Saturday, December 29, 2007

'tis the season

'tis the season to review last season (or the season that almost was)

i had big plans for 2007. interrupted by a couple broken bones. in between injuries, i managed a couple races, mostly running, with some good results for my first time racing..looking forward to a lot more triathlons next season, and much more structured training leading up to the vineman 70.3 half ironman in late july. here are the races i did do in 2007(race reports are hyperlinked):

Super Run 10k / 3rd age group, 6th overall (female) / 40:27
S1ue Krenn 15k /3rd AG, 6th overall (female) / 101:27
Xterra Makena Beach 10k trail race/ 1st AG, 6th overall (female) / 54:26
Mainly Masters 10k /1stAG, 2nd overall (female) / 41:35
Xterra Crystal Cove 15k trail race/ 1st AG, 2nd overall (female) / 113:30

TCSD September Club Race/ sprint triathlon- 1st overall female (okay, so not technically a real race, but my only triathlon so it's on the list for sure..)

2008 will hopefully be a lot busier, here is the plan:

1/20 carlsbad half marathon
2/3 xterra mission gorge 15k trail race
3/15 st. patrick's day 10k
4/6 carlsbad 5000 5k
4/27 la jolla half marathon (tentative)
5/3 spring sprint triathlon
5/17 xterra vail lake 21k trail race (regional championship)
6/29 san diego international triathlon
7/6 carlsbad triathlon (tentative)
7/20 vineman 70.3 triathlon
8/24 imperial beach triathlon

after that, things are up in the air, but i'd like to finish off the season with a century ride and possibly the xterra national trail running championships (september) and/or world championship (december) if i qualify through regional points series.

that's all i've got.
happy new year- cheers!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

east coast support crew

coming home to philadelphia for christmas is the best. the parents are recent empty nesters, so all 4 kids home at the same time is basically the most exciting thing ever for them....and us!

on christmas day, i mentioned that i might want to go running...most solo missions over the holiday quickly turn into a family affair (like today's father/daughter spin class), so next thing i know, 4 of us hopped in the car and drove out to the trails along the river at wissahickon valley park. we all started at the car and agreed to meet back in an hour and 10. ...
post family trail fun:

then we came home for a post-trail snackie...fruit salad and whole wheat blueberry muffies baked by mom.

after that it was "trip planning". my big christmas present was a vineman70.3 entry for july 20, 2008 plus a few days enjoying good food and wine country in sonoma, ca after the race...registration confirmed, hotels are booked, and i'm on my way to my first half ironman...merry christmas, beth, now get your ass in that pool! ....

Monday, December 24, 2007

this time last year...

with only one week left in 2007, its time to look back on what a difference a year makes. this might be a touch cheesy, but in years to come, i think it will be great to look back and realize just how much can happen, and how much you can learn in just a year.
it is truly nuts for me to think that this time last year i had NEVER done any of the following

