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Setting the Stage Before I Almost Die on Saturday April 1, 2009

Posted by K in Biking, K's Perspective, Why Am I Doing This?, Yoga.

Well Saturday is the Cinderella ride and much like last year, I didn’t train all that much before and I’m only at 30 miles in the saddle right now. While I’m in better shape than I was last year, I’m not sure I’ll be able to do 65 miles on Saturday because lately, my hip flexor muscles (i think that’s what they’re called), get too stiff/sore/tight at around 30 miles. I’ll do my best to stretch and take it easy while riding on Saturday.

In other news, I have a tiara for the ride, and I’m going to rock my sequined mini skirt again this year. I’m planning to swing by the Piedmont Boutique on Haight tomorrow or Friday to see if they have anything sparkly and fun to add to my outfit. I’m still undecided on a boa as I’m worried that it will be itchy and will just get in the way. I’ll post a picture or two from the ride on the blog here afterwards.

I’m also continuing with the cross-training by starting up swimming again, and now I’ve decided to add Yoga. Swimming will be good for cardio vascular reasons, and good for working on my tan. Yoga will be good for strength and flexibility.
I realize that this post is incredibly boring but I promise to be funny again soon. I’m thinking of posting something on how I’ve come to realize that professional cycling has a lot of really hot guys. I am single now so yes, I think about men a lot. And men in skintight clothes that lets you know what you’re getting upfront? even better.


Um, How Long Has It Been? March 25, 2009

Posted by K in Biking, K's Perspective.

I don’t remember how long it’s been since I last posted but I’m going to be posting with some regularity again as training is in full effect. I’ve got the Cinderella ride coming up in two weekends, the century in July, and the AquaBike challenge in August. I hope I don’t die from all my athletic endeavors.

Anyways, I went for a ride yesterday with a new friend. He was cute. I’ve decided that now that I’m single, I’m going to use training as a way to meet new people and make new friends. Bike riding has been pretty good for that so far. I’ve met two different guys, one of which who has turned out to be pretty lame, and another who is brand new. I’ll probably have more to say about him later on. So basically, this blog is going to turn into exercising with commentary on dating at the same time. Yay!

I’m Still Here Too! February 22, 2009

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I’m still here! and I’ve got two new events to train for again 🙂  Actually three! So here’s what’s new with me (in case anyone is still reading):

* The Cinderella Ride – I’ve signed up for the Cinderella ride again this year and I am really excited. I’m already thinking about a costume for the ride and I’ve started training. 65 miles will be no sweat by April! (Or so I hope)

* The LiveStrong Challenge – I’ve joined Team Fat Cyclist Fighting for Susan and I’ve signed up for the LiveStrong challenge. I’m doing my first century evar – 100 miles! I’m scared but stoked. I’ll be updating the page with a link for fundraising incase any of you reader(s) want to donate.

* Vineman Aquabike – I hate running so what a better event than a 1.2 mile swim and 50 mile bike? I’ll be doing that in August. I am going to be so fitness-y this summer!

Other updates just include that me and my BF of four years broke up leaving me with lots of time to train and chase cute boys on bikes. After watching the Tour of California, I’ve decided that cyclists are on the whole, very good looking so I’ve got high hopes for meeting some hotties while out training. Two cycling dudes offered me a beer today after I finished my ride. They definitely were NOT cute so I passed. But hopefully next time the guys will be cute.

Tri Girl Tri Recap October 15, 2008

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Tri Girl Tri is a fun little tri in Napa with a short swim in Lake Berryessa, an somewhat hilly 11 mile ride, followed by a 3 mile run. This year I had planned to completely rock the swim and then kick butt on the rest of the triathlon. Unfortunately that didn’t happen.

