Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Pre-Christmas 40,000

I went away for Christmas (and loved every minute of it!), and didn't do a good job at blog updates. I needed the get away and took full advantage of the time I had with my awesome family.
In my continued quest to not run or bike prior to Christmas (running)/New Years (biking) I swam quite a bit before leaving for MI. The first workout of the week came from Colleen. Maybe she was a bit hungover from our masters Christmas party the night before (see previous post)?!?!!? Somehow she thought we could get in 6000yds in an hour and 15mins. I haven't swam that far since high school. But I stayed in after most got out, and finished off everything on the board. That was the start of many 6,000yd days.After the second 6k day I figured I could get to 40k if I kept at it.

At weeks end I accumulated 40,000yds, and my shoulders felt it! Coach Hux (above) stayed to make sure I didn't give up on my little mission. Oh it's the little things that make the off season so much fun!

I picked up my bike from my friends garage this morning (I knew if I kept it here I might give in to one of the many awesome invites to ride and not take a solid break). But before I can get to today I have to put up a few pics from my awesome MI Christmas get away. Stay tuned...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

It's no secret, I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!!

Tis the season! And I love everything about it!!!


This past weekend was the Encinitas Masters Christmas party. We had a blast. I have been a masters whore over the last 4 months. Man we're lucky. Three awesome masters teams in a 10mile radius! It's been fun to change it up a bit, and am enjoying some new swim buddy's (Yes, I do really miss everyone at UCSD, but I'll be back).

Molly and that adorable smile (the wine was good too)


One of my fabulous lane mates, and Coach Hux (who let him out of the house with a kilt on?!?!?! (Sadly the skirt didn't make it into the pic)

In my last post I mentioned my trip to the Del Mar lights with Warren (oh and Theresa and Paul too). How adorable is he! Was he more excited about the lights, or the fact that he was allowed in the driver's seat? Who cares, he's just darn cute!

Nothing else to report. I'm just enjoying everything this time of year brings. Christmas music, Christmas trees, decorating friends homes (since I don't stay here for Christmas), Christmas movies, and various yearly traditions.... underneath it all is the knowledge that it really all serves to remind us of the greatest gift of all. You know the ACTUAL reason for this season...Jesus birthday!

Enjoy the season, and everything that comes with it! Sending lots of Christmas love your way!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Oh the life...

This video cracked me up. It completely reminds me of the mentality of triathletes leading into an Ironman! This is right up there with the Triathlete article, by Roch and Paul, advising friends/family how to handle their MP's (mental patient/athlete) leading up to race day. (thanks for sharing Brad)
Click here for a few laughs

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Not even 2 weeks


Was this really me less than 2 weeks ago?
Oh ya, I remember how cold that water was! Thankfully XTerra keeps me warm and comfy no matter the conditions! 

Those socks/arm warmers were a genius idea. Thanks Linsey.

Cervelo came through in a big way for me! Sadly we found a crack in the frame when I was in Hawaii. The awesome team at Cervelo made sure a new P3 was ready to turn out a fast bike split in Az, an d for that I am beyond grateful!!

This picture reminded me that my back was really bothering me on the bike. When you're out there racing you must quiet those aches and pains. After a race those go away (any time now!) and you're left with memories of the overall experience.


Looking a bit bloated here.


Oh ya, I remember the pain my quads and feet felt from all that concrete pounding. It certainly wasn't a result of the shoes...LOVE the LAUNCH!!
I had to alter my softer surface course to get around Mr. photographer...


This is what I hope to remember for months to come. This is what will carry me through to my next ironman (Canada...or is that too far away ;), and motivate me to continue down that path of self improvement.

I loved the flowers! Diana even made sure they'd match my race kit. Mwah!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

It's been a while

I haven't made any sincere posts since Ironman Arizona. There is one main reason! I am enjoying time away from triathlon. I'm thinking about other things and I'm spending my time doing other things; and I think for that my mind and body are thankful. But here's a bit of what I've been up to.

