cycling


On June 18, LA Tech is hosting a min Tri. It’s the Dog Paddle, Pedal & Pound Triathlon. When I first heard of it I thought it was for kids only, but in talking to some of the people that are over it, I found out it’s also an adult friendly beginner’s course! So not only am I entering my boys, (6 & 9), I am going to enter it as well. Scott and Conner are planning on entering too!

For the 16 and older (that’s us!) it’s a 200m swim, 5 mile bike & 2K run. What a great way to practice and get our feet wet! (& work on transition times!)

Tonya, if you happen to be over this way that weekend we would love for you to come join us! Gwen, it would be great for you to come over as well! After doing the Rocketchix in Baton Rouge I can honestly say having a tri (even a mini) under your belt before the River Cities Tri gets here would be great! It would be great practice!

Tonight is swim night! We have had 3 lessons and our lovely swim coach is out for the summer…. But even in 3 lessons I have learned SO much! Now to build up endurance in my lungs and become faster. It will come. I just want it NOW! LOL! Scott is doing SO much better, he is working on slowing down a little more and relaxing…..to which I have suggested yoga (even have a Yoga DVD for athletes) but he is still holding out. If I can get up Thursday morning I hope to go to the class at Tech.

We only ran twice last week. I am still starting out strong but am struggling at the end….and we have officially welcomed the humidity to Ruston. That’s good though because I keep thinking about the Tri in August! Oh my. LOL!

I plan on biking on Wednesday night with a group of girlfriends. We are all different levels but it should be a good ride. We will head down Hwy 167 toward Quitman, LA.

Scott and I are looking at the Insanity nutritional guide, hoping we can start to eat even healthier and not crash in the afternoons. (like right now!) I am waiting on the cleaning fairy and the chef fairy to appear so I can have a clean house and eat healthy meals! 😉 Oh well….it’s nice to dream anyway.

Let’s go team!! We WILL do this! 🙂

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It’s been a few weeks since I have updated but lots has been going on workout wise!

Swimming lessons are continuing and I am getting much better, although I still have a LONG way to go! Scott has been going to the lessons and trying to build back up after being sick, but during last week’s lesson he popped his shoulder out of place, (Ouch! 😦 ) so he worked on kicking and some breathing exercises. I practiced on Friday night and feel like I am getting a little stronger with each stroke. I was able to swim 10 laps! (With rests in between each 50 meters) I hope to be able to swim at least 5 laps without stopping soon…..and build up from there. I am looking forward to tonight’s swim where my goal is to swim 2 laps without stopping. Wish me luck.

Yesterday, Scott and I met some friends in Monroe and went on a 26.4 mile ride. We burned 1300 calories! I was certainly pumped about that! 😀 I LOVE my bike! My bum is just a little sore today along with my shoulders, but my knees were killing me late last night. Nothing a little Advil won’t take care of!

We learned a lot tho…..

1) Take cash in case you stop at a gas station for snacks

2) Get another small pouch to put on the bike to take snacks

3) Have TWO water bottles on the bike

4) Wear Bike Gloves

5) Maybe take some Advil BEFORE the long ride (In Scott’s case anyway hehe)

It was fun riding with others that have been riding for a while and getting pointers from them. Cindy and Carolyn went up to Benton and rode the route we will ride for the Tri. I want to get out there soon and ride it as well. Tonya, let us know when you are coming in and maybe we can come ride with you! I look forward to riding again soon! I hope to be able to ride again next Wednesday and next Saturday (maybe Sunday too).

My avg. speed was 12.6, so much work is needed, but it was still great to get out there and ride! I think I am getting the hang of putting my feet into the cages as well.

I will let Scott blog about his first long bike ride. He is quite entertaining in telling the story!

As for the running, I have started Couch 2 5K over in week 4. I am starting out stronger and faster but as the second half rolls around I tend to slow down a good bit. I have been reading Running magazine and it has helped so much with my form and in turn my breathing.

Hope to hear how your training is going! Only 12 more weeks till the big day!

I’m so very proud to hear how both Scott and Tammy are continuing their training since we completed our first 5K a few weeks ago. That was on Saturday and the following Monday, I was down sick with a horrible cold.

Would you believe it if I told you that the “cold” is still holding on?

I’ve been unable to catch a deep breath so any training that I have done has left me panting and near (what seems like) death by asphyxiation. This past Saturday, I decided that I was going to plan to see a doctor on Monday but today, I’m feeling a little better.

I’ve attempted to run twice in the past few weeks. The first was the Tuesday morning after I became ill. I ran about 2 miles and came home exhausted. Then I crawled into bed and slept 4 hours. The second attempt at a run was this most recent Saturday. I ran 1.5 miles and couldn’t breathe. I came home and couldn’t calm my heart or breathing for an entire hour after the run.

I also did a bit of a spin on my indoor bike trainer during last week sometime but I didn’t push it. This was after I went out with a local cycling group last Saturday and petered out after 11 miles of our 25 mile bike ride. I just couldn’t catch my breath.

