Hi.

Here we are kids, the last build week of IMNY training. I can’t believe its here. Lots of mixed feelings about it. I (and my body) are relieved that we are coming to an end. On the other hand, I dont know if I feel ready. I know that I probably am and I am in the best shape of my life, but there are always the “what ifs” I think this is just all apart of the process.  There will be a gradual decline in training, meaning there is still work to be done, but after this week, it’s all down here from here. Crazyness.

I don’t really have a lot to report. I was feeling overly tired this week but luckily we weren’t busy at work so I was able to nap and rest myself in between workouts. I am feeling much better today, but the last few days were just rough. All of the workouts went well, they just seemed harder than they should have. I would say that my BRICK went the best, until I got home. I felt like crap. I’m assuming I messed my nutrition up and was overly tired. I was just glad I was home and able to lay around while I felt so crappy and it wasnt while I was on the bike or run. Speaking of, I did something during that workout that I’ve wanted to do all season. It was a 4 hour ride and 1.5 hour run. I was going to do the twin lakes loop a few times and then run around the lakes so I would get to see the group before their ride. Unfortunately, as I got onto the route, a lot of the roads were “tar and chipped” (a really shitt method they use to fix roads around here.) It’s a bitch to ride on and not very safe as some of the gravel was really soft, plus every time I heard little rocks hitting Cervelo, I cringed. I got to Hempfield Park and decided I was going to ride to my house. It was only like 4 more miles and the one kinda main road I would be on was for less than a mile and there is a really wide berm. It was a lot of fun and I felt really bad ass that I finally did the ride I’ve always talked about doing. I feel much more confident in my cycling, more than I ever have. It will be interesting to see if I turn into one of those people that goes out and rides for fun in the off season. I never have before, but I’m really loving it so maybe now I will.

Other than that, which was just a rambling story. I got nothing. I watched Kona while I was on my trainer today. Instant diarrhea. My mom bought the ferry passes for all the cool people that are coming to watch us, so that is exciting and makes it more real. Matt and I’s new favorite thing is to say what we will be doing in a month. In a month from right now I will be drunk on a beach in Turks & Caicos. Amen to that.

Oh! Since this post is kinda lacking. Let’s do a poll. As you may or may not know, once you complete an Ironman, you are entitled to an “M-Dot” tattoo. I have about an 85% idea of where I want it, but I want YOUR input! Vote here as to where you think I should get my M-dot:

I hope that worked. IDK what I just did. If it didn’t, leave your thoughts in the comment section.

Also for your viewing pleasure, here is a link to all my photos from Munice. http://www.finisherpix.com/search.html

Have a good week, friends!


In One Month

This will all be over.

I will

-have swam 2.4 miles

-have biked 112 miles

-have ran 26.2 miles

-have *hopefully* done all this under 15 hours

-BE AN IRONMAN

-be sore as shit and hopefully drinking 🙂


Muncie Race Report

This is going to get really long so if you are at all interested in this. Get comfy.

Thursday- We pulled out of Matts house around 10:30 and headed to our hotel in Richmond IN. Matt used to live there a few years ago, so it was an easy drive and nothing to exciting to report besides frequent stops to refill water and pee. We were both hydration hounds all weekend. When we got there we had some dinner and just relaxed the day away. Nothing really to do except talk about how hot it was.

Friday- Slept in a little, had breakfast, headed to the expo.

Portion of the bike course. Flat and corn, just like I was expecting.

When we got to the registration/ packet pick up area, we were greeted with a sign that said all start times had been moved up 30 minutes. This made sense and we all figured something would be done about the heat. Making the race earlier and adding more aid stations seemed like a good way to help athletes beat the heat. We were happy with the decisions being made. The expo was ok. They had the normal amount of IM stuff that you HAVE to have. I showed some restraint though, as I would rather have more IMNY crap than Munice. I came away with a tee shirt that had our names on it, a beer glass, a water bottle, and an adapter for my CO2 cartridge. The race site was about 20 minutes from the expo and we didnt have enough time to make it back before the 2PM meeting, so we just hung out and dicked around at the expo. Drank lots. I was 102 that day with a forecast of 107 for race day. Woof.

