Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Flaming Cake

I am posting this picture for those of you curious about the flaming cake:

Flaming Cake!!!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

I Think I Failed!

Last week, I rambled about the brick workout. I remember talking about how I needed to spend these last two weeks (well now one week) hydrating, eating well, mentally preparing and getting rest. 

So here is how I did...

First, yesterday was supposed to be my long run for the week. This is where I was going to begin mentally preparing for my triathlon next week. Well, that didn't happen... I suffer from plantar fasciitis on occasion and when it acts up, I take a rest day. So what is the plan? I am going to squeak in 12 miles on Monday evening. Nice slow pace at Sharon Woods three times. I can do this!!! I'm also going to spend about five minutes every day visualizing myself crossing the finish line with a smile on my face...

In regards to hydration: Do fruity frilly girly drinks count as hydration? If they do well then I should give myself one big pat on the back. I also learned how to set drinks (and food) on fire! I had plenty of burnt drinks and fruity beverages last night and my body is thanking, hmmm... maybe punishing me for all of those delightfully delicious beverages. They sure tasted good!

So where does this leave me with eating well. So, one of the promises to my friends was that I was going to attempt making a baked Alaska. I probably should have looked up the process for making one of these cakes PRIOR to promising the cake. Well, again, this was totally delicious, had one of the important food groups; but I highly doubt it counts as eating well. (I would have inserted a picture but I still don't have any) Actually, I did light a banana on fire. That provided me some potassium??? 

And finally, rest... Well, I was up until 2:30 this morning... That is all I can say about that.

So I would say my weekend was an epic success as far as fun is concerned, but an epic fail as it relates to preparing for the triathlon... What do you think? 

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Brick...

I was telling a friend about my brick workout yesterday. He asked me what it meant to do a brick workout. Well, I'm a technical being so responded with something like this: You do one workout followed by another workout with as little time in between as possible; basically, you kick your own a$$ in a short period of time for fun.

Well that did not satisfy my friend and he did his own research. Here is what we learned (paraphrased of course):

  • Some dude from long ago would switch from running to cycling and he coined that type of activity a brick.
  • A brick workout is one that is so tough you want to sh*t a brick when it is over.

I have participated in a number of triathlons in the past. All of the triathlons have been sprint distance races and I have always struggled with the running portion of the race. I never trained properly and have been extremely lucky to cross the finish line of all but one of the triathlons I have started. 

This year I decided to take the plunge and finally do an Olympic distance tri. Call me crazy (or call me maybe)... I am feeling overly prepared for the bike, fully prepared for the run and kind of prepared for the swim.

While preparing for this triathlon, there have been multiple things weighing on my mind. Here's a short list:
What I have been doing a lot of, contemplating. 

  • What the hell did I get myself into. Seriously, I am going to run a 10k after swimming and biking? I have barely squeaked out a 5k in past triathlons that were much shorter in distance.
  • How the heck am I going to get my car to the end of the race, my body to the start of the race, my running shoes down town, etc. I have never done a point to point tri before so I have no idea what to expect or how to prepare in this situation.
  • Did I do enough brick workouts? Well, I already know I have not, but eh, my goal is to finish. Beat myself up over my limited bricks? Or just acknowledge the hay is in the barn and I am as ready as I'm going to be in this circumstance. 
  • Do I really care about my transition times for this race? Yes, I have spent a lot of time thinking about this, especially since my quickest transition time ever was around one minute and thirty seconds. This was before I started riding my bike with bike shoes, before I cared about fueling, before I knew how important it is to hydrate.
  • What is going to be the best fuel for me during this race. Should I enjoy my granola bar during the ride? They always slow me down. Or should I rely on gu. The reason I like granola bars so much is that they make me feel full but not engorged. Gu can have adverse impacts on my body; just sayin...
  • OMG, I have to drive to West Virginia a couple hours after the race (after I refuel on Pizza of course). I must be crazy!!!
So, those are the things that have been bothering me over the last couple of weeks. I haven't come to any conclusions on any of the items above (except that I am crazy), but I do know this:
 
Now it is time to eat well, hydrate, get rest and mentally prepare myself for another big brick workout on race day... 

Hmmm... Or am I simply prepared to sh*t a brick...

How I hope to feel post race!!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

This Tree is STILL Happy!!!

I was recently reading more of the book 'Running the Edge.' It is one of those books that you have to take your time to read. Well, that is true if you are like me. I actually read the book, do the exercises and then self reflect before moving on to the next chapter. It appears that my self reflection exercise for certain chapters can be quite lengthy. I mean I got the book several months ago and I am just now getting to chapter 3. The most recent chapter talked about self actualization and how very few people reach a point of self actualization.

If you asked me what I strive for in life, I would tell you that I want to be self actualized...

Anyway, over the last couple of weeks (yes I have missed one week, I think) I have decided balance with my workouts is a good thing. I have not been the best at logging all of my workouts but I know that every time I crash into bed at night, my body is perfectly fatigued from the effort I put into it from the day.

In my quest to be a 'distance maven' (have I mentioned that I hate that term?) I have relaxed in areas that allow me to approach a simple nine mile run on a Saturday morning with a shrug of the shoulders followed by breakfast with a friend, a run festival, house 'cleaning', impromptu drinks and an 8 mile hike the following day. You know what is brilliant about all of the activity? I was able to wake up Monday without an ounce of fatigue but could instead say, this tree is still happy...

Maybe this is a small piece of self actualization...

Here is one of the most brilliant pictures of a tree's root system I have ever seen. I need to go to Cambodia to see this for myself: