Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
I get to the race feeling good and take off at a good pace. Tom has the Garmin and says that I need to maintain 9:09's to beat my 2:00 time goal. At mile 3, we were averaging 8:53's. He told me that I'd not be able to maintain that if I wasn't careful and that maybe at mile 6 we should pull it in a bit. But I felt so good... so I didn't and I'm glad that I didn't.
We both finished in 1:55:29 (1:56:38 clock time), a pace of 8:49/mile! I'm so excited. I PRed by 4 minutes and Tom PRed by about a 2 minutes. I felt so comfortable through the whole thing and know that the training is paying off!
Here are my splits:
Mile 1: 8:57
Mile 2: 8:39
Mile 3: 8:53
Mile 4: 8:44
Mile 5: 9:03
Mile 6: 8:56
Mile 7: 8:37
Mile 8: 8:52
Mile 9: 8:46
Mile 10: 8:54
Mile 11: 8:47
Mile 12: 8:55
Mile 13: 8:36
Last 0.1: 0:49
So of course we head off to Amish country to a breakfast buffet (well Tom ate that, I indulged in an egg sandwich and a giant cinnamon roll). You gotta reward yourself for a job well done right? And then in true Ironman training fashion, I biked 70 miles yesterday.
By the way - check out the countdown clock to Florida - it's in the 90 day range. Uh oh!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
As the wife of a type 1 diabetic, I am continually amazed by the ignorance and stupidity of people. My husband was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 28. No, he's not over weight. No, he's not unhealthy. Those are the first two things that people assume when they hear that he's a diabetic. See, there's 2 kinds of diabetes - the unhealthy kind and the unlucky kind. My husband has the unlucky kind. I'll explain...
Maybe she needs a bracelet ... and a good smack upside the head!
***Edit added 7/26 - I've had a few people tell me that I'm wrong in what I wrote about Type 2 diabetics and I want to clear some things up. First, I never said that EVERY overweight person has type 2 or that EVERY type 2 is overweight. I said that generally that's the trend. I stand by that, even after learning that 20% of Type 2's are of normal weight. I guess there's a discrepency as to when "generally" can be used - 80% seems to be a fair number, but maybe I'm wrong. I also mispoke when I wrote that type 2 diabetics CAN reverse their diagnosis. There is a number of them that can't because they fall into that category of being healthy with a genetic makeup for Type 2, older people, etc. So I just wanted to clear that up. I wasn't 100% wrong in my statements that I made here and quite frankly learned something as well which I will always admit. I have now been educated on something I made an assumption on and apologize.
Monday, July 21, 2008
- The swim - not wetsuit legal. Ugh... and I say that because we haven't been swimming much, just doing drills with the TI tapes and I feel like I'm relearning swimming again so I was hoping to at least have the help of the wetsuit. I was totally uncomfortable with the swim which can be seen in the ridiculously slow time of 35:16 that it took me to finish. Oh, and the anti-fog solution that Tom used on my goggles was worthless. I could go on and on but I wouldn't bring you down!
- Run 1 (yes, this actually came before T1 - there was a run segment from the lake, up a hill, to T1). That took me 1:25 (although I'm glad that I didn't have to run it in my wetsuit)
- T1 - nothing special. I went to the wrong side of my rack and then had to climb under it to get my bike and gear. I'm a moron sometimes! T1 time was 1:08 which I liked seeing.
- Bike - the bike is 5 laps, half of each lap being done on a highway. It's nice because you can usually gain some speed on the entrance ramp to the highway, although each lap got progressively more windy. I could really feel myself pushing into the wind with the harder gears trying to keep a good steady pace and by lap 3, my IT was starting to hurt. If this was my last race, I would have just said "Screw it", but I have a long season ahead of me and I didn't want to risk more injury. I pulled back a little and averaged 20.64mph for the whole ride. Time - 1:12:06 (3rd fastest in my AG)
- T2 was a lot like T1 - just went through the motions. I was in and out in 1:22
- Run - I actually felt great. Ran a 8:48 pace and finished in 54:34. Was thrilled with that and happy that I pulled back a bit on the bike because the IT didn't bother me at all on the run.
- Overall, I finished in 2:45:51, 6th in my AG and 83rd of 159 overall. I'll take it.
- They took pictures and I will post them when I finally see them!
That's was the extent of my workouts though for the weekend. I think we're going to be pushing it hard this week though! :)
Congrats to all of you who finished Lake Placid yesterday. I was following quite a few people all day and happy to see everyone had finished. I'm anxious to hear how your individual races went! I know that the rain probably made it interesting! :)
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I have envy. I'm envious. More specifically, I have sponsor envy.
It's a problem. I'm trying to deal with it. I'm trying to hide it. But I can't.
The hubby got his Team Type 1 race kit today. This was the second box of goodies that he's received from TT1. The first kit included 2 pairs of bike shorts, 2 bike jerseys, a jacket, a polo, and socks. Todays packet included a pair of tri shorts, a tri top, a tri suit, a vest, a windbreaker, a winter coat, arm warmers, a visor, a hat and another polo. Now granted he has to be a diabetic to get these things, but I want them. I want someone to send me free clothes. I could use free clothes.
