Wednesday, December 17, 2014

No more triathlon?

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Ok, now on to the real meat of this post.
As always, I like to be honest with you all and I'm hopeful this doesn't come off terribly, but I'm just not into triathlon right now. I have no desire to ride my bike and only a little inkling to get in the pool. And on top of all that I am debating selling my bike. The shame.
Race emails are starting to pour in with discounts and friends posting on social media about the triathlons they'll do next season. I read them and feel very flat when I think about racing a triathlon. I assume this is typical burn out but I wonder if I should truly be this burnt out? Yes, an ironman is HUGE in terms of training but I always figured I'd want to keep competing and do have some unfinished business with the half ironman.
I do not want to ride my bike.
Spin class? Sure. Hop on a stationary for a bit? Fine.
But, I just don't want to schlep my bike to the trail and log any major mileage rides.
I feel bad because part of it is that I know I'll have to put in A LOT of work to get to where I truly want to be. And even then, will I be satisfied and happy and most importantly, enjoy riding the bike? Tough to say.
Hence, the thoughts of selling it. I see it sitting in the garage all sad and I just keep thinking it's really better off with someone who will love to head out and ride their face off. In consulting with friends they've all told me to wait. And I suppose that is the wisest thing to do for now.
Could I completely quit triathlon? Maybe. Will I be sad watching the S.O. and friends race without? Maybe.
What I do know, right now, for certain, is that I'm enjoying doing things I want to do: run, yoga, strength train, SLEEP!
Any thoughts on this friends?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Year's Motivation, Instagram Style

The new year is in 16 days and I know the thoughts (and posts) on resolutions and goals will start flying in. Last year, a group of us hosted the Instagram challenge "Race T-Shirt A Day." Every day in January we posted a picture of a race shirt. It was lots of fun to remember races past and help us stay motivated for the new year.
This year, my friend and new ironman finisher, Kari, came up with the idea to post a Medal-A-Day. Let's face it, we love our medals and reminiscing on races is always a blast. Again, it's another way to jump start that motivation for the new year.
Starting on January 1, we'll be posting a picture of a medal and using the hashtag "medaladay" on Instagram. If you don't have 31 medals, it's all good, just post when you want during the month and go ahead and brag a little. You earned that bling! And, if you actually do earn some new medals in January, even better!
I'm looking forward to seeing all the fantastic medals out there. Let me know in the comments if you are in. I'm @discombobruns on Instagram. You can follow Kari @tri_kari to see her medals too.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Whirlwind Weekend

Ever have a weekend that you need a weekend for? You know, like a needing a vacation after a vacation? This past weekend was just like that. I'm not complaining though, because it was super fun! Plus, the holidays are almost here and I'll get a few days to recharge completely.
Friday night, right after work, I headed to the Tribal Multi-sport holiday party. This group of folks are becoming friends and I love meeting more team members. This holiday party consisted of a group gift for the coaches, lots of yummy (and healthy!) food, a trivia game for a grand prize, and of course, a white elephant gift exchange.
Coach Jon created the trivia game and it was the hardest trivia I've ever played. I thought I'd do much better considering that I am typically a wealth of useless knowledge, but apparently not when it comes to triathlon. One question was so hard, I simply answered: purple. Needless to say, I did not win.
And then....the white elephant. Always so much fun!
Chairs and noise making robot boots!

I took away this sandbag, er, bag. I'm sure it'll be used at a later white elephant. Shhh!
I got home a bit on the early side for a holiday party, but I had a lot to do on Saturday. I was sad to leave by 9 PM, but I knew I'd suffer during my run the next morning if I didn't get in bed early.
I woke up at 5:30 AM and dropped Lloyd off at the dog sitter. Then I headed out for a nine mile run. I typically run in shorts and long sleeves during the Florida "winter" but it was especially cold on Saturday morning and I was freezing for the first mile or so. I did end up having a great run and I immediately headed home to shower and hit the road for Best Damn Race Cape Coral.
Tori (whose husband is the Race Director) and I hit the road at 10 AM and got to work after a quick lunch. She recommended we work on the "soft fence" and I was more than happy. I typically volunteer at the registration tent, but I thought it would be fun to do some course work. She and I hung the "soft fence" and put up the American flags and Best Damn Race flags in the finish line chute.

Showing off our work and zip ties.
After a super long Saturday doing various set up jobs, we headed back to our hotel to get some sleep. It wasn't much sleep, but nothing a little hotel coffee couldn't fix.
Tori got started as the world's best parking guard and I headed to the finish line to set up the medals and waters. My hands were numb by the time the sun came up, it was cold!
The runners were off before I knew it and flying in to grab their bling. As a Best Damn Race Ambassador, I love volunteering at these events because I get to see so many friends cross the finish line. (You can still register for one of the next three events using my code UNICORN for $5 off.) 
Me, Krissy, and Caitlyn
One of the best parts about the Cape Coral BDR was that it hosted a full marathon. I've never volunteered at a finish line for that long of an event and it was really fantastic seeing the full marathoners come in. The range of emotions was something to see. From people crying, to laughing, to cheering and being in awe of what they'd just accomplished, it was very cool.
Tori and I hit the road to head home at about 3:30 PM and we were both exhausted. I picked up my car at her house, then grabbed Lloyd from the sitter, and went home to eat and get in bed ASAP. I think I fell asleep in less than a minute. Ha.
I'm in shock that I got up early this morning to run before work. I felt a little groggy the first half hour but then the strides helped wake me up. I hope you all had great weekends too, and happy Monday.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Teaching an old dog....

Not that I am referring to myself as an old dog, but in terms of running, I've definitely been around the block. Wow. All of these clich├ęs are really rude. What I'm getting at is that in changing up my routine I'm learning new things. Thus far, it has been really challenging and really rewarding. Not to mention, made me excited to blog again! New stuff to blabber about FTW!
Today, for example, I got up suuuuuper early to head to total body prehab and mobility training with Coach Jon.
 Kidding, kidding.
I've been going once a week to this sweat session with my training buddies and am learning so many new ways of attaining jello legs and shaky-blow dryer-arm. For the most part, this workout is different every week and every week I find new muscles that have been sleeping for a bit. Wakey, wakey core and calves!
One thing we do regularly are these partner band sprints. I have no idea what they are actually called so I'm just describing them as I see fit.
Tribal Multisport buddies working hard.

As you can see, the partner in front is running while the partner in back is providing resistance. The object of this isn't really to use strength to pull but to use quick feet and lean forward to pull. We each took did an up and down pass three times. I was completely gassed by my third one. I got to pair up with Coach Jon for my first one and pushed myself to the heart explosion zone. (That's a lesser known training zone. Ha.) 
A blur of pain.
Prior to these sprints we did a bunch of other exercises: lunges, glute bridges, ab and core work, and worked on balance. We also partnered up for a series of muscle resistance that focused on the legs and hips. Basically, all of this is new to me. Sure, I've done fitness classes and boot camps before but it's been a while since I've done it so regularly and with an emphasis on running and triathlon. That's part of the reason I really love these workouts. I know they are tailor made to help improve upon my running and over all fitness.
I can't wait to see how I progress in these workouts as I continue going to them. I swear that planks have GOT to get easier. Right?
And that's all she wrote. Happy Thursday guys! Only 21 days til the New Year....