Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Still Alive, Just Blah

Well, I'll be brief since there's not much to report.

Last time I checked in it was all about the 10K. And that ends the exercise report.

My groove has been missing since I deferred the marathon. I am still finalizing my 2010 schedule. Currently I'm looking at The Shamrock Marathon or 1/2 Marathon in March, something in April, Florida HALF-Ironman in May, at least one race in the summer, and the Marathon Du Medoc in Bordeaux, France in Sep (there's wine at the rest stops - almost a guaranteed Personal Worst but also guaranteed to be a blast). If I can't get into the French race, I'll do another Half in Sep and Marine Corp in October.

Other catching up - while home I got to visit with my high school buds. I had a blast and it gave me opportunity to once again be thankful for all the good in my life. I have friends taking care of their elderly parents, going through divorce/separations/break-ups, lingering illness, surgeries, job loss, deployments to Iraq, etc. The silver lining is they are all taking it in stride. Seems the common theme is "If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Then add vodka."

On the family front, there's some old drama that I have just become privy to and it's really pissed me off. I'm very angry with my sister but she doesn't know it (because I'm passive-aggressive). We'll see how long until she notices that I haven't called.

Other then that, still uber-happy with Dude. Still looking for motivation to exercise. Still trying to lose weight (haven't exercised since the 10K and dropped 1 pound but I'm still above Ironman weight). Still working my way through 101 in 1001.

All in all, life is good, just uneventful.

If only I won Fool's giveaway!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Fox Lake Run, Titusville FL 10K Race Report

OK, remember when I said my race season was over? Yea, not so much. I had been planning a trip home for about a month. I got a call from my Mom early in the week saying her friend had organized a 10K so she signed me up.

"Thanks Mom"

So my first day of vacation began at 0615 so we could drive an hour to the race location. Yep! She signed me up, she's coming to spectate! We got there about an hour early so she walked me around and introduced me to everyone she knew. I love that she introduces me as "This is my baby Es, She's an IRONMAN."

Thanks Mom!

Since this was in Florida there were three things I knew going in - it would be flat, it would be HOT, and it would be HUMID. What I didn't know is the roads are not flat. To help with drainage all of the roads are slanted so my hip flexors and IT bands were screaming. I was able to run the whole race (walked the aid stations because I needed the water). No real issues, just my usual turtle pace.

It was a small field - total of 73 people doing the 10K. I came in 1:00:24 - 53/73 Overall, 16/31 Females, 4/4 Age group (fast old women!).

For all my bitching - this really wasn't a bad way to start my vacation!

Side story - I'm standing at the race start - there's an old salty lookin' guy who looked something like this:
He had a cigarette in hand, wearing circa 1980 track pants (it's over 90 degrees at 8am), a denim! vest (former jacket with the arms cut off, strings hanging) with a full back iron-on patch, and he's carrying 5lb dumbbells. He did the 5K but my Mom didn't catch his time. I swear, I'm from the "Redneck Capital of the World".

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Nation's Tri Race Report

I’m going to stay positive here, so all I have to say is this whole race could have been better if they limited the number of people participating. Pre-racking, mandatory safety briefing, parking nightmare, etc. would have been eliminated. Round trip on Saturday was 4 hours – that’s longer then the race. I will not be doing this race next year.

Pre: It was great to see a bunch of Team Z folks that I haven’t seen in awhile. And since we all had over an hour to wait, there was plenty of time to catch up.

Swim 1,500 M – 35:56 – Most physical swim I’ve ever been in. I didn’t help my time by swimming half way to the other shore after the turn around.
Note to self: 1,500M is quite the distance when you haven’t swum in 2 months - I definitely felt it the next day!

T1 – 3:27 – Long way to the bike and its been awhile since I wrestled a wetsuit.

Bike 40K – 1:21:37 – I was pretty happy with my time. I did notice that when I skipped a nutrition round it seemed like within minutes my speed would rapidly decrease. I’d take a gulp of PowerBar Endurance and I’d be back up to speed. Apparently that nutrition thing is important. When I got back to transition I didn’t realize the bike was over. I actually laughed because all I was thinking was “that’s it – I don’t have to ride for another 87 miles”?!

T2 - 3:28 – My rack seemed much further in then I remembered. And my knee was hurting so I did a slow walk while I debated DNF-ing. The race didn't provide adult beverages and the Team Z supply wasn't there so I soldiered on.

Run 10K – 1:02:30 – The first mile was gawd awful. Had I continued at that pace, my time would have been around 1:20. I decided to do the run/walk method but 1-minute into the walk I decided to test my legs again. Other then one aid station I never walked again and I was able to pick up the pace a bit with each mile. Once I saw the finish line it was a Zone 5B “sprint” (my definition of sprint may differ from most other peoples). It hurt, I thought I was going to hurl, but I was able to finish strong and smiling.

Overall 3:06:57 – 95/252 Age Group – Going in, with the lack of training since IMS, I was thinking 3:20 so needless to say I am quite happy with my time. It is a PR since this is the first “true” Oly that I’ve done. Mooseman 2008 shortened the swim due to fog and Patriot 2008 turned into a Duo due to a hurricane.

Thanks to all the Z-ers out there racing, cheering, volunteering, and giving shout outs throughout the course.

Other thing to note: My heart rate was averaging about 165 (Zone 4) and OMG I felt it the next day. In comparison, my heart rate rarely got above 150 in Ironman and I felt great the next day. Apparently Coach Ed knows his stuff!

Since I deferred Marine Corp Marathon my 2009 race calendar is complete. I'm all happy-happy-joy-joy right now but I know I’m going to miss it!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Friday Fourteen (Thursday Thirteen with a penalty)

1. Today is the anniversary of 9/11 and there is still a raw sadness. There is also an intense anger at those responsible. In addition to remembering the tragedy today I also find myself ever so thankful for all of the joy in my life.

