Saturday, June 17, 2017

Grandma's Marathon PR for the year #crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl #IMWI


Stick with it. Give it your all. Keep a good attitude and always be the best you can be right where you are. 

This was my second time running the Grandma's marathon. I ran it last year, it was hot but I enjoyed the course so much that I wanted to run it again. A 26.2 mile run along Lake Superior, breathtaking scenery!!! Especially in the early morning watching the sunrise over the lake. It was my 26.2 mile training run for the Ironman Wisconsin. 

To make it more special, my favorite guy rode his bike along the marathon course to cheer me on and take pictures.  
Securing a marathon personal record (PR) for the year made it a great run. I have been running marathons in 5 hours 35 minutes the past couple years, and this year and I unofficially completed the run in 5:05 hours. A new PR for my marathon runs. My halfway point, 13.1, was 2:10. That was 20 minutes faster, I'm getting stronger. A bit of a headache struck at mile 14 and was worried I would cause more pressure, so started to race-walk the remaining miles. Made it across the finish line, felt good after. Of course 2 chugs of chocolate milk always helps my stomach calm.
I'm 51 and going strong... My Lifetimes, up to 11 marathons (Last Grandma's Duluth, June, 2017). 6 marathons in 6 states (NY, IL, WI, MN, MI, FL).

Friday, June 9, 2017

Second OWS of Five Aquathons #IMWI2017

"When you are going through hell, keep going…" (Churchill, W) That's not what I did. At the moment, I did what was good for me.

Second try at a OWS, this one was choppy and there were waves. I arrive early, as I always do. Pull on my wetsuit, set out my gear and walk out in the water. I stand in the water at first, feel the waves, look at the orange cones, follow the course. Then start walking out further to get a short warm up swim in. After that, I start psyching myself out or in, depends on the moment. I try to convince myself I can do this, just stay in the moment and do the stroke, sight, then stroke. Practice breathing. 

The gun goes off and everyone starts swimming. I swim, I don't know, a few strokes, maybe 25 yards and a wave hits me right when I look up, mouth open and I take a breath of water. I stop stand up and cough it out. I can't do this, I tell myself. I turn around and start walking out of the water. I run across someone in a kayak, notice it's the same lady who helped me through the last OWS. She says, without realizing it's me, "you okay?" Then realizes it's me and she takes a double take and says, "Oh hi!" I said, I can't do this. And she says, "Okay, then go do the run." And I didn't even consider that. But, that's just what I head to. I walk out of the water. Silence from the audience, crickets. They all look at me not knowing what to do. I don't care. I walk to the coral and change my clothes and head out to run.  

I get back and see my husband with his fancy camera in hand, looking for me. Then surprised he sees me. He thinks I'm just heading out for the run because he thinks he missed me. I said, I just got back from the run and explained how I didn't finish the swim, only did 75 yards of it. Then choked. 

He told me he couldn't find me and has lots of pictures of other swimmers, thinking it was me coming out of the water. He said, well, you finished the run, there's always the next one. You will do this. And I will, I just have to get through whatever it is that is holding me back. 

They don't record my time in the overall, even though they have times for those who finished the swim but did not run. I would think they would keep my time in and say I didn't complete the swim but ran. Doesn't matter. I keep moving forward. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

2017 triathlon season results

▪️Lake Mills Triathlon - Sprint - 4th in AG
▪️J-Hawk EarlyBird - Olympic - 4th in AG

#crazyrunninggirl #crazyrunner 
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Monday, June 5, 2017

Our Deepest Fears: Swimming is the Monster

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.”  Nelson Mandela. This quote sums it up for me. I think we create fear from inside, tell ourselves stories, work ourselves up, make it almost become something true, and then it happens. 

This past weekend I swam my second OWS of the year, 2017. It's not that I haven't completed triathlons swimming in open water before, I have done many through my years. My first OWS was in Lake Michigan when I was 21, and of course, that was years ago. 

This year 'water' has been my demon. 

This second swim in the lake, I promised myself that I would swim freestyle, use the breathing techniques I learned this past week in master swim, and be in the moment.... each breath, each stroke, each time I look up (each sight). 

I promised to take it easy. 

