Category Archives: Training

w5d3 – doing it in the dew

When I opened the door to head out this morning, it was raining.  I immediately turned to Kahuna and said, “It’s raining!”  Never once did it cross my mind to not go out, but was wondering if he was going to surf.  I had to remind myself a few times that I can’t let the rain stop me on race day, so I might as well train in it.  I don’t know if it’s the girl in me that didn’t want to get her hair wet, or the ickiness of my clothes sticking to me, but I cut 36 seconds off my time 🙂   At the almost-home point I found myself mentally planning a 2-mile route that I know I’m going to need sooner rather than later.  I even caught myself thinking I should try to run, but smacked that thought down and made myself walk to preserve how much better my heel has been feeling.  Finish time 0:27:59.  18.4-minute mile.  My butt the part of the human body that you sit on hurts!

Had a very long (for us) conversation with Kahuna last night about me.  I told him that all I can think about is starting to swim.  I probably have the pool hours memorized for the local Y, I’ve looked at their webpage so often.  I’ve also decided to put the job hunting on hold until after my surgery.  I can’t in good conscience go to a new employer knowing that I’m going to have to miss work for maybe an extended amount of time not too long after I begin working for them.  Sometimes I don’t realize I’ve made up my mind about something until I say it out loud to Kahuna, even though it’s something I’ve thought about for maybe forever.

Right now those thoughts include:  Is this my mid-life crisis?  Is it all of a sudden going to stop being important to me?  It’s so not like me to feel this way, I wonder if it’s going to go away when it stops being “new.”   Am I just doing this for the new stuff being involved in something like this allows me to buy?  Is it my age that is causing me to care less when I think of putting on a suit and swimming in public?  Is there really a bike out there I can ride?  Are the end of tri-season bikes on sale yet?

To keep some of those thoughts tamed I’ve committed myself to a couple of challenges on the tri board I visit.

  • walk or walk/run a minimum of 1.5 miles a minimum 3x a week – or 25 miles –  from 1-31 October;
  • between 28 September and 28 December lose 16.2# and start swimming

Oh, and major accomplishment – since I started this wonderful journey, I’ve cut my body fat by 8%.  Measurements on Sunday.

Kahuna has his last triathlon of the season on Sunday, so we’re headed out to grab his race package tomorrow and I’m hoping if we don’t get back too late I can swing by the Y and talk to them about my swimming.

Have a healthy weekend!

My karate is weak!

I changed up my strength training this morning and learned 2 things.  My karate is weak and the shampoo bottle is heavy!   I have jello arms, physically and metaphorically.  My hair was impossible to dry this morning afterwards (because the hair dryer is also heavy), so I’m sitting here with a 4″ wide wet stripe down the back of my head!  LOL

I am still pumped about Monday’s run and cannot wait to get out there tomorrow morning and do it again!

c25k – w4d1

Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 1:10 minutes of jogging and 1:40 minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes.

Week 4! How about that! I cannot believe I’ve stuck with this for this long! It’s so not like the I-don’t-like-to-sweat me! LOL

I had an epiphany this morning. I’m not giving myself long enough to recover between my intervals. My first 1:10 run was so much easier than I was expecting. I fully intended on just walking this morning because of my heel but when I was about half way thru my 5-minute warmup walk I realized my heel was barely bothering me, so I ran. I skipped the next run and continued to walk and when it was time to run again, I ran it with no problems. I even felt like my timer went off earlier than it should have. So I tried that tactic again and walked through the next time I was supposed to run and lo and behold, my 3rd run was easy! I almost did it again, but knew I’d be rushed for to get out the door if I did. Wednesday, I’m going to change my walk interval to 2:30 and see how that does. Woohoo! Now if I could figure out my stupid foot, because it’s bothering me right now! LOL

Kahuna keeps talking to me about using a heart monitor so I may try using one this week. He says I should get the same kind of notice that I need to recover longer by going by my heart. One more gadget to get used to. He uses his faithfully and has been improving, not to mention it’s probably keeping his cardiologist happy.

Tomorrow is strength training. I’ve only been doing upper body workouts because of time, but starting tomorrow I’m going to do 1 body part a day and add 1 more day of training. I have only been able to get in 2 sets of 4 exercises and I want to do 3 sets of 2 exercises per body part. Changing will have me training for 6 days a week, unless I change my strength training to Sun, Tues and Thurs, which will have my training 7 days a week. I’ll have to think on that one.

I am really looking forward to walking on the beach again this coming Saturday. From where Kahuna surfs to the pier is 1.5 miles. My goal right now is to walk there and back.
Work is nice and quiet this morning. Just a bunch of follow up mailings of court documents from the mad rush of last week, accounts payable and maybe some filing. Thank goodness.

c25k – w3d1

Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes.
I was in a great frame of mind when the alarm went off this morning. No problem getting out of bed at all! My goal was 3 complete 1-minute miles and I managed 5. It’s hard while it’s happening and I’m doing a lot of huffing and puffing, but I am doing it, and rejoicing in it when it’s over. Total time 0:18:39

When I got back Kahuna was strength training. He had pulled out his old bike helmet, so I need to see if it fits so I can maybe try to ride his mountain bike this weekend. He’s a little over an inch taller than me so the bike should fit, it’s the rider I’m worried about 😀

My goal for this week is to bump up my time by 10% on Friday’s run. That will put me running 0:1:10 and walking 0:1:40 intervals. I know this is not exactly following what the real c25k schedules, but I’ve been reading tons that tells me not to increase by more than 10%, so I’m sticking with that. Will this keep me from being able to run the whole 5k? I don’t know, but I do know that I don’t want to hurt myself and at my weight I need to be careful.

So I’m planning the run and I’m going to run the plan.

We have a baby due in our family this week!  My cousin (who’s more of a sister) is due this week with her 2nd.  Unfortunately, I haven’t even met the 1st 🙁

Oh and Darla, a cassette is a grouping of gears on the back wheel of a bike 😉

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