Friday, July 30, 2010

My Friday Five!

1. I got my iPhone4 this week. So far I love it. Have any apps that you love and cant' live without? Please do tell! I am new to this smart phone/iPhone stuff.

2. My other purchase this month was a netbook in order to have a second computer in the house to surf/twitter/etc. My daughter discovered the wonders of skype via the netbook w/webcam and I have had to pry it out of her hands so that I can use it. She is not your typical teen - I usually have to remind her to charge, turn on, and take her phone with her. So to come home to find her skyping was quite funny. She says its the visual and voice connection that is more appealing to her. She is an artist! What can I say.

3. I received my relay match this morning for the Half Full Tri October 3rd. I am excited! I will be doing the bike leg, which is the leg I really wanted!!

4. This Saturday is the Catoctin Challenge! I will take photos and have a nice weekend report to share next week. I am still trying to get to $500. I am riding for Habitat for Humanity. Please donate if you can. Thank you!! Even if it is only a $1 or $5 -it can help. In total the group is hoping to go over $100,000 this year, which would be amazing. We are getting close!

5. I recently secured the services of a coach. Main goal is to get through Marine Corp Marathon training, but he totally gets my triathlon addiction and is a cross training supporter. So I still have bricks on the plan as well as bike time and swim time. I am hoping this will help my run overall and perhaps my run leg of my tris will be better too!

Everybody have a GREAT Weekend! And PLEASE Donate if you can.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Riley's Rumble Half Marathon

From the MCRRC website: "Riley's Rumble is the evil half that your mother warned you about. Don't be seduced by the lush bucolic countryside of rural Montgomery County. This race will challenge the best runners. If you want the 3 H's (hills, heat, and humidity), this is the race for you. It is a good workout if you're preparing for a fall marathon but Riley's may not be advisable for your first half marathon. "
As they promised we had the 3H's.
Yes I finished, but it was not pretty. We have been having incredible heat and humidity here. Saturday's heat index was something like 108 degrees. The dew points have been in the high 70's which just makes the air feel like soup. I made sure to hide in the AC and keep hydrating on Saturday as much as possible.
Sunday morning the temp was in the low 80's around 6 am when I got to the start. The race organizer actually decided not to chip time the event due to the poor air quality and heat. The race started at 7 am. The whole time while people were getting their numbers and such, the announcer kept talking about the brutal conditions, etc. I was ready for him to stop! No chip time, but they did have clock for the overall start and so you could see an end time when you finished. My time was something like 3:04. I'll take it in all its crappiness. This was, after all, just a training day for me. I needed the miles. This event is free for club members. So it all worked out and I had nice, smiling volunteers handing out water, ice, Gatorade, GU, candy and POPSICLES during the race and I got my miles done. Actually Popsicles were only at mile 8.42. I got 2!! I found a nice group of three people to run with a the beginning and we stuck together through the whole event. Thankfully, we had a decent amount of shade for the run, there was one out a back leg that was all sun and then in the last three miles you have not shade and some HILLS to go back up to the finish. I would have liked to have stayed on my LSD pace of 12:30/mile - but that didn't happen. There was some (more than I would have liked) walking going on during the second half of the race and even during the last mile. My knees were talking and then my innards were talking a bit. I am glad it is done. I am glad that I did it even if it didn't come with a t-shirt or bling. My first 13.1 since 2008 is in the bad. On my way to the Marine Corp Marathon.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Training ups and downs

Not much to post about. I have been dealing with a cranky IT band for the last bit and my left knee too. I've been spending some time icing, stretching, foam rollering. Of course this hits when I am trying to get into the swing of my training for the Marine Corp Marathon. I did have my bike fit reevaluated last week. So far with the couple rides that I have done since the fitting, nothing feels worse, so I am hoping the few adjustments that were made helped. It was funny to see myself on the TV on my bike. While I was at the bike shop I decided to get a new saddle too. I had been thinking about it, since Orangina still had the stock saddle on her. After a 35 mile ride on Saturday, I am happy to say I am glad I made the change.

I ran 3.3 miles this morning. Nothing hurts worse. I take that as a positive sign. And I was good and rolled and stretched after my run.