Pro Panel Table (we didn’t stay for it)

Bored waiting for meeting.

The two oclock meeting started with the race director coming up to the mic and saying there was no way around it, due to the extreme temps forcasted for the next day, they were shortening the course to a modified Olympic: 1 mile swim, 30 mile bike, 6.2 mile run. He smiled. Everyone thought he was joking with us. He wasn’t. A lot of grumbling and protesting starts. Also, the water was 88 degrees so no wetsuits allowed. Matt and I just looked at each other with looks of disbelief. We had been training to do well and we’re so excited to see what we could do. Not to mention, we altered our IMNY training around this race, and now it all seemed like a waste. I felt really bad for people that spent a lot of money to fly and stay there and also for those who chose this as their first half. Such disappointment. After the meeting, we headed to the race sight to see where everything was and the lay of the land.  To be honest, we were bitching up a storm at this point. No one was happy about the decision and all the athletes we talked to agreed that we understood why the WTC (World Triathlon Corp.) made the decisions, as people could get hurt, but the option of doing the distance should not have been taken away. A lot of us were pumped to race in the heat and looked at it as a bad ass addition to an already challenging day. Needless to say, it was not the same excited feel at the race sight like there normally is.

Matt at his rack spot

My rack spot

Swim Exit.

Sweating balls at the race site. Representing IMNY.

We decided to not rack our bikes until race morning. Again, it was over 100 degrees and neither of us wanted to walk into transition race morning and have blown tires.

We left the race site and went to get a late lunch/ early dinner. Since the race was no shorter than our workout distances, it didn’t seem as important to stick to a strict plan. We went back to our hotel room and just hung out and talked about our feelings about the change and how we were going to attack this race. Around 7 oclock, I had a nervous break down. It started from me saying we had to go eat, even though we had just eaten and weren’t hungry. And it exploded into a screaming match between Matt and I (I have never EVER EVER heard him yell or have seen him get mad before). Honestly, it was embarrassing. I was BAWLING my eyes out and couldn’t stop crying and nothing he said or did helped. After about 30 minutes of sobbing in the bathroom, I realized what was going on. I felt as though I had lost control of everything I had worked so hard for. I know this is extreme and overly dramatic but this is honestly what was going on in my head. I felt like I had worked so hard to lose the weight and get faster to do well at races and now it was all getting shit on. For whatever reason, the straw that broke the camels back was that we weren’t gonna eat a normal “pre race dinner”, even though I didn’t want it (if you’re a female reading this, you’ll understand). The change of our training week and the shortening of the race (that honestly seemed like a waste of time at that point) all just stressed me out so much and I felt like I was ruining everything I had worked so hard for. I spent all that time making a detailed race weekend plan and not one thing went as I had planned so far. What a waste and stressor. I have never had a break down like that over a race before. Again, I was super embarrassed but once I explained all this to Matt (as best I could thru sobbing tears) I think he felt bad for me and tried to understand how much this meant to me. Remember a few months ago I said my workouts and eating are the only things in my life right now that I can control. In a few hours, without meaning to, both of those things were altered without my control. I know, overly dramatic, but it just all got to me. Sorry if this part is really rambling and all over the place, I’m just trying to explain it the best I can. After I settled down, we talked to Sue (she had no idea this went on. I’m gonna get an email or phone call now. This is why I was so quiet when you called.) and got all of our race stuff ready for morning. The routine soothed me and I went to bed feeling better. Such a crazy day for what turned out to be such a little race.

RACE DAY!

We woke up at 3am. Transition was now opening at 4:30 and we knew it took about 45 minutes to get there from our hotel. We pulled into the parking lot at 4:17. I was so proud of Matt. He is usually SOOOO pokey, but he wanted to try and help me as much as possible and knew it was important to me to get there early, so he sucked it up and did it for me. It was really nice. Yay for him. So we get to transition, rack, drink, poop (twice for me) and just wait around,

Hanging out in transition. Notice the darkness, it was 94 degrees.

