Next Year?! Already!!

30 Sep

I can’t believe tomorrow is October 1st!! My “fun” year really has flown by!! I am trying to make some decisions about next year but it literally changes!  I thought I would definitely do another Ironman in 2016. Well then I wasn’t sure that I really wanted to do one.  Was my heart really in it or was I just doing one to do one?!

I originally wanted to do one because Dan was starting a MBA program and I thought he would be busy enough that I could keep myself busy by training for an IM.

(Quite a few months ago) It started with doing IM Chattanooga.  That idea went out the door about as quick as it came in the door. I like the idea of the down stream fast swim. But I don’t like the idea of 4 extra miles on the bike. Isn’t 112 long enough? I have some friends that are “seasoned” IM that did Chat last weekend and sounds like a pretty hard run.

(August–through the end of August) When Chat went out the door, the idea of doing Victoria 70.3 or C’DA 70.3 was a good one. I could be more serious next year, train hard, and see what I could do. Then Dan mentioned Boulder 70.3 which is the same weekend as Victoria. That got me seriously interested!!

I saw Jenny one night and I mentioned Boulder. She mentioned IM Cozumel! Man I was in trouble!! Could I be back on the IM train? A salt water swim doesn’t sound appealing though!

Well just about the time I was looking into Boulder, Jen did IM Copenhagen and posted her race report. I was definitely back on the Ironman train, followed IM Cope on FB, and told Dan we were going to Europe for a race-cation.

After a few days of that settling in I thought well maybe I should go back to just doing halfs next year and build up to IM Cope for 2017. YES that is what I was going to do. Back to Boulder!!

(Beginning of Sept) On a walk with Erica one day, she mentioned that Nik was thinking about IMAZ.  Well I probably shouldn’t talk to anyone about any races ever!!  Literally the next day, Dan was studying and he hadn’t even started school yet, I wanted to go out. He needed to study.

I DECLARED I was definitely doing an Ironman next year. BUT which one. I love the idea of AZ because I could potentially PR. Timing is OK. AS much as I would love to go to Phoenix in November, there is ZERO chance I can go to volunteer/sign up.  So that pretty much leaves Community Fund which has gone up drastically since the payment I made for Ironman Canada in 2009!

After Erin’s amazing race in Wisconsin, I thought about that race for about 5 seconds!! I have heard Madison is awesome. But I need a race that has less gain on the bike. I love rolling courses. But Wisconsin is a little more than I want to swallow for 2016.

I have now begun to think about a spring marathon. If indeed I decide that I want to do a late IM, a spring marathon could be on the table. Run all winter and when the weather gets nice go outside. Sounds amazing right?!  Flying Pig is on my radar!!

What is wrong with me?? I need a hobby that can get me through the off-season so I stop thinking about races!! ;)

I have to think what is totally realistic for me in 2016. BUT who really wants to do that!! The only thing that is set for 2016 is RNR AZ 1/2 marathon (always) and Ragnar Hawaii!! Yes, you read that right, an ultra relay on the big island! Which brings up another bit of “how am I going to use my PTO” next year.

I thought it would be pretty awesome to go to Kona early for IM championship the weekend before and then Ragnar Hawaii is the weekend after! Perfect timing right!! Well that would be a huge chunk of my PTO! Decisions decisions!! I hate to fly all the way to Hawaii for just a few days! But it could be a nice run block going into IMAZ. Just sayin’!!

Just talking out loud here!! I will keep you posted on what I finally decide on! What are your plans for next year?

Pints To Pasta 10K Race Report!

27 Sep

#9 Pints to Pasta in the books!! I am going to try to make this short and sweet. It was a fun race but much different then years past!!

About 4 days before the race it came to my attention that the course had been modified. It was no longer downhill to flat with a few ups. Last years report had a good telling of the terrain. It was now flat with a few ups to long uphill with a few steep downhills to the end. Not exactly the fast and flat course it has been in the past. (more on this in a minute)

I find a few Oiselle birds to hang with while waiting for the shuttle. Now in years past there are what seem like 50 shuttles. This year we quickly found out there were literally only a few!! like 5!! for hundreds and hundreds of people to get across town!

Liz who went 6th Overall and Tammy 4th in her AG

Liz who went 6th Overall and Tammy 4th in her AG

We waiting over an hour for a shuttle. It was the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard of/seen at a race. This is a pretty big race and one that has been going on for 15 years or so. Not sure what they were doing with the shuttles this year. They pushed back the start a few times. But finally let the first pack go at about 7:50. We were on the shuttle at that time and saw them go. It was really weird and funny!!!

I was meeting Erica at the start line. She waited for me so we could run together!
You can see the start line behind us with no one there. We walked to the start line and with a very anti-climatic start we went over the timing mat and started our Garmins! It was the weirdest start to any race I have ever run!!!

