Monday, August 18, 2014

Ironman Chattanooga six weeks and counting

Holy Crapamoly ... Six weeks to go until Ironman Chattanooga.

Interestingly my panic attacks are mild and spread sort of far apart. I think it's because I'm too busy just getting the workouts done to worry about the actual Ironman race.
Seems pretty evenly split time-wise. I actually feel like I need more swimming. I'm always sweating the swim.

This past week was an adventure getting things done. My husband was traveling and my kids were home with camp mommy and of course there was the occasional summer monsoon thrown in to complicate my workout schedule. But I got it all mostly - done.

I tried this new shirt on Thursday I think. It says it's the coolest shirt ever.  I honestly couldn't tell any difference. It has little metallic beads on the back that felt cool in the ac but I couldn't tell when outside exercising. Of course, it is still almost as hot as the surface of the sun here so maybe it's just too hot for anything to help.
We did a quick and dirty trip to ride in Clermont for just Saturday. The goal was climbing. We climbed somewhere between 3700 and 4100 feet over 70 miles. Different computers got different total readings. Whatever it was close enough. We also went faster than we've ever gone (avg moving speed 15.3) so it was an intense day.

We loaded five bikes into the family truckster and squished in 5 people too. Luckily miss Nicole is pretty small.
I wore the outfit that I plan to wear during the Ironman Chattanooga race and it performed well. My team tri top and black Coeur trishorts. I have to say I think the Coeur shorts work well for me. They are expensive but very comfy. The thin chamois that runs down the entire inseam of the short works very well for me.  I just have to try swimming and then getting on the bike with the wet chamois. Also strangely I find that I do better in tri shorts thank bike shorts which seems odd but appears to be true. 

Then back at home we ran just 12 miles but on tired legs that was a tough run. I would think I was really pushing the pace and look down at the trusty garmin to see ... oh, 11 minute miles, how can that be. But it just was. So I got it done. That's all I can say. I was very tired. I honestly think it was more the 8 hours of driving than the workouts. The travel takes it's toll.

Go to school little people!

Today the kiddos started school -- it's a wondrous day for Mom's all over Miami. I did get up to swim today although I was about 2 minutes late because I had an unscheduled stop. I was pulled over by a policeman about 50 feet from my house. My lights weren't on. I was apparently half-alseep but once he realized I wasn't drunk (perhaps the swim suit gave me away) he let me go. That's the best possible ending to that story. And I hopped out 10 minutes early so that I had sufficient time to do the french braid for the 5th grade fashionista.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Swimming Biking and Running ...oh my

Swimming - Alligator Lighthouse Swim advice.

My blogger buddy ... she's actually a real life friend too but blogger buddy is more fun ... is prepping to swim Alligator Lighthouse which I did last year. I wrote about it here.

She asked me for feedback and suggestions and before I gave her any help I went back to read what I wrote. It's all pretty much true. Of course, she's going to do the swim pulling somebody in a kayak so that's a lot tougher.

So here's my advice in a nutshell TriathlonMami!
  • Have a boat and a kayak to support you.
  • Change swimmers on a time basis not a distance basis. 
  • Be prepared to swim more than 8 miles
  • Be prepared to swim some of the time against a current or tide shift
  • Sunscreen, and more sunscreen it's a long day in the sun
  • I hope you don't get jellies but if you do you can borrow my jellyfish suit
  • Stay for the after party it's a fun time
  •  Smile and enjoy the swim. It's the one of the most beautiful places on earth. 
Biking - Get that Bike Cleaned up 
I have 3 friends fundraising for Chron's and Colitis Foundation in conjunction with training for Ironman Chattanooga. They are hosting a bike washing event this Sunday in Miami so bring your bike down to Mack Cycle Sunday afternoon and for just $15 somebody else will wash your bike for you.

Running - Virtual Run - also fundraising. 
The bike wash fundraiser only works for those folks here in Miami but this virtual run works everywhere.

Let me be honest here for a second. Two of my training buddies who are fundraising are really behind. It turns out that they are much better triathletes than they are fundraisers. They have put in about 18 weeks of training for this race which takes a lot of time and they are probably about physically ready to race this triathlon. But for the fundraising they are under a lot of pressure to get it done. This is why I'm helping them to promote these things. Any help you can give is really appreciated.

So, this is a virtual run. Which means that you can run anywhere ... and actually truthfully you don't have to even run at all I guess. But that's no fun so get out there and run. You sign up and you even get a medal mailed to you in September. That's fun, right?

Please visit this link and register today to run this virtual run. They need at least 100 people to register in order for the race to be a success.

Thanks for reading. Thanks for helping. I'm helping these two guys mostly because they are my friends. However, my son did actually get colitis when he was just one year old. I was and am extremely thankful for the medical care he received at the time. His case was simple and temporary but research is important for these diseases. So feel good when you donate to this cause.