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Training Block

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I am at a major training block. Not that I was ever good at going out and training, but I feel physically unable to do any real work. I don’t know if this is coming from being truly tired, a mental block, or something else. Since I finished my last race Labor Day I have been feeling much more tired than normal. Since I currently have no races that I am registered for I decided to follow an ironman distance training plan. Not so sure this was a good decision. It is starting to stress me out.

I go for a run and it is harder than when I first started running. Biking is frustrating. Swimming was fine until my last workout when I was supposed to do a 2X1,000 yd as my main set. Monday I did bootcamp and was planning on running or biking in the afternoon, but never got around to it. Tuesday I was gonna go for a run, but like Monday that never happened. Both days I felt like I physically could not go. Even if I made it a short workout.

Today was the big crash. I had a swim workout that consisted of 4X400 each 400 increasing in speed. No problem. Get to the pool and get a lane to myself. I did my 250 warm up easy. The first half of the first 400 was easy, but my mind was scattered. By the end of the first 400 I was beginning to freak out. I decided to finish the workout doing whatever felt right. I did some kick sprints and free style sprints. As I finished my second 400 people started showing up for the masters swim class. Between the increase in people and the speed I was swimming at my anxiety went through the roof. I don’t know what it is about swimming at anything but warm up speed but it makes me feel very anxious, I feel my heart rate increase, not from the physical act, my mind starts freaking out. This is my biggest problem with the swim leg of triathlons, add a mass start to a sprint and I freak out and can’t breath.

So many jumbled thoughts going through my head.  So this is where we go onto another, but similar train of thought.

I think I have some sort of mind block that is causing me to not lose weight. When I workout I don’t sweat and I am terrible at pushing myself. I get to the point where it starts getting hard and I quite. I once ran an entire 5k after swimming a half mile. It felt so good when I was done. I didn’t care that it was slow. It just felt good to accomplish a big goal. Before that I thought running for 5 minutes was hard. I haven’t been able to do that since. I think the longest I have run since was 15 minutes. Yesterday I decided to run up Mt Sanitas. It is 3.1 miles round trip. The up is difficult. I knew it was going to be a challenge but I was planning on running the whole thing with no walking breaks. I really want to get rid of my stomach flubber but so far have been thwarted. I have lost a total of about 12 lbs in a year. Not a very good number. I eat good. Workout several days a week. I feel like I am holding on to something. I don’t know what it is though. Other than being jobless I have an awesome life.

I have been thinking a lot about this especially after I kicked my but yesterday on my attempted run up Mt Sanitas. I made it 1/4 mile up before I was too tired to go on. I chose to go up the main trail instead of the easier valley. Bad idea. It was so steep that at times I couldn’t even run.

I feel like I need something to work towards besides weight loss. There is a half marathon in February that I have been thinking about doing. I don’t currently have the money to sign up but I am going to try training for it on Monday. My plan this time is to not follow a plan, just run 3 – 4 times a week for an hour or so.

Weekend Adventures

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Editors note: This is old and I forgot to finish it until now.

Tejay van Garderen in the yellow jersey racing through Lyons

I had been looking forward to this weekend all summer for exactly one reason: the USA Pro Challenge bike race was coming through Lyons. I have been a long time road cycling fan. I spent many July nights as a kid at the bar watching the Tour de France with my Dad. Last year was the first year for the race and I really wanted to see it, but we weren’t planning on moving to Colorado until the following weekend and I had a race in South Dakota to complete before we could leave the state. So this was the year I was going to finally get to see a yellow jersey (for those who are not with road cycling the yellow jersey is worn by the general classification leader).

Before we could see the race come through town there was a musical festival just up the road that we were to enjoy. The Kinfolk Festival was being held at Planet Bluegrass which is about a mile from where we live. All summer I kept dreaming about going to this festival so I could see Yonder Mountain String Band, but we couldn’t afford the tickets. One of J’s co-workers won 2 friday tickets to the festival and wasn’t able to go so he gave us the tickets. I have been giddy with excitement since I got the tickets in my hands. All day friday I was watching the clock waiting for the clock to strike 3:00. Finally the time came and we packed up a blanket and food on our bikes and made our way up to Planet Bluegrass.

When we got there the first band had just started playing, so we found a good place to set our stuff down. One of our favorite things to do is listen to music and play skip bo. This was the best place to do this. Listening to bluegrass and playing cards with J while sitting in a field by the Saint Vrain River was the best way to finish the week off. We played 2 games and then went on a walk around the property before heading out to the Pizza Bar to get some food. After eating we headed back to Planet Bluegrass. There was a life size connect four game that was calling to us. We played a few games before heading back to our blanket to wait for Yonder Mountain String Band to start their set. When they finally came on the whole crowd went wild. I have been to shows here before and have never seen an entire crowd get up and dance. It was impossible to not dance. The music just makes your hips move.

