Saturday, January 27, 2007

Thursday night, we went to a "marathon spin class" for 2 hours and 10 minutes on a bike going nowhere under the instruction of Bob and his great CD's of music. I won't lie, it was hard. I burned 1160 calories and sweated my *** off! Dustin and Megan also did it and we will definitely do it again for sure! I hope that while I'm biking the 112 miles of the Ironman, I will be able to think of that great music from spin class pushing me up those awful hills in Wisconsin!
(Dustin and I also swam 1200 meters afterwards while Megan started her drive to Savannah, crazy girl!)

Friday, we were off, but we took our bikes in to have some minor tuneups and then went to PF Changs for dinner!

Saturday, we went for a 25 mile bike with Nate downtown over the Acosta Bridge and down San Jose; it was a nice ride and nicer weather than we expected (in the low 60's). We averaged about 17 mph and burned 896 calories. Then, we were supposed to run for 15 minutes right afterwards, but we wanted to do some bridge running while we were down there, so we ran across the Acosta again and back, and that is never easy! We ended up running for about 25 minutes. It was a nice workout and then we came back and had leftover PF Changs!

We are doing pretty well with our training so far, so I'm proud of us. We are really busy with that and the starting of our business, so we weren't going to sign up for Team in Training for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society this season. However, my grandma in St. Louis (Maw Maw, I call her) just got diagnosed with non Hodgkins lymphoma, so we feel compelled to do an event in her honor. We will just be signing up for the sprint tri, but will be committing to raise over $3000 again. I think we can do it pretty easily though; we've got this fundraising thing figured out and we have unbelievable supporters all over the country. Maw Maw will be starting chemo soon, as long as she is well (she is in the hospital right now and she is anemic and weak, but staying positive). I wish that I could be there with her, but I know the rest of my family is supporting her well. My parents are constantly calling me to update us on her status. I will keep updating this blog with her status also. Our Team in Training website is www.angelfire.com/sports/marathon if you want to check out our involvement since 2001 with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

This morning, I ran 7 miles and Dustin ran 4 (he ran 3 yesterday with his ROTC unit). It took me 56:21 which is right at an 8 minute mile! Yeah! I'm proud that I'm running that fast still. I don't think I have mentioned that we got our heart rate moniters either! What a dimention that has added to our training! It's fun to see heart rate, pace and distance (with a foot pod), calories burned, etc. and then it stores it in files that we can download to the polar website. My average heart rate for the run was 161 (a bit high, but I was working hard) and I burned 646 calories. When we biked on Saturday, I burned 1277 calories. What sucks is that Dustin is always burning more calories than me because of his height and weight, so of course he's gonna lose more weight! Unfortunately, we couldn't get the heart rate monitors to work in the pool, even though they claim they are able to. It's nice to get the workout done in the morning like today so I can get other stuff done in the evening. Good night!

Monday, January 22, 2007

It's already Monday night again! Time flies! We tried to do some catching up last week, but with me not feeling well, Dustin was easily talked out of some of the workouts too! Last Tuesday morning, we ran 7 miles down to Girvin and back down Kernan with a stop at our house in between for Gatorade/Water. We ran at an 8:40 pace and felt pretty good. Wednesday, we slacked off and Thursday, we went to Bob's spin class and then swam 1500 meters. Friday, we were off and Saturday, we went to Baldwin Trail and rode 35 miles at an average of 17.3 mph, taking us 2 hours and 1 minute! That's our longest ride yet, and it wasn't that bad, my butt is finally getting used to my new seat! It was pretty darn windy and a little cold, but not bad. We celebrated a little that night with Dave and Erin, and didn't feel too great the next morning, but I talked us into running out at the beach by Sneakers for a five mile run at a 9:30 pace. Then, tonight, we swam another 1200 meters at the Yates YMCA, and now we are settling down for dinner at 9:21 and the Australian Open will entertain us!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

I've been bad.....not about training, but about keeping my blog updated. So, I'll give ya basic info on what we have done for the last week. Last Thursday, we did go to the spin class. We got there a little "early" for the 6:45 class, and come to find out, they were doing a "marathon" class that started at 5:30 and went to 7:45, so we came in about 6:30 and spun for 1 hour, 15 minutes of intense sweating!! Then, we went to the pool and swam 1200 meters. Megan joined us for the whole workout and hopefully she will be another training partner on Thursdays at least! We swam it in about 27 minutes and felt good, but tired afterwards!

Friday was our well needed rest day, and then Saturday we ran 4 miles near our house down Girvin at just over an 8 minute mile pace; it didn't feel that fast and we weren't too tired afterwards either. Of course, we had to relax on the couch and watch football and basketball though. We switched our Sat and Sun workouts because Megan could only bike on Sunday morning, so we met at Sneakers at the beach for a thirty mile ride to Mickler's Landing and past. Tim, Michael, and Emily also showed up so that was fun to chat with them as we were biking! We averaged 16.7 mph and had fun while doing it and walked on the beach afterwards for a little bit!

Monday night, our schedule said 4 mile run and 1500 meter swim. We totally intended on doing that until I realized I might have a UTI. I was in denial, so we went ahead and ran 3.5 miles before I was in more pain, and then headed to urgent care to get rid of this with antibiotics. I wasn't feeling too good after waiting for almost 2 hours. Needless to say, we didn't get the swim in last night. Dustin made me a really good salmon/rice dinner that made me feel better. We watched the KU/Mizzou game and I feel asleep. Still today, I feel really drained, but better. We got up this morning and did a 7 mile run in 59 minutes down Girvin and then down Kernan, so I must have been feeling better, but tonight, I'm drained again! Dustin's in class right now, and I went to a Team in Training meeting and spoke about the cause of raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. It's such a great cause; we were gonna take a season off, but I don't know if we can, cause it's such a good cause and good people! We'll see; we are pretty good at multitasking!

We need to try to get in a 10 mile bike and a 1500 swim to catch up, but the weather is supposed to get bad in the next few days. It was 80 today, so I say "bad" in relative terms; not anything compared to the ice/snow/sleet/cold that the midwest and all our families are dealing with right now. Glad I'm in Florida when I see the pics of all that on the news.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Yesterday morning, we got up just before 7 to run. It was pretty cold for Florida, 41 degrees, and we are wimps, so we ran over to our community gym and ran on the treadmill for 5.5 miles. That was boring, but we watched the morning show and ran for about 50 minutes, about a 9 minute mile with no incline. We should start adding inclines every now and then if we are gonna run more on the treadmill, but I really don't prefer to. I also did abs and low back. Then I went to work and Dustin went to school. When I got home about 4:30, Dustin quickly fixed Bertoli pasta for dinner and then he went to his night class and I went to a Yoga class. I would really like to incorporate Yoga and/or Pilates into our training for flexibility. Many training experts for Ironman training say that is a good idea. By the way, we are following a training plan that one of the coaches for the San Diego Triathlon club formed. Kendra used this last year and then she tweeked it a bit and shared it with us! Thanks Kendra! So far, we have pretty much done exactly what the schedule has called for. We have it and other inspiring things on a new bulletin board in our laundry room and check off our training after it's done. Now, tonight we were supposed to run 6.5 miles but neither of us really wanted to. Dustin had a lot of homework and his achilles wasn't feeling great and didn't want to overdo it. Somehow, despite his valid excuses, I got my running clothes on and ran around our neighborhood circle 9 times plus some (.7mile circle) in 56 minutes. It was pretty cold and windy, but I couldn't take another treadmill run. I would wave to Dustin as I passed our window while he was in the office working diligently on his homework. I didn't have stomach cramps, but had to use the bathroom midway through! Good thing I was running right by our house 9 times! Now, we will be watching the KU game in a little bit and relaxing. Tomorrow, we have another swim day and may or may not do the spin class, depending on time.
Yesterday morning, we got up just before 7 to run. It was pretty cold for Florida, 41 degrees, and we are wimps, so we ran over to our community gym and ran on the treadmill for 5.5 miles. That was boring, but we watched the morning show and ran for about 50 minutes, about a 9 minute mile with no incline. We should start adding inclines every now and then if we are gonna run more on the treadmill, but I really don't prefer to. I also did abs and low back. Then I went to work and Dustin went to school. When I got home about 4:30, Dustin quickly fixed Bertoli pasta for dinner and then he went to his night class and I went to a Yoga class. I would really like to incorporate Yoga and/or Pilates into our training for flexibility. Many training experts for Ironman training say that is a good idea. By the way, we are following a training plan that one of the coaches for the San Diego Triathlon club formed. Kendra used this last year and then she tweeked it a bit and shared it with us! Thanks Kendra! So far, we have pretty much done exactly what the schedule has called for. We have it and other inspiring things on a new bulletin board in our laundry room and check off our training after it's done. Now, tonight we were supposed to run 6.5 miles but neither of us really wanted to. Dustin had a lot of homework and his achilles wasn't feeling great and didn't want to overdo it. Somehow, despite his valid excuses, I got my running clothes on and ran around our neighborhood circle 9 times plus some (.7mile circle) in 56 minutes. It was pretty cold and windy, but I couldn't take another treadmill run. I would wave to Dustin as I passed our window while he was in the office working diligently on his homework. I didn't have stomach cramps, but had to use the bathroom midway through! Good thing I was running right by our house 9 times! Now, we will be watching the KU game in a little bit and relaxing. Tomorrow, we have another swim day and may or may not do the spin class, depending on time.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Tonight, we went to the Yates Y to swim again. This time, 1550 meters in the pool, pretty much just a constant swim, with a few laps concentrating on arms, using a flotation device between our legs that prevents them from kicking so you work on your arms more. Rebecca (a new friend we met in spin class) also was there and gave us some helpful pointers. Now, we are watching the Gator game and getting some stuff done. We will run tomorrow morning.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Friday was our rest day and we enjoyed it. Dustin made me a spaghetti dinner with vodka sauce! Yum! Saturday morning, we woke up at 5:45 AM to meet up with our "old group". Harold organized it and it was Toni, Chris, Rebecca, Cyndie, Kathryn, Joe, and our new running friend, Lauren too! It was good to see everyone! We were supposed to bike and then run, but we sacrificed for company of our running friends. We ran 4 miles (42:31-definitely conversation pace), (others ran 6) and then we jumped on the bike for 20 miles. (Lauren immediately went to a spinning class with her DAD, good job guys!) We biked down to Mandarin Road and then back onto San Jose for awhile. It is a pretty flat course, but had more ups and downs than I anticipated. I wasn't having the best day when biking; my feet were hurting and I was just tired. (During the run, I felt good). I took a gu and felt a little bit more energy. It took us 1 hour, 14 minutes for our 20 miles and averaged 16.3 mph. That's really not that fast for how tired our legs were, so we really hope to get faster througout the season. Then I ran for 15 minutes, 1.7 miles, at a 9 minute mile pace (Dustin only ran about 6 minutes before his achilles started to bother him). We've been good about eating peanuts right after our workouts to get protein to make sure our muscles rebuild quicker and I think it's working! Later that day, we are sorry to say we watched the Chiefs lose over at Matt and Shannon's. Besides the loss, it was fun. We just love Matt and Shannon and hope that they will bike with us sometimes this season!
They did the Disney olympic distance tri in the past, so we know they can do it!

