Tuesday, August 18th
I managed to get out a little earlier today, did NOT want to run in the humidity. 83% humidity at 72 degrees, and it might as well rain. And it did, just drizzle for about 3 minutes. As I came down the initial hill westward toward the water, there was an ominous dark sky ahead. That kept things moderately interesting. I felt like I was flying down the hill, and keeping up the pace heading south. But, as this experience would have it, the humidity caught up with me, and I found I was forced to stop and walk as my heart rate went higher than I wanted it. I started playing around with pace, and breath control. I found what I thought was a good breathing rhythm, but I think although it made me feel better, I was slowing down. As a matter of fact, I walked quite a bit, initial computations look like I spent about 7 minutes walking. Is that true? Ugh. I’m too sweaty right now to even care. I did stop to take a pic.
Nothing else I really want to say about this run. Except I need a shower.
Way behind in posts again.
After some self contemplation, I think I have an idea of what’s going on. My source of motivation for exercise and staying fit has changed. In the beginning, my desire to chart with gadgets how I progressed with fitness compelled me to get out on the roads everyday and condition my body to tolerate walking/running via “couch to 5k” at first – just a simple mile without stopping to walk, to running up to 3 miles. After I finished my first 5k race, I had the feeling that this was something I wanted and needed to do over the long haul. I thought I might be able to run and race further distances. So, I needed to delve further into the ‘culture’. This included research and reading, finding running sites and blogs, challenging myself to improve by incorporating various gadgets and calculating and ruminating how I could use the data to self-hack myself into a better runner, re: athlete. I also started my own running blog, and this furthered my dedication and motivation. I needed content to write about. It was fun, and as long as I was progressing, it held my interest. Then came the challenge to change the way I was eating. While inquiring about my sister’s quest to eat healthier and improve her running, I started reading about being in a state of nutritional ketosis, and how that could benefit me as a runner, and help me with my sugar addiction. I ended up loosing the last stubborn 10 pounds I had been carrying for years, and I was back to my high school weight. I felt great, and although my running took a hit for a few months while adapting to using fat as fuel as opposed to carbohydrates, I gradually made my way back. I was eating less, but more nutritionally dense – my brain fog diminished, and my memory improved from what I thought was from the ravishes of menopause. My interest in resistance training returned. I was stronger, healthier, and blood work confirmed it.
Then, at the same time, after several failed relationships, and a few years of changing my mindset on how to be content, self-sufficient and independent as a single woman, I took a chance on taking a guy up on a request for a date. He had given me a choice, and I chose a bike ride. I’m thinking a slow, minimal distance ride – less intimate than dinner or sitting across from each other in a coffee house. It ended up being close to 40 miles, and I was brutalized. I thought for sure that I was not the type of girl this triathlete was looking for because of my lack of athleticism, or the bike I was on, or any of the other self deprecating thoughts that had crossed my mind as I struggled trying to get my bike back again into my mini cooper after the ride was over.
Long story short, things have progressed in many aspects, and I’m finding tremendous pleasure in completing longer and longer rides on my new bike. It seems instead of wearing gadgets I’m now RIDING a machine that has me tapping into physical strengths and confidences I never knew I possessed. As long as I stay on the bike instead of falling off it, or god forbid getting into trouble in traffic, it’s certainly a wonderful way to get fit while limiting injury. Not that I’ve turned my back on running – I have signed up for Cow Harbor again, but it will only be my 2nd race this year. And I’m really quite ok with it.
So, I’m evolving a bit, certainly as an athlete, and motivation and impetus are also not the same for me as in the past. I think this is why I’m not needing or feel compelled to write so much anymore. My runs are to socialize, or to stay on top of current fitness levels. Yeah, I guess I’d like to run faster or longer, or be at the top of my age group.. but it’s more of a passing hankering than anything that drives me. With so many other things changing in my life, I don’t need to add the pressure of competition. Or so I tell myself. Now I’m using Strava, because it compares previous sections of any given course with hundreds of other riders/runners who have done the same segments. AND it will sort by sex and age. And I’m newly fascinated again.
Really now..who am I kidding?