My transition spot.

Now, finally, I will get to the actual race. Sorry for the long way around.

I started the swim in the position I wanted to and I felt strong the whole time. I tried to draft off a girl in my wave, and sometimes it seemed to be working, other time I would pass her for a little and we would leap frog. Before the first turn bouy, I was mixed in with some of the earlier waves that went off and that made me feel good. My new times goal was 30 minutes for the mile swim. I have never been able to break a that goal and I felt I had a good chance at it this race. Honestly, the swim was pretty uneventful, no real kicks or water intake episodes to talk about, I just felt trying to tell myself to push it since it was a short swim and it felt good. I was really really hoping to make my goal. With about a hundred yards to go to the exit, this little light blue cap comes flying up along side me and I realize this girl has been drafting me the whole time and now wanted to beat me into the chute. Oh no, honey. Flattered, but no. We flat out RACED to the shore where she made the critical mistake of standing up too soon. I swam until my hands hit sand and jumped out of the water. I’m assuming I beat her in, but it was really hard to tell. My swim time was 31:45, 26th in my age group. I was really disappointed but other people in the run to transition were saying that they thought the swim was long. IDK if it was, but I was still bummed. I felt like I had a strong swim so I just can’t figure out why my time was so slow. It has to be a mental thing. I want Sue to work with me on this.

T1 went fine and I was super stoked that only one bike was gone on my section of rack. I headed out on the bike and right away took a huge swig of my fitmixer aminos and a beef jerky stick. I knew I wasn’t going to stick to my 300 calories an hour plan, as I didn’t need to now, but it was hot and I wanted to give myself a good shot at making up time on the bike. I loved the bike. It was different than any course around here. Just flat and fast, no wind. I was blowing by people right and left and loving it. I did take a gel on the bike, but I didn’t pay attention to when, I just took it about half way. I also drank all of my aminos and most of my gatorade. I didn’t take anything from the aid stations as I didn’t need it and at that point I was really pushing myself to see what I could do. I’ve never gotten to really “open up” Cervelo for a long period of time, so it was great to be in an aero position just flying mile after mile. The course was horribly congested at points due to them shortening it. Same amount of people on a shorter course just didn’t allow for it to thin out. When it was open, I was doing 22 mph without much effort, when it was crowded, i had to drop to 17ish, which was a bummer, I wanted my average MPH to be over 20. I got caught up in a group with two badass guys with disks, an older dude that was crazy fast, and a girl with an older model P3. We all kinda packed together and passed people and leap froged eachother and talked about how crowded that part of the course was. I looked at my garmin and we we’re clipping away at 28MPH! It felt fine but I had to tell myself to slow up so I had some legs for the run. I have never cycled at that speed for any length of time and then tried to run, and I knew in a race was not the time to try it. As much as I didn’t want to, I slowed up (to around 23 MPH) and let those guys go ahead. I was bummed, but knew it was the right decision if I wanted to have a decent run. A few minutes after I lost them, this chick on a ghetto QR clung unto my wheel and just hung out there. I could not shake this bitch! I would speed up to lose her and as soon as I would slow back down, she was right back on my ass. There were some guys passing me yelling her number and telling her to knock it off and what was she doing. IDK why she choose me, but it was uber annoying. Anytime I wanted to pass someone, I had to look to make sure I wasn’t going to run into her. Thankfully, the race officials came around and stopped her for a drafting penalty. They were being super easy on the drafting things because the course was so congested that you honestly couldn’t help it at times, but as they were riding next to us they told her that she has been doing it for miles and she needed to stop. It was awesome. I felt bad ass that someone drafted me, but it was annoying and I’m glad she got a penalty. The last half mile of the bike was super slow because of the re-route. Speed was slowed down and that was annoying. I was pleased to find out that my bike time for 30 miles was 1:18:06 and my avg MPH was 23.05 which bumped me up to 12th in my age group. Yay!

