Archive for January, 2009

Race Clothing…check

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

As I get a bit closer to my princess race, I’ve really started to worry about what to wear. I know, it’s a girl thing, but, I want to look cute when I run.  It goes back to my horse riding days – if my horse was bucking, limping, spooking, sprinting, or just refusing to move at a horse show – which happened basically at every show – I could always guarantee that I would see “nice turnout” on the scorecard. Some might say that is an insulting comment and that the judge had nothing else of value to say, I’d like to think the judge really did think I was a snappy dresser.  Same goes for any race I do now. I might be the last one finishing, but I’m going to look good. 

As luck would have it, I’ve found a Disney running forum (yes there is such a thing, and yes it is as bad as you can imagine). Even better there’s a whole forum dedicated to the “Skirts”.  (Linda/Kirsten/Darren feel free to insert eyeroll here). Not only are these ladies passionate about their skirts, but they also directed me here.  That’s right, Skirt Sports Outlet.  AN OUTLET!!! An outlet with only pink clothing in stock (keep up with that eye rolling). So I did what any reasonable person would do.  I purchased two skirts and two shirts. 

Can you believe they only had PINK left?
Can you believe they only had PINK left?
One might wonder if I’m going to switch clothes halfway through the race. Actually I might need to switch clothes three times, since Wendy and I both  bought pink running dresses at Barb’s last year.  That’s why I’m bringing spectators/support crew with me.  I think it’s reasonable to expect them to meet me throughout the race with new race clothes.  That way each of my pictures will be different throughout the race.  I think it’s a brilliant idea. 

Somewhere along the way, things got out of hand

Friday, January 23rd, 2009
Today we bring you a special guest blog from Darren.

I can’t remember if it was Socrates, Ron Jeremy, or my father who initially said “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing to excess”.  Who would have figured that barely 3 years after major injuries on both our parts that it would come to the point that we HAD to come up with a garage organization method for bicycles of all things!?!?!

It happened over New Years.  Slowtwitch had a “Take A Picture of Your Bike RIGHT NOW!” thread.  “No cheating, don’t move it, don’t clean up around it, don’t shift gears to the big ring, nothing. Let’s see what sad state our steeds are in to start out the New Year!” the rules said.  I was instantly hooked!  It was neat to see the abandoned tri-bikes off-season.  The warm-climate bikes ready for action.  The city bikes crammed into New York apartments.  The bikes that had become just rather expensive clothes hangers.  And then it came.  Post #6 — A guy named Khai who had what looked like a bike store in his garage.  Nice and organized and just beautiful.  I had to have it!  Apparently others did too, as the thread quickly became an interrogation session as to the identity of the mystery bike rack.  Ok, he had a little mess underneath… but it was still an awesome sight to behold!

See, it all started innocently enough.  I had an old no-suspension mountain bike I used to ride to High School.  I bought my nice road bike after my racquetball injury.  Sarah bought her road bike after her horse fall.  I bought my tri-bike for my Ironman adventues.  She bought her Cervelo road/tri bike to get ready for the 2009 season.  I bought a fixie last weekend because Phil got me hooked.  Add that up and you’ve got six bikes!  SIX!  Bicycles!  12 wheels!  (Ok, 14 if you count Sarah’s old trainer set… Mum, add that to the count).  How did this happen???  Somewhere along the line this hobby turned into an addiction.

So with the identity of the mystical magical rack confirmed [Rubbermaid FastTrack, about $9 per piece, cheap!] we rushed off to Home Depot and ordered the rest off Amazon.  Martin Luther King Day I started drilling for installation which took longer than expected thanks to our builders not using standard spacing.  Today the masterpiece has finished:

Everything in its place and still room to open the freezer

Everything in its place and still room to open the freezer... amazing!

Sharp-eyed readers will note there’s only 5 bikes there currently.  There’s another rail to be added and another basket for all our spare parts (anybody need 4 stems and 3 saddles?).  I initially did have all 6 bikes up there but moved them over in order to fit the helmet rack and shelf.

Let's play "name the bikes"

Let's play "name the bikes"

Hey Peter, we need to get rid of Zaxxon, btw.  You want me to just put it on craigslist?  Anyone reading want to buy it?

Happy Bikes on a rack

Happy Bikes on a rack

Oh, and yes all the cars still fit.

The first step is admitting the problem.

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

So I knew I might have a problem when the first thing Debi and Cheryl said when they visited our house for the first time was “you really like to collect Febreze don’t you”.  I will admit, I do have a lot of Febreze.  I have two dogs…everyone with two dogs should have some Febreze. And sometimes I like to have a bottle in the front of the house and one in the back of the house. And generally one in the middle just in case the mood strikes me and I feel the urge to spray.  I can tell you that Target makes a generic version which works equally well, comes in a bigger bottle, and is half the price. The downside though is the bottle leaks. Which is part of the reason why when Chebi was walking through the house that there were 2 bottles in the back of the house, 2 in the middle, and 2 or 3 in the front (and those were the obvious bottles – there’s a few hidden in other places).

