National Dog Day, Training Updates, and a Bout of Nostalgia

Hello!  Woah, I totally didn’t mean to take a five-day hiatus, but it feels like I’m still catching up from my weekend in New Hampshire.  Here are some highlights from the past few days.

Celebrating National Dog Day

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Unofficial blogger rules question whether I celebrate since I didn’t Instagram a picture of Zelda–ha!

Setting a new bike personal distance record (PDR)

Early Sunday morning, a teammate and I rode across the George Washington Bridge, explored New Jersey, and logged 60 miles.  For the serious cyclists and long-course triathletes, this distance won’t seem impressive, but it’s a PDR.  And we’re already planning to break it this upcoming weekend with another multi-hour outing.  In related news, I’m now taking road saddle suggestions.  And starting my tri bike research.

Contemplating a long (for me) race

Speaking of going long, I need to start doing some double-digit runs.  Even though there’s a training philosophy that says you should go fast before you go far, it’s important for athletes to develop both fast- and slow-twitch muscle fibers. (Read more here.) All of my Full Throttle Endurance run training has worked toward building speed (our workouts cap at five or six miles), and I haven’t logged longer runs this season.  In fast, my farthest one was with Jen back in February.  And sure, I could go long for fun, but I know myself well enough that a tangible goal (read: race) would hold me accountable.  Enter the 3rd Annual Fall Foliage Half-Marathon.

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Yes, I am considering a half marathon.  Considering.

Starting the final training cycle

Yep, the last eight-week training session kicked off this week, and it’s been bittersweet so far.  I’ve had so much fun this season—training, racing, and hanging out with my teammates—and part of me doesn’t want it to end.  But on the way to practice yesterday, it hit me:  I’ve been swimming, biking, and running for eight months.  Eight months.  Let’s just say some downtime (read: unstructured workouts) will be welcomed.

Feeling nostalgic

College students across the country are heading back to campus, and my alma mater hosted its first-year orientation this past weekend.

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Photo has reached 113 likes, FYI.

This is for real.  There are no words.

Moving on, I met a teammate and newly crowned Ironman for lunch last week. (He’s the one who completed Lake Placid.) Of course we talked triathlon, but we also discussed writing (because he finally launched his blog)—blogging for a digital space, getting into a writing routine, etc.  It’s been a while since I’ve talked about writing, and I didn’t realize how much I missed it.  And that in turn made me miss the critical classroom discussions, which in turn made me think about college … you see where this is going, right?

When’s the last time you felt nostalgic?

23 responses to “National Dog Day, Training Updates, and a Bout of Nostalgia

  1. Is that bow-tie for real? I don’t even know how to take that in. I’m excited to hear more about your training cycle as it picks up! 🙂

  2. A – Definitely do the Half-Mary!! I’ve got a few on my tentative fall schedule. Interesting that you mention build speed before distance. I’ve always heard it the other way around. But don’t be afriad of distance, you’re a total badass! B – Fizik saddles are the best in my opinion. I have one on my road bike and I love it. C – 60 miles is no joke! D – I miss school too (insert sad pouty face)!

    • Re: the half-mary. I’m going to wait until tri season is wrapped up before making any decisions. And I’ll start running “long” (you know, eight miles, ha!) in the mean time. Thanks for the saddle recommendation. During the second 30-mile stretch, I could not sit because *things* were hurting big time. 😉

  3. That bow tie is the coolest thing I’ve seen in quite a long time. Good job on the 60 miles. My butt is going numb just thinking about it!

  4. Ahh a fall half! Exciting news!! You can always tag along on my 18 miler the last weekend in September 😉

    Zelda is such a cutie!!

  5. Working at a University I love the fact that I get to experience the excitment of the start of a new school year every year!

  6. I’m definitely feeling college nostalgia! My school colors were orange and blue colors too!

    • The nostalgia is weird. For whatever reason, it didn’t kick it last year, and even though I’m farther away (geographically speaking) it definitely hit much harder this time around.

  7. Why the heck not – I’m doing a full and said I never would 😉

    • We’ll see. I’m going to wait until tri season is done before I make a definite decision. In the mean time, I’ll just start running “long,” aka eight miles. 😉

  8. aw your dog just makes me smile. and duh – no social media did not happen. DUH hehe

  9. UM. JUST EVERYDAY! at field hockey practie I always catch myself reminiscing about the good ol’ days in hs and college practices. Call me weird but sometimes I wish I was running my booty off with them (and sometimes I do)

    • There were some field-hockey pictures on FB yesterday (one of my friends had a FH reunion with her high school team, and they scrimmaged each other), and I went nuts. I miss it so much! If I were you, I’d totally scrimmage with the girls.

  10. Oh Hobart. I can say I had quite a few crushes on their cross country team back in the day. I think that is a good idea regarding the race. I know (like before I broke my arm) with NYC so far away it was so hard to motivate myself some days.

  11. As a general rule of thumb, Hobart men are typically good looking. 😉 I’m hoping to get one of my teammates to run the half-marathon with me, but we’ll see. I’m planning to wait a bit to sign up because I want to take a true break once the tri season ends.

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  13. Oooh Fall Foliage was my and Mike’s first half marathon ever! We did it the inaugural year and while it was hilly it was so much fun!

    Congratulations on the bike PDR, about 60 miles is our PDR too 🙂

    • Uh, hilly?! Oh boy. 😉 If I end up doing it, then I’ll definitely be “training through” it–just plugging in my iPod and zoning out. Oh, and we did another 60-mile bike ride yesterday too!

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