We ran and chatted and ran and chatted. It was some what fast. Erica had a baby about 10 weeks ago so this was her first race back!! She was just happy to be out there!! The sun was out and it was an awesome morning to be running!! I was happy to be running “fast.” I wasn’t looking at my watch. I wanted to run on feel. I had a hard running week because this wasn’t my big race. I am more focused on RNR Vancouver.

The long uphill I talked about before is part of the long downhill on the Shamrock run. We were talking about how we wished it was March and we were running down this stretch instead of up it!! :)

Erica took off at about 4.5 miles. I tried to keep her in my sights. I started my music and just tried to keep the pace up. I saw Dan at about mile 6. Told him I hated the new course!
Finished with a big smile on my face. It was fun as usual especially running it with Erica!! But I hope they change the course back!!

Met up with all the birds afterwards!!

Until next year OR MAYBE NOT!!


16 Sep

Funny thing about motivation is I am pretty good about having it!! But after Hood To Coast this year, I was seriously lacking it!

I sent this to Ilana:
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Luckily Dan and I went for a great run the night after I sent that text! Ilana and I had an awesome 10 miler that Saturday. It was the fastest 10 miles I have done in a while. AND it felt really good!!

I have been on fire since. Track work outs, hill repeats, a solo 12 miler before work. I just need to keep the motivation and momentum alive!! I have been using music more often. I do that more in the “off” season then when I am training for a triathlon. But sometimes that gets me out the door faster too! :)

Only 6 weeks until RNR Vancouver! Which I am super pumped about!!!

September is the bike commute challenge! I have biked every day but once!! Woot woot!!!
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I haven’t done much of anything else. No swimming since my last tri. Cycling is really only to work. Now that the new bridge is open I am in heaven! I don’t even know what it is. It is shorter but not by much. I went from 7.5 to 5.9 miles one way.

We have hit a cold front but good news for me the wind isn’t as bad as when its warm. Which I find really funny but its cold for more part of the year than it is warm so I will take it!

I need to start doing yoga more and I am thinking about a new masters swim which could be interesting. I think if I could get into a habit of those things I would be better off!! Who couldn’t use more yoga in their life?!

Do you listen to music while you run? How do you keep yourself motivated?

Hood TO Coast like NO other year!

31 Aug

I ran Hood To Coast for my 5th year in a row this weekend. It was super fun as usual! BUT very different from any other year!

We had a very early start time. Much earlier than any other year!! 6:15AM! I was in a slight predicament. I didn’t have the day off of work. I thought we would start at 9, 10 or 11. I was runner #11 so I figured I wouldn’t run until the evening anyway! We received our start times and I came to the realization that I would be running at about 3! Long long story short I got off work at 2. Took an Uber to exchange 10 right before Bird Legs was going to hand off to me!
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Just like that I’m with Stupid was on leg 11 and I was off running!
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Leg 11: 2:45pm. 4.51 Miles. 9:46 avg/miles. It was hot-ish and humid. It was sunny one minute and cloudy another. It was flat and boring. I talked to a few people which was fun. There was one particular guy who I ran with that I talked to for a bit but stayed with for quite a while. I was just trying to keep his pace. At the exchange he said thanks for pacing me. I thought he was pacing me! I just think he didn’t want me to pass him! :)

We headed to the Hawthrone bridge to pick up Tiffany and exchange with van 1!
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Meeting up with Van 1 at exchange 12!
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Saw David and had to get a picture!!!
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Went back to Jeff’s place for pizza, lounging, and game shows before it was time to head out again!!

We were back on the road and ready for the rain. Maybe!
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Leg 23: 1:50am. 4.2 miles. 9:28 avg/miles. NIGHT leg! Favorite leg. It was rolling hills. It was fun. I kept a good pace. It started to sprinkle the last couple of minutes and then really started to come down for a few, just as I was handing off to Tiffany!

The traffic is usually pretty heavy during these legs. In past years the runner would have to run up the exchange as the van was still sitting in traffic.
This year we had a lot of smooth sailing. The next test was getting to Jewel once we handing off to van 1 again.

I fell asleep almost immediately but we proceeding to get to Jewel faster than any other year. With time to catch a few winks before it was time to leave again!

It was raining but didn’t seem to be too bad. The lightening was crazy. I could see it with my eyes closed! It died off while we were asleep.

Just like that it was 8ish and we were off and running again. It started to rain right before Ashley(runner 7) and Jeff(8) exchanged. The clouds were moving FAST! It was pouring and felt bad for Jeff. It was super crazy. I was driving and the wind shield wipers were not moving fast enough!!

Dan went out for a long haul. This leg is always so awful because it is so HOT! Well not so much this year. It poured for the first couple of miles but then it was just windy!! Kara went out for a short but very windy run.

