Friday, December 18, 2015

I'm famous! (Sort of) Plus some talk about 3D printing to aid weight loss

I've finally been in a podcast!

You can listen to it here:

So what is this "3DLILA" thing? LILA stands for "Late in Life Athlete". My friend who does the 3DLILA blog is also someone who became athletic later in life. She's a runner. And has also struggled with her weight. Which is where the 3D comes in.

There are these new technologies out that measure a person's size by scanning them. This is then translated into measurements. And, at a company called Shapely, they have technology that can scan anything and print it out on a 3D printer. LILA is getting little statues of herself throughout her current fitness project. It's a way to measure progress that isn't about a number on the scale. I would also think that having a model of yourself would help with body dysmorphia as you could really see in a physical, touchable way, how your size and shape is change.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

All about the ITU World Championships

Since I was gone at ITU Worlds for a week, this is going to be long. Here are some links to jump to the parts you are most interested in:

Pre-race Logistics

The Race

Opening Ceremonies

Not Enough Volunteers

The Elites

Closing Thoughts

Pre-race Logistics

I arrived in Chicago on Monday evening and took the "L" from O'Hare to downtown. There was another guy on the train who had a fancy bike box and I was pretty sure he was going to the same place I was, but I never got up the nerve to talk to him.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

On becoming a morning person

For most of my life, I have been a dyed-in-the-wool night owl, going to bed around midnight most days, if not later, and getting up no earlier than 8:30 am. Then on the weekends, I'd sleep in even longer.

I'd like to say triathlon changed all that, but it wouldn't be true. Even though most races start in the wee hours of the morning, I didn't really change my habits. I did my workouts after work on the way home and I would just push through that early morning "I don't want to be here" feeling on the days I had to get up early to race or attend a clinic.

This changed when I joined El Camino YMCA Triathlon Club.

Friday, September 4, 2015

You had ONE job. Just one

Yesterday marked the beginning of the two week period prior to racing in the ITU World Age Grouper Aquathlon Championships.

It has been shown that it generally takes ten to fourteen days for fitness gains to be incorporated into your body. 

What this means to me is that once I am two weeks out from a race, my main job -- my only job -- is to maintain my current fitness level while not injuring myself.

So what did I do yesterday? Went for a nine mile run to get ready for the San Jose Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon and tripped on absolutely nothing and hurt myself. 

Yes, I managed to fail in my one job the very first day!

I probably didn't really trip on "nothing." The ground is uneven on a trail. But I didn't trip on a rock or a tree root or anything I could see. I was probably just not picking up my feet enough.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

August: The month of racing

When I first planned out my season, I didn't really plan to race so much in August. But two races moved their dates, one after I had already signed up, and the Splash 'n Dash came back this year and the next thing you know, I was signed up to race four times!

If that sounds a little crazy, it is. But to make it even crazier, I had two races the first week in August and two races the last weekend in August. Normally, I wouldn't do that, but I had good reasons for racing each race.

Splash n' Dash #3

The first race of the month was the last Splash 'n Dash of the season. I wanted to do as many Aquathlons as possible, so I had signed up for the Splash 'n Dash as a series as soon as registration opened. Plus, it was the day before my birthday.

So I did the race and I made it a party. I handed out leis to my friends and I convinced my friend Jerry to wear a grass skirt and beachcomber's hat. It was just as impressive as it sounds. So impressive that when he crossed the finish line, the announcer spontaneously created an awards for Best Costume just for him.

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Race to the Race: My CST Report

The Race to the Race. A friend of mine has a blog with that title and, right now, it kind of sums up where I am in life as well as my race experience this weekend.

The California Sprint Triathlon was this weekend and I had big plans for it when I first signed up. It's a Regional Championship so the first five finishers in my age group qualify for Nationals. I had finished fourth last year and I really wanted to be on the Podium this year and I really want to qualify for Nationals someday.

It's always risky to have goals that depend on how well other people do, but at the beginning of the year this seemed like a reasonable goal. I even had a plan. All I had to do was swim an extra time a week and do more speed work and less LSD on the bike compared to last year. Add that to my Half Marathon training that I was in the middle of and I could shave off 5-10 minutes from my time. If I did that, I'd be happy even if I didn't get the placement I wanted.

Then real life struck.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

What to do when your goals don't work out?

At the beginning of the season, I had several goals.

