Monday, July 20, 2009

Successes and Failures

Week one of Marathon/Half Iron man training is done! I had overall a good week, but it didn't go off without a hitch. Here is a quick summary of week one.

Swim Failures
-The night before the 1K (1000m) time trial with the Nachos, I didn't end up getting to bed until after 1 am and tossed and turned. The time trial is at 6:45 am, so needless to say, I was tired heading over. The time trial takes place in Parry Sound, in the Georgian Bay. Here is a picture of us warming up.

Well anyway, I was a little nervous about the time trial. I have only swam open water twice, once during my sprint tri, and one practice swim earlier in the week in the designated swim area on the beach.

We were swimming about 50 meters or so from the shore line, but the waters are quite deep. As I headed out, the water was very choppy and being foggy I had a hard time seeing the turn around buoy. It didn't help that my brother in law who is a diver, described a sink hole under the salt docks that we were heading out to. Long and short, I sort of panicked out there, I just felt so small in such a large expansive body of water, so I turned around only 100 m off shore. It took most of the swimmers a few more minutes than usual to finish, but I was disappointed with my "cop out", and began to seriously doubt my completion of a half iron man later in the summer. The other NACHOS were great though, and told me this is why I should practice, and gave me tips to help if this panic sets in again in another swim.

Swim Successes
-I completed a 1400m open water swim on Friday (in the beach swim area again) in place of the missed time trial swim. The water was calm, and I relaxed and enjoyed my swim.
-I also had a practice pool swim, where I swam 2K (half iron distance), so I think I can "go the distance" on race day.

Bike Failures
-When biking with the Fly Gurlz on Monday night, a twig sticking up out of the ground took a gouge out of my shin. I'm left with a huge scab at the moment, but I'll spare you the gross picture.

Bike Successes
- I completed my longest ride yet (60K), and it felt great, I averaged 24kph, which I think is a good start for a long ride, and I felt like I could go faster. I also love being out on the bike I need to practice using my aero bars more though.
-I hit 30kph for the second week in a row at the time trials on Thursday, so I am definitely improving on the bike.

Run Failures
-I missed one 8 mile run. I don't really see this as a failure. I had gotten up early Sat. morning to bike my 60K, and felt good after. My mother-in-law has been in the hospital and was finally allowed to come home for the weekend, so I decided to make her a welcome home dinner instead. I grilled salmon, tons of veggies, baked sweet potatoes, and had desert. She was relieved to finally eat some real food since the hospital food is beyond repulsive!
-my 3K time trials on Thursday are still about 30 seconds slower than this time last year. I attribute this to the 8lbs weight gain that seemed to just appear out of nowhere.

Run Successes
-My legs actually felt good for my 13 mile long run the next day. Parry Sound is very hilly, rugged terrain, so it was a lot of climbing and running down inclines, but I loved it. It was my first longer run in over a month, so I just went slow, and really enjoyed the beautiful surroundings. I ran along a waterfront trail for about 3K of the run, and I felt like I was in Paradise.

Nutrition Failures
-I had desert three times this week. I want to make desert a rare treat until this weight comes off, or at least stick to fresh fruit or yogurt for desert. I also had Nachos and beer after the time trial, but I stuck to a smaller portion size.

Nutrition Successes
- I stuck to 6 smaller meals, and tried one of those Green Monster Smoothies Run to the Finish and other bloggers have been making. I thought it was pretty good, and I plan on experimenting some more. I stuck to a basic recipe with flax seed, strawberries, spinach, protein powder and soy milk.
- I lost 2lbs! Good start, and I felt properly fueled and energized for my workouts.

Week one distances
Swim - planned 3K -completed 3.4K
Bike -planned 100K -completed 108K
Run -planned 35 miles -completed 27 miles (ouch!)

