Sunday, December 7, 2014

IMLP Training-Week #5

Week number 5 is coming to a close. As I have been looking at my numbers and analyzing what I have been doing. I noticed I am about 3 weeks ahead of my training than I want to be on my plan. Time to recover next week and reboot a few weeks backwards! Whoops!

I have been nailing down my race schedule and it is getting pretty Hairy. With Ironman right smack in the middle of summer, it is taking alot away from the races that I would normally do.

I still am going to have fun and go with the flow though. I may do some races and tack on training before and after. Its all good!

The week started with a terrible sore throat. I worked the past weekend and saw many acute, sick patients with the common cold and flu. Not to mention 3 flu cases in a matter of 2 days.

I figured by Wed or Thurs I would feel better and to just go easy as much as I could.

By Wed I was congested, but still planned on doing my Speed workout as it was only in my nose, not in my chest.

Thursday, It took all I could to swim 2200 yards. All doped up on Sudafed, Coughing and Hacking all the way!

Friday, Same rendition as Thursday

Saturday- Long Bike felt like torture on the bike. COuldn't get comfortable and legs felt heavy but I got through the workout, Brick run legs felt dead halfway in.

Today- I just barely got through a 1:23 run, Still have 50 min bike to go

I think the week has physically drained me- I don't feel anything in my chest, but know that this is starting to brew into a Sinus Infection. Maybe I am not hydrating enough, recovering enough, eating enough??? I will play around with this in weeks to come. Its hard to gauge when you are exposed to these illnesses on a daily basis at work.

Total Training time: Before the Bike- 11:02:27
Swim:7525yds- 2:30:14
Bike:91.3 miles- 4:51:47
Run:20.2 miles: 3:05:26
Strength: 30 min

Happy Training!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Making IM training work

I always hear, "How do you have enough time to do all you do with your family?"

I make the time.

Rules of making it work for me:

1, Get up early. I get up around  4:30 in the morning to work out. If I get up a little later, I don't stress over not getting my workout in.  I do it when my kids go to bed

2. No time is wasted time. If I have a hard workout planned. That's what it is going to be. Every workout serves a purpose whether it is strength, threshold, etc. If I have to group things together to make it work that day, I do. Like my Strength workout. Total body twice per week if I can. Get it done and move on.

3 Don't take time away from the kids. When I am with my kids. I am with my kids. That simple. I am not working out. I am watching movies, making them food, taking them shopping, Playing Frozen songs over and over.

4. Have a supportive partner. I cannot stress this enough. I would never be sane or have time to workout if I didn't have my best friend at my side to help me through the days when I want to cry or give up.

5. Have fun. When it isn't fun anymore, then I will give it up. I have started to dabble into some tougher things. Cross training with cyclocross. I will also cross train with some Snow shoeing and Cross country skiing this year! Woo hoo!

6. If training is getting stale, change it up! I think we can go back and refer to #5 for most of this.

7. If stressed, take a day off. As much as my type A personality wants to admit, I do take a break If I feel I need one. Over the years, I have really listened to my body and know when enough is enough. Heart rate is high, feeling more angry, workouts are harder, then it is time to break.

8. Know why you are doing what you are doing.  I have this in my head everytime I start a workout. I do it for me. I do it for my kids. I do it for my sanity. I do it for the love of the sport. I do it for the amazing fitness gains. I do it because it makes me feel good. I do it because I have control over it. See where I am getting at??

I am sure I can think of many more, but this is a good start how I make it work for me.

Happy Training!!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Training week 3 and 4

Ending IMLP week 4. Where did the time go? I forgot to blog about week 3!

Nothing new to report maybe..

Swim: I am getting 2-3 days a week of swimming in. It is getting hard because I love to be cycling and running instead but know how important the swimming is! Last week I rounded about 5300yds in the pool. This week I was slacking and only got about 3300! Yikes! Next week it will be a focus to make sure there is 2 days in the pool!

Biking: I haven't been outside much on the bike d/t it snowing and being cold! Brr! The trainer and I have begun to love each other again. Now that my ass is not going numb every time I sit on the darn thing! My Kindle and Ipod are definitely getting more use these days!

Running: what can I say?! I love it! I love how it makes me feel. Even though I am working out some niggles right now with my running I have seemed to continue to give at least 3-4 days to running.

Strength- I did get in 2 days in the last 2 weeks! How do I fit this in?! Having trouble finding the right time to do so!

Week 3 in numbers:

swim:5246 yds
Run:15.2 miles
Strength:30 min

Week 4 in numbers:

Bike:89.6 miles
Run:22.4 miles
Strength:30 min

Happy Training!!!

Friday, November 28, 2014

My Turkey trot and Gobblecross 2014 in the books

Yesterday I didn't feel like doing any Turkey Trotting. I feel like the races in my neck of the woods are getting way too crowded to have a decent time unless you start in the front or Throw some elbows to get to the front right after the gun goes off.

Last year I did not have a great experience at the Baldwinsville Turkey Trot. I was going to do one in Rochester, close to where my sister lives as I was going to her house for dinner. I decided it wasn't in the best interest of my 2 kids or my honey to sit and wait 45-50 min for me to finish in the snow and wind. On that note I decided to go to the Gym and Run a race against myself. With a mile warm up, I did 5 miles in 40 min with a mile cool down thereafter. It was fun to see what I could do on the treadmill, but sometimes I feel it is my limiter as well. I feel like I am dying on the treadmill only to note my Heart Rate is in the high 140's to low 150's

I felt like that was a good place to say OK, I did something cardio wise on Thanksgiving. Then I ate a Paleo Dinner to my hearts desire! Turkey, Sweet potatoes, Sausage stuffing, Homemade cranberry sauce and Paleo Apple Pie!! YUM!!! I am not going to lie when I say I went for Seconds.

