Monday is the day. The day to begin a serious effort to get back on the workout wheel and to start eating healthy. My kryptonite…Coke and chocolate. Cold turkey, (happy belated turkey day by the way) I don’t think is the way to go, but I do think I need to cut back…..way back. Here’s to getten’ er’ done :)
finally, finally school is out for the summer :) This means two things 1. Only 57 days until I will have my very own classroom full of 3rd graders and 2. only 6ish weeks until Vineman 70.3….holly stinging jelly fish. As noted before my preparation has been less than stellar, my attitude could have been a little better (to the least), my IT band could have cooperated, but I am so looking forward to the whole experience. I’m looking forward to the atmosphere, the amazing people, a nice little day of
racing enjoying the view, and a relaxing time with my family after we finish. So all in all it should be a great experience. I haven’t even completed the race and am looking forward to the next time when I can really show my stuff (or at least not get last place :)).
My training is going…craptastic for Vineman. After taking a bit of a break for a visit to see my sis in NC, I went for a pretty easy run with rolling hills. It felt great to start, then the IT band situation came back with vengeance. Seriously…wtf! I took a day off and went for a 25 mile bike ride. My bike ride consisted mostly of one leg peddling…awesome…..NO not awesome at all!! I am so, so disappointed. :(
On a more positive note….I think I can finish before the cut off time…hopefully :) I’m also hopeful that it will be a nice cool day…..oh please let it be a nice cool day!
This weekend we did a long ride, well long for me anyway, ride from Carlsbad to San Clemente. After reading some reviews of the ride through Camp Pendleton, I thought oh this will be easy. A few reviews said it was pretty flat and easy going. News flash ****IT IS NOT FLAT****!!!! It is indeed super hilly and kicked my ars, but felt good :) We stopped halfway at PizzaPort in San Clemente for, you guessed it, pizza…num, num, num! On our ride back we rode through an angry swarm of bees, not cool. Our ride back seemed so, so much easier. I actually took a moment to enjoy the view :) I feel so relieved to know that I am going to be able to finish the bike portion of my upcoming race…progress!
My run was down the coast, which means hilly, and my IT band hurt only a little bit. It was nothing that didn’t go away after a few seconds. I’ve found that running at a slower, who am I kidding super slow, pace triggers less pain. So as long as I get the work done, who cares. It’s not like I’m in contention to win anything at the moment :) My IT band not hurting makes me soooo, soooo happy!!!
This morning we are going out for a long ride, somewhere. We need ride in the heat, but are still trying to figure out where. Our climate isn’t exactly smoking hot, unless cool ocean breezes classify as hot. Hmmm…;)
Yup, I’ve got it. My inner motivation has finally come out….thank you baby Jesus (and Will for the quote :))! It’s been a long time since I saw it sprinting out of sight. It was sort of required to come out, otherwise I would be one sorry sucker come race day :) Thankfully it has just sort of come out on its own. YES!!!
Lot’s of hard work to do between now and July 15th. Hard work I’m actually looking forward to ;)
I need to get a new pair of running shoes. Neutral shoes are what I normally wear. I have a pair of Brooks PureFlow and I love them, but need a bit more support for my longer runs coming up. I use to find shoes no problem, recently ,nothing fits. It’s either to big or to small and it’s a pain in my ars!! Regardless of the difficulties faced while shoe shopping, I love it :)
Yup, we had visitors for 10 days. Those visitors you ask…..the in-laws. It was a nice visit. Despite my ability to get annoyed with virtually anything, I did a good job hiding it. It doesn’t sound like much, but for me it’s a
small HUGE victory!
Now it’s time to get down to business and do my “beefy dude” workouts suggested to my by letsbefitfriends (thanks for the great advice :)) and get my swim, bike, run on. It would be nice if the sun would come out to visit, I do live in SoCal after all, but I guess it is as they say (and I have learned)….May haze and June gloom. RAAA!!! I can’t complain, I’m from Michigan, no complaining going on her, not at all (wink, wink), but I do want to see the sun!!!
So my focus is….
*drop some lbs…chubby=injured for me. damn cupcakes!
*start to enjoy riding my bike. After all I’ll have to ride it for 56 miles I might as well enjoy it right?!
*do more yoga, it makes me smile even though I hate every minute of it (did that make sense?)
*run like the wind and swim like a fish. Who knows it might be possible :)
So there it is. My very small list of things to accomplish. I do enjoy making lists. I think I make more :)
Yesterday, N and I did the Hot Chocolate 15k. Chocolate fondu and, duh, hot chocolate waited for us at the finish. It was the best part for sure. The race, well, it sucked. It was much, much more hilly than I expected. We ran 5k and my IT band gave me a big f*** you for trying to run up a hill for 3 miles. Awesome, so I walked more than half of it and N ran the last 5k. I finished, with frustration, disappointment, annoyed, I wanted to go to the top of a mountain, which I couldn’t climb because of my f***ing IT band, and scream at the top of my lungs. I iced and rolled and today I am happy to report that it is feeling so much better. Phew, I thought I was going to go through agony again. I’ll take it easy for a few days, but this girl is smiling :)
Today I swam about 1300 meters. I did 8 x 100, and 2 x 200. If felt pretty good, but my arms got super tired and it wasn’t really that far. Oly well.