Archive: TRIATHLON TRAINING

  • Yep, that’s right- I just created my own triathlon. Run, Swim and Spa:)

    I woke up at 6:30am, and made it to The Right Shoe by 8am for a 60 minute run with the half marathon group. Nice thing about The Right Shoe is that they have drop in sessions for all of their training sessions, so my friend Jaclyn came and ran with us!

    drop in session at the right shoe

    Jaclyn and I went to high school together. The great thing is- when I see her- I never have to explain myself. Like who I am, what I’m about….The fact that, yes I am crazy, but I have a heart of gold. She just gets me. I see her, give a high five and away we go…

    Jaclyn is thinking about joining my triathlon club… I’m not trying to be pushy or persuasive. But…DO IT!! lol!! YOU WILL LOVE IT!  The first week is the most intimidating, you don’t know anyone, (except me) or how hard it is going to be, etc. After the first week, you get in a groove. You get in a flow and it’s almost like an addiction- a positive one mind you. I crave the training now. My life has never felt more on track than it has in the last 3 weeks. No joke. I feel unstoppable. In my training, my career and my life.

    Jaclyn is an all-star cyclist, so she could teach me a thing or 2…or 3… or 4….

    I heart you Jaclyn and am soo proud of all you’ve accomplished. Career wise, MBA wise, life wise and athletic wise;)

    After our run, I drove home, (I drove to save time because I have a super busy day) put my bathing suit on and went down to my pool for 30 laps. In my schedule game plan, we were to work on drills during the swim, so I incorporated some finger drags and superman flutters.

    Then I jumped in the shower and made my way to The Absolute Spa at Century City. It is my good friend Andrea’s birthday tomorrow, so we started today with a SPA day. Here is a photo of my facebook status

    Yeeeeep! It has been that fun. The strawberries were chocolate covered btw. I think girl spa days are a must. It was such a blast. I had cucumbers on my eyes tooo

    I will get into more details tomorrow. We are on our way to dinner at Coast, I have curlers in my hair and need to get some makeup on.

    Hope your weekend has been great. Talk to you sooon! I heart you!!

    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoox

  • Ahhhh Saturday!

    And it’s pretty nice out here in Vancouver too. Not that I’ve been outside much…YET.

    TRI training update;)

    I woke up this morning, walked to Tim’s to get a coffee, then pretty much went straight to the stationary bike. On my schedule today was a 90 min bike, at an easy pace- keeping my rpm’s around 90-100…

    triathlon training, easy ride, low intensity

    I had planned to get outside for my bike today, but I have to do some maintenance on my bike before I take her on the road and I haven’t had time yet. So another long ride on the stand still bike. Since I’ve been training, I notice that time is going by quicker during workouts. I biked for an hour and 30 min and it definitely didn’t seem like that long.

    I am a water fiend though. I drank this much water at only 32 minutes into my ride!

    When I was done, I got back upstairs and made a shake asap.

    What kind of shake you ask?

    Ingredients

    mixed berries
    frozen banana
    cilantro
    parsley
    cucumber
    ginger
    lemon juice
    orange juice
    ginger
    celery

    Sound gross? Well it tastes soooo refreshing! YUMMY. It is just like my wake and shake, except with some berries and oj for added sweetness.

    After that I had a couple bowls of goldfish. Not vegan and full of preservatives, but they taste so good. Here fishy, fishy, fishy…

    Mike and I are letting our Costco membership go after the end of the month, so we stocked up on some frozen berries, goldfish, (chicken, eggs, milk- for Mike), paper towel, walnuts, pickles, my favorite lotion Nutraderm, stuff like that….

    Sorry, got off topic…back to training:)

    I missed my club bike ride on Thursday to go to the Canucks game. I felt bad for missing it and also was eager to make up for it….until my club mate Klaus (who is training for an IRONMAN!) informed me of some tips written by IRONMAN Champion Chris McCormack. Chris says:

    - Recovery is king! Always err on the side of recovery in your training program.  Recovery takes many forms, and body maintenance (massage, Yoga etc) sleep and rest are imperative to the game and the mix.

    -Guilt attached to any missed session is more harmful than missing the session itself.  Guilt is what limits most people in our sport. If you miss a session for any reason, put it behind you and move forward. Don’t play catch up and don’t worry about it. Its done, move on!

    Sound advice! I will put that behind me and move on….. Tomorrow I have a 60 minute run with the club and then a swim workout. THEN…the SPA with my girlfriends! Perfect way to end the week!

    Hope you are having a great day and enjoying the weekend.

    Talk sooooooooooooooooooooooooooon WOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO

  • Happy Hump day!

    Hope all is well in your world. Into week 3 of Triathlon Training. Last night before our group run we had Sports Psychologist Roger Friesen from UFV come and talk to us about how to get Beyond the Push, Pull and Drag of your training. He has spent a great deal of his career working with Elite Olympians and top notch athletes, helping them stay on top of their game not only physically, but mentally as well.roger friesen, UFV,

    And isn’t the mental jingle jangle most of the battle anyway? I really enjoyed his talk.

