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Pacific Grove Race Recap September 15, 2008

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

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Tomorrow is The Day September 12, 2008

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This is gonna be short because there’s not much to say except, YIKES!!!! 

Tomorrow is the day that I embark on my most difficult athletic challenge to date – Tomorrow is the Pacific Grove Triathlon. I am nervous and excited and ready for this challenge. I’m going to give my camera to the boyfriend to snap photos while I compete. Afterwards I’ll post a race recap and then i’ll be back to regular posting about working out to get in tip top shape. 🙂

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)

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!

I Feel Like a Penguin July 14, 2008

Posted by K in Gross, K's Perspective, Running, Swimming, Team in Training.
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My wet suit makes me feel like a penguin. A stumpy, chubby penguin with flailing arms. At least it helped me stay warm while swimming in Aquatic Park.

So Sunday, we swam in Aquatic Park to test out our suits and to get experience swimming in the open water. As a swimmer, I’ve done my share of open water swimming except it’s all been in lakes and rivers. The sad thing is that even though I knew that the Bay water would be salty from the Ocean, I didn’t really expect HOW salty it would be! When we started swimming, I freaked out a bit from the salty taste in my mouth (apparently, I also didn’t realize how much water I get in my mouth while swimming…ew). After swimming, we went for a run and I only did the 3 mile run because my shins and IT bands were hurting.

After a workout, I reflected on swimming in a wet suit. The pros include staying warm and being more floaty. The cons include being restricted and feeling slightly claustrophobic and penguin-esque. I think wet suits are really made for skinny people. Putting it on is a difficult task but at least taking it off isn’t too bad.

I bought my first-ever tri-kit this weekend. It’s made by De Soto and it’s a two piece one which was very important to me. I figure I’ll wear the shorts and my sports bra under my wet suit for the actual tri and then just throw on the top when I get out. I’ll be able to use it for Tri Girl Tri and the Catalina Tri this year as well so definitely worth the $$.

Final things worth mentioning today:

1) Fundraising is still going, please donate today via the link that says “putting the FUN in Fundraising!”

2) Healdsburg Harvest Century on Saturday with the BF. should be interesting as I’m once again sure of my untimely demise via bike.

Update: I went for a swim during lunch and I swam 2200 meters today. I think I’m finally at a point where things are going to get better for me for my workouts! I got in the pool, felt good, and swam a good pace! My workout:

1000 meters warm up

200, 300, 200, 300, 200 broken down as follows:

200 Free and I hit a 3:15 pace

300 alternating 25 fly, 25 free for the first 100, 25 back, 25 free for the second 100, and 25 breast, 25 free for the last 100

200 Free and I hit a 3:15 pace AGAIN! woo hoo!

300 alternating 50 fly, 50 free for the first 100, 100 back for the second, 50 breast, 50 free for the third

200 warm-down pace and I hit a 3:30!!!

I’m FINALLY getting faster/better!

Training Update July 7, 2008

Posted by K in Biking, K's Perspective, Running, Swimming, Team in Training.
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Last Monday = Rest Day

Last Tuesday = Swam 2000 meters or something. I was swimming at Rossi and it’s 100 ft because it was built back in the day when America was all about America and ridiculous measurements.

Last Wednesday = Swam 2000 meters in a real pool. Had to tell someone to get out of my lane because they were swimming on the wrong side of the lane and were all in all, way too slow. Some people need to figure it out! After work, I had my second track workout of the season which was a timed 2 mile run. I ran at around 8:30 something for the first mile and close to that for the second as I came in around 17:40 for both. I am a slow runner so to hit around an 8:30/8:40ish pace for the miles is a monumental achievement. I haven’t had a good pace since my old cross country days when I was a spry young thing. Back then, I had to walk to school, uphill both ways in the snow so I was able to keep a 7:30 pace for miles. Ahh to be young… now that I’m old and only 3 years away from 30, I think an 8:30 pace isn’t too bad. I also burned 800 calories for the entire workout! w00t!

