30 mile ride in 1 minute

Coach Jen had me scheduled for a 4 hour ride yesterday. I was PUMPED! I mapped a killer route from my house north to the Wisconsin border & back. It's part of a 112 mile route I want to ride later this season. There were problems with my ride from the beginning, like not sleeping because … Continue reading 30 mile ride in 1 minute

Marathon Recap, Injury Update, 2012 Goals

I felt pretty prepared for the 2011 Chicago Marathon last Sunday. I felt relaxed as I waited to start with the crowd for 45,000 runners. Right before the start I took 4 Motrin and 2 tylenol to ease the pain in my knee from the Plica that I learned I had a few days before the … Continue reading Marathon Recap, Injury Update, 2012 Goals

Check yourself before you wreck yourself!

Today I did something I don't notmally do... I looked at next weeks workouts in advance!!! I tend to go day to day with my workouts, it really helps that  Coach Jen wakes stays up until midnight each night to email them to me (I refuse to believe that it happens automatically). Next week is a … Continue reading Check yourself before you wreck yourself!

Motivating weekend at performance camp.

Hey, did you miss me? How do you like the NEW ChicagoNow? I've written a few draft posts that I never published in the past two weeks. They were about my recent lack of motivation to continue training. It was a funk I couldn't seem to shake. I felt like I was just doing the … Continue reading Motivating weekend at performance camp.

Training’s “Ah-Ha” moment

Throughout my stint with endurance sports there have been struggles. For marathon training it was my leg injury from building distance too fast. Now in triathlon training, my biggest hurdle has been swimming. I've tried just pushing through my workouts sometimes failing to complete them, I've gotten advice from Coach Jen, my Masters coaches and … Continue reading Training’s “Ah-Ha” moment

Swimming is frustrating.

It seems like the few time's I've felt good about a swim, it's followed up by a really poor performance in the pool. Yesterday was a prime example.About half-way though the 700yd warm up I knew it wasn't going to be good. My whole body felt disconnected and uncoordinated. I pushed through and continued on … Continue reading Swimming is frustrating.

Only 172 Days until Mooseman?!?! Oh Crap!!!

I saw this really cool app on Facebook today called IronApp. Lauren from Outside The Girl Box has used it to post the race she's running in 2011. I logged on a found my race, The Mooseman 70.3 on June 5th.When you say "June 5th" it sounds like it's 100 years away... I mean really, … Continue reading Only 172 Days until Mooseman?!?! Oh Crap!!!

Who wears shoes in a pool?!?!

I guess I do. I had to read Coach Jen's notes twice to make sure I was understanding it correctly.10 x 100 as:5 of them SWIM with SHOES ON....you must focus on pulling more with your upper body and kicking w/ your hips and hip flexors!Apparently I wasn't the only one getting this instruction cause Coach … Continue reading Who wears shoes in a pool?!?!

What an active Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday... I just love food, which is probably no surprise. And in years past my Thanksgiving activities included, watching football, eating way too much, drinking too much, and then deciding I needed a little more to eat.This year was different. I had a lot of activities going on! Thursday morning I … Continue reading What an active Thanksgiving!