January 26, 2015

Getting ready for Ragnar.

Hello! I'm still here. I hope I haven't lost all my blog readers because I am doing a horrible job with keeping up this blog lately. That is what I get for taking a little break around the holidays. So if you are visiting then you haven't given up on me just yet! 

So what am I training for? Right now I'm training to run a Ragnar Relay. A Ragnar is very similar to the Hood to Coast relay I ran this past summer. The run consists of 205 miles split among 12 runners. The run starts in Wickenburg, AZ and ends near Mesa. I guess you can say I love living in a van with strangers for close to 30 hours! The team consists of  mostly female bloggers associated with the online fitness community called Sweat Pink or http://fitapproach.com/. We have formed the team Sweat Pink Arizona. You 'll see us decked out in our favorite color. Now if only we could pain the entire van pink! Another fun thing about this race is that my husband  was forced wants to participate as well! He is going to be a our very own personal van driver. It will be interesting to hear his perspective on being stuck in a van for that long with a bunch of women bloggers. Perhaps I'll have him write a blog post about it! He has also agreed to run with several of the ladies who are worried about running alone at night. Ragnar allows you to have a pacer during the night legs as this can be pretty freaky. One of my night legs is on trails so you can bet I'll have him running alongside me. Since he's a runner, I'm sure he will gladly want to get out and run a few legs.

Here is what the course map looks like:

The race starts February 20-21. We'll be tweeting and sharing posts along our journey. If you would like to follow the Sweat Pink Arizona team, we will be using the hastag #SPARagnar. And if you are running this race be sure and say hi!

Have you ever run a Ragnar? Which one? Did you enjoy it?

January 7, 2015

2015 Goals

Happy 2015. Can you believe 2014 has come and gone? It seemed as if I blinked and the holidays were over. We enjoyed our break and I'm getting back into the swing of things this week as the kids went back to school. As much as I loved having no schedule and them being home, I couldn't wait for school to start back up again. Once again a new year is year and with that comes some new goals. Here's what I hope to accomplish in 2015:

  • Stop beating myself up and the negative thoughts. As many of you know I signed up for my first full Ironman. In the past I've had serious doubts about my ability to finish tough races and yet I still manage to finish. I've decided to leave those negative thoughts behind and allow myself to be happy and visualize crossing the finish line. My only goal is to cross that finish so I won't put the added pressure of trying to beat a certain time.
  • Find a plan, get organized and stick to it. One thing I lacked last year was sticking to my plan. I can recall printing out three different training plans and each week just picking a different one that look like a decent workout. Terrible, I know. Since I can't afford a coach, I borrowed this book from a friend that came highly recommended. It's got a great full Ironman training plan in it which starts six months out. I know I'll train prior to that but at least this way I can start preparing myself and have a good solid base. What I have done is entered all of the plans into an Excel spreadsheet and each week will print off the workout. I'm really old-fashioned and have to see my plans on paper. Once the workout is complete I can check it off. My goal is to be brutally honest with myself and if I don't complete the workout, I'll make a note and indicate why and what I did instead. This way I can pull all of my plans up a month or two prior to the race and feel much more confident about the work I have put in.
  • Spend more time on the bike.  I admit I love my spinning classes! But perhaps I love them a little too much. In the past I have felt that I could get by with the majority of my training done during spin classes, while it's a wonderful tool it doesn't come close to training on your own bike. You have to be comfortable with your own set of wheels and more importantly riding in aero postion. I felt that was one thing I really lacked during my training for Silverman 70.3. Every time I tried to ride in aero my shoulders would ache and my back would start to hurt. I really don't think my core was string enough to hold that position for very long. I found myself sitting up every few minutes and uncomfortably adjusting myself back and forth. It cost a lot of time and really slowed me down. This year I'm starting early in the season and have already set my bike up on my indoor trainer (something I didn't bother doing last year). I'm not quite ready for hours and hours on the trainer but the point right now is to just get used to a) a new saddle and b) the aero position.
  • Be thankful. Most of all I will continue to be thankful for the body that I have and that will allow me to train this year. I'm thankful for a loving and supportive husband. I'm thankful for family members and friends who are cheering me on and who have already said they'd help me out when I need it. I'm thankful that this is the year I can devote my time and energy into Ironman training.

What are your goals for 2015? What big races do you have scheduled?

December 16, 2014

Happy Holidays.

All winners of the Triathlete/Runner Stocking have been notified. The response to the giveaway was incredible! Thank you to everyone who entered. I really wish I could have picked more than 13 winners. And one last shout out to the amazing sponsors that provided all the prizes. I could not have done it without them.

As we head into Christmas and the New Year I will be signing off from this blog to reflect and spend some time with my dearest loved ones.

Here's to a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from our family to yours. See you in 2015.