Saturday, December 29, 2012

Goal Assessment for 2012

Welp.  I slipped while getting out of the pool this week and cracked my shin a good one.  It didn't heal up very well and developed into an infection requiring treatment with strong antibiotics and pain pills.  Neat.

My ouchie.
Due to this fact, there will be no more workouts in 2012.  So, while I'm relegated to bed I may as well tally up the miles for the year.

In December of last year, I set a pretty lofty goal of 1,500 miles.  I decided that I wanted to start the sport of Triathlon and would add total amounts for all three disciplines.  The 1,500 mile goal made me swallow hard.  Learning how to swim laps without choking mid-lane made me swallow harder.

I decided to break it out into monthly goals and try to achieve those smaller portions.  I did fairly well, but missed my running goal by 43 miles.

Here's how it broke down:

Swimming - Goal:    68           Actual:     76
Cycling     - Goal:  900           Actual:  1292
Running    - Goal:  600           Actual:    557        
Totals Miles for 2012     -    1,925 miles

I am really surprised to have exceeded my mileage goal!  David and I trained for and rode our first Century Ride, so that really helped the cycling miles and bolstered the overall total.  I am sad that I missed my running goal - but keeping track over the course of the year sure showed how I need to be more consistent! is where I kept track...and on a spreadsheet.  Only minor discrepancies.

I was so close to 2,000 miles in 2012, that I think I'm going to go for it in 2013.  In 2012 I completed two Sprint distance triathlons (500 swim, 12 bike, 3 run) and one Olympic (1500 swim, 25 bike, 6 run), a Half Marathon, and a Century Ride.  In the upcoming year, I would like to do two Olympics and a full Marathon along with at least one Century Ride.  I really think 2,000 miles is an attainable goal.

Another thing I would like to do within the yearly goal, is to really pay attention to the monthly totals.  I can really see where I muddled up my running goal mileage.  I spent a lot of January and February in the pool, and much of May and June on the bike, preparing for events.  I need to maintain my running while training for non-running events.

Fitness wise, I'm very happy with 2012.  Frankly, the athlete that I was last year at this time couldn't keep up with the me of now.  I am still slower than most - but I'm faster than I was and that's saying a lot!

I'm ready to make progress again in 2013!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Trainer Tuesday on Wednesday

Just a little indoor trainer work today.  :) kicked my butt with her Trainer Tuesday routine.  Thanks, girl!

I'm all smiles during the ride.  Wearing my Oakley's that look like safety glasses when I'm not outside.  They stay on my face SO well when I'm sweaty, though.  If you're not able to wear contact lenses (like me) look into a pair of transistion lensed Oakley's.  You'll thank me!

I took a little time to film a video in case you've not seen the joy that is the indoor bike trainer.

And after doing THIS killer workout from a champion Iron distance athlete (yeah, not smart of me, huh?) I look like this!

Makes you want to run right out and try it, right!?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Sometimes it's hard to relax.

Lately, I've found myself in a down-trend, if you will.  I don't have as much to do as I used to, and it's kind of hard to get used to.  I feel a little guilty.  I've done the 8-5, pick up the kids, make dinner, try to do what you can before bed, get up and do it all again, routine.  I would have given my pinky for the routine I currently hold.

After a little treadmill action at the Y, this morning, I took my 5 and 3 year olds swimming.  I didn't wok to terrible hard on my run...set it at an easy pace and watched some silly show on Sci-Fi about monster hunting.  Burned a couple hundred of those pesky chocolate calories + the kids got some exercise, so that's good!

Upon leaving the gym I got a sad phone call.  My sweet grandma passed away this morning.  She's been on the decline for a while now, but it's still sad.  I love my gramma.  I will miss her.  I'm super worried about my Mom.  Here's a photo from about 10 years ago with the 4 generations.  My gramma, Betty, my momma Judy, myself and little Alahnnah.


To every thing there is a season.

It's a good thing that I have a free masseur at my disposal for stressful times as these.

Have a happy Wednesday, all.  And why don't you go ahead and call your Mom or Grannie?  K?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Final Decision Sorta

After encouraging others to Do Hard Things, equating long run training to Having a Marathon Baby and even considering whether or not I Am Ready it's almost time to make a decision about whether or not I'm cut out for the full 26.2 miles of joy or if I should stick with my Pikirmi.