I did a yoga class Friday night that wore me out… which is very unlike me.

I’ve simply felt exhausted. Low energy combined with a lack of a workout partner (I’m so jealous that ya’ll have each other) left me sitting on the couch instead of pushing through a training session.

Tomorrow evening, it’s back to work with my swim coach. I hope my lung capacity is getting back to normal. I guess we’ll see.

I feel like a big baby since I’ve not been dealing with what Scott had. Hope you’re feeling better, my friend.

In other news, I found two tri training groups that offer open water swims and/or other training workouts. The first is one mentioned here before, Sunrise Triathlon in Shreveport. They have a workout calendar and offer brick workouts out at Cypress Lake most Saturdays. I’m considering a race with them too. Maybe. If anything, the president has extended an open invitation to train with them to both me and you guys on any Saturday that they’re not racing. Perhaps we can do that sometime. (It’s also less expensive than signing up for lots of events.)

There is also a training group local to me: Tri-Now with Coach Frank. He has scheduled open water swim clinics right here on the lake by my house for $10 to drop in. Although it makes me nauseous to think about, I really need to push through the panic of swimming in open water. Some training there will be helpful.

I’m excited to get back to it. Hopefully, this illness is moving on so I can do just that.

Scott was sick last week so I was sans a work out partner. Working out wasn’t half as fun. He is slowly gaining strength back and getting back into the swing of things. Yea!!

Last Thursday, I went to the park and had a great run! I was SO excited! Felt great, felt like I ran faster, smoother. Then, Sunday, I ate SO very good and so very much…and lots of sweets, which is probably why my run on Sunday night was miserable. I couldn’t catch my breath at all. Scott came out and ran too and we ran a mile and a half and called it quits. 😦 We will be running tonight and Thursday night. Hopefully we get back into the rhythm soon!

Last night we went up to the Tech Pool to swim. Our friend Katy (with whom I am doing the Rocketchix Tri with this weekend) met us there and had LOTS of good swimming tips! She and Scott laughed at my form (I am sure I look like a fish flailing in the water!) but after going over a few things I hope I can start to grasp this swimming thing and become more like a dolphin than a flailing fish. That’s pretty high expectations but you have to have a goal, right? I have two more nights of swimming before the Tri this weekend to practice. My goal in the pool is not to drown. 🙂

I am ready to start biking and actually excited about it now with my new bike! Tonight, the goal is to ride to the park, run, then ride home. There are Saturday rides with a bike club here in town and hopefully on the weekends without the kids we will be able to ride with them along with another ride or two during the week!

Looking forward to hearing ya’ll’s updates!

After riding 6 miles a few Sundays ago on mountain bikes, we both knew that we needed something different if we were going to be able to make it biking. The bike Scott borrowed was too small for him and neither one of us could get the gears to work properly. So I took mine in to Turbo Goat to get road tires and a tune up and Chris had a used bike for sale. It’s a Giant TCR2 with harness pedals.  He cleaned it up and I tried it out yesterday. WOW is all I can say! He fitted it out for me and I took it around the block a few times, almost running into a lady (oops!) because I was on the sidewalk. Yes, I know you aren’t supposed to ride on the sidewalk but in 5 o’clock traffic in Ruston I wasn’t about to try to ride on the main drag. When I got it home, I rode around the parking lot and loved it!! The test will come tonight when I ride to the park, run and ride home.

Scott went to Monroe yesterday and went over to the Bike Source (That’s my friend Cindy with her new Trek on the main page!). He was able to try out a few bikes and found a Trek he liked! They ordered him a 60cm bike and it should be in by the end of the week. They told him he would be ready to ride by the weekend!

So we are ready to ride! 🙂 Maybe. Haha!

Needless to say, it’s all coming together. I actually fell like we will be (somewhat) ready by August for the River Cities Tri. I am in NO way, shape, form or fashion ready for the Rockerchix Tri this weekend but I am excited about it! My goal is to finish!

We may do a Sunrise Tri in Shreveport in May or June also if anyone is interested in joining…. 🙂 Scott thought it would be a good practice run for the River Cities.

Tonya, I think we are going to do the bike ride with you in Dallas! Give us some good experience!

Just a few tidbits to help with your new bike purchase. 😉

My advice is to go to a bike shop, get measured and look at what you’d like on a bike. Then, if you don’t want to buy one there, go on Craigslist and find one there. At least then, you’ll have a better idea of what to look for. Take the bike back into the bike shop to be fitted before you purchase it on Craigslist. The seller should totally understand your reasoning for this.

I would recommend the following items as well:

  • a comfortable helmet
  • bike shoes (you’ll thank me for this later… but not at first.)
  • gloves
  • bike shorts
  • saddle bag (for your bike, to hold keys, etc.)

Bike shop employees are generally very laid back and extremely helpful.

Later, I’ll post my initial bike shoes experience, for a good laugh. 🙂

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