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Just Call Me Ms. Lazy April 30, 2008

Posted by K in K's Perspective, Swimming.
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(or Ms. Sluggy)
I went swimming today for the first time this week and I only swam 1600 meters. I didn’t have my swim buddy with me and I was hungry so I just wanted to swim at least 1500 and then get out of the pool and go eat lunch. I don’t know how I think I’m going to survive all the triathlons I have planned and do the open water mile swim if I don’t get my butt in gear at the pool. I guess at least I’m getting a bit of a tan?

My set:

300 Free warm up

100 back (50 kick, 50 swim)

100 Breast (50 kick, 50 swim)

5×200 (Alternating between 200 Free, 200 IM)

100 back warm down (50 kick, 50 swim)

TOTAL = 1600 yards/meters

Guess it’s better than nothing but I still feel pretty pathetic

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My Legs Hurt April 29, 2008

Posted by K in Biking, K's Perspective, Running.
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I have been very bikey lately so I’m proud of my self! Last week I biked a total of 80+ miles between the rides on the weekends, Bike to Work Day and riding to my BFs house last weekend instead of driving. I’m going for a ride today after work as well.

What I’m more worried about is that my legs are tired and I need to get running. The first mini-tri of the season is in early June so I need to get moving. I HATE running (no offense M and T). I just suck at it. Even though I did cross-country in high school, I still hated it. I run slow, everything hurts, and I just feel like a blob trying to run. Any advice for getting into running shape and getting motivated?

Melissa’s Update April 25, 2008

Posted by M in M's Perspective, Running.
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I ran!!  Okay, so it was three days ago but I did it.  Four miles up and down hill, yeah, talk about killer.

I also played kickball yesterday (yes, the sport they created for the un-athletic kids in grade school) but I don’t know how productive that was seeing as how 1. it’s kickball (!) and 2. I had a beer in my hand the entire time.  I’m talented.

And, yeah, that’s it.

Bike to Work Day April 23, 2008

Posted by K in Biking, K's Perspective.
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Today was Bike To Work Day for my company and so I drove down to Menlo Park to join in on the Bike to Work Day. I’m not really in shape enough to have made the ride from San Francisco. The route from the MP starting point to work came out to about 20 miles for me so that makes today a 40 mile round-trip day. Woo Hoo!

I am a bike champion! (not)

We Be Needin’ April 21, 2008

Posted by K in Swimming.
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to get back to training! Yikes!

I haven’t been doing much lately and feel pretty bad for being so lame. I did go on a ride this past weekend and we did 21 miles. I’m participating in our company Bike to Work Day this week and will ride 36 miles round trip on the day that I ride so that’s exciting. I’m also about to start swimming and running again in preparation for the tris that I plan to do.

The only other thing to report is that I have a new favorite set of songs to run to:

  • 4 Minutes – Justin Timberlake, Madonna, and Timbaland
  • I Turn my Camera On – Spoon
  • A Girl Like You – Edwyn Collins
  • SOS – Rihanna
  • Don’t Stop the Music – Rihanna
  • Outta My Head – Ashlee Simpson

(Don’t make fun of me for that last one, that song is really catchy and I already get mad at myself for liking it)

Edited: Added swim workout:

500, 400, 300, 200, 100 Free (use the 500 as a warm-up, swim the rest on a pace)

2×200 IMs

1×100 Free warm down

TOTAL = 2000 meters (or yards)

(not exactly) live blogging with my playlist while running April 17, 2008

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One Week – Barenaked Ladies… OK playlist.  Starting off with an old classic.  Not bad.

The Plan – Built To Spill.. another great song.  So far so good PL.

Put your hands where my eyes can see – Busta Rhymes… what are you talking about?  My hands are right in front of me.  Pay attention.

Mile 1

#41 – DMB – This song’s gay.  What are you trying to do to me playlist?

Mile 2

Whole Wide World – Wreckless Eric  Slow start to the song, but it gets me rocking by the end.  Nice.

Low – Flo Rida… ooh, I feel like I’m in a club checking out the shorteez.

1-2-3-4 – Feist… 1,2,3,4 miles.  Ha!

Mile 3

You know I’m know good – Amy Winehouse.. I know I’m not, but I’m trying.  I’m moving my legs as fast as I can.  Back off playlist!

Hey playlist, it’s 68 and sunny, why am I the only person running on the trail today?  No one’s around, maybe I can just walk for a while.

Baby Fratelli – Fratellis… nice.  Gets me pumped and prevents me from walking.  Close call there!

Mile 4

Navy Taxi – Kate Nash… slows me back down.  I’m getting tired now playlist and this isn’t helping.

Porchrail – Jenny Owen Youngs… ok song.  But I hate how I first heard of this chick from perez hilton

Mile 5

Hey Mama – Kanye… I loved this song before his mom died, now it gets me sad.

Hook – Blues Traveler… one of the best songs of the 90’s.  The hook has got me back in the run!

Mile 6

I think the hook just jabbed me in my ribs

Sea Lion Woman – Feist… up tempo.  Gets my legs moving fast again.

Skeleton Song – Kate Nash.. keeps up the tempo in the beginning… starts to die off at the end.  We need to pick it back up here.

Mile 7

Just a Friend – Biz Markie… You, got what I neeeeed!

A Well Respected Man – Kinks… “..And he’s oh, so healthy,
In his body and his mind..”  Yes, thank you playlist!  “..’Cause he’s better than the rest..”, aww, I’m blushing playlist!  “..And his own sweat smells the best..”  ok, you’re making this awkward now.

Mile 8

If I had $1,000,000 – BNL  “..If I had a million dollars, I’d buy your love”  Now your just sucking up to me playlist.  I hate you.  If I had a million dollars I’d buy you legs and make you do the running while I belted out the tunes.

Mile 8.90

I need a strong finish…

Finnegan’s Wake – Dropkick Murphys.. nice.  A song about Tim.

Mile 9

 

You got me to finish this time playlist, but I’ll get you next time!

More Events April 10, 2008

Posted by K in Goals, K's Perspective.
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Well, I’ve decided that I’m not content to just do one 65-mile bike ride and one mini-triathlon. I’ve decided to add two more triathlons, a swim, and keep my sights on that real century at the end of the summer. That means this summer I will be doing the following:

– The Lake Berryessa Open Water Swim. I’m only doing the mile because it’s all I care to do (and because the water is cold). Lake Berryessa was my very first open water swim. They opened it to us USA Swimming kiddies one year when I was probably around 13 or 14. We did the mile swim and it only took me like 20 minutes because I used to be a fast swimmer. Now it takes me 35 as I am considerably slower (and older and fatter). However, I’m having more fun now so when I swim it this summer, it’s going to be awesome.

– The Pacific Grove Triathlon with Team In Training. The Pacific Grove Tri is an Olympic Distance meaning that it’s a mile swim, 24 mile bike and a 6.2 mile run. I can do the bike and the swim separately right now but can’t do the run. Thankfully I’ve got a good solid 6 months or so to train for it.

– The all-women Tri Girl Tri Triathlon. It’s a 1/2 mile swim, a 15 mile bike, and a 4 mile run. I did Tri Girl Tri two years ago with two of my gal pals and even though I had some issues with my digestive system while running, it was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to do it again.

When I’ve got my TnT page up, I’ll be soliciting for monies for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS, the org that gets all the $$ from TnT) so make sure you start saving now so you can sponsor me 😀

Edited: M!!! Add all the updated running events you’re doing too! Let’s keep inspiring and motivating our reader (s). 😉

Edited: T’s events:

Today I signed up for the Valley Forge Revolutionary 5 Mile run It’s this weekend, it’s a hilly course and I’m completely unprepared. I ran it last year where I edged out a 6 month pregnant newscaster. I’d like to say I could do that again this year, but only if there’s a local newscaster running it with a broken leg.

Then 2 weeks after that I have The Broad Street Run. The 2nd biggest 10 miler in America. I ran 8 miles this past weekend, I’ll be running 9 miles this Wednesday and 10 miles the weekend before the race. It’s flat and “easy”. My biggest motivator right now is the tailgaiting I’m doing with friends afterwards. If beer’s not a good motivator to run, I don’t know what is.

Some Pictures April 9, 2008

Posted by K in Biking, K's Perspective.
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From the Cinderella Classic:

Me on my bike, snapping a picture while I ride. Probably not the smartest of ideas but whatevs, I lived!