Picture this, it’s 5:00am on a Saturday morning and it’s dark and scary. You get into your car, pick up the person you’re carpooing with and realize that it’s really windy in SF. You hope that it’s not that windy and cold in Napa cos you have a triathlon to do, most of which is spent in a skimpy shorts/top combo that doesn’t provide much warmth. Alas, when you arrive at Lake Berryessa, it is colder and still windy. You think you’ll still kick butt on the swim, despite the fact that it’s cold out but then the race organizers are working to foil your plans of triathlon butt-kicking.

They cancelled the swim. That’s right, they cancelled the swim because the wind was making the lake too choppy for the rescue canoes. They took away the only part that I’m really good at. Sad Face to say the least.

Instead, we ran a half mile, biked the 11, and than ran the original 3 miles. I opted to not switch to my bike shoes because i figured it would cut down on my transition time. I did fine the first half mile and took it out kinda fast. There’s this one part by the finish and where you come into the transition area that was all gravely and I made it through fine. That time (ooo foreshadowing!)

The bike was OK. It was windy as all heck so you were really pushing against the wind for the first half. I tried to take every downhill as fast as possible so I could keep momentum against the wind and the next up-hill cos for every down, there was an up. After the bike, my legs felt a little wobbly but I ran into the transition area, grabbed my hat and ditched my bike and headed out on the run. I had to walk a teeny tiny bit and i had to stop at a different point to take a rock out of my shoe. Other than that I’d like to think that I ran fairly strong.

As I was coming back through the very last half mile, some girl started running very close behind me. I thought it was strange because there was ample room for her to go around if she wanted to but no, she chose to jog along behind me. Well as we reached the gravel, I sort of lost my footing a bit but would have been fine if the foolio behind me hadn’t been so close! She stumbled into my stumbling, which made me fall, and to add insult to injury, she fell on top of me. Stupid ho.

Alas, gravel is not a friendly falling surface, especially if you’re in shorts. I got right up though, and finished and tried to even beat stupid girl but i couldn’t go fast enough to get around her. I crossed the finish line and took a look at my injuries. They didn’t appear to be too bad so I got some food and my tshirt and I headed back into the transition area to pack up and meet the boyfriend. When I got there I was a bit more bleedy than i thought i would have been and I realized that I basically lost a good chunk of skin (though not very deep). I cleaned it up, packed up, and got into my car and drove a grueling 3 hours to meet up with the boyfriend in Cloverdale. Needless to say I was grumpy and tired upon my arrival.

My scabs are healing nicely and are getting to the point where I can start to pick them off should I choose to do so. I probably will pick them off cos i’m gross like that.

Next up – Swimming!

Tri Girl Tri October 11, 2008

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Well tomorrow I’m heading up to Lake Berryessa to do Tri Girl Tri. I think it will be a fun Tri to finish up the season. It’s just a sprint with a half mile swim in my favorite lake to swim in (Lake Berryessa), an 11 mile bike ride along the lake, and a 3 mile run. This one should be more hilly than the mermaid but I’m estimating a time of 1:20 or so. I’m just going give it all I’ve got and hopefully kick butt on it.

This Tri wraps up my tri season and after Saturday, I’ll be focusing on swimming and becoming a fast swimmer again. I’ll also be giving yoga, weight lifting and toning a try to get my bootay in tip top bootay shaking shape 🙂

Pacific Grove Race Recap September 15, 2008

Posted by K in K's Perspective, Team in Training, Triathlon.

Well Saturday was the big day for me, the Pacific Grove triathlon! Not only did I survive, but I think I did really well! And most exciting for me was the fact that I only walked a teeny bit during the run because I thought I would have to walk, like all of it. In the end, I kicked butt and I finished it in 3:10!

Saturday morning dawned cloudy and a bit chilly. All of us TnT’ers rode out from the hotel at 5:45am to the transition area. I got there, checked in and got my packet, and then went to rack-up my bike. I got everything set up and then watched the first wave start their swim. As I sat there watching the men start the race, I listened to the announcers talk about the Team in Training. All of us TnT’ers (and there was something like 340 at this race) raised $1.2M for this race only. It worked out to $37k per mile for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

There were enough women TnT people for us to have two waves and about a half hour before my wave started, I got my wet suit on. I made my way down to the beach and got myself emotionally psyched up to do the “kelp crawl”. Needless to say, I was not excited about swimming a mile through the kelp. At any rate, I said to myself, “self, we can do this except, we’ll just start kind of towards the back…” This proved to be a bad decision. At any rate, we finally started!

