Tag Archives: training

Curve Balls in Life

I don’t know anyone that has a perfect life. There will be curve balls but it is how you react. Many know about my toxic levels of Vitamin D which is rare. First, I became advocate for my own health which you have to do today. I wanted to know why and what causing high levels.  Instead letting the Nurse Partition-er say it is okay to live that way, I wanted to see a specialist. I wanted to feel better, not feel crappy all the time. I am happy I did. My kidneys were causing it to elevate. My 1.25 kidneys has had problems processing red meats, so now it is all meats. Stopping eating them and feel better. Vitamin D at kidney level is good but the higher level is still high.  Cutting back on endurance events has made my kidneys happy too. It is how react and push forward that your life moves forward.

My glass is half full! Now if I can get faster! 

Perfect Weather Perfect Race

 Yesterday, we couldn’t have asked for better weather to run Earth Rock Half Marathon.  2 missing in the picture are Brenda running Big Sur Marathon and Priscilla running her first marathon New Jersey Marathon. As we ran our races in different states at the same time, we were thinking of each other. This make these ladies amazing to train with. They support each other throughout the training for their half marathon and marathons. Now we switch our focus to triathlon training. They make training fun!

Do you have a team that train together?

May Newsletter is hot off the press and posted at: https://gearupforfitness.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/gearupfitnessnewslettermay2017.pdf

What Did I Learn Today?

Not every workout is going to be good, as I explain to Dan. I am coaching Dan to train for his first triathlon, Eagleman Half Ironman. Checking in, he said yesterday he felt tired and slow running 4 miles. So today he took as rest day, which is okay. My point not all workouts will be good. When the workout is bad and you pushed through, “Self Talk”, makes you mentally stronger for your race. Endurance races are half physical and half mental. Dan was a sprinter in high school then switch to endurance is learning new lessons everyday in his training.

So what did you learn today?

Be Smart on the Bike

Spring is here in New England with warmer weather coming which more people biking. Safety should be on the mind of all cyclists and everyone on the road.

A friend and I are having this argument: he doesn’t believe in bike helmets and likes to listen to music with his iPod. He lives in New Hampshire which has a motto: “Live Free or Die”. Yup New Hampshire does not have a law that requires cyclists/motorcyclist to wear helmets.

I believe in safety 1st! That includes wearing helmet, not listening to music and signaling  not just for other cyclists but also drivers of cars and trucks. Yes he is a rebel singing to his own tune but he won’t be doing it with me or my cycle friends. Being smart on the bike includes respecting your environment, cars, runners, walkers, cyclists and others but you will also live longer. We all need to Share the Road!

 

What is Your Special Place

Cyclists, Runners and Triathletes have special place that they can go to unwind. Last year, when I moved to live on Lake Gardner, I realized I was steps away from running on trails at Woodsom Farm. Today, I just couldn’t do the bike on the trainer but be running outside on this lovely spring day.  When I run to the top of Whittier Hill, I feel I am in the Sound of Music with the views. The pictures below are the views from the top of that hill.

 Woodsom Farm Lake Gardner and Powwow Hill

 A place to sit to contemplate or meditate

I am looking forward in a few weeks when the flowers and leaves on the trees.

Let me know what your special place you like to go to contemplate or Zen or meditate.

Quality vs Quantity Workouts

When you shop for furniture, car, clothes does your decision determine to buy for quality or for quantity. You probably go for quality.

That is how you should determine your workouts especially when you are short time. This has been a crazy week with work and appointments for me. Knowing I have half marathon at the end of the month, I put running before my swim and bike. But I made sure the run workouts are quality then have swim and bike be the recover workouts. Quality run workouts: 1 workout focus on your form; 2nd workout focus on hills and leg speed (cadence); 3rd workout focus on the endurance, the long run.

When you focus on the mileage numbers (quantity)  then you lose focus on the quality, the purpose of the workout. As a triathlete, this can difficult with 3 different sports. Then ask yourself what is your ultimate goals of your races, which quality will be first.

Successful Indoor Triathlon Series for 2017

This year, we had new faces, first timers and returning triathletes.

We want to thank the participants, volunteers and our sponsors to make the race successful.

PICTURE OF SOME OF THE PARTICIPANTS     MARCH 4, 2017 RACE: