Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tuesday Morning

This morning I was supposed to take part in the Chase run.  The last one of this year season.  The chase run is where a group of us get together and starting at staggered times and all end together.  The distance varies from 4 - 6 miles. 

The last chase run, I felt awesome after the run.  It was a relatively flat course with people who really pushed me to run faster.  I was really looking forward to it.

Well as fate would have it, I had a really rough night last night so unfortunately I was in no shape to run this morning.  I actually slept right through my alarm.  I really rarely oversleep and when I do, I am angry all day.  I am really trying hard to not be mad. 

I know that this was probably for the best.  I know I would have been angry with myself also if I would have ran and it was a bad time or worse yet, injury myself by pushing too hard. 

Well lesson learned.  you have to listen to your body and give it the rest it desires.  Because you only have one and you better take care of it. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Blow out City

Well it was bound to happen sooner or later.  I had been fortunate in my rides to not have any ride ending mechanical problems.  I had a big fall in Death Valley, but that was rider error. 

Last night I was cruising along trying to make up time on the bike, when all of a sudden I had a flat.  I didn't panic.  I know how to change a flat.  So I made a game of it.  If this was a competition, I would have to change it quickly if I wanted to salvage any kind of decent finish.  So I get the tire changed.  I try using my frame pump to inflate it and I am getting now where quick. 

As I am standing there scratching my head trying to figure out what I am doing wrong with this pump, a good Samaritan comes to my temporary rescue.  I has a regular pump that has a presta adapter.  Score.  We pump up the tire, all looks great.  I thank him and then he disappears again. 

Unfortunately, I forgot a step in tire repair.  That is to check the tire, not just the tube.  Well I put the "repaired" tire back on the bike and start riding and I hear the tell tale sound of a new problem.  I hope off the bike and find that the tube was sticking out the tire.  So not only had the nail punctured my tube but it also ripped my tire. 

Well, at this point I am stuck.  So I call for a ride.  Oh well.  I decide I would just get new tires and try again another day.  It was getting dark anyway. 

I will have to make up the miles on Thursday.  Turning my casual 12 mile ride into a TT 22 miler. Yippee. 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Magnificent Monday

This weekend was busy.

Was up bright and early on Saturday for an 8 mile run.  The temp was perfect for a long run.  Virtually no humidity and temps were totally reasonable.  Was able to run at a great pace and never really felt taxed.  The run felt nice and comfortable. 

Later on Saturday morning met up with the Second Wind Run/Walk team for the 2nd training in the couch to 5k program.  They are planning to participate in the Road to Roleville 5k in November.  It was a great group.  We had 4 runners and about 8 walkers.  It was a great turnout.  After a brief introduction we started.  The pace again was very casual.  We had some runner who weren't quite as experienced as other so we stayed together.  The greenway at Rolesville park was beautiful and helped for an easy run.  \

At 1:30 on Satruday afternoon, the Second Wind Cycling crew gathered for a 50 mile ride.  This was the longest ride for several of the guys.  We normally ride early on Saturdays but with the Run/Walk training we delayed the start.  This delay introduced a new factor that many of the riders were not quite use to and that was the heat of the day. 

Matt mapped a course that gave us a wide variety of riding challenges.  We had some "steep climbs", rolling hills, and flats.  We rode through 3 counties.  It was a great ride.  We mostly rode at a pretty good pace, but the heat quickly started to catch up with some of us. We started with 6 riders and unfortunately a couple had to break off and head back early.  Normally we would not have done that, but our course keep us relatively close to "home" so no one had to ride very far alone.  We all made it back safely and anxious for our next long ride. 

After leaving the church I was heading home and stopped at Forestsville and Mitchell Mill.  I was the first car at the light and this is a relatively rural intersection, so you can see pretty well, or at least I thought so.  Once the light changed, I went through the light.  After I was through the intersection, the car right behind me was hit by car running the light.  After checking on the driver of the vehicles, and finding that everyone was ok, we signalled EMS and the Fire department which is also at that same intersection.  As you can imagine I was shaken.  I was already a little worn out from the ride and the heat and then to barely miss this accident.  I had to stop for a minute and just get myself together.

We always take things for granted.  Just driving the 4 miles home.  It so easily could have been me.  I am so thankful. 