I’m somewhere there in there, Go team! The swim was two laps and I went 13 for the first, 14 for the second and with the run around the little rock thingie that we had to run around, I went a total of 28 minutes for the mile swim. The thing that makes me upset with myself is that I thought I should go in the back of the wave because I hadn’t been swimming as much as I had wanted to and even though I was in slow swimming shape, I was still much faster than most of the wave. I ended up being 12th out of the water in my wave and had I gone out first, i bet I would have been in the top 5 out of the water because I wouldn’t have had to swim around all the peeps in my way. And by the way, swimming through kelp is super creepy and scary. 

I spent about 5:30 in T1, trying to get out of my wet suit, dry off a bit, and get my biking gear on. The bike part was weird at first, I felt all shaky and off but I decided to just alternate between drinking water and sports drink. I also planned to eat while biking so I would have energy and fuel during the run. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get my packet of sports beans open and it took me till the third lap and basically lost half of them on the course since i was trying to tear them open with my teeth. How very animal! grr!

I averaged about 22 minutes for each of the four bike laps which gave me a total of 1:29 for the 24 mile bike. I just pushed and tried to be strong since I knew that the bike and swim would be the areas that I could be best at. Here’s me on my bike, in the pink, gray, and white tri kit on my awesome bike (in the back)

Unfortunately, I was 5min again in the transition area. For one, it’s hard to run your bike in when you’re in bike shoes, and two, I had to put on socks since I had biked without them. Oh well. It’s not like I was clamoring to get out on the run since I was most scared of the run. 

My lovely BF snapped this one of me leaving the transition area on to the run:

The run was 6 miles long and I was pretty sure I was going to die. My legs were jelly and I hadn’t been running as much as I should have. My goal was to just to get through it and walk as little as possible. Somehow, I managed to pull it together and kick butt and I only walked the teeniest bit. I managed to keep about a 10 minute mile place for a total time of 1:02 for the total 6 miles. As I rounded the turnaround on the third lap of the run, I said to myself I am almost done, let’s GO! so I pushed myself as hard as I could. I pulled it in and pushed through the finish as strongly as possible.

 I was shaky and ready to collapse, and I was ready to cry because I was so very proud of myself for competing in this event. I didn’t cry, I didn’t collapse though, instead I found my boyfriend and grabbed some sports drink and some food, ate, and stretched. 

All in all, I had a good race and felt very proud about my ability to finish strong. Though I had a great time, I probably wouldn’t do the Pac Grove triathlon again because I don’t like swimming through kelp. I highly recommend this triathlon for the less squeamish and for beginners. The course is flat, beautiful and a great spectator course. 

Next up, Tri Girl Tri in October!

Getting Down to the Wire! August 27, 2008

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Well, it is getting down to the wire for the tri! The bad news? I’m kinda out of shape… the good news? I still have two and a half weeks to get back on the ball! (pathetic)

I went for a bike ride on Saturday and did 20 miles. It felt great to get on my bike post crash but I need to get my bike adjusted. The new deraileur could use some help so that I have smooth shifting during the race.

I went for a swim in Aquatic Park yesterday so I could get some practice swimming in an ocean-esque environment and in my wet suit. It was nice because I did a mile and I felt pretty good during the swim with the exception of the fact that no matter what I do, I feel like a fat sausage in my wet suit. No joke, it’s like a giant, wet-suit-smelling sausage casing. I almost feel as if I have to waddle while wearing that thing. I also noticed that it chafes me a bit by where my cap line is so I’ll have to make sure to put extra body glide on in that area.

