Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Each fitting will take about 90 minutes and includes:
- A discussion of cycling goals, needs, riding style and experience.
- An assessment of flexibility and range of motion.
- Measurements for current position with regard to frame size, saddle height, crank arm length, top tube length, stem length, handle bar width, seat tube angle, saddle positioning and setback.
- Body measurements for inseam, foot arch height, and shoulders.
- Adjustments to position starting at the foot-pedal interface and working all the way through the body to the handlebar reach.
I'm really looking forward to this experience and I can't wait to see what type of adjustments he will make!
Monday, September 28, 2009
My mom was in town and we did a ton of walking including the Greenwich Village Food Tour (I highly recommend it) and an awesome vegan dinner at Blossom Cafe. Sunday we planned to do a long run but it was raining in the morning so we skipped it, ate breakfast at an awesome diner and then went and saw In The Heights on Broadway. We had a great time!
The next two weeks aren't looking like they will be too full of workouts either. I drove my mom to the airport before work so no gym today. I hope to get a run or two in this week and then my first half marathon is on Saturday! The following week we are home Monday and Tuesday but on Wednesday afternoon we leave for California for a wedding packed weekend (the first wedding is on Friday night in San Diego and another early Saturday afternoon in Lake Tahoe). This should be a very fun weekend, but it won't have many workouts.
I do have a few things I want to post about in the coming weeks though so hopefully I won't entirely fall off the face of the blogosphere...
Monday, September 21, 2009
I wish I could give a copy of this book to everyone of you but unfortunately I only have one copy! For everyone else I highly recommend picking up a copy at your local library or even buying a copy at the store!
First, I typed the name of each entry (twice if the person also blogged about it) - 22 total entries.
While we were driving up to Lake George on Friday afternoon we heard the weather report for the following day. I had checked the weather and knew it was forecast to be sunny with highs in the mid-60’s. What the weather report told me was that it would actually be very chilly in the morning - mid 40’s with some wind gusts… Hmm… I was starting to rethink my gear but it was too late to do anything about it now.
26:22 / 1:32 pace (100 meter average)
2 of 25 Age Group (25-29) / 12 of 119 Females / 67 of 394 Overall
The original swim format included two guiding buoys (red) and then two parallel buoys (purple) at the end to get around and then angle back to the swim. But, the first two guiding buoys got blown off the course by the wind so we just had to focus on the last two buoys. The water was a comfortable temperature but the chop and current made this swim the most challenging I have done yet. I kept telling myself it would be easier after I rounded the buoys and headed back to shore. Unfortunately, the way the wind was blowing I was really having a hard time staying on course and sighting. The swim exit was marked with large white flags but they seemed to blend in with the shore so I didn’t know where to go. I just kept swimming until I could see the exit. I was in the pink hat wave and I hardly saw any pink hats around me so I had a feeling I had done well. It turns out I had the 2nd fastest swim time in my age group!
15 of 25 Age Group (25-29) / 75 of 119 Females / 276 of 394 Overall
T1 was long because you had to run out of the swim, down the shore, and across the road. When I got to transition I remember thinking to myself “I don’t care how slow this is.” I was pretty beat after the swim and I was still cold. I threw on my bike shoes (luckily they fit me) and I thought about throwing on the long sleeve technical t-shirt but I didn’t want to overheat on the bike so I went without.
Bike – 24 Miles
1:33:27 / 16.0 pace (mph average)
14 of 25 Age Group (25-29) / 76 of 119 Females / 328 of 394 Overall
We had rode the bike course a few weeks ago so I had an idea of what to expect. I knew the first half was mostly flats and smaller hills and the second half was much more hilly. About 3 miles into the bike I heard Sam yell “Hey! Rock Solid!” and he flew right past me. The bike was mentally challenging for me. The hills seemed bigger then I remembered and I was freezing for the whole ride. About half way through my right knee started to bug me and my feet were numb from the cold. At about mile 19 we were climbing yet another hill and a guy passing me said “This is unbelievable!” and I responded “I know! I just want to run!” Me? Wanting to run?! I was so happy to make the final turn into transition.
