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Sometimes all I need to stay motivated is to see my progress. Not just “feel” it, but see data in some form or another that proves I’m making progress. I know I can see it on the scale, a few pounds lost in the last couple of weeks. I know I can see it among my training plan – longer, harder workouts. But something about seeing the data from Flywheel, to literally see that I have consistently pushed harder each class, makes me so very happy.

Flywheel_Progress
I don’t care as much about MAX TORQ (resistance) in that it really depends on the instructor you get (some prefer hills, some prefer sprints). I also think the average speed is pulled from who knows where because, while it’s one hell of a high intensity class, unless you’re faster than Lance Armstrong, you’re not going an average of 30mph. However to see my total power (an equation of RPM and TORQ) jump higher and higher each week – confirms my feeling that I’m working hard, getting stronger and faster.

Sometimes that’s all I need to keep pushing forward. It’s what  just motivated me to sign up for a duathlon in a month. A short course, but one I love, (actually, I first referenced it here), and I would love to have a mini-goal on the way to this bigger 70.3 goal. A good way to ease myself back into the tri scene, get comfortable on my bike, and go into an event with confidence.

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No my post is not related to that, although I may have a post on that later…

I was thinking about how I felt after my duathlon compared to how I felt after my triathlon. At first I thought my lack of endorphins, and sense of accomplishment, excitement, pride, etc. was because I didn’t have the cheering squad at my duathlon that I had at my tri.

But I don’t think that’s it.

I think that the work I put into training for my triathlon – almost 15 weeks of training – is what made me feel on top of the world when I crossed the finish line. All the morning swims, the uncomfortable first outdoor bike rides, the fears, etc. were more than worth it. Because when I crossed that finish line all of my hard work came to life. I knew I had trained and did just about the best I could and it felt like the most amazing feeling in the world. The endorphins lasted days.

At my duathlon, I felt content that I finished, that I went and actually did it  all by myself. But the pride from hard work wasn’t there. I think even if my time had been absolutely amazing, the sense of accomplishment and pride wouldn’t have been the same as if I had put true training in and then got the same time.

I think this duathlon was the exact spark of motivation I need. Now Boston, bring me the nice weather so I can start training! 🙂

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The first time I sat two rows behind the Boston Red Sox dugout at a game

The first time I let myself start to really like another guy since B.

The first time I’ve let a guy stay the night in my apartment in over a year. 😉

The first time I woke up to someone cuddling me since B, and it felt right.

The first time I participated in a duathlon.

The first time I ever went to an event by myself and did it completely by myself.

The first time I went to a duathlon on too little sleep, not enough food, and pretty unprepared.

The first race I experienced that had 3 changes of weather: icy rain, then windy cold, then hot sunshine.

The first (and last time) I don’t check my tires before racing.

Had to ride 11 miles with that tire...

 
The first time I felt like no matter how hard I pushed, I just wasn’t going any faster.
 
The first time I watched people pass me on a bike leg…one after another after another.
 
The first time that I crossed the finish line at a duathlon, I did it!!! 🙂
 

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I’m officially signed up and training for:

1. Ras Na Heireann 5k – March 13, 2011
 Run 3.1 miles
 Goal: Would like to beat my best PR from 2008

2. Wrentham Duathlon – April 17, 2011
 Run 5k, Bike 11 miles, Run 2 miles
 Goal: Finish 🙂

3. Escape the Cape Triathlon – June 4, 2011
 Swim 1/3 Mile, Bike 10 miles, Run 3.1 miles 
 Goal: Support my friend J and finish strong

4. Timberman Triathlon – August 21, 2011
 Swim 1/3 mile, Bike 12.5 miles, Run 3.1 miles
 Goal: Under 11 minute swim, under 50 minutes bike, and under 31 minute 5k

I have a few different types of goals this season. For one, I’d love to beat my best race time in all of the 5k’s I have ever done. Which was actually my first ever 5k.

The duathlon is my first duathlon and at the moment I’m doing it by myself. So I think my goal for that one will just be to finish safely.

The Escape the Cape Triathlon is a great season opener. The distance is a bit shorter than what I did for my first tri and it’s going to be my friend from work’s first tri. She is the one I went to Patagonia with and I basically got her excited about doing her first one. I wrote her up a training plan and really it’ll be great training but my goal here is to have an amazing and positive experience with her. Therefore it doesn’t matter what my time is.

