Monday, June 27, 2011

Side stitches

Yesterday had to be the suckiest ride I have had all year long.  I had mapped out a new route from my house that got me to 50 miles and was excited to try it out.  I then foolishly slept in and Sunday morning and was either going to have to ride in the heat of the day or what until the end of the day.  I chose the end of the day when it cooled off a little bit.  This allowed me to get things done around the house which was nice.  At 5pm I decided it was time to get out there and try this new route out.  It was an out and back with a loop on it.  The nice thing about the loop is that I can add more miles if I want by just going back around the loop.  The 50 mile plan had me going around the loop twice.  This is the first time in a looong time that I didn't have my Garmin FR60 with me as it has been sent back to Garmin due to water under the face which took out most of the screen.  Thankfully they are fixing it free of charge but it sucks not having data.  I used my Cat Eye cycling computer to keep track of things but it just isn't the same.   I was using my new Mavic Tri Race cycling shoes (1st time) and realized a few miles down the road that the cleat on the right shoe need to be adjusted slightly.  It was putting my foot in a weird position which was causing discomfort.  I stopped at mile 4 and loosened the shoe which helped a lot but by then the right foot just wasn't happy.  Don't get me wrong I love the shoes; I just should have had tools in my bag or used a much shorter ride to shake them out.  The biggest issue was side cramps or stitches or whatever you want to call it.  It started about mile 3 on the right side and showed up on the left side about a mile later.  I wish I knew what brought it on but I don't.  All I can tell you is that it got worse and worse as the ride went on.  By mile 20 it was really beating me up and the more I pedaled the worse it hurt.  I would have to pedal hard and then when it hurt to breathe I coasted until it eased up enough to get back to it.  Those last 10 miles where much slower than I would have wanted and I was feeling totally drained by the whole thing.  I was hoping to try for another 20 miles but my body had let me know it wasn't having anymore without upping the pain.  I decided to shut it down and head home.  It was mix feeling kind of thing.  I hated not doing the goal of 50 miles but felt good that I had pushed through the pain for 26 miles.  It took a little over an hour before the effects of the cramping went away.  I am going to do some research on this to try and figure out how to avoid it in the future. I have a feeling that my lack of core workouts recently may play a factor.

Has anyone else had side cramp issues on the bike or run that they were able to resolve?  How did you resolve it?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Training recap

Here is my training recap for the last week.

Monday: Rest Day

Tuesday: Run 35 minutes - my "run" is still very rough.  My cardio is in serious need of improvement.

Wednesday: Swim 1000 meters
                    Warm up: 100m
                     Sighting drill: 4 x 50 m (w/ 30 sec rest)
                     Freestyle swim: 3 x 200m (w/ 45 sec rest)
                     Cool down: 100m

Thursday: Weight training: 80 min
                 Brick -Bike 1 hour (20 miles); Run 13 min (1 mile)

Friday: Night Out

Saturday: Bike 25 miles 1:40 (first real group ride)

Sunday: Swim 1400 m
             Warm up: 200m
              Flutter kick drills: 4 x 50m (30 sec rest)
              Freestyle swim: 2 x 200m (1 min rest)
              Fartlek swim: 400 meters (50 hard, 50easy)
              Cool down: 200m

OK, so Friday was supposed to be a run day but I didn't wake up early and then work got crazy and I had to meet people out that night to see the band Live so it was sacrificed.  All I hear in my head when I don't workout in the morning is a quote I saw on Sweaty Emily's page that said "I never regret a morning workout but I regret every morning I don’t workout."  I head my head in shame now. 
This is a new week and today is a rest day which for the first time has made me feel antsy.  I have a lot of mile to catch up on for #500MIJ and I wanted to do something but I am sticking to the plan and following the rest days.
One last thing, I am in need of donations for the LIVESTRONG Davis event on July 10th.  Anything you can give will be greatly appreciated and goes to a good cause. Plus it allows me to ride a 70 mile cycling event with Team Fatty!  Thanks for your help.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Feeling good again

