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Dingos sweating out the evil in July - Page 11post #201 of 3127/21/13 at 12:12pmpost #202 of 3127/21/13 at 12:28pmpost #203 of 3127/21/13 at 1:03pmHello ... hello ... hello
I can hear my voice echo in this forum today
RR: Kicked my own arse today. I usually do 2 on, 1 off (cardio, weights, off) so I can recover from weights. But Im and Im on a roll, which means I want to complete an even set of days before I leave which means I have to do 4 in a row. Today was day 3 (weights yesterday). I figured Id run slowly to the gym, ride the bike gently, maybe do some HIIT on the treadmill and run home slowly.
So, I ran at a decent clip to the gym (20 minutes), bikes were full, so I did the intervals on the TM (fast run, walk) for 10, then 20 min. intervals on the bike, then 10 more on the TM, and then I figured I could walk home if I couldnt make it, but I ran the 20 home
Basically, I felt GREAT! I mean, tired, but this is the first run that felt like a real run (strong, forceful, decent pace) in years! It's a rolling up and down both directions, and I ran up the hills fine, and down fine, no needling aches or pains. I felt like a runner, and seriously thought "oh my god, I remember you!"
Not that I want to do that again soon
Nic - All that to say, the things I now experience as great pleasures came about because I hit a wall with my body and "had" to do something to deal with it. I meditate every day because I have to, and there was a time this felt like punishment, but ever since it has felt like transcendence! I pulled my achilles, and right after, my hamstring, 5 years ago. I havnt run since. I spent a year doing everything to get my ability back (endless PT, A.R.T., icing, foam rolling, praying! ) and finally when I started to accept and focus on what my body could do, things slowly started coming back. I started lifting, and lifting in a specific way (doing exercises targeted to my ailments) in hopes that if I got strong enough I could run a little again. Today was a direct result. To have a run where I felt so strong, I know its from weights. And its hard to imagine pounding my body the way I used to without the strength I have now. And, being strong feels awesome, in a different way than being a runner felt awesome. BUT, making the transition SUCKED. I hate to say it, but life sometimes gives you what you need, not what you want (which is such a PIA platitude, I know, sorry)
GO BEC GO !!!!!!!!post #204 of 3127/21/13 at 2:53pm
Well, reporting in from WI to say bec gets nice, cool--if wet--weather for racing today. Go bec! Can't wait to hear!
sparkle, I love the sound of your voice when you feel powerful like that. I think you blew off your steam, so that's good. A la Mom, I mean.
I am feeling like such a lame POS. Man, fasting has me wiped. I did an hour of yoga today, though, and some of the ECEs (not squats, but subbed wall sits and goddess pose). It's the combination of fasting and being in too close quarters with the kids, I think, without a break from each other. I'd say it's slowly killing me, but maybe not slowly. Anyway, we're about a third in now. I should be hitting my stride.post #205 of 3127/21/13 at 5:05pmpost #206 of 3127/21/13 at 5:05pmpost #207 of 3127/22/13 at 4:29am
Jo, I don't know how you do it. for a good day!
Yay, Sparkle, you are on a roll! Sounds like a great run.
My kids have 3.5 more weeks of summer. I am looking forward to fewer activities during that time - best of all, no travel! My kids have been yearning for some unstructured playtime. I have been yearning for some P&Q.
RR: Ran 6 miles yesterday. It was supposed to be a rain run, but I dilly-dallied too long and paid the price by running in the post-rain humidity.post #208 of 3127/22/13 at 5:49amGood Morning! I was hoping to hear from Bec about her race, but I'm sure she's exhausted .
sparkle - what you described is EXACTLY where I want to be. Where did you get your lifting routine? I really, really need to start lifting.
RM - wow! That's really early to go back to school!
jooj - cut yourself a little slack. You're fasting 17 hours a day without even water!
Plady - the salt flat sounds fun
RR - walked last night and happily saw more outdoor activity in my neighborhood .
NRR - The conference swim meet was long, and hot, but our team won the championship! DS swam really well and DD2 cut 2 seconds off her best freestyle time. DD1 was bummed that she wasn't chosen to swim. Tonight is the end-of-season banquet and another summer swim season in the bag. I sure will miss it, honestly. DS and DD1 are heading to church camp on Wednesday for 4 days. After that, DH is hosting his annual model railroader meet the following weekend. Must stop the busyness!post #209 of 3127/22/13 at 7:03amQuote:
Oh my gosh, we saw the most awesome model railroad "museum" a couple of weeks ago. I will have to try to upload some pics...
