Thanksgiving Day Post; or, Yes This is a Day Overdue

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.

Past Fenton's (too cold for ice cream), through Piedmont and Grand Lake, and a loop around Lake Merritt.
Past Fenton’s (too cold for ice cream), through Piedmont and Grand Lake, and a loop around Lake Merritt.

My Thanksgiving was great – let me rub in the drama-less day a little more. My day started off with a fantastic run. I aimed for a solid 10k, so I calculated a route on Strava which I ultimately expanded to a nice even 7 miler.

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!

It was also an absolutely GORGEOUS day. Oakland / Lake Merritt
It was also an absolutely GORGEOUS day. Oakland / Lake Merritt

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).

Look at this little bug.
Look at this little bug. Shaved leg is left over from her hospital trip and multiple transfusions.

Happy Thanksgiving, all!!

Oakland Triathlon Festival – Sprint Run Course Preview

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.

Well, this was my version of following a map. I also got sidetracked giving Tri-Valley Triathlon Club directions.
Well, this was my version of following a map. I also got sidetracked giving Tri-Valley Triathlon Club directions.

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Training Recap – August 8

Today I went BONKERS.

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.

Even though they were poor workouts, nearly 10 hours apart, still gotta keep track.
Even though they were poor workouts, nearly 10 hours apart, still gotta keep track.

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Training Recap – July 27

Taaaper. Or at least a miniature one.

Swim night! My favorite. Got to write the workout for the group – here it is:

Warm Up 
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
(2000 total)

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.

Training Recap – July 25

You may choose to ignore it, but there is life in the open water.

My training buddy and I were standing at water’s edge in San Francisco’s Aquatic Park today, when not 5 yards away, a harbor seal was scouting the beach.

I know what you’re thinking – you’re in San Francisco, wouldn’t that be a sea lion? Nope, nope, nope. I promise. It was absolutely a little harbor seal’s face staring back at us from the cold water.

Look at this little face. Super cute, don't necessarily want an "Arrested Development"-esque surprise.
Look at this little face. Super cute, don’t necessarily want an “Arrested Development”-esque surprise.

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Training Recap – July 22

Long climb, quick descent.

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!

 

Sandman Preview

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.

What a glorious swim course. Just hope the natives aren't too territorial.
What a glorious swim course. Just hope the natives aren’t too territorial.

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Training Recap – July 12

Productive Sunday mornings feel great.

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.

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Training Recap – July 11

You’ve heard of “sharrows,” right?

They’re a city’s alternative to dedicated bike lanes; they allow a cyclist to use the whole lane. Or, you know, share. Sharing. Marked with arrows. Sharrows.

Both the weather and my equipment cooperated. Just watch out for Karl the Fog in the distance.
Both the weather and my equipment cooperated. Just watch out for Karl the Fog in the distance.

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Training Recap – July 10

Terrible Bay Area traffic can actually work in your favor. Sometimes.

Today I was able to work from home rather than fight traffic. It also provided me the opportunity to get a workout in during lunch and after work.

Soon! Soon this will connect to Treasure Island.
No, seriously. You can practice your 10m platform (more like 50m) if you climb over the yellow fence.

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