Sunday, February 28, 2010

February Totals

Wow what a month... What a week! I just had the biggest week so far in my IM training and I feel pretty dang good...
I had a little setback with some minor hip problems this month but that seems to be going away pretty fast. I think I went too hard on the trainer without a proper workout and strained my hip flexors.. (According to doc Cat).. Cant wait to really call her Doc Cat. I keep telling her to go back to school.. One day, soon.. Then hopefully she can read my mind! ;)

I just finished up an 18 hour week. I PR'd my 10k yesterday and today rode the longest I have EVER!
Ran a 47:21 at the Rodeo Run 10k yesterday. And I negative split the run! First 5k was 24:03 and the second was 23:17.. 7:37 pace overall.

Swim: 33,799 yards = 11.63 hours
Bike: 257.17 miles = 18.83 hours
Run: 120.85 miles = 20.36 hours

On to next week where Coach has 17 hours scheduled for me then a recovery week! Woot!

So what if this has nothing to do with triathlon..
Its an old Forestry Wildlife picture of my Field Station class.
(who am I?? yep, in the middle with a blue hardhat.) This was dinner :) mmmmm

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Austin Half Marathon

Cathlene and I both ran the Austin half marathon. We were both
treating this as a fun long training run so we didn’t feel too guilty
staying up late the night before on 6th with Philip, Kate, Bill, Shannon and Doug..
(Shiner bock=carb loading).
On race morning we met everyone in the lobby of our hotel and made
it to the start line by around 6:30am. I ended up running with Phil and Bill. Phil was running his first “stand alone” marathon while Bill was running the half (Phil, Bill, Phil, Bill, Phil, Bill hahahaha,,, sorry I tend to entertain myself sometimes). We all had the same goals for this so we ran together until the half course split from the full.

I had been instructed to stay base and keep my HR in zone 2 which I maintained until the last few miles when Bill and I started picking up the pace. The course started out with a nice long steady hill. You really couldn’t notice the elevation change. Then coming back into town it was a long downhill where you could pick up a lot of free speed,,, and I HAD to in order to keep up with these guys.. They were flying down the hills. I never realized how fast you could go down hills and not really be out of breath.

The last major hill around mile 12 was gruesome. I had to walk a bit of it. It totally sucked, I thought I was gonna fall backwards. I needed a rope to pull myself up to the top,, It was a freaking MOUNTAIN. Should of brought some chalk to grip the crevices,, and a safety harness,,, I think there was snow on the top of that hill........ Ok ok you get the idea..

I ended up finishing in 1:54 and change. The course was nice but at
times it got a bit crowded when the roads narrowed. The finish was
also very crowded due to having the photos, medals and tshirt
distribution relatively close to each other. Cathlene also had a
great race and pretty much destroyed those hills. DESTROYED!
It was a good test for the both of us since we rarely get to run hills. After the race I got to meet female pro triathlete and winner of the half marathon, Desiree Ficker. Im not bragging or anything but Im pretty sure she wanted my # ;) ..
Just look at the hand placement.







(Shiner and Firemans #4 are great recovery drinks,, I felt no pain Sunday night)

Thanks to everyone who rocked out with us that weekend! We had an awesome time...






L-R: Phil, Me, Bill, Cathlene