Sunday, September 18, 2005

Sunday Ramblings

I'm tired. I need to take a nap this afternoon. I'll put that on my to do list for today.

I didn't sleep at all last Saturday night after the race. After a long, hard effort my body can't turn off. It stays awake all night long. Actually, I last looked at the clock at 5 AM and woke up at 630 AM so I guess I did sleep..a bit.

This past week was a whirlwind of working, football and meetings. I couldn't catch up. This morning I thought I'd catch up, but, alas, Topaz was in my face at 5 AM and Steve was in my face at 6 AM. Ugh. Yeah, the hubby is as bad as the dog.

Anyway, I and Topaz hit the trail for 10 slow easy miles. I probably walked 1-2 of them and that is ok.

It's another beautiful MN day. 75 and sunny.

This morning as I was getting ready to go I told Steve to leave the housework. He was beginning to get the broom and dustpan. This is what he said "well, it will be my exercise for today". How sad is that? Housework should not be exercise. My jaw dropped, he was serious. I came home from my self-indulgent run and my carpets were vacuumed, my tile swept and the wood swept and mopped. He was waiting for Tyler to wake before cleaning the upstairs.

Don't get me wrong, I appreciate this but it does make me feel a bit guilty. He doesn't mean for it to make me feel that way. He's being kind.

But exercise it is not...he's out mowing the lawn now. That's exercise. During the summer, when I'm off work, that's my job. I'm glad to give it up this month! We have a lot to mow. I think over an acre of our lot is lawn. That push mower takes a beating.

More ramblings..

I went for a bike ride with Susan, a triathlete. She won this awesome Cannondale tri bike at a triathlon she participated in this past summer. It was a $2000 gift card, she added another $2000 to it. It's a pretty spectacular bike, (stating the obvious). So we are riding along, I'm following her, there is NO way..NO WAY that I can catch her.

After our ride I'm explaining to her that I could not catch her no way no how. She very matter of factly states that it's all the bike. If she wants to compete in her age group, she needs a multi million dollar bike. I have a Fuji something or other road racing bike that's good enough for me..but she explained that all the age group winners have these $4000+ bikes. I think that's sad. Just a sad fact I guess.

I'm looking forward to trying my first triathlon in June. It's an Olympic distance and the water will probably be freezing. God, I'm such a tri-newbie, aren't I! Those are the only two facts I can come up with. Oh, and I won't have a million dollar bike.

Wil, Flatman, Chris and Jessie; does the bike really have that much to do with placing in the tri?

With ultra running you don't need expensive gadgets to be competitive. . A pair of shoes, some gaitors (which I don't even have but will get..some year...), a water pack and boom..your ready.

And maybe I'm wrong, maybe Susan is incorrect, maybe you don't need a the big $$ to be competitive. I certainly don't know. I hope not. I haven't even participated yet. I've only read and read and read. And listened.

More rambling...

You can't fake ultra running. I have found out this past year, if someone says they are getting in 50-60 or 70 miles a week, you will know it. It will show on the trail and at the race. There is no way to fake the training.

I've been running an average of 62 miles per week this year. Late winter/early spring I was hitting 80 in preparation for McNaugton. Now I've backed off to 50-55.

I've definately showed an improvement in my race times because of the weight I've lost and the miles I've been able to put in. Because I'm running faster, I can put in more miles in the same amount of training time. It's been pretty sweet.

After Twin Cities Marathon in two weeks and Ed Fitz 100K, two weeks later, I'll be trying out the big mileage again. I'm going to try and run 70 miles a week, and hold that, consistantly, until I get close to Western States 100 Mile. Then I'll crank her up to 80 + again.

I need to apply for Western prior to November. The lottery is December. I guess I better and the entry to my to do list.

Oh and check this out. Steve P. ran Wasatch last weekend. Here are some awesome cool pictures. They scare me. I'll be there summer after next.

Another ramble..Leanness Lifestyle Bootcamp Intensive III begins next Wednesday. I'll be focusing on losing another 5-8 pounds. You'll probably get tired of my obsessive talk over macro nutrients.

Have a great Sunday.


Anonymous said...

Sundays are meant for rambling :)

What Oly are you planning in June?

From my newbie tri perspective, I think the bike is the key leg of a triathlon. It's where you spend the most time & distance, so small increases in average speed can gain you a lot more time than comparative increases in the other legs.

That being said, there is a definite psychological advantage to being a strong runner in a triathlon. Read: you get to pass people ;)

And I totally agree. As a runner first, I still can not wrap my head around the complexities and exorbitant costs of cycling.

Now I'm rambling...

Born To Endure said...

Hey there, good luck in your triathlon adventure!! You sure must be a great runner, you won't have any problems riding a bike or swimming i'm sure!!!

Julie B said...

Jessie, I enjoy your rambling. My first triathlon will be the Buffalo Triathlon. I guess I'll do the Olympic distance; the sprint just seems too short. I guess that's because I'm used to the ultra stuff. It's on June 5. I usually do FANS 12/24 hour run instead but I am ready to give that one up. I didn't enjoy it at all this past June. Will you be doing Buffalo?

Julie B said...

Oops. it is

Chris said...

I think Lance would beg to differ - It's Not About The Bike. :) I do think there is a point where you're probably getting a good value for you dollar when you're out there buying a bike. I think that sweet spot for a bike is probably around $1500. Beyond that, you're spending money just to spend money, IMO. I don't think I go any faster on my bike than I would a bike priced significantly lower than mine. In fact, I frequently get passed by riders with less bike than mine.

The bike is an important tool, but really, it's all about the engine.

Hope you get some good sleep tonight!

:) said...

Chris is exactly right. Once you have a "decent" bike, it is all about the motor. Most age group winners that I have talked laugh about the fact that most of the time, they blow by the guys on the $6000 bikes and get dropped by the guys on the $600 road bikes. They are just joking, but it is true to some extent. Bike strength and endurance is the key... A sleek racer wil only get you so far if you are to pooped to peddle!