1) run more than 6 miles
2) run in a running race of any distance
3) run on a track
4) run on a trail
5) been on a bike with more than one gear
6) clipped into pedals
7) biked more than maybe 2 miles (to the beach or the bar)
7) swum (swam? whatever) a lap since high school
8) swum more than a mile
9) swum (swum is starting to sound odd) in open water past where the waves break
10) heard of garmin, zoot, gu, de soto, body glide, foam roller, chamois butter (still haven't used it), compression tights, chip timing, circle swim, base pace, tempo runs, arm warmers, toe covers, galloway, daniels, macca, stadler, michellie, friel or any bike company besides schwinn or huffy
11) thought these letters would mean anything to me: ART, LT, Z1, HRM, BPM, AET, T1, T2, AG
12) worn bike shorts, bought functional sunglasses, or even considered that "tri shorts" existed
13) thought about double knotting my shoes before a run so i don't get dropped
14) known the friday night TV lineup (watch the soup on E! at it)
15) known that there was any difference between triathlon bikes or road bikes (or materials bikes are made of)
16) read a blog
17) dreamed of starting a blog (aren't those for geeks who stay home on friday nights?...uh wait a second..see #14)
18) known there was more than one ironman or that there were shorter triathlons
19) checked out a guy's bike before his face....or the legs of every guy at the gym for shave-age
20) been in a real bike shop
21) been asked out on a date in a bike shop (& twice on crutches!-those things are dude magnets)
22) shamelessly accepted all bike dates (or non-date dates) even if not interested purely to ride with someone better than me and learn new routes
23) considered the following to be appropriate first dates: open water swim, 40 mile bike ride in spandex, refueling
24) imagined i'd meet this guy (my long lost boy twin) as a result of one of those dates (or non-dates, it wasn't a date date, just a bike ride, right?)
25) received a medal of any kind, even a finishers medal
26) broken a bone (femur), or even had an x-ray
27) broken a second bone (radius)
28) aqua jogged (result of broken bone #1)
29) been photographed in spandex
30) realized for sure how everything truly happens for a reason. if i hadn't made my new years resolution last year to run a marathon, i never would have joined the san diego track club, broken my hip, bought a bike and got in the pool as result of broken hip (never ever crossed my mind to bike or swim beforehand), and the rest is all leading up to next year which i hope is a good healthy one and my first real season of triathlon...

i think i have a couple more posts before the new year...goals, and reflections and such about this past non-season season and my plans for world domination in 2008.
sitting here freezing in philadelphia and enjoying the holidays with the coolest family ever. merry christmas!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

15k trail race-xterra crystal cove

today i did the xterra crystal cove 15k trail race. james had originally signed up to do it, but it sold out before i could register. being the nice dude that he is, he transferred his entry to me and decided to watch me suffer instead. i really had no idea what to expect going into it because you can't possibly decide your pace or anything when the first 3 miles are pretty much straight uphill. my plan was just to keep moving.
so, we woke up bright and early and headed up to newport beach, ca in the heart of the OC
here's me and james all hoodied out.

ready to race..james told me to look tough when he took this video. apparently this is my toughest pirate growl. sad.

i also met up with mark from the san diego tri club pre-race...he's big into trail running and great to chill with pre and post-race. way to help the tri club represent on the trails!
i have to thank james for his fantastic photography skeelz, i particularly like the following pre-race focused....
so the race began and the initial climb or "BFH" as the race directors called it (can you figure it out?) kicked my ass. you can see the BFH-ness on this course elevation profile...

it was slow going but i kept myself going knowing that the toughest part would be over soon enough. the last six miles of the race were awesome- lots of climbs (very fun!) and descents (not as fun)and possibly the most beautiful run i've been on. once we were on top of the mountains, the trails went over ridges for miles with perfect views of the ocean. and the weather was killer- mid 50's and sunny.

so anyway, after the BFH, i powered through, paced myself pretty well and finished 2nd woman overall! i was beat by this chick....someone said her name is heather fuhr or something. apparently she is fast :)so it was a great race for me. although there was no pro division, i was the first amateur female overall. and i felt pretty good about being second to an ironman world champion. here are the results:

2/73 female overall (1st amateur, 1st AG)
18/201 overall (the winner did an hour flat)

after the race, i put on my sweet new skins compression tights hoping for the miraculous recovery powers they promise and watched james ride off down the coast- he decided to charge the 50+ mile ride back to san diego from the OC (great multi-tasking demonstration of how to be support crew and get in your workout). here he is in his mafia racing gear..

finished off the day with some couch time (go chargers!), and a good dinner with some wine. not bad at all. overall it was a fun race that i'm glad i did and a kick ass workout in my carlsbad half marathon prep (4 wks to go!). it also really made me realize how great it is to have someone like james on my team. he reminded me to hydrate and eat and warm up properly and all the things a non-kick ass triathlete boyfriend wouldn't be nearly as good at.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

solana beach tuesday trail run

This week i've been focusing on running, strength training, and still thinking about getting back outside on my bike and in the pool. it's been cold for san diego, and this makes it a lot harder for me to motviate. besides the fact that grad school somehow made its way onto the priority list this week. i'm in my 1st year of post-master's work in educational psychology and i am also working on a federal research project on early intervention for kids with autism. these past couple of weeks have been brutal, but winter break is coming soon! i've still been able to squeeze in some good sessions and have been enjoying my weekly interval run on trails in san elijo lagoon, just west of the ocean in solana beach, ca.

