Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Just Keep Swimming...

Week 6 begins and I am tired. I already know it's not gonna be a banner training week and the week just started with a swim today. That's supposed to be the easy part. Yes the weekend was fun but I am too old for this nonsense. Don't get me wrong...it can't get much better than a holiday party with a bunch of friends and late night karaoke dance party but the recovery time is not what it used to be. But we make the decisions we make and have to accept them!

Swimming is always the workout I look forward to. It's the easiest part for me which makes it that much more enjoyable. I'm lucky it's 70 degrees in December - it makes swimming outside that much more pleasant. So I shouldn't be complaining. But a sub par workout is a sub par workout, regardless of the beautiful weather. My already messed up shoulder is cranky and that never makes for a good swim.  But I pushed through...maybe not the fastest workout on the books but I finished.

I'll be back at the pool tonight but not for a double workout. I'll stand on the sidelines and impart whatever knowledge I can to the impressive IronTeamers that signed up for an Ironman or 1/2 IM and to raise $ for blood cancers. Some of them didn't know how to swim 6 weeks ago and now most can do 1,500 yards. That's what I call impressive and inspiring.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Let's Get Ready to Run....

Although it's dark and a bit cold, Thursday night glow runs are where it's at. All decked out in head lamps and glow necklaces, we set off every week for an Amalfi Loop...plus a little extra. For those of you that haven't had the pleasure of running Amalfi, let's just say it's full of hills through some of the prettiest streets in Santa Monica. A year ago I couldn't make the full 6 mi loop without walking most of the hills. Tonight I ran the loop plus an extra 3 miles. Feels bueno!

Glow run Thursday has turned into a bit of a weekly tradition the past 2 months. The best part - post run tacos at Frida's followed by Sweet Rose ice cream...especially when they have my fave dairy free flavor. I even brought my own gluten free cone tonight! I felt like such a kid :) You know it's a problem when they start tweeting you and stay open late just because they know you're coming!

The loop isn't quite long enough for the prescribed 75 min mid-week run so I started early with EWS and got picked up the last 2 miles by BHall. Although he made me run sooo much faster than I wanted to :) It may be dark, it may be cold....but it's always nicer running with other peeps!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Oh the Sites You See...

Great morning for a bike ride along the beach before the rain sets in the next few days. I'm lucky to live where I do and can take advantage of the wonderful year round weather. Makes training that much better!

And what a great way to end the ride by stumbling upon this beautiful site. Yes this was at 9am on a Wednesday...on the beach path. Oh the joys of living in LA!

And no they're not dead...just passed out from clearly an amazing night of shenanigans, with cigi's still clutched in hand. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I've Lost My Mind...

"If it was easy everyone would be doing it" and "If it wasn't this hard I wouldn't be doing it."

On June 25, 2012 my judgement got the best of me. All rational thoughts left my brain as I started filling in the registration form. What was I thinking?!? Ironman CdA registration was open and I hadn't even thought about doing it. Most people think about it for days, sometimes weeks, before committing to 140.6 miles. I filled in the form and sat for over an hour before hitting the "Submit" button. It wasn't until I heard it had sold out (although it hadn't) and I got anxious that I missed the chance to register that I knew I wanted to do the race. So I hit submit, signed my life away for the next year and there started my road to Ironman Coeur d'Alene. 

For those of you that don't know what an Ironman is, let me break it down for you. It's a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run. And you have 17 hrs to complete it. The gun goes off at 7am and you have until 11:59:59 to cross that finish and hear the announcer excitedly say "You. Are. An. Ironman." 

Wish me luck!