#24hoursinSeattle

7 May

Last weekend, we went up to Seattle. It was super fun but real quick….24 hours quick.  I mentioned in a past post that I was going to a Jasyoga workshop…well it was a teacher training. I wasn’t taking it to become a teacher but hoping that I would have a better sense of how to put together some “practices” for myself.

We drove up to Olympia Friday night and stayed with some friends. Finally got to meet the 9 month old Christopher.


We got to Seattle early enough to go to Top Pot Donuts. I know I know donuts before yoga. Dumb I know! But we are not in Seattle that often and they are delicious!!
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Dan dropped me off and was going to pick me up 6 hours later!!
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Jasyoga has a “mobile” studio so they do not have one of their own. They rented this space which was awesome.
I really enjoyed the workshop. Bree was awesome.
We talked a lot about balance. The yoga solution is: performance, injury prevention, and recovery. We went through practices, discussions, and critical thinking exercise for all the topics.
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We didn’t practice as much as I would have liked. Definitely different than I expected but it was still interesting and I had fun. In other news, Erin(the founder) has just put out a bunch of new videos for balance and for runners so I’m pumped to practice some of those.

Dan picked me up and we headed to Green Lake where there is a 3 mile running loop.
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He ran the warm up lap with me and then I was on my own with some hard work to do for the 2nd/3rd lap.

We had planned to head to the Oiselle store and head home but some friends happen to have a babysitter for the night so we went to dinner with them instead.

Super fun trip. We left early Sunday morning so I could come home and go for a bike ride. If anyone is wondering what Dan did in those 6 hours: I was pretty proud of him. He did a whole shit ton of tourist things. (I was actually kind of jealous):)

One last side note: We are still talking about the Top Pot donuts!!

 

 

 

Outdoor Riding!

3 Apr

Well I’ve had 3 or 4 outdoor rides on the schedule already. All of them I’ve opted to stay inside. It’s just easier. There are no lights. No stop signs. No strollers, kids or dogs getting in the way! I can get on the trainer and ride my time and get off!

Yesterday was the big day! I was going to ride outside! My trainer partner was out of town. I asked other friends. Nobody could ride. I was going solo!!

I went to swim at 9 and my bike was still on the trainer!! I got home at 11:15. I had to eat a second breakfast, knew I had to change the trainer tire, change the battery in my power tap, put the wheel back on….and anyone with a Cervelo knows getting the rear tire is not exactly easy!!

Dan had to go the burbs so he was going to drop me at Athletes Lounge so I could start at an easier location to start the ride.

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I was off. First ride of the year. First solo ride in a long time. The ride was 2 hours and 40 minutes. I wasn’t even sure if I could do the ride in that time. I thought the ride out to the climb was longer and the climb itself (that I was riding 2x) was longer too. Maybe I could ride it in 2:40?!

The ride out was on dirty (hwy) 30. It was good. Flew by pretty seamlessly except for the gravel everywhere!!

I got to Rocky Point (the climb). The ride was really going to begin. It’s hard but good. 3.25 miles about 1200 ft gain!! I was loving the shady spots on the way up but loving the sunny spots on the way down. The way down wasn’t as fun as some other climbs. It’s pretty technical but I got down it pretty fast!!

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I went up it a second time and felt way better. It was almost more fun the second time. I passed a different gal on both trips up. That gave me a bit of motivation to go faster when I saw them and made the pass. I was sure I was faster the second time but I was about a minute slower and averaged about 5 watts less!!

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Just like that I was heading home!! I got back in the same time it took me to get there. (plus I had 2 more intervals to do) Right at 2:40! I stopped my watch and bob and weaved through 5 miles of kids, dogs, and strollers that occupy the waterfront on a sunny day!

Great ride and more confidence to ride again solo!! Just got my schedule for this week and I get to ride this routine again next week with longer intervals after!

Do you prefer to be outside? or on the trainer?

Shamrock 2016

22 Mar

I ran my 9th Shamrock…(8th 15k) last Sunday.  It was a rainy one this year….to say the least!!

Let me first tell you a little bit about my calf “problem.”  I thought it was a fluke. I wasn’t doing anything stupid. I wasn’t running faster than I should have been. I wasn’t running more or over training. If anything I am training less now that I have a coach telling me what to do!

It was sore. I rested. It was better. I started running again. It was sore again. I debated bagging Shamrock. I really wanted to do it but I didn’t want to compromise my calf anymore. The weather was supposed to be shitty!! Like way more shitty than usual. Rainy, windy, no fun!!! But it wouldn’t be the Shamrock run if it wasn’t at least a little rainy.

I didn’t want to go out there and have a crap race, in crap weather, and hinder my run training anymore. I was almost praying that it would be shitty when we woke up Sunday morning and I would have an excuse to say lets just sleep in, instead.

Well it wasn’t even raining when we woke up Sunday morning. We got up. I iced my calf, put some KT tape on it, ate breakfast, and got dressed. We rode our bikes down there with just enough time to walk to the start.

