Monday, April 28, 2014

Some Monday Tidbits

A random Monday morning post since I haven't written anything in a while.

I went to an open water swim clinic on Saturday and it was very helpful.  I was much more confident in the water than last year, but I still have a long way to go.  I don't know why I struggle so much in open water.  I can easily swim 400 yards in the pool, but for some reason open water just seems so much harder for me.  There must be something mental going on but I don't know what because I was so relaxed and happy in the lake.  Maybe I start out too fast.  But I'm really glad I went to this clinic because I would feel totally comfortable going back to this lake to practice on my own.  They have roped lanes and when we left there were quite a few people out there in wetsuits swimming laps between the ropes.  They also have lifeguards on duty at certain times.  So I'm going to try to get back out there a couple of times before June.  I also rented a sleeveless wetsuit for the clinic to see if I liked it better than full sleeve.  I like it so much, I decided to extend my rental through the race in June.

The Sharks took a 3-0 lead in their playoff series vs. LA but still haven't been able to finish them off.  Tonight is game six.  I really want them to win tonight because I don't think my heart can take going to game 7 on Wednesday.  Go Sharks!

I've been sticking with my training pretty consistently for the past few weeks, though I did miss a bike workout last week.

I'm playing in my first golf tournament of the summer on Saturday.  We've got eight women making up two teams, and my husband is also playing on a team with a few friends.  After the tournament, we'll go back to the bar that is sponsoring the tournament for dinner, drinks, and prizes.

And that's it for this Monday.  Have a great week!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Swim, Bike, Done!

I feel like I've been a bit of a blogging downer lately - complaining about what I can't do and my lack of motivation.  Yesterday I was running on only about five hours sleep, which for me is NOT enough.  And when I'm tired everything seems more bleak.

I was in bed early last night and woke up feeling refreshed and optimistic today.  I'm even even considering signing up for another race - an Aquabike!

No, not this kine of aquabike!
I still don't know if I'm going to do Catfish this year.  There has been no word on whether they are sticking with the regular location or moving it.  The race company that puts on Catfish has had to move one of their triathlons to a location near the ocean, and I'm worried they are going to hold Catfish at the same place.  I don't feel like I'm a strong enough swimmer to conquer a mile in the ocean - the current makes me dizzy and my fear of sharks (the fish, not the hockey team) is very real.

But this same company holds another triathlon in June at a lake and they offer an aquabike option.  So swim/bike/done instead of swim/bike/run!  They offer both a sprint distance and an international distance.  Since I wouldn't have to run (or walk) at the end, why not push myself and go a little longer on the swim and bike?

I'm still sorting things out in my head and I would need to put together a training plan like yesterday if I'm going to do this, but it makes me feel better just knowing that I've got some more options out there if Catfish falls through.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Gettin' It Done - Sort Of

One advantage to walking instead of running - I can get those workouts in at lunchtime.  I wouldn't dream of going for a run at lunchtime.  I'd have to get totally changed, drive somewhere to run (my work neighborhood isn't the greatest between safety issues and the traffic), cool down and stretch, and get back to work and changed all in about an hour.  Then I'd probably spend the rest of the day feeling sweaty and gross.  But with walking, no problem!  I just change into my running shoes and I'm good to go.   I don't get nearly as sweaty and it takes much less time to cool down and stretch after a walk.

This is what my hip says to me.

Because of this, I was able to get in 2 swims, 2 bikes, and 2 walks last week - even with a Sharks game on Friday night, plans with my parents on Saturday, and a birthday party for a friend on Sunday afternoon.

I know it shouldn't be that hard to get in all of my training workouts considering how short in duration they are at this point.  But I haven't been able to get myself out of bed for morning workouts ever since we changed the clocks last month.  So during the week if anything comes up in the evenings (like a hockey game!) or if I want to play golf on the weekend, I've got to either juggle my schedule, double up on some evenings, or - GASP! - skip a workout.

I'm having a really hard time getting my head in the game this year.  I thought by this time my hip issue would be sorted out but it isn't.  And that leaves me reluctant to sign up for races.

The drought hasn't helped my motivation either. You would think I'd be thrilled that I don't have to deal with rain when I want to go out and swim/bike/walk.  But I still don't know where the Catfish swim is going to be held this year, and because of that I haven't trained for it.

I'm trying to turn things around.  I really am!  I know how good I feel when I get it all done, and I know how much better race day will go if I'm prepared.  So I'm just going to build on last week's success and juggle the schedule in a way that will give me the best chance of success to get it all done this week, too.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Shifting Focus

Today I met with the surgeon who performed my hip surgery five years ago.  I won't go into too much detail about what he said, but my options are basically surgery or suck-it-up.  For now I'm going with the suck-it-up option.  I'm just not in the right place right now - mentally or financially - to undergo surgery which will have me out of work for at least 1-2 months.  (Right leg = no driving.)  And I can't imagine an entire summer without golf!

However, he did say that by losing weight, lifting weights, and doing low-impact cardio (like, not running!) I could extend the time before surgery would become inevitable.  So in my mind, what I heard him say is that if I lose weight, I can run.

For now...
So I'm making a deal with myself.  I need to make a serious effort about losing weight and getting stronger.  No more half-assed efforts about it.  No more candy stash in my desk drawer.  No more buying ice cream every weekend.  No more saying, I'll lift weights tomorrow.  No more signing up for 5ks unless I honestly intend to walk them and not run them.  I need to exercise moderation in my diet and I need to exercise laser focus with my strength training.  If I can shed a substantial amount of weight (number to be determined entirely by me!), I will let myself get back to running.  But for now I'm going to stick to walking - and for now, today, at this moment, I'm OK with that.

But what I can still do is swim.  And I can still bike.  And I can still walk.  Which means, I can still do triathlons!   So this season I'm going to stick with the ladies' events like Mermaid and See Jane Run because they seem less competitive and there are plenty of other walkers at these events.  I'm going to work hard on my swimming and biking.  And I will walk the run.  So I guess it's time to get serious about training for my first triathlon of the season.  June is right around the corner!