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Catching up. Saturday was a 10 mile run with Niki. Her, Suzanne and I are going to try to stay together for the half marathon on the 25th, but Suzanne may run off and leave us. I'm planning on running with the slower of the 2. So, if Suzanne takes off like I think she can, Niki probably won't be able to keep up. If you want a good laugh, check out the comments Niki made about the run we did..."If I judge my training this year on this run alone, yah I would stop running! Thanks to Michael-Tracy Hall for putting up with my whining, yes I was being a whiner, for pushing me till the end when I wanted to stop at 9, and for not yelling at me when I yelled at him for going too fast and then speeding up myself!! Haha! I will remember this run!"

The key is, she was yelling at me for going too fast, but I was letting her set the pace, so I found it humorous.

Monday was a 2650yd swim in the morning, that went very well. 8.8 miles running after work, followed by core.

Today was an 1800yd straight swim and I'm again thrilled with how that one small correction has affected my times, see below. This afternoon will be my first ride outside since 1 randomly warm day in January. I'll probably get 22 or so miles in with some intervals.

5:58.5 - 400 warm up,
14:45.5 - 1000 straight,
6:15.1 - 400 cool down.
26:59.1 - 1800 total.

Have a great day!!
 

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Good morning, TEAM LIT!

x: Yeah, I run with people all the time, and it's a very common theme that although you let them set the pace they still yell at you. But the truth is, running with someone really IS different. And the pace gravitates closer to the faster person unless you've logged 100s of miles with the person. So in some regards, even though you let her set the pace, there was a part of her keeping up with YOU. However, what I've learned and what she probably experienced, was that she can do it but doesn't think she can, so it feels like she's trying to keep up with you even though she's doing just fine, and then at the end she has a little left. It's all about gaining confidence for her of her abilities. Because YOU know she can go even faster! Though she thinks: wow that was fast. He pushed me. Way to help out!

Me...

7 mile social run early this morning with two others. Mild temps. Ran in shorts and short sleeves.

Great day, friends!
 

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Lean 1 weights and planning on a lunchtime walk. Both knees feeling a little sore after my ride yesterday :( :( Please don't tell me that riding is now going to set them off, it's my absolute favorite!

And yes, when I run with my faster buddies the same thing happens to me. It's a tempo for me and an easy for them lol
 

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Totally unplanned 5.15mi pushing the stroller kid. Had intended to run on the treadmill but she threw a tantrum until I suggested the stroller. She kept my pace honest! Foam rolling for the rest of the day though.
 

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Well, Ironman 70.3 Florida is in the books. It was hotter than ****. Not my fastest but not my slowest either. Two years ago, if you had told me that I would be starting my season with a HIM "warm-up" I would have told you that you were crazy. But, here I am...first race of the season (first open water swim of the season) and it was a Half.

And I even had a Chris Pratt sighting. He was out there suffering in the heat with the rest of us.

I am sore...looking at bit like an extra from the Walking Dead. Looking forward to an easier week before...and I quote..."we really kick in it gear for IMLOU". Gulp....
 

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Ooh ... topodope wrote ****. Way to spring the minimal HIM race report on us - with celebrity sightings no less :).

And Adco ... sheesh ... 11.5 run and 60'ish mile ride.

You two should hang out here less often, so I can keep up my illusion of adequacy ;)

Nice job guys...

Yoshi - I'll be joining you for the American tour soon :) DS was not impressed, although he did like and get into GWU (and no - we couldn't afford it). They are both on DD's visit list ... I think she'll be adjusting expectations soon enough - and this is just more of the experience thing.

Julie - spin easy!!! Although I'm not one to practice what I preach, some people say not to get out of the small chain ring for the first 500-1000 miles. Maybe you are spinning easy - but I know I always have a tendency to ride the big ring anyway - except going uphill.

http://triathanewbie.com/triathlon_articles/triathlon_article_1000_Small_Chain_Ring_Miles.html

Oh - and the workout. 40 minutes ellipticating -

Great day all.

Geo
 

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Julie - Take extra time to reacquainted to riding. Be extra kind to your knees, your dear friend!
1T - so bummed to miss the opportunity to meet you at Circular Logic. Way to go to hit the HIM as a season opener! Sounds like your coach is ready to go!
Geo - We are getting used to what to look for when visiting college now. Experiences (especially visiting a fine school like GWU) would help and put things in perspective. Taking ACT, SAT, APtest, and finals blah blah blah and squeezing more visits (we haven't tried any nearby schools as well as ones in Chicago land yet)..... it will be a ****-ish at our household....

6.5mile including 2x2miles at half marathon-ish pace (which I have no idea). 8:10ish. Pretty solid.
 

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In the 80's our coach would actually have us remove our big chain ring and would keep them locked up in the spring until we "earned" them back with sufficient uphill spinning. My current bike buddies are amused when I tlak about earning back my ring. With my ring bending "incident" so recently in my mind it makes me wonder. I ma behind on my planned ramp up for the ride in 1 1/2 weeks so it will have some suffering involved.


Today a 2 mi human solo ow swim with a dolphin escort, after which I discovered it was "dolphin day". I think they were saying send more fish.


I also had a brief note back form one of the test engineers who I had passed the aforementioned bent chainring to. He reports that according to what specs he can find and measurements he has, a bend such as I made would have taken 400 foot pounds of force to achieve if the metal were not pre softened. There was much more but overall the likelihood is an over machined piece of metal, initial outward bend possible mis-tune of the derailleur..or no this doesn't "just happen" because I "pedaled wrong" :) and so it should nto happen again and does not appear to relate to alignment or frame issues.


The last kid who I helped with school choices is about to graduate! Not being a parent makes it much easier to help but I remember some of the angst.
 
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