Archive: TRIATHLON TRAINING

  • Hello!!!

    I ran a Half Marathon this morning! Woo hoo. Mike and I woke up around 6am and went to Tims for coffee, then we got ready for the race and did some stretching in the apartment. We realized we didn’t have headphones for our ipods, so on the way to the Start Line, we stopped at Shoppers to buy headphones. I got the $5.99 pair and Mike had to get the $24.99 pair! What a guy….

    buying headphones
    At the Start Line, racers were doing little exercises, I love how the elite athletes have their own special clothing “drop off”, so they stay warm right before they start and shed the final layer right before the gun goes off… We were not so lucky! I didnt have to layer down today, but normally I just bring an old sweater and throw it away, (they usually donate tossed clothing to charity)

    We also did some filming for a cool video we’re making! Thanks to our friend Dominico for tending the camera…

    Then… We were off! It was a great race. Vancouver is so beautiful, the scenery is amazing, I surprisingly saw lots of people along the way that I knew- I ran past my friend Dee’s apartment and she happened to be on the balcony and got a shot of me!

    She said she just happened to step out at that time, and I just knew I was going to see her. It made me smile!!!

    I was sooo thankful for my ipod. It really got me through the 22km. Each song played it’s part… I put hearts beside the songs that for whatever reason was exactly what I needed to hear at that given time… It was right around the 10 mile mark that my body was freakin tired and I wanted to stop, then Hard Sun by Eddie Vedder came on and something happened in my heart. I was right beside the ocean, I felt such a sense of peace and strength over me and I knew I could finish this race….

    half marathon playlist

    It was a really empowering feeling, I started to move my feet a bit faster…. The last song I heard before finishing was Boom Boom Pow by Black Eyed Peas.

    I also kept thinking of tips that Coach Lara has told us during running workouts:

    TIPS:

    -look ahead at where you want to go

    -run tall

    -relax your shoulders, neck and jaw

    -keep your arms strong, but your hands relaxed

    -quick feet

    -keep your form and follow through with your strides..

    (Thank you Lara!!!)

    So, like my title says, my wings got me through the first 10 miles and my heart got me through the last 3 miles.

    It’s also funny how the most random things can motivate you. There was this girl running in front of me for a while and she had her ipod in and she was playing “air piano” to whatever song she was listening too. I’m all about air guitars, air drums (Mike does this CONSTANTLY), but for some reason her “air piano” was annoying me, so I mustered up some fierce energy to leave her in my dust, lol!!!

    At the last mile- I caught up to Mike!! We finished within seconds apart. My time was NOT my best time by any means… I crossed in 2hrs, 3 min…but it was my first half marathon in years… and I haven’t been marathon training, just triathlon training…so I was fine with my time… Watch out next race!! haha

    first half marathon finish line

    Yay! The finish line!!

    After catching our breath, we went into the community centre and got some soup and bagels while they awarded the winners.

    first half, roundhouse community center

    ahhh, rest

    I should probably start stretching eh??

    We jumped in the hot tub as soon as we got home. I am pretty darn tired at this point, but I am so happy with how today went. It was just awesome.

    Are you signed up for any races this season??? What is your Ultimate Running Song??

    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday! Thanks for stopping by!!!

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  • Hey there!!!

    How are you? It’s Thursday already? I have lots on my mind today and I don’t really know where to channel my energy. So, through writing this… I have no idea where this post will go.. It is just as much of a mystery to me, as it is you.

    I woke up at 4:45am to go for a swim today with my triathlon club. I really had to PULL and PRY myself out of bed. Momma said there’d be days like these, lol…. However, one I got my butt in the pool and put my head down and started swimming..I WAS FINE. I was in a good space, and I really enjoyed my swim. I swam 1600m today! Thats 1.6km! I know for some of the ironman athletes I swim beside, that is a warmup for them- but for lil ol me- I was EXCITED.

