Sunday, December 30, 2007

Day 121.......

Well.... I ended up having to take antibiotics (again). Something nasty going around and of course it didn't help that I'm so prone to get bronchitis along with it. Today was the last day for taking it, but I have been getting in most of the work-outs scheduled.

Yesterday myself, Cat and Van went out for a 5 hour ride. Starting out of the driveway it was kinda cool, but the sun warmed things up to around 60 degrees. We did quite a bit of climbing and I rode the TT bike since the road bike is due a service by now.

Since it was raining today.....I waited till early afternoon to get in the 2.5 hour trail run. Luckily Nik came along and I had some company while out there. We do run different speeds, but it was still nice to know I wasn't out there alone and he'd be coming along if I fell or something. I think it was around 45-46 degrees on the mountain.

I'll try to post a report by New Year's Day evening of the goings on between now and then!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merrry Christmas!

Woke up this morning not feeling so great....Sore throat and congestion. I felt fine yesterday. Makes me wonder if the bronchitis is creeping back up on me. Decided to proceed with the training and do an easy bike ride with Cat and my dad. Wow.... hardly any traffic out. That was nice for a change. Cold and overcast..... actually ended up raining somewhere around 1:00-2:00 this afternoon. Was also due a 50 minute run, but considering I've been feeling progressively worse all day.... I opted to not do the run in the cold rain. Hopefully whatever this is that I've got will go away quickly.

It's been a busy past few days as far as the training schedule goes. Some of the more crazy things include:

*Friday's 4.5 hour ride with Rick. We went up Hwy 136 on the Dade County side and came back down Scenic Hwy. Both of us rode from our houses in North Chattanooga.

*Saturday's 4 hour ride with Cat, Anna and the No Knuckle Heads. After that one I ran for an hour afterwards. My legs felt like a Mack Truck ran over them that night! Riding back to back long days is tough enough and throwing in a run on top of it was pure torcher! I'm sure Coach Carole knows what she is doing though.

Pictures above show how we were in the "holiday spirit" for our ride on Saturday.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Mental toughness.....

I am determined that mental toughness is key to staying focused on the big goal. There are days....much like today (rainy and cold)....that skipping out on the scheduled work-outs would be so easy to do, but instead I keep going. I'm going to follow through with this and have the best Ironman that I can possibly have......or die trying : )
I am also convinced that ones level of mental toughness defines who they are and where they are going.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Day 108.... Rest Week is Here!!!!

Okay... maybe it's not really a rest week, but it's reduced volume and intensity..... atleast until Saturday and Sunday. No work-out today : )

Here's the short and skinny from the weekend:

Saturday consisted of a 4 hour bike with the guys. The ride included a climb up Suck Creek and back around through GA and then across the toe of Lookout to get home. Some really fast guys showed up and the pace was managable for most of the ride, but I did get yo-yoed off the back a few times on climbs. Still yet.... a good ride for me considering it was the 3rd week of build and my body was screaming for some rest.

Sunday a group of us hit the trail up at Prentice Cooper and ran the Pott Point loop. We braved out the 31 degree temperature and very windy conditions. There was actually some snow accumulation in areas and it flurried / snowed almost the whole run. The trail was not in top condition as the leaves were thick and there were several trees down along the way. Boy... was I ever glad to get this workout done after the fun-filled week of biking, running and swimming. I've included a couple of pictures from the run yesterday above.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Crazy weather!

Yesterday I ran with Joey and Michelle for almost an 1:30. Joey and I ran from my house and met Michelle at the trail head. The temperate was well above's the middle of December! It started raining on us (not too bad), but we did get wet. The way this weather has been bouncing back and forth from hot to cold will probably be a recipe for getting sick! At the end of my run I did strides for 10 seconds each x 4. I did feel some soreness throughout the run and afterwards from some new core/strength exercises introduced on Tuesday. Yikes.... I'm still a bit sore today!

After the run I went and spent an hour in the pool. Felt really stiff at first, but finally loosened up and felt like I had gotten into a rhythm.

Today I'm due for 1:20 on the trainer working on some drills and a core/strength session.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Day 101..... seeing results....

Well... just now getting around to posting up a weekend report. Saturday's ride went better than I had anticipated. I figured my body would be tired from the heavy training week and the Friday swim and run, but for some strange reason I felt quite fresh for most of the ride. We had a nice group of 30 or so riders heading out.... some opted to turn around early as it is winter training for most and volume and intensity is lower....Then there were the rest of us left to brave out a 5 hour ride. We did run into some rain on top of the mountain, but fortunately the warm temperature made it tolerable. I met some new people on the ride and enjoyed having the company out there.

Sunday I was due a run, but opted to swap my off day on Monday for Sunday since there were some chores to do. So.... I got my run in after work this afternoon. Ever feel like you are "gliding" while running? That's the way I felt today. Man.... I do love the days it feels so easy and hate the days where I feel as if I can't get into a groove. My legs felt fresh and fast.

Lately I feel like I've been seeing some big results from the endless hours of training. More endurance, more speed and a better outlook on where I'm going with all this.

This week is another stout week of training....bring it on....

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Day 97.....

So... it's Thursday. Yesterday I swam for an hour, ran an hour and did an little core/strength training followed by some stretching. Swimming last night was tough for some reason.... didn't feel like I was in a "groove" w/ my stroke. I'm only scheduled for a bike on the indoor trainer for a little over an hour and a bit more core/strength training. I'm trying to incorporate more stretching at this point as the biking and running are both seemingly increasing.

So.... this weekend is another "typical" training weekend. Saturday is a 3:30 bike and 1:30 swim. Sunday is a 2:30 run.....I'll post a report on Sunday.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Day 93....

Well.... the weekend is almost over and I must say that it's been a busy one.

Saturday Cat and I rode with the boys (not the usual No Kucklehead group). We were planning to ride 3 hours and ended up riding 5 hours. Partially b/c the ride lasted longer than we expected and partially b/c they dropped us and another guy somewhere in Georgia on a road called Marbletop. Cat was able to get us back home....even if it wasn't the shortest route we could have gone. I'm just happy she figured out where we were finally!

Sunday we (the Vixens) hosted a 2 hour trail run on the Cumberland trail. We had a nice group of about 18-19 people show. The segment we ran was the Possum Creek segment and is the hardest trail in these parts. if you do the whole trail out and back (20 miles) you will have easily climbed over 5,000 feet in elevation. The trail was in pretty good shape even though most of the leaves have already fallen. I think it's safe to say most everyone had a good time and enjoyed being out there. I've included a couple of pictures from the run above. Here is a link to the map and trail description:

Tomorrow is that long awaited "off" day I've been looking forward to! Then it looks like things are back to business as usual! I'm off to do my core work-out to make things complete for this week!