My odometer when I finished. That says 65.03!

One Event Down April 7, 2008

Posted by K in Biking, Goals, K's Perspective, Pain.
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Two more to go.

This Saturday I participated in the Annual Cinderella Classic. It’s a 65-mile bike ride for women only. Proceeds from the bike ride go to various women’s charities around the Bay Area. I didn’t train as much as I thought that I would going into the bike ride so as previously mentioned, I had two goals: 1) don’t fall over and 2) make it at least 40 miles. Well I’m proud to say that I accomplished both goals as I did not fall over and I rode all 65 miles!

Saturday dawned somewhat windy and chilly but my mom and I loaded up our bikes and drove across the bay to get started. The ride had a rolling start so basically you just show up sometime between 7:00am and 9:00am and get started. We arrived around 8:00, checked in and got underway.

Since part of the ride is about dressing up like a princess (cos it is the Cinderella Classic), I wore a tiara on my helmet and a sequined mini-skirt over my bike pants. I also had biking socks with little pink crowns on them, a pink and black jersey, and my pink arm warmers. I felt pretty stylish and well matched for the ride.

There were three rest-stops along the ride. The first one was almost 20 miles in and when we got to the stop, we had some snacks, took a potty break, refilled our water and then got on our way. I was feeling pretty good. The second stop was about 33 miles in and as we neared the second stop, I knew that I was feeling pretty tired but in good spirits. Thankfully the second stop was the lunch stop so we got off our bikes, had a sandwich and some fruit, rested and stretched out a bit, took another potty break and then got underway again.

It was between the 33 mile mark and up to the 50 mile mark where I had serious doubts about my ability to finish. We had some climbing to do which wasn’t a problem, I’m pretty good at climbing for the most part, it was just that I was so sore from sitting on my bike seat at that point. My butt, my neck, my arms, everything just started to ache. My knees really hurt and I don’t have a history of knee pain at all so I was really worried about my ability to finish the ride.

At about mark 50, we got to the third and final rest stop. I took some more advil, filled up my water bottle, had some energy stuff and a bit of food and just stretched and rubbed out any soreness. When we finally got underway again, I got some weird sort of second wind and so I pulled away from my mom and her group that we were riding with. I pushed hard for the next 10 miles because I knew that I was almost done and when I hit about 60 miles, I really thought I was going to die. I persevered because I knew that I only had five miles to go and sure enough, I made the turn into finishing area and looked down at my odometer and saw 65 miles. Woo hoo, I had completed the course!

We loaded up the bikes, checked in and got our ride water bottle and commemorative patch, had some soup (and I had some of those delicious pink and white animal cookies), and then I drove back to my parent’s house across the bay where I promptly jumped into the hot tub in hopes of pain abatement.

I have never been so proud of myself for an athletic event because I am not joking/lying/trying to be dramatic when I say that I have never ever ridden more than 25-30 miles in a single ride (okay, that a wee bit of a lie because I was really proud of myself when I swam a 500 free in under 6 minutes for the first time). I hadn’t really trained the way that I wanted to for the ride and hadn’t ridden in three weeks so I was really scared on Saturday. I finished the ride though and though it took me a long time to finish, I still did and so I am really proud of myself. If I train and continue to ride, I’ll be able to do that full century at the end of the summer.

Go me!

New Goal April 7, 2008

Posted by M in Goals, M's Perspective, Running.
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I volunteer with the SIMS Foundation here in Austin.  Essentially, we provide low cost to free counseling and other mental health treatment to local Austin musicians and their families.  It’s a really great foundation and if you have time or are curious, I encourage you to visit the website and maybe even make a donation.  Okay, no more plugs.  Anyway, today I went to a function and was telling our volunteer coordinator about how I’ve decided to run the marathon next year.  I actually got into the marathon through SIMS because I was working our table at the run.  So I’m telling Catarina about how I’m training (sort of) and she told me that SIMS is one of the sponsors for the ASH Dash 5k that is being held next month.  Since I’m taking Tim’s advice in making some shorter term goals, I told her I’d run for SIMS.  So I’m running a 5k in about four weeks.  I’m at two miles right now so I’m sure adding an extra mile within the next month won’t be too hard.  So, yep, running commences manana.

My legs just looked at me and said “You’re evil.”