Friday, June 22, 2012

_____,Bike, Swim with observations AND Olympic trials, Day 1 done

Random updates

The good news is that my triathlon training is really progressing....
The bad news is that I am not planning to do one. :)

Let me start with a short tribute to triathletes everywhere. You are more awesome than I ever realized. Each one of you scores 1,000 points today.

One of these days I might make a real video of my swim training, but that would involve me in a swimsuit. Or a wetsuit. So don't count on it.

My training strategy involves swimming with the wind (breast stroke, since that's what I perform best at). Then when I come against the wind, I have this little side-head, chin-tuck thing I do while I try to breathe as the waves splash into my face. It's spectacular.

I alternate a lap of this with water-jogging (This is in a river in a slow spot). It works very well, and yesterday I only got caught in the algae 2 or three times. I also got to see an osprey hover over the river, shaking water off his back in an elegant display after a dive.

On the bike, (this is the real reason I am not competing in tri) I have managed to make a top speed of 33 miles/hour downhill. For a reason! I realize this is probably slow by racing standards, but I can't get over the fear of wrecking. The wind blocks my hearing vehicles, and ...There is something wrong about going fast on a bike without a leather jacket on.

I hope to get back to running again SOON. I think I will test things out again tomorrow. God's been good to allow me to even walk, but times like this really make me appreciate when I can lay it all out there on the road.

Random observations

With all the swimming recently, I noticed something about myself.

While doing my swim workout, I remembered that when I swam on the team in high school one of my legs always felt "off" (still does), and that the other was doing more work.

It's the same thing with running, though I rarely notice. I have a subconscious habit of directing my right knee away from my left so they don't bump. This is ingrained now, and might explain the odd shoe wear pattern I have always had on the outside heel of my right shoe.

Funny, I don't usually think about these things, but lately I have been. No one is perfectly symmetrical, but I am pretty sure my right femur has more Q angle than my left. And I have high arches and my right foot appears to be higher than my left..

Or, it could all be in my head.
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Olympic trials stuff

The Olympic Trials have started. Our tickets are for day 7. My husband went to the Junior Olympics in pole vault (when he was attending a school that actually had a pit), so he should enjoy watching the finals in that event. :) I am pretty excited about seeing the 5k men's and women's finals, and the men's steeplechase finals.

Today Amy Hastings got sweet revenge for missing qualifying for the Olympic Marathon by one person when she forced past the competition in the 10k.

Photo by Lucy Nicholson, Reuters
Right now Ashton Eaton is rocking the house in the decathlon! He set two decathlon world records so far- the 100m and the long jump.

I can't wait to watch some serious competitors on the 28th. I'll be rooting for all the Brooks Beasts- and anyone from Oregon or Oregon Track Club!


25 comments:

  1. I can totally understand deciding not to do a triathlon even though you have been training. You know, in the grand scheme of things... whats the rush, right? I figure that you will do one when you are ready. Just keep training and have fun.

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  2. my husband would love reading this post! he would sore a 1000 points, right? Happy TRI TRAINING!

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  3. You can do a tri whenever you are comfortable. There will be someone slower and faster than you in all three sports, well, maybe not running in your age group when you are healthy :-)

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  4. Morning!! Loved to see a post from you! Not only loved to see one, but loved to LAUGH through one as I sit here eating my breakfast! Ah-miss your humor:) I'm now laughing at not only the post here....

    Caught in the algae 2 or 3 times.....ick!! I couldn't do a tri because I hate open water swimming. I don't like the ocean AT ALL-too much shark week on the Discovery channel-ha! I don't mind the lake but I don't like to swim there, just ski or tube. I like to bike but of course I wear a leather jacket so that's probably why.....and chaps:):) Good for you for keeping at it. Interesting about your thoughts/observations. I am still wearing on my right shoe now....I'm not currently having injury problems so I'm wondering if that was ever the issue but then again I also wonder if I don't figure out WHY it's wearing oddly, whether I'll have ANOTHER issue. Babble but I understand your thoughts and hope there is some way to get some answers there...I'm thinking of you OFTEN and hope you get back out there soon!!!!

    Pumped for Amy Hastings. I would LOVE to see the 5K finals! So awesome you get to go!!!! Have a blast girl!! XOXO

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  5. Oh man... I am the BIGGEST BIKE CHICKEN EVER. I am always afraid of wrecking. And when I ride a bike my butt hurts and my wrists hurt and I just hate it even though I really try to like it. I just want to jump off, throw the bike in a ditch and run instead. :) I am one-trick pony! Good job with the swimming and the biking. I hope you are running again asap. Hugs!

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    1. ha! I have a twin on the bike, I see. Thanks for the hugs and well wishes :)

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  6. I was late at work last night so I DVR'd last nights Olympic Trials - I cant wait to watch it today :)

    I feel you on the bike fear. I got hit once...and now I still have that lingering instinct to press on the breaks when I get going too fast. My theory is to kick ass on the uphill portions so I don't have to be a speed demon on the down sections.