This week I will run again on Wednesday and then a wee run Friday and then Sunday is Riley's Rumble a low key club half marathon. While I don't think I am totally up for 13.1 miles, I should be at 9 or 10 according to my training plan, I think I am still going to go out there and do the run walk thing as part of my training. If anything starts to hurt then I will just walk. I will also get in some bike time and some pool time. 12 days to the Catoctin Challenge. I hope it is not as hot and humid as it has been lately or that is going to be a brutal 65 miles. Have I mentioned the hills?

Work is still crazy busy and I got promoted in responsibility at the end of last week. I am taking it on, so I hope that it will translate into some extra $$ - our review period starts in the fall with salary changes in December. I will be tooting that horn!
Happy Training to all!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Half Full Triathlon

Today I decided to sign up to be matched for a relay team for the Half Full Triathlon which benefits the Ulman Cancer Fund and Livestrong. I will do either the .9 mile swim or the 56 mile bike.
FUN! October 3, 2010

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fund raising plea!!! Please Help!!!

This is my one charity event that I do every year. Please consider helping me to reach my goal of $1000. No amount is trivial. Every dollar helps! You can follow the link below for an online donation or if you prefer you can write a check out to Catoctin Charities and send it to them. The ride is July 31 –Aug 1. I will be riding 65 miles on Saturday and 40 miles on Sunday. Have
I mentioned that Greg LeMond will be joining us for this years Challenge? If I meet my goal of $1000 I will get a Greg LeMond signed 1989 replica Tour de France jersey. A cyclist can always use another jersey! I am still $795 away from my goal.

I am riding in this year's Catoctin Challenge benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County Maryland and 1 in The Catoctin Challenge is a very difficult and mountainous journey. My personal goal is to finish this two-day ride alive! The overall goal of the Catoctin Challenge is to raise $150,000, or enough to support the building of a new home for a family in need and to provide support for the 1 in initiative to help adult men who experienced unwanted sexual experiences in their childhood. Would you please consider sponsoring me in this year’s Catoctin Challenge? You can do so in two easy ways:1. Follow the link on this page (credit cards and bank account drafts accepted)2. Send a check made out to Catoctin Charities inc. to Catoctin Charities inc. Catoctin Challenge Bike Ride, 8322 Jordan Valley Way, Frederick, MD 21702
(Please note you are sponsoring me with your check if you send it directly to them)

Thank you so much!Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support Catoctin Charities
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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A Quiet Long Weekend

After working until after 6 pm on Friday, my weekend was good. My daughter is out of town - so you would think I would be partying or something like it since I have no parental duties. ha ha ha . I was just happy to RELAX! Work has been insanely busy over the past month and is not letting up.

The weather at the end of last week was just awesome. Saturday morning I got up and it was still awesome so I headed out for a 6 mile run. It was wonderful. This is also the start of my training for the Marine Corp Marathon. Exciting! I ran at my slow marathon training pace and felt really good afterwards. I wore my XU calf sleeves when I ran and then spent some special time with the foam roller after I showered and I have had no calf or shin issues at all.

Since I had lots of time on my hands for Sunday, I decided to ride my bike to my swim practice and back. I used one of the local multi-use trails for most of the ride. 1. to avoid some VERY busy roads between my house and the pool and 2. It is in the woods so it had lots of shade! Sunday started out cool, but got hot hot hot as the day progressed. Originally I planned to ride from my house to the trail and then to the pool, but I was running a bit behind in the morning so I drove to the trail head then road. I live about 6-7 miles from the trail head. So I didn't get the full mileage that I was intending for the day, but it was still a good ride. Swim practice was in the middle and was good as always. The pool water was cool too, unlike last week when it felt like soup. Before I made the ride back I stopped and had a yummy everything bagel with egg, cheese and bacon at Bethesda Bagels and an Orangina. The ride down I didn't see to many people, it was 7 am on a holiday weekend Sunday after all, but the ride back the path was a bit busier. I nearly ran over an infant that a parent was letting crawl on the path in a blindspot. Thankfully, I had slowed cause I thought I had seen something up ahead.

Sunday afternoon after I had showered and just before I took a nap on the couch, I had a feeling of total relaxation. It was awesome. I hadn't felt that in a while. It made for a good nap too! Then I was up and out to a 4th of July/40th Birthday party.

With the extreme heat of yesterday and being a bit tired from staying up late Sunday night. I just relaxed and did some cleaning tasks around the house yesterday. I did venture out in the late afternoon as I needed to go buy Sampson his dog food.

All in all a Great, quiet weekend complete with training!
I think I found my next Triathlon too - Naylor Beach in Virginia in September.

Back to work!