Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Beau Broermann celebrated his 3rd birthday (which is my 1/2 birthday...eek) and apparently had a good day!
I got to talk to him for a couple of minutes on the phone...something about dinosaurs in his ear and cupcakes. Pretty cute and I miss him a lot. Hope to see him soon along with the rest of the fam! The pic below is a daily email his preschool sends out to the parents. Clearly beau likes to be a camera hog on his bday!!! I like his style!
So I was alone in the pool today and really did a lot of thinking. Unfortunately I didn't focus enough on my stroke and instead was thinking about my overall training. When you are in the water it is so different than running. While running I have so many distractions...you pass parks, houses, trees, war memorials...you know the usual distractions. When you are in the water however, its just you and the black line. So tonight I started to worry. "I haven't been doing enough 2-a-day practices" and "I haven't been doing enough long runs (as evident by my last 10k time)" and "I should be so much stronger than this" and "Swimming in a pool is one thing, but open water swimming is going to kick my ass!" It started to freak me out.
Don't get me wrong. I know I will finish. I will start this race in the water and swim strong. I will be able to bike the 25 miles. I will transition to my run...and that is where the fear starts to turn into panic. I wanted to really compete in this race. I wanted to run strong to the finish line and feel like I had trained as hard as I could and raced as fast as I could. Unfortunately between work travel and fundraising events and just getting to know new teammatesI know I have skipped more practices than was abolutely necessary. I know I could be faster and I wish I had 4 more months to train...(well maybe not...those 4:30 AM wake up calls are tough).
I was once worried about the fundraising but I'm now confident that I will get there. Now it comes down to me...my willpower in training and overcoming the mental part of this game! It's going to be hard...but I've got about 28 days to go! Maybe I should start sleeping in my runners.
OH! Funny side note as I was walking to the pool today i passed a house and heard a little girls voice "HI." I look around and notice her inside the house with the window open staring out the screen. "HI!" I almost laugh. "I'm in a window!" she exclaims...which made my night. She looked like me at the age of 4 or 5 but with brown hair. I'm laughing out loud now as I round the house and say "I can see that" and she says "Do you want to come over tomorrow?" and (while thinking "it's a good thing there are bars on those windows cuz who knows how many people she invites over") I said "I don't think I can" and she just said "Oh, sorry." and by then was out of my line of vision. Throughout my hour swim every time I got too sad about Marianne or too worried about the race I thought of her saying "I'm in a window" and would laugh and choke on water and it would lighten things up.
Hope you are all working hard and having fun! send more happy thoughts, power songs, and pennies!
Monday, April 27, 2009
I found out today that a friend of my family passed away from stomach cancer yesterday. She was diagnosed several months ago and apparently the cancer had spread. She was a wonderful woman and am very upset about the news. She was intelligent, and giving, and considerate, and an athlete. She founded a 5k for her alma mater for scholarship fundraising, had recently ran a half marathon, and I have always known her to be very active.
Tonight I ran to the gym (it is a hot night out there) and did weights and stuff. It was a good night and workout but there were a couple of times that I was really sad thinking about Marianne...I kept going back to one of the main mantra's I've been repeating to myself all summer "I'm lucky to be here and healthy enough to work out." So chanel her energy and drive to keep moving.
Cancer Sucks...all forms...and I find comfort in the fact that research on blood cancers can be applied to other forms of cancer. The fundraising and training is hard...but when I think of all the ways cancer his impacted my friends and family what I'm doing hardly seems like enough...
There will be more. In the meantime keep fighthing in honor of everyone who has lost their battle, in celebration of everyone who has won, and in support of everyone currently fighting!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
The weather makes a huge difference! I mean the fact that I dont have to put 2 layers of fleece on to walk to the pool at 6 in the morning is enough to make my day. This morning the walk was cool and peaceful! I loved it.
Practice wasnt my strongest. I wanted to stop the entire time, but I somehow managed to talk my self into staying strong. I actually finished the practice which is a good thing. After being out of town all last week and missing practice I think my arms got lazy. I wasnt supposed to swim today at all. Instead I have a 60 minute run on the agenda...but I plan to do that later. For now, I'm just happy that I got one last swim in with Kait before she leaves (tomorrow) for her race. She is trying to qualify for the San Fran Tri which I totally believe she can do!
ok...back to work.
send your pennies, powersongs, and good luck wishes!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
OMG...its almost midnight and I'm still updating! Have to give Jeff Bell credit for the 2 latest editions to the playlist. ACDC and Bon Jovi were both his call and great additions! Add them to your workout list and think of us!
And Emily...give girl talk another chance! They are soooo fun on a run!
INTRODUCING SARA GIMMY!!! (aka TC Gimmy, TC Gim Gam, and work out buddy)
I asked my friend and teammate Sara (pictured above teaching us to change a tire) to write a guest blog for me and here is what she has to contribute!
For the record: I adore Sara Gimmy and want to be like her when I grow up and I'm insanely jealous that I wasn't on this particular run with the girls!
To follow Sara's blog check her out at: http://runsararun.tumblr.com/
I had a crazy work day today and by the time I got home from Baltimore I decided I just needed to rest...so I did. And before I knew it 8:30 had snuck up on me and I hadn't worked out all day. I was talking myself into the idea that one night off wouldn't hurt me...when all of the sudden my brain was overturned with the following thoughts in immediate succession...1) taking the night off will not help you finish the race strong. 2) cancer sucks and you are lucky that you are healthy enough to work out today! 3) If you hadn't taken so many running days off you would have had a better time at the Remember the 10.
I have to do it. So I jumped up, ate a banana, got ready and was headed out the door by 9:50. I ended up clocking a faster pace than usual and felt good on my run to the gym. I told myself I would run back but didn't believe it. Today's schedule called for core training and 50 minutes on the bike. I didn't do any strength work but did abs for a minute before jumping on the bike. I did an hour and kept my RPM at about 100 the whole time so it was tough but felt good....AND I ended up running the whole way home. So today was a 3 mile run and a 18 mile bike. I had the resistance pretty high so I feel good about my performance today. I do need to be at the pool in about 6 hours...so that will kinda suck but Kait will be there with me so it will be pretty fun...and besides: I want to finish the race strong, cancer sucks, and I'm lucky to be healthy enough to work out, right?
Lots of love to my cheering section! (especially Em for keeping me entertained on facebook all night) Adding new songs to the mix tonight!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Ok...so honestly...you will NOT be seeing me in a wetsuit unless you show up at the start of the Cap Tex Tri on memoial day. Not so sure I'm interested in posting that online! I hardly slept last night (maybe 3 hrs) but forced myself to go to practice regardless and was given my TNT wetsuit before practice started. Putting the suit while completly drained of energy was tough...but getting in the water was FUN! I felt like aquaman...and I'm confident it made my stroke impecable! Lots of fun.
I'm supposed to run today but I think I am going to try to get to a yoga class instead...I need to stretch out my sore legs
Ohhh.. one more thing! The Tri team in DC this year is divided between 2 different races. About 60-65 percent of my teammates are doing St. A's tri in Florida...NEXT WEEKEND! So this was the last training swim that I had with most of them. I'm excited for them and our practice was lots of fun...they took the lane ropes out and we did group start...were everyone crowds together adn swims at the same time...so i took a couple of kicks and punches and choked on some water...but survived. Getting nervous about the actual race!
P.S. This is my coaches idea of how we should train...he didn't have the American Gladiator sticks...but kickboards do the same thing!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Ok...so this year the Remember the 10 race was a new course which was better in a lot of ways...and worse in a couple of ways. I pretty much ran with Emily Bynum. She is one of my all time best running buddies. My running hasn't been as consistant as my swimming and biking has been during training so I'm really happy to have that 10k behind me. Em is a great running partner...talks to strangers on the course with me, tells me I'm a rockstar everytime we finish a hill or kilometer, reminds you of the cheese fries and beer waiting for us at Eskimo Joe's, and pretty much keeps me preoccupied. Now I need to figure out how to smuggle her onto the race course in austin because after 2 hours of swimming and biking I will need the help. There will be lots of pictures to come!
We started out in the back of the 10k pack and spent the first 30 minutes focusing on the next person I wanted to pass. We just kept picking them off. The second half hour was a bit tougher...but it was fun to run through campus! My legs were never really tired, it was more of keeping my mind in the game. I just don't know how I can hate and love running so much at the same time!
