What’s in store for 2-0-1-4?

This year will be a little less race intense, but more body fit intense.

I am hitting up the 2014 IDEA Personal Trainer Institute East Coast Conference to earn important credits and gain important fitness knowledge.

I am getting certified in TABATA Bootcamp, this way I can get you in shape this summer at morning bootcamp (keep watching for more info!)

I am looking at a few races, many of what I have done before, actually almost all – this year is a year for comfort and see if I can beat my times!! I am getting faster you know, did you see my last year race times? If not, view my race rundown page. I will also be running with my niece Sara who has completed her first 5k last year and has set her sights on the Kent Island metric Half this year! (I am so proud!)

So after all the blabbing, here is the draft list…

Ceasar Rodney Half Marathon
Kent Island Metric Half (with my niece Sara!)
Wines to vines 5k
Trail Blazers 5k
Half Saur Half Kraut Half
Good Neighbor day 10k
Tolsdorf 1 mile
CX 5k Race Series
Philly Rock n’ Roll Half
Brian’s Run 5 miler

Any suggestions for races for me? RAGNAR, anyone need an extra? Tri? Comment below!

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Iron Girl Race Day Recap… The Run

As I was saying… the sun was shinning and the wind was at my back. Man-was I pumped. You would think one would be tired after swimming in a typhoon and riding a bike through a wind tunnel! Just kidding, it wasn’t all that bad, it was behind me now. I was smiling, laughing, yes tearing up, and chatting with the ladies along the route.

The route was fast and flat, a small turn around and then head back to the finish!

I have to say, I was pushing it. Didn’t need that Gu I had in my pocket, I was running off of pure excitement, Joy, and adrenaline!

I chatted with one or two ladies who were passing me, we said things like “you are awesome, keep it up!” and “See you at the finish line!”

Before I knew it the run was over! What the heck, the whole race was over! The race that I had prepared for for how many months, swimming many times a week, running, more times a week, and trying to bike as much as mentally possible. It all paid off, can I tell you (you probably already guessed this) but I am tearing up right now! I probably will each and every time I re-read these posts.

The excitement, the exhilaration, the joy of going through the finish line is so amazing, everyone in their life must once feel the feeling of working hard to complete a goal and then completing it, and completing it well. It is a feeling of a life time, it is addicting and it makes you say – I am ready for another!

I finished, man did I finish! I was so pumped with adrenaline I think I talked with over 50 women and met the winner. She was so nice! Competing in a race or sport that you love makes you a happy person. I swear. As Reese Witherspoon’s character ELLE WOODS in Legally Blonde put it “…exercise gives endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t kill their husbands!”

Happy people just don't kill their husbands!

Happy people just don’t kill their husbands!

Up next… my race times and how they compare to my pre race goals!

Returning home from my vacation in the ADK

As you know from the “Recap: My first open water training swim” post, you know I was just in the Adorandak Mountains. If you follow me on Twitter you saw that I was diligent in posting how I got up every morning but one to get my runs in, I swam like a good little Triathlon/Marathon training crazy girl.

I actually find relaxation from doing my daily workouts (relaxation and a sense of accomplishment really), so I make time even if it means waking at 5:30 am every morning, just so I can get my workout in. Call me crazy, but I love it!

The other things I did were, hiking, Rocky Mt. Trail head1going to a water park, water parkand white water rafting. (I also ate tons of ice cream!)

Training by the numbers the week I was in the ADK went like this:

3 hikes
2 open water swims (800 meters each time)
1 white water rafting trip on the Hudson River
34 miles run

Do you enjoy completing your workouts when you are on vacation? Does everyone eat tons of ice cream when they are are on vacation?

Knowing when it’s time to walk,,,on a run

If you follow me on twitter, you saw that last week, I guess, I hit the wall on my morning training run. I have never really experienced the wall so I am not entirely sure that is what occurred.

So you are saying to yourself, “She’s never hit the wall? But she has run all those long distance races, what gives?”

Well, I think I never hit the wall because I have never been pushing myself to my limit of what I am able to accomplish until now. Why now and not before? I guess I was too sacred and thought I wasn’t at the level of fitness that it took to push out of my box and into that, ‘what if I throw up’ zone.

That being said and you all knowing that last week was my down week, I am not sure if it was the fuel I was wasn’t taking in, the heat/humidity (though it felt cool to me), hydration or just fatigue.