Sunday, we visited Linda's daughter in Greensboro.  She was working her first shift as a server.  This young lady has come so far as we are really proud of her.  She did a great job with us and her other tables.  She is starting her senior year at UNC-G and we know that she will continue to do outstanding. 

Today is Magnificent Monday, because we should not dread anydays.  There are so many people who either did not wake up this morning or woke up with the ability to get in their car and go to a job.  So many more who wished that Monday morning meant going back to work.  I complain just like everyone else that Monday morning comes too fast but today I am just so very thankful to see this day. 

Friday, August 19, 2011

T.G.I F.

This stands for Thank God I'm Finished.  Today was my last workout in this round of P90X.  I must say that it was fun while it lasted. 

Doing P90X reminded me of how much I loved workouts from all the basketball, football, baseball practices.  The constant one right after another.  Not having to think about it, just go with the program.  You do not have to deal with too much down time. 

All the workouts were challenging.  There wasn't a single one that I would say was easy or light.  They all required max effort.  The yoga was totally extreme.  The Ab ripper workout was ridiculiously hard, especially in the beginning.  I would not say it became easier, I will say that at the end I was able to last the whole 15 minutes. 

Anyone who knows me, knows that I have very little rhytmn.  KenpoX required more rhythmn than I possesses.  I was totally lost 5 minutes into it. 

Oh well, I am now a graduate.  I will continue to do P90X or at least some variation.  My body is telling me to take a couple of days off, so next week will be light.  Although I do not think my mind will accept me not pushing it.  We'll see how it goes. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thoughtful Thursdays

I borrowed the title from discombobulatedrunning.blogspot.com.

Thursdays are really mostly really good days for me.  Most weeks I get to work from home on Thursday.  That means that I am able to relax (lounge) all day and really only get dressed to go work out. 

Thursdays are also good because I have a brick workout scheduled.  I get off the bike and go for a quick run.  Unfortunately Thursdays also means yoga (yuk). 

My normal Thursday routine is to get up early (5 am) do yoga for 90 minutes and then work until around 11:30 and go ride and run.  This morning, yoga just didn't happen.  I just couldn't get moving.  So I think I can still do it tonight no big deal.  So I finally get my lazy butt up at 6:30, make breakfast and start work. 

I check out Facebook and notice that there will be a group ride locally tonight.  25 miles - 17-19 mph pace.  Score.  Sign me up.  I can do that. 

My lunch run today was AWESOME.  It hadn't quite got hot yet so it was georgeous out.  Well it wasn't 5 - 6 am nice but nice all the same.  The run it self was really good.  Nice pace.  I had to work but I didn't work to hard.  It was great.  It was a 5 mile run.  I planned for a uphill start and then a uphill finish.  I know doesn't make a lot of sense but it was meant to be a little challenging and that it was. 

Now to relax, finish the workday and get ready for tonights ride.  We will try to get yoga in some other time. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Welcome Wednesday

I am beginning to feel like a failure at blogging.  It was exciting when I was doing tri or races.  There was something to talk about.  Talking about my normal workouts sounds too much like whining and that is just not something I want to publish.  I do plenty of it but I do not want the world to know how big a baby I am.

I am looking forward to a long ride this weekend with Second Wind.  I love long group rides.  They are always fun. 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

July Stats

As readers of this blog know all to well, I have been working on P90X instead of specifically training for triathlons. My rationale has been, I am taking a break it improve my swimming.  Well in the month of July I spent very very little time in the pool.  I know, I know, I can't improve by just thinking about it or wishing it.

I have been reading books and watching videos and even watching videos of myself floundering in the pool.  So I have been "working on it".

So now that I have 2 weeks left on this round of P90X, I have decided to not only stop just visualizing swimming but actually get back to doing it consistently.  Follow the plan.  So I am going to just do it.

My training stats for July were:
Bike:        19h 22m 55s  - 333.37 Mi

Run:         13h 35m 30s  - 106.55 Mi

Strength:  16h 15m

This does not include the little swimming I did.  So this month I will be adding about 5 - 6 hours of  swimming to these totals.  It may sound a little aggressive but I have to do it if I want to improve and I do want to improve.

I also will be seeing a nutritionist next week.  I have a motor that just doesn't stop but I think I am starving it of needed nutrition.  Lets hope that I will actually eat the foods they recommend.  I am totally stubborn like that.