12 of 25 Age Group (25-29)
60 of 119 Females
283 of 394 Overall
Sunday, September 20, 2009
The Lake George Triathlon was great! My shoulder didn't bother me one bit and it was a great race all around. I promise to be back with a full recap soon! Enjoy your Sunday!
Friday, September 18, 2009
It is chilly here and it will be in the 40s tomorrow morning! I forgot we were going so far north! I should have packed warmer clothes... On the plus side the race shirt is a technical long sleeve and I will definetly be wearing it tomorrow morning!
I'll be back tomorrow with the results! Don't forget to enter the book giveaway (2 posts down).
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I jumped into the pool and immediately started swimming. My shoulder felt pretty good and I was smiling under water that the swim wasn't going to be a problem. After about 300 meters it started to get a bit stiff. Nothing painful but I didn't exactly feel awesome either. I didn't want to push it so I just swam another 250 meters and jumped out. I am happy to report that I will be racing on Saturday! It won't be my best race but I'm confident I will be able to finish each event without risking any damage.
Two Thumbs Up!
P.S. Don't forget to enter the giveaway for Sarah Reinertsen's new book, In a Single Bound!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I ordered Sarah's book 'used' on Amazon last week (I get all my books as used) and when it showed up it was actually brand new! I read her awesome memoir in just three days. The book is about her amazing story of growing up with a physical disability, overcoming unbelievable adversity and finishing multiple marathons and an Ironman!
I first heard about Sarah after watching her attempt her first Ironman in Kona in 2004. She didn't make the cut-off time for the bike and could not finish the race. But, she is a fighter and she came back in 2005 and kicked butt at Kona, finishing in just over 15 hours.
I really enjoyed Sarah's story and I think all of you would too. You will definitely laugh and you might just cry a bit too. So, with the spirit of giving, I'm going to giveaway my
slightly used copy to one lucky reader!
You can enter to win up to two times. For one entry, simply leave a comment on this post. For an extra entry, you can blog about this giveaway on your own blog. If you do this, please leave a second comment that says something like "Extra Entry: I blogged about it."
- Contest Ends Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 11:59pm Eastern Time
- If you're not a blogger, you can still comment, but if that's the case, make sure to check back on Monday to see if you've won - I may have no way of contacting you.
- The winner will be chosen at random by a random number generator. If you’ve earned multiple entries, you will get multiple numbers, thus bettering your chances at winning!
Now, I know I've entered about a 100 blog giveaways and I've never received anything, but, I really don't have too many readers so you actually have a good chance of winning! Good luck!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
The true test to see if I can race next Saturday will come on Wednesday when we head to the pool. My shoulder has been feeling pretty good - the post pain comes from the tightness/pulling where it is scabbing (sorry this is gross) and I'm hoping that will be less and less as the week goes on.
In other news, I've been sitting at the computer watching the live coverage of the finisher's for Ironman Wisconsin for the last two hours. Only two months ago I was telling people that Ironman was not my goal. Now, I'm sitting hear imaging the day when I will hear, "Krista, you are an Ironman!"
P.S. This is my 100th post!
Friday, September 11, 2009
I had pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I wouldn't be able to race next Saturday but I have a bit more hope today. I can carry things with my left hand, open the child-proof bottle of Ibuprofen and lift my arm over my head. Sort of. This is all pretty exciting considering the fact that I couldn't even open the refrigerator with my left hand on Wednesday, but I'm still not healed enough to do any real physical activity yet. But it's still 7 days away. The human body is amazing. I have hope.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
My hand is scabbing up nicely. My pinkie finger was very tingly yesterday - sort of felt like it was on the verge of going numb. It think it was from the swelling around the base of my finger. This was freaking me out last night but it is feeling a bit better today.
My shoulder is still the worst. The open part isn't scabbing over and it burns all the time. My entire arm is really sore and I can't lift anything (hell, I can barely lift my arm). You can also see the scratches on my chin in this picture too.