SHIT!!! It was my turn again and I was nervous!!!
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This was my longest leg. I felt good but I was waiting for Kara and the wind was absolutely bonkers!!

Leg 35. 11:30am. 6.9miles. 10:39 avg/miles. Rolling uphill/flat. I went off and I was immediately in a head wind. I am not talking a faint at heart little headwind. I am talking a headwind that is literally making you feel like you are on a treadmill with nowhere to go.

A gal had gone off a few minutes before me. I started off and thought maybe I will try to catch up to her. She was definitely right at my pace because I was not gaining on her at all. It was so hard. We eventually were on gravel which is not easy either. She stopped to a walk a few times and I gained just a bit those times.

I finally caught her about 2.5 miles to go. We chatted and she had music playing out loud. I secretly wished it was something I liked better!! :) It was a nice distraction though.

It could easily be the hardest leg I have ever run. EVER! I have no idea how fast the wind was blowing but somewhere between 29mph (when I checked hours later) to 80mph (what the news was saying). I felt like I was going nowhere. It was miserable! I am pretty sure I could have done that leg faster in the heat!!  I finished with my new friend who said lets “sprint” to the exchange with I don’t know 100 meters to go. WTF?! She gave me a hug afterwards and said thanks!! I was finished!! That is all that I cared about!!

We got word that the finish line was shut down at about leg 31. We heard it was crazy. These pictures don’t even do it justice!
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It certainly was different from any other years. BUT this “off the cuff” finish was so much easier. All the teams were just running through the finish with their runner. It was perfect. In years past we would have to stand around in corrals and wait to be called up to the finish line.

Van 1 decided to head back to Portland early! It was sad not to get a team picture. But I wouldn’t have wanted to wait around either!

Tiffany finished us off with a smile on her face and her first relay under her belt!
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We finished in 31 hours 10 minutes!! Another adventure in the books!!!
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Tired and delirious!
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Until next year!!

August is in FULL Swing!

22 Aug

Some how it has gotten to be August 22. It has been a fun summer and I am definitely not happy to see the days dwindling down. Since my last post I have not been to the pool once. I have hung my swim suit, pull buoy, and paddles out to dry. I haven’t been on my Cervelo lately. I don’t have any real desire to go for a ride when I spending 60ish miles in the saddle commuting to work every week. But my run shoes have seen a ton of miles!

I have been gearing up for Hood To Coast which is next weekend. I am excited for my 5th installment of running this race. I have steadily been prepping for it for the last month. I am finally feeling “decent” when running in the heat. I have done quite a few doubles.

This is what I have been dealing with on my “evening” runs:

In fact I ran to work and home twice this week. I have to say that it was a nice break from the bike commuting. There was a fair bit of prep to be done though. I took clothes/lunches the day before so I would only have to run with my phone/keys. I actually wish I would have started doing this a while ago. I have been running than biking to work and home then dreading going for another run. It is much more time efficient to just run to work!! :)

I’ve had some great long runs with Ilana!!
I did an awesome long run on my own today. It was hilly and hard. My average pace was faster than any of my other runs this week! #gofigure

I met up with some Oiselle ladies for an easy run a few weeks ago. Of course their easy pace is my tempo pace. I actually wish we would get together more often. I know I would get faster just by doing that every week. Liz hosted a pancake breakfast afterwards which was super fun!

Dan hurt his back a few weeks ago so we have done a bunch of walking! We walked to Target the other night (and stopped at Ben & Jerry’s on the way)!
Totally ridiculous. My cone was as big as my head and it was melting like crazy!! #icecreamaddictproblems
But what really matters is that walking is almost harder than running. I guess because you are on your feet longer?!?!

The Tilikum Crossing is opening September 12th. #20daycountdown I can’t wait because that will cut about 2 miles off my commute!!! Can.NOT.Wait!!

They had a “preview” opening a couple of weekends ago. Everyone could ride their bike or walk across it. It was super fun and hot that day!!! It is a transit bridge only. Public transit, peds, and bikes. NO cars!!

Another August highlight is we canned last weekend!
We made 56 jars of salsa. (3 types) We made 18 jars of marinara sauce that we are going to freeze. Jamie didn’t have a good experience canning marinara sauce last year. I couldn’t find a recipe that didn’t have sugar. We had tomatoes for days so we decided to cook up a ton of sauce and forget the “canning” process. So much easier and faster but annoying to have to put in the freezer!

How’s your August shaping up?

Rolf Prima OLY Race Report

6 Aug

Well since I am the worst blogger on earth. Here is my race report from my race that was 12 days ago. :)
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Dan and I headed down to Cottage Groove (~100miles south of Portland) Friday evening and set up camp at about 9:30. We hit the sleeping bags pretty quick after that for an early morning wake up call.

