Dec 20, 2007

Where oh where has RunnerGirl been?

SLACKING! On posting that is.

As for workouts - oh yeah. Those things.

I have been hitting the pool a LOT. It has officially become my most fave form of exercise, fitness, and all around motion based what-have-you.

I went to Master's swim last night where there was the Olympic coach on deck. She watched me swim for 50yards, then told me that all I needed to do was to keep my head in alignment with my body and I would be set. That made me feel pretty good! I don't suck sooooo bad afterall... but I definitely have work ahead of me.

Biking and running - that may very well be another story all together. But I am in base-building. And I have decided to put my base-building adventure on permanent hire. I am treating all of 2008 as base-building. Yes I am racing, but I am not going crazy like I have done in running.

My old running motto is being held triple-time here - If I am not having fun, then why am I doing this?

Burning myself out is not fun. Taking life one day at a time and being flexible is. And that is what this crazy sport is teaching me. Flexibility, the importance of rest, the importance of body feedback, and the importance of support.

So with that I am seven months out from my first outdoor triathlon. And I am so going to be ready. Seven whole months of building-base. My first outdoor tri will be my benchmark. My baseline. The race which all other races will forever be judged. AND - it will be the race after which I will be able to firmly call myself a triathlete. Not a triathlete in training.

There is sno shame in my game. I am learning and teaching, balancing and juggling. Cheering and listening.

At the end of all this the only thing that will be really different is my respect for my self. My actual body self, not just my person self.

I am learning so much about the human body and endurance multi-sport. The Jenn of 2002 will not succeed in 2008. Heck the Jenn of 2007 will not succeed in 2008.

The Jenn of today has a fighting chance.

})i({ Runnergirl

Oh, and Ken asked what my new name should be... how about SwimChick? There is a cute swim cap I have my eyes set on.....

Love the cap, but I will forever be RunnerGirl.


Jess said...

That is a cute cap!

Stuart said...

With your weather right now swimmings a great choice.

Not sure about the hat could end known as "rubber ducky"! You could just shave our head's a thought; no more bad hair days!

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Kim said...

dang girl, you are a fishy!!!! i wish i loved swimming as much as you! happy holidays lady!

Unknown said...

Love the cap!

Doug said...

No speed work? Even a little speed work will help. I'll drag you out on Hines Drive on the bike, once the weather warms up. My coach had me doing some great short sprints late this past race season (these are on the bike):

Warm up 6-8 miles
8 x 0.8 mile Sprints
Find a 1 mile flat road, sprint 0.8 miles, note time for each lap
ride back to start and immediately sprint again.
Effort is MAX for all efforts - you will be in serious pain!!!
Mix up cadences, do some high, do some low, some med.

and some nice short TT type stuff:

Warm up 6-8 miles, Cool down 4-5 miles.
5 x 3 mile above TT Efforts
Do an out and back or 3mile Loop, note time for each lap
Ride back to start and immediately start again.
Effort is MAX for all efforts - you will be in serious pain!!!
Sprint the last 50 feet!!!

That cap is all you, but a pink one might be more in line. At least pink would match your MP3 player. Go buy it, it can only be $5.00 at max.

Doug said...

Do you have a road and/or TT/tri bike?

Doug said...

If you don't have a bike, this is your bike:

All you, race ready. It even looks BAD and evil. The other chicks will quiver and shake at your approach.

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Runner Susan said...

the cap is really cute!

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Doug said...

What did Santa bring?

Doug said...

Well, we are waiting?!?!?!?!?!? :)

Jenniferlyn said...

Santa was very good to me!