Whoops. Yell at me, I meant to share this yesterday.
Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. It revolves around food and togetherness. People wake up early to do an activity before gorging themselves (Turkey Trots, hikes, and so on), and then spend time together cooking and eating – I guess some people watch football – in the name of being thankful.
I felt awesome the whole run, didn’t experience any awful GI/flu-like symptoms afterwards, and headed over to my mom’s house for the big day!
I’m so grateful to have a loving family, strong supports and loving friends, and my health and the health of those close to me. I’m grateful to have found an excellent team to learn from and train with in Oakland Triathlon Club. I’ve experienced the illness of a loved one, and we fought through that; I’ve experienced my own injuries, and come back from those. While I don’t doubt our resilience, I’m grateful that we don’t have these obstacles to fight right now.
In addition – a few weeks ago I pulled a feral kitten in to my house from the cold California winter (really, it was actually a super cold snap). She’s been through quite a bit – half a dozen vet visits and a two night stay in the emergency vet. But she’s a strong itty bitty kitty, and has recovered very well! She spent yesterday sleeping, eating, or pouncing (also see: typical kitten behavior).
You practice stuff so it isn’t as ugly on the actual event.
And today was a great example of that. I drove down to Jack London Square to get a feel for the run course this morning, and felt great on mile one. And then my stomach decided to give me the middle finger.
Unfortunately, not in a good way. Right now, I’m using ‘bonk’ as a general term. Technically, I’m not sure what happened on my bike other than under-nutrition. My run was poor due to overwhelmingly strong side stitches. Just a rough day in general.
Swim night! My favorite. Got to write the workout for the group – here it is:
250 Swim (bilateral breathing freestyle)
200 Drill / Free by lap (odds catch-up, evens swim; still bilateral breathing)
100 Kick (choice – board, no board, stomach or back)
50 Choice (down and back to get ready for main set) Main Set 2x through the Main Set – take a minute or two between rounds
1×300 (swam as 4×75 continuous [no breaks], build each 75 to 80/85% speed and start over)
1×200 (hold race pace [your race pace for your distance])
1×100 (sprint laps 1 and 4; easy in the middle)
200 Warm Down
This can easily be adjusted to be a longer workout. The main set is currently 1200 yards. Wanna hit 3k? Go 4 times through the main set – boom, 3200 yards.
I felt great tonight, which was a relief after not feeling awesome all weekend.
Today was a bike day – I had to be at work at 7 am, so I missed the group ride I was hoping to join. Instead, I rode up the local grade to Grizzly Peak as a last training ride before the Sandman. Fortunately for me (and other local competitors), Tunnel has almost the same grade profile as the Sandman Triathlon.
Unfortunately this week has been super busy! But I’ve been training and attempting to mini-taper. Can’t wait for next week!
I went to a classic theater in Oakland a few weeks ago to watch Jaws on the big screen. Great idea for an open water swimmer.
It was 2 days after I had registered for the Sandman Triathlon in Aptos, California (August 2).
And you know what was discovered the day before that? Fifteen great white shark pups hanging out around the Cement Ship – the focal point of the Sandman swim. You hear pups, and you may think, aw, cute, babies.
THESE BABIES ARE 7-8 FEET LONG.
Don’t get me wrong – I love sharks. What a truly awesome animal. But I don’t really want to swim through a herd of baby great whites during this triathlon.
Did you get a good workout in today? I got to swim in Aquatic Park in San Francisco with an old teammate. He’s training for a Channel Crossing (as in, English Channel) – whoa. That’s a little long for me! And he’s training to follow real open water rules. As in no wet suit.
Fortunately, that means he’s training at a pace that I can keep up with.