Monday, October 15, 2012

Keep Calm and Keep It Simple!

We have a pretty large group of local people doing Ironman Florida this year - and most of them are first timers.  And if you've done an Ironman distance, you know about three weeks out how it feels.  A ball of fing nerves.
Did I ride enough?
Did I swim enough?
Did I do enough bricks?
and it goes on and on.  

And on top of it - you have to think about what to put in those damn bags!
Should I change clothes?
Should I bring arm warmers?
What if I forget something?

Well - that is what we talked about tonight.  We decided to have a little Q&A session to help calm a few of those nerves. (And gave us a chance to drink some wine)

Our main topic was what to pack in those bags of goodness:

I won't go into to much detail and not go into the basics (because this blog post will go on forever) and I like to KEEP IS SIMPLE!  
You will have enough going on that day!

I actually kept on the same clothes throughout the entire race - but if you don't want to hop on you bike wet, feel free to strip down and change.  T1 is like a locker room, don't be scared.  Believe me, no one is looking or cares :) 

If you throw on a dry jersey - think about putting your nutrition in your pockets before you turn in you bag so everything is already in its place.

Or put your nutrition (thats not already on your bike) into baggies.  That way you can just throw it into your tri top and not have to worry if you forgot something.

Wet wipes (you never know).  I don't trust port-a-potties having toilet paper.

TRISLIDE (or whatever cream you use)  

Armwarmers, gloves, ear covers, etc (depending on the weather - duh)

Also, be sure to tell your volunteer (if you are lucky enough to have one) what you want them to help you with.  Most likely they will take your bag and dump it.  (that is why it's smart to keep everything in baggies) If you want them to help you put your socks on - ask them!  That is why those awesome people are there!

Special Needs Bike
More TRISLIDE.  56 miles into the bike - you might need an extra spray for down there

Extra nutrition.  You never know what might fall out of your pockets!  

Extra water bottle.

Extra CO2 and tube (in case you have a flat in the first half of the ride)

Wet wipes - again, you never trust a port-a-pottie!


Clean arm warmers, hat, shoes, yadda yadda...

Mouth wash - specially if all you eat on the bike are gels...ugh.  


Wet wipes - this time to wipe off your face.  We all know how grimy you can get on the bike and a clean face will help you feel just a bit better

Run Special Needs

Extra shoes and socks.  You never know the conditions and those could be a life saver.  

Something else that we did was have our family write notes.  Don't read them until you really need that extra push - but a little note from your hubbs saying 'I love you' or your training partner saying 'get this sh*t done' will put a smile on your face!    

If you have any other suggestions or questions, please let me know!  

Last weekend was REV3 SC and it was awesome - race report tomorrow!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Taking Chances - Making Changes

Since I've started training with my new coach, I've taken some chances.  Prior to me taking these chances I pretty much did the same thing over and over again.  The same routes, the same pace, the same old same old.  You know you are guilty of that as well!  We get into a comfort zone.  

But growing up, my mother had a saying when I was not happy with something:
"If you keep on doing what you are doing.  You'll keep on getting what you are getting"
Man my mom is a wise woman.

So for the past few months I've broken the mold.  Stepped way out of my comfort zone.  Riding with faster groups of riders.  Running with faster people.

And guess what.

It's paying off.  

I might not be the fastest one pulling - but I'm able to hang with the pack of fast boys for a 60 mile ride with a 22+ MPH avg.   I might not run the first 5 miles at a 7 minute pace - but I'll run the last 5 miles with the fast girls (ahhmmm..Helen Phipps) and kill that negative split.

I'm not going to lie and say that it is easy - because it's not.  But the pain is just temporary and totally worth it.  

I have never felt this good with my training - and I f-ing love it.

So go out there and take a chance.  Be smart with the changes you make and make sure they are right for you - but something small can lead to awesome things.

Monday, October 1, 2012

October is totally my month

I love October.  One is that my birthday is the 3rd!   But this year it's uber special for the following reasons:

I have FOUR races this month!

And two of them are REV3!

I'm GOTRIbal Ambassador of the month! (Which means I will be blogging more since I've neglected it for the past month!)

Jason and I are having our wedding shower! - one step closer to marrying the surfer boy of my dreams!
    Pretty dreamy don't you think?
    And hopefully the humidity will go away! 

    I'm also getting really excited about my new coach - Karen Meadows.  I'll talk more about her in another post, but I'm so excited about the improvment I've seen and what next season will bring for me!  Karen rocks and I've known her and her family for years!

    This month is going to ROCK.  And require large amounts of coffee!