So knowing this, and knowing that I have been on a quest for the past 6 months to keep our sports laundry smelling clean.  (Just as an FYI Dreft does not work as well as the Fleet Feet guy claimed, and it or the 10 pound box of Oxi-Clean (which also didn’t work) gave me an allergic reaction where one should not have allergies. ).Anyway, on a quest to find a run this weekend that was not on a trail I’ve been on, I came across this: http://www.mapmyrun.com/febreze

Yes, of course I signed up for a free sample. Umm an ability to clean smelly workout clothes is like the final frontier for me.  Not only do I get to add a new bottle of Febreze to my collection, but there’s a potential I might not end up with an allergic reaction and another trip to the doctor. 

Oh, and when I remember your addresses, you will be receiving a free bottle of this as well. Think of it as the beginning of your collection.

A few more additions to the YOS calendar, or why Darren Loves Michael Eisner

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

So at dinner last night (if you’re in Sac, Supperclub is FANTASTIC!), the topic came up about the Disneyland 1/2 (marathon that is). I really hadn’t planned on racing in Disneyland, because well I didn’t feel like pushing the Disney limit on Darren…But it seems if you run in both a Disneyworld event and a Disneyland event in the same year, that you qualify for the Disney Coast to Coast Challenge, which means – ONE MORE MEDAL.  I want to state now, even the prospect of one more medal was not really that compelling, but with the encouragement from K, and also Darren declaring his undying support for the idea (note, if you really really want something, dinner at Supper Club is highly recommended, prefarably with the wine option – I think he might have been on glass 6 or 7 at that point), so I registered.  The best part though – Disney refers to it as “the ultimate test of endurance”.  In a much more sober state of mind today, it has been pointed out to me by Darren, that two 1/2 marathons in a year, 6 months apart, is not really a test of endurance…umm whatever, it is YOS, Mr. IM can bite me. Personally I think putting up with Darren at two Disney parks is the ultimate test of  endurance.

So ok, adding an additional 1/2 to the schedule, not really on the list of “what are you thinking”…then I remembered a link Darren sent to me a few weeks ago.  I have also now registered for a “Climbing and Descending” cycling clinic in February. To be honest, those are two things I absolutely hate on my bike. I don’t even think I could determine which I hate more.  But, I will be cycling around Lake Tahoe, and it would appear there are one or two hills, and I’m guessing from every uphill there is an equivalent downhill.  And I’m not really sure that taking valium to overcome my panic attack while going downhill in Tahoe is a really good idea. 

So for all of my family reading this, if you don’t see me until after October, it’s for good reason, and just think of the souvenirs I’ll be bringing you.  For my friends, who’s up for some training rides and runs?

Disney qualifying time – check.

Monday, January 12th, 2009

PROOF OF TIME

Disney’s Princess Half Marathon
If you believe you will finish the Half Marathon in less than 2:45 (hours: minutes), proof of time is required. Acceptable forms of proof of time are either a photocopy of finisher’s certificate or a print out of race results. All forms of proof of time must be from a half marathon or any race 10k or longer, after September 1, 2006. If you do not provide proof of time, you will be placed in the last start corral.

I’m sure the last start corral is very nice, but that really was not an option for the YOS, so on Saturday I made my first attempt for a qualifying time. Now granted a 2:45 finish time (12:35 pace) for a 1/2 is relatively slow compared to most of my friends, but I’ve never ran that quick in my life.  My thought was if I ran this 10K, it would give me an idea of how quickly I would need run for the Davis Stampede 10K.  I had no hopes of actually making my pace for my first 10K in the YOS.  Darren told me that I had the wrong attitude, but really, I just thought it was the most realistic attitude available to me.

I woke up early on Saturday to run the first annual 2009 Lou Gehrig Roseville 10k Run.  I figured I was doomed when Darren took a quick walk along a portion of the course and told me, it was going to be a bit hilly.  Hmm…I don’t do so well on hills.  Also, the anticipated 300 runners had turned into 600, and the trail we were running on was only about 9 feet wide for an out and back course, so there would be a lot of dodging people as well as a lot of congestion on the course. Oh well I thought to myself, if nothing else, I’ll get my long run out of the way for the week. When the race started I stood still for a couple minutes to let the masses start first, then turned on my iPod, and started racing.  To be clear, Darren had no idea what types of hills were out there, he had only walked about 200 feet.  Yeah, that was the small hills.  Total elevation gain according to the Garmin was about 900 feet.  I think that means it’s hilly.    On the plus side though it is a beautiful trail with running water, lots of oaks, well shaded, and for every uphill there is an equivalent downhill.  Fortunately the way back was cumulatively downhill.  I had been keeping an eye on my Garmin the whole way, and it was looking very much like I might meet my qualifying time.  I was able to run for a mile, walk for a tenth of a mile, and then start running again with no problems, and no inhaler puffs.  Darren had created a fantastic playlist, with the exception of the first song (Lenny Kravitz’s American Woman) which is far too slow and very uninspiring.  Fortunately he followed that with Boogie Shoes, which is my theme song (I’m a dork, I’ll admit it).  Halfway through I was able to hear the Hamster song, and Crazy Train (angry music, but appropriate for running).  Keeping an eye on my watch, I was feeling pretty good. I was averaging a 12:17 pace even with my walk breaks.  Then I hit mile 5.5 and realized that I should have probably eaten something because I was suddenly jittery, my breathing went out of control, and my heartrate was spiking. Looking at my watch, it was not an option to start walking to the finish, as I would miss my goal time, and I would hate to have ran the entire time, only to lose it in the last half mile.  So thinking on my resolution to push through uncomfortable, I just kept telling myself to keep moving and pick up my pace. I made it to the bottom of the last hill right before the finish line, to find Darren running downhill to meet me.  With some words of encouragement, “you need to pick it up to make your time” followed by “don’t overstride, increase your cadence” (I will refrain from repeating the thoughts that were going through my head with his words of “encouragement”), I made it up the hill to finish on the clock in 1:16:45. 