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Dan hasn’t been training too much, so we ran together, took it easy the first couple of miles. There was a huge puddle taking up the entire street we all had to get around about 1/2 mile after the start. (guessing we lost ~15 seconds) It is so funny how people try to avoid puddles. Yes this one was huge and non-avoidable. I get it I don’t want my shoes to be wet either but its raining and suppose to get more rainy and wet as the race goes on!!

My calf was ok. I could feel it a bit but not bad. We started cruising up Broadway at a pretty comfortable pace. (which I think is usually about where I am at but because I am running a little faster these days it was better than years past).:) It was raining pretty good and it was cold. That probably helped my calf.

I lost Dan for a bit. I didn’t really take off but he wasn’t next to me all of a sudden. I hit an aid station and he caught up. We ran together for a short while and that was the last I saw of him.

I really felt pretty good. For not training much on hills, having a solid week of training, the pouring down rain, and this minor calf problem. I was feeling pretty good.

I was at 1:01 at the top of Terwilliger which is the end of the hills. If I remember correctly the last couple of years I have been at about :59 minutes at that point.

I knew it wouldn’t be a PR but I thought we will see how it goes. The downhill was fast. My calf actually felt really good and I was cruising fast!!! It was pouring but still fun!  I didn’t look at my watch until the finish and what do you know I PR’d by 5 seconds!

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It was fun as always. One of these years I will break 1:30. Maybe next year!
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Anyone else do a Shamrock run?

Highlights from January & February!

15 Mar

Wow! March is here and in full force!!

I’ve had a really great start to the new year. I have hired a coach.  I am knee deep into my 7th week of training for Ironman Wisconsin.

TRAINING: has been awesome.  Swimming, biking, and running is going well. I like riding the trainer. Call me crazy but I don’t mind it. We just got a Kickr! It is pretty nice. I told Dan he could use it after September 11th!:)

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I have had  a small set back. I have something going on with my right calf. I took a little time off from running. I thought it was just a fluke and it was definitely on the mend, then it was back. So it is probably time to see a PT.😦

Dan found this article about a calf heart attack. It makes sense but it is 20 years old!

RACES for 2016:
Shamrock 15K
Blue Lake Olympic Triathlon
Coeur d’Alene 70.3
Ironman Wisconsin
Ragnar Hawaii

YOGA: I have been doing some yoga a couple times a week. It is an athlete yoga: Jasyoga. I have a subscription to her videos ($5/month), a total steal.  Lots of videos that are different lengths and different areas to work. I am going to a yoga work shop in Seattle at the end of April. I am pretty excited for that.

FUN STUFF: Painting with Alana and Tiffany
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Tracy’s birthday party and Seth’s birthday party


DESSERTS:
Cheesecake brownies for Super Bowl
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Chocolate chip cookies for Tracy’s birthday
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Caramel/dark chocolate almond/brownies for Valentines Day
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COOKING FEVER: I’m not much into games but I found a fun one. We were hanging with our nieces a couple of weeks ago and the 5 year old introduces me to Cooking Fever. I’m now obsessed. It is supposed to teach you time management. One night I played for an hour straight!:) I used to have to do all my stretching and exercises before I started blogging. Now I have to do all of that before I play “CF”!!

BOMBAS: I’ve always been a Smartwool girl. They are by far my favorite sock. BUT Dan found some socks that he loves and wrote a post about them.  I had a 25% coupon and bought a bunch. They are cheaper than Smartwool and feel as good in my shoes! If you need a coupon let me know.
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Nuun is having a FLASH SALE on some flavors that are going away forever. Shop Here: NUUN!
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What is happening in your world?

RNR AZ 1/2 marathon report

31 Jan

The plan about 6 months ago was to FINALLY run a sub-2 in AZ. Was that a realistic goal? I had no idea.

After I ran a 2:03 in Vancouver, I thought wow could I take another 3 minutes off in 2.5 months?

Then I ran the Holiday Half in December. (I never did a race report. Shocker I know) I ran with some friends and went out way too fast (but faded at the end) but I didn’t really have a plan. I did have fun. It was flatter than Vancouver and I thought what the hell! I took another minute off my PR.

I only had 5 weeks between races. I missed a track work out (thanks to the wind in Vegas at Christmas). My last long run was in the snow and slower/shorter than I wanted it to be. My final mile repeats were not as fast as I wanted nor as fast as the ones before Vancouver.

The new plan was the run with the 2:00 pace group and see how long I could hold on.  I wanted to run a “smarter” race.

We arrived in Phoenix early Friday morning. The weather was great. We hit up the expo. I have a couple of Momentum bracelets. They were at the expo so I got a few more.
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We signed up for next year and I took way too much time trying to decide what I wanted on my bib. I settled on Mrs. Pancake!

Always fun in Phoenix seeing friends and eating at my favorite restaurants!!

Race day: Pre-Race:
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There was a 2:00 pace group at the front of our corral and a 2:00 pace group in front of the next corral.