The Timberman Tri is going to be the one I set a real goal for. The bike distance is 5 miles shorter than my first tri so I know I can do this race. Now it’s a matter of training and pushing myself to finish a bit better than I did for my first. The bike portion of my first tri I finished in 55 minutes (for 17.6 miles) so I know I can go fast. The swim and the run though I know I can push myself much harder.

I’m so excited for all of this…it’s just getting myself to start that’s the hard part!

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I used to overly spend on a night out at a bar. Or too many nights of eating out and takeout. And lots of clothing shopping sprees. The worst was a trip to CVS for one item and walking out and always spending over $50.

I’ve really toned that down over the last year.

BUT I am realizing now looking back how expensive I have let my fitness hobby become.

In 2011 alone so far I have already spent:

Purchased:
March 5k Road Race –   $34.34
April Duathlon – $60.35
August Triathlon – $141.93

Pending:
May 5 mile Road Race – $35
June or July Triathlon – $90
September Triathlon – $90

Additional fitness costs so far in 2011:
Monthly Gym Membership – $63 each month
Personal Training Boxing Sessions – $500 for 12

Pending:
New sneakers- $130ish
Bike tune-up – $100ish (?)
Fall/Winter races – Another $100+

And if it’s anything like last year, hello new garmin, foam roller, the stick, yoga mat, kettlebell, bike, helmet, etc.

Ya know…I’m not even going to add this up.

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In March of 2008 I ran my first ever road race. At the time  I had been dating B just over 2 months and about 7 weeks prior to the race he asked if I wanted to run it too. Terrified and yet wanting to attempt to impress him, I said YES. I started running a few days a week and figured out my own training plan.

Looking back it’s funny how little experience I had in all of it. I had no idea there were thousands of 5k training programs for free online. I just knew to go to the gym, get on the treadmill and run further each time. And still, to this day, it’s my fastest road race. Over 12 road races since and I have yet to beat that pace.

I’m running the race again this year. I have signed up for it every year since 2008 (in 2008 with B, in 2009 with the girls since B was away, in 2010 although it was such bad weather I opted out so didn’t run) and now this year again with friends.

Today I realized I have exactly 8 weeks to train before this race. I want to beat my PR. Even if just by a second, I want to show myself that I can

I came up with a training plan at the end of today. I incorporated some additional training because well…I might just be signing up for a little something else in April so I need to incorporate that. I also know knew to incorporate vacations and such and to be realistic about training (I am just not going to run while I’m in Vegas for only 48 hours).

I’ve got my exercise excitement back 🙂

Week Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun
1: 17-23 CT box Rest CT box 2 m run Rest Spin
45min
3 m run
Jan
2: 24-30 CT box Rest CT box 2 m run 4 x 400 IW Spin
45min
3 m run
Jan
3: 31-6 CT box 3 m run CT box 3 m run 35 min EZ Rest Rest
Feb VEGAS VEGAS
4: 7-13 CT box Rest CT box 3 m run 5 x 400 IW Spin
45min
4 m run
Feb
5: 14-20 CT box 4 m run CT box 3 m run 5 x 400 IW Rest 35 min EZ
Feb
6: 21-27 CT box Rest CT box 3 m run 6 x 400 IW Spin
45min
Run 1m
4 m run
Feb
7: 28-6 CT 30min Rest 30 min ez 3 m run 6 x 400 IW Spin
45min
Run 1m
4 m run
Mar
8: 7- 13 CT 30min Rest CT 30min 2.5 mile run Rest Spin
45min
Run 1m
5K Race
Mar
9: 14-20 CT 30min Spin 45min 30 min ez 5 x 400 IW Rest Spin
45min
Run 1m
4 m run
Mar
9: 21-27 CT 30min Spin 45min 40 min ez 5 x 400 IW Rest Spin
45min
Run 2m
5 m run
Mar
9: 28-3 CT 30min Spin 45min 40 min ez 6 x 400 IW Rest Spin
45min
Run 2m
5 m run
Mar/Apri
9: 4-10 CT 30min Spin 45min 40 min ez 6 x 400 IW Rest Spin
45min
Run 2m
5 m run
April
9: 11-17 CT 30min Spin 45min 5 x 400 IW 40 min ez Rest Rest DUATHLON?
April

*Just to note, I did a little research but I completely made up my own training program to incorporate my 12 boxing sessions, training for the 5k and for a possible duathlon. In other words, you probably don’t want to follow this for yourself! [If you have any training advice, PLEASE feel free to give it!]



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