What did it feel like? It felt like what everyone else describes, legs felt like they were running through mud, head fuzzy and a little dizzy, my mind telling me to stop and walk, stop and walk! BUT, how do you know when this is a ‘break through’ moment, or the moment where you need to stop?

(Here is a little insight about me but don’t spread it around…)I am obsessive, not to a mental state, but I get obsessed – there I said it! My obsessing takes me many places, one normal stop on the train ‘obsessions’ is Overtrainingsville. My friends and family can tell you I visit here at least once a year knowingly, probably more unknowingly.(Now back to your normally scheduled blog post whining session (sorry) …)

What did I do on the day I seemingly hit the wall? I got up as normal at 4:10am, drank some Amino Energy (grape) and headed out the door to swim. This morning was my sprint drills. I felt pretty good. After the drills I felt like I just wanted to close my eyes and go to sleep. I drank my Nuun Hydration and then headed out to my run at the trail. I had 5 miles to run. It was around 78 degrees, humidity was at around 88%. (Yes, I am acclimatized for this type of running.)

I took more swigs of Nuun and some swigs of my Mike’s recovery drink for calories and I stepped out of the car to stretch. I still felt like I could lay on the parking lot pavement and fall right to sleep. I told myself to suck it up and get going, and going I did. I was clocking 11 min pace, FAIL, I felt like I was walking. 2 miles later I couldn’t take it anymore but said (to myself) I would walk the rest and I did. I did finish walking the 5 miles but didn’t feel good at all, I had stopped at my car and grabbed my Mikes recovery drink and took it with me and drank it as I went.

The night before I rode my bike on the trail at 6pm for about 13 miles and then had a training session with Katie my Personal Trainer at 7pm. I may not have eaten enough afterwards…?

What happened? What was the problem? I am still trying to figure it out.

Thoughts? Comments? Have you ever felt this way? Help!

Prelude to my first open water training swim

This week I am in the Adirondack Mountains, the condo/cabin that I stay in is on a lake. I have planned for my first few open water swims in that lake.

I am nervous,scared, apprehensive, and a little excited to get my wetsuit on and take the plunge.

You never know what is lurking in the depths!

You never know what is lurking in the depths!

My nephew has agreed to kayak next to me and my niece has agreed to watching us from shore, I also have a bright fluorescent green swim cap that I am going to wear. I am taking all of these precautions because I read an article that said when going on an open water swim – have someone on the shore and a bright swim cap. Check! and check!

I have also made a pact with myself, and told it to those who are going with me to the Mountains that the first day we get there, after we are unpacked and settled, I am going to get my wetsuit on and get in the water – even if it is for a few minutes. This way I can get my jitters out and swim the rest of the week.

See, my fear is that I will get there and be so scared that the last day will come and the wetsuit never have gotten wet. That would be a huge FAIL>>>> So, I don’t want that. I am going to stick to my plan and see how it goes and then let you know.

I’ll let you know how it goes!

Do you have any tips for me for getting my wetsuit on and off?
Do you have suggestions for me on having a good first open water training swim?

Tri-training swimming

Last week was my first week of Tri-Training Swimming.

I haven’t been in the pool for a while but quickly remembered how to breathe and what not. I also quickly remembered how it was not like running and quickly was out of breath. I needed to slow down, so, I did some kick boarding in between laps and then towards the end of the first day in the pool I was back to flip turns and feeling my old self again.

Ice Age,,, fond memories

AWWW Ice Age,,, fond memories

Something I saw the lady next to me doing, with some ease, was breathing on both the left and the right.

Is that better?

Hum, so this past Sunday after my training laps were done, I tried it out. At first I was having a good deal of trouble but after about my 5th half lap I was feeling pretty good breathing on both sides. I typically only breath on my left, so I am a bit slower doing both but will keep training with it a little at a time and see if I get a benefit.

Do you breath on both the right and left side?

Training by the numbers last week

Last week was my taper after my half and my first week of Tri-training

– Fire 30
– swam 3 days. Two lap days and one sprint day
– ran about 13 miles 1 short tempo run
– went riding for an hour at Great Scott Farm
– biked a trail around 40 min
– spin class
– Jillian Michaels 6 weeks to 6 pack abs
– lots of dog walks

Tried a new Mahi recipe which I’ll share soon.