I'm still so thankful that it wasn't worse. I could have easily broken my arm or wrist or scratch up my face a lot worse.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
After I spent the next 10 minutes balling my eyes out Sam got home from the gym and cleaned me up and bandaged all my wounds. As he so kindly put it, "This is what husbands are for." I'm at work right now but I don't think I will make it the whole day. Isn't this why I have sick days?
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Saturday was slated for the long run. My goal - 12 miles. We got to Central Park at about 10am. The sun was out and it was starting to get warm. On the way to the park I realized that forgot sunscreen and I forgot BodyGlide for my ankles and inner thighs. Oops! On top of that I had a slight headache and my shins were feeling sore. Once we parked the car I started repeating to myself: "No sunburn. No headache. No shin splints. No chaffing." Well, it worked for the most part. My headache went away, my shins only hurt for the first 20 minutes and I stayed in the shade enough to avoid a burn. I was less lucky with the chaffing part. After about an hour and 30 minutes I could feel the "hot spot" starting in my thighs. Every step was painful. I tried to run with my legs a bit wider at one point, I probably looked like a jogging cowgirl, but that didn't work so I just went back to pain. After another 20 minutes or so either my thighs went numb or the pain and soreness in my feet, knees and hips distracted me from the rubbing.
The last mile was hell but Sam came back to meet me and he ran the last 10 minutes with me, which was awesome. I was really hurting at this point and it helped to have him jogging along next to me. I finished the run, just about 12.5 miles, in 2 hours and 11 minutes. On our way home we stopped at the grocery store and picked up 3 bags of ice. I had my first ever ice bath and it was amazing. I could certainly turn this into a long run ritual :) It was so much more enjoyable then I expected. If you've never tried an ice bath I would highly recommend it. It was cold of course, but I really think it helped reduce my aches and pains. You can read more about the benefits of ice baths here.
10 x 100's with 10 second rest
Ladder: 100, 200, 300, 400, 300, 200, 100
50 cool down
Total = 2700 meters
Tomorrow we are heading to Central Park for a bike ride and then up to Yankees Stadium to catch an afternoon game!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
We rode the first half of the ride together so that we could follow the directions and then Sam took off for the second half because it was just on single road (it would be hard to get lost!). The course is great and I'm so thankful that I had the opportunity to ride it before the race. The first half was mostly flat or sloping down-hill but the second half had a lot more hills so I know to save some energy for the second half. With about 5 miles left I noticed that my ride was feeling "off." I wasn't sure what was going on. I stopped to check for a flat tire but everything looked okay so I jumped on bike and road the rest of the ride and ignore my funny feeling. I completed the 25 mile ride in about 1 hour and 50 minutes which wasn't too bad given how slow we were going in the first half and the hills on the second half.
I left my bike in the hotel room, tied up my running shoes and went out for a 3 mile run. It felt awesome to get a brick in and after my legs loosened up I felt like I could definitely go further (although not much faster). I decided not to push it too hard after my long run on Saturday afternoon. Plus, we had to be out of the hotel by 10:30 and we were running out of time.
After the run I checked out my bike again and my rear tire was completely flat. Apparently I rode the last five miles with a flat tire! Oops! (On our way home we stopped at the bike shop so I could get my tire looked at. Turns out I ran over a piece of glass which broke through my tire and punctured the tube.)
After we cleaned up and checked out of the hotel and headed down town for a game of miniature golf. We played 18 holes "Around the World." Here's me lining up my shot at the Norway hole:
I missed my shot...
Here is Sam at the Canada hole:
The best part about mini golf was that I completely kicked Sam's butt. It wasn't even close - I think I won by about 10 strokes. And, I got two hole-in-ones! After mini-golf we headed over to A&W for lunch. It was AMAZING. I haven't been to an A&W in years and this did not disappoint. I would do a 2 and a half hour brick every day if it meant I could drink root beer floats and eat cheese curds and spicy curly fries.
The food was so good and completely hit the spot after our long workout. I can't wait to go back to Lake George in two weeks. I'm looking forward to the beautiful race and I know I'll be chanting "Root.Beer.Floats" for the last few miles of the run!