Libster Award!

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I haven’t been blogging for that long, in fact I started so I could document the silly moments of my training/races and to capture the ups and downs, successes and the crazy moments leading up to the biggest race of my life thus far, Ironman Lake Placid. In starting a my blog (thanks to Alex) I’ve been inspired by MANY other blogs and people, from all different backgrounds and overcoming all sorts obstacles which in return inspires me more. One of those amazing people is Kathy, who nominated me for the Liebster Award, Thanks Kathy (the Liebster award is an internet blogging award that get’s passed from blogger to blogger). Kathy is on my Coeur Sports team and I’m still amazed as how she gets everything in during the day! She’s so inspirational!

Here’s how it works.

The nominator asks you 11 questions

You answer

You nominate 11 other bloggers to answer 11 questions, and the fun continues 🙂

Here are my answers to Kathy’s questions: 

  1. How did you choose your blog name? good question, as a long time (sometimes crazy) runner my friends always try to get me to relax while racing by smiling, so adding ‘Smile’ was a no brainer along with running. Tri came into the picture as this year I’m taking some time away from strickly running to actually train for a few triathlons – in the past my triathlons usually involved a lot of running, no swimming and a few rides!

  2. What is your favorite thing to write about? I love to write about the crazy thoughts I have. I feel if I’m brave enough to admit my fears, I can face them and move on, without them holding me back. I secretly truly hope that it inspires others to dive head first into any goal and know that she or she overcome their fears. Also that we all have ups and downs!

  3. Why did you start blogging? When I signed up for Ironman a friend told me there were going to be plenty of ups and downs during the whole journey but to keep chugging along with a smile on my face and everything would be ok. From that advice I wanted to capture it all first hand. Like the time I panicked about not making the swim cut off or to the run TT where I sat in the middle of the path and cried because I was so tired. Further there’s the time I swam too far and boosted confidence in the water and the run workout that I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. I wanted to have all these moments when I’m freaking out sitting in Lake Placid.

  4. What kind of workout makes you feel the best after it is all over? Swim workouts definitely make me feel great when they are over, especially as this is the first time in my life I’m actually swimming freestyle (goodbye breastroke), but running is my true passion so run workouts make me the happiest!
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  5. What is your favorite post workout recovery food/drink? Prior to this year I didn’t really have a favorite, maybe it was a cup of coffee which isn’t typically the best nutritionally. Now I REALLY look forward to my Honey and Spice Osmo Recovery smoothies. Shout out to the Coeur Girls who gave the recipe to throw a banana and some almond milk and it’s awesome. 

  6. What is your favorite meal of the day? I love all meals, how can you choose just one!?

  7. What is your “A” race or biggest fitness goal for 2014? Ironman Lake Placid is without a doubt the highest goal this year. 
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  8. Name 5 songs on your iPod? You Sound Good to Me – Lucy Hale, Sexy and I Know It- LMFAO, Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer, Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon, Thrift Shop- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

  9. If you could meet anybody (past, present or future), who would it be and why? Tough one, I have no clue! Maybe Bill Bowerman.. Rodger Bannister.. or even President Lincoln? 

  10. If you could give your 16-year old self a piece of advice, what would it be? I would tell her she’s beautiful and smile, everything will always be alright.
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  11. Are you going to pass on the torch and nominate 11 fellow bloggers? Yes! 🙂
    I nominate: 
    1. Running With Music
    2. Defy Your Limitations
    3. How I Complicated My Life Today
    4. Some Random Thursday
    5. Lace and Race
    6. Mile Twenty Eight
    7. Stephanie Granlund
    8. The Fast and Fabulous
    9. Laura Running Wild
    10. A Dose of Running 
    11. Runner Leana
  • *if you already received a Liebster you do no have to do it again 🙂

    My questions to each of you:

    How did you choose your blog name?
    What is your favorite thing to write about?
    Why did you start blogging?
    What kind of workout makes you feel the best after it is all over?
    What has been your proudest racing memory/moment?
    Why did you start running/triathlons?
    What is your “A” race or biggest fitness goal for 2014?
    Name 5 songs on your iPod?
    What is your favorite race and why?
    If you could give your 16-year old self a piece of advice, what would it be?
    Are you going to pass on the torch and nominate 11 fellow bloggers?
    The rules:

    Thank the blogger who nominated you.
    Answer the 11 questions given to you.
    Nominate 11 other bloggers (generally with the same number of followers, though it can be tough to tell; ideally less than 500).
    Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
    Comment on your nominees’ blogs to let them know you nominated them.
    Have fun spreading the blogging love!

Light Bulbs are Glowing

Until you face your fears, you don’t move to the other side, where you find the power.” – Mark Allen

My second recovery week is almost complete and well.. it has been an experience of it’s own. It’s kind of funny, how things can happen in a split second.

In the last 9 weeks, I’ve had plenty oh ‘aha’ moments. They mostly happen in the pool. For example, “Oh.. when I really stretch my arm I can actually get a breath of air, instead a mouthful of water..” or “hmm when I stroke the way Ian showed me it is not bothering my shoulder..”. Well today, I had probably the biggest ‘Aha’ moment and no.. it wasn’t in the water. Let’s rewind first..