I have already plotted my mileage and races for 2013 (hush) and realized that none of my races were a distance that I hadn't done before.  I'm fond of saying that your goals should scare you just a little bit, or they aren't quite high enough goals.  I can't go an entire year playing it safe.

I have planned my training and I think I can do it.  It will be humbling to have to s.l.o.w back down after pushing myself to run faster and faster this last year or so.  But I think it will be good for me.  It also seems to fit in.  I've done an Oly Tri in a little over 3 hours.  I want to do a 70.3 in 2014 and anticipate that to take 7 hours or more.  If I throw a Marathon in there in around 5 hours, it will be a good stepping stone on the endurance highway.  Right?

My Master Plan

Thanks to NoMeatAthlete and his Marathon Road Map, I have a great training plan.  I can register on December 8th.  Which is this Saturday.  And training will start December 30th.

Okay, I think I'm sufficiently scared now.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Fall Sticks Around

The first day of winter isn't until December 21st.  Nebraska has taken it to heart.  It was 65 degrees when we came home from church.  My little blue Trek couldn't stand another moment indoors.

Another "thumbs up" pose!  I only rode a few miles outside of the city to get these fantastic shots.  I last rode this stretch of highway when it was much hotter...I like this better.  :)  I went very slow and still coughed a little, but the time on the bike was the most important thing.

I went home from my ride and hubby left for his run.  It sure will be nice when the kids are a tiny bit older and we can do some of our runs and rides together.  The time training together would be great!

I was honored to be invited to a CHRISTmas celebration at my BFF's church.  She's so good about inviting me to things and making sure we get together.  She's my oldest and dearest friend and I don't tell her enough how wonderful she is. 

The celebration included worship music, which I just love!  It was by listing to K-Love and Air1 that I really heard God's word before I even owned a Bible.  We have great music at our church, but being a Mom I don't always get to sing *ahem* uninterrupted.  :)

There was, of course, amazing food as well!  I was practicing extreme restraint, so don't laugh at my plate.  I tried to focus on my time with my dear friend and the presentation.  The ladies of the church each decorate a table.  It was so fancy, I felt like a princess at a Royal Dinner.

I drove home afterward feeling enormously blessed.  While I wish that I'd had more time with my husband, I feel blessed to have friends.  You know you haven't seen  your hubby enough when you start yapping about something and he's think you were talking to him about an idea earlier, but it was someone else.  Eeep!

Have a super week, and be nice to yourself!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sisterhood and Running Joy

My day started out so wonderfully.

Well, wonderfully early anyhow.  It seems after a week of basically being inert, my body decided that it didn't need any more rest!  I couldn't fall asleep until about 12 and was up and at 'em before 6.  :)  Who needs sleep?

My sweet friend, Diana's, bridal shower was today.  Thanks to some hardworking ladies, I was able to go and enjoy the festivities, snap pictures and be supportive without any work.  Since I have known her, Diana has been such a blessing to me.  She is an inspiration to strong, intelligent, hard working women everywhere and I look up to her and respect her very much.  I pray that my daughters will be as successful as she!

My sister and I.
She will be soon married.  And in May she will graduate and move back to Kenya.  I pray for her.  I pray for her husband to be, for her future children and for all the wonderful things that I have to be hers.

I'm so happy to be a part of the age of technology.  I can stay in touch with her through the years and see what she's like after she's an old married lady like me.

What an immense blessing!

After the girly-girl thing at the shower, I came home and went for I dare say it...oh yes, Virginia, I went FOR A RUN!  My legs were so excited, they just wanted to sprint to the music.  With every foot fall, my body was so happy to be out in the foggy, mild, December air.  I had to hold myself back from just going all out and coughing like crazy.  My lungs were not impressed with my legs love of the sport, today.  As an ex-smoker, I'm used to that.

Thumbs up for a grrrrr-eat run!

Up close, just in case you didn't' get it the first time.

Ha, ha, HAAAA!  You KNOW I love a good run!  

I would say that I'm done being silly - but I try not to lie.  Thinking about a swim or a bike ride tomorrow...and clearly some porch painting and board replacement.  Note to self - take pix elsewhere... Have a great Sunday!