Jul200711

Yep, I finally did it. I bought an IPod. For all these years, I have thought how ridiculous they are, why are they necessary? We have CD’s, we can play our music, even put it into our computer and chill out while working. But an IPod? So I can be connected to my music while running, cycling, reading, travelling, etc…? Not necessary. But I finally gave in, however I have to admit that my …good gosh, at least 12-year old…Sony radio walkman has served me well! But I am afraid it will have to move over to my new toy. Well, it is actually not a real IPod but a Sansa. Whatever it is, it holds 2,000 songs and they are all to my liking. 🙂

Part of the reason I broke down is that I leave Thursday for Geneva, New York for a race on Saturday. This is an ITU race, draft-legal style format. I figured, what they hey, I have not raced these in about 2-3 years and I used to do only ITU racing. It will be a fun change for once, to actually get to draft on the bike. I have a homestay (whereby nice people open up their homes to allow me to stay! And helps immensely as it saves me 3 nights of a hotel!) and I am looking forward to a lot of Kelly-Time. The race is not until Saturday at 3:00 PM EST, so this gives me a plethora of time to chill out before-hand and get good and nervous! I found myself doing just that the past few days, but then I told myself that, well, this is not ‘my thing’ anymore…I am completely sold on the longer racing! I am so looking forward to racing in Racine, Wisconsin on July 22nd, this will just be a fun little ‘tune-up’.

Now that my bike is packed (yes, a day early), I will continue to download music into my ‘Sansa-Pod’. Gotta take care of all the important stuff, right?

Jul200704

Started the day bright and early (well, not too bright, gloomy and rainy) to do the Run Tex Freedom 5k this morning. My friend Emily came in last night from 2 days on the road and, well she wanted to do it! So I obliged. We took off from our house around 7:30, drove near the start and then jogged in. Picked up our chips, chatted to some friends and by 8:00 (8:15?) we were off. It is one heck of a lovely day here for July 4th, rain rain rain! It just won’t stop. But that is ok, if there is anything I enjoy doing in the rain (besides swimming) it is running.

We took off and I felt good, strong the first mile. But I tried to keep it under control, as my approach was that this was just a really good Tempo workout. I came through mile 1 in 5:40 (someone was calling out the pace, I never start my watch) which was good but not terribly fast. Then I got passed by a girl, she just cruised by me! I didn’t like that. But, I also knew that in a 5k I usually don’t have ‘another gear’ so I just kept her right in front of me. We turned around and then came to mile 2 in what they said as 11:15, which meant…wow! I dropped my pace to a 5:35 second mile. I then moved past the woman leading, which I was fortunately able to do with ‘relative’ ease, and finished with anything I had left. I came through in a 17:41, which I’ll take! I think my best time is around 17:20-17:30 so that is no too far off, for a bit of a last minute race decision and running on somewhat tired legs. Emiliy and her brother Eddie finished right around 22 minutes, only 3 seconds apart! Eddie beat Emily, I don’t know why she let him do that. 🙂 In any case it was a fun start to the 4th! I’ll hit up a hard-ish bike ride later and then we’ll prep for our big bash, which we plan to grill out for. We’ll see, hopefully mother nature gives us a small window this evening of good weather! Happy 4th to ya’ll, from Austin. Yee-Haw. And thanks for reading!

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!

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