Onto today's "Race". GobbleCross 2014. It was at a fellow Cyclists House. Really low key, come and have fun in the snow, drink and be merry basically. It had been off and on snowing here and the wind was blowing pretty harsh. I was nervous about cross racing in the snow as this is my first year getting into this. My technical skill are yet to be desired on a off road race scene. It's improving. Slowly But surely.

I did a practice run and thought. Are you #ucking serious right now?! why the hell did I pay money to torture myself to no end?! Snow, Slipping, Mud, Hills, Barriers?!! Oh MY! Not to mention my Raynaud's kicked into high gear and made me almost want to throw up or cry because I felt like Daggers were piercing my skin, then throwing a lighter on top of it when they were thawing out. Luckly one gentleman gave me a great Ski glove to wear and I survived the race.

I was only going to do one lap and then DNF. But when I wasn't last I decided.."Its still a race to the finish!!" I did get lapped...TWICE! But, I never gave up on finishing. By the 3rd lap I was feeling confident in getting up and down some of those crazy hills. I still have a lot to learn, but am loving this cyclocross scene!!

Moral of the story. Complete what you set out to complete. 2nd Place Female overall

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Body Image

Size 26.2- This is a great video on how women who are physically fit still have body image issues.

Here's a shocker..I feel insecure most days too.

I try to hide it well and not care what people think but still have this little voice in my head saying oh look at that, look at this..ugh

Will all the advertisements showing what so called beauty is by posting half nude photoshopped pictures in magazines, how is a girl not to start self loathing??

After watching the video above, I plan to celebrate my body. The body that has given me the chance to swim many miles, Bike long distances and Run my heart out. The body that has carried 2 of the most beautiful children ever. The body who has gained and lost some throughout the years. The Body that is mine.

I will vow to not be negative and look at all the positives this day forward.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Week 2- IMLP training

Week 2 has ended and I am finally getting more focused on Ironman Training.

I have been a little scatter brained in getting back up in the wee hours of the morning that I had to to some double workouts this week which I hate to do. One of the important things for me is to NOT take time away from my family. I stay up late, get up early, Whatever I need to do to get my workout done without sacrificing their time. I think that is one important goal of mine.

Goals for next week are to certainly get to bed a little earlier, make my gym bag the day prior and Get to the gym earlier!!

I had a great week of training. Hit every workout with purpose and focus. If I needed to scale back, I knew where to do it and that is one good thing!

The weather has been getting colder here and the Trainer and pool have become a lovely sanctuary. I refuse to run on the treadmill more than I have to so still running outside!

My mind says yes, body says COLD!!

I have been working with my nutrition as I am pretty much Paleo. Being a Athlete and being Paleo has had its challenges. Larabars and Huma Gels have been my saving grace as well as Bananas and applesauce. So far so good! We will see when the numbers start Escalating!

Figured I would Give Infinit hydration a try. Anyone tried this product?? What are your thoughts?

Right now I am sitting at almost 9 hours of training. I feel like I can handle more training load, with my busy schedule, but don't know where my breaking point will be yet. We will see.

I have a few races scheduled next weekend. One being the Arthritis foundation jingle bell run. I am running this for a work friend whose daughter was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis at such a young age. I will be running for her and all the others who are debilitated by Arthritis. Next but not least, Turkey CROSS!! It is the last in the CNY cup series and I need to grab my points for a victory celebration!!

Totals this week

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cider Cross Race Recap

I am late at writing my recap of Cider Cross!

I will give a quick recap so I can return to your regularly scheduled Blog of IMLP training as I know you are all dying to know what I am doing!

This would be my 5th race of Cyclocross. Yes, I still don't have all the technical shit down pat but I am trying. Why the hell can I not do a Flying mount?!! It still baffles me that I plan to do this every race but continue to not do it.

I will however say I surprised myself with things I thought I couldn't do at this race.

Lets give you the low down.

It was about a 1.5 mile course starting going up a rocky incline to some off Camber switchbacks, to some rocky road, into the apple orchard weaving in and out of rows, Down a decent to a quick turn, into some muddy tight turns, down another rocky path, into some more muddy turns to a Barrier, then to some switch backs and the hill to the start. Try that times 4!!!

Can I say this was definitely a challenging course! You are redlining it most of the way. This race is about Punching it when you can and giving it good power effort.

I started getting off my bike at the first off camber areas for the first 2 laps. Then I had a friends husband whispering in my ear that I could definitely bike it! So the last 2 I tried and I did it!! WTH! I should've just done it in the first place, But if you saw the pile up when we did a practice lap, I think you would've been scared to ride it too!!

Anyways, Coming down to the end I saw a girl ahead of me. I just wanted to pass her! We kept playing this cat and mouse game. I finally gave in on the last climb and let her go. She beat me by 4 SEC and cost me SECOND place!!

Anyways, I got 3rd Cat 4 and received bragging rights and $10 worth of coffee in the end.

The Post race party was AMAZING!! We got Gluten free chili and mac and cheese for free. A pint of Cider (choice of regular or alcoholic) Free Hot Cider and Apples!

On another side note, Beak and Skiff Apple farm is Amazing! I will definitely be going back and taking the kids as well.

Happy Training!!