Thursday Workout Recap

Thursday workout recap just doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it. I had a dentist appointment yesterday that ran way long because apparently the story that redheads are harder to numb up is true and it took them an hour to get me numb. No complaining here though. The crown prep was totally painless.

Last week was a good workout week. Mainly because it was a step back week.

Monday – rest/travel

Tuesday – easy 3 mile run. Still stiff from the weekend, but I got it done.

Wednesday – easy 45 minute bike

Thursday – easy 20 minute swim. Managed this before work and still got to the office on time.

Friday – rest

Saturday – Coach wanted me to do 5-10 minutes in each sport and I got in 2/3. Wasn’t paying for a pool visit for 5-10 minutes.

Sunday – Race day!

Back to normal training this week. And at some point, I should figure out why posting to my blog got so hard. Ahh, technology.

Race Report – 2014 Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon

So… timing for the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon is still kind of screwed up, so this will get updated later.  Basically, both transitions appear to have been added to the bike (when compared to my Garmin times, where I used multisport mode), so I used the Garmin times for transition.  This may mean a HUGE edit to the race report later.  Fingers crossed, because I am SUPER pleased with my times.

I didn’t have the same feelings going into this race that I did last year.  I was excited, but not as much as last year.  I think it was exhaustion.  And general nervousness.  Last year I was worried if I could do it.  This year, I was worried that I would disappoint myself.  I really wanted to show improvement over last year.

I was worried about the time trial start.  After my open water panic issues, I learned to get in the water and get used to it instead of just rushing in.  What is a time trial start?  Rushing in.  And there wasn’t an in-water warmup.  So I opted to squirt myself with ice water before the race.  I also put some ice down my shirt. I’m not sure that any of that actually helped, but it made me feel better, so it counts.

We got into the groups to go in the water.  Athenas were the fifth group in.  Our caps were dark blue and so the running joke was that they wanted us to drown.  How were they going to see dark blue caps in the water?

My friend Jen and I went in the water together, which was awesome.  The people in front of us weren’t rushing in, so it was kind of a slow start as we waded into the water.  Probably for the best.  And then we were off!

My swim went well.  I wasn’t freaking out, I wasn’t having to sing music in my head, I was just swimming and enjoying it.  I did have some ladies crash into me, but so it goes.  I found myself passing some of the people in the group ahead of me, but also had other people passing from behind.  About midway through, I realized that I should be focusing on my stroke and my kick.  After all, I wanted to improve!

With the start, I felt like I took the first part of the swim a bit wide, but I corrected after the first turn.

Swim, swim, swim, and I was out and running to transition.  That is a long run!

Swim 0.62 miles in 27:48
2013 – 28:43

T1 time.  I stopped running once I hit transition because I was out of breath.  I was racked in not an ideal spot – all the way at the far end of a rack.  Being on the end gave me more room to maneuver, but it also meant that I had further to run.

Grabbed my stuff, struggled a bit with my shoes, and headed out.  Totally forgot my bike gloves. Whoops.

T1 – 2:45
2013 – 4:25

Off to the bike!  I know this course.  I rode it many, many times over the summer and we drove it the day before so Anne could check it out.  So I felt pretty confident.  However, as the race went on, I just felt slow!  I was being passed CONSTANTLY.  Apparently, some of that is my bike, as I just run out of gears, but some of it is me.  I need to work on my bike skills.  The course is hilly, which I actually love.  What goes up must come down!  Plus the downhills give me a chance to rest my legs a bit and keep my heart rate in check.

I felt good during the bike.  I glanced at my watch a few times and realized that if I just kept my wits about me, I probably had a PR nailed.  But I had to stay focused.

Bike – 16 miles in 1:06:53
2013 – 1:12:06

Having forgotten my gloves ended up not being that much of an issue, but I was extra cautious during T2 to not forget anything. I like to carry my handheld water bottle on the run.  I don’t need it, but I just like having it.

T2 – 1:58
2013 – 3:06

I must have blocked the run from last year’s race.  I forgot how hilly this course is!  I remembered Gatorade Hill, but forgot that we had to run it twice.  And I conveniently forgot about every single other hill.  So this felt like a slog.  Multiple times, my heart rate alert went off and I had to slow down.  It even went off while I was walking up a hill!  Frustrating.  This was where I really felt slow.  I was definitely being passed left and right.  But I can’t let that get to me because I’ve got health issues.  I’m sure I can get a little bit faster, but I’m never going to be busting out 11 minute miles on this course (which many would still call slow).  It is what it is.

At this point, I knew if I just kept going, that PR was mine.  And while the run is my least favorite part of a triathlon, it’s silly to give up at that point!

Ran ran ran to the finish line and I was done!

Run – 3.3 miles in 45:31
2013 – 45:57

IMG_1539Total – 2:24:55
2013 – 2:34:15

12/42 AG (Athena under 39), 655/1142 total finishers

PR, baby!  Woo!  I’m definitely pleased with this.  I took a lot of time off from triathlon training after last year’s race because I jumped right into marathon training, so I’m super excited to see some results from all the work that I’ve put in.  Let’s see what happens next year!