Saturday morning. All the regular before race stuff. Dan was doing the sprint and it started at 8. I did the olympic and it didn’t start until 8:30 or so.
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Gotta love small races. Check in was easy. Set up was easy! Short portie potty line!
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I have a problem pumping up my tires because of my wheels. It is kind of a problem but I thought there would be a mechanic there and they can always fix it. Well there wasn’t one so I was going to suffer with low pressure. I don’t think it was awful but what if the pressure had been better! Who knows! Really the only bad thing about a small race!

Dan went down to the start. I finished up getting my wetsuit on and chatted with Heather.
We cruised down to the water and the first sprint guys were coming out of the water. Who stops right next to me…Jesse Thomas…and asked if he was going to win. (I thought he was supposed to be racing) We chatted for a bit and Lauren (Fleshman) and their son came over and we chatted for a bit longer then it was time to go swim.

Swim! (28:08) It was a little chopping. It wasn’t as big of a deal as it “looked!” but all in all it was a pretty good swim. I tried to do some drafting and pushing hard at the end. I came out of the water about 27:30 but you have to run up the ramp to transition so that added time.

T1! (1:24) Fast! Another benefit of a small race!

Bike! (1:15) I wanted to push hard and that is what I did. Heather passed me at about 3.5miles and we leap frogged and talked for the bulk of the ride. It was fun. Flat to mild rollers. I loved the course. The weather was perfect. It was cool and cloudy exactly how I like it on race day!! I had just gotten a new Garmin and had not set it up! #rookiemistake #stupid I really had no idea how to gauge how I was doing on the ride. But I thought this is just for fun!! Again a little slower than I would have liked but felt good.

T2! (:56) I saw Dan cause he had already finished! Fast!! It would have been faster but I couldn’t find my place in transition. Not sure what I was doing! ;)

Run! (59:39) It was still cool outside. I was pushing it from the beginning. It was hard. It was flat. I was using up a lot of mental strength on that one! Maybe I had biked too hard or was running too hard right off the bat.
I was cheering on everyone in front of me and then everyone in back of me after the turn around. I had a really fun time but it was hard!! Right about mile 4 I got a side stitch and i slowed down. I walked for about 10 seconds and then I walked through the aid station at mile 4.5. It felt better after that! At about 5.5 maybe you can see the finish line. Maybe closer than that because I think I saw 56 mins on my watch and really wanted to come in sub 1hr! I pushed and made it!!!

Another reason to do small races. The race director says everyone names as they come across the finish! They had lots of food, massage and a raffle.

I found Dan and Heather. We went to check results and Heather had placed 2nd in her AG and I had placed 3rd. WHOA!! Gotta love small races.

I won a Blue Seventy transition bag!! I am wondering how much it is worth and what I can sell it for!! ;) It is nice!!

We stayed for the awards! It was fun!!!

Another race bites the dust!! I will definitely be back!! I am just afraid that it will probably be hot the next time!! Blair and the Best In The West Crew does an awesome job of putting on a great race!

We went into Eugene for lunch and dessert!! We made a big fire when we got back to camp. We ate dinner, played cards, and made s’mores!

Have you every camped before a race?

The Summer of not training for anything BIG!

18 Jul

Well I am not sure how July has come and almost gone. Where does the time go!!

I had almost nothing on the schedule after Victoria. I have Hood To Coast at the end of August and RNR Vancouver 1/2 marathon. I really wanted to do another 70.3 but I didn’t really know if I wanted to keep training. This was my “fun” year after all. I also liked the idea of doing a short race. Maybe doing some speed work?!

After some thought I picked an olympic race that also had a sprint race because Dan wanted to train for a short race. So I had 6 weeks to recover and get some speed training in to “race” an olympic.

Well it was good thinking. I haven’t really trained like I wanted to. Don’t get me wrong but I have been training but I pictured it going a little bit different!!

We have one more “big” training day tomorrow, we will taper this week and race next weekend! I am excited we are going to camp for the weekend. I have heard it is an awesome smallish race. Excited!

It has also been crazy wedding season. We went to 3 wedding 3 weekends in a row.
We found Young & Hungry to watch on Netflix. We watched the first 2 seasons. It was awesome. It was like an old school sit-com with a laugh-track. Kind of like Three’s Company. I probably liked it more than Dan but he tolerated it!! :)
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What else do you when you don’t have to spend the entire weekend working out?!

Go to brunch!
Go to the farmers market!!
Go to the movies! Train wreck!! Funny!!
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Cooking and Baking!
broccolini pasta
coconut chocolate chip cookies
peanut butter chocolate overnight oats

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What have you been up to this summer? Has anyone seen Young & Hungry?


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