Saturday, February 19, 2011

It's just like riding a bike.....

Hello blog world!  It's been a while since I have last posted.  Since my last post, not much has been going on. h Jeff and I are FINALLY healthy, which feels wonderful!  During this time I also realized that the triathlon I signed up for is in 8 weeks!  The training plan I picked out to follow is a 12 week plan.  Yes, this was an oh crap moment!  I decided I better get my butt in gear!

The first thing I did was sign up for Masters Swim at our local gym.  The first class was  BRUTAL but very helpful.  After just a couple of tweaks to my stroke I could feel a complete difference in the pool.  And my arms KILLED me the next day, which has never happened before after a swim.  I am hoping that is a good thing.  My left knee is still bothering me, so I have decided to take a couple weeks off from the running to give it a rest.  That means I went back to the pool Friday instead of running.  I was so much harder the second day in a row.  I am really hoping this swimming thing gets easier or I am going to drown in Galveston as there is not a bottom I can stand on in the ocean.

I have also tackled the biking part of my training plan.  Jeff set up a trainer for me in his "pain cave"  And riding on that thing was just that..........PAINFUL!  More mentally than anything.  I lasted 20 minutes before I couldn't take it anymore.  I am really going to have to find some good movies/TV shows to watch if I have to ride on that thing again ;)  The next day I decided to do my bike in a spin class.  This definitely isn't the same as cycling, but it kicked my butt!  I am amazed that I can run a marathon, but nearly dropped over after an hour in spin.  My next attempt on the bike was this morning.  I did a 25 mile ride with a local group here that is training for the MS150 ride.

I have told a few people who have asked me if I am crazy for signing up for this tri that really the run and swim don't worry me that much.  I am terrified of the bike portion though.  I am scared of getting hit by a car, and falling.  I know these things will happen, and am really not looking forward to this.  At the start of the ride I was so nervous I thought I was going to puke.  I kept thinking to myself I would much rather be at the start of a marathon then doing this.  At least during a marathon if I fall I don't have as far to tumble.  But we started and off I went.  I was so nervous that I forgot to start my Garmin, so I have no idea how fast  slow I was going, or how long it really took me.  After what I imagine was a few miles I felt a little more comfortable.  I started noticing a lot of people were passing me!  I really need to get more time in on this thing.  Overall I enjoyed the ride and plan on working at getting better!

Happy weekend whatever day it is, because I have no idea anymore!


  1. Wish we could have rode together. you could have help clean me off the concrete (-:

  2. You will do great on the bike. Just remember to have fun.

  3. The tri sounds great!

    You will be amazing :)

  4. I'm feeling okay about the bike (although I'm very slow), I'm worried about the swim. I was going to start swimming this week, but since it's spring break, no open swim at the high school. I have no idea if I'm going to sink or swim!

  5. Great news you guys are feeling healthy!

    the trainer and these spin classes just totally work me. the spin classes still crush me after doing them for over three years now! I guess these would then be considered good training if it sucks?!!


  6. Riding on the roads takes time to get use to, the biggest thing to remember and do is called "riding tall" Make yourself seen and give the impressive that your in charge of this road and ride confidently. I suggest ride with a group of people as much as possible, this not only builds confidence but also you chat the miles away and can pick up alot of tidbits of cycling. Lastly, make sure your legs are shaved and dont take a sharp corner too fast with loose gravel on the road.