We were too far away from the first pace group so I said F it I still don’t have a plan. My NEW goal will to be don’t let the 2:00 pace group from the other corral pass me!😉

Dan only ran with me for about a mile. I had no music. The first 2 miles clicked by and didn’t look at my splits. I checked my 3rd/4th mile splits. It wasn’t good. They were like 9:30/9:25. I was on a slight incline. I knew my PR splits were 9:20s. I didn’t think there was anyway I would sub 2. I wasn’t even thinking I would be able to PR. I wasn’t being negative but more realistic.

What I did know was after the big hill at mile 9ish, it was mostly downhill, slight decline, to flat. Maybe there was hope. I caught up to Dan at about 9.5. I couldn’t believe it!!! He didn’t look too hot and said he was out of steam. I said I was still feeling relatively good. (I was working hard…still not really knowing how I was doing). Still positive and really mentally strong. I was having a good race. I just had to keep it going. I told him I was going to keep pushing.

I thought could I actually beat him. I was planning my Facebook post for my victory. At about 11.5/12 he caught back up to me and stayed right in front of me for the rest of the race. I was pushing and it was definitely a negative split. I felt good and had an awesome race whatever the outcome was!!

Well I PR’d by 20 seconds!! (and that 2:00 pace group never passed me)

Post race:
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Not a sub 2 but I was leaving AZ with a PR!! The sub 2 dream will have to wait until after IM Wisconsin. Maybe I should have put sub 2 or bust on next years bib!😉

Top 9+1 in 2015

20 Jan

I always do a re-cap of the year by month but I thought I would just pick my top 10 favorites of 2015.  I thought I better get this done before it was 2017. In no particular order except #1:

I came home with a PR every time I left Canada this year!!

RNR Vancouver!
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Victoria 70.3! I can only hope to be this happy after IM Wisconsin this year!
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Ice cream! Do I need to say more!
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Annual blue berry picking day! Just finished the last of them.
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Getting faster running. Getting more comfortable running fast! It wasn’t the fastest run but we made it work. It snowed a lot the night before!
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The Tilkum Crossing opening! My life is so much easier with this bridge open now! Opening day. I wasn’t the only one excited!
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Phoenix in January! Always fun! Look forward to that trip every year!
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My best friends wedding! Tracy and I both got married this year. What are the odds?
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Spending time with my favorite threesome!
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Girls trip to Portland!! Matchin and Abbey visiting!!
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Getting married to Dan!! Definitely my #1 of the year!! It is hard to believe we were looking at rings at this time last year! One of the best days of my life!!
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What were some of yours faves in 2015??

116x50s

10 Jan

I did the unthinkable on Saturday. My swim group on Saturday always does 100+the year(16) in 50s the first practice of the year. (this year it was the 2nd Saturday)

I had pretty much decided that I was not going to do it but last weekend I talked to my lanemates and they talked me into it.

So the work-out was:
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We quickly got into our lanes and figured out a plan. I was swimming with John, Tim, Kathryn, and Erica.

We took a before picture:

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We practiced last week with a pace line. We led one 50 and then went to the back of the line. So we lead every 5th 50!!

I started us off. I did no warm up because I knew we were swimming 5800 yards. I didn’t really want to do any more than that!! I quickly thought there was no way I was going to be able to get through the entire work out. It was mentally tough from the beginning.

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After about a 1000 I finally felt like I was warmed up. I got into a pretty good groove. We were all working together and pumping each other up.

Tim announced that we were half way done. I wasn’t looking at my watch because I didn’t want to know. But I thought half way  I can probably pull this off!! Feeling good.

I was starting to feel tired and wanting to be done!! I checked my watch and it was 10:03. (we had 28 50s to go). It was getting tough. I was dreading every time I led and trying to draft as much as possible. I wasn’t quite sure what to do about nutrition but I had put some Nuun Plus in my bottle and hoped that would be good enough. The guys had brought some nutrition but there just wasn’t time to get anything down. Next year I will bring 2 bottles.

We all survived and really rocked it!! The 116 minutes went by super fast. It was actually really fun. I wouldn’t want to do it again for a real long time but definitely next year.

The survivors:

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That is the longest I have EVER swam!! CRAZY!! My shoulders and back are pretty sore today but well worth it!

Other highlights of the weekend:

Who watches Last Comic Standing? John Heffron was in town this weekend. He was the winner of Season 2 and he is hysterical!!!  Definitely worth going to the 10pm show even with a big swim the next morning.

This was one of our favorite bits. This is just an audio of it and its even funnier if you can see him “acting” it out. (I searched for a while and couldn’t find a clip)

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This morning our triathlon store: Athlete’s Lounge put on a pancake run.  We set off for a nice Sunday run. The sun was out and it wasn’t super cold. A pretty good group showed up.

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We did 7.15 miles and pancakes afterwards. Super fun!!

 

How was your weekend? Do you watch Last Comic Standing??

 

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