Kevin asked me to do a short interview with him back in June. It was just posted on his (good looking) site. I would have answered some questions differently after this season, but it was nice to remember where my head was back in June. That was back when I wasn't sure if I'd be able to make the trip to Kona. Oh the memories and experiences that still lied ahead...
Check it out on Finishline-multisport.

Oh, back to the fabulous off season. In SoCal so many refuse to take time away. Thankfully we had 2 weeks of cool weather, clouds and rain. I embraced it, and stayed off the roads and trails. I have a few aches to heal, and therefore have stuck to my "pre-Ironman Arizona: Do not run/ride until ankle pain/inflammation is gone" plan. I've embraced the life as a yogi fish! Yup, yoga and swimming has been my way of life for the past 3 weeks. I did nothing but a little yoga for 2 weeks, then added swimming last week, and this week I'm adding in some solid lifting sessions. I've ignored every single invite to go for an "easy" run or ride! I'm enjoying a real off season! Don't get me wrong. I miss running and riding, but that is what will get me back on the road and trails with a vengeance in 2010!

So it's been all about the pool. This solo sport adventure can get boring, so I've added a bit of a challenge to the mix this week. After two consecutive days of 6,000yd swim workouts I might have an idea: Can I get in 40,000yds this week? Plus, I need to get myself back into swimming shape so I can tackle the yearly swim workout I often do with my old swim team back home. And when I say old, I mean the age group swimmers who let me jump in with them for a long long workout (did I seriously do those workouts when I was 12?!?!?!?!). It's a lot of fun to get worked by a bunch of high school swimmers! Every Christmas I go to the pool thinking of getting in a short solo swim, but my old coach convinces me to jump in for their workout. Within 200yds a bunch of kids half my height are working me with their superior butterfly skills.

In the fog of Ironman training I missed out on quality time with a lot of dear friends. One of which welcomed an adorable son into the world 9months ago. He is so fun now! We took him to see the sea lions (I don't think he knew there were animals down there lounging on the beach). Our trip to the Del Mar Christmas lights was so special because we got to enjoy it through his eyes. Warren, you rock!

Better get back to the pool...17,500 down 22,500 to go.

Staying strong

Before an ironman we all imagine a time when we can sleep in, enjoy a big cup of coffee, and maybe watch some morning tv instead of catapulting out of bed and onto the saddle for a long ride. But, then that time comes. And....we struggle to keep out mind and body away from the swim, bike, run. I begain training hard in January/February, raced my first half ironman in March, continued with a race every month, and culminated with the awesome 2x ironman. Of this, I remind myself every morning as I try to stay away from the pool, off the bike, and out of the Brooks runners.
I've attended yoga everyday this week to try to get the body moving and quiet my nagging mind.

Last Friday I did swim and bike. But the ONLY reason I did either was to join our beautiful Bride to Be, Beth for a little bachlorette surprise! It was a bachlorette excursion that only triathletes would find amazingly amusing! And we couldn't have picked a better Bride to play with. What a trouper!
It was a coastal scavenger hunt (well of course we rode our bikes to each location!)

Beth was required to properly request each new present and clue by asking:
"Do you have a gift for me, the most beautiful bride to be."
(sorry for the poor videography! I swear the champagne came later in the ride!)
video
I even enjoyed our quick climb up Torrey Pines to reach our final clue before turning back. Tired legs, yes indeed.

We ended with a toast. Congratulations to Beth and James! 28 days until their big day...

That short little swim/bike quickly reminded me that my body needed more downtime. I woke up the next morning with random foot and ankle pains and feeling quite under the weather. I quickly returned to the sleep, eat, don't train regimen.

Racing an ironman 4 days before Thanksgiving really is quite nice! I didn't think twice about that yummy dessert (or 2) I inhaled! Thanksgiving was so enjoyable, thanks to an awesome dinner and great company at Julie's

Thankfully the athletic crowd kept the food healthy (as we discussed how ridiculously gross it is that our country takes perfectly healthy foods of turkey, potatoes, yams, and cranberries and shoves it in the deep fryer or loads on the butter and whole milk. Ewwwwwww!) Healhy cooking or not, the food coma was intense. Thankfully the dogs were up to walk a few laps of the neighborhood.