Last Thursday = Biked 19 miles with the boyfriend. He and I are doing the Healdsburg Harvest Century on the weekend of the 19th so we both needed to get some biking in. It’s a metric so it’s only 60 miles and if the Cinderella ride taught me anything it’s that I can bike 60 miles even if I’m not in biking shape. I just won’t be able to walk afterwards. On the plus, I’m in better shape overall going into this ride than the Cinderella so thank you team in training. Woo hoo! Burned around 840 calories.

Last Friday = swam like 100 feet up the Russian River, turned around and came back. There were too many drunk people out paddling around in metal canoes. I decided that I’d like to maintain consciousness and not drown in the river on the 4th of July so instead I waded around in the river and tempted the doggie to swim out further than she was.

Saturday = rest day

Sunday = Ride 21 miles. It was hot and it was a good ride. We kept a good pace and I burned 857 calories. Too bad I ate like a billion calories when I got home cos I had a huge bowl of pasta. Oh wells.

Today is a swim day, followed by a bike day tomorrow, followed by another swim & track workout day, followed by a swim, then a run, then finally a rest day (cos I have to go to the stupid dentist) then another team in training workout. I’m going to rock this tri!

Finally, for those of you who haven’t donated but would still like to, please click on that link that says “Putting the FUN in Fundraising!” Any donation helps and I really appreciate it! As do the survivors and the people fighting blood cancers 🙂

Not So Fond Memories June 26, 2008

Posted by K in K's Perspective, Pain, Running, Team in Training, Why Am I Doing This?.
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Way back when, I ran cross country for three years in high school. It was my “off” sport so I didn’t have to do P.E. when it wasn’t swim season. My super awesome XC coach (who was also Greek) would always call myself and my running buddy the “surf and turf club” because we were both swimmers and cross country runners. We used to run at least 3 miles a day and in fact, usually ran at 5+. Unless it was a track workout day. Ahhh fond memories…

wait no,… running hurts and track workouts suck!

I just got back from the weekday Team in Training practice where we did our first track workout. Mileage worked out to about 2.5 miles but the track part was 3×400 sprint, with 400 recovery in between. I hurt. All over.

I did my first sprint one at like 1:50, the second at 1:52, and then the third I said to myself, “K, you used to run way faster! you used to not be so fat or so suckey!” so i pushed it out and got it down to 1:46 and then promptly felt like puking but did not. The plus was that after all of that, I had to ride my bike home and even though it was less than a mile, it was cold and windy out. Pity me 😦

Calories burned = the silver lining in all of this: 793!

Lazy-pants June 25, 2008

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Lazy pants strikes again!

No swimming today but I do have a team in training track workout this afternoon. According to the schedule it looks as if we’ll be running 400m repeats or something.

I’ll update this post with the calories after the workout but I did want to share that the crack scale read 165 this am so take that for what you will. Who knows if it’s too high, too low. I guess my scale is making weight loss fun?

p.s. no swimming = greasy hair for me today until I shower later on tonight. Gross

Putting the FUN in Fundraising! May 5, 2008

Posted by K in Goals, K's Perspective, Team in Training.
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Well as I mentioned earlier in this blog, I’ve decided to sign up for Team in Training and complete the Pacific Grove Triathlon! I’m so excited and proud to be a part of an organization that does so much for people with Leukemia, Lymphoma and other blood cancers. Our Team Honoree actually is alive today because of a drug that the LLS helped fund through their research grants.

The one thing I REALLY like about LLS is that they’re an organization that actually uses the funds for research, patient advocacy, patient care and other patient related services. Unlike many other organizations that raise money for some cause or another, 75% of the money we raise goes directly to LLS for research and patient services. The other 25% is the administrative fees for us to be registered for the event, to make our contribution to the coaches and etc. Plus, we participants join a “team” of sorts and we get support, coaching, motivation, and the chance to just have fun and do something that many of us have never done before.

I’m really looking forward to being a part of the team but I need help from my friends, family, and even from blogland. LLS/TnT sets a minimum amount of money to raise in order to participate in the event. This year, I’ve decided to set my own fundraising goal above what i have to raise – I’d like to raise $3,500 for Team in Training and the Leukemia and Lymphoma society!

Donating is easy and fun! Please go to my Team In Training Fundraising page and click on Donate. Any little bit helps me get started towards my goal of $3,500!!

Thank You!

K