Sunday, September 13, 2009

starting to click

these past couple weeks have been heavy on the training and the work and the life, but everything seems to be falling into place. james and i are moving into a new condo that we're really happy about (and i swear my joy only has a tiny bit to do with the fact that it is literally next door to the YMCA where i swim master's early in the morning.) our new place is a great location: very close to the beach , central to all our favorite cycling routes, super easy to run from (lots of trails and road options), and an easy walk or beach-cruiser bike ride to downtown encinitas where you can find our favorite bars, restaurants, a new Whole Foods (soon!), and my yoga studio. STOKED!

moving means HASSLE, though and we're full force getting rid of half of what we own and investing in a couple new things. i just spent half my paycheck on a new couch and james is can't wait for his new flat screen monster tv to be delivered. we also had a garage sale today- WOW. interesting people at the garage sale. let's leave it at that. here's james post-sale- notice not only the lack of furniture left in our place, but the lack of any kind of life in james' eyes- he's toast! garage sale= WAAAAY harder than 4 hour bike ride


other than that, work is still pinch-yourself wonderful- i love my school. actually, i love my school MINUS the bagel/donut/muffin explosion in the break room that beckons me when i need a snack. i've been carb-bomb dodging as much as possible but it's hard when this is in your face all day long and people look at you funny if you "pass" on the donuts.

on the training front, i'm getting very excited for my next few big races. Orange County triathlon is in just two weeks and i'm ready! i have had some great bike workouts and i'm feeling totally healthy on the run. this past week i cycled 14 hours including a big mt. palomar ride (gotta love long labor day rides!), hill repeats, a cruisey ride with katya, and an incredible 87 mile ride with colleen and an awesome crew. in the past few weeks, my cycling has turned the corner a little bit. every day, i feel a little stronger and like i can actually hang. the glimmer of hope is there thanks to all my awesome friends and bike-mates who have put almost as much into my quest to not suck on the bike as i have.

the mt. palomar ride on labor day was a nervous one for me because last time, i was road kill and did not make it up the mountain. this time was different. the crew was ALL boys (very fast ones) and me, so i gave myself a substantial head start up the mountain. this was the best move i ever made. instead of playing chase all day, i was in the lead, trying to hold them off! i was able to ride within my own limits and stay strong and steady. i reached the top an hour and 30 minutes later and was ready for more. bring it. i continued on with the boys and took my own route to ride steady for about an hour while they did another climb. all-told, we rode 4 hours 30 minutes and i was happy, strong, and felt solid. its almost like the hard work is finally starting to pay off....


yesterday, i was lucky enough to be invited (okay i half invited myself) to ride with colleen, becky (who is kona bound!) and their fast male counterparts. both becky and colleen can kick me sideways on the bike, but i studied the route ahead of time (so as not to be a liability in case i was too slow) and went out with a positive attitude. we ended up having a total blast and the girls took it to the boys, riding extra miles, and we put in over 5 hours before the t-run. during the ride, i didn't take too many (okay really any) pulls at the front of the pack, but i also didn't slow the group down and was able to keep up. huge for me. i was so very excited i think i was smiling the whole ride. training has a whole different light when you are actually able to bury the "i'm about to get dropped" anxiety for a few minutes and enjoy your friends and surroundings. loving it.

on the running front, i am just happy to be healthy and coming close to normal run fitness for me. i've had long runs of 15-16 miles the past two weekends and felt great. the cross country races are helping me with speed and in between i'm filling the training log with chatty runs with friends.

swimming-wise, the pool is becoming my friend and i am finally at home in the 1:30 lane. i even LED THE LANE for close to 200o yds last week. another big first since i don't lead and i basically stink-eye anyone who tries to steal my caboose position.

althought the swim bike run is on its way, i have been SLACKING on the strength training, but something had to go with the whole job and moving situation. i figure i'll continue to slack a bit more and then pick it up after October. i just can't swing it right now but i SHOULD make sure i get to yoga at least once a week and do two more supplemental core sessions. maybe becuase i wrote it it will happen!

so that's my update. the OC triathlon is just two weeks away, but i am also racing my mountain bike up in bonelli park (near LA) next weekend. this is one of james' big races so i want to be there and it will be a nice workout for me.
oooh, and i want to show you my favorite post-ride refueler (which i described in detail to colleen and becky this weekend)...
it's greek yogurt (like fage 0% or 2%- protein bomb!) with bluberries (regular or frozen), strawberries, mango chunks, almond slivers, ground flaxseed and a sprinkle of coconut shavings. if i was on Top Chef (my favorite show), i would call it a de-constructed smoothie.

11 comments:

Sue said...

beth, proud of your job, proud of your training, proud of your move..just all around proud of you!! Cross Country season has started for us...wish you could see her run... xoxo

FatDad said...

Dude. That snack looks killer. Solid training and good job avoiding the break room snacks. School staff rooms are the worst!

Sherry said...

Congrats on your new crib! Sounds like an excited place to call home. :o) Also great to hear that your cycling is really starting to turn around... that's wonderful as I recall that it's been a 'sore' spot for you. Way to go!!!

Chloe said...

Ugh...moving blows. And tying in a garage sale with it is even worse! But the less stuff you have - the less you have move! :) Snack looks awesome! Can't wait to try it!

X-Country2 said...

Sounds like life is super awesome for you! Congrats on all the great stuff coming your way.

Yasi said...

I just started getting into greek yogurt, I grew up on plain yogurt so there is just a little adjustment with the thickness factor. That looks great though! Congrats on the move! And keep working hard. I read all your training and wonder why I'm so tired with what I'm doing!

jameson said...

thanks for dealing with my post garage-sale tiredness yesterday...

you have been killing it on the bike and it's mostly in your head.

can't wait to move. i cant wait to sit indian-style on the loor for the next two weeks every night for dinner!

GZ said...

Congrats on the move! Those big mile runs are laying in some good foundation ...

runninggunner said...

That recovery snack looks amazing. Glad to hear that all the training is paying dividends. Garage sales are interesting places for sure.

Colleen said...

de-constructed smoothie- yum! would have helped to have eaten that mid-ride on saturday! =)

Charisa said...

Good luck with the moving!