I Need to Work Out in the Mornings!

You guys, my triathlon training has not been going well. It has been almost a week since I’ve even done a workout! I am so screwed on Saturday.

Brick runs are tiring!

I have not been training nearly enough!

One of the reasons for my lack of work outs is because something keeps popping up in the evenings that prevents me from doing my training. Grandma calls and needs help, a thunder storm rolls in (this has happened three times in the last two weeks!), or I need to run errands.

Every time something comes up I think to myself “I should have done this in the morning then nothing would have stopped me!”

I figure if there is any time to transition into morning workouts summer is the time to do it, the sun is out and shining at 5 a.m. which would make it a lot easier to get up and go.

Here is how I plan to make this transition…

1. Start off slow. 2 mornings per week in July, 3 morning per week in August

2. Do easy workouts. I’ll run with Rocky or do a morning swim at our local pool. I enjoy both activities and it’s not as strenuous as weights or spin or something

3. Plan a special breakfast. I’ll plan on bacon and eggs or gluten/dairy free pancakes or something on the days I do a morning workout. Maybe that will help motivate me!

4. Always have bananas on hand. I know my body and I’ll have to eat something before I can start my workout. A banana is filling and I can eat it on the go

Does anyone else have any tips for me?

How do you motivate yourself for early morning workouts?

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Swim, Bike, Done! My Tri Race Recap

After words of encouragement I decided to go ahead and race in the Splash, Pedal, Gasp triathlon yesterday. I went into it with the attitude that it was a long workout, not a race. And though I came in second to last overall (make shame!) I am still glad I sucked it up and did it and I have learned valuable lessons for the future.

Here is a quick recap of my race.

SWIM (500m)

The swim portion took place in a 50m pool. When I saw the length of this pool I got so nervous I seriously considered grabbing my bike and leaving. I had given a seed time of 15:00 so I was in the slow lane. Getting into the water and talking with the other racers in my lane it was pretty much the same story, first timers who were really nervous.

The swim went so much better than expected. I panicked during the first two laps because I couldn’t catch my breath. I was using the three strokes one breath method I was taught in my triathlon training course back in university. After two laps I started taking a breath on every right hand stroke and lo and behold the swim became a lot easier and I was able to catch my breath.

My swim time was 13:48

BIKE (20km)

My transition in the bike area was slow. I hadn’t adjusted my helmet before hand and I was dizzy from the swim so I moved very slowly getting out of there.

Once I started it felt good. I forgot how much I enjoy riding on the road, zipping along and enjoying the view. My butt and thighs were killing me but I pushed through it the best I could and chugged along. One thing I noticed was that my butt and inner thighs would get numb after a bit so I would stand up for a few seconds, let the blood flow and sit back down and go.  Anyone know why this is? I’m guessing I have my seat arranged incorrectly I just don’t know how.

Coming into the transition area, I forgot my feet were strapped in and I came VERY close to falling over.

My bike time was 57:41

My bike in the transition area

RUN (5km)

Oh the run after the bike. Your legs are jelly and you wonder “how the hell am I going to finish?” Off I went and as soon as I was out of sight of the crowd I began to walk. The run was mainly a walk/run until I came up to the last km. You see, Runners Soul race planners are sadistic and like to make people finish on hills. The Moonlight Run ends with a long ass hill and so does the Splash, Pedal, and Gasp.

I walked so slowly up that hill I was glad I was so far back so no one could see me. I almost cried on a couple of occasions and I honestly thought I would NEVER make it! When I finally made it to the top and had a flat 50m left to the finish line I started to jog and my left quad seized up. I have never had a muscle seize up on me before! I’ve torn a muscle but not a seize.  But seize up it did and I did not want to walk over the finish line so I limped that last 50m and finished my race.

My run time was 43:49

FINAL TIME 1:55:19

Lessons Learned

  • TRAIN! Yes I did it without training but it was hard and my time was slow
  • Make sure your top doesn’t drag in the swim (I wore a sports bra)
  • Practice your transitions and have as much ready as possible (helmet straps adjusted, headphones detangled)
  • Have more than one energy gel. I had one that I ate halfway through the race and I really wish I had another while I started the run. It may have helped.
  •  Drink powerade! I almost never drink it because of the sodium, but in a triathlon in the heat, it will really help
  • Lube up your inner thighs before the race! Oh man! I am paying for this one. My inner thighs are rubbed raw today. Make sure you have vaseline or some other lotion, gel or lube to keep that painful rash away
  • Bring support! Ryan offered to go but I figured he would be a grump waiting around all morning but it was really depressing to cross the finish line and have no one there to congratulate you or care. I won’t be doing races any more without a cheer squad

Now I am prepared for the Magrath Triathlon this July and I intend to actually do okay because my training starts this week! For reals!

I may have been slow. But I did it!!

To Race or Not To Race?

This spring I was determined to get into shape. I signed myself up for one race every month from March until August. I am fast approaching my June race, the Splash, Pedal, Gasp triathlon this Sunday.

Here’s the problem- I haven’t trained! At all!!! In fact, I haven’t been on a run in a week and half and I have only one swim workout under my belt this year.

I am trying to decide whether I should drop the race altogether and waste my $75 entry fee or if I should do it at my own pace and call it a long Sunday workout.

What do you think? Should I drop the race or push through it?

Should I push through it or bitch out?

Race Recap- I Should Have Trained!

I felt so good after the Moonlight Run last month! I trained hard and was happy with my time and performance and kept up my training to prepare for the Lethbridge College 10/4 Miler. That is, until wicked food poisoning knocked me on my butt for over a week.  I felt better the following week but was just too lazy to bother to train. I think I got two runs in in the three weeks leading up to the race.

This was the first five minutes of the race. See how red my face is?

What goes around comes around because that race was a struggle! I had to walk before I even hit the first mile marker. I think I walked more than I ran. The whole time I was yelling at myself (in my head) for allowing myself to fall out of shape in a matter of weeks, especially when I have a triathlon coming up next month.

When I rounded the corner to the finish line, I saw a one armed chubby woman who had a head start ahead of me and my competitiveness kicked in. I know it sounds silly, but I didn’t want to come in behind her and look like she beat me- my pride just wouldn’t allow it.   Though I was exhausted and had nothing left I kicked it into a massive sprint and beat her by about 20 seconds. Lol.

I still sucked, my final time was 46:07. Which is about a 11:30 minute mile. Ouch!! I learned my lesson. I am hitting the gym and hitting it hard. No more marathon cuddle sessions on the couch with my honey, I have GOT to get my butt into gear.

Here I am telling Ryan “I’m SO slow!!”