Archive: TRIATHLON TRAINING

  • Howdie!

    Back into training today after a much needed rest day (monday’s are off training….ahhhh) As nice as it is to have a day off, as soon as I got back in the pool this am- I was ready to rock. It’s crazy how much stronger you can get- even after a week of sticking to a schedule. This picture was me, sitting at my desk, wanting to swim but I had to wait for a client to email me first. So I worked in my bathing suit for an hour or so! haha

    When I got in the pool, someone else was doing laps too. She was a crazy swimmer who didn’t take the hint that -“I’ll stick to this side, you stick to that side.” Oh well, I knew she wouldn’t be down there as long as me. I had 48 laps to do to make 1km!

    It’s not as bad as it sounds though. I make a game out of it. First, I do 8 laps, pat on the back, then I do a set of 20 laps, pat on the back,  Then 10 (POTB) and 10 (POTB) and BAM- 48 laps behind me. Oh and sure enough, I think crazy legs left after about 10 minutes:)

    I really need to learn how to do the flip turn at edge of the pool.

    I have a feeling I would not look so graceful! Here’s a step by step….

    Something to work on:)

    Then at 6pm my group met at The Right Shoe to get geared up for our Tuesday night run.

    Today was drills and strides. After a 15 minute warm up run, we did a series of drills called ABC’s that help runners have better form, posture, agility, etc. I couldn’t find a good video describing these drills on youtube, so I just emailed my coach to see if we could make one!!

    I remember doing abc’s in high school track. My brother is a ridiculously talented runner, he still does these drills all the time. Here he is running a half marathon this summer in Banff.

    My brother still a very competitive runner and if he’s not winning, he’s right up there in the rankings. He always gives it his all during training and actual race time. I have ALWAYS looked up to my brother. When I am in a race or doing something physically hard that I want to stop, I always think- “What would Cory do?” He would NOT give up…

    I know some people think I am nuts with how hard I work at things and life in general, but I swear, I can’t help it- it runs in my family. Growing up, I had 2 extremely hard working, focused and determined brothers I fought to keep up with!

    Cory now lives in Lethbridge. My goal is to be in at least one race with him this season! He just does road races, but it would be great if he started doing triathlons. He would do so well…hint hint brother……

    Well,  I better go stretch the ol calves and head to bed!

    Happy TRI- ing!!!!

  • Hi!!

    Quick update- I OFFICIALLY FINISHED MY FIRST WEEK OF TRI TRAINING! YAY. I love it!

    (sorry these are all kinda crappy iphoto pictures- Pretty pictures on tomorrow’s post!)

    Feels so good to cross off the workouts!

    Yesterday I had to bike for 75minutes at a low intensity, making sure I pedalled 90 MPH

    I was going so fast it was all a blur!

    Ha- for real though…it was tough to keep it at 90mph the whole time…I was at least over 80 the whole time

    THEN…this morning I really wanted to run with the club, but I had to do makeup for a photo shoot, so I went for an early 45 minute run on my treadmill

    I was going to run outside at least but it was dark and I had to get it done. I am soooo happy I have the option of indoor biking and running when needed!

    I did work up a good sweat. 15 minutes into it, I got off the mill and stretched out my tight calves

    Does this picture inspire you to work out or drink Pilsner? It confuses me too. Oxymoron to wear a beer hat when training for  a triathlon. I’m cool like that!

    Tomorrow I have completely off from training. I will make sure to stretch though and hopefully sit in the hot tub!

    SO YA- first week into training I am feeling really good. Just taking it day by day…

    ONE STROKE, PEDAL AND STRIDE AT A TIME!!

    Happy TRI-ing!

    xoxo

  • “Good evening folks! Coming at ya live from my living room….Big show tonight, so don’t go anywhere…..”

    fsdhjkfhweiqhnvkjqgerkgherjkfnsdouivhncskdnfuwenfjcwiunvmnfsiohfs.hfiohsyow[wd OOPS! Sorry, that was my head hitting the keyboard because I’m so exhausted. I’ll keep this short and always sweet.

    Woke up- 4:46am, coffee, ate some frozen blueberries, drank some day old coffee and drove to the pool

    My swimming cap ripped as soon as I went to put it on! The students at St. George’s school were kind enough to lend me one. st.george's pool, swim cap

    Pretty cool cap hey! I want one!!!

    Our drills today were great. I am working on not having crazy flailing legs when I swim.

    My coach says to imagine that your legs are in a paper towel roll. Sleek, and kick from your core. Keep your knees and feet loose, like your kicking a bug off your toes, head relaxed.  In one session, I am now a WAY better swimmer. Before, I wouldn’t think about anything except finishing, and now I actually have an idea of where to go, and what to feel and think about.  Good swim, good swim….

    Big, long, exhausting day in the middle.

    AND BIKE TIME! We are training on indoors bikes right now. We worked on some drills, did a 15 minute tempo ride (this is where you go at a pretty hard pace) So for 15 minutes I try to stay positive, stay strong and keep fighting through, keeping the rpm’s at a consistent rate….

