Monday, May 28, 2007

Great weekend of training

I did my first duathlon of the season while developing bronchitis and raced in 40 degree temps. Not one of my briter moments - but hey - the bright side is that my first run split was better than last year - the bad news is - my overall time was :24 seconds slower than last year. Bummer.
So - I was really looking forward to this weekend to get in some well needed training. Since I've been sick I simply have not felt like training and have headed straight for bed almost every night this past week. Saturday, I did my first two hour bike in pretty cool and windy conditions. Came home....soaked in a hot tub.....slept for an hour.....headed out for a two hour run. While it was the best run, I did it and it felt GREAT! Sunday, I met my coach and teammates and headed out to the Afton hills. I was excited with anticipation as I've heard the hills out there are horrendous. First, however, we did a little two hour runs through the hills and trails of Afton State Park.
Now - can I ask you - have you ever heard someone have an asthma attack? Have you ever caught a fish and watched it try and breathe once you've pulled it into the boat - gapping for air? Yeah - if you've seen either one of those, or both, you can invision what I must have looked like and sounded like. It brought me to tears and I felt so weak. At 1 1/2 hours I was ready to call it quits but my a new friend of mine piped up and said - no - we have to do two hours. Thanks Michelle. I needed that. Onward and upward. (literally)
After that, we biked for about an hour and hills were everything and more I expected and made me feel good for getting my butt out of bed that morning. So good - I bought a season pass and I'm going back for more.....hopefully.....

The Season is here and I'm not

I've been doing this endurance thing for a few years. It was something I began because it was a dream of mine since watching Sian Welch and Wendy Ingraham in 1997. When I volunteered at the first Wisconsin Ironman as a finish line catcher, I thought to myself - this is it - it's time....what do I need to do to get started.
I've since done a few races here and there and even participated & finished my first Ironman in Wisconsin in 2005. In 2006 I was depressed I had not signed up for any Ironman races - but knowing my body - well - I'm probably not one of those people who can just pick up and do them year after year.
Last year - I talked a friend of mine into doing Lake Placid with me - and I just don't feel it this year. Nothing seems to be coming together like it should. I've had hip problems to contend with, talk of surgery....blah, blah, blah....and now four weeks of sinus infections and bronchitis. Crap - just shoot me now.
The only two races I'm signed up for other than LP(an olympic and 1/2 iron) are back to back weekends this weekend and next and I feel I'm not ready.... and then only one month of training until show time. This is insane. I'm not ready - not at all......

Monday, May 21, 2007

Newbie Tri Blogger

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