I need a team (maybe I just want a team!). That's a lot harder than it sounds. I've applied to be on Team Bare Naked. They haven't responded. Last year I tried to be on Team Goody Stay Put. They didn't like me. Tom has found 5 or so teams that I should apply for -
- Team Timex (which all happen to be pros so that's out)
- Team Zoot/Gu (except I can't stomach a gu if my life depended on it... I'd be a great spokesperson for them, huh!)
- Team Terry (there are only 5 women on this team and they all live in the Eastern states)
- Team TriBar (they are organic and Vegan and well, I eat meat and animal products)
- Team Java Republic (I don't drink coffee)
Maybe I should start my own team. It could be the Average Triathletes that just like to have fun Team. Anyone wanna join? We could get clothes and hats and socks and stuff. I could send them to your house in big boxes. I would make it known that you were special. Then maybe your spouse could have sponsor envy too! :)
Monday, July 14, 2008
So Saturday we get everything packed, drive about 15 minutes to a park where we're going to start from. It's hot. It's sunny. It's going to be a good day. We start biking and "Whoa! Where did that wind come from". Of course it was coming from the west and we're heading straight into the west. Within about 5 mile the sky turned BLACK. Where we ride, it's just corn fields and farms (yeah, keep your Ohio jokes to yourselves!) and we both joked that we'd see a twister any minute. We kept pushing on. We got about 18 miles into the ride after fighting a wall of wind and it started pouring. We went back and forth with the "do we continue and hope it blows over" conversation and finally decided for our safety, we better head back. Bummer. We got 36 miles in or something. By the time we got home, unloaded the bikes and showered, it was sunny as could be. Arg.... too late to go back out. So we laid around, cleaned the bikes and decided to get a run in and try to 100 the next day. We left for the run at 5:30pm and it was probably 85 degrees with the typical gazillion percent humidity that's normal in Ohio after a day of rain. We will never learn!
Our 8 mile run went well - kept a 9:01 pace for the whole thing but we were both wiped out when we got home. Decided an ice bath would be good for us. OH... MY... GAWD! Brought back memories from college when I got injured in soccer that I never wanted to relive!
Sunday we got up to a rainy day, although we knew that it was supposed to pass. Tom, his mom and I decided to go for it. We loaded the bikes and by the time we left, the sky was clearing. Back to the park 15 miles away. Get on the bikes and "hello wind... it's nice to see you again!" Like another brick wall still coming from the west. I knew it was going to be a long ride. About 30 miles into it the hills hit. Now I know I usually talk about how flat Ohio is, but I'm convinced that it's only Columbus that's flat. These were some monster climbs. The race route (we rode the course backwards for about 20 miles) was a biotch! We kept saying it was because we had ridden 50 miles already into the wind, but it's not going to be an easy race! Somehow, the ride home was just as windy. We thought for sure we'd fly home, but alas - the wind shifted! So we pushed... a lot. I felt it in my IT. I got fried because I thought it was going to be cloudy and well, it wasn't. I was tried because of pushing the run the night before. But, we did it! The first century of the season and I was so happy to see 100.00 click over on my bike. I probably could have kept going, but we're not going to say that out loud!
I did come to a conclusion though - I will never do Lake Placid. I do not like hills. They do not like me. And cut me some slack mother nature. Wind both directions - really? Was that necessary?
Guess I have to work to be an Iron Diva! :)
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Training was good this weekend too. We had such a long week last week - Monday we took the day off, but then had 2 hour workouts almost every day throughout the week. I knew that we had a long weekend ahead of us too but felt like I was rested and ready. Friday we did a 10 miler in the rain. It was a great run - there's something about running in the rain that's just calming... reminds me of childhood or something and helps keep my mind off of the task at hand. I felt great right out of the gate knew the first mile was probably a bit fast. Tom said to me "you aren't going to be able to keep this pace for more than 6 miles, that's my prediction". I proved him wrong, running 10 miles in 1:30:01 and our last mile was an 8:13 to boot. We averaged 9:00/miles and I actually felt like I could run all day. It was a nice change from how I've been feeling lately. Yesterday we biked from Ostrander to Prospect, then to Delaware, then to Gahanna to my mom and dad's. They had come up Friday and took our car home with them so we had to get to their house yesterday. We had a great 65 mile ride, again feeling like I could go forever. I know that my recovery is working well to feel that fresh after a long week. This coming week will be another good test as we have 16 hours and 40 minutes scheduled, and that's without lifting. I am going to be one with the water, my bike and my running shoes this week! :)
The holiday was great. Saw the fam on Friday and Saturday, saw Tom's family for just a bit yesterday and then today relaxed, knowing that it's going to be a busy week ahead of us. Maybe this week won't go by as fast as last week. It's gotta slow down eventually right? Maybe I shouldn't wish that yet...