The Birthday Workouts

Saturday was my 51st Birthday!! So I thought what better way to celebrate than with some Birthday Workouts!!!

I’d mentioned “Birthday Swim” to the coach in a workout a few weeks back. I may be wrong but he seemed gleefully happy to put up a 5100 yard workout for the day. The amazing part to me was how the entire Masters Swim group gladly accepted the challenge without one complaint. Very cool! I told my friend Judy about the swim and she and her husband Sam came out Friday morning to help celebrate! That was very nice!

Friday Swim:
10 x 25 @ :30
10 x 50 @ 1:00
10 x 75 @ 1:15
10 x 100 @ 1:30
10 x 150 @ 2:00
5 x 200 @ 3:00
1x 100 FLY!

More rest at the beginning of the workout. He could have reversed the distances but no…that would have made it too easy. He did have to add :15 for the 200’s, by that point I was starting to fade.

Saturday – to continue on with the birthday plan I wanted to ride at least 51 miles. Of course when I woke up that morning the weather was ridiculous! It was about 35 degrees out with winds from the NNW at 12-15 mph! Not particularly ideal cycling conditions. My friends Deanna and Lesley are training for a century and needed to ride for 5 hours that morning. So we formulated a plan to meet them at mile 22. Again like troopers Judy and Sam showed up to ride! The weather conditions weren’t as bad as they sounded – recently I got a¬†Cannondale Morphis¬†jacket and that thing is pretty much 100% windproof. It has sleeves that attach with magnets so it’s really easy to convert it into a vest if the temperature rises. I wore tights, booties, my Craft windproof shirt, l/s jersey, my jacket, a fleece beanie and winter gloves with glove liners. I also put “hot hands” under the toes of my booties and in my gloves. I was very comfortable!!

We rode out and back on the Trace – headwind out, tailwind back – sweet!! Pushed the pace on the way back with the tailwind with Sam. Ended up with 45.63 miles when we got back to the cars. ūüôĀ Booo…. that meant I needed to ride another 6. No other takers so I went out and back 3 to get my 51!

Sunday is my long run. Typically for this birthday I would have been completely satisfied with running 5.1 miles but I’ve got the New Orleans Rock n’ Roll Half Mary in a few weeks so the training schedule said 11. Ugh. Another chilly morning so I planned to meet Judy at 10:00am. Late getting there – like 10:20 because I was following Lance at the IM Panama 70.3 on Ironmanlive! I don’t know if any of you kept up with the race – it was awesome!

My husband Bill was out there running too! He’s also doing the NOLA race, his longest race ever – Bill is an awesome golfer and I can sometimes get him to run. He’s from New Orleans so this will be really fun for us! Judy ran with me out and back for 6 miles and then I had to carry on solo for the last 5. Ended up with a 8:53 average pace. Happy with that – my long run pace is typically 9:00s.

Monday – I rested.

One of the guys I swim with told me that he hoped he didn’t know me when I was 71. Funny!

And In The Beginning…..

So today marks the beginning of my journey to 70.3.  I have spent most of this year completing sprint triathlons and getting the routine of a triathlon down.  I am comfortable with the sport of triathlon.  I love to swim, I love to bike and I love to run.  Putting them all together makes sense for me.  Adding distance to those disciplines is another story. And me losing more weight is another piece to this puzzle.

Its not about time for me but rather accomplishment.¬† Let’s face it, I’m 44 and should be in better health.¬† I have let the American lifestyle and diet take over.¬† I am now in the process of redefining my health. Any race/challenge that I sign up I have finished.¬† Its not to say that I did not have thoughts during some of those races to DNF, but in the end, I chose to finish.

This evening, I make the hard down right committment to completing a 70.3 triathlon next August.¬† Along with starting a new advanced practice job and finishing my masters, what’s one more challenge?!!

Because, I have nothing better to do……