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prep for a tri and a track win

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Oh boy, am I having fun this summer. I've planned our weeks with fun stuff to do with the kids and friends to see and THEN I plan my workouts. Last summer those plan priorities were flip flopped which led to a crash in July of mom guilt & over training. Experience is a good teacher and I feel so much better right now.

I even feel comfortable in each of the 3 disciplines even though I've really only been training for 3 weeks and my Sprint tri is on Saturday.

Unfortunately I have yet to do any open water swims. There is an amazing 50 meter pool nearby. (for those not familiar with swimming: most pools are 25 yards so this is a big deal). I bring the kids to the Y's daycare which they love, I swim while they play, then I take them to the kiddie pool. win! win!

And biking! I am falling in love. I feel so much more comfortable on my bike this year that I'm able to challenge myself more and take some time to actually learn about how the heck this machine works. I had some chain problems last week, which I was able to fix all. by. myself. woot! DH suggested bringing it into the shop because the chain shouldn't drop that often. Well, they fixed the limits on the derailluer and oh my gosh! I actually know what that means. And now I'm not afraid of riding in my big ring. Which means = holy speed batman! I did a 15 mile with DH at 20 mph.

As for running: week 2 of marathon training is in the books. The long run was 8 miles, which I run every Tuesday morning with my Irongirls so this wasn't a big deal. While the distance isn't new or challenging yet, I have turned a mental switch. Game on!

Major running NSV on Sunday:
The plan was to take the kids to the track right when we were all up. Kids play in the middle and we take turns doing some sprints. Got the idea from my girl, OJIBWEEQUAY. Too bad it was pouring rain when we woke up. Change plans. DH went to the Y while I got the kids ready for the day. We went to the Science Museum for the morning and had a blast. Out to lunch where I made poor choices, but at least didn't get a beer because I knew I still had a workout to do. After a long day out we went home for DS's nap. And I had to lace up. uh oh.

I am a morning runner. I am not afraid to try new things when with friends. On my own; I start to worry what other people think about me. I know it's silly. I know I shouldn't care. But I do.

So when I got to the track and there was a soccer game going on and people in the stands and the sun was blaring down, I considered driving right by. But then I thought, "Marathon training. You have to do the work. You can't just think about a time goal and think it will magically happen. Do the work." I pulled into the parking lot. Luckily I saw a few other runners on the track. I'm not gonna lie; if there weren't others I would have gone home.

I have done a grand total of 1 other track workouts in my life. That's right: ONE. Last summer with the Irongirls. But I've read enough that I felt somewhat confident. I gave myself a big pep talk. Those people in the stands are not judging you. They do not think you look ridiculous. They think you look awesome. OK now, GO.

And then I did this:

2000 meter warm-up:
800 easy
800 hard (for a 7:36 mile)
400 easy

Then I went to the shady side of the track, plopped down on a patch of grass, and gave myself that same pep talk. Not ridiculous. Awesome.

20 bicycle crunches
10 push-ups
100 meter sprint
walk back

18 bicycle crunches
9 push-ups
100 meter sprint
walk back

8... you get the idea. Ladder down to 1.

That gets you:
110 crunches
64 push-ups
1000 meters sprint
1000 walking recovery

This workout was about push push pushing the speed, not mileage. I still like to know, so:
4000 meters = 2.5 miles
I felt incredibly strong.

See? Not ridiculous at all. Totally awesome.
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    I'm a morning runner too. I find that when I change things up, I'm more insecure about myself and I shouldn't be. Most people aren't looking at you anyway. It looks like you're doing a great job getting ready for your race. Good Luck and have fun!
    2948 days ago
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    Boggle..boggle...mind boggles
    2950 days ago
    Woot woot woman! You are awesome! The summer plans are incredible! Keep up the wonderful work!
    2950 days ago
    Impressive and so nice that you manage your workouts in conjunction with family activities. There are so many more options (and support) for active women now, I wish I hadn't been born so soon.
    2950 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/27/2013 3:01:56 PM
    Definitely awesome!!
    2950 days ago
    You most definitely are Totally Awesome!! I will admit, I am the SAME way you are about wondering what other people think about me, especially when I go running through my small thown, but I just figure I'm running and they aren't so boo to them! Ha ha! It helps me at least. I'm so proud of you and happy to hear how strong and confident you are this time around. Go get it girl!! emoticon
    2950 days ago
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    The picture of an open water swim is so cool.
    I am exhausted just reading your workout and life balance - don't know when you sleep! :) Sadly, I don't make it to the track workout but they seem to be a much nicer way to get your speed play done. I think everyone feels how you do - I always get amused at how we all speed up when running by each other and then slow down.
    2950 days ago
    That was a great workout but what impresses me even more was that you did it even with a lot of people there. I have never ran on our high school track because I'm afraid there might be people there. Even if there were only a few I would have wimped out. I wish I were brave like you. AND you didn't just run, you did push ups & crunches. You are emoticon !

    Good luck Saturday - I can't wait to hear about it.
    2950 days ago
    Sounds great! Love that you are sharing this with your family, your fiends, and you also pushed yourself on your own. You have your priorities right--family time then fitness time. A similar thing happened to me last summer--mom-guilt-trip--when I made fitness my first priority and put family time on the back burner. This summer, I'm spending a lot of time with family, doing fun activities and also fitting in fitness and starting to train for my next big race...Las Vegas Half Marathon.

    Great work on training and I know you will rock your next race and the one after that! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2950 days ago
    Awesome workout! You are going to be so ready for this race.

    I totally understand about the people judging you thing. I do the same thing to myself and have even talked myself out of a workout because of it. Why? Why do we do that to ourselves? I am glad you got out there on the track. And look.... you had an awesome workout too. I bet those people in the stands were saying, "wow, look at that girl go"! Awesome job!
    2950 days ago
    Totally awesome, indeed. You are good to go on the sprint. You already have the fitness for that distance (without weeks of training) and you know how to do it. No sweat! 20 mph is an awesome feeling, isn't it? Go have a great race!
    2950 days ago
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