Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Coyote Hills 5k Race Report

What better way to get my mind back into the swing of working out than to sign up for a 5k. When Meredith suggested this one, I thought why not? I'd done it before - twice - so I knew what to expect. And I thought a race would help get my focus back.

It was a beautiful morning, but cold when I arrived.  The race was a trail race through a park, so they had us park at a nearby office complex where they had shuttles to take us to/from the park.  Bonus - the building at the office complex was open which meant real bathrooms!  (It's the little things that get runners/triathletes excited.)

I got there with plenty of time to find Meredith, pick up my bib/packet, and drop my stuff off at the bag check.  There was a half marathon, a 10k, and a 5k. I love the Brazen races because there are people of all ages and abilities out there.

This is my life now.
It was a pretty uneventful race, except for the fact that I felt like I was flying.  Seriously, I didn't run a single step the first mile and finished it in 16:12 - blazing fast walking pace for me.  And the next two miles were even faster - 16:03 and 15:19 - although I did start running the downhills in these two miles.

At the bottom of the downhill at mile 3 - heading to the finish.
The course was actually 3.5 miles vs. the typical 3.1 of a 5k since it was on a trail.  I finished with a time of 55:10 and was really pleased with my time since I had planned on walking the entire thing. It was such a beautiful day and I really enjoyed myself.  I think I may have caught the racing bug again - just in time for tri season.

Crossing the finish.
I'm also really happy with how my hip held up.  I wasn't in pain the following day like I expected to be - just a little stiff like I had a good hard workout.  That makes me feel like I can actually start making plans for this year.  In fact, I'm thinking of doing a 10k this spring and maybe a fall half marathon.  I'm not sure what my next race will be, but after this weekend I'm sure I'll be signing up for something in the very near future.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Never Enough Time

I've been back on the exercise wagon for just about two weeks now and I'm soooooo happy to be back at it.  After the Real Ryder spin class last week, I was sore for days - and I loved it.  It's been so long since I've had that "I really had a good workout" sore feeling.  Since my "comeback" I've swam, I've gone to spin, I've walked, I've played golf, and I've gone to Pilates.  Tomorrow I'm walking a 5k and Sunday I'm playing golf again. I can't believe how long I went without a consistent workout schedule.

And that brings me back to trying to figure out what I want to do this year.  I don't know why I feel this sense of pressure to have dates marked on the calendar with races and events.  I guess because these aren't the type of things that I can just wake up one day and decide to do the next day.  I can't decide on Tuesday that I'm going to do a triathlon on Saturday of the same week.  I mean, theoretically I could. And I have no doubt that I could complete a sprint triathlon tomorrow. But it would be miserable. I would probably finish dead fucking last, and I stand a greater chance of getting injured.

This is how I feel at every race - and a sprint tri takes less than half the time of a round of golf!

At the same time, I am not ready to get back to working out 6 times a week - 2 swims, 2 rides, 2 walks.  I am not ashamed to admit that I enjoyed waking up every weekend morning for the past few months without feeling a sense of obligation.  I didn't have to meet anyone for a bike ride, or rush off to a race, or scarf down a quick breakfast as I drove to spin class.

And I know I've said this before, but I really want to focus on strength training.  I want to be fit and strong.  I figure that will only help my triathlon efforts.  And lately I've been thinking of changing my focus altogether.  Instead of a few short swim/bike/run(walk) events this year, why not a longer swim, a longer bike, and a longer walk.  I still would like to do one or two sprint triathlons, but I'm also considering a 10k or maybe even a half marathon.  I've already got the longer swim planned - Catfish.  Maybe I'll find a metric century to ride. I think it would be easier to focus on just one or two disciplines plus strength training instead of all three plus strength training.

As always, I'm a work in process!

Monday, January 12, 2015

I Hope I Don't Jinx Myself

I'm cautiously writing this post.  As I mentioned a previous post, I got sick with a cold after Thanksgiving that I just couldn't shake.  As it turns out, I think I've had a couple of colds since Thanksgiving, the latest starting on January 3.

I have had to cancel more plans than I ever had in my life since Thanksgiving - workout plans, dinner with friends, golf.  It's been incredibly frustrating to not have the energy to workout.  But I think I am FINALLY ready to get back at it.  (This is where I hope I don't jinx myself comes in!)

Back in the beginning of December I purchased a Groupon for a studio that has Pilates type classes, barre classes, and Real Ryder classes.  The Real Ryder classes are a spin class, but the bikes move from side to side - so it's supposed to simulate riding a road bike.

Lean to the left...lean to the right.
So tonight I'm going to my first class at this studio.  I'm so excited.  I think the workout I've missed the most has been spinning.

I've also renewed my tri club membership this weekend in the hope of getting in some more open water swims this year.  And today I renewed my USAT membership as well.

With the sickness (hopefully) behind me, I'm finally feeling ready to start tackling 2015!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Boom! It's 2015

And just like that, we're in a new year.  I purposely didn't do a 2014 recap because it was a year of such mixed emotions for me.  Between my struggle with running (or not running) and the drought, I had a hard time setting goals and planning for races.  But I also had a fun year outside of my fitness pursuits.  My friends and I managed to get together three times to golf together - a record for us trying find a free day for 8 people!  I got to go to Florida to visit my Philly friends.  I became a LEED® Green Associate.  And I got a new car.

So what's in store for 2015?

This.  Just this.
Oh, sure I have some goals for 2015.  I am going to do that 1 mile Catfish swim that I didn't do last year.  I'd like to do two sprint triathlons, but I haven't chosen which ones yet.  The Mermaid triathlon that I do every June has been cancelled this year, so I need to pick a different race.  And I'd like to do an Olympic distance Aquabike this year.

But I'd also like to play more golf.  And I'd like to go see a couple of theater shows.  I want to go to a jazz concert. And I'd like to take Emma to different places. I might even look for a new job.

So I think "Just do shit!" pretty well sums up my plans for 2015.