Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin

Yes the challenge has started!! So far I have completed a run, a swim and a cycling session. The swim was pretty good but I have never gone immediately after work and need to remember a few things like bring eye makeup remover and use it before I get in the pool. Also a hairbrush would be helpful, oh yeah and face moisturizer. It’s also good to know that on Monday evenings the open lane swim stops between 6 and 8pm for swimming lessons. Thankfully I had left work earlier than normal and arrived in time to get about 40 minutes of swimming in. I wrote my workout on my hand (ala Rodney) but in the end it didn’t matter because I lost count and just did laps. It’s so bloody boring during the swim that even counting becomes too much. I tried to go as many laps as I could without rest and when I was losing steam with the crawl I would just do the breast stroke. Cycling last night with Craig was great. He’s a really good sport despite my list of ‘cycling requirements’ and I ended up learning a TON. We did a bike trail between Guelph Line and Appleby Line and back and I didn’t wipe out. There was a lot of stop/start at side streets and on the way back we had a pretty good rhythm going where he would go ahead, look for traffic and give me warning if I needed to stop. I was able to unwrench my hand off the handlebars at least 3 times to adjust my sun glasses and I even got my butt out of the seat a few times. I’m definitely getting more comfortable. We are heading down to the waterfront on Thursday, less stopping and hopefully not too many people. Tonight it’s Tawnya’s bootcamp and I can feel the pain already, it’s been WAY too long since she kicked my ass. Friday is my only day off training and I am REALLY looking forward to it. No training and a few beers.

In other news my coach emailed with information about her race simulation for her current group who are racing next weekend. In the email she had mentioned needing volunteers so I sent her a note back saying I could help out, I thought it would be good to get out and meet some people and have some fun. She responded with ‘You should be participating’. Um really? I have never done even a brick (bike/run) but after some thought you know what, it might not be a bad idea. It is only a simulation, there would be absolutely zero pressure and give me a good idea where I may really have trouble. There will be another simulation for my group closer to my September race but it couldn’t hurt to do this one. The distance is shorter than try-a-tri, 300m swim, 8km bike and I think a 2km run. I even contacted running free (thanks @rbuike) and they have a wetsuit available. So the stars seem to be aligning.

Just wanted to post an update on the program. I feel A LOT more focused now thanks to the program and the group training that I’ll be doing starting next week.
 That’s all I got.

Whoops, I lied I definitely need to make a batch or seven of these.. yummy


Xavi Garcia said...

Good luck!

Cheers from Hong Kong!


She said I need a goal said...

Thanks Xavi, I'll take all the luck I can get.

Pedalman said...

I love it! You're getting more comfortable on the bike and going for the race simulation this weekend. Have a great time tonight and some super bike time on Thursday.

She said I need a goal said...

Pedalman - more biking tonight, looking forward to a route with no stopping. And you'll be happy cause there's yet MORE bike time on Saturday with my coach and then the race simulation on Sunday.

Craig said...

Tonight will be great!