    Here are a few points Roger shared that I will relay to you in my own words:

    - You will never know if you can do something or not- unless you try.

    - Do not try to achieve perfection, there is noooo such thing, instead- Strive for Excellence.

    - Always write down your goals- (even have a goal for each workout, whether it is making a certain time, working on form, or just getting through it)

    - Celebrate even the simplest of goals achieved, such as getting outside for that run- even if you don’t feel like it (and be truly happy about it! Smile, be excited, CELEBRATE!)

    - Don’t let your external environment influence your motivation. Example: If you committed to running outside on Sunday am and it is pouring rain, don’t let the rain stop you. It’s part of your plan, so do it.

    - Why do you want to achieve your goal?

    - Accountability is crucial. Let friends and family know your plan, so they can celebrate with you and help hold you accountable. (Blogging helps too- I don’t know if I would have ever been this pumped up if I wasn’t writing and sharing with you every step of the way!)

    That’s all I can remember (lol) I didn’t have a pen and paper, because right after the talk, we went out and RAN! We worked on some drills like: excels, karaoke (cross stepping) a skate running (like your skating on cement), and we did “up and over” hill training. The hill was a really gradual slope and it wasn’t too long either. I tried to hold good form throughout.

    One thing my coach mentioned to us before we started was – HAVE FUN! Don’t take things to seriously. Play! It’s so true, just PLAY! Life is good.

    As I ran home, I was really grateful. Grateful for the opportunity to train like this and SOOOO thankful for a healthy body to do it.

    I did some stretching when I got home, as Tuesdays are always jam packed training days. I swam yesterday too

    Ready to hear about my big mathematic upset???? I was doing twice as many laps as I needed too!!! Mike came down to snap a few pictures:

    he says, “So…How many laps are you doing?

    I say, “I have to do 48″

    he says, “you have to swim 2 km?’

    I was silent. I grabbed my phone to do some calculating. YUP- I had been swimming twice as far as my program states. The bad news is, I suck at math and I put out way more effort than I needed. The good news is, I just got all that extra training under my belt…

    Since I now had extra time in the pool, I practiced how I am going to start my next Trithlon on April 16 in Delta:

    ON YOU MARK…

    GET SET…

    GO!


    AND YOUR OFF…

    HAHA,  Wait til you see me on the BIKE!

    On a more serious note- Do you have a mantra or positive statement that you repeat in your head while running?

    Have a wonderful day!

    Happy TRI-ing!!

    xoxoxo


  • Sunday… a day to sleep in, relax, pour a Bailey’s and coffee in your pj’s while you lounge around. The most strenuous thing one should do is fluff up your pillows and pour more coffee. SCREEEEECH…RRRRRPPP……STOP RIGHT THERE….. You wanna be a triathlete? No sleeping in for you!!! Get your butt outside and run over for over an hour at 8am in the pouring rain. Here’s me doing some shopping at Costco after getting drenched in the rain
    May as well stretch the ol gams while waiting in line. After Costco we went to Kin’s Market for produce.
    Once I got home, I happily crossed off today on my program

    Wow! 2 full weeks done already! Feeling so good. I am curious as to how my body will feel in 2 months time! Yesterday’s bike was indoors, 75 min.

    Some of the people in my club get together for the bike rides on Saturdays and go outside. Me- I’m not quite ready for that yet. I think next week I will do my long bike outdoors and slowly adjust. Hopefully soon I’ll feel confident enough to do the long rides with the group.

    My bike is not so fancy! lol. I am rocking the mountain bike right now. On Friday night Mike and I went to a meet and greet at Speed Theory. They are a specialty bike shop in Kits and have bikes for everyone from beginner’s to pro’s. (one of the top end bike’s there is $20,000!! wowzers!)

    The owner Jeremy was teaching us the difference between a road bike and a tri bike. They also do custom fitting and the best tune ups in town.

    I like this dream catcher made out of bike parts

    ohhh wetsuits toospeed theory wet suit triathlon

    Compression socks…I have heard of these, but never used them. Have you tried them? Are they worth $55??

    Apparently these helmets make you more aerodynamic.

    triahtlon helmet, aerodynamic

    Lots of accessories to see at Speed Theory.

    The owner Jeremy is extremely kind and uber informative in the cycling world! We had some pizza and some shop talk. Good times.

    I will eventually get a better bike, etc. If you are looking for used tri gear, I heard tribc.org has some second hand bikes, and of course Speed Theory has everything.

    Ok, day off from training tomorrow, then it’s right into week 3!

    Sending you a triathlon of love, health and happiness…. (in no particular order or distance)

    Happy TRI ing!!!

    xoxo

  • Hello!!

    Happy Friday! Cheers to the weekend:)

    I had a meeting in gastown this am, (for a potential new hosting gig!!)
    So I did a very quick (lol) video update. We were going to do another take- but our battery died.

    Yep, I bike for 75 minutes tomorrow, then a 50 minute run Sunday, and Monday- OFF!

    Have a fantastic weekend! I adore you!!!

    xoxoxo

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