Iron Girl Columbia Lessons Learned

So no race report just yet.  I’ve got a draft done, but the timing company’s server took a nosedive, so I don’t have my official finish time or my splits just yet.  Instead, you get a lessons learned first, then hopefully by tomorrow, I’ll have my official results.

I’m pretty happy with the unofficial results though.  I definitely got a course PR!  I cut somewhere around 9 minutes off of my time from last year according to the unofficial results, and I don’t expect that will change.  My clock time was right around my finish time from last year, and I was in wave 5, so it’s pretty much a guarantee that I got that PR.  And that was my goal for this race.  I wanted to do better than I did last year to show that my training is paying off.

I was worried about the time trial start, but it wasn’t that bad.  It helps that the people in front of me went in slowly, so we weren’t running into the water.  Also, the water was pretty warm.  76 degrees.  It was wetsuit legal, but I can’t believe so many people were wearing wetsuits.  I would have overheated!

I need to figure out a better way to set up my transition.  I completely forgot to put on my bike gloves.  Not the end of the world, but I would have liked to have had them.  And if it had been a rainy race, it would have been critical.  Last race, I forgot to grab my handheld water bottle, but remembered it this time.  Race brain is a real thing.

The run was a slog, but mostly because I forgot how hilly the course was.  With my heart issues, I’m not sure I could have done much better.  Even walking up the hills, my HR monitor was beeping at me that my HR was too high.

While I felt confident on the bike course going in, I felt like I was being passed CONSTANTLY.  I definitely need to work on biking.  The trainer rides my coach has given me feel like good workouts, so I just need to stick to them and make sure that I’m getting in the riding that I need.  I think at this point, this is where I need to focus and where I’m going to find the most improvement.

I also need to learn to not worry about all the people passing me.  I should remind myself that there are people who are MUCH faster starting in waves behind me, so they will pass me.  And if someone in my wave (or even the wave before mine) passes me, that just means that I rocked the swim and they’re having to catch up.

I never thought the swim would be my strongest leg, that’s for sure!

Now, onto training for my “big” tri for the year – my first Olympic distance!  Yikes!

Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon Race Weekend!

Yes, that’s right.  It’s another race weekend for me.  How many is that now?  I don’t want to think about it.

Sunday is the Iron Girl Columbia triathlon.  After much concern over whether the race would be cancelled after the downfall of the Columbia Tri Association, it’s finally here.  I have to admit, I’m nervous about this race for a few reasons.

1.  It’s a time trial start, with no in-water warmup.  Considering I’ve had OWS panic attacks before, the inability to get in and get wet has me nervous.  I have a plan though.  I’m going to bounce around and make sure my heart rate is already up before I hit the water, and I will very probably dump a bunch of really cold water on myself pre-race.  It will help that the water should be slightly warmer than the air since I’m in an early wave, but I’m still nervous.  As my coach told me, worst case, I pull off to the side if I feel panic coming on.

2.  This is the first time I’ve “redone” a triathlon, so I can actually try to PR the course.  I know some people will compare their times between races, but I find that especially tough during a triathlon because a course can be so very different.  On sprints, even the distances can be different.  My race this weekend is (I think) slightly longer than my race from two weeks ago.  I know the run is longer and the swim is longer.  So the race times aren’t really comparable.

Of course, during last year’s race, it rained, so that had an effect on my time.  Probably for the better – I stayed cool the entire time and didn’t have to worry about the heat.  Same thing for my race two weeks ago.  But either way, I’d like to see some improvements to my race this year.  And that makes me a little nervous.

I’m also really excited to get out there and race. This was my big race last year, and even though it’s not my big race this year, I’m still feeling the race jitters.  Participant wise, it’s going to be my biggest race so far this year.

I’m just ready to get out there and get going!


“Have you lost weight?”

This week, a coworker asked me if I have lost weight.  I laughed and said “Nope.”  She commented that my face looked thinner.

I’m forever fighting the battle of the bulge.  I have since I was a kid.  And essentially, since January 1 of this year, I have lost maybe 2 pounds.  Though I’ve not been on the scale since I got back from Vegas, so that might be inaccurate.

People look at me and say “But you eat well and you exercise like a fiend.”

I try anyway.  But the pounds stay on.  I’m working on improving my diet even more and sticking to my workout schedule and hoping that helps.  It’s less about the number on the scale and how my clothes fit.  Mainly I’m concerned with the spare tire that is developing around my waistline.  Belly fat is the type of fat said to cause the most health problems, so I need to work to get it off.

My parents are relatively healthy, but weight issues and diabetes run in our extended family.  And it just gets harder to get the weight off the older I get.

So even though I’m not seeing it on the scale and haven’t personally noticed it in my clothes, apparently someone thinks I’m looking thinner.  Now if only those pounds would come off in my love handles, things would be great.