Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

A new year and a new start? Do you make reseloutions? I really don't. I do tend to set goals for the year around my birthday and I shared with you some of my goals for the next year back in November. I believe any day is a good day to make change, why wait until the 1st of the year? I'm sure Weight Watchers and probably the rec center if I have to go there, are going to be crazy for the next month or so.

So totals for 2010:
Run - 472
Bike - 1,186
Swim - 38.1
I'm pretty happy with those totals a definate increase over last year

Miles for 2009
Run - 364.6
Bike - 484.8
Swim - 30.3

Although I didn't quite get in the run mileages of 2008. Had I realized I was so close I might have tried to beat it, however I've been fighting a cold and have not even run this week so I may have come up short anyway.

Miles for 2008
Run - 500.1
Bike- 770.5
Swim - 20.6

So my only new goal will to beat all those numbers next year and I'm guessing by the races on my calander that the triaing for those should take care of that without a problem.

I believe I will be spending much time here this winter

Yes this is my garage this morning when I went out to ride on the trainer. Quite a view huh? You can see my son also works out out there, it's his bag and his weight bench. Although I may join him. I keep telling myself that strength training is going to have to happen this year. You can also see both the fan and the heater. Today it was around 40 in the garage, not bad really.

As you can see I go all out to look good when I' go out to workout!

So my friends Happy 2011!
Now let's go out and kick some a$$ this year!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The best of 2010

Wow what a great year 2010 has been! I had so very many favorite things it will be hard to choose among them!

Favorite Race: I had to pick two ok maybe three :) ... what can I say I told you it was a great year.

1st place I loved everything about the Iron Girl Race. From the venue to the weather to the swag. But most of all I loved the people. Race Report here

It was the first time I met Kathleen from Dare To Dream and Aimee from I Tri To Be Me Both are such great people and consider to inspire me!

Also racing was friend from CWW Kelli. It was so nice to see her!

2nd place was the Denver Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon this race was all about the people! It was fun to be part of the inaugural race but overall not quite what I expected. But it was so SO fun to see so many people that I knew out on the course. Race report here

Kathleen and I

My Cousins mom Jan (she just turned 70!) and my cousin Craig and I.
Me and my cousin Nicole and her husband Mike.

Also out there was Sarah running with Kathleen most of the race and then caught me and helped me to finish strong! Another cousin Robin running and many other relatives cheering on the course. In addition I was pleased with my race (a PR!) as well as the fact that I felt good after the race!

And an honorable mention goes to the Tri for the Cure, race report here, again it's all about the people! It was so nice to have my boys out at this race taking pics and cheering me on!

Favorite Training Run:

Without a doubt the run I did with Kathleen on the Highline Canal there are a couple reasons for this. First off again the people. I enjoyed running with Kathleen and we ran into Aimee out there so that was fun. But also because for the first time I found out that I can run without stopping for walk breaks. I ran (with the exception of a potty break) the entire 11 miles with no walking! Amazing!

Kathleen and I during the Park to Park 10 mile race

Favorite Just for fun Run:

That would have to be the run I did with my Dad at Thanksgiving out on the golf course. It was a really good time! And it was so fun to be somewhere different that you would not usually run!

Favorite Picture while training:

Bridge right before you go down into Golden on the Clear Creek Trail

Favorite Accomplishment:

Finishing the Creek Streak Olympic distance tri. Race Report here I was very proud of myself for getting this done! It wasn't pretty but I did finish.

In 2011 I look forward to many more great moments with those of you I've already met and hopefully some new friends too. I also am looking forward to some new adventures and accomplishments and a year every bit as great as this one.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Chirstmas!

Wishing all of my blogger friends a very Happy Holiday and all the best in the New Year!

Monday, December 20, 2010

What's Up Weekly 3

It’s been a while so I figured I better get in here with some kind of update!

Weather…it’s crazy! Don’t get me wrong I’m kind of enjoying the fact that we have not yet had any kind of “real” snow at my house, however I’m starting to worry that this means there could be snow until July.

Christmas…. I wish I had some spirit. I’m just looking forward to the time off work but it does not seem like Christmas. It’s been quite a few years since I’ve had the Christmas spirit. Not that I’m bummed or sad or anything it’s just that other then getting together with family which I enjoy holidays just don’t seem to mean much to me. It’s a far cry from the decorating and entertaining I used to love doing.

