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Training Update: 7 weeks to go!

So for those of you not in the know, I have about 7 weeks to go until my first 70.3 triathlon race.  I would call it a half-ironman, but I really hate that term- when I run 13.1 miles, I can’t stand the term half-marathon, and I really don’t think busting my butt for 6 hours should be considered half of anything.

I have rewritten this post twice because the first 2 times were super, super whiny.  Admittedly, my “why can’t I go to IKEA and eat lingonberries and let my children play at SMALAND on a Saturday like everyone else” self as the culprit for these drafts.  They were both quite, quite, small-minded.

Today I busted out my big ride, and I did it in no half-ass fashion (unlike last week, where I broke it into MTB riding and road riding).  It’s quite amazing what 10 hours of good sleep + a day off will do for a person. I got on the Dark Horse ( that’s my pretty speed machine bike) in Stockbridge, rode the Waterloo Rec loop for recon on a future mission, and did Chelsea-Dexter-Ann Arbor to finish it out.  Which is pretty awesome.  I love going places via bike that I have never gone before.  This gives me an opportunity to see things I don’t see via car, like a geodesic  dome farmhouse, or a Harvestor Blue Silo, which is something that you only see in the midwest and also Mr.Prepared’s grandfather created and sold the patent for these to Purdue (ok, I know that fact is boring, but still!)

cool, huh?

cool, huh?

I rode into Ann Arbor to the bike shop for a re-fit on the bike as part of my ongoing “let’s be intelligent about training” process.  I think I have a few key factors that have made the difference in this season going forward:

  • Training. I have used Endurance Nation as my coaches for the season.  These guys have built triathlon training for the age group athlete to a science.  I respect that as I build my own business that they have their own mission and success dialed in, and I can only hope to be as good as Rich and Patrick at what I do.  I am certainly sold on the model and the advice that these guys give.  I just have to remember to get my ego out of the way.
  • Injury Prevention.  Shawn Kitzman of Synergy Movement Therapy has been a literal game-changer.  Many of you know I stopped running in the fall to try to give physical therapy a chance to work.  With Shawn’s Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT), I no longer have to wait to see if something works in a couple of months.  He must truly be one of the best at what he does because I have lived with hip pain for a couple of years.  In the first few weeks of working with him, I kept checking my back pocket or purse for a missing wallet or phone because I couldn’t figure out what was missing.  It was hip PAIN!  He is amazing, such that I am thinking about adding NKT to my practice by getting certified in the fall.
  • Dialing in the bike.  Between working at Hometown and finding a great crew at Transition Rack in Ann Arbor to help me with my TT bike, I have gained a ton of confidence on my bike in terms of fit, fix, and find.  I found my beautiful bike, I can fix it now, and I have resources to fit it too.  Lucky me.

Most importantly, I know that I am grateful and honored to be able to do what I do.  Many people would love to be able to race, ride, and run like I do most days without thinking about it. Trainer Guy once told me something that has stuck with me almost every day:

I am grateful for the day. I am grateful that I am alive in this body and that it can do what it does.

I know this mantra will carry me through Rev3 WI Dells and the rest of my race schedule because I am racing with a grateful, happy heart.

REV3 Wisconsin Dells

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out with the old…WAIT!

I don’t know why we feel the need to inevitably reflect (perhaps a bit too sentimentally) at year’s end, yet certainly I can’t help but get caught up in the tidal wave of Year in Review.  I know that I started off the year with some giant goals, and it’s probably worth at least a peek at them.  Maybe just a peek at the ones I nailed… oh, ok, let’s look at them all.

But before we get to all those goals, can I just say how happy I sounded about going back to work in that post?  So happy.  One thing I did realize this year, being both crazy employed and totally unemployed (other than my awesome job as MOM), is that I do like to work.  I don’t like to fill out forms and work at a desk under fluorescent lights, however.  Who does?

Anyhow, getting to the goals:

1. Tracking my food. Weighing less.  Well, the truth is that I did track my food.  Just not consistently.  A week here and there, a couple of days on and off.  Not consistent.  A small bout of food-fueled pity partying here and there.  A lot of moving-away partying.  Still has to be a goal for 2014.

2. 1/2 Marathon.  Done. Bam.  Not in unseasonably sunny conditions, but in unseasonably blizzardy conditions.  But it was cool.  I would do it again.  In fact, I am doing another one in March.  My running feels strong and durable now, so I am pretty psyched.

rock CF rivers half

3. Half-Iron distance race.  Didn’t happen.  When Mr. Prepared got a new position in May and started living in the Holiday Inn two time zones away, my training went into salvage mode.  My main goal became to qualify for Age Group Nationals at a race, which did happen.  But the 1/2 Iron is here and on the table again for 2014.  My new plan (so far) is to do Rev3 Wisconsin Dells, because I get to race and take my kids to America’s greatest waterpark.  Smart mommy.

Rev3 Dells

4. Mantra: Be Positive, Patient, and Persistent.  Kind of a hard goal to quantify.  I was all of these things at many times through the year.  I felt as a family we were very positive about our move to MI.  I worked really hard to be patient with the kiddos, model good behavior, and yell less.  I think I was moderately successful.  I was persistent in achieving my goal of becoming a certified trainer– I took the steps to do that, and I can now say I am an ACSM certified personal trainer as of December!  I also took my Madd Dogg Athletics/ Spinning Instructor training course in December.  I don’t currently have a plan, but I am working on it.

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There were lots of highlights of the year, though, including Mr. Prepared doing his first 100-mile race in Zion.  What a great time with family and friends in an amazing location with a wonderful result.

Zion 100 Taylor finish

Carrying Sarah to the finish! Can you believe it?

Selling our home in Eagle was fantastic and lucky, as we caught a blip in the market, even though we didn’t want to leave.  We also were very happy to find an amazing (Uh-MAZE-ing) school here in MI for the girls.  Lots of new opportunities are here, and many have yet to be discovered.  Needless to say, I am looking confidently toward 2014.

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