    At the start of the ride, my butt got really sore-didn’t think I would make it, but after about 15 minutes of riding I didn’t even feel it anymore. Guess it got numb, or everything else hurt so much I didn’t notice! Had a really great sweat.
    I did some stretching and that brings us to now, and now….. I am going to BED!

    YAY! I am going to let myself sleep in until 6am tomorrow! woo hoo. haha….

    Happy Tri-ing!

    xo

  • Good evening!!

    Last night we had our first run as a group at The Right Shoe. There were about 40 runners that came out. Everyone from Ironman athletes to first time runners. I was right in the middle:)

    (this is a stock picture!) It was DARK when we ran!

    I joined the 10 minute mile pace group. There were about  8 of us in this group. This means I run a 10km in 55-60min, which is pretty bang on for my best 10km time as of late (of course faster when I was younger). I also haven’t tried that hard to shave time off. UNTIL NOW!!!  BAA HAA HAA!

    Yesterday we did a tempo run and I was definitely pushing myself, I think the main reason I was so fatigued was because of my big swim the same day. My body is just getting used to this kind of training!

    We did a 1.5km warmup (totally guessing here) then a stretch. Then the “tempo” run began. We would pick it up to a “race pace” for 7 minutes, slowing the pace down in between. We did this 3 times, then our 1.5km “cool down” back to the store.

    I basically just tried to keep up the whole time. It was great to have my coach pushing me along. “Stand tall, look ahead at where you want to go”. I always want to just look at the ground when I run, but I am going to make an effort to look ahead! It was a tough run for me, but I felt AMAZING afterwards!

    The biggest gift I can give myself after a run like that? STRETCH! Especially my calves!

    Today on my training schedule was some weight training. I wanted to go to a class but my hectic workload didn’t allow it, so I did a quick circuit in my apartment, (which was nothing to brag about, but I fit it in)

    Tomorrow we have a 5:45am swim and then a 7:30pm bike…If I’m alive to talk about it, I will do another training update tomorrow night!

    Happy “Tri”-ING!

  • Hello there!

    This is a happy, positive blog, but I briefly have 2 complaints….

    I rushed to Long and McQuade music store last night to get a desk top mic stand before they closed. I got home and opened up the box and it is missing a bunch of pieces….

    Looks like a metal plunger!!  That’s all that was in the box. What the heck am I going to do with that???? GRRRRR

    Then last night, I went to Whole Foods to willingly pay $700 for a head of lettuce just because it is organic and good for me. The cashier put my lettuce at the bottom of the bag and pilled cans and stuff on top. Not only did my $700 lettuce get crushed- on my way to my vehicle the handle ripped off the bag because it was packed too heavy and the groceries fell to the ground…

    Here’s a picture I took when I was still happy and the food was sliding down the belt:)

    food from wholefoods vancouver

    Things in my overstuffed grocery bag:

    very expensive overpriced frozen blueberries, to add to my:
    Steel cut oats
    Amy’s Soup
    Soup Broth to make my own veggie soup….ohhhhh
    frozen veggies (peas, brocoli, spinach)
    chick peas
    black beans
    pitted dates, dried cranberries and nuts to make my own energy bars
    firm tofu
    “crushed lettuce”
    some other veggies
    pirates booty (fun snack)
    rice cakes (I’m gonna make my own almond butter so I need something besides apples to put my butta on!
    Mustard (I wanna make veggie burgers as soon as I have time)

    My first grocery shop of the year was a success. Now…If I can only eat this good all year….lol

    See….now I’m happy…talked through my frustration and we are moving on!

    It is DAY 1 of my triathlon training today. I got 7 downloads from my coach Lara, including my training schedule, hydration and nutrition tips, a breakdown on training zones and intensities- (which will be good, and challenging for me because I only have one intensity level- SLOW.)

    My swim this morning was 4 x 250m at a light intensity. I calculated how far that is in my dinky pool- 48 COMPLETE LAPS! WOAH.

    I did it! 48 laps this morning. Took me about an hour.  (hot pic I know…)

    I am ALSO running today with the club at 6pm, it’s our first run together (we are not wasting ANYTIME getting into this program, lol)

    I will most likely start doing 2 posts per day now. One will be just a regular ol post and the other will be a training diary of some kind. I made a new triathlon training link, so follow along- heck even join in. There is still time!

    After the swim, I came upstairs ravenous- I invented a new shake! I call it:

    48 LAPS

    frozen berries
    frozen spinach
    half of a frozen banana
    Vega Powder
    freshly squeezed lemon and oj

    Blend and Serve!

    Here’s me layering the frozen berries and spinach (first time I have EVER put spinach in a shake)

    Then added half a frozen banana and the Vega

    Next up I squeezed some lemon and OJ into it (you could use any juice- the fresher the better!)

    Add some water and BLEND ER UP And VOILA, the “48 Laps” is ready to inhale!

    It tastes delicious and I feel GREEEAAAAT. (take that Tony the Tiger- Meow!)

    How is your year going so far? Any grocery store shopping adventures?

    I better get onto some work! Hope all is well in your world! Talk sooooooon:)

    Amanda
    xoxo

    Daily affirmation “I release all criticism. I only give out that which I wish to receive in return. My love and acceptance of others is mirrored to me in every moment.” - Louise L. Hay

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