Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Cooperstown Triathlon Recap

This past Sunday I competed in my first Triathlon of the season. I wanted to do a sprint just to nail some transition changes prior to Syracuse 70.3.

ATC Endurance puts on some pretty superb races and I was grateful to Bike Loft East to offer a entry for me. 

 The fifth annual Cooperstown Triathlon moved to a new venue at Glimmerglass State Park, just outside the village of Cooperstown.  The scenery of the park and the beautiful rolling landscape of the surrounding area did not disappoint!.
The race begins an 800yd swim in beautiful Otsego Lake. It is followed by an 18.8 mile bike ride through the rolling hills and beautiful countryside of the surrounding community. The race finishes with a 3.1 mi run pretty much within the park

I was nervous the days leading up to the race as I had a extreme asthma attack in the water 4 days prior that required Nebulizer treatments and a injection of Steroids into the tush. The water was cold and I couldn't get my breathing under control. As the days crept up, I kept messaging the race director for the water temp. I hope he wasn't too annoyed with me asking everyday!

I told my honey I would decide the day before the race if I was racing. Of course I had a meltdown the night before about my wetsuit, my asthma and everything in between.

The morning of was a little hairy. We drove the 1:40 to the venue and it seemed like the longest ride of my life. Through Rain, Fog, Almost running out of gas, Not being able to see, MapQuest directions being wrong, I was ready to throw in the towel.

We got there with moments to spare and of course there were little bumps with getting my packet and bike off the rack of the car.

I decided to get into transition, set up , get out and try to go for a warm up swim. Well, that really never happened because as soon as I put my face in the water they called us out of the warm up swim. I started to get really nervous, but I knew the water temp was in the 70's so it made me a little less crazy.

I did pre game with Sudafed and a puff on the ol' Proventil inhaler in hopes that things would settle down.
Calm but nervous as hell
I decided to seed myself in the front and just see what I was able to do. A little caotic at the start of the swm, but I was able to find some decent swimming space and just take my time and sight as best I could. The water was semi choppy, not too bad.

I got out of the water in about 14 min, but on paper it was 15:43!! wth! I knew there was some fast swimmers in my group but I was just happy I didn't panic or drown in the water!

Transition- Quick in and out 57 sec

Bike- Now I love to bike!! This is my strongest leg and I was determined to make up some time on the bike. It was a sprint afterall and I could push hard. It needed to hurt! The bike had a few false flats followed by a fast back half x 2. I got a little over 19miles on my watch, but it was supposed to be 18.8 miles.

Bike time- 55:22 Ave speed 20.4 mph- FASTEST BIKE SPLIT for the WOMEN!!!

Transition 2- Lost my rack for a second but quickly found it. 56 seconds

Run- I went through transition and was told I was Second female by my honey and to keep my lead. I was gunning for the 1st person overall. The run was a 2 loop course with a little steep grinder thrown in there, but pretty much flat and fast. I saw the lead person at the first turn around. I thought I would catch her by the end but she was just too far for me to close the gap. I pushed hard and my lungs were screaming at me, but I knew the 3rd woman wasn't that far away from me.
I came in Happy to be 2nd Female Overall!!!!

Run time: 23:58 Ave speed 7:29 per mile

Total time: 1:36:56

I have been working hard on my running and it is paying off! I am so happy with my performance. Now if I could just get faster at swimming!!

Onto the next adventure- Syracuse 70.3!!!

Happy Training!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

IMLP Training Weeks 25 and 26, 2 races and a whole lot of Bling!

I am not going to go all into details about the last 2 weeks, just that training is in Full force that it is getting hard to keep the blog up as well.

I am trying to make some gains in running, which is my limiter, but it seems like the harder I try, I still stay the same pace!! Ugh!

I joined a Track club this week thinking that would help me out. I was in for a treat when it was BIG Hill repeats for 30 minutes! I mean these people are Fast on this team!! I feel like one of the weakest links! But, I know that's what I need to make me stronger. I am going to push myself to do speed work with them and let everything else fall into place. I have been running with another group and just feel its not giving me what I want these days, so time to step up my game!!

I did the Mountain goat 10 miler in Syracuse last weekend. My son did the 1/2 mile kids run and RAN the whole thing!! He is 2.5 years old! I couldn't be a prouder mommy! My daughter then showed her stuff with me on the 3K run too!!

I also raced the Du The Lakes Duathlon today. Good solid efforts on both considering there is no resting. at the Duathlon today! 7th OA Female and First in AG!!

 Now is the time for the big workouts. Next weekend is 85 miles on the bike with a 1:30 brick and the next day back at it with a Run and bike. eeeek!!!

11 more weeks until the Big Day!

Last 2 weeks of training:

14:49:36 for week 25- 8325 yds of swimming, 138 miles of biking, 29.0 miles of running

13:04:45 for week 26 (down week)- 7000 yds of swimming, 125 miles of biking, 25.5 miles of running

Happy Training!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Ironman Lake Placid Training week #24

I am behind on my Blogging big time. Ironman training has taken over and the little things are starting to take a back burner. I give you the quick and dirty version.

I got a lot of riding in and it was a little better with the weather.

