Monday, December 30, 2013

Run: Warm-up Techniques

Great Running Warm-up from 2x Xterra Champ Lesley Paterson

A funny for you...

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Xterra - Ready, Set, GO!

I just finalized my training plan for the next 16 weeks leading up to Xterra Fort Yargo!!!

I'm so excited to finally have the time available to dedicate to training for one of my favorite triathlons ever, XTERRA!  To learn more check out this link:

Usually I have rental house drama or job drama or just plain life drama, but now all the houses are rented, I'm married and my career is finally allowing me to train consistently!  Woo-hoo! 

2009-2011 ~ RIP DramaS

2012-2013 ~ Last year I completed 2 sprint triathlons and was rained-out of my only triathlon this year (Iron Girl).  After a summer full of rental house headaches, I'm so excited to have my weekend free for riding again.  I haven't been serious about racing since 2007-2009 and I am so excited to get back into it!

2014 ~ My path is clear and I am so ready to focus on my mind-body balance to work towards accomplishing my athletic goals!  I've joined a great triathlon club, ATC, with whom I attend a masters swim class and boot camp every week.   I've also joined the Sorella Allegro race team to build my skills and experience. 

My sights are set and I will become a better triathlete in 2014!

Here's a look at my 2014 race calendar:
1/26/14 - Hot Chocolate 5K
 2/1/14 -  Polar Bear Run 5K
2/22/13 - Charles Harris 10K
 3/1/14 - Fort Yargo Dirty Duathlon
3/22/13 - Blankets Creek Dirty Duathlon
4/26/14 - XTERRA Fort Yargo

Jekyll Turtle Crawl Triathlon
XTERRA Tsali, Clemson
Rope Mill Dirty Duathlon

There are some major training commitments on my calendar this  year and I hope to stay true to myself and my goals by making this my best winter of training ever.

Some of my major goals include:
  • Finishing in the top 3 of my age group at Xterra <~ My biggest race goal ever ya'll!
  • Finishing the outer loop of Fort Yargo in under 1 hour (my best time is 1:21 in Xterra '09)
  • Mountain Biking for 3 hours (my historical max is ~2 hours)
  • Building my running skill, form, and strength
  • Trying some CrossX races this year!



Easy Run with Nismo

My foot is nice and rested now, so it was time to venture out on a training run!

I felt great, had a little bit of pain in my liagments, but nothing major.

3 Miles
10:51 min / mile

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Cold weather finally hits Atlanta

I had such big plans for the weekend of Thanksgiving.  Two turkey dinners, mtn biking, and trail running!  Then the temperatures plummeted into the 30s and low 40s!  Nooooo! 

I only visited one store on Black Friday - The Pearl Izumi Outlet store!  So glad I did, I scored some new mtn bike gloves, a thermal short sleeve tee, and some new (winter) mtn bike shoes!  Yay!

I braved a trail run Saturday, but I really really didn't want to!  I recruited my Dad and Mike to bike the Chicoppee trail while I ran, and of course Nismo joined too!  I felt good and warmed up really quickly.  I felt a little rusty at running and the trail was covered in leaves!  Before the Outer Loop fork, I started to get pretty tired and stopped pulling my knees up high.  I stepped on a rock under the leaves wrong and pulled my foot!  NOoo!  I stretched it out best I could and finished up the short run.
Next time, I will shot for 2 loops!