Monday, September 19, 2011

Travel and Training

 Well I have two more weeks of training under my belt.  It is weird, this time around it really doesn't feel like training, rather than just something I am doing?  I wonder, does that mean I am not working hard enough?  I don't think so.  I am following a more intense training program than the past two years, and am pushing myself pace wise.  I could probably   need to improve on my diet a bit.  Still eating healthy but am having a lot more slip ups than I am happy with.  Still haven't figured it out, but I guess it is working so far.

For weeks 5 and 6 of training were good.  During week 6 we were in PA and OH to visit family, meet internet stalkers, ride some rides, oh yeah and Jeff did a 70.3.  I was able to get in both of my weekend runs while we were there.  The grounds of Cedar Point were huge, but I only had about a 2.5 to 3 mile (If I ran the parking lot) loop to get my 6 and 12 miles in.  I could have gone out farther, but the road that I would have had to follow had  no shoulder, and was curvy.  Plus there was a sign posted that clearly stated no pedestrians.  I am a rule follower.  Saturday I got up and got the 6 in while Jeff did his practice swim and Sunday I got up early and got the 12 in before his wave of the race started.  I was really dreading the loop for the 12 miles, but overall it wasn't as horrible as I thought it was going to be.  First off, the weather was awesome, second I was running in a new place, and thirdly I told myself to suck it up because it was the anniversary of 9/11 and worse things could be happening to me.  Plus there was a whole group of people who were going to be racing 140.6 miles that day.  It actually turned out to be an awesome run.  Here are the numbers for the two weeks.

Week 5:
Total Distance: 29.17
Total Time: 5:40
Total workouts:7 (including one cross training day of spinning)
Treadmill runs: 1 (6 miles which had two be broken into two b/c the power kept going out at the gym)

Week 6:
Total Distance: 30.33
Total Time: 4.52
Total workouts: 5 (Including 1 bike ride in PA on the trails)
Treadmill runs: 0

There were a few songs that got me through when I ran this week, but the Foo Fighters stand out again:

Our trip "out of the country" was awesome.  We met some fellow creepy internet stalkers, and everyone was so nice.  I have decided that all of you need to apply for passports and move to the great country of Texas.  I had a blast spectating with Colleen.  It was so awesome and inspiring to watch MattyO and Heather cross the finish line together.  We for sure need to have a few more of these meet ups a year, and I can't wait till IMMT!!  Here are some pictures from the trip:

View from behind our hotel to Lake Erie

Jeff rode this.  I wimped out.

Of course I had to represent

With Tom and Colleen

The family came up to watch the race

Amazing tribute to the anniversary of 9/11/01

Jeff bringing it home

Bike ride

Happy Training!


  1. I have my passport in hand and will be visiting the country of Texas this week. Back to San Antonio!

    I am jealous that you got to visit such great internet celebrities! It looks like you had a great time!

    Congrats to Jeff on his 70.3 finish and to you for getting your workouts done!

  2. Where are all the pictures? Did you erase them from the camera(s)?

  3. Your training is going well and the fact that you are "just doing it" shows how strong you have become. I wish I was not so far from all you cool bloggers. The day I make it to your side of the planet I will have a meetup like never before.

  4. It was great meeting you guys too! Someday we will have to make the rounds out to Texas...although I hear it is kind of hot out there. Us Ohio-Folk might melt!

    Great pics!

  5. Great looking trip! And to me it sounds like your training is going well!

    I've been feeling weird about my training for the past two weeks, since my leg has been bugging me, I feel like I'm slacking, which means my eating/wine drinking is slacking too. I keep telling myself I have 7 weeks, but I'm starting to feel a bit panic-y. eek!

  6. Loooving all the photos!
    Awesome job on the miles!!!
    Where are the photos of your new shoe scores?! ;)

  7. I wish I could have been there to be part of the cheering squad! I love the photos BTW.

    I haven't done crap since my IM. I am just not into it right now...weird, right?

  8. I loved spending so much time with you and hope that you come back soon to visit! :)