The first one was to podium at at triathlon this year. Now, having goals that depend on how others finish is risky but I had come in fourth in both my tris last year and I was sure with a few minor tweaks in my training routine, I could do better. Especially since I was starting from a better place of fitness.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Race season is starting - where am I?

Tomorrow is my first race of the season. I feel completely unprepared. But excited.

I'm doing the Splash 'n Dash series this year (last year it was cancelled due to drought and I miss it) and, when I signed up, I was really excited to be able to Dash and not just Splash. But here I am the day before the race and yesterday was the first time I've run in 2.5 weeks. Hmm.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

I'm getting my words back

Almost a month ago it was time for my next follow-up with my neurologist. I was also running low on Topamax. However, Brain Doc was on sabbatical! Rather than renew my prescription one more time, I decided to see Brain Doc II.

It was a good visit. He showed me my brain scan, which geeked me out. Then he went over some headache management points that Brain Doc I had also done, but this time I got a printout. The printout was super helpful and had more suggestions for how to deal with headaches. Then, we agreed that when my Topamax ran out, I should just stop taking it.

It's been 2.5 weeks completely free of Topamax and I am happy to report that my brain is feeling good. I haven't had too many headache episodes though I still do sometimes feel like someone smacked me on the back right side of my head.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Transition Clinic: Flats and Fast Swims

A week ago Saturday I had a very good lesson in not giving up.

It was my club's annual transition clinic. I missed last year's so I was really looking forward to it even though I'm already pretty good at transitions. The video from last year looked like fun and I thought it would be a good idea to brush up on this stuff before my first race.

So I arrived early, set up my transition area and settled in. The coaches went through how they set up their transitions and two of them have seats! I have to say that this does not sit well with me. I have always gone by the adage "never sit in transition." I think this is the difference between being a young pro and an older coach. I suspect at some point I'll have to have a bucket or stool too as I won't be able to bend over without falling down. But until that point comes... never sit in transition!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

ITU Worlds Short Course: Making the team

One of my long term goals has been to qualify for Team USA in some aspect of triathlon. I looked into it last Fall and decided my best bet was in Aquathlon (no, I don't know how that's pronounced either) because my bike is my weakest leg and because I do a ton of "Splash and Dash" races and most people don't do them at all.

To make the World Team, this is exactly what is said on the web site:

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Bones, boobs, and a broken butt

I forgot to post about the rest of my annual tests and stuff.

After the lab work, I had my annual DEXA scan and mammogram. My boobs are fine. No surprises there.

My bones are good for a woman my age but I want them to be as good as the 35 year olds exemplar. I had hoped that a year of working out would reverse the loses I had suffered during my enforced time off but instead I went down slightly in one measure. I didn't do a lot of strength training last year but I  did do some and I did run twice a week on average. I think I need to do more this year.

Finally, I got to talk to my PCP about my issues with my left side. I have the following going on:

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Cleaning out your closet

I am writing this post because I was going to say this to a friend on Facebook but it's really too long and complicated for Facebook. If I've talked about this before on my blog, I apologize in advance for boring people.

Once upon a time, I had no idea how to dress myself, shop for clothing, put on make-up, wear my hair and all those 'girly things.' So I took a class in it. The class was excellent and I learned many things, including something that turned out to be a life lesson even though I'm not sure it as meant that way. This particular class was on shopping and managing your closet.

In the class they told us that if an entire year had passed so that we had experienced all the seasons and all the annual events in our lives and there were items in our closet that we hadn't worn, that we needed to remove them from our closets. If you haven't worn it in a year, they said, you aren't going to. Now, you can make an exception for specialty items like those ski pants or that formal attire because maybe you don't do those things ever year. But for your street clothes, if you don't wear it, remove it.

That's right. Get rid of that outfit that you are determined to lose 40 pounds to fit into (except you've been saying that for years now) and those gray dress slacks that fit but you never wear because they have no pockets (but I need a pair of gray slacks for work) and that weird top your Aunt gave you for your birthday a few years ago that you wouldn't be caught dead in (but she's my favorite Aunt!) and the little black dress that you are always tripping over the hem because it's a little too long (but everyone needs a little black dress and I'm going to hem it, really I am!) and so forth and so on.

Stop with the rationalizing and pull them out of your closet. Throw them out, give them away, sell them or, if they have sentimental value, pack them up and put them away somewhere inaccessible.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Annual Check-up: I'm finally over the hill!

I had my annual physical yesterday and got all my lab work back. It's official: I'm in menopause!

Now don't hate me fellow older women who had horrible time in peri-menopause, but I barely noticed.