Archive for December, 2008

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2008 Triathlon Goals: A Recap

December 2, 2008

Now that I am in full on base building mode for the ’09 season, I thought it would probably be a good idea to revisit an old post on this year’s goals to see how I did this year before laying down in detail my goals for next year.  Here are the goals that I laid out for myself on January 4, 2008.

1) Build up at least a respectable base in running/biking/swimming by the time spring comes around and I can start working out outside.
PASS: But my ’09 base fitness is going to eat my ’08’s base for breakfast! BREAKFAST I Tell You!

2) Work on my core strength (read: get a 6 pack)
FAIL – core strength was better, but I still have a lot of work to do. Maybe this season I’ll be able to do laundry on my abs….

3) Take care of myself and don’t get injured, or at least don’t get hurt doing anything I could have easily avoided.
FAIL – IT band issues had me MIA for a little over a month and made the RI 70.3 a killer just to finish.

4) Actually get up to workout when I set my alarm to go off early, instead of just turning it off and sleeping in.
PASS (well, SOMETIMES)

5) Bike to work more
PASS – I probably did the best on this one. I only filled up my tank twice in both August and September.

6) Finish my first half ironman and do it without feeling miserable or like I under trained
Finish? Done. Miserable? Completely. Under trained? Nope.  I’ll have to give myself a big FAIL on this one I guess.

7) Be fast enough on the bike to justify having shaved legs
I’m not sure about “fast enough” but I’ll give myself a PASS since my smooth legs were so damn sexy this summer.

8 ) Finish a self-supported IM under 17 hours with a smile on my face (even if it is makes by a lot of pain).
FAIL. This dropped off the training plan early once I realized the year wasn’t going quite as expected. It was fun to aim high though.

9) Save up for a bike that doesn’t weigh half as much as I do.
PASS, sort of – I’m not quite there yet, but hopefully I’ll be riding a new steed by August. This goal is a work in progress.

10) Smell like chlorine more often.
PASS. I should have included smelling like the water at Walden Pond more often too. I ended up swimming there a lot more than at the pool.

11) Pick more bugs out of my teeth/helmet vents
PASS. And D-licious!

12) Race more, have more fun.
PASS: I didn’t race as much as I wanted to, but I had a f-ing blast whenever I was racing or training, so I am giving myself a pass on this one.

So I ended up passing 8 of my 12 goals. With reaching a little high for some of them, a 75% isn’t too shabby.  I even hit some pretty cool milestones that I wasn’t even planning on this year. I hit a new max speed on my bike (57mph) and did the longest one day ride ever (+120 miles). These were on different days obviously.

I’m working on coming up with some new goals to post for next season.

Until then here are some pics of me and my sister on or Thanksgiving afternoon bike ride while the the turkey cooked away. This may have to be annual tradition to work up a nice appetite and feel less guilty about gorging myself a few hours later. She just got her first road bike this year and this was the first time we’ve ever ridden together. It was some nice chilly sibling bonding.

2008 Thanksgiving Ride

2008 Thanksgiving ride - inside

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Coached Athlete Report: Month 1

December 1, 2008

Tomorrow marks the first month of me being coached on my way to destroy the Timberman HIM in August next year, but before that, I have to get to my first half marathon in February.

I’ve been doing most of my swim/bike/run workouts (except for hard spinning classes that I teach) SUPER easy and looking only at time spent, not mileage. In the beginning, it was almost painfully uncomfortable to keep my runs +10:00 min/mile, but I’m actually getting used to it now. Here are my swim/bike/run time totals for the month (I didn’t get any swims in because the pool was practically closed all week for Thanksgiving).  BOOOO.

November 2008 Workout Totals

The two new things that Coach Brett has got me doing are push-runs and squats to make sure that my upper body and core doesn’t waste away from all the running. Doing a set of pushups every 10 minutes makes it a whole lot easier to get lots of them in, and kept leaving me confused why it was so hard to pull my shirt up off of my head after the run. My shoulders are SORE. Definitely recommended.

Speed squats also beat me up a little after my long run today. I felt pretty confident going into them, relying on all the hill climbs during spin class and quad strength to get me through, but I could barely make it past a whole minute! What a bitch I am! Dayum. Pretty soon I’ll be smashing manhole covers with these quads. 😉

Plus, my ass is going to look HAWT! haha.

Check out this crossfit video for all the info.