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Write It Down, Do It Up – Week of October 13

Greetings!  So, let’s start with the good news:  I survived that half-marathon yesterday.


The bad news:  I suffered from some major GI issues that started at mile eight. (TMI?  We’re on that level now, right?) Not sure if I’ll write an official recap; it would most likely be filled with details you won’t want to hear, ha.  Long story short, it was not that race I wanted, and I have sworn off the distance (again) for the time being.


On a bittersweet note, my 2013 racing season has officially ended, and in an effort to transform from triathlete to real person, I celebrated with a glass of sangria and a lobster BLT from The Red Hook Lobster Pound at Madison Square Eats.


And I slept in until 7 a.m. this morning–progress.

Before the season ended, though, I did log some quality training last week.

Monday – a.m. swim and run with Full Throttle Endurance (FTE)

Light 3,000-yard swim, plus a five-mile easy run.  In preparation for the half-marathon, my coach instructed me hold a certain pace, and then proceeded to test me by telling other teammates to speed up and see if I would bite.  I didn’t.

Tuesday – off

I originally planned to bike, but my coach suggested sleeping in and taking the day off to ensure my legs were fresh for Sunday.  If you twist my arm …

Wednesday – a.m. run

Easy 3.5 miles in Central Park.

Thursday – a.m. swim with FTE

Another easy 3,000-yard swim in the long course pool.

Friday – a.m. easy shake-out run

No Garmin, no electronics.  Just an easy two-ish miler.

Saturday – off

Sunday3rd Annual Fall Foliage Half-Marathon

So, I hesitate to call this next part Write It Down, Do It Up.  Since I’ve been getting after it since January, the week I plan to do nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  Let Operation:  Sloth Week begin.

Who raced this weekend—how did it go?  How do you bounce back from a tough event?

Write It Down, Do It Up – Week of October 6

Hiya, friends—happy Sunday!  I planned to pop in earlier this week because I have some 2014 racing updates to share.  First, on a whim, I threw my name into the lottery for Escape From Alcatraz—and got in!


Held in San Francisco, this event is one of my bucketlist races that consists of a 1.5-mile swim (from Alcatraz Island to the shoreline—how sweet is that?!), 18-mile bike, and 8-mile trail run.  I told myself not to hold my breath since it’s a popular race, but I kept my fingers crossed.  Now, I just need to figure out if there’s room in my travel budget … because I have another out-of-state race on the horizon.


Let the road back to Milwaukee begin!  I qualified for the 2014 Age Group National Championships at Darien; it’s nice to have that ticket punched before the 2014 season officially starts.

And speaking of races, it’s race week!


Hopefully by this time next Sunday, I will have successfully completed my second half-marathon.  I still haven’t decided whether I’m going to truly “race” it; most likely, it will be a game-time decision, and even then, I’ll probably just chill out for the first eight or nine miles and see how I feel.  Last week’s workouts went pretty well, so I’m looking forward to next weekend.  Here’s what I did:

Monday – a.m. swim and run with Full Throttle Endurance (FTE)

Light 2,500-yard swim with plenty of tech work followed by an eight-mile run with three miles of intervals (aka serious negative splitting).

Tuesday – a.m. bike with FTE

No more tris this season means no more bike-run bricks.  I wrote about how the bike workouts have been challenging, and this one was no exception.  Somehow, I got sucked in to the fast group and basically chased the guys up hills for 18 miles. (Although they did slow down, soft pedal, and wait for me on the flats.  Thanks, guys!)

Wednesday – a.m. run with FTE

Like last Wednesday’s run, we did a little more than eight miles along the Bridle Path and Reservoir in Central Park.

Thursday – a.m. swim and run with FTE

Another easy 2,500-yard swim in the long course pool with hypoxic sets.  The workout schedule also included speedwork, but I ended up cleaning and mostly napping instead.  Hey, a 4 a.m. wakeup call will do that to you.

Friday – a.m. bike with FTE

Three easy loops in Central Park to flush out the legs.

Saturday – a.m. long run

This 10 miler served as my last “long” run before next Sunday’s race.

Sunday – off

Since a bunch of my teammates are doing the Hartford Half-Marathon this coming Saturday, we’ll be tapering this week.  Here’s my workout docket.  Let’s Write It Down, Do It Up!

(If you’re new to WIDDIU, here’s how it works:  Every Sunday, I post my workout schedule for the week, and I invite you to do the same.  This way, we can motivate each other and hold ourselves accountable.  Sounds like a win-win, right?)

Monday – a.m. swim and run with FTE

Tuesday – a.m. bike with FTE

Wednesday – a.m. run with FTE

Thursday – a.m. swim with FTE

Friday – off

Saturday – a.m. shake-out run

Sunday3rd Annual Fall Foliage Half-Marathon

Did you have a good week of workouts?  When’s your next race?

