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Brain tumor survivor | triathlon & duathlon finisher | wife | cat mom | friend to many | supreme smart aleck. I'd like coffee and a book please.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Swim, Swim, Swim!


I'm not that great of a swimmer, but today after work I managed to do one pool length of freestyle - last week I could only manage about 1/2 a length of the pool, my gosh, swimming is hard work! I did other strokes 3 other times, but freestyle is what I'm shooting for. I think that it will take a year and a half to get up to a half mile. That's a lot of laps in the pool at around 100' per length to make up a half mile...oye.

I see a new challenge in my future...keep on swimmin'-swimmin'-swimmin!


Friday, September 11, 2009

OH NO...I'm HOOKED

Last night Tom and I rode the final Time Trial of the season put on by the Vancouver Bicycle Club. It was a blast! I don't know what possessed me to even want to do it, but I set up a short list of goals for the year way back when and only got one completed before last night. I'm pretty sure now that I don't want to do a race at PIR...that would be waaay to stressful, but a Time Trial...that's just me against the clock. The only thing I gotta do is strip my bike down of items that would creat too much drag and too much weight to have to heft down the road, now if I could only get rid of my excess weight hmmm...

So we arrive at the Port Offices and start getting situated and wandered over to see about registering. Well, the guy was more than happy to get us signed up and handed me the clip board with an EMPTY sign-in sheet...NO ONE ON THE LIST! I asked if #1 goes first and he said yes so I then tried to get Tom to take the clip board, but he wouldn't, so I ended up wearing #1 YIKES! I spent a little time being a little anxious over the fact that I would be starting first, but then I decided that it doesn't really matter because at least this way I can keep an eye on other people on the course as they start to pass me...I knew that much for sure.

Since I was to start first, I started to get a little nervous about starting...HOW do I start a Time Trial? I mosey on over to the start in the first position where there are a couple of bike club members and they explain that one will be holding my bike by the saddle and the other would wedge his foot under my front wheel to stop me from rolling away. Oh, okay...got it...now I clip in and wait. The countdown starts at 20 seconds...that just long enough for me to start freaking out again. Calm thoughts...countdown ends and I get a big push off!  With 30 seconds between riders I thought for sure that Tom would be not too far behind, but the next rider that I saw was #3 passed me in no time at all, almost as if I were standing still. It was all good now because finally I had someone to look at for a while...until he sped off like a maniac. It was a while before anyone else passed probably another mile or so. Surprisingly, Tom was not one of the people that passed. In fact, he passed me after the turn around...stinker. It was all good, I now had someone to look at - I'm a visual person and need to see other people to know how I'm doing. I finished the course in 33:52. Not a bad time, but if the wind weren't so nasty in the first 5 miles it would have been much better. I'm pretty happy with my time AND I loved being out there.

The other thing that I noticed was that probably 1/2 the bikes out there were Tri Bikes or had aero bars attached...VERY COOL! I think I just might want a Tri Bike....

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Wet Run

After being wishy-washy about running this morning I went out and did it anyway. I gotta get over the fact that it is raining and just do it. The rain wasn't so bad so the run wasn't so bad. I shorted myself about a 1/3 of a mile though. I didn't map out my route very well, OR I forgot what I mapped out and ran whatever was going thru my mind. Oh well. If I had to choose to run or ride in the rain I would definitely choose to run. That way I'm only messing up my clothes and not my clothes AND my bike. Every wet ride requires a bike bath on top of me cleaning up. Who wants to do that?

As I was looking back at my running log for this past year I counted how many days per month I ran between from April thru August. I averaged about 5 - 6 days a month. That's half of what I really should be doing - which is kind of crazy because I was supposedly training to do the Blue Lake Du and then kind of training for the All Women's event. Very interesting. I think if I actually run as much as I should be I would do MUCH better. Wouldn't that be something?

So I'm going to make an effort to run at least 3 times a week and kind of follow the training plan that I got from runnersworld.com. I just might improve a little...just maybe.

Looking forward to duathlons in 2010!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Creative Running

Some people create with words, or with music, or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, "I've never seen anyone run like that before." It's more than just a race, it's a style. It's doing something better than anyone else. It's being creative.  Bill Rodgers, 4 time Boston Marathon winner



Yeah, I don't think that I create a very good spectacle while running...I'm pretty sure that people say I've never seen anyone run like that before when they see ME. At least I get out there and do it! The video is my back-up!