For starters, I had a great swim TT on Wednesday, I improved an average of 5 seconds per 100yd rep! I don’t need to be a swimmer to know that in 4 weeks that seems like a big chunk of time. I really worked hard on this session mentally and physically.. so much so that I questioned my ability to make it through each 100yd on every rep. Afterwords, I got a nice email from my coach about being consistent, being confident about pushing the pace from the beginning and actually holding it together. 

The bike TT also seemed to go well, again I really worked this (yes- I understand what a TT stands for). I tried to stay focused as possible which just resulted in blocking everything out. Music videos were helpful for holding attention too. After each one I checked in to how I was feeling. My HR was great and RPMs were a lot higher than I expected. Needless to say, it was another successful effort on the trainer.

Despite the great week of workouts, I had WAY too much time on my hands. That’s NEVER good for me as I overanalyze anything that happens to pop into my head. So naturally all week, I was paranoid and anxious about IMLP. That I wasn’t doing enough.. that I needed to do more.. am I eating enough? am I eating too much? Can I really do this? Am I Nuts? (don’t answer that last one)

On top of all these thoughts I felt like a personal bank this week.. just handing out money left and right. I had to pay $500 in car repairs, another large grocery bill (scared to see what it is in a month), an increased electric bill and the icing on the cake, my laptop charger decided to die. This is way more than bad things come in 3s..

Thus, naturally ‘aha’ moment happened today.. I’ve been trying to listen and recover this week. Obviously the stress of the week hasn’t exactly enabled that to happen BUT it finally came all together. After a nice shakeout with Ian and picking up my bib, I was starting to feel a better. After being at the garage yesterday for almost 2 hours, I had to go back today (for another 3). After lots of crying, stress and anxiety this week, emotions finally let loose last night and briefly this morning. Therefore, as I am sitting in the garage it finally hits me, why I’ve been so NUTSO this week, *drum roll* AHA: LAKE PLACID IS NOT TOMORROW, Sunday April 6th at 7:00am. It is  Sunday, July 27th at ~7:00AM, which is still over 3 months away. Again, Lisa you doof, you aren’t supposed to be able to do an Ironman tomorrow. 

This *aha* was then reinforced by Chrissie Wellington 🙂

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I just managed to stumble upon reading chapters 9 (Face to Face with the Ironman) and 10 (A Triathlete’s Life) of A Life Without Limits by Chrissie Wellington. I won’t bore you with all the details of the chapters but if you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it. I’m still not sure how it happened, but I needed these chapters. All of a sudden a weight has been lifted, I feel calm and making a mental note that I’ll have to re-read those chapters.. probably every month. 

As I head out of recovery week into the Skunk Cabbage 13.1 and back into a full week of training, I owe a big THANK YOU to a few people who pulled my back from the edge this week – Douglas, Alex, Rebecca, Katie, Ian and Marie – THANK YOU SO MUCH. You helped me through this week more than you know.

IMLP Update: 8 weeks down

Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.” -Unknown

I can’t believe I’ve been training for IMLP for 2 months now. It’s really quite scary. Still lots of: hmm.. can I really do this… how nuts am I? I’ve only done 3, that’s right THREE triathlons my entire life.. how am I going to survive Ironman?

It’s time to be a little more positive. Since I’ve been training, I’ve been consistently doing 4000+ yards in the pool weekly. Thats HUGE! Remember me? Yeah- I’m not a swimmer yet things are starting to progress! I’m starting to feel a little like Nemo at the early AM pool sessions. I’m more balanced and I’m even feel somewhat normal breathing on BOTH sides while swimming. That’s right. BOTH sides. Now the anxiety is setting in about open water swimming.. blerg.

My second Swim TT is this week and I’m hoping I see some improvements.

Cycling has been going well, finally on the bike more. Sessions have consisted of tempo efforts and longer rides. I had my longest trainer ride ever last Sunday. Over 2 hours in the same spot (again- baby steps). The best part was definitely getting updates from Ironman Los Cabo after reading all about Ironman 70.3 Oceanside. I was really excited to get myself out there and race then I remembered some things. One being, I live in CNY, it’s going to be April tomorrow and it snowed yesterday. Two, I’ve never actually trained for a triathlon. It’s kind of scary. Usually triathlons are my outlet from my obsessive, over analyzing personality when it comes to running. Now I’m training for them. Needless to say, there will be more emotions behind them this year. Not just as I’m doing another 70.3 but more because of the Ironman.

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Successful long ride: note the Osmo & Computer with IMCabo updates

My second Bike TT is also this week. I caved and bought a Garmin 510 so I’ll be anxious/excited to see how I’m really doing on the bike. We’ve just been using HR as feedback for everything.

Running has been going well, which isn’t hard for me. I still love every run, even when it’s 20 with 5 degree windchill. Awesome CNY, awesome. I have another half marathon this weekend, but it’ll be more chill. I wasn’t planning on ‘racing’ it but now I’m hoping I can get after it and mow people down the last few miles.

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Managed to squeeze a LR in Shorts on Saturday before the snow again! Loved my Oiselle Distance Shorts

Looking forward to the next few weeks as training starts to really ramp up more!