I won my Age group in the Springtime 10K! 8th OA female and 1st in AG! I will take it! I haven't had a AG win since I was in my 20s! It was a tough course but I held my own. Especially in the last 100yds when I sprinted to pass a girl that passed me minutes before that! I love a challenge.

I am getting ready to do the Mountain Goat run next. I am planning on doing the 3K nice and easy to warm up, then the 10miler full speed! If I have speed after a 4:30 Bike the day before. Oh the thrills of IM training!

I realized that IM is a lonely sport. I feel no one wants to ride/run with me because I am "too fast" or "biking or running too long" I am sad some days that I don't have a group to run with. I am mentally prepared for a long journey, but it is better with company for sure. I am so grateful to my training partners I do have though.

The last weeks breakdown

Swim: 7625 yds, 2:12:00= 15.2% of training
Bike: 126 miles, 7:25:00= 51.3% of training
Run: 33.7 mile, 4:51:09= 33.5% of training

Total training time: 14:28:09

Happy training!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Ironman Lake Placid Training Week #23

I can't believe I didn't post on last weeks training! I am slacking! Training is Ramping up and it is going so smoothly, I can't even phathom how good I feel! I am enjoying every aspect of training and I am so glad I have a great partner in crime to go on this wild ride with me. I can't even imagine not having his support or my other family's support for that matter! My mother has been a saint and saving grace for us to have "Date day" rides.

Last weekend I finally got out to the Syracuse 70.3 course to enjoy the amazing weather. Sunny and 70 is what I like!

Swimming is coming together nicely. I actually connect with the water the last week and it felt amazing to finally just "get it" in the water. I am riding the wave right now and just going with it!

I cannot just say enough about how good I am feeling so I am going to just stop now and talk about the numbers last week since this is a late post

Week in Numbers:

Swim: 7750yds- 2:15:00
Bike: 127 miles-7:02:19
Run: 30.5 miles-4:24:40

Total time: 13:41:59

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Ironman Lake Placid Training week #22

What a week last week was! The weather was still crappy and couldn't really get outside too much. Did my 3:30 long bike on the trainer yet again. I did manage to enjoy the peek of nice weather we had on Sunday. With that saying, no snow and no rain.

I tried to meet every goal last week, every training session, but life intercepted and let me know it couldn't be done last week. I only missed the full training week by 25 mins though

Last week I tried to focus on eating a little bit better than I normally eat. Trying to avoid the sweets I have succumbed to over the winter. my addiction is chocolate. Yes, yes I have a problem.

While on my long run Last Sunday, I felt dead. Legs felt like lead, But I kept imagining what it would feel like after biking 112 miles beforehand. I sucked it up and completed my run. I had pretty good numbers last week and was on cloud nine!

Easter was Sunday as well. I got to hang out with some very special people! Life is so much better when you have the best family by your side!

Training in numbers:
Swim- 5275-1:33:30
Bike- 172 miles- 8:35:33
Run- 36.6 miles-5:26:00

Total Time- 15:35:03

Happy Training!!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ironman Lake Placid Training Week #21

This was a Down week coming off the Syracuse Half Marathon. I rested pretty well the first few days, but then was dying to get back into training. Surprisingly, I wasn't that sore post half Marathon although I knew my body was weaker. I didn't do any speedwork as requested by my running coach and just sticked to easy to mild tempo running, Good form.

I am really starting to focus on Pulling in the water and rotating my hips, trying to stay relaxed as much as possible in the water. I tend to get anxious the first couple laps and then slip into this tingly coma feeling for the rest of the swim. I try to shut out the negative and focus on what I can control.

The Bike comes naturally for me, however I am having a little trouble getting comfortable on the saddle. I can't put my finger on the seat yet, but its a work in progress.

I ran Sunday with a great friend. We did one of the toughest running courses in Syracuse, The Mountain Goat course and talked about what time we are looking to get. Obviously, I was a little tired from the accumulative affects of the race and long bike on Saturday, but still put forth a good effort of a 8:40 pace on Sunday for 14 miles.

Swim: 7350yds- 2:07:25
Bike: 127 miles- 6:20:00
Run: 26.5 miles- 4:04:00

Total time- 12:31:35

Happy Training!!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

IMLP Training Week #20

Last week was a down week. A little recovery before the big Half Marathon.

The begining of the week I felt sluggish. I backed off on some strength training as to not add more stress to my mucles before the race. I did work on upper body, but held up on the lower half.

I ate well, Hydrated as much as I could and used my foam roller like a BOSS!

I struggled with how I was going to rest going into the race and decided to do my Long Bike on Thursday, freeing up Friday to rest and Easy Bike on Saturday.

It paid off as I had over a 7min PR at my race! I am still shocked that I did so well. I will be forever indebted to my Running partner JF.

I am not so focused on my Time and Distance lately. I feel like I have shifted into caring more about putting in a good effort and feeling good about the workout.

The week in Numbers:

Swim: 2:01:00-7200 yds
Bike: 5:51:27- 117 Miles
Run: 3:46:33- 26.8 miles
Strength 20 min

Total 11:59:00