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Sarah Madanns Elk Grove CA

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1:16:45.5

1:17:04.8

0:19.3

12:23/M

So with a 12:23 pace (although my Garmin claims it was a 12:17 pace, likely because the course was a little longer – 6.25 miles vs. the posted 6.2), I have now officially met my Disney qualifying time, and will not be relegated to the last corral.  I should now be in the second to last corral 😉

Coming soon to a transition area near you…

Monday, January 12th, 2009

So on Friday one of my coworkers sent me this link: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/28527841?gt1=43001

Now, although I found this a little sketchy, ok, whatever.  I suppose men have every right to wear pantyhose, although I can’t imagine why men would want to subject themselves to control top panty hose, even for warmth.  And I do not buy the whole “oh I couldn’t find any compression garments anywhere” – umm Walmart carries compression tights (thanks David for that tidbit on TriTalk).  But I do draw the line when I sent this link to Darren (in the category of “hey, bet you haven’t seen this yet”), and he responds with the following link: http://forum.slowtwitch.com/gforum.cgi?post=2061362.  Now granted this thread is all about Torbjorn Sinballe (Denmark triathlete) who wears all white compression clothing when racing.  A bit odd, but he is from Denmark, and I can agree that racing in the heat at Kona is probably not all that great for him.  More interesting in this forum though is post 19 which has the following statement by Davetallo:

“…for the record, I’m planning to register the brand name “Mantyhose” with the appropriate copyright authorities…”

Yes, that’s right, the mantyhose man is a triathlete…which logically can only mean one thing, we’re going to start seeing some mantyhose soon.  It should start with Kona, but I’m betting it will end up at local TBF races soon.  I’m not exactly sure what added benefit the mantyhose will give to men triathletes, other than the removal of their man card, as well as good entertainment for all the women as we watch these men try to put on their mantyhose.

I suppose even slightly less disturbing, but still up there on the “why does Darren know this” list is that not only had Darren noticed the mantyhose the day before, but had investigated the option of purchasing the website, because he thought and I quote “it’s clever”.  I’m not sure if I should be terrified or amused, but I do know that if any of you see him wearing mantyhose at the next race, that you please take some pictures.

My New Year’s Goal

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Ok, so I’m really not a fan of making New Year’s resolutions, because well to be honest I’m not a fan of keeping them (yeah I’m still working on that being nicer resolution from last year…let me know how successful that’s been, ok? 🙂 ) At any rate, I decided on Sunday during a grueling bike ride (all 25.83 miles of it) that I needed to have a goal because well I was at mile 7 and no one would tell me when we would turn around, and therefore I was in my “I’m bored, I’m tired, I’ve seen this trail too many times, I’m bored” mood.  Then I thought, “Wow, I’m uncomfortable…and I’m still bored”. It was at that point that Darren looked at me and told me I needed to focus…and that I needed to eat…3 Clif Bloks later, and after pulling a partial Kirsten (yes, my bike is now fast enough that I can jump into the draft  of people passing me – I just don’t have quite the leg strength to pass them yet …soon though), I finally rejoined Darren and Wendy in a much better mental state, or at least an improved carb enhanced mental state. So in this improved mental state, I came up with my goal – No, not to focus more and not look at the scenery (obviously a Darren suggestion), but instead to work through the uncomfortable.  Not necessarily pain uncomfortable, because I’m a big fan of stopping if I’m in pain, but more of a keep working even when I’m bored, or going past my normal limits, or doing something that I’m not comfortable doing.  THAT didn’t work so well for me last year, so working through my comfort zone to be a little uncomfortable might be a new challenge.

Oh, and the bike is fantastic! Helmet stayed on top, rubber stayed on bottom.  I am convinced my bike sings at 17.5 mph, although Darren just thinks I’m nutty.  AND, the shifting worked beautiful thanks to all of the tweaking Darren did while I was on my run before my ride.  Still need a compact crank (seriously, how hard is it for eBay to sell one at a reasonable price?), so I can go up a hill, but it’s almost done 🙂