UPCOMING EVENTS for 2016: Puerto Rico Marathon (March), Virginia/Pennsylvania Marathon Double (April), Cedro Peak Ultra 45k (April), Quicksilver 50k (May) NUT 50k (June) Lake Tahoe Trail 50K (July), Cloudsplitter 55K (October)

It's never too late to be what you might have been. --George Eliot

Athena is the Goddess of wisdom and war. In 2005, I declared war on my own bad tendencies: sloth, being fat, compacency, and being too old for adventure. This is the story of how I went from being someone who never stood when she could sit, to being an ultrarunner, marathoner, and triathlete. Along the way I've cried, laughed, fallen, gotten up, lost, won, hallucinated, been dehydrated, DNF'ed, and been DFL.
I also swear. Alot.
"You're never too old to be what you might have been" --George Eliot

Monday, August 11, 2008

On getting my butt kicked.


Boy. Talk about resting on your laurels! So after Ironman Coeur D'Alene I was all full of myself; I was all, you know that thing, the the gesture where you lick your finger and lay it somewhere on your body and go, tsssssssssss--yeah, i was all that

and I wasn't doing any speed work,
and then I showed up at a local sprint. Unbeknownst to me, my closest rival, fellow NM Outlaw "Warpath" Karen, had been doing some serious speedwork since the LAST time I beat her (twice, but who's counting) and of course, you know what happened next:

yes. Of course, she kicked my ass. SOUNDLY.
and that's even considering that SHE doesn't even have any place to SWIM where she lives, nor does she have any paved roads. She beat the crap out of me.

Lucky for me that Karen is also one of the most awesome people I know. Karen's been doing triathlon for at least 20 years, and for 19 of them has been an Athena. When I first met her, she sat me down and the speech she gave me went essentially like this: bodyglide, bodyglide, bodyglide, bodyglide. Best advice I ever got, hands down.

So, this past Saturday, she had no reservations about telling me what speedwork I should be doing. I sat next to her for nearly an hour after the race and soaked it all in, like a big giant Athena sponge. I had already made a goal of doing speedwork after Ironman but hadn't really followed through on it yet, but after Saturday, I was humbled, after placing fifth Athena, and I made a new training plan for the rest of August in which I do some speedwork in each of the three at least once a week.

Today I started the swim speed work, which I got off Beginner Triathlete, and then cycled uphill onto the mesa and back home. I used my commuter, which has SPDs, and I'd like to point out that I don't ever, ever, ever have to look down to clip into my SPDs. Are you sick of hearing about my pedal angst yet?

Oh, and I can do SIX REAL PUSHUPS now. SIX! I'm pretty sure I've never done that many at one time in my LIFE. I'm thinking, at this rate, I will make my 2008 resolution of doing ten pushups in a row, and then some.

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7 comments:

  1. I think the two of your are not even legally athenas anymore based on what I saw on Saturday. You two have lost some serious weight!!
    (You are such a better sport than I was about my race Saturday)
    :)

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  2. You could always do that 100 push up challenge thing in the off season. I was going swimmingly until someone told me my form was bad. I had no motivation.

    Now, If I could be in a push up competition, I'd be all motivated AND A BAG OF CHIPS!!

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  3. ahahahahahaha....I have a sprint this sunday and just haven't been into the whole speedwork thing.

    somehow, without appropriate training I'll manage to pull out a pr....right?

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  4. You will easily do 10 pushups, you are IRON MISTY!
    Thanks for the swim link, that's really interesting

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  5. Very few who can race all distances well....some are sprinters, some can go all day and then some.
    Sometimes ya gotta pick and choose what'cha want to be good at! :-)

    Yea for 6 pushups! (Keep your head up, not looking down for proper positioning and best results! I see soooo many people doing them incorrectly...even for PT tests in the airforce. I always want to correct them...but I keep my mouth shut!)

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  6. Okay - random person comment. :)

    I just heard about the 100 push-up challenge. You start by doing at least 2 push-ups, & you work up to being able to do 100. I didn't know if you've heard of it, but I thought I'd pass the idea along if you were interested.

    http://www.hundredpushups.com/

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  7. I have speedplay frogs on both of my bikes. Technically an SPD pedal. They are really easy to get in and out of and the shoes are easy to walk in.

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