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Sunday Bloody Sunday


Saturday (6/23):

4 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 32:15, 8:04 Pace)

Sunday (6/24):

7.3 Miles Bike Easy (Northtown, 33:47, 12.96 Pace)

10 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1:14:08, 7:25 Pace)

This weekend I got to test out how my legs are doing with my Graston’s treatments so I kicked the tires so to speak. Saturday I was hoping to be out for longer, but a nearby neighborhood garage sale meant there were cars and people everywhere. So instead I went home after 4 miles to get started on house projects. I was super tired though and passed out early so I didn’t get as far as I would have hoped.

Sunday I got up and got right back to house projects. After lunch Rob and I decided to take our bikes out for a spin on the roads. We rarely get around to riding our bikes and it’s been basically on the trainers so this would be our first official outing outside of our neighborhood together.

Me in my new Hammer triathlon top and shorts. I love the Hawaiian style design and the purple sections in the back.

We rode on the country roads and kept things slow so we could get adjusted with how our bikes feel. As we left the neighborhood Rob says “you remember how to clip out right?”. I’m like “yes, duh, I totally do”…..I did remember how, I just put things in the wrong order. When we got to a turn around point and went to stop I slowed and I didn’t unclip my foot first and then stand up, instead I stood up and as I tried to unclip my foot my bike slowed all the way down and I slowly started tipping to my left, in what felt like slow motion, as I tried three more times to unclip my right foot. Then bam! I was on the ground clipped in, like a newbie, with my left palm scraped. Luckily there weren’t any cars around durning this time to run me over. I could care less if a car saw me looking like a loser, as long as I’m still in one piece, that’s all that matters. Rob was able to free me from a shoe so I could wiggle out from under my bike and then wipe my bloody hand on the top of my sock.

My right hip feels sore, but nothing serious. Rob asked me what was my method for getting out of my bike, since I had assured him that I knew what to do and he gently reminded me to unclip first, then stand up. No tears were shed and I wasn’t shaken too badly so we headed back and I successfully dismounted in front of our house without going splat.

Then I ran 10 miles on the treadmill completely free of any hip pain or tightness, it was glorious!! It felt amazing!!! I couldn’t stop smiling! I haven’t ran 7:25 pace comfortably in a long time and it felt so good to feel back to normal again. I did stretching afterward and I hope that things continue to stay on track.


Meet My Trainer


Monday (9/19):

3 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 28:50, 9:37 Pace), Abs

20 Miles Long (Treadmill, 2:51:28, 8:35 Pace)

Tuesday (9/20):


Wednesday (9/21):

4 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 37:22, 9:21 Pace)

Thursday (9/22):

8 Miles w/5 X 600M @5KRP (Treadmill, 1:03:44, 7:58 Pace)

Friday (9/23):

4 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 37:52, 9:28 Pace)

50 mins Yoga

12 Miles Easy (Treadmill – Boston Course, -3% – +4% Incline, 1:42:31, 8:33 Pace)

Saturday (9/24):

7 Miles Bike (Trek on Trainer, 30:49, 13.63 mph)

6.2 Miles Tempo (Treadmill, 3 @ Tempo, 49:29, 7:59 Pace)

Rob and I got computers for our bikes, the Bontrager Node 2. Now we can get our mileage, speed, cadence, HR, altitude, and time easily while riding or on the trainer. We also got the antenna that actually fits into the frame to reads a signal from a sensors attached on a spoke of the back wheel and the pedal.

We also got new trainers, the Trek CycleOps Fluid Squared. We want two of them so we can do training rides together using DVDs. Rob’s had to be ordered so we got mine set up. When we have them both we will set them up side by side.

I couldn’t wait to try it out so I did 7 Miles easy and found out quickly that I’m going to need got get used to the seat and invest in some cycling shorts with padding. I love how quiet and smooth the trainer feels, not that I have any reference other than the store fitting. I’m already loving the variety this will bring, although the logistics (gear, set up, maintenance) is still a bit overwhelming. The feeling of riding on the trainer is very different from spin class. Already I can see how this becomes a whole other type of workout.


New Wheels

Rob and I have been kicking around getting Tri bikes for training, since we only have mountain bikes. While out for our Saturday workout (spin class followed by a 7 mile run) we got to chatting about heading to Vitesse Cycle to check things out.  We had to stop in Often Running to pick up my new adidas Bostons and they are in the same store.

Three hours later of shopping and we leave with new bikes for both of us. Well, Rob’s was in stock, mine will need to be ordered. Plus our pedals and his shoes need to be ordered.

Here is my new ride, Giant Trinity Composite 1 W

It’s the 2012 model so it had to be ordered. I can’t wait to see it in person.

Rob’s new ride (minus pedals and shoes), Trek Speed Concept 7.0

Oh and my sweet adidas Bostons! I love the bright pink with black laces.

My helmet and shoes.

Rob and I don’t have any triathlon race that we are planning for. At this point I’m just looking at getting some time on the bike. I will be posting more when my bike arrives. 🙂


Tri A Relay

So today’s post is a FlyRunner first, I’m blogging about a triathlon. Most of our running friends are triathletes and the subject of us trying out the sport comes up about every other conversation when out with any of these folks. I have to admit I’m warming to the idea. I’m not psyched about all of the logistics or getting wet, but I assume as with training to marathon, I need to just start with a little piece at a time and get used to the idea.

Anyways, yesterday Ryan told us he had a friend who was in need of a runner to be on his relay team for a race the next morning (the Evergreen Lake Triathlon). Since my knee is bugging me Rob and I didn’t have to flip a coin on this one, and he took the opportunity. It was a sprint tri so Rob would be covering the 5K. This was a great opportunity to see the sport up close and get an idea of the logistics involved. Plus we got to see so many of our friends race!

This was also my first time spectating, and that stunk! I wanted to race so badly! I played camera person and took as many photos as possible of everyone we knew. Since the race started in waves it was non-stop action!

The beginning.

Transition: Nick left on the bike and Brittney and Rob talk about her swim. This was her first open water swim ever!

Rob getting going.

Rob finishing it up.

Rob finished with a 20:30.

Nick (Rob’s Bike Relay Teammate), Ryan and Rob. Ryan did the International Distance (1.5K Swim, 42K Bike, 10K Run).

The Sprint Relay Team (500M Swim, 42K Bike, 5K Run). Rob, Brittney, and Nick.

Lance and Rob. Lance did the International Distance.

Rob’s team got 2nd in the Coed Relay group! Rob, Brittney and Nick with their awards.

More cowbell!! 😀

Rob’s team stats:

Swim: 16:56.4

T1: 43.6

Bike: 1:25:18.1

T2: 39.4

Run: 20:30.9

After seeing the event in person I can picture myself doing this sometime. I used to set limits and say things like “I’m not a runner” or “I’m not a marathoner”, now I’ve learned to stop saying things like that and instead say “Sure why not?”. I really won’t know what I think until I get out there sometime and give it a whirl. 🙂 I think Rob has also got the bug now too. 🙂