T2 was awesome because I was the first bike back on the rack. I love that. It has only happened like twice and never in a big race like this. It’s the little things that give confidence.  I quickly put my running shoes and hat on and headed out. As I left T2, the 5th female overall was finishing and only a trickle of the pros were coming from the other direction, so that was cool. The run course was surprisingly more rolly than I had thought it would be. Nothing bad, just not what I was expecting. Anywho, leaving transition, I felt like I was barely moving but my garmin said my speed was 8.2. I assumed it was just adjusting from my bike speed and was fully prepared for it to drop to like 5 something. My legs didn’t really feel heavy, it was just that I didn’t feel like they were moving. I was shocked to see that I really was averaging  8:30 mile after mile. It was awesome. I didn’t walk thru the aid stations, but I did take something at everyone. Sometimes it was ice, or a cold sponge, or water or gatorade, anything I could get my hands on. They were every half mile, so I never got overly hot or thirsty.  I kept pulling empty plastic bags out of my shorts and top that just a few minutes ago were filled with ice, thats how hot it was. I guess I am just really lucky that it doesn’t seem to bother me, as I never felt woozy or over heated. Yes I was hot, but nothing crazy. At the turn around of the run, people started dropping like flies. It was scary and crazy all at the same time. I was just happy to keep moving. As I was running, I kept adjusting what I wanted my finish time to me. At the start of the day, it was 2:55, after the bike, I figured that would be do-able as long as my run was ok. I went faster on the run than I thought I could which is such an awesome feeling. I love that my body knows to turn it on for a race and I hope it continues. My goal was then 2:50. As I came down the chute, I adjusted my hat and shirt ( gotta look good for the cameras) and finished my race with a time of 2:47:29, 12th in my age group.

If you want to see the official breakdown of times and all that crap, here is the link to my finishers page http://ironman.com/events/ironman70.3/muncie70.3?show=tracker&race=muncie70.3&year=2012#axzz203u7Dmqp

Granted, I didn’t know all the times and rankings when I was done, but I felt like I finished strong. I have to say, I could have done more, but I really grinded out that bike and run, so to do the half distances at that pace probably wouldn’t have happened, but it felt awesome to feel as good as I did after the amount of effort I put out. I PR’d my Olympic distance :).

I waited at the chute for Matt to finish, I beat him. By a lot. Again. 😀

 

Then we started drinking.

This post is long enough. I think I covered everything I wanted to. Sorry for how long and drawn out this was and if you made it this far, nose tap. I’m happy with how I did, but still upset and stressed that it wasn’t a half and I wont know how all my long distance training and nutrition plan is working. We have about 3 more weeks of hard training, then it’s taper time. I can’t believe it.

 

 


More updates

This will probably be the last post until after Muncie. I wont be taking my computer and I wont really have a lot of time to do much bs’ing anyway. So before I head off on my first big race of the season, I wanted to catch up on what I should have been doing all along.

My current weight fluctuates between 123 and 125 which brings my total lost to 37 lbs is. I feel great about this, but alas, not the body I want. I just dont have the time or luxury to do the crazy weight training I would need to do in order to have that body. Also, I have nasty saggy skin. Not cute. Hopefully over time I will get the body I want perhaps 7 months just isn’t enough time. I still need to hit that 120 number to feel that I did what I set out to do. I have been a little more liberal with my eating and drinking. Where I used to be very restricted, I allow myself some splurges every now and again because I know I am burning enough calories so that it wont be a big deal.

I have learned a lot about food and what is in things during this journey that I now feel I have the tools to make healthy decisions forever. Yes, of course some times I am going to want mac and cheese out of a box. Honestly, I think that’s ok once it a while. It wont become a normal staple in my diet like it was. My body actually craves lighter, clean foods now. Granted, the hot summer might be assisting in that, but I would much rather have fruit and veggies (now with dip) instead of chips or french fries. After a long hard workout, I do crave a juciey burger and will indulge in that if possible. Other than that, clean eats all the way. Yay for me.