the trails wind around the edge of the lagoon and drop you off in rancho santa fe..
word to the trails ....nice and soft on the legsthe run i do is out and back from 7.5-8miles and exactly an hour:
15 minute warm up
4 X 6 minute intervals close to tempo pace (6:45-7min/mi)
each interval is followed by 2 minutes of recovery
15 minute cool down.
i love this run because it goes by so fast and its one of my only runs where i feel like i really do a "proper" warm-up and cool down.

other than that, i've spent this week doing more runs, on the trainer, in spin class and working on strength in the gym. i was going to go on a bike ride today and build some more confidence out there, but i just realized i left my darn bike shoes at james'...who by the way just posted some good stuff on base training...good reminders for me, and good material for me to convince him to go out on a ride or run with me (not supposed to go over zone 2, right?)..

this week my workouts are pretty easy because i'm running in the 15k xterra crystal cove trail race this weekend...

Saturday, December 1, 2007

bring on december

hot mama! this is my college friend and old roommate , christine. the other day we went yogging with her baby, jack. jack's about 4 months old and mom is already back to her fighting weight. i'm impressed.

i started week one (of eight) training for the carlsbad half marathon. i'm not following a specific training plan because i can't run more than 3/4 times a week (trying not to put stress overload on my femur) and i want to fit in some bike sessions and soon some swims as well. i also want to focus on building leg, core, and upper body strength at the gym to get my bod ready for training in 2008. although i am training seriously for the half marathon, my other main focus in december is to "injury proof" myself for the coming year. this means no overdoing it and working on building bone strength, muscle strength and endurance.

today i ran a 10k race with the San Diego Track Club to get a baseline for my training and set some pacing goals. the run, although flat, was pretty brutal with 20/25 mile an hour, headwinds for about half the course. it was like hitting an invisible wall. not so fun. honestly, i forgot how much it can suck to run hard. the winning female came in at 41 minutes. not your pr course. the second woman came in at 41:50 and that was me! so i was pretty happy with the finish, and won my age group. i was only disappointed that i didn't go under 40 minutes, but i think some of this was course conditions (and some of it is me needing to get faster!). the winner, Kelly, often goes under 40 minutes in 10ks so that gives me some hope and something to work for in 2008.

post-race was a good time as i got to catch up with my SDTC buddies, lots of whom i haven't seen since i disappeared last march. it was good to see the same people and it was fun to do well. right before my stress fracture last year, the SDTC had asked me to run for their women's open team, so this was actually my first race for the team (they kindly didn't kick me off in my extended hiatus)..

post-race with karen...brrr! (for so cal at least)
on a final note, i'm still working on finishing my race plan for 2008. originally it was focused on a marathon and some sprint and olympic distance triathlons, and maybe a 70.3...but with the opening of ironman arizona in november 2008, i noticed lots and lots of people from my triathlon club signing up. and now i'm questioning -to ironman or not to ironman? working on weighing out the pros and cons:
++++ the "do it do it" column+++++: tons of training partners, and an ENTIRE summer off (i'll be entering my final year of grad school and i can pretty much do what i want- i know, life is rough.) i originally was going to plan some travel, but now i'm thinking that not everyone gets the opportunity for a few months in san diego to "train like a pro". eat, train, eat, sleep, eat, train, eat, relax, eat, sleep. and i may never get this chance to train like this again.
-----the "you're crazy" column ----: i've never even done a real triathlon, and only a small handful of short running races (15k and under). i'm recovering from 2 broken bones in '07 from separate incidents and need to build gradually. and do i want to risk burning myself out in my first real season?

any advice? please!