Sunday, November 25, 2007

"injury phase" wrap up

so this post is mostly about wrapping up my "injury phase" and moving on to my "preparation phase". throughout my broken arm situation, i've actually been pretty consistent maintaining some basic fitness..although i hadn't swum or been on my bike outside, i've put in a solid hour, sometimes a little more six days a week doing some form of cardio. usually about once a week, i would do 1:30 or 1:45 but the last time i did anything endurance-wise over 2 hours was the bike crash ride in september...but, overall i've put in some solid trainer sessions, spin classes, some elliptical (lame....not my fave), treadmill, and now roads and trails.
this past weekend was also my first time out on the road and over 2 hrs in over 2 months (i just went to fiesta island- a flat, one way loop with little traffic) to get back onto the bike. i will start swimming again in december...

here's what i did this week:
sunday: 1 hr. trail run w. triathlon club of san diego- 7+ miles & 10 min core
monday: trainer workout- 1:30- spinervals DVD and my own other stuff thrown & 10 min core
tuesday: 1 hr spin class & strength-legs (15 min- weighted squats, lunges, & plyo stuff)
wednesday: 8.5 mile slow run with my buddy chris from san diego track club
thursday: 1 hr. on the trainer
friday: off
saturday: brick: 2 hr ride on fiesta island- first time on the road since accident in september. no hills, nothing big, just getting used to riding. 35 minute run (one loop 4.3 mi. of fiesta island
sunday: 11 mile trail run with a group from the San Diego Triathlon Club

my training over the next 9 weeks is going to be run focused and slowly building back bike and swim. i decided to sign up for the carlsbad half marathon- it will be my first! more on that and the plan for 2oo8 in my next post.

this month, there is another de soto ad in the december Inside Triathlon (p.64)
and they sent me a dealer CD of the new 2008 line that is kind of like the electronic catalog. here are some pictures from there

Monday, November 5, 2007

Maui part 2- wrapping it up...(and gnarly gnees)

i'd would just like to say that i think that i am a fantastic spectator...tattooed and all for james' big race.. the whole trip to maui was excellent, and my race was fun, but the best part was definitely race day watching xterra worlds...the day was perfect. absolutely beautiful and the temperature felt nice to me, but i's sure it was blazing on the course...
james had an incredible race for his second season of triathlon. right up there with the pros:
39th Overall
8th Amateur (2nd American)
4th AG (1st American)
the most incredible part is that he beat his course time from '06 by over 20 minutes! i just looked over the splits and his year-to-year improvement is just insane- last year his bike split was 92nd and this year it was 43rd. that's pretty much 50 more dudes he smoked on the bike this year....i think i've found me a bike coach :). hopefully if i keep cheering him on at races he won't drop me too often :) ..enough's some pictures

the swim......the support crew...james has a traveling band of shaven dudes that hang together at all their xterra races...the band have their wives and relatives..a great group to hang out with during race time...and wait and wait and wait and think every guy that passes is one of "ours"- its actually pretty comical sometimes.....lots of girls asking, "is that him?" ...sort of like those "can you hear me now?" commericals.

almost there, 10 yds to go....
james after the race. seriously....that's some grime
okay...that's the end of the maui trilogy...

and just a little gross addition. my gnarly gnees 1 week post orange-cone episode..see, i wasn't kidding about the wipeout...not very lady-like, i know...
and just a last little picture i took this past weekend in darien, ct, (been logging some serious travel hours) -the view from my grandma's porch looking over holly pond. she died last week and this sunset is almost as awesome as she was....a great one to remember her by- though she is one that would be real tough to forget.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Maui, part 1.....xterra trail run- race report

this kid does hill repeats between nap and snack time....