Some photos (shout out to Amy for using her bedroom, better lighting)

Before: 5 months ago

Yesterday

 

Ok. Can’t lie, when I was looking at old pictures to do this with, I didn’t see much of a difference. Now that they are side by side, I can see I’ve lost a lot, but it doesn’t look like oh, say, 20 lbs? Maybe the vision in my head is skewed.

That’s unflattering angle.

My butt is saggy, but at least it isn’t as big.

So there you have it kids, some before and afters. Someday, MAYBE if it tighens up, we’ll do a bikini shot. Don’t throw up. My stomach currently is a weird mass up of skin and hip bones with a patch of stubbon fat pooch. Again, TOTALLY don’t know why I am single.

Some other stuff.

I have one more workout tomorrow before Muncie. Originally, we we’re going to train hard right through the race, but Sue decided it would be better for us to back off a little the week before and hopefully have a really kick ass, confidence boosting race. Right back at it on Monday. Last night, we had a bonding ride, just the two of us. It was a blast, we hardly ever get one on one time anymore and it was fun to gage my progress. Before the ride, I practiced changing  my tires and put my race tires on. Long story short, they are a bitch and I hope to God I never have to do it in a race.

Ironbeers after our 25 mile ride. It was a blast. I’m so lucky that Sue is more than my coach, she is my friend. Awe.

Tonight I am going to a Rodger Waters concert. What? I dont know. Tomorrow is the 4th I have a swim/run brick and then thats it. Leaving early Thursday Am, will be hope Sunday at some point. Race is Saturday! You can track me during the race at www.ironmanlive.com by searching my name (I don’t have my race number yet). Hopefully I will have lots of good things to say when I get back. Hope for a PR!

One final thing, CONGRATS TO MY BABY SEESTER FOR FINISHING HER FIRST TRI!!!!! Proud of you Amers.

Skinny bitch.


Finally a decent recap

Hello, friends.

I am finally in a decent mood today!! I’m glad to be out of that funk, at least I hope I am out of it. There is nothing worse then being negative in your own head. I have A LOT I want to cover so warning this could get pretty long and boring, so feel free to skip around. We’ll go with a title/story theme for this post so that the four of you that read this can pick and choose what you would like to catch up on 🙂 Also, I will start covering nutrition when I go over my long workouts. You’re welcome.

LONG RUN

I didn’t touch on this the other day because I was cranky and didn’t feel like it. On Tuesday, I did my 2:45 minute run, longest time ever. Here’s what happened:

At 2:45 I was at 18.79 and I thought, Shit Sayya, just go to 19. My average pace was 8:46 min/mi. I was extremely happy with that. Only one mile I was over 9 min mile and that was when I stopped to switch water bottles. No lie, my legs were SORE for a few days after that. It felt good the whole time and I wasn’t trying to run fast, I was just running where I felt comfy. The great part is that I totally felt like I could run another 7 at that pace. Yay for positive running vibes. Nutrition for this run went as such: Breakfast about 40 minutes before fun (Trader Joes Blueberry Museli, Chobani yogurt and banana). I ran with a bottle of water on me for the first 11.5 miles and during that time I took a gel at 1 hour, half a bag of chomps at 1.5 hours and then finished that bag at hour 2. When I got to my car at that 11-ish mile mark, I grabbed my bottle filled with Grape Fitmixer Aminos and ran with that for the rest of the time. 2:30 I took another gel. Total calories consumed: 430. Good stuff.

 

CENTURY

Woof. Ok, no honestly. It wasn’t that bad. Mile 71 and 86 I was over it, they really sucked for some reason, but besides that, I felt good the whole time. Let’s break it down and recap.

