Holy Cripes!

Holy cripes! Why does my calendar say 5days? What happened to days 6 and 7 until Ironman? Yikes!

It’s ok. I think I’m ready. We are leaving on Wednesday for Milwaukee and I am already packed. I might make some banana bread once it cools off this evening (and after I hang out with my Little Sister from BBBS). I think I am going to take her for a hike and then go for a swim in the Portage.

We’ve gone thimbleberry picking:

We’ve gone to the animal shelter to walk dogs and pet cats:

And we’ve gone biking, to the park, and to the beach!

I’m going to work tomorrow and Wednesday, and hopefully have some good results to hand over to my advisor before I leave for the weekend. My program that I ran over the weekend worked (yahoo!) and now I just have to analyze the data.

Nothing too exciting is going on. I was the race director for the Tour da Tech Trails this morning, and there were over 20 runners! The mountain bike race didn’t go that awesome, all the racers got lost (there were only five racers though). Only one runner got lost, though. WOOHOO!

I’ll be updating periodically until race day. Until then, take care.

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Fat Tire Festival

Yesterday, Adam and I went to Copper Harbor for a change of scenery, and easy run, and to spectate at the annual Fat Tire Festival mountain bike races. As usual for Fat Tire, the weather was awesome, the crowds were huge, and the competition was fierce! A few of our friends (Chelsea, Jon, and Michigan Tech’s Oskar and Zac) finished well, and the rest had a great time.

Here are some videos from the day. Warning, the “Faceplant into Tree” might make you cringe, so take the title seriously, and don’t watch it if you don’t want to see carnage. There isn’t any blood, though…

8 days

This week was a little stressful as I schizophrenically avoided all the returning students and their silent H1N1 viruses. I was tempted to go to the pharmacy to get a small particle mask to wear while sitting at my desk, as my new office mates sniffled and coughed their way through their first week of homework. I bought a bottle of 1000mg Vitamin C, a box of antioxidant tea, and have been getting over eight hours of sleep a night. Needless to say, I am paranoid.

And the taper is making me feel anxious. I feel sore. Lethargic. My quads hurt on the “up-hill” climb out to Schmidt’s Corner this afternoon, and I felt like I was pedaling hard and barely keeping up. My mile repeats yesterday probably played a factor into that, even though I was disappointed with how they panned out (6:04, 6:14, 6:18 with 4-5min recovery between).

But, not too much left to do. The hay is in the barn, so to speak. Here’s how this week’s training panned out:

Tuesday– Swam 30minutes of endless relay with Adam at lunch
Rode for 2hours with Margot in the afternoon
Wednesday– Copper Country Running Club group run 1.5hours in the evening
Thursday– Mile repeats (2mi warmup, 3xmiles, and half-hour cooldown) followed by an open water swim (25minutes)
Friday– 1hour easy spin

The plan for the rest of the weekend? Tomorrow I am going to break in my new Trances with a 13mile run. I might try the ST3s out on it to see if they’ll hold up (or, hold me up). Sunday, I am going to take a nice easy spin and do some swimming work in the pool.

11 Days until Ironman… and My First Podcast!

It’s over a week, but less than two. One week from tomorrow, Ian, AJ, Adam, and I are leaving for Madison to settle in. Actually, we are heading to Neshotah to stay with AJ’s parents (Team Joda), and then on Thursday we will be staying in Whitefish Bay with my amazing friend and Iron(wo)man, Gigi.

Gigi is a pretty amazing gal. I am going to designate an entry or two for her post-IM this year… but in the meantime, let’s just say she’s probably one of the toughest ladies I’ve ever met- and I know a lot of Mega Tough Ladies.

Anyway, the week is ironing out well so far. After Sunday’s ride, in which I bonked (in other words: hit the wall, ran out of gas), I felt sore, tired, and icky. My lungs ached. I had to use my emergency inhaler to alleviate the chest pain. Then, my back tightened up. I felt as if five-hundred needles were stabbing into my scapula all day. I could barely lift my arm. Adam rubbed my back, and after a quick rundown with the stick, it started to feel better. I slept on my back all night, and when I woke up this morning, I felt good as new. PHEW!

Today’s workouts included:

–Endless relay swim with Adam for 30minutes at lunchtime
–2hours (35miles) cycling with Margot to Elo and back.

My run plan for the rest of the week:
Tomorrow, I’m going to meet some of the new CCRC members and go for an easy run. I also have a few repeat miles on the line for Thursday, and a medium-long run on Saturday. The rest of the runs are short.

My bike plan:
Easy spin for a few hours on Friday, and again on Sunday. I think Sunday’s ride will include a bit of intensity (2x20minutes at high cadence/effort).

My swim plan:
A few open water swims, one on Thursday after the mile repeats, and again on Saturday or Sunday. I should also get into the pool for some stroke work on Friday, shooting for around 2000-2500yds.

And…
I was thinking about doing a podcast. Well, in fact, I DID a podcast… last night. Should I post it? Whether you think Yay or Nay, let me know. 😀