2. I feel anything I write after that will seem trivial but the list must go on.

3. I DO have a lot to be thankful for. I have a great job, my health, my family, Dude (*sigh), and some really great friends.

4. I deferred my Marine Corp Marathon entry until next year. My tendon needs a break.

5. That said, I will probably do the Shamrock Marathon in VA Beach in March and Marine Corp in October of 2010.

6. I’m doing Nation’s Tri on Sunday and have not trained one iota for it. It’s “just an Oly” but shall we revisit my RumpASS Sprint experience. This could be UGLY!

7. Nation’s is a PAIN IN THE ASS! You must attend a race briefing the day before. You have to rack your bike the day before. There’s no parking. They let 6,000, yes that’s 6,000!, people in the race. I have an hour wait before my swim wave start. NEVER AGAIN!

8. Another reason to love fall – BOOTS! I see a visit to DSW in my near future!

9. I’m still trying to figure out the hub-bub about Obama’s Back to School speech. The only thing I can come up with is it’s “those” parents that take offense to someone (anyone) saying a child is responsible for their own success.
***Enter sarcasm*** What a horrible concept! I mean, that’s putting way too much pressure on the children - robbing them of their childhood even. ***Exit sarcasm***

10. I bought a Sonicare toothbrush about a month ago and I LOVE IT!!! It has the 2-minute timer that beeps every 30 seconds so you spend the same amount of time on each tooth section. Get one!

11. I really hate the food in our cafeteria but I’m too lazy to pack my lunch and if I do bring my lunch I’m too lazy to heat it up.

12. Still struggling with the weight thing - combination of number 4 and 10 on this list. I need motivation people!!!!

13. It was great to go ride with Team Z last weekend - I’ve missed them. Maybe that should be my motivation!

14. My job has been crazy busy for going on 3 weeks now (don’t tell anyone, I kind of like it)!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

With A Friend Like This...

On Friday the finance system went down so I found myself surfing the internet. Soon I knew I needed an intervention so I turned to Jason:

From: Es
To: TZ Jason
Subject: Help me

I just caught myself looking at the Beach2Battleship website thinking about next year.

I need a closed-fist punch to the side of my head!


From: TZ Jason
Subject: Re: Help me
To: Es

Wilmington, NC is a very nice little city ...

From: Es
To: TZ Jason
Subject: RE: Help me

Not helping!

I'm reading: "Easy" swim (with the current). Flat ride. Then a flat marathon.

How bad could it be?

But I don't waanntt (said in whiney voice) to do another Ironman!

From: TZ Jason
Subject: Re: Help me
To: Es

it's pretty obvious to me that you do ... you just don't want to admit it to yourself

It's natural - you're an Ironman - you have Iron in your blood now.


From: Es
To: TZ Jason
Subject: RE: Help me

I need a blood transfusion!

From: TZ Jason
Subject: Re: Help me
To: Es

maybe you could do both Wisconsin and Beach2Battleship

From: Es
To: TZ Jason
Subject: RE: Help me

Absolutely not! Wisconsin doesn't appeal to me at all.

I've come up with some excuses:
- it could be cold in Nov
- flat rides suck - burn out the legs before the run
- I promised I wouldn't do another one next year
- I don't want to do another one
- while IMS was the best day of my life, there's no gurantee of a repeat
- training in the heat sucks

shall I go on?

From: TZ Jason
Subject: Re: Help me
To: Es

ok then, just do beach2battleship ... you don't have to do TWO ... goodness ... who would suggest that?

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Thursday Thirteen - Ramblings

1. I had the mother of all migraines yesterday. Saw the spots, stood up to get some water and BAM - Freight Train! Drove home (while covering one eye and squinting with the other), threw up for a little bit, got comfy on the couch and did what anyone would do in this situation - slept off and on for 4 hours. Got up, headache gone but now I still have the migraine hangover.

2. I rarely eat tuna fish. But thanks to Was It For This, all I craved yesterday was tuna. (I still want to make the recipe she recommended).

3. I ran both Monday and Tuesday night and planned on running Wednesday until that Freight Train hit me. Still, much better record then last week!

4. Something is still wrong with my hamstring. I’m going to see how I feel after an 18 mile run this Sat. If it’s still F-ed up, I may blow off Marine Corp, give it more time to heal, and start training for a March marathon in Nov.

5. Part of the reason I’m OK with number 3 is training is the least of my desires right now.

6. I’m doing my 18 miles down in DC so I can go back to the Eastern Market after my run. Yes, I’m addicted!

7. I LOVE Fall (and I know, it’s not quite fall yet)! The mornings and evenings are crisp – perfect running weather. But most importantly, Pumpkin Spiced Latte is back. I was so excited until someone mentioned Gingerbread Latte – now I can’t wait till winter!

8. Peanut Butter is now safe in my presence. During training, I’d go through about one 18oz jar a week. The last one I bought barely has a spoonful taken out.

9. I swear I was switched at birth. I'd do a DNA test, but what if I'm wrong?! (Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my family - but how can I be SOOOO different then them?)

10. Summer is quickly getting away. Only a few weeks left of BLTCA's. (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Cheese, and Avocados) Speaking of which, I now know what I'm having for dinner tonight.

11. I "gained" 2 pounds over the weekend, but I'm back to what I was last Thursday. Still have quite a few till I'm down to my goal: 140.6 (get it?).

12. Last weekend Dude and I went to the National Botanical Garden. If you haven't been, go - it is beautiful! Plus, even though it is right on the mall, it's not one of those places most tourists go.

13. Coming up with 13 things is harder then you'd imagine!