…but the ladies ROCKED!
With one more race to go, I completed the famous but infamous Rock the Bay Duathlon. Infamous because part of the bike route is an extremely bumpy ride and famous because part of the bike route is an extremely bumpy ride! You read correctly. Having blogged that, when you’re done, you find a whole new set of chest hairs to be proud of!
Rock the Bay Triathlon/Duathlon is one of the more challenging events in the KOZ tri-series. When it comes to the bike ride, you have to navigate around the slower riders, dodge the super fast riders, look out for all the pot holes and maneuver around very the sharp turns with tons of people taking the same turns. Last year was my first year participating in this event. It was an EYE OPENER to say the least. I was shocked at how hard it was because, like I said, you have to pay attention to eVErYThiNg around you BUT Rock the Bay made me a better bike rider for sure!
This year did not disappoint with the drama. No, not the event itself but for me and my teammates! One of my girls fell transitioning from the water to the bike. We were literally crossing paths. While she was in the midst of her race, I was running to the starting line. From the corner of my eye, I saw a woman go down and immediately turned to help but when I realized it was a teammate, I freaked out and hung around until I saw she was OK. Her feet flew from under her (the ground was so slippery) and her head met the concrete with a nice bounce to it. Don’t worry, she’s good! She’s TOUGH. MY GOODNESS! She freaked the sugar-poops out of me.
Once I finished the first mile run, I headed out on the bike. Coming around the first curve, a guy twice my size went down! I just missed him by a few inches and got around him. Sorry, guy! Once I completed the first loop, on to the second one. I was kind of struggling and couldn’t understand why until a rode over a bump and heard some metal. I looked down and noticed my back tire was flat as a pancake! SERIOUSLY? Seriously. I didn’t know what to do. Well, yes I did. I had to keep going because I didn’t have a spare and I don’t do tires. Ah,no.
As I was coming back to finish the 3 mile run, I saw another teammate heading in my direction. I put my hand up to give her a high five and she throws both of her hands up, full of black grease yelling “technical difficulties”! Apparently, her bike chain decided to play tricks on her after hitting a bump in the road. Her bike chain dropped and unlike me…Miss Prissy over here…SHE got off the bike and fixed it, got back on the bike, caught up with her competition and made the PODIUM! Yasssss!
Hey, sugar-poop happens and you just have to make the best of it. The one great thing I learned this weekend, I have truly surrounded myself around some AMAZING women. We are BOSSES, baby! We love competition. We love to finish what we started. My teammates, my girlfriends…ALL OF THEM…ROCK!
I have to dedicate this blog post to all the women out there who ROCK! The one great thing about being a woman with just a little tenacity? Women will make things happen no matter what the circumstances. Rock the Bay was RoCkY but the women at this event truly ROCKED!
RESULTS for SEENICRUN: 5th overall human | 2nd overall female | 1st age division | 45 seconds slower than last year…thanks Mr. Flat Tire!
New shoes for a new week doing new thAngs!
Earlier this week I posted a pic of my old running shoes and how I was not ready to give them up. Well, that was silly because I finally slid into my new pair and I quickly forgot about the old ones! The new ones were just as comfortable, if not more and I was really excited about my next run! My new kicks also inspired me to do 3 new things outside of my comfort zone. It was mentally challenging but I did it! I surprised myself and the fear of it all just disappeared. If I can do it, anyone can!
Just like my old kicks, my old ways were easy and familiar, tricking me to believe everything was AOK but when I switched things up...WOW, I felt so much better!
Look, you have to eventually take off those old shoes and put on the new ones. That’s how you learn, move forward and make amazing things happen in your life. So, this week challenge yourself and try something new! No matter the outcome, you will learn something new about yourself and what you can do!
I am wearing the Hoka One One - Women’s Clifton 6
It’s 12:24am and I can not sleep but I can blog. My mind is moving a mile a minute and that tends to happen when I take a day off from training. I have my first event coming up in less than 6 days and the only thing I am nervous about is the bike (surprise…surprise) . For some reason, when I get on my road bike, I feel like I am standing on the edge of a cliff! My left foot locks into the clips too soon and I nearly tip over every time. But, practice makes perfect, so as the days get warmer, I will get more practice.
The running portion, I am prepared for. Again, surprise…surprise. I feel like I have put in enough miles and did pretty well in the last 5K I participated in. So, let’s see what happens. Now, all I have to do is stay hydrated, eat right and make sure my next few workouts are somewhat chill. Somewhat. LOL!
In order to perform well, you have to train smart, you have to workout in phases. The first phase is stabilization. The second phase is strength and the third phase is power. Depending on what sport you are in, it will vary and having a professional fitness trainer will definitely help.
Right now, I am in phase two. I will be moving into phase three in about 2 weeks and I am excited to see what these old bones can do.
Check out my March/April workout schedule (I’m a 5:30AM Club Member):
Monday - Recovery Workout 10 minute run | Full body resistance training | 10 min run | stretch
Tuesday - 3 mile run | core
Wednesday - 30 min HIIT Bike workout w/hills-run | full-body strength training
Thursday - 2.5 mile run w/speed
Friday - 4 Mile Friday
Saturday - 1.5 hour Bike w/hills
Sunday - Long run (6-10 miles)
Ok, I am finally getting sleepy and my computer power is getting low. Good night!…maybe….
Functional training integrates the entire body in multiple planes of motion that reflect a person's daily physical activities. Whether you are the local mailman or a competitive basketball player, specific functional training can improve the following:
As stated above, functional training should be specific to an individual's needs. If you love to hike 2-3 times a week, your training plan will not be the same as someone who loves to play golf or kick a soccer ball around. Functional training is a training plan customized to fit your lifestyle and prevent unnecessary injuries. Proper assessments and questions need to be addressed in order to achieve optimal results. Below are a few examples that need to happen before starting your functional training program.
Review and discuss body alignment
List stress levels (physical and mental)
What is your current fitness level? Fitness assessment.
Discuss your daily movement patterns and fitness goals
Functional training challenges a person's proprioceptive system by using unstable, yet controllable equipment. Working out with stationary machines and doing traditional repetitive movements have been proven not to be as effective as testing the body in environments similar to every day life activities. Popular equipment used in functional training:
The equipment listed above can mimic real-life physical challenges that stationary machines can not.
Remember, find a trainer who will include the assessments listed above, work with you in stages (from beginner to advanced-according to your fitness level) and will train you with the proper equipment that will lead to a successful outcome. Good luck and Keep Moving!