I’ve listed some of the runs or rides I’ve done in the last 2 months, and just for shits and giggles I’ll leave the blurbs unedited. I tag each event in Garmin Connect to help remind me what I did, how I felt, so I could write about it later. Some of it won’t make sense to you, but that might make it fun. Let your imagination run wild. (reverse chronological order. Too lazy to cut and paste)
attempted cow harbor route. turned too soon for whole route. above 70 and humid. did not recover enough from previous bike ride.
|Avg Pace:||9:52 min/mi|
|Elevation Gain:||239 ft|
w/JC. he says I’m getting stronger.. more sustained riding, later start, warm conditions. need more fluid. thinking of a group ride
|Avg Speed:||14.1 mph|
|Elevation Gain:||1,140 ft|
don’t remember much of this (it was a run on ‘the course’, actually a pretty good pace/time)
|Avg Pace:||9:45 min/mi|
|Elevation Gain:||291 ft|
Mon, Aug 10th
With SIOR! Great run, felt great, able to talk and run, did the hills well but thought I ran faster. SIOR said pace was good?
|Avg Pace:||10:11 min/mi|
|Elevation Gain:||319 ft|
cycling, felt great, able to sty on JC’s wheel longer, hill repeats, moores, snake, felt strong! 2 days carbs, 3 days lifting
|Avg Speed:||13.9 mph|
|Elevation Gain:||1,428 ft|
Sat, Aug 8th
Babylon Running SIOR, K and ER. packed dirt. cool under the trees, around the lake, starbucks, gadget talk with K- so good to be running with them again! Humid.
|Avg Pace:||9:37 min/mi|
|Elevation Gain:||35 ft|
difficult getting started, forced myself. cool, slightly breezy, felt I had a pretty steady pace, but still felt sluggish. gut issues again. Had to cut it short. 1 cup bpc, some water
|Avg Pace:||9:25 min/mi|
|Elevation Gain:||89 ft|
On the Emonda. felt a little stomach sick. probably dehydrated. new shoes. gears different. mid cervical strain
|Avg Speed:||13.5 mph|
|Elevation Gain:||890 ft|
Sat, July 26th
furthest distance yet. He keeps me going. Exhausted, but in a good way. Swimming after. At least I’m not grumpy anymore.
|Avg Speed:||12.2 mph|
|Elevation Gain:||1,257 ft|
(this was a brick. Run, then ride)
tired this morning. bpc, didnt drink enough water before. warmer, some humidity. not feeling well, went to the bathroom 3 times, once before the coffee.
|Avg Pace:||10:06 min/mi|
|Elevation Gain:||319 ft|
forgot to turn watch on. add 3 miles. tired from running the hills after the course run. wind, but dry. took post home.
|Avg Speed:||14.0 mph|
|Elevation Gain:||523 ft|
cool, humid. podcast. HR too high again. good avg cadence 1/2 BPC, glass water. New goal: 45 mins.
|Avg Pace:||9:49 min/mi|
|Elevation Gain:||320 ft|
warm and humid. podcast. had to walk several times. prepare for Cow H! 1/2 bpc 1 big glass of water before. HR monitor did not work for some reason
|Avg Pace:||10:46 min/mi|
|Elevation Gain:||298 ft|
(this was attempting Snake Hill. I ended up riding it 3 times!)
stopped after first loop b/c of rain. the hill never got easier. how did I run out of gears? and goose.hill.sucks.
|Avg Speed:||12.0 mph|
|Elevation Gain:||546 ft|
like a fall day. kept HR low, worked on breathing. BPC only Left lateral knee pain.
|Avg Pace:||9:46 min/mi|
|Elevation Gain:||92 ft|
Sat, July 11th
Part 1 jc. felt sluggish to start, decreased caloric intake last 2 days. stopped at Pete’s. got warm quick , low humidity. beautiful boat community. Deli’s crowded. walked up SNAKE HILL!
|Avg Speed:||13.0 mph|
|Elevation Gain:||842 ft|
Part 2 ride back. rider chatted me up. Lost jc. no falls! Beach and lunch. great day
|Avg Speed:||10.6 mph|
|Elevation Gain:||807 ft|
early start kept heart rate low, humid, but cool breeze, 108.6 lbs garmin battery low. podcast no coffee, just water before,
|Avg Pace:||10:17 min/mi|
|Elevation Gain:||56 ft|
took it slow. warm and humid. slight breeze. better heartrate per leg turnover
|Avg Pace:||9:52 min/mi|
|Elevation Gain:||41 ft|
over and out.