The water wasn't cold, probably 68 degrees. I say to myself, 'I can do this'. My division heat was up, and I hovered in the back. I got in the water and started to swim. Got to the first cone, then turned the corner, continued doing a few strokes then sighted. Halfway through the swim, second cone, I felt a strap hitting my face. I stopped, then my goggles fell off. I had to  handle that incident, once again, in the moment, and not panic. Just stopped, put on the goggles and continued forward. I swam as far as I could without standing. Saw the beach, stood then ran in. I did it.

I think we create fear because we are creating another intention that isn't there. 

I plan to sign up for the ALS, which is an organization that raises funds by swimming crazy distances and challenges across the world, the acronym is A Long Swim. I will use ALS as a practice swim for my Ironman training. I will swim a full 2.4 miles in Lake Michigan with a group of experienced swimmers. Who, by the way, swim over 24 miles and one person even swam across the English Channel. They do crazy things like that.... :D 

Anyway, I can do this. I can swim an OWS 2.4 miles.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Lake Mills Triathlon: Brick & Technical Training

WOOT! Lake Mills Triathlon results are in... 4th in my age division! This was a technical run for me. Focused on OWS (Open Water Swim), swimming in my wetsuit and transition timing.  All went okay. This time during the swim, I did freestyle and used the sighting I learned last week in master swim. I did sometimes feel a little anxious; but, kept moving in the water. 

All went well and I felt better, more confident getting out of the water.  

I was able to share the race moments with my master swim friends, who did the triathlon too.  Amazing support and so much fun!

Here are my results: Total: 1:36:41 4/16 Swim: 10:40 T1: 2:16 Bike: 53:18 T2: 2:26 Run: 28:03. 

This was a technical practice. Training, OWS, transition focus.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Rode 1 loop of the Wisconsin Ironman course #IMWI2017.

Lots of rolling hills. 

Rita, my Ironman Savvy friend who has done it 2 times, made Barlow hills, I walked it. Then we got lost because we followed the blue arrow markers. If you ride the course, my advice, do not take the blue arrows. They are from last years course and they take you way out away from the course. 

I did it and feel much more comfortable. And know what I need to work on to make it within the time. Lots of hills and my friend taught me how to ride them to take advantage. 

*Great thing to do for me, so now I can visualize.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

First OWS of Five Aquathons #IMWI2017

"We rise by lifting others" - Robert Ingersoll And the Kayaker, Abby, was that person for me this week.

It’s been a crazy week. I had a lot of feedback from coaches, swimmer friends, and experienced Ironman, family and others providing their thoughts about my training. One conversation left me concerned and scared and that was, that they said, “be careful not to overtrain.” After the experienced people heard what I was doing in my training. The biggest advice I heard was, take at least one a day a week and just do nothing, yoga is fine, but nothing means nothing else.  To give my body time to rest.  So, I am starting to do this….

I did my first OWS and the water was like an ice-cube. It was 50 degrees. I got out there and my feet were frozen. I had second thoughts but forged forward and waited in the water for the start. I didn’t put my head in, trying breaststroke with my head out of the water. I didn’t go very fast, in fact, as I was swimming I just kept telling myself stay calm and breath.  I got to the first of 2 buoys and my throat constricted and I felt like I was choking.  I yelled for a kayak. She let me rest on it, and encouraged me to continue.  So, I did. I did breast stroke, then back stroke. I made it to the next bouy and swam on my back the whole way in. I am so happy my master swim coach taught me backstroke and makes me do it. I don’t like it but now realize why I need to know how to do it. If I get tired there is another stroke I can do.

First of Five Aquathon: Open Water Swim (OWS) and Run with transition.  OWS 1188 yd 00:34 50:25 pace Water was ice cold. First time in OW my new wetsuit and since 2009. It was 50 degrees. Had to get help halfway from Abby in the kayak. Thanks to Abby, she encouraged me to stay with it and finish. Water in lungs, tightness in my throat. Weezing, couldn't breath. But, was able to hold on to the kayak to calm down then go again. Run next 3.12 mi 00:37 11:46 pace Not my best run. Walk ran this one because I was so exhausted from the cold swim.