This is just a little detail of a house that would "burn" and the little firetruck has a siren. This model was probably 20 yards long and 3 yards deep! It was very neat and fun to look at. Can you see the ski slope and lift in the background? I can just imagine what fun the people have thinking up new ideas and making them come to life. Although, when I think about it, the actual trains are secondary to the whole landscape!post #210 of 3127/22/13 at 10:33am
jaygee~Congrats on the championship!
sparkle~That power post was just.darn.inspiring. I feel like I should log off and go lift some weights immediately. Of course that would require my actually owning weights. Ahh, details.
plady~That salt flat sounds fun! And for the fancy theater gear!!
mel~I used to think I hated rain runs. Now I'm pretty sure I hate humid runs even more.
summer~I don't know how much longer my kids have, and I refuse to calculate it. La, la, la. That's me with my fingers in my ears, ignoring that this all must come to an end. Maybe it's because I also go back to school (work) right before they do, but I'm happily ensconced in the lazy days of summer. Well, not so lazy. But fun, hot, somewhat unstructured, and busy in ways that I choose to make it so. In fact, I actually made a "to do" list today--because important things like make doctor's appointments are falling by the wayside--and I added "catch up with the Dingoes" to the list. I've been casually following along on my phone here and there, but I wanted some time to sit down and really attend to the group.
rr~A coworker asked me to run a fall half with him. This after I decided to take a year off of racing two years ago. Yeah, I guess I need to get back out there. I agreed, and we've tentatively selected the Baltimore Half on October 12th. We'd both prefer something else so I should probably start looking. This whole thing means that I've officially started training. I'm using Hal Higdon's intermediate program. 3 miles today, plus my ECEs: 100 squats, 1 min wall sit, 60 push ups, 30 tricep dips, 3 1-min planks.post #211 of 3127/22/13 at 11:55amJG - I've always lifted, so I had the basics of what to do. But I'd been doing the same thing since high school; mostly linear motions in stop and start sets. Then maybe 4 years ago I was approached at the gym by a trainer who asked what I was training for b/c I looked like I knew what I was doing. I laughed and said something like "life" "kids" "my youth" ... She said that she really liked training athletes, and offered to train me for one session to show me some better ways to do it. So I explained my injuries and goals, and she put together a one hour work-out that I did with her one time.
What I do now is some of what we did that day, and other things I came up with from what I learned from her that day and figured out since. Here is a list of the main ingredients of what I do, but Im happy to get more specific if you desire
The key to my routine (and honestly, what is understood now about how we should be lifting, i.e. not all linear) is built around hip stability and core strength mostly. Or, that's the foundation of what I do, and then Ive added stuff on. So you would want a foundation built around your specific ailments (my IT band stuff, and pulled, chronic mystery hamstring injury pretty much go away with a lot of gluteus medialis strength...)
I try to make most of my activities incorporate 2 or 3 different body parts. For example, I do one exercise where I get in push-up position with barbells in my hands, and SUCK MY CORE IN HARD (you dont want your hips to move AT ALL ) and then pull one barbell up at a time (a variation on "lawn-mowers"). This gets my lats and my core. Another one is push-ups with my feet on a little platform with wheels. I do one push-up, then lift my ass in the air as my feet roll up toward my hands, as far as I can, then roll back to push-up position and do a push-up.
I also try to include lots of movements that require balance, or crossing the midline, so that I have to engage my core.
That's it. I have a 5 minute warm-up of a few things that warm up my legs, arms, and core. Then I do 4-5 paired things that alternate legs and upper body (3 sets of each). So with the "lawn-mowers" I alternate with lateral step-ups. So 10 step-ups on each leg, then down into push-up position for lawn-mowers (10 on each arm), then back to step-ups, until Ive done 3 sets of each, and then I move to the next pair. The whole thing takes about 80 minutes, but I leave some stuff off, or drop the number of sets if Im tired or in a hurry.
If I were you, would work with a trainer for 2-3 sessions just to get a routine in place, and get the basics understood. Then you can start to watch other people for ideas of things to add on or change. Or keep the trainer if you need the structure.
BTW, CONGRATS on your kids swimming!! I hope Dh appreciates in the same way he would soccer
RR: weight circuit. 4th work-out in a row. Tomorrow is off. Then cardio Wed., weights Th, and then we leave for "camp" Th afternoonpost #212 of 3127/22/13 at 12:11pmI keep reading but not posting from my phone. We're on our way home from the trip to grandma's party/family reunion. Lots of good lake swims and a little workout on an outdoor gym thing.