I will be completing a LOT of running over the next month to make sure I'm ready for this!
Every year in April I head back to Oklahoma to run in the "Remember the 10" memorial 10k in Stillwater to honor the 10 men who were a part of the OSU basketball team that died in a plane crash January 25, 2001. The night before my friends and I always get together for dinner (and sometimes drinks) and this was a great reunion and celebration for so many friends who haven't seen each other in a while! I sure do miss them all. We laughed a lot Friday...and geared up for a great run in Stilly.
In this picture is the entire group sporting their Team in Training bracelets! From top left: Byron and Allison Wilkes, Toni Weinmeister, Me, Emily Bynum, Justin Anderson, Carrie Williams, Sarah Clinton, Jeff Cohea. Middle: Brooke Chapel. Bottom left: Ginny Cahalan, Dunkin Wilkes, Kenny Ginn.
Thanks friends for being such great cheerleaders.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I met a girl on the way back from Boston last week that goes to Boston College and is training for The Marathon! We chatted the whole way to DC about training and race day and how exhausted we always are. Since then I've been following the ramp up for this coming Monday's race! Here is a link to an Runner's World article on Kara Goucher! She is amazing and one of my personal heros!
Fire up for Boston!
I'm on the road at the moment and didn't get to the hotel until about midnight Monday night. Tuesday morning I was up at 7 and on the treadmill. Throughout the day I could feel my muscles tightening...should have stretched and Monday's training certainly contributed! So this morning I woke up at 6:45 with plans for another morning run...instead I watched the news. I mean I had to catch up on the pirate nonsense! I am planning to run tonight...but I also need to let my legs recover for Saturday's 10k. yuck. Maybe I can find a pool to swim in tonight!
In the meantime...enjoy one of my all time favorite youtube videos...a LiveStrong Commercial!
And don't forget to continue fighting cancer!
Monday, April 13, 2009
So I woke up, ate breakfast (pb and toast and an orange), and ran to the gym. It is a beautiful cool morning so I had on my fleece and my headphones and was rocking out to Junior Senior and taking in the sights. The run from my house takes me by the SEC, Union Station, Senate Buildings, The Capitol, etc. Suddenly, I was overcome with a sense of pride. I was so scared when I started this process that I wouldn't have the resolve to finish. I'm a month and a half out and I know that I'm going to be there on race day! I already have raised over $2,000 and can't let the people down who donated to support me. I've been dedicated to swimming and biking and feeling very strong. And so now I'm in the home stretch... just need to pick up on my running to make sure I can finish out the 10k and I'm good.
My mentor mentioned to me the other day that he thinks I don't give myself enough credit. That I accomplish things and say "oh, anyone could do that." So on my run I started realizing what this race really represents to me. It will be at the tail end of my 4th year in DC. Since moving here I have made some great friend, I have pushed and challenged myself, and I have proven that I can stick through tough situations in order to reach my goals. My first year here was pretty brutal, but I made it through. Now I have friends I can call when my laundry machine breaks and I'm leaving town in less than 24 hours and have no clean clothes (thx keosha) or those friends that I can have a great meal or happy hour with, or watch college basketball with, or go for runs or swims with and feel perfectly at home. Its hard trying to make a life for yourself...and I'm actually proud of how far I've come!
So I walked into the gym standing tall and feeling proud...and then Abu reminded me through my training session that I have a long way to go. That's the thing...its not so much that I think "anyone can do this." I just know "I can do better" and "I can be more". So here is to a week full of great workouts and continuing to progress!
Love you all! send love, pennies, powersongs!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Today was my first solitary swim workout in months. It was nice in some ways...if it is just me and the girls we can get chatty. However, its nice to have someone to chase when the others are around.
