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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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TRI-ing something new

HAHA! I made it over 75 posts without a cliché TRI-athlon title.   Sorry to disappoint those of you who thought I was so clever there for a minute.

Many of you know that I have (mostly) had a coach/trainer of some sort while I have been training for triathlon or trying to lose weight. First, there was Trainer Guy and after a while, there was Coach Evil Genius.  After moving to Michigan, I have been “dabbling” in a variety of fitness activities. I told myself that I was doing this for research purposes, since I am currently working on my trainer cert. After a while though, my dabbling had become a bit of do-nothingness. Until 2 weeks ago, I hadn’t run since August.  (I know!  Are so many of you taking a sharp, audible inhalation? I have a lazy butt. There. I admitted it. It feels like a pain in the ass. So funny to you, isn’t it? 😉)  No running was the experiment to see if my hip could/would/will get better, and we are in the early testing phases. So far, so good.  I figured if there was any time not to run, it would be right about when the PT guy said “no running” and I couldn’t think of anything for which it was worth breaking the rule.  (PS.  I did a hell of a lot of PT.  Just sayin’ in case you thought I wasn’t doing anything to help it along).

Anyhoo, fast-forwarding to the day I decided to do Turbokick or some such class at the local fitness center, I realized that I totally could be doing a better job on focusing my fitness. Due to these unusual life circumstances (not gainfully employed-YET!, kids in school all day) and the high amount of VOCs I have been inhaling during painting, I decided to pull the trigger on my free trial from Endurance Nation.  EN is the (or one of the) largest coached teams of age-group triathletes in the US. And while this both excites me (YAY! anonymity!) and terrifies me (BOO! anonymity), I have found over the last 3 weeks that I can get a good balance of both. And truthfully, I’m a joiner.  Mr. Prepared scoffs at it, but it makes me happy.  🙂

The first week was like an overwhelming blur of activity for which I was unprepared. There were workouts and webinars and whatnot, some of which I did and some I didn’t. Within the first week, I had a phone call from Coach Patrick and a screencast with my Season Roadmap from Coach Rich. Mr. Prepared found it very annoying that I kept talking about it, like I couldn’t believe that these were real people assessing other real people’s situations! And even though both coaches poked fun at my lazy butt syndrome, Coach Patrick actually talked to me on the phone and helped me modify my plan for a couple of months to start running again.

I need the camaraderie and accountability of other people to keep me motivated through the outseason and into race season.  I need a plan with a purpose that I can execute.  I don’t have to share everything with everyone, but I know that reading/hearing/seeing other people with the same motivation and drive that I have to make myself the best athlete I can be while still maintaining a life outside of triathlon will motivate me more than an early morning spin class.  Yes, the spin class is tough.  Yes, the people are nice.  Yes, for most people what I do is more than good enough as far as training.  It’s just not good enough for me to know that I have done my best.  And being able to be my best triathlete self makes me happy.  And when Mama’s happy…everyone’s happy.   It’s what I like to call a win-win.

I find it hilarious that our dog Daisy is supposed have that same fierce expression when something is about to attack.  That dog is the definition of vapid.

I find it hilarious that our dog Daisy is supposed have that same fierce expression when something is about to attack. She is just the definition of vapid.

BTW…I just want to point out that I did not get paid (nor will I ever be paid) to say any of these things about EN or any product I have endorsed or will endorse in the future.  I mean seriously people, I have like 50 people who read this blog.  That would just be a damn waste of someone’s promotional budget.  

However, if Sweaty Bands would ever feel differently about giving me free Sweaty bands and talking about how AWESOME they are, I am more than happy to oblige.  

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