This morning, Sunday, we slept in a little til almost 9 and then went for a 13 mile bike (46 minutes at a 16.7 mph average) on Wonderwood expressway with a tailwind on the way down, and a headwind on the way back. I am horrible at standing up on the bike when going up hills; hopefully something I will also get better at. Then, we ran at Ed Austin Park on the trails (Dustin 16 minutes, me 31 minutes). It was an okay run, averaged 9:15 mile with stomach cramps and it was hot (almost 80 degrees in January!). When we came home, we went to the pool and laid out for awhile. It was actually hot. Then, we got the guts enough to hop in the pool. I have never swam in water so cold. Dustin estimates that it was 55-60 degrees (and we know he's never wrong). We only swam for about 10 minutes, but we figured it was good for us to reduce inflammation in our muscles. I actually got sunburned too! We are also excited that (Dustin's brother) Travis, Robin, and Kiona are finally making plans to come visit in April! Now, we are watching the KU basketball game, drinking some wine, and getting ready to go to Amber and Stuarts for some kabobs for dinner. Exercise, family, friends, sports, and food, that's pretty much all we live for! And, because of all those things, we had a wonderful day.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Tonight, we went to the Yates YMCA again for a spin class at 5:30 with Bob who we liked a lot. I have been to many different classes with different instructors and his was the best. We sweat a hell of a lot for an hour and then ran down to the pool. We were supposed to be meeting this "masters swim team" for a guided workout, but no one showed, so we did our own 1200 yard workout of ten 50's with every other one fast or easy. Then we did a 300 fast, a 200 easy, and then a 100 fast, with a 100 cool down. I think we will probably mix it up like that and do a long swim one night like we did on Tuesday, and then a workout similar to that on Thursday or whatever nights we end up swimming for sure. Tomorrow is our rest day, and I'm gonna love it. I'm not really that sore, just tired and ready for rest and this is only the first week! Yikes!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

It's been awhile and I won't bore you with too much catching up. We started our official Ironman training plan yesterday! When I got home from work, we rushed off to try to get in a 15 mile bike ride, but only got in 11 miles on a hilly and WINDY Wonderwood expressway in 43 minutes (it gets dark so early!). This was my first ride on my new bike. Because of the wind, I couldn't get a real feel for it, but I think I'm gonna love my aero bars (where I can put my forearms down instead of putting all the weight through my hands, which get really sore very easily). I also got new shoes which are TONS better; my old ones were too big and my feet moved around too much, making me inefficient in my pedal stroke! Later at 8:30 PM, we swam at the Yates YMCA pool 1200 meters (I swam it in 27:11 and Dustin swam it in 24:58). That was the longest swim we had done in awhile, and we both did well and felt pretty good afterwards.

Today, after I saw a couple patients, we drove to Melbourne, FL to meet Maureen, Shannon, Erin, and Amy (on vacation from St. Louis) for lunch at the beach and then for some beach games. It was fun to hang out with them in Florida! Then, we drove the 2.5 hours back and somehow motivated ourselves to workout when we got back at 8 PM. Because of Dustin's sore achilles, he wanted to just run on the treadmills at our neighborhood gym, so that if he needed to stop, he could easily and then I could keep going. This worked since he did 2 miles and then started feeling it and then he lifted arm weights while I finished my 5 mile (no hill) run in 46:11. We then did abs and low back and then came back and ate leftovers! Ah, what a day/night! Now, I'm sitting here watching LSU and Notre Dame, glad that I finally started writing in this again.

Tomorrow, our plan is to meet with the "Masters Swim Team" at the YMCA to get some more swimming in. We might do a spinning class before that if I get done with work in time.