I am feeling pretty good these days. I have gotten myself back on track with my training finally.  A little late for my last race but no worries, I am right on time for upcoming races.  I did the Tri Latta Sprint Triathlon on Saturday which was a great event.  I really enjoyed the course and will be making a point to do it again next year.  I was thankful that the run course was on trails through the woods so it was nice a shady which was excellent since it had started to warm up.  I had a lot of fun.
Sunday I meet up with a friend so that we could do the 100 Miles of Nowhere ride that Fatty puts on every year.  We had never actually ridden 100 miles so it was a good opportunity to see what it was all about and if we could even do it.  The goal is obviously to ride 100 miles in one day but the trick is to find a short loop to do it on or to ride it on a trainer.  Basically you should feel like you are going nowhere for a very very very long time.  We started out at 10am (I realized later that we should have started much earlier) and rode the 1.5 mile loop.  We took a break at 25 miles to refill water bottles and visit the nutrition table.

What? I like to have options.

 We went back at it and as the heat started to kick in.  While circling the same loop is a little boring after awhile, it allowed me to figure out the best way to ride certain spots on the loop.  It was a great learning experience for sure.  My riding partner was fading fast so we stopped for lunch at mile 45.  It was starting to get pretty hot so I setup my trainer in his basement to knock out five miles I had left to reach 50 miles.  It would have really bugged me to stop before I finished the 50 miles.  The lunch break was MUCH longer than I had planned for it to be but it helped to get my riding partner rested up and back on the bike.  We changed the loop from a 1.5 mile loop to a 1.3 mile loop.  The 1.3 mile loop was nice because it was something new to see for the second 50 miles.  The riding partner made it about 15 miles and then was cooked.  He dropped and went back to the house.  The one good thing was I could now just zone out and start pedaling away.  I rode to 81 miles and then stopped to refill my water bottles.  It was about 91 degrees out but I was feeling pretty good.  As I started off to finish my last 19  miles the threat of storms finally made good and it started to rain.  It actually felt pretty good and it cooled everything.  I was counting down laps as I went and making up little rhymes to go along with it.  #5 is alive! 4 then the door. 3 then I am free. 2 then I am through. 1 and DONE!  The last 3 laps were really taking it out of me but half way through that last lap I was on FIRE! When my garmin showed 100 miles I was so pumped! Nothing hurt, I just felt amazing!!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Another day....

Today was chock full of meetings which I am not really a big fan of.  I know that some people like meetings and would have them all day long if they had a choice but to me it feels like it's a day of talking about being productive but not actually being productive.  Plus, it always seems like meetings bring the retardation out of your fellow co-workers and you just want to just over the table at them and snuff them out.  Anyway........Once I left it was quickly a much better day.  When I got home I managed to unpack a few more boxes (clearly I am in no rush).  I found the wok that I was looking for last night which made me pretty happy which is probably a little weird but I was so sue me.  After I got tired of unpacking (two whole boxes) I remembered that I am supposed to be riding 500 miles in June thanks to a few ladies on Twitter.  LauraKatie, and Susan decided that they should ride 500 miles in June and we nice enough to let me join in on the self punishment.  I am a little behind with only 10 miles on the books since I was out of town on vacation in FL and I have been slacking.  So I jumped on the trainer and rode 20 miles to bring the total up to 30 miles.
My view for 20 miles.

It felt good to ride 20 miles while watching Killers.  I need to learn to stretch a lot better because my calves started to tighten up a lot and started to feel like they wanted to cramp up when I started to push hard.  I managed to get the 20 miles done in about 59 minutes.  After that I cooked up some veggies and scarfed them down while being eyed by my two beagles.  Once I was finished and they realized that they weren't getting fed any people food, they crashed out while I knocked out some homework.  Now, it is time to crash.

Want to join the 500 miles in June?  You know you want to join in all the fun.  It trends as #500MIJ on Twitter.