    Hoping your running comes back soon... for now embrace the algae:):)

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    1. Oh, I am embracing the algae alright :)

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  7. I so have Trials envy!! Last night's events were amazing and I couldn't be happier for Amy Hastings.

    One thing I've noticed from my tri training is that the more XT I do, the more semetrical I feel running and everything else. Keep at it, and you'll develop a whole new set of muscles!

    ...and triathletes don't need any additional points! ;)

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    1. ha! Too bad- you scored extra!

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  8. After reading an email from a very busy lady -- see header above -- this came to my mind: First I shake the whole Apple tree, that the ripest might fall. Then I climb the tree and shake each limb, and then each branch and then each twig, and then I look under each leaf.

    Seems appropriate to me considering everything you are living with/around. :)

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    1. I am looking under the leaves and only finding nuts. :) But i am storing them for the winter.

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  9. Ahhh, loved this post. I relate to so much of what you say about trying a tri. The bike....scares the crap out of me. Anything over 5 mph. :) and downhill would be no good for me. Swimming...I'd end up doing the whole thing in breast stroke. So impressed with you for trying these new things with training. I'm in a rush here seeing as I'm "fake pooping" and the hubs is callign me for breakfast so this is probably a ramble of no sense. But, My right shoe (I think) is always soooo worn in the heal/outside compared to my left. Or maybe it is the other way around...and my form is so awful right now. Almost like my left leg doesn't even work...just kind of drags. ridiculous!

    Okay, Olympic trials...after last night...I'm convinced I need to be there...is it too late?? Even if it is just me and I can find a sitter until W gets home. Let me know....I could use a little inspiration in my life before July 4th. Hope it isn't too late to make something happen.

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    1. Oh my gosh...maybe we are both out of whack! I can't imagine your form being awful though.
      It was too late, but I will still try to inspire you.

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  10. This post made me laugh! Love your humor, Raina. You would actually do really well in triathlons. Too bad training for them takes so much time! Hope the ankle cooperates and your next post is all about running strong and happy. Yes, running is such a blessing. I get this so well, having had my "bumps" along the way.
    Amy H - so happy for her. Love that pic you posted here and on FB. Her last surge was sheer determination.

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    1. Yeah...tri to find 15 hours a week to train. Heh.

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  11. We were watching the 10k last night and wow....all that crazy rain! I think we in Colorado are just jealous because we haven't seen rain since 2009 I believe (and my brown yard can attest to that!). Brent Vaugh was running the 10k, he went to the high school I coach...so I'll just pretend I coached him back then that made him so successful today :). He didn't do so well at the Trails, though. :(

    I recently asked someone what pace I needed to maintain to make the cut-off of in IM on the bike. He said, "13.3 mph. It's so slow your grandma could ride that." Um...I feel like it's a great day when I can do 12mph. I think on the screaming downhills, I only clocked 24mph...that's how chicken I am!!

    Your post made me smile :). Hope you're enjoying the breast stroke training...I hear algae makes you stronger. Guess you gotta eat it though. Hope you're doing okay....I must have missed a post when I was gone, were you injured?

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    1. wet wet wet....oh the Oregon summers are swell! I bet Galen Rupp was glad though- no allergies on a rainy day :)
      Maybe the secret to being fast on the bike is to be a grandma first. One step at a time, I guess.

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  12. I was so thrilled for Amy!!!! I was biting my nails watching the race on TV. After watching her finish 4th in Houston I wanted her to make the team so bad. Go Brooks! :-)

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  13. I love that picture of Amy! I'm so thrilled for her, too.
    Nice work on your swimming and biking. I'm awful at both, but decided to do a sprint tri just for fun (in 3 weeks!!) Trying to go in with no pressure. I'm not training for anything right now, so it seems like the ideal time to try something new. We'll see. :)

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    1. Laura, I am sure you will do fantastic on your sprint tri. New things can be fun :)

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  14. I am sure you will sign up soon for a tri. And you can do it because you are very fast.

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  15. Enjoy when you go to the Olympic Trials! This first 3 days has been awesome! Watching the US Olympic trials is like watching a mini olympics - since the US has so much talent in track & field!
    -first with Ritzenhein and Hastings qualifying in the 10K - so happy for both of them!
    -then with Eaton breaking the world record in the decathlon! I thought he might break the world record in London, but to do it in poor conditions during the trials is amazing!
    -Tarmoh and Felix tying for 3rd in the 100 is nuts, I hope they give it to Tarmoh, my sister lost to her in high school, and Felix always has the 200 to fall back on
    -We'll see what happens next!

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  16. You are amazing!! Sorry that your body is out of whack - but you always have such a good attitude. Sending love from Portland!!

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