Monday, February 20, 2012

New Obsession

Hi All,

I have been very busy running around with the pooches. This is my new obsession of late, but all of my hard work has paid off because Rexy got her first qualifying run!

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Not quite Triathlon, but I am still running a lot so I can keep up to Rexy on the course!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Back at it

Hey!

After my 4 month hiatus from thinking or worrying about training I am slowly getting back at it. I am not biking yet, but I have been running regularly and swimming...yes that is right swimming! I even got out of bed BEFORE work to go swimming. Yup, it happened. I tried to figure out why I decided to try this now and not while I was actually training for Ironman. The only thing I can come up with is that there is no pressure. I don't have to swim for a certain amount of time, I don't have to get a certain training session completed. I can go and do whatever I want, and if I decide to be lazy and not go, it doesn't matter! There are also a few people from work who go and they have been inviting me for over a year...so I figured I would give it a try!

I still have no race plans. I am trying to get 15 people together to do the Banff - Jasper relay, so if anyone is interested please let me know. Especially guys, we need 4 guys still! I have no idea whether or not I am actually going to do a triathlon this summer, for now some running races and we will take it from there.

Other than that I am still busy with my four legged friends. Rexy and I didn't end up competing in December as the trial was full and we didn't get in :( However, we are for sure for sure in this Saturday and hopefully we will show all these dog people that triathletes can do it too!

Happy Training!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Not quite Triathlon...

Hello!
I know I have not posted in awhile, but I have been busy as I am a new Mama to a little fur baby named Crash...needless to say the only type of training I have been doing a lot of is dog training!
I also entered Rexy into her first agility trial in December, so we have been very busy practicing, which also involves a lot of running for me! I will try to post a video, but it is not working right now, so I will try to become more tech savy and then yoiu can see what we have been working on!
Leslie

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Quick Update

Hello!

I went out to training camp last weekend for a good ass kicking - and that is what I got. I knew that my fitness wasn't completely back, but it was going to be a good assessment of where I am at.

All in all I was pleasantly surprised. My biking legs are almost there, I say almost because it hurt a lot to run off the 160 km bike rides. The first day we did the IMC course in reverse. As soon as we started up Green Mountain Road I thought I was going to have a rough few days ahead of me because my legs were hurting. Once I warmed up though I was able to giver over the rollars and the back of Richter pass. The run off the bike totally sucked like I mentioned. I legs felt as though they weighted 800 lbs each!

The next day was a swim and hill climb. The swim was not very fun - I could not get into a groove and provided me with more proof that I need to swim more :) Which I am going to do tonight!
Anarchist mountain went well. I went a little hard off the start and was really hurting by the time I got to the top, but I made it and I was only a minute or so slower than last time.

Lastly it was IMC bike course day. I was all ready to go and then it started raining and my motivation quickly went into the toilette. Once the rain let up a bit I dragged my ass out the door to bike. We got to cheer on the half marathoners while heading along Skaha lake, they were coming back into towards the finish. Mclean creek is still bumpy as hell which makes riding through there a little rough on the butt after doing long rides - I stood a lot! The rest of the course went as I thought it would - the flats were boring, the hills were fun and next thing I new I was back in Penticton for a run. The transition run hurt slightly less than a couple of days before, at least this time I could feel my legs turning over!

The rest of the week for me involves some recovery and unfortunately it is looking like no biking outside on the weekend - it is supposed to rain and rain and rain :(

In other news Rexy is training really hard for Superdogs in July! Good luck to Darryl who is doing the Calgary Marathon on Sunday!

Happy Training!
Leslie

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Riding Outside

Hello!

I have gotten some good training in over the last week and a half or so. Over the Easter long weekend I had 5 days off and so I crammed them full of training, training Rexy, making turkey dinner, visiting friends and cleaning the house!