Route- I did the “full twin lakes” for the first portion of my ride. For those of you who are unfamiliar, it is a 21.5 mile loop that has two decent flat sections, mostly rolling hills and the extra section is super hill, with both long grades and short very steep climbs. After doing that one time, I went out, did it again but repeated the hilliest part of the course to add up to 50 miles when I got to my car. After a pee break, I saddled back up and went out to the short course turn around (Forbes Rd. post office) and did lap on the two flat sections for 10 miles each. This got me to my car at 80 miles. I then headed back out and just jacked around on the course and dicked around for 20 miles with the group. I purposely set it up so I was riding at the heat of the day (97. yeah. suck it) and that I would be with the group for the last part of my ride. There is nothing as uplifting as a friendly face. My total time, including 3 water stops, waiting for traffic and all that crap was 6:15. I would have loved to be close to 6, but for the course I was on and the traffic and crap, I was really really happy. My average was 16 miles/hr. Not stealer by any means, but I’ll take it for my first one. Also, I found out the Garmin will go to 100 miles 🙂

Nutrition: On my bike I had H2O in my aero water bottle, Gatorade on my down tube, and fitmixer amino in my rear cage. I just took liquid calories for the first hour, as I had a Subway Grilled Chicken with avocado footlong for lunch. Well most of it, I couldn’t finish it. At the one hour mark, I took a gel and at 1:15 I ate a stick of beef jerky. What?! Yep. Beef Jerky. Sue has been telling us that we need to be taking in salt during our rides, but I am really sensitive to sodium (I swell up like a freaking balloon right away) and the thought of pure salt grosses me out. I came up with the idea to get the “From the Jar” stick of beef jerky to snack on when I need some salt, but it’s packed with protein and DELICIOUS! I love them and give myself a nose tap for coming up with it. By 1:30 ish I was back at my car and needed to refill my water. That was my first clue how hot it was. I wasn’t planning on stopping to reload until 50 miles, but I needed water. Good thing I always take extra. At 1:30, liquid calories. I pretty much stayed with the on the hour gels or blocks, 15 minutes and 45 minutes would be a jerky stick and liquid calories mixed in with water. At 50 miles, I peed and ate a banana and downed what extra Gatorade was left in the bottle that didn’t fit in my water bottle.  I felt great the whole time until mile 89 when I started feeling that horrible bonking feeling. I quickly downed a gel and BOOM I was back. I really tried to pay attention to exactly what I ate when, but it all started to run together. All I know is that I felt like I was on top of it and my system works for me . Rough total calories consumed: 6 bottles of water, 4 bottles of Gatorade (360cal) two bottles of fitmixer (100 cal), 6 gels or blocks (I switched between them) (600 calories) and beef jerky (150 cal) 1 banana (120 cal) = 1,130 calories which averages about 200 calories an hour. Sue wants me around 300 so I need to find ways to add more in. I felt good with the 200 but when it hit me I would have to run marathon after that in IMNY, I got stressed out. I DID NOT want to run. I reminded myself that the run wasn’t the goal that day and it was the first time riding that distance. I often have to talk my ass off the ledge. I will definitely work on adding more calories as to properly full myself for the run.

Closing notes on the century: Dr. Coco is Jesus. I am convinced. Yes, my shoulder was tight and not perfect, but for 100 miles it felt amazing. I got a random cramp in my left hip flexor but I worked that shit out. Also, my soft tissue was a little swollen. It had every right to be. All in all, first century was a success. After Glow:

 

MUNCIE RACE PLAN

Let’s talk about how I haven’t talked about Muncie at all. It’s like the forgotten race. A week from today, I’ll be doing the half in Indiana as a practice race for IMNY. How far I’ve come in a year that a half is now just practice. Anyway, in preparation for the BIG race, Sue wants me to put together a detailed plan for the race this weekend. I am going to share it here, feel free to skip it if you are bored. Sue I will email you a copy so that you can comment as needed.

Thursday- We are planning to leave around 9am. This means we will leave sometime before 10. I love Matt dearly, but his pokeyness drives me up a freaking wall. I’ve learned to pick and choose what I bitch about, because when it is really important to be on time (aka race morning) he is better. According to Matt, it will take 5.5 hours to get there. I have no idea how accurate that is. Lets plan on getting in late afternoon. We will check into our hotel, go grocery shopping for race day foods and relax. There is nothing race related on Thursday, we just both don’t like to travel the day before the race.

