mr. Physical Therapist.

I had my first physical therapy appointment and it was determined I probably just have a stretched ligament that is not healing. I have been following the doctors orders religiously. When to use heat, when to use ice, doing the stretches and even wearing real shoes to work (this has been the hardest one for me).

I have to say it is doing much better. I ran last night for about 15 minutes after cycling clinic with no pain at all. I have 7 more appointments this month so I hope that it continues to improve.

Cycling clinic is going awesome. So far we have done 2 trainer workouts and Thursday we will be on the road. I am really learning a lot. So far its mostly bike skills, but that is exactly what I need. The hardest part for me now is juggling work, my class at UH, and getting to cycling clinic on time. I hope to get into a routine soon.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

i want to ride my bicycle, bicycle

Cycling clinic has officially started! Not too much to say about it yet, but I am very excited to do something that doesn't cause pain in my foot. It was a trainer workout to start so the new people could get an idea of how the clinic worked and to deal with logistics.

I also start physical therapy tomorrow so we will see how that is. I have had to lay off the P90x for awhile because even the warmups have really been causing severe pain even modified. I am going to start over as soon as this is all fixed, but I really actually have to say I like the P90x program.

Annie is starting her taper for her next marathon. I can't believe she PR'd Honolulu and is now doing one in Texas in less than a week.


What's everyone else doing?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

happy new year!

Started the year out right with my longest ride to date, which wasn't that far but I don't have much cycling experience. We did about 30 miles today starting in Kailua to Makapuu and back. It was pretty hilly but I am glad to see that
1. my bike still works and
2. I can still ride it!

Here's a picture from our adventure.