Ironman Santa Rosa 70.3 Training and Other Wandering Thoughts

I knew I would come back eventually, even if it was to just air some thoughts weeks before my first half Ironman, Ironman Santa Rosa 70.3. I’ve been training for this race for several months, first building up the base fitness, and right now I’m working on some peak training weeks since I only have about 7 weeks to go before the big day.

And an Olympic-distance tri is stuck in there too–about 3 weeks to go till that. I’ve already run three races this year, a 5K, a trail 10K, and a half marathon. I’m happy to report that I’ve PR’d at each distance. Yay!

Honestly, if you would’ve told me 35 weeks ago that I would lose 20+ pounds, enjoy training for hours on end, and only wear spandex unless it were a special occasion (like, say, my anniversary), I would’ve been skeptical. I’ve always liked exercising, though. I’ve always liked being fit, but I hadn’t had the actual drive to get there or reach for a huge, scary goal. I was so undisciplined that I floated around, kind of keeping up running fitness, but not really making progress. I don’t know what got into me over 8 months ago. Something sparked a thought: “You can do this. Why the heck not?” Maybe I was just tired of making excuses for myself. Maybe I knew there was more in me than I was giving.

I had a breakthrough of sorts today after an hour on my bike trainer followed by a 2.25-mile transition run at a moderate pace. I thought about how just a few months ago, I couldn’t have done what I did today at the effort I sustained. Not even close. That in itself is worth it to me. To be able to continue to improve, to give more effort, to share a passion with others, is a blessing.

I’ve found that consistency is key to all this–in any goal anyone sets. If you make more workouts than you miss–or if you take more steps forward than steps back–you will improve leaps and bounds. Again, I was skeptical. No way could I could achieve the goals I saw others achieve. But I learned persistence and relentless forward progress pays off. I won’t achieve the goals I see others achieve. I will crush the goals I was brave enough to set for myself.

Is my training perfect? Not at all. I’ve missed workouts here and there. My swim has taken a couple backwards steps lately, but even with anxiety about that, I know I’m putting in the work to achieve my goal.

Choose a big, scary goal and do the work. You will be blown away by what you can do and your own awesomeness.

Am I nervous for my first real triathlon season? Absolutely, but I’m so excited. This year will be the best year ever!

What are your goals for the year?


Work happens . . . so does yoga

I’ve been so busy at work lately that I haven’t had time/desire/energy to write. Sorry, guys! I’d say that I’ll do better, but only time will tell. I can tell you, though, that I love resting. 🙂 I was really hurting after my last half marathon (yes, I’ll get around to posting a recap), so I’ve basically taken a month off running, besides the 5k Color Run I did a couple weeks ago.

Have I also mentioned how much I love yoga? Yes? Well, I have to tell you again: I love it. 🙂 I love how great I feel after a practice. I feel strong and flexible, and I have better posture. It’s definitely awesome for someone with a desk job. Give it a try. I’ve posted a few videos for you (here and here) so you have a jumping-off point. And, if you do have a desk job, you can even do it at work! Here’s a great yoga sequence you can do at your desk (click on the picture or click here for more information). Don’t forget to breathe!


Anyway, look for more posts from me–and a review of some great socks–coming soon!


I’m becoming a morning person . . . weird

This morning I dragged myself out of bed at the crack of dawn to get to the gym for an easy 30-min run. I don’t like running when it’s dark-ish, so I ran on the treadmill. My town has a lovely new rec center with awesome equipment and a great overall vibe. The designers strategically placed equipment so some machines overlook the pool, basketball courts, etc., so my chosen treadmill overlooked the lap pool. It’s totally motivating to watch swimmers and imagine myself rocking the swim during my triathlon.

Tomorrow I’m planning on waking up early again. This is coming from a person who wakes up literally 10 minutes before she needs to leave the house in the morning. I guess I just love getting my workout over with in the morning before work. Sure, I’m a little more tired during the day, but it’s nothing compared to how exhausted I am at 5:00 p.m., staring a 3- or 4-mile run in the face. Anyway, the class of choice in the morning is spin. I’m a little nervous since it’s new for me–but mainly I’m not looking forward to the sore booty. It’ll be a great workout, though. And then after work, I’ll be heading to yoga–which I’m not too tired to do since it’s a slower-paced workout.

In other news, I’m actually going to try to plan my meals this week. Crazy if you know me at all. I’m not what you can call terribly organized at anything other than work tasks. Tonight’s menu is chicken burritos, Cafe Rio style. Tomorrow? No idea. 😉 Wait! Pizza (sort of like this with caramelized onions, arugula, pesto, and mushrooms).

Have you ever tried spin?

What’s your favorite type of pizza?