Every morning as I place my feet on the ground, I'm reminded of this 2+ year paronial tendon injury. Immediately after IMAz I couldn't even stand without toppling over like a bobble doll. I was able to run shortly after Kona, but clearly the concrete and sincere effort I put in on that marathon in Az took its toll. I swore I'd get to the bottom of it after Ironman(s), and now that time has come. I really want to return to the pool, but instead am off to the yoga studio. Seriously, people really just do an hour of yoga every day and are perfectly fulfilled! I guess this week is all about trying to be "normal."

Namaste!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

and THAT's a wrap!


I honestly wasn't so sure how the second Ironman would go. I've never done two ironman's in a year, let alone 2 in 6 weeks. I went to bed Saturday night feeling a bit uneasy. I woke up feeling the same. The hip pain I experienced after Kona was still present and my back and legs felt tight. I would be lying if I didn't admit thinking "what am I doing?" But quickly I responded any uncertainty with "I'm going to kill this race and make it count!" The day before the race I found a lucky penny face up on the sidewalk. I tucked it into my wetsuit, thinking I might need a little luck along the way.

I saw so many familiar faces before jumping into the freezing Tempe town lake. I wasn't alone in my quest to tackle some unfinished business from Kona. Jumping in the water right ahead of me was Lindsey Corbin, Sam McG, and my favorite Aussie Kate Major. I waited for the pro start, took a big gasp and entered the frigid waters feeling calm and confident. I was ready to give it my all, and hope for the best.

Swim: The gun went off and I felt like I was having a strong swim. I swam 99% of the race alone. This is something I NEED to work on. I hate swimming amongst the crowd, but sadly that shows in my swim times. I exited the water, saw 1:03, and knew I once again drastically failed to reach my potential in the ironman waters. I quickly got over it and concentrated on warming up out on the bike course.

Bike: It was a cold start, and when I hit Bee-Line Hwy we were greeted with a decent head wind. Negativity entered my mind. Thing is (unlike kona), when we made the turn around there was a nice tail wind to brighten my thoughts. My speed soared above 30mph and for the first time I stopped thinking about a DNF and started thinking about succeeding.
I set my expectations high, and hoped to ride sub-5:30...if all went really really well! Loop 1 (of 3) was completed in 1:40. Nice! But I needed to settle down. My mind was racing and I was still unsure how my legs would go at this distance so close to my previous IM. I refocused and reminded myself that this race was between me, myself, and I. I internalized things and just stayed calm for lap 2.
When I rounded the turn for lap 3 I realized "I'm doing this!" I was riding amongst mostly men, and wondered at this point where I was in the field. Thankfully I knew most of the officials on the course so got a quick update "Caroline, you're only 20mins behind Kate and well into the top ten age group women." No way, the pro's get a 10min head start, so if this was all true things were going quite well! From then on my mind remained strong and confident. My legs followed suit. I experience some stomach issues and back pains, but was able to respond and adapt to the unexpected without letting the race get away from me. I couldn't get all my bottles down (GU+CarboPro of course!) because I kept burping and almost throwing up. I supplemented liquid calories with a banana and GU gels. I wasn't worried about hydration but knew I couldn't start the run low on calories since I struggle to get anything down out once I leave the bike.
I rolled in at 5:26 with a giant smile on my face. I had no clue where I was in my age group. But I had an entire marathon to figure it out. This race was mine for the taking!

Run: I came out of T2 running strong. My HR remained low, my leg turn over was high, and my pace was strong! I held under 7:50 for the first 10k (pace wise. actually the splits were just over 8:00 because of all the 180degree turns on the course that make the run a bit slow). I was passed by a girl in my age group, Marie. She got a bit ahead of me, but I reeled her back in and stayed with her for the second loop. My pace remained well under my goal pace for the marathon, but my HR was under control so I allowed myself to run strong and race.

