Sunday, March 28, 2010

How do I contact followers through Blogger?

Happy Sunday Everyone!
I need some assistance. I would love to be able to e-mail people who post to my blog. Is there a way to do that?  I would like to respond to some  of the comments left for me but I feel if I just add them to the comment thread then the person might never see it.  Thanks in advance for any tips on how to do this.

Hey, it is sunny this morning and supposed to be in the 60s!  The forecast calls for 70 degrees for the next few days. No snow in site!  That is a very good thing!

I have been spending way to much time looking at the great pics of my fellow bloggers new tri bikes and at the same time reminding myself that I have a perfectly fine road bike with aero bars that has served me well.
I don't need a tri bike. Really, I don't.  BUT... I think I might go and test ride one, JUST to see what it feels like. There is no harm in looking right? :)
Happy training!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Just Another Spring Day in Colorado

My bike and I are going to be spending a lot of time
in the basement the next couple of days.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Snow on the first day of Spring

While pretty, this is doing nothing for my training!  I am supposed to do a long run today and the idea of doing it on the treadmill makes me want to go back to bed and hide under the covers.  If I had the right shoes and didn't think I would slip and break something I would head outside anyway even if it is only in the 20s'. With race season just around the corner and my building nerves about the 70.3 race, I am thinking I might be putting some of my vacation time to use. I hate being inside all day anyway especially when we do have the nice days. All I think about is what training I could be doing if I wasn't stuck in an office staring at a monitor.
Here's hoping everyone meets their goals this weekend.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Today's Training Tip: Don't Worry, Be Happy -From Runner's World

Written by Mark Remy-Runner's World Magazine

03/11/2010 9:49 AM
By Mark Remy
"Have a juice box. Relax. Everything's cool."
"Relax. Life is good. Have a juice box."
Mark Remy
Runners — myself very much included — are always touting the stress-relieving aspects of a good run. Nine times out of 10 or better, you can start a run as a ball of anxiety and end it practically blissed-out. It’s nice.
For an activity with such a reputation as a stress-buster, though, running can induce a lot of stress all its own. Personally, running has added to my anxiety levels in the following ways just in the past week or so:
* I dreaded Sunday’s 20-miler, for the usual reasons: I hate to wake up early, especially on weekends; I worried that I hadn’t sufficiently recovered from the previous Sunday’s crazy-hilly 17-miler; because we wouldn’t be following a planned route, there was a chance we could get lost and wind up running, I dunno, 30 miles for all I knew, in the wrong direction, culminating in our flagging down a motorist and riding home in the back of some weirdo’s pickup truck, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles-style.
* I’ve realized suddenly that I have a marathon in less than three weeks. Gulp.
* I was anxious about yesterday’s hill repeats. Because they’re hill repeats.
These are real stressors. But you know what? I’ve decided not to worry anymore. I’ve decided to be happy.
My inspiration for turning this particular corner: Mr. Bobby McFerrin, who turns 60 years old today and who is probably celebrating by relaxing in some loose cotton pants as he rocks gently back and forth and hums his trademark tune, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”
The Don’t Worry, Be Happy approach has lots of real-life applications, both in running and in, well, real life. For instance…
This weekend’s long run is going to be so long. And hilly. And hurt-y. I’m already feeling it in my quads.
Don’t Worry:
Relax. It’s nothing you haven’t done before. And that hurt means you’re making progress and getting stronger. It’s called training, champ.
Be Happy: Won’t it be nice after the run to take a shower, make some pancakes, and plop down with the Sunday paper? Ahhh.
I’ve been training so long for this race.  What if I miss my goal by a lot? Or, worse, by a little?
Don’t Worry: Relax. There will be other races, and other goals. And any goal that you’re guaranteed to attain isn’t much of a goal, is it?
Be Happy: At least you’re healthy and strong enough to be racing in the first place. Many, many people out there are not. You’re one of the lucky ones.
Isn’t this blog post awfully similar in structure and tone to that treadmill one from a few weeks ago?
Don’t Worry:
Relax. Stop living in the past, man.
Be Happy: Uh… Hey, look… cute puppies!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

I Don't Get It!

As I have mentioned numerous times running is not my strength and I am OK with that. I know I am going to be passed left and right during the run, it is a given. Here is the thing that I don't get however. How is it that people of all ages, different sizes from very small to obese and people so knock kneed that their knees almost touch are all  faster then me?  For two years now I have been working on my running with the hope of some improvement. While I guess there is some the reality is is that I am still very slow.( I had a particularly slow run today (slower then usual) when it should have been faster so I am a bit frustrated).  My significant other runs very little. On the few occasions that he has run with me, he often passes me. That totally pisses me off!  Sometimes I think that maybe there is something wrong with my mechanics but then I see some other peoples' form and I know it can't be that. I am in good cardiovascular shape so that shouldn't be holding me back to much I don't think. I mean shouldn't I be faster then those who don't do squat and then go out one day to run?  I have often thought it was psychological.  I was a heavy kid who played sports. While athletic, the running killed me. I was always the slowest and really struggled. I know that those memories used to be a factor in my relationship with running but I have worked hard to go from hating running to tolerate and on occasion enjoy it.  I don't know, maybe it will take years to get to the place where many start out.
Good thing that I can pass them on the bike:)
Ok, I am done complaining now.
Thanks for "listening"

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Who Knew????

It took me a good month or so to get up the nerve to sign up for my first triathlon two years ago. At the time my only real thought was about completing the race and spicing up my somewhat stale workouts. I never thought that the click of an registration button would lead me to challenges I never thought I would take on, places I had never visited and most importantly friends and a community that has come to mean so much to me.  I just finished reading some of the blogs that I am following.  I don't frequent them as much as I would like but each time I do, I find myself comforted by the reminder that there are others out there who share some of the same thoughts, worry about the same things and are experiencing many of the same things that I am. Reading about the successes that you all have brings a smile to my face. I am truly happy for you and know that I am cheering you on. Reading about the challenges and struggles makes you all the more interesting and makes me want to read more.  We might never meet in person but I am pleased to have the opportunity to get to know you.