Triathlon Sisters

April 30, 2007

Every day is an Event

Filed under: beginning to train,cycling — by hawk @ 8:31 am

Some of my buddies at my old bike shop are into cyclocross. Never really knew what it was until I talked with them.

“Cyclo-cross is a form of bicycle racing. Races take place typically in the autumn and winter, and consists of many laps of a short (2–3 km) course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills, and obstacles requiring the rider to dismount, jump the barrier and remount.” (Wikipedia)

I’ve always thought that would be totally fun and once even tried to do a lap the day after a big cyclocross race (you could still see the markers). It was crazy! Anyway I’m trying to envision my weekday routine as one big cyclocross event …

    1. Hop on the bike for a 3 mile sprint (avoid being hit by a car or truck)
    2. Hop off (leave bike at work) and run (walk quickly) to the gym
    3. Swim for 1/2 mile
    4. Run back to work
    5. Work for 8 hours
    6. Hop on bike and sprint home
    7. Collapse on couch or go for a quick run (a real run)

Today is my first day of trying this. I’ve made it to #5. I’m not sure I could do this everday, but it’s really helping me to begin thinking about putting stuff together, not just 3 discreet sports. What I like is that during the week I can do the shorter segments and then on the weekend I can do something a bit longer. Like this past weekend I did a 20-mile bike ride. It felt fabulous! I was tuckered out on Sunday, but it was worth it.

I think my break is over now so Cheers!

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April 17, 2007

What about the gear?

Filed under: Triathlon Fashion — by barracuda @ 7:51 pm

OK, so the training is well on its way… the motivation is there …now what gear do I absolutely, positively need that I can’t do without for this tri?

And, really, I’m all about the gear… having everything I need at my fingertips in a nice, neat little package.  I think part of it comes from being a mother and making sure you have everything and anything your child might need in one compact diaper bag.  The other part is that I’m a freak about organization and making sure I have all the gadgets and gizmos that will make this process easier and more enjoyable.

Karl mentioned a few things in one of his posts…what’s up with the gel/lube and slicking yourself up?  I can understand the chaffing-thing might be a problem, but I guess I’m wondering how that works, where you should put it, and what’s a good brand to buy. 

I’m not looking to be a fashion goddess, but what should we have as far as tri attire?  Is there something that will work for all sections of the race?

Help or else I’ll be the shiny, well-Vaselined rookie out there wearing a pair of Converse high tops and my son’s Batman skateboarding helmet. 

Resurfacing

Filed under: about this blog,beginning to train,health — by hawk @ 5:11 pm

Manatee Mural by Xavier Cortada

Gosh it has been a while since I’ve written, or my dear sister Barracuda. I’m alive and relatively well. Been sick for the last few weeks — sore throat, cough, drippage, and general yuckiness. It’s been going around my office so it was just a matter of time. Unfortunately when I get sick I freak out because it reminds me too much of being sick before. Always wonder if I’ll get over it this time.

Enough drama! On to more positive things! I talked to Barracuda last night who was on vacation with her family. She did get some open water swimming in, but mostly just to roll around with manatees. Lucky her! Then there’s my dear sister-in-law who was due to do the Tri with us. She had a terrible fall and hurt her leg. I feel awful for her. Our prayers are with you, girl. My bro says she’s doing okay now.

I’ve been out of the gym/pool for almost two weeks now which kinda bums me out. But I know my breathing is bad now due to whatever affliction I have. But on the positive side of things, I got my wheels rebuilt on my road bike so that I’m in good bike shape for riding and getting ready for the Tri. YEA! I have a big meeting tomorrow afternoon, but after that, I’m refocusing on my training. I’m going to not freak out about losing weight because Tamoxifen is just too much to overcome. So what, I say! As Karl reminded me, my goal is not zooming across the finish line, but training, participating, savoring, and finishing. Amen!

Karl and Jenny, it’s always good to hear from you. I appreciate the advice and support.

I’m going to rally the Triathlon Sisters to get their booties online and for some blogging. In the meantime, I’ll be back much more regularly starting tomorrow. Can’t wait!

April 2, 2007

Doing a Triathlon Is a Bit Intimidating

Filed under: beginning to train,swimming — by hawk @ 12:25 pm

I went swimming this morning and felt like I’d never been in the water before. Is it normal to fluctuate so much when it comes to being able to do a certain number of laps or not running out of breath? As I swam I kept picturing myself in open water with people swimming around me. It’s tough enough when there’s a big splasher in the lane next to me … how am I supposed to deal with open water and major traffic? So I’m a little worried. The reality is setting in, not just the coolness of being able to do a Tri or supporting such a great cause. I know I can do it, and I know it’s going to take some work. Still have to defy tamoxifen and lose weight. That will definitely help. But what if I’m not on top of my game come Tri day? What if I have an off day and feel like a ton of bricks on the water? I’m hoping adrenaline will kick in and the energy of all the women and supporters will help me along my way.

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