As I made my way through loop 2 I felt the effects of a sidewalk marathon run. Seriously, who thought a run course on sidewalks was a good idea. Oh wait, Roch and Huddle...darn them! It hurt! Marie ran away from me at the start of the third loop and I started to slow. I felt the effects of my early fast pace. Mitch was out there and offering me the perfect words of encouragement throughout. At this point he yelled to me "breath Caroline, don't let this get away from you. Stay within yourself and just relax." He read my mind! I was thinking about everything but what I was doing. I wanted to know where everyone else was (it's impossible to figure out on this 3 loop winding course!).

I wanted to podium and was told I was in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th. Clearly no one really knew. At mile 20 I accepted my first cup of Coke, and tried hard to focus on just getting to mile 24 (I try to think of the marathon as 4x6miles. The last 2 take care of themselves). The concrete was taking it toll. My legs were screaming and the wheels were falling off. I started counting every quarter mile. Not good. I tried hard to keep the pace under 9min miles. Not good, but it was all I could do.

With 2 miles to go I thought I could break 10:30. No Way! Really! The turn over picked up, the smile found its way back, and I charged for the line. When I came around the corner and entered the finish shoot I thought I saw the race clock at 10:27...no wait that's a 1. 10:21, Seriously! No Way!

I crossed the finish and instantly felt overjoyed. Now THAT is what I worked so hard for this year. The W30-34 came to play! 10:21 was a new Ironman AZ age group record...but this year there were 9 of us that beat it. I raced amongst some amazing girls! How inspiring. 10th overall femaleis something I never imagined accomplishing at a major Ironman event!

Diana and Nick handed me a beautiful bouquet of flowers just before I crossed the finish. So sweet! As I walked to gather my bike and gear bags everyone was asking if I won the whole race. I smiled and said "nope, but I won MY race!" This really was a race without expectations and only for myself. I won that race, and couldn't be happier about it!

The day went far better than I could have ever dreamed. A special thanks to TriBike Transport for giving me the chance to end my season on this high note! Thank you to Cervelo for refusing to let a cracked bike frame get in the way of my dream race. and of course GU for fueling the fire within!

You don't have to feel good to race good! The door is officially closed on the 2009 season. 4 half ironmans, 2 ironmans, and a slew of shorter races in between. It's been quite a journey! Thanks for joining me for the ride!!

post race soak in the FREEZING pool offered a temporary cure for the pain

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Wow! Another Ironman is here!

Usually after an ironman I allow myself to get out of shape, before gearing up for the next opportunity to tackle the daunting distance. Not this time! 6 weeks turnaround and I'm back on site for another ironman. Yesterday I hit up Sculpt Fusion for a quick yoga class before hitting the road. The drive left me stiff and sore, so I went straight to ASU to the warm-up set at masters. Then it was finally off to see my bestest friend (who is preggers!!!). I kept asking the little dude to kick and say hello, and finally he woke up to give a little kick to aunt Caroline (if I wait on my only sibling I may never be an aunt!). I love that Diana and I are only one state apart! I use to come out at least three times a year, but it seems to have decreased over time. Thanks to IMAz I'm back again =)

This morning I got in a lap of the ironman bike course and a quick run along the swim course. Last time I did this race I had a horrendously bad swim. Sunday I will accept nothing but my best. No cramps, no punches thrown my way (bc this time I will fire back!) and no excuses. I'm capable of more!!! Sadly I forgot the camera on my ride...but I promise, you're not missing much. A few cacti and lots of brown dirt/gravel. It was a quick reminder that I wasn't in Kansas...I mean Kona, anymore. But I am HERE...and I want to be HERE! I can't wait to make the best of this race and shock myself with the race I know I'm capable of!
At this point it's all about preparing the mind! 3 Sleeps!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

