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Didn't take HR monitor, didn't take bike computer. Just wanted to ride (but evidently NOT on the canal - the bugs were so thick I couldn't get off of it fast enough!)

My goal for this ride was to try to eat Cliff Shot Blocks on the bike. You think I would have tried this kind of thing BEFORE 3 days before a race?!?! Anyway, they are difficult to eat on the bike.

I think my plan right now is to eat a package before the swim and during the run. I'll take a dreaded Powerbar vanilla gel during the bike portion. I'm worried about hydration - my bike only has room for one water bottle. Oh well. That's one reason I'm slow in transitions. I take several drinks from an extra bottle with some drink mix in it. That's probably what I'll do again. The shot blocks aren't bad at all, but they definitely make you WANT to drink water (very tart).

(Bike Base
Ride on a flat course, just spinning easy. Keep HR in Zone 1-2, no higher than mid Z2.)

At 11:30 last night I was walking up the stairs wondering why my toe was hurting. Come to discover I have a big cut on the bottom of my middle toe on my right foot!! I knew I had slipped up on some rocks at the lake last night, but I didn't realize I had cut my toe until almost 4 hours later!

Some Neosporin and a Strawberry Shortcake bandaid better heal this thing before Saturday....


uugghhh....There's nothing like sitting in the DMV for 1 1/2+ hours with 2 kids...Undecided

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OWS at Canandaigua Lake tonight with dexter and kenj. Also met up with maramdaddy and jamjam. It was a lot of fun! Didn't go too far or too long. Want to get this taper thing right! Played in the water and sand with the family afterwards. Water temp was warm, didn't really need the wetsuit.

  • 50m 40s
  • 13.47 miles
  • 15.95 Mi/hr

~230 feet of climbing
Made it out after dinner. Nice evening ride to a road I'd like to explore further on another day. Nice rolling hills, but nothing too steep.

(Big Gear
WU: 10'
MS: 8x1 minute sprint, with 2' recovery.
CD: 5')

I've mapped out the 1/2 Tinman route on the BT route tracker.  It says ~643' of climbing.  I've done many rides with more than that, so I'm feeling somewhat prepared for it.  I'm sure most of the climb comes in the first 10 miles and the rest is downhill, but that would be great for the run anyway.  I want to average 17 mph for the bike, 8:30 for the run, and be done with the swim in under 19 minutes.  I think these are all goals that are doable.  Unless it's 90 degrees on Saturday.

I've actually started feeling excited about this today!  Still nervous, but in an excited way!Smile

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Ran along canal with kids riding bikes alongside me. Nice evening!
(Run Base
Run on a flat course or treadmill. Keep HR in Zone 1-2, no higher than the top of Z2.)

  • Orienteering
  • 34m 50s

Walked/Jogged white course at Cobbs Hill Park ROC meet with kids and Rob. Tyler got his first real lesson on using a map, and guided us the entire way (with a little help, of course!) Great afternoon! :)

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  • 10.22 miles
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Took a round-about way to get to Rob's grandparents house via Lyndon Road. Once I hit Bluhm Road, I hit monstrous hills. It kinda sucked.

This ride (from yesterday) was supposed to be a Z1, easy ride for an hour. It was anything but Z1. I didn't feel bad not meeting the 60 min time. I was on a mission for this ride - to get to my new baby - My Airstream!!! So we could work on it some. I love it!!! :)

No HR data - I must have turned the watch off accidentally after 11 minutes.

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Didn't take the GPS on purpose because I didn't want to worry about my specific pace. I just tried to maintain a HR that was high, but tolerable to maintain for 20 minutes. I kept it in the high 160's for most of the tempo run.

