Tuesday, December 31, 2013

What I Did and Learned in 2013

2013 was an exciting year for me.  I completed four triathlons - more than I had originally thought I would do.  I did not, however, complete a metric century bike ride.  I discovered that at that point in time, I did not want to spend every Saturday morning on my bike for hours on end in the cold.  And that's OK.  Live and learn!

What else happened in 2013?

I started a love affair with swimming - even in open water.

I biked more miles than I have since I was a kid.

I ran...

and I walked, sometimes with friends.

Sometimes my friends and I got dirty.

But more often, we kept it clean and celebrated our accomplishments.

I vacationed.

And I golfed.

And even though I spent the latter part of the year battling an injury, I'm still finishing out my year feeling like this!

Wishing you all a safe, happy, and healthy 2014!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Monday Randomness

  • I've been going to ART consistently for the past six weeks and while there has been improvement - I am running again! - I feel like I've hit a plateau in my healing.
  • When I started back with running, I started the C25K program again.  For some reason, this time around it's feeling easier than in the past.  Seems like all of that swimming is paying off in better lung capacity.
  • For some people, fall is marathon/half marathon season.  For me, apparently it's golf season.  I've played almost weekly for the past two months.
Perfect golf conditions this weekend.
  • I think I've decided on which races I want to do in 2014.  Let's just hope my aging body cooperates.
  • These middle of the week holidays are making it hard for me to keep track of what day it is.
  • In addition to a lot of golf, I also feel like I've been to a lot of hockey games in the past two months.  'Tis the season!
  • I'm really looking forward to watching the winter Olympics.  I love the winter games!
  • I've been enjoying spending time walking and hiking with friends since I'm not currently training for anything in particular.  Five miles yesterday!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Plans and Goals. Goals and Plans.

It's already past the halfway point in December and I can't believe that I haven't come up with a plan for next year.  Last year I was so excited to get started in triathlon, I was planning my races and reading everything I could get my hands on regarding the sport.

Now that I've met my goal of becoming a triathlete (did I really do 4 tri's this year?), I'm having trouble deciding what races to do next year.  Do I do the same events and try to beat my time?  Do I try different events to get a feel for different conditions/venues? Do I go up in distance and shoot for an Olympic distance triathlon?  And what about a half marathon?

Some triathlons I'm considering - I will most likely choose 2-3:

Silicon Valley Super Sprint (April) - really short course; a good "warm up" tri to kick off the season

Moraga Triathlon (April) - I really like the pool swim and I'd be much better prepared for those bike hills

Mermaid Alameda (June) - another repeat of last year with a goal to SMASH my swim time

California Sprint Triathlon (June) - same location as the Tri for Fun and See Jane Run from 2013

Oakland Triathlon (August) - an inaugural event so this would be interesting

See Jane Run Triathlon (September) - revenge on that bike course and the flat tire!

Some half marathons I'm considering - I will only do 1 of these:

Mermaid Series East Bay (May) - close to home and not too hot yet

See Jane Run (June) - I'm familiar with the location

OktoberRun Redwood City (October) - Can't get any closer to home than this one!

San Jose Rock & Roll (October) - I've always wanted to do this one

Morgan Hill Half Marathon (October) - I've done this one so I know what to expect.

The thing that is making this all the more complicated is that I have a free race entry to a See Jane Run event for 2014 - so I can either do the half in June or the tri in October.  I only wish the dates of the events were swapped, as I'd rather do a June tri and an October half marathon!

But there is one event that I haven't even mentioned that I do have my eye on for next year.  I am going to do the Catfish Open Water Swim in June.  There is a choice of 500 yard, 1.2 mile, or 2.4 mile swims, and I'm planning to do the 1.2 mile swim.  And since I'm putting this out there, I'm really going to have to keep my word to myself and get to Masters swim next month!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Reasons and Excuses

I haven't blogged in a few weeks because I feel like I haven't had anything to write about.

I still haven't given masters swimming a try.  I was going to do it last Monday, I swear.  I packed my gym bag and headed to the gym with every intention of diving in (so to speak).  What I didn't realize was that my little town was holding their annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Monday evening, and I had to drive right past it in order to get to the gym.  So instead of getting there with plenty of time to change and speak with the coach before the 6:00 start time, I pulled into the parking lot at 6:05.  I wasn't going to be late for my first session - good first impressions, and all that - so I just swam on my own that night.

My plan is to start out by going on Mondays & Wednesdays, with an occasional weekend session thrown in when my schedule permits (read, when I don't feel the need to sleep in or play golf).  Mondays & Wednesdays are the workouts that focus on freestyle, so I'd like to get into a routine and get used to the length of the workouts before adding in the pressure of breaststroke and backstroke.

So after the bah humbug of the Christmas tree lighting interfered with my Monday plans, you're probably wondering why I didn't just go last Wednesday.  I'll tell you why.  38 degrees, that's why!  In case you've been living under a rock or haven't left your house in over a week, just about the entire country has been hit with extremely cold weather, including my little section of California where we tend to have the best weather all year round.  When I get up in the morning, it's been in the high 20s or low 30s.  And when I get off of work, it's been in the 40s.  These temperatures don't scream "Let's go swimming!" to me, so I haven't been in the pool since last Monday.  And it's not going to happen this week unless temperatures suddenly climb about 20 degrees by Wednesday.

Now I could start next week and go Monday & Wednesday.  But the following week I have a hockey game on Monday & Christmas is on Wednesday.  The following week has New Years Day on Wednesday.  So that would mean I could only go three times in the course of three weeks.

I know it sounds like excuses, and there is probably some truth to that.  But if I'm going to do this, I really want to be able to get into a routine and be consistent with going - at least for the first month or so.  So, I'm putting it out there.  I absolutely WILL go to the 6:00 pm masters swim practice on Monday, January 6.  You read it here first!