Friday- Unfortunately, the hotel we’re staying at is 45 minutes away from transition. I am not overly OK with that, but I know Matt will listen to me and be on time when I say we are leaving. So on Friday, we are going to find the best and quickest way to get to the race site. There we will check in and get a lay of the land. Depending on heat weather conditions, we may or may not rack our bikes that day. It is supposed to be in the mid 90s all weekend. Woof. There is a meeting at 2, then assuming we will be done getting familiar with the race site, we will head back to the hotel to relax and do race eve rituals. Numbers on helmets, laying everything out, triple checking the checklist, sleeping with chip on, all that fun stuff. Food wise: I will be packing my yogurt, Museli and fruit to eat for breakfast on Friday. For lunch and dinner I will find something high protein, medium carbs, healthy fats. Chicken wrap maybe (with salt!). Also, water water water and aminos aminos aminos. I love that stuff. In bed by 9.

Saturday: Timeline:

3:15am -Wake up, get ready.

4am- Leave hotel

4:45am-Arrive at transition

5am-Transition opens

5-6:30- set up transition, check everything 8 times, body marking, make friends with people racked next to me so they don’t mess with my shit, judge other athletes based on bikes and body size, dick around and get real nervous.

6:30- Breakfast of whole wheat bagel, peanut butter, and banana. Also, a protein shake I will bring with me. Lots of water.

6:50- Shit 5 times, pee a lot

7:00 hate on pros because I am jealous

7:25 enter water. I have a light blue cap. I have no idea if it is a beach or in water start. I will be on the far left side, a few rows back. Let those bitches in the front get ran over and panic.

7:28 Swim start. I am really hoping to get on someones feet and draft. That being said, I would love for my time to be under 40 minutes. Hopefully it is marked correctly and it is easy to stay on course. The swim is a reverse triangle, swim out to the left, turn right, swim across, turn right again, swim in. God I hope I’m under 40.

T1- Down a protein bar, get shoes and helmet on, head out on bike, all in hopefully the 3 minute range.

Bike- Goal is around 3. Depending on wind, I really think I can do it. The course is kinda flat (they say rolling, Im sure I’ll take it as flat) and is 1.5 loops. I will have fitmixer in my aero bottle, and gatorade on my downtube. I will take water at the aid stations and pour it into my aero bottle. I will stick to my nutrition plan has I have in training. Liquid calories and water first 30 minutes, then I will take in a gel or blocks every 30 after that. Also beef jerky at 15 and 45. Lots of water

T2- Shoes on, hat on, lets GO!!! Oh, I’ll also have to pee so depending on how I have to manage that will affect my time. Hopefully I’ll be next to a grassy knoll, so while I am putting my running shoes on, I can sit in the grass and pee. Don’t judge me, you’d do it, too. It’s gross, but this is not a cute sport.

Run- Even with all my fantastic running time, I want to give myself a little leeway in the run. Especially if it’s really stupid hot out. I am going to say 10 minute miles, but I would like to be around 2 hours total for the run, which is about 9 minute miles. I will walk in every add station. That was Dr. Chimes advice last year and it really works.

Finish- Beat Matt. Hopefully get a PR, feel awesome and able to do more. Drink beer. Hopefully around the 6 hour mark.

So there we have it kids. The anatomy of Muncie. This post is stupid long, so I’m done now.

Have a great day!

 


Century

The title says it all.

I’m sitting at Panera having a “breakfast power sandwich” before I go to yoga. After yoga? 5 loops of the twin lakes ride. Thats right, kids. 100 miles. First time ever at that distance. I am doing it for the most alone and that makes me happy. I need some alone time and sadly, the only time I get alone is when I am working out. I am timing my ride so that hopefully my last loop with be with the group during their workout tonight.  I feel as though I have a solid nutrition plan, and if it works, I will share it on my century recap post. Here’s to hoping all goes well and even if I feel like crap during and after, it boosts my confidence.

I don’t really have anything to share. I am a horrible blogger. I ran 19 miles on Tuesday in 1:46 and my legs did feel really tired and sore after, but it was manageable and I totally felt like I could have done another 7. That made be feel better, but I doubt I’ll be going at that clip 8 hours into my day. We’ll see.

