Sunday, November 29, 2009

quick update

Ive been slacking on keeping the blog updated so here is a quick update on my training a such...

I am still following my training plan from trifuel.com pretty well except for this week. (around 1 more month until I begin the ZenTri program!)During Thanksgiving I took a few days off. Lots of family came in and it was my birthday on the 23rd. Cathlene bought me a underwater ipod housing and headphones (h2o audio). I cant wait to try them out.

I also bought some Newton Sir Isaac shoes and so far hate them. I ran 6 miles in them yesterday and 2 today. They put a lot of strain on my arches. I naturally run forefoot and I was told that I would adjust right to them because of this. I have the Dallas half marathon in two weeks and really wanted to run in a newer pair of shoes for this race. I will give these shoes the rest of the week and see if my arches get any better. If not Im going back to my Asics Nimbus. They have never let me down... If it aint broke, dont fix it... yeah yeah but with all the hype Newtons have I just HAD to try them.

Recently started getting deep tissue and ART massage from an Athletic Trainer that Cathlene is friends with. My ITBand is feeling a bit better from this. I will probably go a few more times and then just "as needed".. I think its helping my ITBS... My recent longer runs have been a lot better. I have still been occasionally taping my ITB with KT tape,. Seems to help more on the bike though.

I ran a local 5 mile trail run in my home town and got 2nd overall. Not a ton of people entered into the race but it was a fun fast training run.
ran the Houston Sheltering Arms 3 mile turkey trot in 20:22 ~6:52 pace. Ended up 5th in my age group and 67th overall.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Yield to Life

Check out the website Yield to Life. I sent my story to them last year and they have posted it on their website along with others who have been hit by vehicles while riding. This is a big step in a good direction and means a lot to me. Its hard to explain to people why I would rather ride my trainer than ride with traffic,,, actually its pretty easy to explain but I guess hard for people to understand. Still after 2 years I get nervous when I hear a vehicle or see one coming at me or stopped at an intersection.

On the other hand, Brett from ZenTriathlon posted a sketch I sent to him featuring some bad ass zen/chuck norris style face kicking moves I could have with a Zen Tri tattoo on the bottom of my foot. Pretty good stuff. Check it out. ZenTri

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Week 2

Today ends week two of training for me. I found a 36 week training plan at trifuel.com that im using until January. Starting in January, Brett from Zentri is supposed to start coaching me. Until then I'm going "mostly" off the trifuel plan. Ive been following it really well except for the swimming part. I haven't started swimming yet but plan on easing into it. I'm throwing a few extra runs in the mix to help prepare for the few half marathons I have coming up. Today I have a 35 min bike followed by a 55 min run. This should give me close to 8 hours for the week and a total of 15 to 16 hours for the first 2 weeks.

I ran in the Great Pumpkin 5K yesterday morning. I was hoping to put out a PR but came up pretty short. I started out way too fast and barely held my last mile under 8 mins. Finished 14th in my age group with a time of 22:25, 7:14 pace.

Last week I rode the bike for the relay portion of the Longhorn 70.3. This was the race I was training for when I had my wreck. I had a lot of emotions going into this race/ride.. brought back a lot of memories.
I ended up doing better than I thought I would. I just wanted to see how well I could do at the start of my training. I have never ridden this far and this would really be a test on my neck. Around mile 35 is where I started feeling the neck pain. I toughed it out and finished the 56 miles in 2 hours 56 mins, 19 MPH average... I'm really happy about my results and know with more time in the saddle/in the aero bars to get my neck used to the pain, I can do 112 miles..