Today's swim ended with another 20 minute swim and 10 minute swim right after. I rested a little longer between the two but did the same mile swim. My arms were really tired. They have been getting a pretty tough workout lately...this week I'm on the road all week so I might get to a gym 1 or 2 nights, but mainly I think i'm going to be running on the treadmill...hoping to gear up for my 10k.
love you all. keep the sweet emails coming!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Well the rain was...interesting. On one hand I seriously felt hard core at several points in my ride for braving the weather. On the other hand, however, it sucked! By mile 3 my butt and lower back were drenched from the water my back tire was flipping up. My mile 5 the front of my legs were drenched and my capri work out pants were plastered to my shins. Mile 7 brought a very uncomfortable dripping sensation down the arch of my foot. My socks were getting cold at this point and the toe of my shoes were squishy. By the time I finished I was literally soaking wet at every layer. Yuck....because then I had to get off my bike and run for 20 minutes. I lost the mental battle eventually and didn't quite run the whole thing. It was something about the amount of water that was flying out of my shoes every time I would swing my leg forward...or maybe the fact that I could see water bouncing out of my shoes every time they hit the pavement. Eventually, the part of your brain that just keeps saying "this is crazy" is shouting over the part that says "I'm a finisher!" At the end of the day I survived and did finish AND NEVER WIPED OUT. But I will need to focus more on running this week!
I'm glad I went today. Aside from training in difficult weather conditions I also had an interesting and valuable experience on my bike ride. We did about 2.5 miles from the start out to a loop. The loop we did was around 7 miles. I did the loop 2x. On the first loop I was trying to focus more on my cadence and wasn't wanting to play around in higher gears. It wasn't until one of the bike coaches rode by me and slowed down to chat that we started talking about my gearing.
I explained that I was horrified that I was going to fall on such steep and WET hills...there was soooo much water...and as a result wasn't wanting to mess with gears as much...and because of the hills I didn't want to switch into the much higher gears since I always seem to drop my chain when I do that. (Additionally, one of my team captains had told me to stay in the lower gears on one of our previous rides...so I listened.) We rode together for the next 5 miles or so and talked all about gearing. She was explaining the mechanics of the bike in a whole new way to me. It was sooooo enlightening! Ultimately once we really started cranking she pointed out that we were riding about 10 miles per hour faster than when she first joined me. And because we cranked into a better gear I was actually exerting LESS energy! It was a great lesson to learn! Now I just need to bike on flatter courses so I don't get too used to coasting downhill...or in the event of heavy rain....breaking downhill!
After our workout we had a picnic/grill out. Because we were in a National Park we had the benefit of bathrooms and covered picnic tables. Lunch (at 10:00 am) was yummy and I had a great time chatting and catching up with everyone. I could probably go on with other stories for hours...but I think I need to rest!
off to nap!
send love, support, pennies, powersongs, and anything else you think could help!
PS...this video shows a brief glance at the conditions I was practicing in...only it was really raining!
I was up at 6:00 am and texting Kate by 6:45 asking if we really had to make it to practice. It was raining hard and I couldn't imagine being on the bike. Now we are on our way out to Prince Edward's Forest and it is raining pretty hard.
For those of you who have known me for any length of time you know I am accident prone. Cycling 20 miles on hills in a pretty heavy rain just sounds like my own personal hell. I'm bound to fall. With my shoes strapped down and gripping that handlebars for dear life I'm just hoping to stay upright!
signign off...time to get out and prep for the ride...cross your figners for me!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Although my arms are still pretty stiff after yesterdays strenght training, I must admit that I felt great in the water. No lane ropes again, and we did a 20 minute swim. I could be off by 100 on either side, but I counted 1100 meters. The race is about 1600 total which means I'm on pace for a 30 minute swim if the water conditions arent too bad. After a 1 minute rest we did another 10 minute swim and I finished 550 meters. So that puts me at a mile swim! I'm excited. For those of you who voted that i could do it in under 30 minutes...well I sure hope you are right...it is my goal!
I'm certainly feeling stronger than I have. My stroke started to fall apart in the middle of the 20 minute swim, but I made up for it in the 10 minute swim!
In honor of my renewed strength today...enjoy a little Kanye on the playlist...another favorite powersong!
Monday, April 6, 2009
I just found out we have a practice swim in Barton Springs the day before the race! I'm soo excited! I posted something the other day under "Things I want" on the right column of my blog...but i'm throwing a new picture out there because I'm so excited!
I HEART B.S.!
After I left Abu and the gym after an exhausting but great workout it was raining pretty hard and my place is 1.5 miles from the gym. So i wrapped my cell and ipod in a plastic bag and started running. I HATE running without music (the race will be tough) so I started singing to myself. Avril Levine - Girlfriend was stuck in my head since it was played during my last set of my circuit so that kept me entertained running across the mall and up capitol hill. So now my runners are soaked, I'm starving, and I'm not sure how I'm supposed to get up and make breakfast!