Saturday was devoted to watching the USA Pro Challenge come through Lyons. We slept in and waited for the family to show up and then we made the trek up to the park. We found a good spot along the road and waited for the bikers to come through. The feel in the air was electric as caravan vehicles started coming through. When the lead group of riders came through I felt like I was in heaven. I just couldn’t believe that I was finally seeing a professional road race. I just wish they didn’t ride so fast so I could have seen them for more than a second. Coming through town they were riding at a rough speed of 40 mph. After the last riders and vehicles came flying through town we headed home and said bye to the family. The day was finished off with a nap in true style.

Biking Into Fall

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I started following an ironman distance triathlon training plan this week and today was my first day. A 45 minute easy run and 60 minute easy bike ride were on the calendar. I also had my very first book club meeting in the evening at a lovely italian restaurant.20120912-073115.jpg

I started the day with some french toast, so we could use up the new loaf of bread that was already moldy. Once that had settled and I was no longer in danger of getting cramps I headed up picture rock trail. I love running this trail. Mostly because it is a half mile from my house, but it is also beautiful and fairly easy. I have been running roads most of the summer to train for my races and never realized how much I missed trail running until today. The 45 minutes went by fast.

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After my run I was pumped up for this afternoons bike ride. I figured it would feel as amazing as my run. As the day went on a huge rain storm came in and I started getting nervous about my plans to bike to Boulder for book club. Even with the wind and dark clouds I decided to bike the 14 miles to meet J. I knew that if it started to rain I could either hop on the bus or J would come pick me up. My workout was supposed to be an easy small ring ride. I figured this would be no problem because the highway is rolling hills. I had no problem with using only the small ring for the first half of the ride because there was a wind hitting my front tire at a 45 degree angle, which meant shifting was very difficult. Difficult like I was almost being blown over with two hands on the handle bars. After I finished the hard part I was frustrated and just wanted to go fast so I gave up on the planned workout and pedaled my heart out and boy did it feel good. It might also have had something to do with the Gu Rocktane gel I took in at the beginning. That stuff has a lot of caffeine in it. I raced my way to the transit center and grabbed the truck keys from J and headed to a coffee shop to change and get some caffeine. 20120912-073145.jpg

We read The Wild Trees by Richard Preston for book club. I didn’t finish the book, but what I did read was really interesting. The book is about the redwoods and the people who love the trees and climb them. I have been to Redwoods National Park twice. Both times I was fascinated with the trees, so this book drew me in from the beginning. The way it is written was really frustrating to me because it did not flow very well. This was the first time I had been to a book club so I went in not knowing what to expect. I really enjoyed the discussion. Everyone had such different thoughts on it. I would never have seen parts of it in the way others did. It was nice to spend an evening in discussion with people so different from me. My only dislike with the group is that I was the youngest by at least 10 years and I really was hoping to find more people my age to discuss books with.

The Mornings Are Cooler So There Must be Pumpkin in The Kitchen

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I was reading something online last night and stumbled upon this amazing recipe for pumpkin whoopee pie’s on the blog eat, live, run. I read through it and realized that I had all of the ingredients except white pepper. I figured one ingredient that was only an 1/8 teaspoon would not matter too much, so I went ahead and made them. Since I started at 7:30 I decided to only make the cookie and save the frosting for today, plus I didn’t have enough powdered sugar. Making the cookies was super easy and for once I didn’t make a huge mess. When I pulled them out of the oven they were so soft and fluffy, I couldn’t wait to eat them. Once they had cooled a bit I dove in and boy were they good. The perfect balance of sweet. I love sweets but I often find that most of the one’s I buy are too sweet for me. These definitely were not. Even J liked them, which is rare as he is not a sweets kinda person.

So this afternoon I finally decided to make the frosting and finish up my whoopee pies. I was hesitant to make a buttercream frosting because I rarely like them. This recipe called for the butter and powdered sugar to be beaten for 10 minutes. Normally I would just ignore that and beat it for maybe 3 minutes, but something got into me and I went for almost 10 minutes. This was the best batch of frosting I have ever made. So glad I decided to beat it for the 10 minutes. Beating frosting for so long lead to a disaster, that is still there. You can see a minor part of the disaster in the picture of the bowl of frosting. There is frosting all over the kitchen. I frosted the cookies, popped one in my mouth and took some up to my neighbors. The whoopee pie was so amazingly perfect and just hit the spot. I am all jazzed up about doing some test baking of the christmas cookies I am planning on making this year now.

I attempted to take some pictures of one, but my camera was not focusing for some reason. J took my camera last night and took some night pictures of our little town. Now the thing doesn’t want to focus. He needs to get his butt home so that I can figure out what he did to it last night.

I realized that I never finished my foodie penpals post and it got posted, so I am going to do that sometime tonight (I hope).