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Tri done – resolution met!

08/19/2013

Done! I completed the Granite Man Tri 5th (I think) in my age group on Saturday the 17th. Sweet!
The swim was good – but I got a little off path and felt like I lost a few minutes getting back in the pack.
The bike was hard. Really hard. It is constant hills with really only one spot when you can just cruise. And there are three killer hills. I actually did it only 3 minutes slower than my fastest Tri – so I was happy about that.
By the run I was ready to get it done – in a good way. I had my music and my legs loosened up as I reached the top of the steady climb you start the run with.
As I weaves around the paths of an old landing strip I felt good.
I finished at 2:10. 8 minutes slower than 2009. But happy.
The swim was def my slowest and I think that was a result of my path and them making it actually 3/4 mile.
I’m done! And happy. And totally doing it next year with a goal to place in my age group! Or at least move up in rank.
And, on Sat as we sat around relaxing and recovering we signed up for the seacoast half again. Bring on the running!

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Tri done – resolution met!

08/19/2013

Done! I completed the Granite Man Tri 5th (I think) in my age group on Saturday the 17th. Sweet!
The swim was good – but I got a little off path and felt like I lost a few minutes getting back in the pack.
The bike was hard. Really hard. It is constant hills with really only one spot when you can just cruise. And there are three killer hills. I actually did it only 3 minutes slower than my fastest Tri – so I was happy about that.
By the run I was ready to get it done – in a good way. I had my music and my legs loosened up as I reached the top of the steady climb you start the run with.
As I weaves around the paths of an old landing strip I felt good.
I finished at 2:10. 8 minutes slower than 2009. But happy.
The swim was def my slowest and I think that was a result of my path and them making it actually 3/4 mile.
I’m done! And happy. And totally doing it next year with a goal to place in my age group! Or at least move up in rank.
And, on Sat as we sat around relaxing and recovering we signed up for the seacoast half again. Bring on the running!

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Well well Well

08/05/2013

Okay- my Tri is in 12 days.  I’m not 12 days away from being ready.  If I’m honest, I’m 20+ days away from being ready.  But I’ll be there at the starting line and I’ll give it my all.

What’s Going Well –

Riding – I’m loving my new bike and shoes.

Running – I’m feeling strong and able to run AFTER doing other endurance training.

Swimming – As always I’m strong here without tri-ing (LOL) and had a great easy swim last week.

What’s Not Going Well: 

Riding – My knees – I’m not trained on lactic acid management

Running- My knees – see above – and just all around tightness

Swimming – Goggles – they either let water in, or they are pressing so hard they hurt.  Ugh.

What I Need:

Riding – I need to get on a spin bike a few times these next two weeks and work on managing lactic acid.

Running – Music – It is one of the key things to keeping me going during the hot, end of a training day.

Swimming – Better goggles – but it isn’t happening – so I deal.

What I’m Going to Do: 

Riding – Spin!

Running – Just keep doing it- and maybe buy an arm band

Swimming – Just keep doing it – I can’t wuss out on swim training because of goggles.

Yesterday I did a 6 mile bike and then a 4.3 mile run – and I felt great!  I felt strong and connected to my body.  I started to think about my time at the race and what I’d aim for.  Trying to piece together how long each activity will take me.  I think aiming for under 2:45 is easy.  I’d like to be at or below 2:30 – but I don’t want to set my self up for failure.  Hmm.  In 2008 at my peak after serious training I did it in 2:02, and then the next year with some training, but not as much I did it again in 2:02 – so maybe I’m selling myself short.  We’ll see!  (now of course I’m thinking about how I can get to that time again).

Anyway- if you want to follow along in my next two weeks of training friend me on runkeeper!  http://runkeeper.com/user/AdrienneBarnard/profile

Ummmm

07/23/2013

You want to know why I’ve been quiet? I bet you can guess.

I haven’t been training…

oops?

I mean – I’ve been working out… but if I was to look back and review how I trained my first time around? I’d be scared.

But, the good news is this.
I’ve been swimming
I’ve been biking.
And the best part is I bought a new bike! And I got clip-in pedals and shoes!
What a difference!

It is July 23rd. My Tri is on August 17th.

EEP!

Double!

05/02/2013

Ok! First bike workout down! Boring old stationary. But I’ve for to start somewhere!
I am planning to scoot out early tonight to run.
And then my first double will be complete!

I’m doing this!

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Here we go

03/23/2013

So – here we are 5 months out. I’ve mentally committed to doing the Granite Man Tri in August. Now, I have to get serious and start training.
But, doing that on top of a busy job and a busy two year old is going to be a challenge.
Any tips?
I started today by hitting the pavement. It wasn’t my best run, time for new shoes, but I did it.
Yet- it’s not running in worried about. It’s swimming and biking.
Time to dive in AND get back in the saddle!

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1/2 Down! Resolution Met!

11/12/2012

I kind of forgot about this blog.  Sorry to my readers!  Never fear, I kept right on running to meet my resolution and guess what!? – I did it!

Today, I ran my 1/2 marathon (1:55:07) and fulfilled my goal!  It felt damn good!  (and hurt a little too).

It was a crisp fall day, cool, cloudy with no wind.  Pretty perfect for a long distance run.

My stomach was a mess during the car ride to the race, but that’s pretty typical for me.  I got a little banana in me, and some water and was ready to just get to running.  As we waited for the gun to sound, I was excited. I turned to a friend running with us and said, “Doing this means I make my New Year’s Resolution!”

Then my Mom said, “We have to go run for 2 hours!”

At about mile 4, I thought, “Really? Only 4 miles in?” Actually, I think I said it out loud.

My goal for this race was to be under 2 hours.  My Mom, who had never done an under 2:00hr half wanted to get there too, so we stuck together.  I kept her speeding along, and she kept me occupied.

It’s great to have a running buddy.

The Seacoast of NH is lovely, and this route took you along some of the highlights.  Great scenery to distract you for a moment.

Before I knew it we were reaching mile 9 and my hip was aching, and my knee starting to twinge from a tight IT band.  I knew I had to stop and stretch or I would hurt myself.  So I did.  Mom kept on trucking and after about 3 minutes, I took off to catch her.

Easier said than done.  I worked my butt off to catch up to her!  It felt good, I felt strong.  We only had a 5k left!

Then my feet started to hurt, and my knees, and I knew I had blisters forming on the outside of my big toes.  Oh well, complaining about our aches and pains took us another few miles.

As we closed in on the last mile I pushed ahead of Mom and pushed myself a little harder.  I knew I was going to be under 2, but I wanted to make it good!  Then I hit a steep hill.  Ouch.  Nevertheless, I ran on and thought, “This is the longest mile of the race!”  It really felt that way.  And then, there was the finish!  I sprinted in and got my water and medal.

I didn’t want to stop right away, but the finish line crowds make it hard.  I was met by David, Matt and Emilio and my friend Jaimie who lives on the race route.  Mom finished soon after and post race discussions ensued.

Then it hit me, my entire body was about to stiffen up big time if I didn’t move and stretch.  I’m thanking myself for that now, because I’m feeling okay!  Oh wait, I also took some IBU in the car😉

Overall, it was a good race and I look forward to doing it again next year.  1:45:00??

Now, we focus on keeping up the work outs and thinking about to fit in Tri training for next year!