Friday, September 20, 2013

And the Beat Goes On

Or the training goes on.  Or maybe it's both since I tend to listen to music while I train.  Anyway, we're down to less than two weeks until my last triathlon of my first triathlon season...and my excitement has returned!

I celebrated my birthday this week, and my husband took so much time to pick out the perfect gift for me.  He bought me a pair of triathlon bike shoes.  They are so light and comfortable, and they even match my bike.  Unfortunately he didn't understand the difference in cleat compatibility, so they are going to have to go back.  But I was really touched by how much time he put into searching for the perfect gift.  I think he's more upset than I am that I can't use these shoes.

Physical therapy is going well.  I've been incredibly diligent with my stretching exercises and really feel like it's making a difference.  I still haven't run in almost a month, but I think it might be time to test things out.

So...tomorrow I'm going to do a little bike/run (or walk) brick.  I'm thinking to heading for the gym for spin class and following it up with some time on the track.  My gym is on a college campus and I finally took the time to find the track last week.

Newly redone track!
I couldn't get over the view - if I had known I would have been doing track workouts on a regular basis.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Training Through an Injury

With only a few more weeks until the See Jane Run triathlon, I've landed on the injured list. The hip condition that I've been living with for over four years has sent me back to physical therapy.

So while I'm still able to swim and bike with minimal issues, running is currently out of the question. I'm trying to be a good fact, I haven't even tried to run in over three weeks and I've been diligent in doing my PT exercises. But it's still a little tough to accept that the race I've been looking forward to all year isn't going to go as I hoped or planned.

I'm trying not to let it affect my training. Like I mentioned, I can still swim and bike. I even went on a hilly three mile hike last weekend since I can't run. But I'd be lying if I said my motivation hasn't been lacking.

I swam today.  On the weekends they switch one of the pools to long course.  It was a beautiful day and I had a lane to myself.  Tomorrow I'll either ride my bike after work or I'll head to spin class.  I'm going to just keep going through the motions and hope that the excitement comes back.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Raffle Winner

In my very low tech manner, the winner for the free entry into the See Jane Run Triathlon was chosen today.  I wrote the names on equal sized squares of paper and put them into a hat.  My husband was the official chooser of the name.

And the winner is...Stephanie!  Congratulations!  I'll be contacting you with details on how to claim your registration.

And if you didn't win but still want to tri, use the code TRIDU13 for $10 off your registration fee.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

See Jane Run Race Entry Raffle

I was never a swimmer as a kid.  In fact, I don't think I knew anyone who was.  I guess that's just not something the city kids in Philadelphia did when I was growing up.  Oh sure, we'd go to the pool at the public rec center, "The Rec", and splash around on hot days.  My family even belonged to a swim club when I was growing up.  But my skills were limited to if you pushed me into the pool I won't drown, but don't ask me to swim a lap of any recognized stroke.

Mermaid Lake Swim Club
When I injured my hip in 2008 I decided to join the local YMCA so I could swim instead of running.  Let's just say that that was a very humbling experience.  I don't know why I thought I could just buy a swimsuit, get in the pool, and start swimming laps even though I'd never done it in my entire life.  I think I spent more time doing water jogging than swimming.  And once I recovered from my injury and was able to get back to more land based activities, swimming fell by the wayside.

Over the past few years I've done a number of duathlons to change things up from strictly running and to get some cross training.  I always enjoyed the multisport experience, so I decided maybe it was time to literally take the plunge and really learn how to swim.

I started with some group swim lessons.  While they may have helped with the technique, I still didn't feel like I "got it" when the session ended.  I kept going to the pool and trying to apply what I had learned, but I still could not swim one length of the pool.  So for my birthday last September, I told my husband that I wanted private swim lessons and he bought me a set of five half hour sessions.

It took a lot of work and some persistence on my part, but all of a sudden one night while I was swimming something just clicked.  I felt like I "got it", and now  I regularly swim over 1000 yards every time I go to the pool.  I am amazed and proud all at the same time.

I have really fallen in love with swimming, and I've since completed three triathlons and am doing my fourth in a few weeks.  And here is your chance to win a free entry to that triathlon to do it along with me.

I am giving a way one free entry to the See Jane Run Triathlon on October 5 in Pleasanton.  All you have to do to enter is comment on this blog post telling me that you want to Tri...or that you want to Du.  That's right!  Even if you can't swim, you can still participate in the Duathlon - Run/Bike/Run.  And if you share this post on Twitter and leave another comment telling me you did so, I'll give you a second chance to win.  It's that simple.

It's a great event and a great atmosphere.  Why not join me?  What have you got to lose?  The winner will be chosen next Sunday, September 8 so please enter by September 7.