    I never get pictures at the pool- that is my next mission. All I have is this picture I took the first time I swam at this pool

    Our locker room talk was comforting today. I train with some awesome athletes. It was nice hearing that they want days off too sometimes, they don’t always feel like training and that Sunday night swims are hard to squeeze in if you want any kind of a social life.  That said- there is something to be said about the commitment and dedication to something you love. I’m onto week 6 now with the tri club and I am truly enjoying myself. Of course sometimes wine and chocolate are more appealing than an 8am run in the pouring rain…but I believe there is a method to this madness;)

    I was happy that my skin didn’t react in the chlorine! Like I said a couple days ago, I had a skin allergy (on my face) Thank God for makeup or I couldn’t have filmed yesterday! I sent my mom a picture of my face (sans makeup) and she said, “wow- your a trooper, that was really bad, I’m surprised you handled it so well.”

    My medicine (trying to relax and slathering this goop on my face)

    betaderm

    What else? What else? I’ve been doing great with the vegan challenge I’m doing this week. This was my lunch: Amy’s Soup and Ezekiel toast dry.

    ezekiel toast, amy's soup

    I had my “lunch” at 10am. This is what happens when you wake up before 5am!!

    The rest of my day is dedicated to voicing projects. Projects I am working on:

    1. I am working on my India Project (the 18 month job I just got- lots of work- but definitely rewarding)

    2. Just did a voiceover for a Real Estate Gala. It was fun. I voiced the in house announcements like this:

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    3. I am the new voice of Canterbury Coffee! I have to start on their commercials;)

    4. And lastly- reworking some client direction on a voiceover I did for a seminar in Florida-

    Did I tell you I am going to Saskatchewan next week? I’m going to meet my lil nephew Jasper…

    My tired brother Dave and his new son:)

    Everyone in my family is meeting in Sask and we are having a mini “Christmas in February” celebration since we didn’t get to spend it together in Dec. I heard that my AWESOMELY COOL Uncle is going to be there too. Read up on my uncle here. I always get inspired when I hang out with him.

    My last thought of the day. (I think we’ve sifted through a lot of them;) is this: Do you ever just want to pick up and move somewhere? Sometimes I do. I heart, heart, heart Vancouver but sometime I just want to see some place different, go adventure in unchartered territory.. maybe even somewhere warm… (Maybe I just need a HOLIDAY)  hee hee….

    If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

    Talk soooooon

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  • Hey!

    Just got back from Grouse Mountain. We were filming/hiking for a Stormtech video that we’re making.

    I normally don’t hike Grouse in my hikers, (It’s light terrain- just steep;) but I felt like a little extra support today. Oh how I love my hikers. They have gotten me through much, including trenching through the rising waters on the West Coast Trail.

    Mike this morning getting his camera gear ready

    Uh oh, the shoot calls for black pants, which Mike doesn’t have…. Quick stop at Walmart for inexpensive black pants!

    walmart pants $10

    Conditions on Grouse were decent. Couldn’t even see the top!grouse grind, february

    Getting the shots we need….

    I’m feeling A LOT better than yesterday. I have ridiculously sensitive skin and I got a skin allergy yesterday that lead me stright to the doctors office…. BOOOO… Not a good day. I missed my triathlon training… Another BOOOO… I know- it was my skin that was messed, I physically probably could have run, but my head and my heart were not in working order… So I stayed home and went to bed super early.

    Oh well… like my coach says- don’t beat yourself up for missing a workout… So I hiked today, tomorrow I am swimming and biking. I also decided to run a HALF MARATHON ON SUNDAY!! WHAT??? YUUUP.  I’m feeling strong and I am just going to do it to finish it, I don’t mind if I even walk part of it. This is not for competing, just for a Sunday Funday!

    OMG another exciting moment in my day- I think my dishwasher fixed itself. OHH YAAA! It was being a jerk- but I think we’re all good now… SMILES AND HIGH FIVES FOR EVERYONE!

    K, I better get going…. still have projects to voice, even though I am BEAT. Maybe I’ll voice tomorrow… maybe sleep now… hmmm….

    Regardless…. thanks so much for stopping by. I truly hope you had a GREAT day! Anything good happen to you today?