6 weeks to recover, train, maintain and taper

It's a challenge...one that might require a touch of luck as well. As the countdown to Kona entered 10 days I started to think a little bit about all the training I would NOT be doing after the race. Funny thing, this is never the case. In order for the mind to recover our body craves getting out there and pounding the pavement with some easy training sessions. This year a funny thing happened. I wouldn't allow myself to even consider pounding the pavement (running nor biking) right after Kona. I learned the easiest way to chill out and recover after an ironman is to immediately sign up for another...with a 6 week turn around.
After Hawaii it was "hurry up and recover." During this time I consulted with some pretty amazing athletes and coaches to figure out whether my body could perform at its full potential in Arizona. Most told me I'd get back to Cali and the intense craving to race again would dissipate. It didn't!!

The first time I added a bit of intensity into my training I almost died. Seriously, I think I had a mild heart attack. That's all fine and good considering my first intensity workout was the Swamii's group ride. Problem is, the heart attack came on the first hill, before the real accelerations even begin. I quickly learned that 2 weeks is not enough time to recover from an ironman. So I changed my mental focus from "ironman training" to "ironman maintaining."
Turns out it took almost 4 weeks until I felt I started feeling decent again. The HR and speed numbers were right on AND my heart rate had finally started recovering quick after intense efforts. I've enjoyed some awesome training sessions since Kona! My longest ride was only 4hours. Shannon kept me honest on that one!

Then Terry offered up a great trainer to mile repeat workout for Kate, Kim and I! From the outside it looked like I was on again, but it hurt way more than 6:15mile repeats did before Kona!!!
With 3 weeks to go Cervelo came through with my new hot ride for IMAz:

I thought I'd repeat my 2 week taper that I used for Kona. But with 2 weeks to go I was finally feeling good. So I went back to the drawing board and started picking everyone's brain again. I kept up the intensity through the week and now I'm ready for a taper. Everyone's advice was to keep the ride under 4 hours and only do one 2 hour run. So I did. It leaves me feeling a bit strange leading into Arizona, but we'll see how it plays off. I know I need to remember all those long training sessions I put in pre-Kona...not to mention the tough ironman race I deposited in the bank.

7 Sleeps!

Crazy People

There are so many of them in San Diego. All too often my jaw drops when I hear several of my training partners rattle off their race calendar. I hear the word "ironman" over and over and am perplexed by the fact that so many people aspire to do more than one ironman in a single season (and prior to this year I was a proponent of the 'one every other year' philosophy). Well....call me crazy, because the tides have turned. 2 ironmans in 6 weeks sounds like a great idea (the results next weekend will hopefully confirm this feeling).
I've been told I'm "crazy," "an addict," "obsessed," and my favorite "an inspiration." I am really excited that I have the opportunity to tackle one more ironman course before closing the door on 20009. Ironman Arizona: Ahhhhh, yes...never say never! After doing this race in 2006 I said: never again. Well never will be here in just 9 days. It isn't pretty, the crowds there are less than impressive, the course hardly goes out of town before you loop back for the 3 loop bike course and 3 loop figure 8 run course, and you can hardly see your hand in front of your face on the swim. But it's an ironman, and this year a ton of Kona athletes will toe the line to dig deep and display their remarkable fitness once again.

Ironman Hawaii and Arizona are 6 weeks apart. If I'm telling the truth here, I started thinking about my next ironman before I even left Hawaii. I am 100% happy with my race, but I knew my run fitness didn't shine through in Hawaii. I came back to San Diego and focused on everything but triathlon (hence the limited blog posts). Unless triathlon is your job, you need to move on and get back to the real world. My real world involved work, fun with friends, lots and lots of sleep, compression tights and socks, contrast baths, a.r.t., and massage. Before I could think about another race I needed to heal both body and mind. I spent 2 weeks doing everything but training.

Jeff and Vickie cooked up an amazing dinner and together we sat and talked about everything but triathlon! (the guys are in the other room discussing who knows what!)

Then there was Halloween. Can you guess what I am? Just take a shot in the dark...no no, that was my costume (a shot in the dark-my necklace was a shot glass).

