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Saturday, July 31, 2010

All Women's 2010

We raced. We finished. We WON our Age Division!

The win was questionable for a little while, there was another Du team, they were wearing matching flower bikini tops and hats with flowers on them. The gal in transition had a team number on and she was hanging around the team transition...but later on when we checked times, we were the only team listed. Not sure what happened, but that's okay...we WON!

Final time: 2:04:34

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Time Trial continues...

(My choice of shoes at last season's last TT in September)

We were back at it last night at the Time Trial. It's been a couple of weeks and I was hoping to get closer to my fastest time yet this year of 32:58, but it was not to be. My unofficial time is 33:43 that's about 10 seconds better than the last TT we did.

After we finished, Tom's spin class leader, John,  was hanging around the parking lot and rode over and asked how we did and all that and I mentioned that my glutes hurt...but good! He response was that I was doing it right! Woo Hoo! I understand what I need to do...pull up as I'm spinning...I guess I don't understand how I'm doing it. That's just one more thing to think about besides how much it hurts and that the turn around is coming up not soon enough! Seriously though, my goal is to beat my best time this year and there are 6 weeks left until the end of the TT season.

Once I'm done with the All Women's event I can spend more time focusing on cycling and swimming. I'll still be running, but I'm having a hard time right now figuring out where to fit everything with the time that I have available. I might have to make an adjustment in my work schedule to fit my runs on the treadmill at the station (ugh) - that's the only way I can free up a morning and/or evening to do the cycling and swimming [BIG SIGH] details!

Oh well, I need to think about tomorrow and getting the running done! Robin has it easy...lucky duck. Should be a blast and a perfect day to....

Run, Ride, Run....Bay-Bee!

Monday, July 26, 2010


I think I've been tapering since Blue Lake when in reality I should have been continuing the training. Since Blue Lake I have had a few set backs...other events, allergies/illness and general tiredness. Not to mention a little bit of lack of motivation.

It would figure though, now that All Women's is this coming Saturday I have all sorts of motivation, but no time...unless I were to run morning AND evening, but I'm not that crazy....or am I???? So I have decided to do specific run training this week hills today and speed work on Wednesday...I did a 3 mile run on Saturday and man that felt good! Oh, and I also went out close to 8:00 just to get used to the idea of running at that time instead of 5:30....my oh my...I like running EARLY! It's much cooler and I don't feel as if I might wilt. I'll probably get out on Thursday night and do the Time Trial just for fun even though I don't have to train for the bike. Gotta beat 32:58 though...

It's time to not psyche myself out - if I do that now I'll just make myself crazy. So I'll just be sure to enjoy this week, eat well, hydrate and look forward to a fun Saturday morning with my Duathlon partner...wee haw!

Almost time to run, ride, run!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Robin and I should have no problem "defending" our Age Division win of 2009. That's how we get the medal! Looks like we'll be making a repeat win at All Women's this year...Wa-Hoooooooo!

MEMBER # 1 1081 Nancy Olschewsky  F 45 R3 - Run #1 & Run #2
MEMBER # 2 1082 Robin Claudson  F 44 B - Bike Only
MEMBER # 3 1081 Nancy Olschewsky  F 45 R3 - Run #1 & Run #2

Sunday, July 11, 2010

I done signed up..

(All Women's 2009)

for All Women's 2010! Robin and I will be looking to defend our Age Division "Title".

Yeah, so we were the only team...but still!

This is it though, I have 20 days to run, run, run! Next weekend is Cycle Oregon weekend -  I don't think that I'll get much running done. I could bring my shoes...and I might do that, but the likelihood that I'll actually run is pretty slim at this point. At least I'm thinking about it.

This week I'll get two good runs in though.Tomorrow I'm planning to run the short hills on 149th Street which is close to home, a good thing. The quote I got a few days ago helped me to realize that if I do the hills which are not easy, running on the flats will be easy. It's a nice theory, we'll see how it turns out after tomorrow morning.

Run Run Run!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Running uphill...

makes you a faster runner on the flats. Hills build strength, and make the flats feel easy! Jon Sinclair, Running coach in Fort Collins, Colorado

Well, maybe I should start running hills more in the days before All Women's on the 31st! Hmmm...this could be my ticket to running faster...even just a little bit :)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Slow-but-sure has always worked for me, in running and most other arenas. I wouldn't mind being a Carl Lewis or Usain Bolt, but I've found little payoff in attempting to be what I'm not. Amby Burfoot, Runner's World Editor at Large

I've been at this running thing for a couple of years and it seems that getting faster is not so much an option for me. I am consistent though and that counts for something. I can do speed work, hill runs (not that I want to)...easy runs and my pace remains the same. It might take another year of running to gain a little more speed, but after thinking about it...it doesn't seem to matter so much as I think it should - I think. 

Training Continues...
My cold and/or allergies have been affecting my training the past couple of weeks...so haven't logged many miles (on foot or bike) since Tour de Blast. This week things are starting to look up though and I'm hoping to get back into the pool soon.

TT's haven't happened for several weeks now due illness, bad weather and now hot weather. It probably would be wise to not ride in really hot weather. Oh well, there's always next week! 

Looking forward to the All Women's Event on the 31st! All I have to do is RUN...I better get to it!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Cat pose, Downward Facing Dog...Cobra

YOGA Baby!

Ever since John O'Brien started teaching the Monday & Wednesday early morning spin classes he has been mentioning the benefits of yoga to the group (this is according to Tom). I don't go to his class, but Tom does and every time it's time for the cool down and stretching here comes the yoga talk. Then later Tom says, "John says yoga is good for cyclists."

Every time. Well, now we are doing yoga, because John said it's good...

We are skipping the gym a couple mornings a week and starting our day with yoga. A few years ago I bought a "Yoga for Dummies" DVD, used it a few times and then put it away for a while. It's a good DVD, but it just wasn't all that fun going through the routines by myself. Now that Tom has decided he wants to do Yoga we have been using the DVD - YAY! It's been fun...and I can already feel a difference after a few sessions of bending, breathing and stretching muscles that don't want to be stretched. This DVD is great because it is so non-threatening and really stresses to have fun with the moves and it has been fun!

Until Tom starts feeling confident with the poses, I think we'll be sticking with the basic routine. The other routine is the intermediate routine and goes thru a series of poses one to the next without stopping...vinyasa flow check it out...(this video isn't too spacey new agey)

We'll see how long this yoga kick lasts - I hope for a long time. I LIKE IT!


Friday, July 2, 2010


The past couple of weeks have been light on training for ANYTHING! Tom seems to think that I had a cold, but then I think it was allergies. I may have been suffering (still am suffering) from both. Fortunately each day I'm feeling better and I don't feel as drippy with each passing day. Which is good because my nose is getting raw from constantly blowing it!

This week I at least got to the gym a couple of times and got on the treadmill. The first day I was far to drippy to do any kind of running so I stuck to walking. My second visit I actually did some running even though I still had the drips, but my legs felt good - so I think tomorrow's 5k will be just fine.

My hope is that I will be able to get back into the pool and get to swimming again. I don't want to lose what I had gained in the 4 times that I swam in the last 3 weeks. I'm still shooting for being able to swim several laps of freestyle before the year is over and am confident that it will happen...with no more delays.

I found another run that will be later this summer. It's the Salmon Creek Run and it's nice and close to home so I think I'll be able to talk Tom into running this one. It looks like it starts in Salmon Creek at Billygan's/Applebee's and goes to Kline Line and back to Salmon Creek. Should be a fun run!

Looking forward to being drip free!