I had my first couple of rides outside! Yay! I am hating the trainer as I am sure everyone else is at this time of year. My friend Julia just got her bike so we went out for her first bike ride. I wanted to go straight from my house - Chad said I was mean to make her ride through parts of the city so we drove out to the edge of the city and went from there. We rode out to Cochrane and it was so nice to be out - even if it was windy and still a little cold. We took it pretty easy since it was Julia's first ride and she did her first Cochrane hill :)


I also headed to the Talisman centre last weekend and I miss that place a lot. It was not too busy and it was at 50m so I was in my glory. It is still freezing, but having a hot tub makes up for it! My swimming has been going well - there is plenty of room for improvement though!

I have also been putting in the miles running. Did my first 2 hour run in awhile 2 weeks ago and my body was feeling it by the end. I have had a few intervals sessions and it is nice to pick up the pace now and again after doing base all winter.

I headed over to Edworthy last week for some hill repeats and again last night. Hills are a little harder than they were before Ironman Cozumel, but the legs are coming around! I missed my brick workout on Saturday (it was like 10:30 by the time I was done biking on sat :) so I added it in yesterday after hills. I love the feeling of running once you get off the bike, I always feel like I am flying.


Thats about it for me. Rexy got invited to Superdogs for the entire stampede this year! So we have been training her a lot too so she is in tip top shape for the shows!


Happy Training

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Swim Slacker

Yes, thats right I am a swim slacker. At least I am aware of it and I am trying to do something about it! Last night I ALMOST got the entire workout in. I think Greg forgets how slow I am compared to him and Darryl when we used to swim together :) The "feel" of the water is back and hopefully that will keep me in the pool and stop skipping swim workouts! Running is going well - which it usually does so nothing new on that front. I have been doing some intervals lately once a week and some pace stuff during bricks and man does it feel good to focus on something when I am running other than trying to keep the ole ticker down! Biking is still kicking my ass a bit. During my next mandatory "time off" aka no triathlon year so I don't drive Chad crazy I think I am still going to try to keep up the biking a bit...cuz this hurts. I did a 2.5 hour ride on Saturday with pace intervals mixed in there - Greg has me doing watts stuff and my legs were very achey the next day. Not sore, but that I worked hard yesterday feeling that makes your legs ache. I was still able to pull out a solid run on Saturday somehow - the human body is amazing to me! All that said the count down to May long training camp is on. I am very excited that my friend Julia is coming and she is brand new to tri's so this should be fun. She bought her first bike last week! She very well may hate me by the end of May long - well she will probably hate Greg more! Chad is heading to Vegas again at the beginning of May. He still has present buying duty for me and Rexy when he is down there! Happy Training

Friday, March 18, 2011

All Day

Hey,

I took the day off today and it was wonderful - I spent all day outside in the sunshine. I went out for and run with my friend Julia this morning (and Rexy too:).

We then went to the dog park where we played for about 2 hours - and then went to meet up with another friend for a walk along the river. Needless to say that Rexy is tired! Which does not happen often.

Other than that training has been going as per usual - the same old swim, bike, run routine. I am really enjoying the MAP intervals on the bike. I can slowly feel my endurance building again. Swimming is taking me a little longer to get ahold on, but I am getting there.

That's about all for me. Happy training my friends!

Leslie

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Please warm up...just a little

Hey!

Holy crap it has been a cold run over the last few weeks. It has been super chilly and I would like it to warm up just a bit and I am just talking like 5 degrees warmer. I would love for it to be around -15 tonight when I go for my run. Last week I was soooo cold when I got back from running. It was not very fun. It is March and I would like some milder weather...hopefully mother nature will listen to me :)

In other news I would like to run the Calgary Police half marathon, but in my typical style I was too late and the race is full. I know people can sell their spots, but where do you find these people who want to sell their spots? Anyone know?

I have also started MAP (max aerobic power) intervals on the bike. I love these. They are a good old fashion ass kicking and you can feel during and after the workout that you are workin hard and will reap the benefits.

Swimming, is well, swimming. Not much has changed on that front. My cramping in my feet and calves has come back with a vengeance. I ended up doing a lot of pull on Monday and I was STILL cramping. Blah.

Anyway, back to work!

Happy Training :)

Leslie