Can you guess who the preschool teacher is (hint, see above) and who may never be allowed around children again?


It took a full 4 weeks before my confidence returned, and my legs felt like they could actually handle more than 2 hours of movement. But with only one week to go I'm finally getting really excited. This is a great opportunity, and one I don't want to waste. I've struggled a little bit with how to structure my training between Hawaii and Az, but thankfully have had some amazing help from those who have done this before with great success. Racing in Az means I'll get a front row seat to watch so many of my friends tear it up in Tempe! I can't wait!
Can Tempe Town lake really look this beautiful?!?!?! 9 Days!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

New Digs



Last week I had the opportunity to visit one of my favorite triathlon related destinations. No, I don't mean a race course or training site. I'm referring to the XTerra office. The entire office is full of product and people I really enjoy seeing. And now, they're in an awesome new space! Check out their new show room! Kick ass!! Their awesome product line is now displayed in a way it deserves...

When looking for sponsors for this season I sought out companies/brands I already used and loved. As an age group athlete I know I don't deserve much, but the sponsorship I've acquired has dramatically enhanced my season. It adds a new dimension of fun...and that's why we do this, right!?!?!
I have to say that working with XTerra this year has been amazing. Hands down, they make the best wetsuits and speed suits on the market. Back this with the amazing people who design, engineer, and promote the product and the end package is a winner in all regards!

I've been fortunate to test out pretty much the entire line of XTerra wetsuits. As a former competitive swimmer I want a suit that is flexible. Most people love wetsuits for their buoyancy. Although everyone benefits from this feature, the margin of speed gained for more experienced swimmers is much less. My body position has been ingrained in me since I started swimming at the age of 4. Buoyancy really helps weaker swimmers...therefore I'll always take a non-wetsuit legal swim. Sadly, non-wetsuit swims really only exist in Hawaii.

This season I raced in the Vector ProX2. The Vendetta (their top end suit) offers more buoyancy than other wetsuits on the market. 99% of triathletes don't come from a swimming background, and therefore benefit from maximum buoyancy. Tiny air pockets are embedded throughout the front of the entire Vendetta suit to lift the body high into the water, decreasing drag and increasing speed. For the guys out there that put a wetsuit on and just fly, I'd look into the Vendetta. If you have a swimming background I recommend considering the suit I wore, The Vector ProX2. I've fallen in love with it! I believe the arm panels are a little thinner than the Vendetta. The body might not get quite the flotation, but again, this is a great option if you do not experience high gains from the super buoyant suits. Both suits go on really easy and are not too restrictive. Many people complain about feeling claustrophobic in a wetsuit. I don't notice this at all with any of the full or sleeveless XTerra suits. They've mastered the art of flexibility and their suits allow swimmers to hold onto that all important feel for the water!

My absolute favorite product in XTerra's new showroom is their speedsuit. Maybe it's because I know if I'm in this suit I must be in Hawaii swimming amongst sea turtles and dolphins.

The Velocity++ proved to be crazy fast in Kona. XTerra was #2 on the speedsuit count. (I think that is only because "another company" gave away more suits to ensure they'd be #1). The results don't lie: XTerra claimed 1st, 2nd and 3rd age group women out of the water (grrrr, I wasn't up there-but hope to change this next weekend in Az!) and 1st male.

I owe a million thanks to XTerra for all their support over the past year! The company is one I will support for years to come. XTerra not only offers the best product, but holds my vote for "greatest customer service!" Check out their new digs at: 8320 Miramar Mall San Diego, CA 92121, or online

I can't wait to see the XTerra crew tear it up on the Ironman Arizona course next weekend!!!!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