My grandma rode up to her 100th birthday party on the back of a motorcycle. She made the front page of the Sunday paper. It's subscription only, but here's a photo.post #213 of 3127/22/13 at 4:06pm
Mel, that picture is just awe inspiring, heart warming and funny! I love it. Your grandma looks great and must be a really fun person!
One of our family friends in Germany celebrated her 99th birthday on the day I had to fly home, so I missed the party. Believe it or not, she is doing better now at 99 than she was at 96 when we were living there. She goes out every day with her walker, goes to the baker and the butcher, visits with friends, etc. Her apartment is on the 3rd floor, no elevator!
Real, thanks for asking, my in-laws are hanging in there. Both of them had to go to the hospital while we were there (the reason why our hiking trip had to be canceled). They are both much better now, but my FIL is very disheartened that after a life-time of good health, he is seeing his health decline. He doesn't bounce back from procedures very well and he still has some things that need to be done. For one thing, he really needs a knee replacement, but is now terrified that he will not recover well. He seemed quite depressed, which is sad. I have always known him as a very gruff and, at times, insensitive man, but full of humor and, despite it all, fun to be around. My MIL has had so many health issues, but she keeps her fighting spirit, stays active as much as she can, shops for fashionable clothes, visits friends, keeps house, all that. I wish we could do more for them - being very far away is hard.post #214 of 3127/22/13 at 9:57pmQuote:Rock n' Roll Denver...Oct 20, just sayin'...
Home, sweet, home at last. Ahhh...if only I had a little more time to enjoy it before going back to work tomorrow night! It was an absolutely amazing weekend. I don't know why I forget every year how inspiring and uplifting this ride is. This morning, I met a little girl (maybe 9 years old?) who was in the hospital two years ago this weekend with a brain tumor...and today she finished her second straight Courage Classic. Awesome. I had a blast catching up with old friends and making new ones. My teammates are fabulous, and we had the best time riding and hanging out. And, we raised $50,000 for the neuroscience institute at Children's hospital. I am tired (ok, exhausted) and very, very sore, but it was so worth it! One of the many awesome things about the weekend was that I came out of it feeling very reassured about signing up for IM. I spent probably about an hour and half on day one riding and chatting with a 5 time Ironman finisher, and then met a medic after the ride yesterday who has done several IM and is an RN (and therefore understands my schedule issues). Both guys were awesome and totally made me feel like I can do it. The medic even connected me with his coach, who, if I can afford it, sounds like he would be most excellent idea.
One nanny interview done tonight, another set up for tomorrow, although she called me earlier just to give me a heads up that her DH had a phone interview for an out-of-town job this morning. I'm still going to interview her, but not promising. I had what looked like the perfect candidate apply on Saturday, but she hasn't replied to my offer to set up an interview. Bah. I liked the girl I interviewed tonight, but I'm not reassured that her situation lends itself to being with me long-term.
rr~Did I mention that my knees hurt? And my ladybits. Three days of riding on not nearly enough training will do that to ya... Day one was the hardest. The routes were different this year, due to asbestos remediation at the usual start/finish area. So, the new route for day one added an extra 15 miles and a mountain pass. It was an absolutely gorgeous ride, and I felt pretty good for the first two and a half-ish passes, but by about halfway up the third, my knees were screaming. Vail Pass was the last pass of the day, and it's a doozy even when you haven't already ridden 65 miles. Holy cow, did that ever hurt. I've ridden that pass several times, and it has never hurt as much as it did on Saturday! It was pretty miserable...but the feeling of accomplishment when we were finished was fantastic! For those of you on FB, my new profile pic is crossing the finish line on day 1. Day two was a beautiful ride that would have been no big deal, if not for the previous day's ride. It was about 45 miles, only one real climb, but my knees were hurting a LOT. Still, I had a ton of fun with my teammates, stopping for pictures and goofing off along the way. We even organized to ride in across the finish line in formation (a triple flying V, for the record ). Today's ride was only 33 miles, with very little climbing. I did almost the entire ride with a group of 6-8 girls on my team. We pacelined the majority of it, and it was pretty awesome. I was definitely on the back of the paceline, but I held on until the very end of the climb back to the start (the exact same spot I got dropped from the mini paceline I was riding with yesterday!). And now, back to real life, and training for that marathon thing that I have to run in a few months...post #215 of 3127/22/13 at 10:03pmpost #216 of 3127/23/13 at 11:12amGaye, you are so inspiring!! I love the way you handle life!
Any word on Bec?
Sunscreen- we don't use it either. Except zinc by my dh and only on his nose.