Training Plan: Week 2

am- swim - 2K
pm - off road cycling - Fly Gurlz - 15-20K

am - hot yoga - there is a new studio where I live, offering free classes all week, I must go!
pm - 8 miles w/ 4 miles @ lactic threshold

am- hot yoga
pm - recovery cycle -20K

am - 1 K swim time trial
pm -BRICK time trail (16.3K bike, 3K run)

am - 11 mile run

am- cycle - 70K, 3K easy run

am -15 mile run

Totals - Week two
Yoga - 3 hours
Swim- 3K
Bike - 126K
Run - 60 K (38 miles)

Hope you all have a great week! Thanks for reading! Don't forget to check out the bake sale at Natalie's blog!


EndorphinBuzz said...

Nice work going over most of your goals except for the running. Don't worry about what you call failures. I'd call them opportunities to learn and get better 8)

RunningLaur said...

Great work, you got so much accomplished!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Great successes, and I think what you call failures are really things to learn from.. you're doing so awesome for just getting into this tri stuff so recently!!

Chic Runner said...

Nice job! I would be drowning in that water, so you are much braver than me to even give it a shot. :) I can't see myself doing a tri and I have MAD respect for those who do :)

teacherwoman said...

I like how you thought about your successes and failures. These things combined will help you realize what you need to work on down the road. Your successes outweigh your failures by far... and I wouldn't go that far and call them failures, maybe more like disappointments?!

Keep up the great work! I look forward to reading more about your training!

Jo Lynn said...

I think you should focus on the successes, however, it's good that you put the "failures" out too. I hardly call them failures, but whatever. ;)
Dessert three times in a week is too much? Uh oh, i'm in TROUBLE.

N.D. said...

I liked reading the good and bad. Glad things are going well - I think you are doing great!

Jess said...

Is it me, or does that water just LOOK cold! Maybe I'm so used to the warm ocean here in South Florida.

But, great work with all the training! You are so dedicated.

aron said...

you are doing awesome girl!!!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

more successess than failure by far. well done. and 2lbs off?!?! very good!!

Anonymous said...

failure is a sure thing,
it's what you do after a setback that counts,
I jumped in the pool tonight and realized after 2 laps that my flip-flops were still on, I casually got out of the pool...took them off like I had planned it and continued my workout...these lifeguards have probably seen it all.
Keep up the good work Running Addict turned Tri-Addict

Christy said...

Instead of "failures" i like to refer to them as "challenges". You know you will come out stronger in the end!

Good luck!

MCM Mama said...

Looks like you are doing really well! And hey, if you are feeling properly fueled and losing weight, obviously you are doing pretty good in the eating department. I'm a big believer in losing slower and enjoying food rather than using deprivation to lose faster.

Ali said...

Great successes! and congrats on the 2 lbs

Anonymous said...

I bet with all this OWS practice you are going to be just fine for when the half ironman comes around. You are doing great, keep at it.

I was just looking at Muskoka yesterday and then I realized it was the one you are doing. I can't wait to read all about it.

Denise said...

I think it's really good that you're not just listing failures but acknowledging your successes, too. Keep up the great work!!

Runner Leana said...

Wow Marci, that is quite the round of workouts. Congratulations! Don't worry about the open water freak out. It happens to absolutely all of us, and better that it happens in practice and not in a race. Get some more swims under your belt and you'll be in great shape. Nicely done!

Looking at your schedule for this week it doesn't look like you have any rest days. Those are really important too!

lindsay said...

i like the new look!

nice job on all your workouts! it sounds to me like the successes far outweigh the 'failures' - certainly more than i could have handled all around! :)

dessert is a requirement. not a failure!!! ;)

Endurance Junkies said...

Keep practicing those open water swims, you'll be used to it in no time!

Not sure if you are logging your training online, check out our online training logs. We can help you track your training, post your workouts to Facebook & Twitter and find other people with similar interests.

joyRuN said...

Excellent workouts you've been getting in!

I totally freak in open water - trying to work on it.

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