Monday, June 28, 2010

Adjustments and Firsts

Can't believe how long it has been since I posted. I guess the adjustments I have been making are part of it. A little over a month ago, I was working full time, triathlon training before and after work, and had a son in Kindergarten all day. Today, I am unemployed, triathlon training when I can get it in, and have a son home on summer vacation. My hat goes off to stay-at-home moms because I'm going crazy trying to keep my son occupied. Right now I have a few minutes to blog because he's watching some TV, but you can only do so much of that. Luckily, he starts his summer program tomorrow, so that will be a sanity saver for both of us.

As for the "firsts," I've had a few in the last few weeks:

First Open Water Swim...almost
My first open water swim was scheduled for June 12, but it was cancelled due to bad weather. I was signed up to do the YMCA Oneida Shores Open Water Swim race. I signed up for the 800 yd race. I had swum that distance plenty of times in the pool, but it is amazing how long it really looks when its in a lake. I was very nervous wondering if I could actually do it. I kept telling myself, "You HAVE done it!" but I still had that little voice inside my head making me doubt myself. I'm not sure if I was more relieved or disappointed when they cancelled it. I still get my packet and shirt, but I wasn't too sure I should wear the shirt since I didn't actually participate in the swim. A few days later I actually did my first open water swim, so I won't feel so bad wearing the shirt.

First Triathlon...sort of
It wasn't an actual race and it wasn't all that long, but I DID do all three parts of the tri. This was part of the CNY Triathlon Club's Wednesday night training series at Oneida Shores. Once again, bad weather was threatening, but it stopped right before we headed out. It wasn't the prettiest thing to watch, but I did it and it will get better each time I do it. The one thing I was REALLY impressed with was how friendly and encouraging everyone was. Every time a more experienced triathlete passed me, they had words of encouragement. I had heard about how the triathlon community was like this, but it was even better to experience it first hand.

First Open Water Swim in the St. Lawrence
I brought my wetsuit to the in-laws last weekend and I got into the water there for a half hour swim. The water was so clear compared to Oneida Lake. Had the hubby follow me in the kayak to make sure no boats or jet skis ran me over. Will be back there this weekend, so I'm looking forward to doing it again.

First Flat Tire
This is one first I wish I didn't experience. But, I suppose it was good so I could get the practice. Saturday Syracuse Bicycle had a pre-ride on the Iron Girl course, so I went out for that. Part way through I noticed that I was slowing down and the culprit was my front tire going down. I was able to stop two times to pump it back up to get me back to the van. By the time I was home, the tire was completely flat. Was able to give my hubby a lesson on tire changing in the process. So, thank you Coach Kelly for the tire changing lesson!!!!!

Well, better find something for the boy to do. Happy training and TTFN! 40 days until Iron Girl...YIKES!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sad Monday

I felt really sad yesterday and I don't know why. Was it because I...
A) had no energy because I skipped Sunday's swim workout? (Note to Coach Kelly in case you're reading this: I REALLY needed to take care of clutter taking over my house and, since I'm doing the open water swim Saturday which wasn't on our workout calendar, I figured that could take the place of Sunday's swim. Sound good?)
B) am getting scared about my job situation...or I should say LACK OF A job situation?
C) have reached out to people in my network for help and heard nothing back from them?
D) saw no weight loss this week?
E) am nervous about Saturday's open water swim?
F) all of the above?

I think the overwhelming answer is F. A lot of stuff is starting to pile on my nerves and when that happens, I usually get depressed. So, I did what every triathlete in training does when they want to clear their head...I went for a run.

I decided to run at Onondaga Lake Park to be by the water. My spirits are always lifted when I'm near water. I know this happens to most people...I wonder why? I should move to the lake then I'll have water access 24/7. That will be on my list of things to do once I have a job!

After my run, for a moment, I actually started to look forward to the open water swim on Saturday. I'm nervous about it, but in the end, I might just LOVE swimming in the open water. I pretty much grew up on Oneida Lake, so I should feel at home in the water. Besides, I'll take the smell of lake water of chlorine ANY DAY!