JG, I read that book, too, this summer. Are you on Goodreads? While we are at "camp" my kids play those games regularly, plus Sardines, Mafia, & "Dark Tag" but at home not much bc we are so isolated. What I wish is that my kids could have friends to play with in the woods. It seems you're either isolated with woods or with friends but no woods. Congrats to those swimmers! On Sat while driving we saw a number of cars with swim cheers all over the windows. I thought of you.
Bec, you're inspiring me. I think we'll Geocache this fall.
Kerc, love that pic!
Sparkle, totally agree. Weights are my crutch during this midlife transition.
Towson, yay on picking a race!! I know that's what I need to do, too, but I'm so unmotivated.
Mel, love that picture of your grandma!!
Mel38, sad to hear about the cancelled hike and your il's health.
School: my boxes should have arrived. I'll take a week or 2 to get organized and then we'll start school. I'm not waiting around bc I have my eyes on a fall camping trip plus other weeks I may want to take off.
RR: I finished out our trip with several more lake runs. They were awesome - much easier and more fun than when I began. Legs look/feel good. Wattle looks gone but my waist has grown from daily cocktails, beer & wine. I need to detox...post #217 of 3127/23/13 at 11:37amtjsmama - your pictures of the ride on FB were amazing! I would love to live somewhere where I could bike in the mountains like that. Congratulations on another great Courage Classic ride ! Color me jealous of your 2014 race list too!
lofty - I was talking with another friend yesterday about playing outside and think it might just be my neighborhood . She said kids are out in her neighborhood playing every night.... and she only lives a mile from me!
MelW - love, love, love that pic! One of my great aunts is 99, still lives alone, walks to the store and home and is looking forward to her 100th next year. She lives in Germany, like Mel38's family friend.
sparkle - thank you so much for all the information on your lifting routine. I talked to DH about it last night and he agrees that a couple of sessions with a trainer are needed. As soon as school starts back up in 3 weeks, I'm setting it up at the Y. I even know exactly which trainer I want (the 40-something one, who is strong and healthy looking).
NRR - a disappointing morning today. We had planned to head back to the Johnson Shut-ins swimming holes with friends today, but DD2 got up absolutely covered with an itchy rash. So instead of a day at the river, we went to the doctor. He thought it was some kind of histamine reaction to the pool water or the sun and put her on an antihistamine. It's not a virus, or a bug bite, so we'll see if it clears up with the antihistamine and a few days out of the sun.
RR - need to get out there today. Perhaps a swim in the indoor pool?post #218 of 3127/23/13 at 1:30pm
I'm sorry I went totally AWOL! I had absolutely no cellular reception in Wisconsin. It was hard being cut off like that, but I am back now, so have been trying to get caught up on all that I have to report to!
I'll start with the ugly. I was sick. I am sick. I continue to be sick. I went to the doctor who said bronchitis. He gave me antibiotics and Advair. Coughing and coughing and coughing is not a lot of fun. It turns out it is less fun when trying to do three pretty intensively aerobic sports. On to the run report.
The day was absolutely perfect. Overcast, high of 69 projected for the day. It was in the mid 50's when we started, with a water temp just under 70 degrees (I think it was closer to 68-69). The swim is kind of like a hammerhead. You swim out past a pier, then turn to the right for a while. Then, turn around, swim past the starting point and continue a little way before swimming towards shore and transition. While swimming out to the pier to turn right, I realize that the waves and chop is a lot more than it appeared. I was having a hard time timing my strokes with my breath with the waves. So, I would either get a face full of water or have my inner ear protest as I was tossed about while looking the wrong way. I felt my heart rate sky rocket and decided to tread water for a moment while I got myself (and my now pretty full fledged panic attack) under control. That was when a woman from my training team (we were staying in her house, in fact) who was in my wave came up to me to talk me down off the ledge (she had just gotten her freak out in hand, and was paying it forward). I had a nice coughing fit, spat out some phlegm and continued. That was when the sea sickness hit. I was so nauseated. I felt dizzy, nauseous and overwhelmed. I really thought that was going to be the end. I swam to a kayak and held on for a few moments, got my stomach under control and continued. It was sloooow going. I knew there were 40 buoys and I knew they were about 1 lap in the pool distanced, so I went from there. Lap by lap. I rested a few more times. By the time I got to buoy 20, I was really done. I thought I was going to throw up, and I had no idea how that would actually work while in the water. I didn't see myself surviving that. And, I saw the jet ski that had the rescue raft that was used. I made the decision at that point to give up. All I wanted was to stop, get hauled to the beach, puke and move on with my life. I was done. I started making my way to it. Before I reached it, though, it sped off (presumably to help someone else, rather than just leaving me to die). That was a little bit of a blow and took a moment to recoup from. But, I did, thought it must be a sign, and dug a little deeper Buoy to buoy, that's all I had to do. Make it to the next buoy. It should be said that there were life guards all over the place. If I had really been in trouble, all I had to do was raise my hand. It was that simple. Tunnel vision to the next buoy. Things started to settle, and I finally found something resembling a rhythm to the breathing and the waves. The nausea didn't exactly disappear, but it did subside enough. I even passed some people. I finished the swim in a pretty abysmal 1:01 (this is almost 20 minutes slower than my swim from last year, which was, admittedly, pretty ideal).
