3/17/07

Lots of news...

First off..Happy St.Patrick's day to my Irish friends or anyone else celebrating the holiday. Good luck to my brother and the University of Michigan Gymastics team who are at Ohio State today for a meet! GO BLUE Looks like Kentucky survived the first round and they are off to the second round of basketball on sunday....GO WILDCATS! I want to give a BIG congrats to my friend Hunter who competed in his first International Distance triathlon (2nd triathlon) this morning in Ft.Desoto. Not only was it super windy but he had a great race in a stellar time of 2:15!!!! WOW HUnter...looks like we have a superstar in the making. Isn't it great to plan a race and then race your plan! Congrats again..see ya on the trail and in the pool! I decided to pass on the Gearlink ride this morning and keep it entirely solo. No fun getting dropped and although I know I don't "draft" properly and my fitness is not at the level of the guys, I have no trouble pushing myself..especially on a day like today! While my average was 17.5 for 3 hours and 15 minutes (56 miles) I had my moments. Never did I get frustrated, hit a wall or feel fatigued, but it took a lot of strength to not turn around in the solid 20 mph headwind! WOW, was it ever windy. I think I had 45 minutes of tailwind and the rest was head and side wind, causing me to average maybe 15 mph. I kept thinking of Kona and laughing that a 20mph sidewind would be a "light wind" in the big islan, but I am working hard on the bike so I'm prepared for all conditions! Just like my 2 1/2 hour ride in the rain (last hour, solid rain) yesterday, all this cycling is hopefully going to pay off. Someone tell me it will!!!! hehe The weather is cool but I'm sure it will warm up for my first race of the season next weekend! Also, I will be speaking about triathlon nutrition at an all-women clinic at Chainwheel on Drew St. on Tues evening. For more details at http://chainwheeldrive.com/page.cfm?PageID=929 or you can contact me. I will be spending the weekend with a creative bug.... as I'm working on a scrapbook and nutrition related stuff. I like to stay busy...even when I'm not swimming, biking or running :) Have a wonderful weekend!

3/16/07

March Madness!

Even though this is one of my favorite months because of college basketball, this month is flying by and is busy as ever! First off, I LOVE college ball! Being from kentucky and bleeding blue until I moved to Florida (well, still a KY basketball fan, but the state of Florida doesn't stop when Tubby is on TV), I am a big fan of march madness. The bracket is filled out and I'm super excited to see how I do. Regarding the Duke game last night, this is going to be a wild tournament!
Training is going great with an occasional ache or two in my foot. As much as I want my foot to be completely healed for my first week next weekend (subaru) I am still confident with my training. I've been swimming super hard and running a bit more (up to 20+ miles a week). So it isn't like the 50+ mile running weeks I put in for Ironman, but I'm ok with that. The cycling is going great and it doesn't matter when I ride, I am always in the headwind! Great Kona training I guess ;) I spend as much time as I can on my bike and even the other day I practiced turns and corners. For me, it's all about my cycling skills to get me more confident on my bike. Riding both the road bike and seduza and I love them both!
Good luck to those racing in ft.desoto this weekend and with Subaru next week...I know the triathlon chica's are getting ready for a great race! Don't forget about Iron Girl the following weekend (april 1st). www.irongirl.com
Sorry bout the lack of posting on my blog. OK-the only people that probably read my blog are my parents and maybe my brother! :)
I've been super busy but loving every moment. Coaching, nutrition consultations, personal training....I love it all!
I am getting really excited for the season to start-for me to race and to see the many people that I am coaching race! I think the whole state of Florida (triathletes) is doing St.anthony's followed by Ironman Florida 70.3 and I can't wait to see so many faces out on the course. Seeing that I will be a bit nervous for St.Anthony's since I am racing Elite for the first time, I'll still have my trademark thumbs-up ready for my friends out there!
This morning was a great 44 mile ride with the last hour in straight headwind and lots of heavy rain. Oh well...if it rains at a race and it's windy, I'll be ready! Plus, I have a clean road bike!

3/13/07

Traveling + Time Change

Well, back from Michigan and I had a wonderful time. My brother did great on Rings and High Bar and he is so impressive to watch! MIchigan won the meet vs. Illionois and University of Michigan is still ranked #1 for Big Tens!!! Hopefully they will win NCAA in April and my brother will finish his gymnastics career with a nice ring.
I ran on saturday in the cold and really enjoyed my run through the campus. I bit different dodging students, tour groups and pedestrians, but all in all, it was a fun change of scenery. Glad to be back in warm and sunny Florida! Sunday was a well-deserved day off and due to the time change, I slept in until 8am!!!!! WOW-that is just crazy. I was really happy to spend the weekend with my brother and family and now that I am back to Florida, staying busy doing a bit of everything.
I just finished an interview with my next Gatorade Athlete of the Month for my column in Triathlete magazine and this guy is amazing. There are so many amazing athletes out there I just don't know how to pick from all the nominations!!!
I also had another article published...check it out - http://chainwheeldrive.com/page.cfm?PageID=932
Looks like the triathlon season is well on its way with Florida Great Escape as a great success. I also had some friends race the Zepherhills Triathlon which went off smoothly. This weekend is ft.desoto for those testing out their skills in an early international distance triathlon.
I want to give a big congrats to those Gearlinkers who raced this past weekend. I heard it was a great race! Also, Karel pulled on two top-ten finishes, with a 10th place finish in the Saturday Crit and 8th place in the road race on sunday morning. He is on the right track for his upcoming race in New Mexico, which will be his first Tour - Tour of the Gila! We are working on his nutrition everyday and he is doing so well by nailing his nutrition routine. And I even let him eat his "real" ice cream every now and then-hehe.
Hope everyone is adapting to the time change. My body seems a bit tired (not sleepy tired, but confused tired). Hopefully I can try to adjust this week and have a solid week of training this weekend.
So..how is your training going?????