last weekend i went to maui, hi to watch james kill it in the xterra world championships. we arrived on friday and went for a quick jog in the neighborhood of kihei where we were staying.
we quickly scoped out a bunch of local coffee shops and fish taco spots. it was nice to get outside since i'd been holed up all week in san diego from the wildfires.
here's a pit stop on the run.....pretty much says, "welcome to maui, biatch!"
after the run, we headed to the race site at the maui prince hotel.
as we headed down to the race site, i got the race bug and decided to sign up for the xterra maui makena beach 10k trail run. the run follows the exact run course of the full xterra and is actually 11k of serious climbs, beach running, lava rocks and coral....not your PR type of cruiser- the overall winner finished in 46+ minutes. the xterra trail run series is actually just starting to pick up speed and next year they have regional and national points series and a world championships in 2008. i had never really thought about trail running competitively, but given my recent hip stress fracture, running on surfaces that are more forgiving than concrete would be pretty good for me and i thought i'd check it out.
so here's on earth did that race packet get in my hand?!?

i was stoked for the race, but given my broken arm and just having gotten the ok to "jog" the week prior, i told myself i'd take it easy, especially in tricky spots like downhills and rocky stuff. so we picked up the race packets, headed for an early dinner at jawz fish tacos (they have one serious salsa bar- corn salsas, melon salsas, all of it), hit the jacuzzi with a glass of wine, checked out the perfect sunset and made it an early night.

race day
saturday i got up early and headed to the race site in time to get in a good 15 minute warm-up. since the whole thing was last minute and i really wanted to take it easy, i was completely mellow and didn't even think about the run until the gun went off. once the race started, it was on. as much as i try to hold back, i get this thing in my head where i just go. my plan after the start was to open it up for the first mile that was on pavement. i figured this was the "safest" part of the run and a surface i was used to. i started out in a pack near the front but not all the way up. i was keeping a good pace behind 3 guys and feeling great. all of a sudden, i was flat out on my face on the pavement. I RAN OVER A FREAKING ORANGE CONE AND FACE PLANTED. during this minute or so of shock, i assessed the damage- arm didn't feel good, and knees were really scraped up and bloody. during this time, 2 women and a bunch of men passed me. i decided to keep going. damage was done, right? but, i was slower and more cautious than had the accident not happened. i just wanted to make it to the end. the whole thing slowed me down a lot and i felt sort of traumatized the rest of the race realizing that my arm was not perfect and it was a dumb move to race before it was healed...i can't say i wasn't warned.. but of course this all happens on the most innocuous part of the course, not even some gnarly trails....ASPHALT. CONE. EMBARRASSINGLY HILARIOUS...IS IT REALLY POSSIBLE TO BE THIS ACCIDENT PRONE?
so the race goes on. after the asphalt debaucle, the course gets legitimate and i spent the next 2 miles climbing up a mountain, then hit some sections of lava rocks, 2 brutal beaches, the "spooky" forest and over some coral and past a golf course for the final stretch.
glad to be finished:

these are the results:

finishing time: 54:26
21/172 overall
6th female overall
1st in age group (20-29).. i got to go up on a real podium for the first time ever! and i got 2 lbs of kona coffee (score!) and some gift certificates to a local cafe...

i learned some things at this race:

1) don't race until you are healed. racing semi injured is dumb. listen to other people...they may know your limits better than you do.

2) even if i say i'm going to take it easy to everyone else and to myself before a race, i will not take it easy. i do not have this ability.

3) i have only run a handfull of times since march. no trails, no hills, no long runs over an hour. i still did pretty well by winning my age group after a bad fall and setback of at least a minute or two...if i train, i think i can do a lot better. i just need to train smart

4) i need to get serious about planning 2008: as i try to plan out next year, i want to do a combination of triathlons, stand alone road running races to get some base times (i've only run one 10k and one 15k. i have no times at any other distance) and now maybe see how i can do at an xterra trail running series...i really need to focus my goals to narrow things down to a doable amount of races and really prioritize...

Thursday, November 1, 2007

maui part .5 : halloween

although this post is not directly triathlon or training related, it does involve a man in tights so it's fair game...

before dinner:after dinner (and a couple red bull vodkas...)

james is one hot olsen twin.... more on the full maui trip- racing and relaxing....on the way