So, after my run, I was off to my pool swim. Ugg! I hate chlorine! After a swim in the pool my nose runs and I sneeze for hours. A noseplug helped a bit, but it hasn't been working as well lately. Maybe its getting loose? Toward the end of the workout I actually had to stop half way down the length of the pool to tread water and sneeze. I'm just a mess I tell you!

The swim workout was OK. I struggled with my drills, but I can tell I'm making progress with my new stroke...very SLOW progress. I just need to be patient because I know there will be some regression when you make corrections to your stroke like I did. It will come with time...hopefully within 60 days from today!

Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning I did some work on resumes and job searching. Hopefully this will produce something for me. Needed a break late Tuesday morning and headed out for my hour long bike ride. Holy wind Batman! Did all I could to stay upright. Hopefully there will be little wind come race day because it stinks!

Well, better do some more job searching.

TTFN! 60 days till Iron Girl!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Sun has Set on Another Memorial Day Weekend at "The Bay"

This weekend marked the unofficial start to summer which is kind of scary. When I first signed up for Iron Girl back on New Year's Eve, there were over 200 days to go. as of today, there are only 67...YIKES! Will I be ready? god, I hope so! Will I make a fool of myself? God, I hope not! OK, I need to stop worrying and start feeling good about what I've accomplished!

So, back to what I accomplished this weekend. I felt great after a 50 min run on the treadmill and some strength training at the Y on Friday. We loaded up the van with my bike and our things then headed north to Alexandria Bay. I was looking forward to riding and running in some different surroundings.

Friday night I had a scare that my training would be put on hold for awhile because of an injury from my dog. He was on a leash sitting quietly beside me when he decided that he had enough with a little dog snarling at him. He lunged at the dog and I did all I could to hold him back. In the last year he has gained 10 pounds and is now up to 95 pounds. In the last few months, I have lost 13 pounds and am down don't think I would actually give you my weight, do you? Anyway, I was in sandals which gave me no traction at all. As he was lunging, he was using my feet as launching pads and digging his claws into my skin. When the commotion was over, I was left with a large scratch on my left foot and some bloody cuts and a huge bruise on my right:

It was very sore and I wondered how I would do with cycling shoes and sneakers the next two days.

During the night I woke up a few times feeling pain in my feet. I couldn't believe I might be sidelined because of my dog! Saturday was my cycling day and I was able to get the shoe on. I wasn't sure I would be as lucky with the pounding of a run on Sunday, but after continuing to nurse my wounds, I was able to get a 30 min run in on Sunday. The biggest "problem" I had during my run was avoiding the horse poop left behind by the Amish buggies. I wonder what they think of me when they see me running in my tank top, shorts, and iPod. They must be horrified to see a woman doing that!

Monday was a day off from training, so I worked on my tan and took a VERY QUICK dip to cool off in the St. Lawrence River with water temps in the 60s...BRRRRRR!

Memorial Day
Since its Memorial Day, this is a good time to do my 3 G's since they wouldn't be possible without the freedoms I have:

* I'm an American
* Family and friends who care about me
* A roof over my head and food on my plate
* Coach Kelly's guidance
* Other women to train with: I've always felt lost because a lot of women I know don't "get me" because they have no interest in fitness, athletics, and sports like I do. I feel content when I am with the women I'm training with because they're like me and "get me"
* My in-laws: I joke about them often (most of it deserved!), but how can you complain when you can visit them in Florida and do yoga here

and in Alexandria Bay and do open water swimming, biking, and running here

1) Get negativity out of my head
2) Improve my swim stroke
3) Improve my core strength
4) Lose a few more pounds
5) Find a job!

Game Plan:
1) More mental exercises like I did with Coach Kelly
2) Practice 6 Kick Switch, Catch, and Fist drills
3) Continue Core Conditioning class and start doing yoga
4) More veggies, salads, etc.
5) Keep plugging away!