Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Cap2Cap: My First Century

A few months ago, my IMNC group - me, my dad, my dad's friend who is like a second dad to me, and dad's friend's girlfriend - decided to sign up for Cap2Cap, a century (a.k.a. 100 mile) bike ride. Unfortunately, the name is a little misleading: it doesn't actually go from Williamsburg (colonial capital of Virginia) to Richmond (current capital), but instead makes a giant loop between them. So you never actually ride in either city, which was kind of a bummer. It was on May 14, the same day as my graduation ceremony, which I had never planned to attend anyway, so what better way to celebrate than to ride with some of my favorite people (and a few hundred? thousand?) others?! It seemed like a good idea at the time. 

After injuring my foot in March, I had no races or endurance events planned for the foreseeable future except for, oh, this 100-mile bike ride. I expressed more than once that despite my best attempts, I was seriously undertrained, and the only reason I wasn't absolutely flipping out and debating bailing on the whole thing was because it was a ride and not a race. I knew I'd be with a group that wouldn't leave me, there'd be pit stops along the way, and it wasn't timed. But still, with a projected ride time of 6-7 hours it was slated to be my longest endurance event ever (both in time and distance), and none of those previously mentioned facts made riding my bike ONE HUNDRED miles an easy task. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Ironman North Carolina Training: Week 1

Just like I did for Beach2Battleship, I plan on recapping every week of my Ironman North Carolina training. I don't know what day of the week I'll get them up, but I want to keep up with them because, while I log individual workouts on other sites, those logs don't tell a story. I know these posts aren't particularly exciting for most people and I may even end up turning comments off at some point because these posts are mostly pointless for anyone who isn't me - and that's okay!

So, this is it. My official 20 weeks of ironman training started this week. I chose to work with a coach for this one for, well, a lot of reasons, but the main one is that I just feel more comfortable having someone who knows what he's talking about walk me through this. My half Ironman last year was the first time I'd ever paid for a training plan, for the same reason: I just didn't think I could juggle three sports by myself. So I paid for a plan and was really successful with it, so logically, with even more complexities added in for a full, it made sense to work with someone. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I Have Something to Say.

It's been a while since I've used this space to actually say something. I've had things I've wanted to say, but I've been busy, I've doubted my words, I've figured no one would care what I had to say...the usual. But over the weekend 49 innocent people lost their lives for absolutely no fucking reason, and this will undoubtedly get buried in a pile of the myriad posts about this topic this week, but today...today I have something to say. I've written and deleted and written and rewritten and deleted this post many times over the last few years, but every time I've erased the words until there was just white space, and I've left it alone. But not today. Today I finally wrote the words down and they didn't come out right or the way I thought they would or wanted them to, but that's okay. I have something to say.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

What's New: June

It's my blog, and I'll post on Saturday (and join a linkup 2 days late) if I want to!

I skipped Kristen's linkup last month because putting together a post - not just a linkup post, but any post - was unfortunately way way low on my list of things I needed to do. And I wanted to get one together for this months since things have changed quite a bit since my last one in April, but that didn't happen in time either. I did post a little catch-up post recently so let's move on to this month!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Training for Tuesday: Riding the Injury Train (and a Call for Help!)

Average monthly mileage in 2015: 93 miles

January 2016: 118 miles

February 2016: 136 miles

March 2016: 77 miles

April 2016: 3 miles

Yes, friends, I ran THREE miles in the entire month of April. And three more miles than I really expected to run, to be honest. You may not know this since I've been so secretive about it, but...I injured my foot in March. This is only the 3rd time in my 5-year running career that I've had a serious injury, which is pretty good by some standards, but the 3rd time was most definitely not the charm in this case. With the other two, I took some time off (7 weeks for shin splints in 2012, 2.5 weeks for piriformis syndrome in 2013), and although I had to ease back in when I did start running again, I more or less picked up where I had left off with no problems.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Month of May

as told by my iPhone
(from left to right)

  • We packed up all our stuff and moved! Two Sundays ago I drove our car and Ben drove the giant 26' Uhaul (that we got even though we only reserved a 15') from Blacksburg to Washington, DC! 
  • We ate &Pizza on our building's roof the first night there.
  • And then we drove back to Blacksburg the next day because oh surprise, actually my last presentation was on Tuesday (I was originally supposed to be done Saturday, hence the move on Sunday) and I still had work to do for it so I worked while Ben drove.
  • That night was our last night in Blacksburg, which I didn't realize until we were out playing pool and having beer with one of our friends, and then I cried on the way back to spend our last night in our apartment.
  • We took a moving selfie in our backyard (we also have "We're moving here!" and "We just moved here!" selfies in the same spot) and then left for DC again, for real this time.
  • And when we arrived at 11pm someone was parked in our parking spot.
  • It was really rainy and gross our first day there, but our view from our balcony (if you stick your head out and crane your neck around, anyway) is still pretty.
  • So technically school ended like 2 days after I moved, and graduation was still another couple days away but I wasn't walking so checked to make sure I actually graduated...and I'm still not 100% because my diploma hasn't come in the mail yet, but my degree status online says "Awarded" so I think that means yes.
  • I was in DC for a whole 36 hours before leaving again, this time to go home to the beach. My parents took me to my favorite restaurant (also where Ben and I had our reception) that's right on the ocean, so I got to go put my toes in the sand (for probably the last time for a while). 
  • And then my dad and I went to Waffle House at 5am for breakfast before our big century ride.
  • I rode my bike for 100 miles and a lot of the scenery was fields, fields, and more fields. 
  • And I forgot sunscreen so this is what I looked like after 7 hours on the bike.
  • Then I came back to DC the day before my first day of work, so Ben and I walked downtown to my office so I could practice my commute.
  • I ran! Actually I've run 4 times in the last week and a half (up from 2 times total in the 8 weeks prior), but last weekend was my first real run where I actually a) went outside and b) left my neighborhood. I ran a rainy 4 miles to and from the National Mall, which is crazy that that's a thing I can just do now. My foot still isn't back to normal, but it's normal enough that I can run on it a little bit!