Honeymoon is Over

April 19, 2012

Four days. That’s how long IM training was going well until the wheels came off. On day five, I couldn’t walk across the bedroom to the bathroom without windmilling my arms for momentum. What the heck happened in four days? The ironic thing is, the running and biking on my schedule was about half of what [...]

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IM Training Begins

April 10, 2012

Ironman Florida training is here! After weeks of training to train, I’ve officially begun my Ironman journey. I’m feeling great and am stoked about getting going. I’ve worked hard to select a training plan that makes sense to me. Training plans are like relationships. You pick one that has similar philosophies, you stay faithful by [...]

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Getting Ready to Roll

March 25, 2012

Ironman training hasn’t  ”officially” started, but I’m already feeling the rewards. If I hadn’t committed myself to Ironman Florida, I never would have taken the time for heart rate training. I decided to take four weeks to concentrate on the bike. My fat burning was poor on the bike, and it would be difficult to stay [...]

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So Much Better!

March 16, 2012

What a difference four weeks can make. My hip and back still aren’t 100%, but they are remarkably better. I’m back to running and swimming without pain. I still have to be careful of my sciatic while lifting weights and my hip is a little stiff in the morning or if I sit for a [...]

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Feeling Better

March 10, 2012

Ironman Florida is 34 weeks away, and it occured to me that 34 weeks is about the same number of weeks from when I found out I was pregnant to when I delivered a baby. It’s going to take me the same amount of time to train my body to travel 140.6 miles as it [...]

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Good Advice

March 2, 2012

Facing a big race on the schedule and lots of hip pain, I had come up with a few ways to help myself and continue  to prepare any way I could. I decided to stop running for a couple of weeks, bike on the trainer in zones 1 and 2, and modify my diet to [...]

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A Little Low Point

February 26, 2012

Being post marathon but pre-Ironman training has been strange. Mentally, I’m ready to start training. I’ve been pouring over my training plan, evaluating warm up races and thinking about nutrition changes. Just a week or two ago I thought I was perfectly poised to start training. Today, physically, I’m thankful that I still have 5 [...]

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Heart Rate Training: The Final Verdict

February 10, 2012

Last September, while I was training for Marine Corps Marathon, I knew that I was going to have some unstructured time after the marathon and before I needed to get serious about Ironman training. All of the IM training plans I was considering were based on heart rate zones. I’ve read a bit about heart [...]

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Maui Oceanfront Marathon: Race Report

January 31, 2012

A marathon in Maui in the middle of winter? Good idea! Mike and I landed on Saturday with plenty of time to pick up our race numbers, drive the course, and relax before the race on Sunday. Multiple distances were offered with about 1,500 runners total and 300 people participating in the regular marathon. Another [...]

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Swim Analysis- Take One

January 15, 2012

Mike and I are going scuba diving while in Hawaii, so we thought we would play around with the video camera we are taking with us. What do two triathletes do with an underwater camera for fun? Work on their swim technique, of course! I’ve been watching some swim instructional videos, and figured that I could [...]

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