Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I have a really good life!!
Monday, April 28, 2008
I am certainly not proficient but getting better. I will continue and hopefully they will make a HUGE difference!
On a side note, I have admitted out loud and to 4 different good friends my big Ironman secret, it actually feels good to say it out loud. I am selective of course about who I tell, everybody so far have been the athletic type who will understand the drive to do something that is this crazy. I am happy that I am becoming more comfortable and I think it will reap benefits in my training, I no longer have to apologize for the time that I am putting in!!
- Type: Swim
- Date: 04/28/2008
- Time: 19:20:37
- Total Time: 00:30:00.00
- Distance: 500 yd
- Average Pace: 5:58.85/100yd
Saturday, April 26, 2008
How cool is this Gmaps Pedometer ?!?! Now I can get a good idea as to how far I am running without owning a Garmin! I still want a Garmin, but until I recover form April 15th I will use Gmaps Pedometer.
Here is a pretty picture of the Garmin, just because I don't think I put enough pictures on my blog :)
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I can already feel a difference in my swimming after working on one set of skills! Maybe it is just a mental change, but what ever it is I am not going to complain, I felt great in the water after completing some of the drills for balance in the water. I am so excited to continue to work on my technique.
I will be spending some time on perfecting the techniques, I KNOW that I will see a big difference!!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Yesterday was a tough one, I walked for 15 minutes, stopped and went and took a nap, totally worthless. Today, fabulous! I walked for one hour at a 3.5 incline with 2 pounds in each hand. My treadmill is malfunctioning and will not go down past the 3.5 incline which makes it very hard to run, the good news is that when I run outside I can run much faster so I think I am getting the benefits even though I am walking and keeping my heart rate where it needs to be.
I received my "total Immersion" video the other day, boy do I hope that I can master the techniques, I need all the help I can get in the water!! :)
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I had a very rough couple of days, to the point that I looked into withdrawing from Ironman. Luckily, I couldn't find my registration information and then a phone call came in and distracted me, for once I am very happy that I didn't cross something off my to do list!
Feeling blue last night, I went to bed and I read an amazing chapter in my beIRONfit book that addressed fear. I was letting fear get the best of me. The fear that was getting me however, was not fear of failure or fear of pain but rather embarrassment. Broken down into raw emotion, there are really only two types of fear; fear of bodily harm (death or injury) and fear of embarrassment. I was significantly struggling with my swimming and rather than getting better it was getting worse! I swam a whole 500 yards yesterday and just got out of the pool, I was done. After a good cry I decided that I was withdrawing because if I couldn't make it through the swim, I wouldn't matter if I could handle the bike and the run.
I wasn't going to go to the gym today and my friend told me she was going to be my workout doula :) and pushed me to go. I hit the pool, struggled through 20 laps keeping my eye on the lifeguard the whole time and then it hit me, I have been so self conscious of how the life guard was watching me that I could never concentrate on what I was doing! I was embarrassed by my abilities and felt like she was always watching me and worrying that she might have to get wet. Fear of embarrassment was getting the best of me, UNACCEPTABLE!!! The one thing I am always reminded about in my career is that it is not about me; so rather than worry about what she might be thinking about me, (because in all reality, she is a college student and is probably thinking about calculus) I quickly switched my mental attitude and powered out 46 more laps and you know what? My stroke was better, I was less tired and I accomplished my goal for the day, WOO HOO!
I knew that training for this race and the race itself was going to be as much mental as physical and I have certainly had my days, but man, yesterday was tough. I am proud of myself for working through my issues and I am REALLY looking forward to the next 10 weeks and the race. I am not in this to win, I am in it to have FUN and accomplish a lifetime goal!Here is a quote that I really like and sums up the lesson nicely: "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear" -Mark Twain
Friday, April 11, 2008
Pool hours are a little restrictive during the week, only open from 11:30 - 1:30 and a crisis came up at work so I was unable to get my swim in. Hopefully, on sunday I acan take advantage of the all days hours and get a good long swim in, that is of course if I can improve my technique enough so I don’t poop out early on.
My walk/run workout this afternoon was good and bad; my left knee was really hurting so I had to briskly walk, the great part about it was that my husband and dog came along since there was no running involved. It was great to have the chance to catch up after a very busy week!
I had a great quick change workout last night and another fabulous ride tonight! I just love when everything feels good, definitely hard but good :) I feel like I am getting more efficient, I hope it is the truth. Hopefully, I will be able to get out and ride on the road this weekend, we didn't have snow this morning so I am hoping that trend will continue!
Tomorrow, I swim again. I have got to get faster and find a better technique because I am really struggling! Hopefully I will get my hands on the immersion videos and things will get better, things can only go up from here!
Monday, April 7, 2008
Tomorrow I will run, that I know that I can do and my techniques doesn't really change that much!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Here is a really huge positive. Nobody outside of my immediate family knows that I am training for Ironman, I am sure people might wonder why I would spend 3 hours and 30 minutes on my bike in one day, but nobody has asked and I am not ready to tell. I just really don't want to hear about how crazy it is, I know it is crazy but I have committed to it and even though my confidence is a little shaky today, I WILL FINISH! Anyway, the point of my story is that I told a co-worker (who is also a good friend) what I was doing and she was sooooo supportive and excited for me. It was an awesome response and so very encouraging. I wish everybody had that kind of enthusiasm for sport and physical fitness.
Okay, I am off to fold the mountain of laundry that is washed and dried but not folding itself!
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Quick note on heart rate training: even though I was slow I was in zone 2 so I know that I had an effective workout, fabulous!