Sunday, March 28, 2010
getting faster with lots of help
well, i had fun out there at cali 70.3. if you don't believe me, just try to wipe the dorky s&%t eating grin off my face in all the run pictures below. i had no idea where i was place-wise during the race because i am not a super fast swimmer. all i knew was that one girl, Rhae Shaw, was way ahead of me on the run, so i figured i was probably in the top ten maybe top 5. well, turns out Rhae started in an earlier wave and had aged up. so my calculations were a little off. lucky me. race report to come later!
first, thank you to my awesome husband, james. you'd have thunk he was racing how stoked he was for me.
thank you to the Nytro women and all the team sponsors, especially Zoot and Nytro. i'm convinced that the Zoot shoes and my religious and somewhat over-the-top obsession with wearing my CompressRx tights are big parts of what has made me faster this year. actually. let's back up. i'm taking this post in a new direction. how did i get faster this year and how this would be impossible alone..because this encompassess the thank-yous...
1) so yes, #1 to helping me improve is james. he's the husband that cooks "epic" meals with the secret sauce, gets my bike race and training ready and makes sure my gear is tops. i know i say it a lot, but i want you to know that i know how lucky i am to have someone that takes the time daily to make my life easier.
from my personal chef :) another fish salad from last week (i know, they all look the same).
2) the "Wellness" and injury prevention crew. i have done strength & mobility sessions twice a week since november at Rehab United. it is absolutely no coincidence that i am stronger, leaner, and injury free. RU is the secret sauce. Just ask lesley paterson, who showed up and placed 2nd overall at Cal 70.3, tracking down Sam McGlone and many others on the run with a 1:18. Lesley trains with me weekly at RU. The workouts are no joke. November through february was A LOT of heavy, explosive, power stuff and more plymetrics than you could imagine. In march, Bryan Hill changed my program to be more race specific and include more mobility, flexibility and core. Was it easy going to RU after two workouts and a full day's work at night when I wanted to go home and eat dinner? NO. did the consistency pay off? YES!
the other part of my wellness crew is Dan Selstad, ART guru and really at this point just a good friend. i go in there for both muscle and mental therapy! dan has supported me since before I owned a bike. somehow, i heard about him through the grapevine i was not yet a part of and he looked at my MRIs with me when i had a nasty hip stress fracture and told me i was "full of shit" (because you can see your poo in a pelvic MRI!). we've been through some tough times toghether! anyhow, Dan is always willing to squeeze me in and he ALWAYS knows whats wrong with your body and exactly how to fix it. i know my race "tune-up" with Dan 2 days before the race is key to getting the kinks out.
3) the coach! who knew that actually doing bike workouts can make you faster on the bike? the Dirkinator really showed me how to train (and recover- I had the super taper for this race!). He believes in working HARD, but also knows I have a full time job. Yes, I trained some gnarly weekends, but during the week, my typical day is a one-hour swim and either a one -hour run or 90min-ish ride. so, its not really how much, its HOW. the things i am during during these run and bike sessions are far more challenging than any haphazard hoo-ha i put together for myself last year. and i'm not linking him up on here anymore because i don't want to share him! haha. which reminds me, i better send him my check for the next 6 months so he knows we're a long-term item. he's stuck with me now.
also, not to be forgotten, my epic swim coaches colleen and hux at encinitas YMCA. not only making me faster by the day (and i feel like i don't really show that when swimming in a wetsuit) but making me love swimming. i love to go to masters and know that they've done the work/planning for me. all i have to do is hang on.
3) the TEAM! Team NytroWomen is inspiring and supportive to me daily. seeing everyone out on the course and on the podium was so much darn fun. and great results!
in their respective age groups, Colleen was 2nd, Polly & Vicki were 3rd, Kristin 4th, and Lori 7th. so happy for our team debut! the team working at Nytro has been really supportive by giving us our "home" and i'm actually picking up my new ride this week. and Zoot, see above. my zoot love runs deep.
4) my incredible training mentors & partners. unfortunately they are all fast and have schedules to follow of their own, but when planets align, training with (chasing) the girls keeps me motivated and somehow oblivious to the fact that i'm improving. this is because they are so speedy that my view of "fast" must be skewed because i always feel slow in comparison (i guess that's San Diego for you!) . i can never get enough of getting outside with colleen, katya, kristin, rachel, caroline, terrish, tatiana, rachel, julie d., and others that let me tag along. thanks for inspiring me daily and showing me how its done. strong, motivated, smart, fun and hot ladies. oh, and thanks for waiting at the top (and bottom) of the hills.
5) me! haha. well, i take a little credit. i belive believe believe in consistency and i just follow the plan. In 4 months, i missed 2 workouts. TWO. total. One was a one-hour easy bike ride in March and I had slept just 3 hours the night before. I made the exec decision that sleep was more important that day. the other was a 2-hour ride that i was supposed to do right after the Phoenix half marathon in January. neither of these were key sessions and that was also key in my decision to skip them. now, i'm lucky in that i was not sick or injured (see "Wellness crew"), but i give myself some credit for just getting after it daily. no excuses.
now, if i could just get SERIOUS! (btw- how fun is a 2-lap run course where you get to run by your spectators 4times...love it!)