Well, we're well into 2013 and with the help of Cliff English I have finally come up with a plan for the year.
As many of you know last year was a tough year for me (injury and death in my family), so I was really happy with the races I was able to do and even surprised myself a couple times with some decent races. My schedule and plan for this year, though, was a bit postponed after Ironman Cozumel with a fluke rib injury in December, which took me out of swimming and any real solid work for ~6 weeks. I went to training camp with Cliff in February probably the least fit I have been in years. It was a mental and physical struggle almost the entire month to complete the workouts and not get discouraged training with some great athletes, most of whom were in great race-ready shape.
I made it through the month and since being back in WI have gotten back into the routine of mostly indoor training. I can finally see all 3 sports are improving and there is a glimmer of hope for my season after all :) I originally had the thought to chase points for Kona, but with this as a 'rebound' year, it really doesn't make much sense. INSTEAD, I'm going to race what I want to, work on getting into the best shape I can and continue improving with the goal to be race a strong Kona 2014.
Here is the plan and I hope that I will see some of you out there!!
April and May:
Local running and bike races
Putting on a couple triathlon camps in Madison, WI (May 10-13 for adults, Kids tri camp May 18-19)
6/23 Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant
Friday, March 1, 2013
Despite my best intentions to keep a thorough record or everything at training camp, it just didn't work out that way. It's always amazing how much time training actually takes and how easily the 'little things' can fall by the wayside. SO....I'll just pick up where I left off and fill you in on the adventures for the second part of February and show you a bunch of pictures!
|Lauren and me after a track session in Tucson|
|From one of the Giants conference rooms...but also a good reminder for training camp.|
Timex Camp- Feb 14-17: I got a short break from training camp (much needed) and headed to New Rutherford, NJ to reunite with some of my best friends and team mates at our annual Timex Multisport Team Camp. This year the highlights were: Lactate testing on the run from our parters at the Kory Stringer Institute, getting to meet/reconnect with our sponsors, and get some fun Timex Surprises!!
There are tons of recaps and more fun stories HERE!
|The NEW Run Trainer 2.0! Love it.|
|Getting prepped for the run lactate test...I'm smiling, but was SO nervous about the needle!|
|Some of my favorites!|
|Shimano presentation- PUMPED for the new wheels in 2013|
|We had Mike Riley as our special guest announcer for our team 5k...made it feel much more real when usually I'm waiting for him to call me an Ironman!|
|Me, Denny, Christine on picture day :)|
|The whole team in the NY Giants Lockerroom|
Mountains - Tucson Training, Feb 18-24: Well, maybe not 'Mountains' plural, but there were a couple climbs up Mt. Lemon! The remainder of camp was much like the start...plenty of swim, bike and run, but people were a bit more broken down and seemingly ready for a break. Honestly I had a couple decent workouts, but never really got into any groove. It felt like I was carrying so much fatigue from the first couple weeks of increasing training so drastically that I just couldn't get anything done.
My favorite ride of the last part of the trip was the climb up Lemon all the way to the top with Mark. We didn't plan on going to the top (really only planned for Windy point, at mile 14 of the climb), so we didn't have anything for warm clothes. We just kept on riding and eventually (freezing) made it to the little town of Summerhaven (at mile 25 of the climb) where it was full on winter. People had driven to the top just to play in the snow, sled, and enjoy something that isn't normal in Tuscon!
We tried to go to the cookie shack, which was my main motivator is making it to the top, but there were just a TON of people! We settled for the general store and loaded up on coffee, soda, fudge and snacks. We stuffed our jerseys with a plastic bag to block the wind and headed out on one of the best descents I can remember...45min, amazing views and so happy.
|Another photo op on the way down!|
Sunday we ended our Tucson trip with a trail run in Saguaro National park through Cactus forest. There are MILES of trails, used by runners and horseback riders. There were signs warning about cougars, snakes, and all sorts of crazy desert wildlife, but we didn't encounter any. We had a great run and drive through the park :)
|We found a buoy and anchor that used to be in the lake!|
We headed out Tuesday morning, determined to make it back to WI....unfortunately the powers that be had other plans for us. First it was a bulging tire, which led to a couple hrs in a waiting room and the purchase of a couple new tires in Nebraska. Then it was a dangerous wind and snow storm through Iowa that made driving seriously unsafe. We stayed the night near Dubuque...and got the last room they had (in the only hotel in the town)!
Wednesday we finally made it back to the frozen tundra of WI and enjoyed a run on the treadmill first thing. All that time in the car and we were both plenty ready and motived to get working out again!
Home: HI! I'm happy to be back to home base. I miss the weather and clear roads, but there's something nice about being in a more comfortable place and getting back into a normal routine.
Here's where I'll be for a bit this weekend: Endurance House west grand reopening this weekend. Tons of giveaways. I'm talking and answering questions on Sunday, 1pm
Race schedule, new sponsors and partnerships and more fun announcements coming soon!!