PID

Life after an ironman is always interesting. We train day (and what seems like nights because of the ridiculously early wake up calls) after day, week after week, month after month, and some will argue year after year to lay it all on the line for one day. Grated, it's often one long day (especially if your ironman of choice takes place in Kona, HI), but really all that hard work is displayed in one quick shining moment.
Post ironman brought an array of emotions and stresses to the forefront of my life. Thank goodness I didn't experience the ridiculous PID (post ironman depression) brought on by Ironman Arizona 2006. Oh yes, that was the last hurrah before I'd sit to take the wonderful CA Bar Exam. Coach called me because she heard I was very upset. I was distraught and kept saying "my life is going to end, I'll never be able to workout again." Well....my life didn't end. Instead life took me to the Big Island (twice!). And for that I continue to be thankful!
But still life comes at us with a vengeance after an Ironman. Instead of selfishly consuming every spare minute with swim, bike, run we have to actually deal with life. It's inevitable! It's nothing too crazy. It's the same stresses that were there before Hawaii, but now my coping mechanism seems to have disappeared. This is largely what's driven me to get back out there and train again. Nothing long, but just enough to enable my mind to keep up with all God's thrown at me. He will never give me more than I can handle, so....onward and upward!

I threw around a few options after Hawaii. Quickly the options dwindled and only one appeared realistic: Ironman Arizona. Ok, ok, "realistic" can be a relative term! The final decision will be made later this week. But, from the looks of the start list it appears IMAz should be renamed "Kona, Take II." I can't believe how many people (even those who had amazingly great races in Kona) are doing Arizona. It's another chance to use our amazing fitness before turning it in for the winter (again, winter is a very relative term when you live in San Diego!)
If I give it a go in 2.5 weeks I will be doing so to smash my run time from 2006....and Kona 2009.

For now, it's just one sweet day at a time!
Mom, I'm expecting your call and the "what are you thinking?" question anytime now. Mwah!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Yogi

I never thought I'd become a fan of yoga. I've discussed my new love yoga since discovering Sculpt Fusion. I wish all athletes had access to this style of yoga! The studio and the instructors there have definitely enhanced my training this year (and recovery!). My week is never the same without a smile from yoga instructor extraordinaire, Claire

Claire has become super involved in the athletic world via her work with active.com. Check out her recent article on "yoga for triathletes." I wish everyone could take in the true yoga experience at one of her classes. But if you don't live in San Diego, at least you can absorb her expertise via her writing:
http://www.active.com/mindandbody/articles/Yoga-for-Triathletes--3-Poses-You-Should-Practice.htm
A big hug and thanks to Sculpt Fusion, Claire, and the other awesome instructors there for helping me survive 2009 with positivity and contentment!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Movin' on

Who's that on the far right? She looks ready to rumble! Thanks to Glynn and the entire XTerra team!

The past two weeks I've focused on recovery! Massage and a.r.t. from THE best in the biz got me on the fast track for recovery. The quote of the week came from Brian (a.r.t. master mind!). First he worked through the areas that cramped. That hurt BAD! As he moved from the gluts to the legs he said "man, you're legs should feel like WWII after an ironman. Your legs feel like they're 3-4 weeks out from an ironman." He confirmed what I already knew: I didn't run fast enough to totally trash my legs. Good news for the immediate future.
It's now time to move beyond short easy recovery style "workouts" (if you can even call them that), get back on schedule and waking up before 8am, and stop eating excess amounts of sugar and unhealthy treats that are not part of my normal diet.
I will use the excitement from Hawaii to motivate this final push for the 2009 season. Here are the final images from Kona. Man it seems like it was months ago!

Next time I get in this torturous washing machine I will prevail! I'm swimming really well and refuse to accept that my swim times don't confirm this!


Here I am happy to be heading towards Hawi!

Battling the head winds! Lesson learned: stay relaxed (my face doesn't look too relaxed!), and keep the cadence up.


Happy heading out Ali'i Drive. My exit from T2 would of made for a great Brooks ad. I was so happy to be in my comfy Launch shoes!

How nice of the photographers to take all the run photo's in the first 8 miles. I promise I didn't look this "good" thereafter.

I need to come up with a better finish pose! Suggestions? At least I'm smiling...


The book is officially closed on Kona 2009!


There is more fun to be had...Stay tuned. Cheers!