So, I finally get onto solid land, get my wetsuit stripped, and run to my bike (one of the nice things about this race is how close transition is to the swim finish. Made for a huge improvement in T1). Pass my bike and run back. Get my bike shoes on and I'm off. I forgot a shirt and forgot sunglasses. Whoops. My eyes are still a little red from the wind! Anyway, It's a gorgeous ride through Door County. We started in a park just south of Egg harbor, down to Sturgeon Bay, and west through some rolling farm land and cherry orchards. It was hillier than I recall Racine being, but so much more interesting. I really hit my stride on the bike. I ate it up and started passing people again. I would pass them and not see them again. It was amazing, gratifying and I knew I was rocking it. I only had my garmin, and my goal was to hit a 15mph average. Not only did I beat that, I ended up with a 16.4mph average, finishing the bike leg in 3:24. I took almost 20 minutes off my time from last year (made up for the swim on the bike). There are a couple of places where you pass by bikers that are either coming or going. I was able to see my friend that talked to me on the swim, and it was great to be able to let her know that I made it and was doing well. It was such a boost seeing the few people I did!
Back into transition. I was kind of toast at this point, and the coughing was killing me. But, as I was running to my spot, I saw another girlfriend (the one that I went down with to do the marathon). She kicked my ass through that transition and I was back on my feet and on the course. I remembered my shirt and my sunglasses this time! One of the things that was tough was that we were not allowed ipods or music of any sort. Music really helps me focus, zone out and find my rhythm. But, I do like being part of the community without he music, so there ya go! After the first couple of miles, I warmed up a bit and found something like a rhythm. It wasn't much, and it wasn't like the run I had the week before, but it was something and the miles melted away. I pretty much hit the wall at mile 9. That may be because of the ginormous bluff (the saying for the course is "are you buff enough for the bluff"). It's just not a running sort of hill. I kind of wished Sparkle had been there to belay for me! It was that steep. I somehow managed to get up it (still not sure how), and on I went. The last 3 miles, I mostly walked. I just didn't have anything left, my lungs hurt, I was coughing, I was feeling nauseated again (probably from no eating enough because my stomach was filled with mucus), and I was done. But, I realized, that, even if I walked the entire rest of the way, I was still going to get a PR! So, I ran when I could and walked when I couldn't. At around mile 12, there was the most amazing thing ever. Popsicles! They had talked about the Icees on the course talk, but I figured they would be all gone or melted by the time I got there. They weren't! I thought I was in heaven! I had a red popsicle and enjoyed every moment! Finally, around 12.5 miles, I started jogging again (going to bring pure sugar next time). At around 12.75, the best surprise of the day caught up to me. It was a big downhill run into the finish line! I just let gravity do the work. I was probably on about a 10 minute pace crossing the finish! I did the run in 3:19 (which is actually a few minutes faster than last year!).
All told, I took about 9 minutes off my PR from last year (transition 2 kind of killed me, but both transitions were better than last year too). I finished in 7:55. I am thrilled with my PR, thrilled with my bike time. Considering how sick I feel, I am feeling pretty bad ass and accomplished. I am planning on taking off next year from 70.3. I want to do some shorter tris. I think that every other year might work nicely. I need to see what I can do when healthy!post #219 of 3127/23/13 at 1:45pmpost #220 of 3127/23/13 at 2:43pm
Bec you are an amazing woman. I'm so in awe.
Gaye this -->Quote:
makes me tired. Not even so much the Ironman. Rather the scheduling the training. I'm considering a half marathon 10-12 and frankly scheduling the running is tough. Speaking of which: I need to get out there right now, yet I'm here.
Lofty are you back to the lone star state?
My kids are pretty good. My new neighbors might be moving in today. My summer is getting away from me, but we planted grass yesterday. YES! Now, here's hoping that it takes and slowly begins to regenerate in the front yard. No sidewalk yet, but until they finish the project we aren't paying interest on that chunk of the home equity loan. So hey, I guess there's an upside.
OK must get back to work. But checked back in for a race report.
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