I’m glad that I’ll have a wet suit for this swim because it does keep you warm and even though I’ve swam across Tahoe which was cold as f***, the ocean will be scary and I’ll be thankful for the extra buoyancy. Plus, I’ll be able to use it next year when I do the Point to La Pointe swim.

Yes, after going to WI for the wedding, I am going to try and participate in a swim across the teeniest section of Lake Superior next summer. It’s about 2 miles from the main Bayfiled, WI to Madeline Island. You swim the channel that becomes the ice road between the two in the winter and they require that you wear a wet suit. Sounds like fun doesn’t it? Plus, looking at the results, I’m pretty sure I could kick some serious butt for the 20 – 29 W category (assuming that they do it by age group). The first 20-29 finisher did a 30min. mile which I can totally do so I’m planning on winning. Did I mention that I’m competitive?

At any rate, tonight I have a track workout, a bike ride tomorrow, a swim and a run on Friday and then this weekend we head down to Pacific Grove to check out the course. I plan to get some extra practice swimming in the ocean (and in kelp) in my sausage casing. Stay tuned!

(p.s. I’m going to have my mom/boyfriend armed with my camera for the actual tri to capture pictures which I’ll post here assuming I don’t have boogers/blood/look too fat/look too ugly etc. This blog could use more pictures)

Training Update – Injuries August 11, 2008

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Well, there’s not much to update on with regard to training as to be quite honest, my training has been rather lackluster. However, there is something to update on, this:

and this:

And my knees:

Yesterday evening, I was riding my bike home after being out at the Toronado 21st anniversary event all day long. I was riding down some street in the lower haight with the boyfriend when I found myself in the middle of the Muni tracks. As I was zipping down the small hill, I thought to myself that I should get out of the tracks and that I was going to go down. Rather than slow down, lift my bike out and move on, I thought that I could be cool and jump the tracks. Alas, I was not cool and my rear tire got caught in the track. I think I went face first over my bike, hit my helmet, followed by my chin and my outstretched right hand. Next thing I knew, I was laying in the street, shocked and completely freaked out. I quickly got up less i get run over, grabbed my bike, staggered to the corner, leaned my bike up against a parking meter and collapsed against a wall. The boyfriend ran over, got me some water as I tried not to throw up or cry, or both.

My chin is scraped up and bruised, my right hand is missing a chunk of skin on the side, i have a few other holes in my hand and my knees are scratched up and bruised. I’m sore from falling and my rear derailer got bent and my bike is temporarily out of service. I’m feeling sore and just trying to dry out my open flesh wounds so I can go swimming tomorrow. I just feel ugly because my chin is swollen and black and blue. I have a wedding to go to this upcoming weekend and I’m going to be all gross in pictures. Thank god for make-up 😉

End of July, on to August August 6, 2008

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Well, July has come and gone and August is here. I’m still training (not too much to report there) and I’m still fundraising. August is the last month for fundraising and I need your help! I’m only about half-way to my fundraising goal so if you want to help contribute to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, I would very much appreciate it! To donate online, please go to the box on the sidebar that says “Putting the FUN in Fundraising”

Any amount is greatly appreciated! THANK YOU!

Wow, Is July Really Almost Over? July 31, 2008

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Training for this week has mostly been pretty lame. After almost killing myself on Saturday, I went for a swim in Del Valle lake when I was up their with my family. It was really refreshing and felt so nice since Del Valle is a nice, warm lake.

Monday was a rest day and Tuesday was just me being the laziest mofo ever. On Wednesday I went for a run and today is a bike, then short run day. Tomorrow is a swim. I haven’t swam in a week but I’m not too worried. Next week I’ll be swimming more and this weekend we have another aquatic park swim practice (yuck!)

I’m noticing that my knees hurt a lot more these days. I don’t know if it’s because I’m fat or if its because I’m old. Or maybe it’s because I’m fat and old? At any rate, they hurt and I don’t know what to do because two out of the three sports in the Tri involve lots of knee bending. *sigh* getting old sucks