Swimming is going well, too. I am liking swimming in the lake, I feel like I’m getting stronger. For whatever reason, I get SUPER congested after I get out and it really sucks. I’m still kinda stuffy from last night but hopefully it will clear out by bike time.

That is pretty much all I have, for real. My nutrition has consisted of whatever I can eat in the car going between funeral homes (lots of meal bars and fruit) and Dr. Coco seems to be helping my hip and neck. Today will be a good test of that.

I haven’t weighed myself in weeks. Im fairly sure I’m still around the 127 mark, as I see no real changes. I would LOVE to be 120 for race day and hopefully things will calm down at work so I can get back on track with my eating AND training. I feel stretched so thin, I would love to have 2 days that I had nothing to do. I say two because I would need one to catch up on stuff like laundry and grocery shopping and bill paying and email replies and all that crap and the second to actually just relax. I guess thats what Turks & Caicos is for :). I’d like to be 120 for that, too.

Yoga time! Hope to post a good solid post over the weekend. Take care kids


Not feeling very mighty

This is going to be short. I have no brain left to think.

Work is crazy busy. We currently have 5 families we are serving. That’s a lot when you’re trying to do it out of one building, let alone running all over the county trying to find places to work out of. This is beyond frustrating.

I didn’t get any workouts in yesterday (Friday) or today. Well that’s a lie. I was able to be on my trainer for 23 minutes before a family came to finalize arrangements. Somehow I feel I may be the only funeral director to ever meet with a family in bike shorts. Maybe not the only, but one of the few. Lets face it. 23 minutes is NOT good enough. I hope I can play catch up this week, but with every visitation and funeral I’m losing more and more training time. All of this is not boding well for my mental health. I’m still sort of in the funk of not caring, but I am finding that I do care that I don’t have the time to get my workouts in, so I guess thats a good sign. We have a 100 mile bike ride this week. I have no idea how I’m going to do that with the work week I have. Gah. Annoyed.

Matt and I traveled 77 miles from home to do a paved, closed to traffic bike trail from New Castle PA to some nameless town in Ohio. It sounded perfect and exactly like what we were after. It wasn’t.

Someone is not good at hiding when they are annoyed.

 

The trail was advertised as 10 miles in length, so 20 miles round trip. Flat, with a few small inclines and paved, no traffic and scenic. Heres what it was: 9 total miles, the first of which was parking so you couldn’t really ride thru there and it just ended on a busy main highway so there was no where to turn around. 2.4 miles into it, it was CLOSED for construction for like a quater mile, so you had to WALK YOUR BIKE OVER ROCKS AND SHIT to get to the other side. Then once into Ohio, it was this shitty pavement that was more gravel then anything and I seriously thought I was going to break my frame going over all the pot holes. Flat? Hardly, while it wasn’t rolling, it was like 3 miles in an uphill grade, then a steep down hill, repeat. It was annoying and we both agreed it was not fun. 4 hours of that sucked. Plus, we didn’t get started until almost 4 because we  drove around for about an hour trying to find the trail head. Ugh. Not awesome.

In other news, I’ve started seeing Dr. Coco on Sue’s advice. He is a muscle and soft tissue therapist Dr. dude that uses “active release therapy” to repair damaged/ sore muscles and junk. IDK what vodoo he does, but I do know that he can touch my butt right where my hip hurts and make me jump off the table. He has also been breaking up the scar tissue in my shoulder left over from the car accident and that shit HURTS. I went to him last night and today my whole neck and arm and face was sore and tingly. IDK if that is good, but for the 23 minutes on my trainer my shoulder didn’t hurt. WIN!

Ok, thats is. I know I know, before and after photos. Nutrition plan. I have to do a race weekend plan for Muncie before I leave and I want to show that on here. I promise that once I have a day with all my work done, all my workouts done, and I get to eat and rest like an ironman, I will do all those things. Until then, I am going to go toss and turn and not sleep because I’m freaking out that I’m going to be a huge disappoint and setting myself up for disaster by missing so much.

 

Everything was going so amazingly, why are the wheels falling off NOW?