Aug200702

…or just drink a beer instead of worrying about it?

I have enjoyed the week of getting back to my routine, which despite being quite busy this week, it is good. There are a lot of little ‘opportunities’ that have come up which are exciting. I can get stressed easily, yet I probably get bored even easier…so this is a good thing. I finally got on my new Orbea Ora TT bike! It feels awesome. Odd, definitely; That whole shifting thing is totally new to me. I even got my SRM on it this week, so I can start to see if I am a power machine on this bike. 🙂 One could only hope…

I really jumped back into training, only one week off and I was rearing to go. Maybe a bit too much, as I have been pretty tired. Which is OK, but I think when you ‘go’ as much as I (and many of us) do, you really need to monitor those fatigue levels well. I decided to sign up for the Redman 1/2 Ironman which is September 22, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I have a lot of family there (aunt, uncle, cousin, etc) and my parents will come down as well, so to me it will be a great time to visit and get in a good training effort as well. It is a smaller, low-key race which is nice for a change. My debate is Chicago Triathlon, as I am in limbo. One minute I think I want to race it 100%, the next minute I feel like I have been going non-stop for a few months and maybe I need some more time at ‘home base’. I’ll need to decide soon, as it is on August 26th, just 4 weeks away. We shall see…in the meantime, I will get ready for the 3 Stories Racing MOONPIE TRACK MEET tomorrow night (I’ll help out, as I am running in the AM) and JACK’S GENERIC sprint triathlon on Sunday…”Where you’re more than a number, you’re a barcode.” What an awesome slogan?!

That is it for me right now. Rather than mulling this over, I am going to enjoy my STONE IPA (Yes, Stone Brewing in San Diego, CA…I LOVE YOUR BEER, you can sponser me if you want…just product will do) and make an omlette for dinner. Happy Thursday. 🙂

Jul200702

Hot Austin1

Posted in Training

I have heard how hot it gets here in Austin (this is my first summer here), and I now believe it. I ran yesterday (long by my standards, 1 hr 30 min) and it was H-O-T. Of course, I went at about 9:30 which was already too ‘late’ to beat the heat. I stopped at the awesome water stops supplied by Run Tex here in town (they supply 2 different water stops all the time, always fully stocked with ice cold water) and still I struggled to finish. I am glad I don’t have a GPS because I don’t think I would have wanted to know my pace! But I just tell myself, ‘It makes you stronger’. Today is a ‘down day’, I did a 4000 swim this morning and a long, easy pull set. It is funny, I get so antsy on ‘easy days’. I will use the evening to do some yoga, something which I love to do but rarely find the time for when training is heavy. I like to get in 1-2 good, solid 30 min- 1 hour sessions/week of a mix of yoga and pilates. Since I don’t strength train, this works for me as excellent stretching and strengthening work, as well as getting the little kinks out from hard training. That is about all I got…I have a friend coming in town Tuesday for 4th of July so I am hammering out work now to prepare to chill out with her! And we may even ‘jump into’ the Firecracker 5k, which is at 8:00 AM July 4th. I figure, a good way to get my speed work in for the week!

Jun200730

Well, I finally started me up a blog. Just keeping up with the Jones’, you know. It is incredible how technology is constantly ramping up, I swear…I have yet to buy an IPOD. Are the outdated yet? Probably.

I wanted somewhere to put down some daily thoughts, just short updates unlike my small novels of race reports. And since this blog thing is free and quite simple, I figured it’d be the perfect segway into a little training ‘journal’.

So I’ll get going on it, and hope to be able to update this daily or at least a few times each week. I hope ya’ll are well and if in Austin, staying out of this heat as much as possible. Today Derick and I took part in a ‘long ride’ together, which ended up being even longer than expected. He flatted about 1:30 into it, and then once we got it fixed, we were hesitant to keep heading out of town with only one spare tube. So, we headed back towards home to ‘re-load’. By then I began feeling pretty ‘bonky’, so well, I got whiney. He got irritated (understandably)…we found ourselves at home about 45 min later, at which point he decided 2:15 was long enough. 🙂 I headed back out for about 1:20 to give myself a 3:30 ride time, which was plenty as I find I am still recovering a bit from Lubbock. Every Saturday I say I’ll get up and ride at 7:30 or 8:00 am, to avoid the heat, why do I never do it? 10:00 rolls around and I am still at home. Next Saturday, I will. And hopefully the comfy bed and the fact that it is a Saturday will not lead me astray from my plans! Tonight we have a friend coming into town, so we’ll take him to my favorite Tex Mex in Austin, Polvos and maybe have a thirst-quenching magarita or two. Tomorrow will be a long-ish run (1:20) and then only 2 weeks until Geneva ITU race in New York!

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