While I was at the gym Yale Scott, Karen Ross, and Devin McShane all donated! Thanks for your support guys! Fire up for fighting Cancer!
Love you all!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I love today. Was in the water by 10:30 with Kate and got in a good 60 minute swim...then I walked home and fell in love with the day! It is the first day that I was able to wear flip flops! I got home, cleaned up and made breakfast then spent the day walking down the mall, watching all the crazy tourists, and catching up with Andre 10k! The weather was perfect and we ended lounging on the mall and soaking up sun...then we walked back and grabbed beer and munchies!
So now I'm catching up on emails and watching Baby Mama for the first time! See? Perfect Day.
Tomorrow morning is personal training with Abu (also known as "try not to pass out or throw up and never say I can't" hour) and then an hour bike ride!
lots of love, cherry blossoms, and blue moon with orange!
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Thanks to my boy, Kevin Manning, for the best email I got all week...and the only one with powersong suggestions. Please notice the addition to my playlist: When a man loves a woman...and Blame it on the rain. Apparently the latter works best on repeat, and the former when you are training with my little, Justin Anderson!
Send your favorites and I'll try to incorporate!
Before I went to bed last night I was thinking about how all my blogs lately have been negative. So I decided that this workout today and my post would be positive. Then I woke up when my alarm went off at 5:00 AM and I lost my resolve. Five hours of sleep isn't enough for me to be peppy! I finally recommitted during the hour drive to Poolsville, MD...being sleepy wasn't going to ruin my ride!
The cold and the wind were unexpected but I mustered the determination to get through it. The kids training for my race didn't start riding until almost 9...so I cheered on the group thatstarted first and was practicing transitions. When it was our turn I sucked down an energy gel and got to peddling! The hills were killer...but so was the wind...at one point I was having to peddle pretty hard on a down hill portion because the wind was so strong. Other than that the ride was beautiful. I did 26 miles and then ran for 15 or 20 minutes and am exhausted but proud with my performance today.
To all the girls that ran the Ringling 5k...at one point I turned a corner on the bike and it felt like that long stretch at the back of the race where we turned around and I immediately wished we were sitting in front of Em's with shotguns and/or Sangria! I miss you all tons! Then the next turn was this beautiful stretch of green pasture blowing in the wind....which pulled me back from my Oklahoma daydream...sorry! Nothing against the great state of O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A...it just looked nothing like the country side off I-35! :)
I feel good now...then again I'm in bed and about to take a nap! YES!!!!!!!!!!!
love to everyone! send your pennies, love, and powersongs!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Ok...I'm wicked sore from core strenght training and practices this week. I'm way behind on my fundraising and I'm just spent from work and travel! I need a pick me up...so start emailing me your favorite powersongs, or motivation on how to keep going, or just something silly and fun. I'm posting my favorite youtube clips here...it is for a marathon (or The Marathon rather) but it gets me fired up.
Enjoy...and keep sending the love, and the pennies!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
ok...practices are getting tougher and I'm spent! I almost rolled practice this morning, but with only 1.5 months left i thought it wouldnt be the best idea to skip...it woudl start a bad habbit. Kait and I pushed through a tough swim and then I grabbed stuff for breakfast on my way home. I'm sore all over from my training session yesterday and I didnt even get to do it all out!
i'm getting excited for austin thought...and for seeing friends...i hear that Kenny, Ryan, and Allie are all coming for the weekend! Should be lots of fun!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Today was no fun. I had an appointment with Abu (my personal trainer) this morning and i was dizzy and feeling queezy the entire time. This is after a 9:30 run last night that left me feeling sick. I'm not sure what is going on...might just be exhausted after lots of travel, hardly any sleep, and bad eating for a week or two.
So I pushed through the work out and made my way home. I'm planning on meeting Yale Scott for dinner tonight and then I will swim tomorrow morning and run at lunch. I have Friday off and then a long ride on Saturday...I feel like I should be able to relax a bit this weekend!
Gotta clean up for the night!
keep sending your love...and your pennies!