Swimming… not so good. I’m committed to getting back in the pool come the first of the year.

Cycling…still loving the trainer. Although we have had some (read many if your hardy!) days that you could get out and ride I’ve not been out. Partly because it seems most of the really nice days are during the week when I’m at work and I won’t ride in the dark.

Running…been keeping at it. Must say I enjoyed a great run/walk with my Dad this weekend. It's fun to get out there. He has just recently started to run with his walking and he runs pretty fast! He kept telling me I was killing him, but he was setting the pace and although we did a lot of walking we still managed just over a 12:00 minute mile pace for 4 miles. Even according to Garmin hitting (however briefly!) 7:58 when we were sprinting. And believe it or not, he does this in jeans! I did notice the other day something the other day. I seem to be getting faster month by month which makes me very happy! Now I'm still by no means fast but I'm seeing improvement!

Below is my miles/time spent running/average pace for the last 6 months.
December: 31.3 Mi 6:29:15 12:25 / Mi
November: 33.5 Mi 7:01:51 12:36 / Mi
October: 53.9 Mi 11:20:33 12:38 / Mi
September: 72.4 Mi 15:25:14 12:48 / Mi
August: 57.6 Mi 12:10:45 12:42 / Mi
July: 48.9 Mi 10:29:12 12:52 / Mi

So I've gone from an average of 12:52 to 12:25 and that makes me happy!

I appreciate everyone who stops by to read about what's going on in my world and wish everyone of you a happy and safe holiday season!


Sunday, December 5, 2010

85 minutes with Jon and the gang

Damn isn't he sexy?!

Fantastic ride on the trainer.
Great workout:

Bike ME
Muscular Endurance
WU: 15'
MS: 5x3' w/ 1' RI, Repeat w/ 15' of Zn1-2 riding in between sets.
#1 End at low Zn 3
#2 End at middle Zn 3
#3 End at upper Zn 3
#4 End at lower Zn 4
#5 Build to Zn 4 in first 45s and hold.
CD: 15'

Fantastic music all BonJovi for 85 minutes of old Bon Jovi new Bon Jovi all great Bon Jovi.
Triathletes.... We've got it going on!!!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

What's Up Weekly 2

November, feeling really good about my workouts in November, 3 of the 4 weeks I trained 6 out of 7 days and I even made it to the pool a couple of times! Still need to work on that, and the strength training, but happy to be keeping up with the running and bike. The lack of snow has played a big part in that and although I've enjoyed it I'm sure it will end in the near future. It is now December and we have not had anything even coming close to a snow at my house.

Hot Spots...this mornings run was a little strange. First of all it was almost 40 degrees at 5 am this morning and second of all I kept running through these spots where I think the temp was at least 10 degrees warmer. It felt so strange I mean it was very noticeable warmer kind of like those hot spots in the pool.

I received this in an email today about the Turkey Trot I did...
I asked the timer to give everyone a "chip" time (which means your time starts when you cross the starting mat) and he instead did a "gun" start (which means every one's time started when I said "go"). I apologize for the difference you will see in your watch time and the results page. I am taking up this disappointment with the timer myself and I promise it will not happen next year. You train hard for the race and it is my job as the race director to ensure an accurate course and time and I feel horrible as a fellow runner!

Explains the difference between my Garmin and the official time, and means I really did do around 32 minutes. Need to find another 5k to do soon and see if I can get that kind of time again or was it just because of the fast course. :)

I want to give a shout out to Kevin over at Half TRI-ing who posted a link to some fantastic tips on cycling safely. It's worth a few minutes of your time to give it a look and watch the video clips

Does anyone use Athlinks ? I've not fully explored it but I have added my races in and it's really nice to have all that info right in one place, broken down by year or category. I need to spend some more time seeing just what else you can do, but even if I don't I like what I've seen so far.

While filling out paperwork for insurance at work today I had to pull out my drivers license to put down the number and so of course I had to check out the weight...feeling really good that my actual weight is almost 15 lbs lighter then my drivers license weight...feels so good! I'm sure I fudged the number when I got it, doesn't everyone?

Have a fantastic weekend!