Write It Down, Do It Up – Week of September 29

Hey, friends—happy Sunday?  How’s your weekend been so far?  Yesterday, I had a great 10-mile run before work; it went much better than the one I did last week.  Who knew what a difference running with “friends” makes!


Along with my trusty SPIbelt and iPod shuffle, I also carried this FuelBelt handheld water bottle and slammed this Honey Stinger gel at the halfway point.  It tasted like pure honey, so I’m a fan!  And after this outing, I feel much better about my ability to string together 13 solid miles for my half-marathon. (Is it really two weeks away?  Yikes!)

Aside from this run, I had a good week of workouts as well.  Since being “called up” and training with the racing team, I’ve had my butt handed to me on more than one occasion.  I actually wrote a post about this transition that will go live later this week, but for now, I’ll say my training has reached a new level of intensity—which is awesome.  Here’s a quick look at what I did last week:

Monday – a.m. swim and run with Full Throttle Endurance (FTE)

Even though we’re starting to back off a bit, we aren’t quite shutting down the intensity yet:  3,000-yard swim followed by a five-mile run.

Tuesday – a.m. brick with FTE—outdoor ride and run

Since most Full Throttlers are done racing tris for the season, we’re shortening our bricks:  12 miles in the saddle followed by a two-mile run.

Wednesday – a.m. run with FTE

A little bit more than eight miles in Central Park and along the West Side Highway.  This was a really, really good run.  Instead of doing our normal loop through the park on concrete, we stuck to the Bridle Path and broke off to the Reservoir too.  I felt like I was in The Hunger Games!


Thursday – a.m. swim and run with FTE

This was a roller coaster of a training day:  a solid swim workout in the long-course pool, and then I made a rookie mistake during speedwork (aka went out too fast), which resulted in a huge crash and burn.  Train and learn, right?

Friday – a.m. bike with FTE

This was another toughie:  three loops in Central Park during which I “broed out” and rode with the boys—and nearly got dropped, but somehow managed to hang on.  Progress?

Saturday – a.m. long run

Great 10 miler, and I’m already looking forward to next week’s outing!

Sunday – off

And here’s this week’s edition of Write It Down, Do It Up, which looks fairly similar:

(If you’re new to WIDDIU, here’s how it works:  Every Sunday, I post my workout schedule for the week, and I invite you to do the same.  This way, we can motivate each other and hold ourselves accountable.  Sounds like a win-win, right?)

Monday – a.m. swim and run with FTE

Tuesday – a.m. brick with FTE—outdoor ride and run

Wednesday – a.m. run with FTE

Thursday – a.m. swim and run with FTE

Friday – a.m. bike with FTE

Saturday – a.m. long run

Sunday – off

How did your workouts go this week?

My Next ‘Race’

So as you know, my triathlon racing season concluded last Saturday with a sprint in Darien, CT.  After a humbling yet motivating experience at Age Group Nationals, the ITPMAN served as an ideal last race; it reminded me why I love swimming, biking, and running—and training, racing, and hanging out with my teammates.


Even though there won’t be any more swim-bike-run races until 2014 (boo!), I still plan to SBR with Full Throttle Endurance through mid-October.  A few weeks ago, I got “called up” to train with the five-day-a-week group. (I trained with the three-day-a-week group this season.)  Obviously, I don’t want to turn down this opportunity—oh, no, that’s OK; I’ll just see you guys in January!—and plus, this gives me a chance to work out with new teammates and develop a solid relationship with the head coach.

Anyway, so why am I sharing this information?  Well, I’ve been entertaining the idea of doing a half-marathon for a few weeks, and most of my five-day-a-week teammates are training for marathons (mainly New York City in November) or doing a few half-marathons.  And since I embarked on Operation: Go Long—and since I’m prone to succumbing to peer pressure—I officially registered for the 3rd Annual Fall Foliage Half-Marathon when I got home from Darien.


The race takes place in four weeks, so there’s plenty of time to log some longer runs.  On Saturday, I completed a 10 miler sans music, which was a huge confidence booster, even though it didn’t go as well as I would’ve liked.


Coach Pat to the rescue!  This epitomizes “do as I say, not as I do”:  At the running store, I always tell half- and full-marathoners to carry water or make sure there will be water available on their route, practice their nutrition strategy, etc.  But during my run, I had zero water and zero nutrition.  Yes, I should—and do—know better.

Anyway, I’m locked into doing this 13.1, but I haven’t decided whether I want to truly race it.  Honestly, staying positive, running strong, and crossing the finish line will be a huge victory after last summer’s half from hell.  I’ve definitely matured and developed as a runner this year, but spending so much time in my head still makes me nervous.  And I know that sounds ridiculous because Olympic triathlons last longer than half-marathons, but switching sports breaks up the race.  Basically, I’m not used to spending so much interrupted time in my head.

How do you stay positive during longer workouts and when the going gets tough?

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


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.


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.


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?