My knee clicked some more at the beginning, but settled down after a couple of blocks. It doesn't hurt, like REALLY hurt, but it definitely bothers me. I'm beginning to wonder if there's some meniscus in there that needs to be removed. (I had some removed from this knee in 1994.) I'm not going to care, though, until after the 30th. Then we'll see.
Overall run was good, though! I felt strong and my confidence got bumped up a bit from it. Got me to thinking about what my goal times might be for the race. I think if I could run an 8 min pace for the 10K I'd be happy. It's only my 2nd official 10K run, so I don't really know what I can do. Heck, it's my first Oly, so I don't at all know how I can do! It'll be fun to find out, though! :)
WU: 10' includes 4x20" strides.
MS: Then 20' tempo run at LT or 5k could be substituted.
CD: 10')

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Out to Canandaigua Lake with jackjack. In by 5:45. Did the mile out and back, then an extra buoy out and back. I had a real problem staying straight today. My left arm must have been half asleep! I kept veering off to the left. It was a little ridiculous really. Jackie joked that I was lucky I wasn't going in circles! :) I really tried to concentrate on that plus on my stroke count vs. sighting. On the way out, I sighted every 3-4 right arm strokes. On the way back I cut it down to 2-3 so I could try to stay in a straighter line. It helped a bit. At the end, we made our way back to the corner buoy and turned toward shore. I swam until I was probably in water about at my knees. I could have swam further, but wonder if the deeper water is good for me to regain my balance before I hit dry land? Anyway, I tried to practice my water to bike transition (very loosely). I ran out and took off the goggles and cap and then fumbled with finding my zipper strap. I forgot I have to unvelcro before I unzip. I just lightly jogged to the picnic tables as I did this. Nothing fancy, but just wanted to make myself think about it - since a week from tomorrow is my big day!!
I also wore my swim goggles under my cap, as I'd read that this is a good idea in OWS swims so the goggles don't get kicked off.
Probably my last OWS before the race, unless I decide to go next Tuesday evening instead of going to Naz.

12:45: After thinking about my little "swimming in circles" issue this morning, I wonder if it had more to do with my kick than my stroke. The past couple of days I've been getting some clicking in my left knee. I felt it for just a few steps during last night's run, and I felt it again for my first 2-3 kicks this morning. I might have been unconsciously favoring that leg, thus not kicking much with it, thus veering off to the left all of the time. Yeah, that's it! At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it... It had nothing to do with the margaritas I had for breakfast on my drive down... No, not those... Wink

11:40 pm: Man, what a day.  I fully intended on getting my bike in this evening.  By the end of the day, I took Bryn to bed, fell asleep, and didn't wake up until 10:30! 

On a brighter note, my hubby and I are the proud owners of a 1975 AIRSTREAM trailer!!!!! Laughing 

This is our very first "Oh what the hell, this opportunity doesn't come along everyday" kind of purchase.  We discovered less than a week ago that our neighbors down the street were selling, and the price about made me jump out of my seat when I first heard it.  Owning one of these puppies has been a little dream of mine.   It's in very good condition.  I almost felt like I was ripping off this older couple, but it's what they asked for...  Anyway, I'm quickly becoming an expert in Airstream renovation.  This will be a long-term project that I think I will absolutely LOVE!!  It definitely needs work, but I'm feeling strangely up to the challenge!  One drawback - We don't own a vehicle that can actually pull it Embarassed  Details, details.... Like I said, we couldn't pass it up!  Cool

  • 31m
  • 3.43 miles
  • 09m 02s /Mi

Went out before dinner. Knee gave me one or two small, quick twinges at the start but that was it. Did warm-up around neighborhood then headed over to a middle school track. Did one loop around the track then headed up a small hill for the strides. The hill started off a bit steep, but gradually flattened out. I think it was a good spot overall for these.
Splits for the 30" strides:
6:01 (surprised at how much slower!)
In the 30" I counted about 46 left foot strikes each time. It was very consistent - I knew 30 seconds was up when I hit 46. Relatively speaking, I didn't feel too bad during this run. The recovery pace averaged about 11:30, but I didn't walk them. Each stride was completely into hard wind, especially once I hit the flat part at about stride #25 or so. I'm pretty pleased with the pace and the consistency of them!! :)

(Run Speed
20' run with 6x30" strides. These are best if done on a slight downhill on a dirt path. Warm up for at least 10' before the first stride. For your recovery, you can walk back to the starting point. Strides are quick bursts that are as fast as 5k pace. You are looking to get in about 45 left foot strikes per 26-28")

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