Sunday, May 22, 2016

So About this Triathlon Thing...

Ok here's the thing:


For those of you who don't know me very well (or at all) this might seem strange based on the evidence.




This last entailed moving from a house to an apartment, giving up my job and starting my own business. The second part was not in the plan when we moved, but California is a wacky place so getting a job as soon as I moved here just did not happen.


I only stewed and had tantrums for the first month.

But now I'm embracing it.


See?

ANYWAY, let's move on to the triathlon, which is why you're here.

If you read any of my early posts you'll see that I legitimately had to learn to ride a bike and to swim just a few years ago, when I decided that doing a triathlon was a good idea.


Most adults have a basic ability to ride and swim and I had managed to lose those skills.

As for running, I ran the 1500 for a couple of years in tweenhood and it never felt good so I quit.

Fast forward to today:

I have a very small comfort zone.


So here I am 3 months into living in a new place and this is my progress:

RUNNING
I started running pretty soon after I got here because it's easy to get out the door and run around my neighbourhood.  My big step was going to a running boot camp that's just a couple of blocks from home. It took me over a month to work up the nerve to go.

BIKING
I went for one ride last summer after my Oly tri and I fell. Again.


So not only am I scared of falling on my bike, but I don't know where to ride that is not in traffic or completely overrun by other cyclists, roller bladers, walkers, runners, and other modes of transportation.


I've never seen so many skateboards and hoverboards in my life and their riders are fearless.

(There is a group ride on Saturday mornings at 8am but I'm not motivated enough to get up that early to do something that makes me nervous.)

SWIMMING
I think I also swam just once after my race. I don't really have a good excuse for this one: I have a gym with a pool 3 miles away that I haven't ventured out to yet (comfort zone?) and an ocean within walking distance.


Definitely out of my comfort zone.

With all that in mind, I don't see a triathlon in my plans for this year.  But I'm going to keep going to Cardio Camp so you'll probably see more posts about running and fitness. For now I'll be TriGirl-on-Hiatus, slowly inching my way forward.


Brittney is a great coach!

And tomorrow I might even go for that swim!

Questions:

1. Do you struggle with acclimating to a new city or do you dive right in?

2. If you struggle, how long does it take you to feel like you're "home"?

UPCOMING POSTS: GLOBAL RUNNING DAY LINKUP, CARDIO RUN CAMP




Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Glutes! Of! GLORY!!!

This is the workout that kicks my butt.


If you were around a couple of years ago, you might remember that I was dealing with a serious pain in the badonk. And hip. So I went to the guy who would fix all my problems:


He evaluated me and pointed out my weaknesses. He diagnosed me with LAS:


I'm not kidding. It's pretty common amongst runners.

The cure?


Just kidding. That would be so awesome though, right?

It turned out the cure was actually a series of exercises that he called the Glutes of Glory program; designed to make me stronger and faster, and less prone to injury. 

At first I stuck to the program, and over time I graduated to newer and more complex exercises. But the new exercises were HARD and I was easily frustrated. The road to maximal gluteus glory was rough:

I would lose my balance.


My leg would fall off the ball.


I couldn't do even ONE hamstring curl. Not one. My legs just wouldn't budge.


Don't even get me started on the single leg curls, ha!

So I did what any sensible person would do in this situation: I kept going knowing that consistency would make me stronger.


Real mature.

I complained to Bruk that after a workout I could barely walk up or down the stairs for most of the week, so how was I supposed to run on such sore and un-glorious glutes (and abs, and quads, and hammies, and calves)? 

After numerous attempts on my end to gut it out, Bruk decided to simplify my plan: he knocked off some reps and rewrote it such that I had a plan to incorporate into race training  and one for my strength-building phase (i.e. not race training).

Since I'm not training for anything right now, I am in the strength-building phase and should be super strong in no time!


Dare I say, even "Glorious"?

Though I'll probably be more successful if I actually work out more than once a week.


On second thought, maybe I'll just take up the cowbell after all.



Questions:
1. Have you ever been diagnosed with "LAS"?

2. Do you struggle with balance as much as I do? I'd love to know if you have any good cures for it.

3. Do you live in the Seattle area and need a top notch PT? If so, I highly recommend Bruk. He has an opening since I've moved :)

*I know that it's hard to comment on my blog sometimes, but feel free to comment on my Facebook page, email me at 'Trigirl at Tri-ingtobeathletic dot com' or tweet me!


UPCOMING POSTS: MY "RUNNING" CLUB, MORE INTERESTING SIGHTINGS IN L.A.

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