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  • Hello!!!  How are you? :)

    I am clapping my hands! This week I have been swimming, biking and running, into week 5 of my Triathlon Training. First, I must say- all apologies for getting this post up so late today… I have been up since 4:45am and literally 13 hours later, I have time to sit down and write my blog.

    I am working on time management. What can I really fit in? I think I do a pretty decent job at it, but with voiceovers- I never know how many auditions or jobs I am going to get in a day- and today…was NUTS. Out of all the projects on the go- the most interesting was a proposal from a company in India. I am going to be voicing for a children’s education program in India! My clients notes were- speak SLOW and CLEAR. They are young kids and don’t speak great english. It’s fun project and the awesome thing is- this is an 18 month project!!! I love recurring work:)

    As far as time management goes with my workout schedule, I know exactly when and where I’m training, it doesn’t mean I always FEEL like it though;) But I’m telling ya, once I am there (and sometimes, just when its’ over) I feel awesome, strong, and proud…

    This morning we swam 1400m. At the end of our session, everyone was done and getting out of the pool, but I knew if I just did 50m more, I would have completed the WHOLE workout that my coach had for us. Bam… DONE.

    I had a bike and strength training workout yesterday.. Me and the whole “weight-lifting thing” are not great friends, but I did a circuit. Bike was fine…

    biking, tri training

    I know- me and the pilsner hat…. I have to get a new hat! yo yo yo

    This is my “I’m a lean, mean, fighting machine” face…

    I also had a good run this week and I made a video to explain a couple tips. Disclaimer- this is what works for me, my coach tells me things and I relay them to you- However-It’s like the game telephone- by the time the information works it’s way through my brain and out my mouth- I know I don’t say things as good as she does. (We need to get her a youtube channel, lol- my coach ROCKS!)

    And there ya have it!! Hope all is well in your world! Are you signing up for any races this season?? Remember- even if you don’t run- you can always “walk” races. It’s a great way to start. Races are fun and exciting.

    Talk TOMORROW…
    xoxoxo

  • Hello!

    What a beautiful day. Have you been smiling much today? If not- go for it- Smiling is fun! If smiling seems too difficult, at least say the word CHEESE. You cant really say CHEESE properly without letting a smile creep out:)
    Ok- right after I wrote that sentence I thought, ” Is that true?” (I just read it in a magazine) So I asked Mike to say cheese and it kinda looked like he was smiling, (nothing crazy though). So we started to think of words that make the corners of your mouth curl up when you say them. The words we came up with so far are:

    WHEAT
    ELICIT

    That’s as far as we got! We got side tracked….

    What are words that make you smile???

    oh wait! I have 2 more words that make me smile: RECOVERY WEEK!


    Yup, it is week 4 in Triathlon Training and we are at a recovery week. Our workouts are not as intense and we have an extra day off with absolutely no training involved. The funny thing is, when we were in the change room after swimming this morning, the girls in my club were talking about all the things they were going to do to “relax” on their day off. Dance class, yoga, run, hike…(those were all things I heard). That is one of the perks about being around amazing athletes all the time- constant source of inspiration and motivation.

    Our swim was great this morning, we were working on some drills that are a bit over my head right now, but I am slowly grasping. We learnt how to do more flip turns and also some 2 beat kicks while doing the front crawl. (it’s where your kick is in rhythm with you stroke) You use less energy and it’s more efficient. I kept thinking how much Mike would like this drill since he is a drummer and he loves to time things out with him limbs and keep everything perfectly in sync.

    Come join us Michael! My coach can bring you up to speed:)

    Hee hee.

    This week we also did some speed work on Tuesday at the Run Clinic, I picked up my pace a bit and ran with a faster group! Felt really good, and yesterday I did some swimming along with light weight training.

    Call me a sucker for advertising, but I like these Nike ads…

    tomboy nike ad

    Ohh and check out this sunset we literally just took a photo of! Isn’t she a beauty!

    Well, I’m off to our cycling session! No training tomorrow (except we may go hiking:)

    Have an awesome evening!!!

    WOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO

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