Race Schedule and Results

Friday, December 3, 2010

I'm on a freaking roll

First, thank you all so much for your input about time off. Seems I'm not the only one in a funk! :)

I've done 1 hour workouts the last three days and am feeling great. I feel like December 1st hit and my motivation instantly came back. It's all mental I'm sure, but I'm finally feeling better after finally going on an antibiotic (I've been on and off sick for nearly a month) so I'm not complaining.

Wednesday, I hopped on the indoor trainer. I know I've said it before, but that thing is evil. While I feel like it's 9 bazillion times harder than riding outside (and infinitely more boring), I pushed my way through an hour and felt great. It's amazing what snow outside and a People magazine on the book stand in front me can do to get me through a sweaty trainer ride! I'm anxious to start my real workouts on the trainer (which will include a lot of intervals with coach Tom telling me when to go and stop and me probably cursing him in my head and probably out loud a little), but for the time being, I need to be able to get through an hour without wanting to die. I'm almost there. Baby steps...

Yesterday I had to sit around all day while the drywaller got finished. By the time I was freed from being a prisoner in my home able to leave, it was nearly 7pm. I didn't want to run outside in the dark and cold alone (who am I kidding... it wouldn't have happened had Tom been here either - sorry sweetie) so I went to my mother-in-law's and jumped on the dreadmill.

I have mad respect for Emz and any other crazy dreadmill lover. How do you do it???

I started out slow, mentally pumping myself up for a great hour. Eh, maybe like 45 minutes. Oooh... I'll get 5 miles and see how long that takes me. Before I know it, I've done a mile. Nice. But after that 8:47 of running in place and watching the Hallmark movie that my mother in law was watching upstairs (her gym TV can only watch what's on upstairs... crazy country living), I needed to do something to get my mind off the monotony!

Intervals. Yeah, that sounds good.

I did quarter mile segments and increased the pace 0.1 on the treadmill each time for a mile working up to an 8:27 . Then I came back down. Okay, three miles down and literally want to be poking my eyes out with hot fire pokers.

I then did 1 minute at 8:34, 1 minute at 7:30, 1 minute at 8:34, 2 minutes at 7:30, 1 minute at 8:34, 3 minutes at 7:30, 1 minute at 8:34.

I've gotta be getting close to 5 miles right?


Only one mile left. It wasn't as horrible as I make it sound, but it was pretty bad. I ended up finishing 5 miles in 41:45 which is fairly slow considering I could have get the treadmill to 7.2 and just ran for 5 miles and done it in the same time, but mentally, I would have been putting the pokers in the fire upstairs. Not a pretty site. Anyway, I finished up and hopped on the elliptical to get my hour.

Today I got my butt kicked at kickboxing for an hour. I wanted to swim too, but I needed to get some things done around here. Tomorrow I'm doing a brick - look out world... I'm acting all triathlete-like! :)


Wes said...

it's the off season. STOP IT :-)

Emz said...

YAY you!!

You did it!

Is it really THAT bad?!? I love interval training on the mill!!!

I'm thinking the hallmark movie probably was not the best choice but..... ;) Next time make her watch rocky.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I would never train if my tri cave tv didnt allow me to watch what I wanted to down there. Trainer and dreadmill is only saved by the fact I have DVR and cable in front of it

Molly said...

Sounds like you got your mojo back!

I have a love/hate relationship with my treadmill, but I must have MTV, VH1 or mindless reality TV to help get me through!

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Kovas Palubinskas said...

Acting like a triathlete? Might want to see a doctor.

misszippy said...

I hate both the trainer and the treadmill, but must say I have a bit more tolerance for the trainer, for whatever reason!

Christi said...

Woo Hoo! Welcome back triathlete! Though, I suspect you never really went anywhere!

Betsy said...

I thought I would find my mojo when the calendar flipped to December...don't read my latest post. It will just depress you. I have 90 minuts on the trainer tomorrow....think of me!

Anne-Marie said...

Yay! Glad to hear you're back in the game! I've been loving sleeping later in the mornings and doing whatever I feel like in the evenings this week, so this gives me hope that when my off-season ends I'll be motivated and refreshed too!

I can't stand the dreadmill. For some reason, it bothers my shins and my knees and I only run on it in two situations: as a quick 10 minute warmup at the gym prior to lifting and when there's too much snow/ice on the ground to run outside.

Kristin said...

Glad you are getting back on track!! I hate the treadmill sometimes and stare at the numbers the whole time! It makes me batty!!

Heidi Austin said...

booo i don't like the TM training either. not fun! but i think i hate the trainer more... yuck winter!

Heidi Austin said...

oh i missed you at IM FL!