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Honoree Run

March 25, 2009
Honoree Run: We ran to Louie Bonpua's gravesite

Honoree Run: We ran to Louie Bonpua's gravesite

This past weekend was out last coached event and was Honoree Run, we were scheduled to meet at Montclaire elementary at 8:30am. I initially thought an Honoree run would have a bunch of us and several of the honorees running around on a track and socializing. When we arrived, we were told that we would be doing a short 1 mile to the Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos. There we would visiting the grave site of Louie Bonpua. Louie was hardcore Team in Training triathlete/Ironman that was active in the TNT community. You can read more about Louie’s  inspiring story here. Or watch a short video tribute here.

When we arrived at the cemetery, we all sat around on the grass near Louie’s grave. Our coaches wanted to remind us that above all of the training, fund raising and fun activities that we had experienced, this was to remind us why we are doing this. Although there will be hundreds of other people participating in the triathlon, we are all doing this for all those who are been affected by cancer. I always appreciate how they reign back everything to the cause. It was during this time that we had the opportunity to reflect and share why we decided to join Team In Training.  Many people  shared their personal struggles that they or their family members had endured b/k of cancer.  It was a very emotional experience, that rang true for many of us there.   Coach Chris also shared a touching story about his mom. As  part of his healing process , he bike 1600 mile journey from Colorado Springs to San Francisco  in honor of his mother who died on October 24th. Coach Chris is a pretty entertaining speaker, amist his emotion he was able to weave in humor and inspiration. He said something that stuck with me.  In short, he described how he kinda looks at our bodies as “rental cars” some engines are better than others.  But it’s up to us to choose how we utilize our “rental cars” and what we want to do with our lives. And I kinda relate to it for some time I’ve wanted to do something more with my life (outside of work ) and impact others in a positive way.  Wether it be  supporting events for good causes, donating,  volunterring or may be something else that I’m not aware of yet…I’m not sure.   I’ll just see how it goes, but hopefully this is just the beginning to life long journey in trying to do good things and hopefully inspire others along the way.

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Fight thru the cold or flu

March 25, 2009

Last night, I went swimming yesterday, my college friend Julie nicely came along.  We met up at Burgess and did a few laps, I hope she had a good workout. Afterwards I headed hom feelig under the weather. Eveyone has been getting sick lately.  At work, at home, the lady at the boba shop. I feel like I’m fighting something. I was going to run tonight at Foothill, but it may be better to rest and not risk it.  Tony has been sick the past week, hacking cough, stuffy head, congestion galore.  Hopefully, he gets better soon and hopefully I don’t catch any cold or flu. Othersie I’ll be full blown sick on race day… that would suck.  Get well dude!

Quick weekday recap

March 21, 2009
  • Monday: swam a mile at burgess pool in menlo
  • Tuesday: Late 10pm run around the track  with Tony at foothill, I ran 3 miles he ran 4.
  • Wednesday: Last coached team swim at burgess, so sad. I’m gonna miss these swim practices.  We had fun doing relays, the more advanced members of the team were in the middle of the pool while we swam and pretended to be water animals. Pulling and tuggin at us. Or attacking us as we swam. It was fun, hopefully real animals don’t attack us in Hawaii. At the end of the practice we threw all three coaches in the pool. That was fun.
  • Thursday: 3 mile run at Foothill. I saw the TNT Spring Wildflower team practicing as well.  They just started their  last month, so exciting for them.I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s last coached weekend workout before the race and also the honoree run. Good night!

Race Day Checklist

March 20, 2009

This is kinda cool. Race Day Checklist It’s allows you create a customized checklist for race day. Of couse you can type it yourself, but that would just take too long.

Bye Bye Bikies! See you in Hawaii!

March 20, 2009
Tagging the bikes.

Shipping our bikes to Hawaii.

Sunday morning we were going to attend out last Captain’s bike ride to Half Moon Bay. We were really looking forward to this ride because:

1. I’ve heard it was a scenic route and
2.  It was canceled last month, due to rain
3. It was our last ride of the season.

But sadly, it was once again it was canceled.  Darn rain.  Shucks! It was a bummer, but it allowed us to sleep in for the first time a long time. Later, we were scheduled for our “bike drop off” to be shipped to Hawaii. We headed over to at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s office in san jose and saw all of teammates and their bikes.  Before we could place our bikes on the truck, we had to take our pedals and any CO2 cartridges. If there are any CO2 cartridges found there is a $250,000 fine. Crazy! I was surprised at how early that we had to drop off our bikes,  I didn’t know it took two weeks to delivery to Hawaii.  But then later we found out that the shipping truck will be starting from the bay area and work it’s way down to southern california. Along the way picking up bikes from other Team In Training Teams that will also be competing in the Lavaman Triathlon in Kona  Hawaii.  It will eventually end up at the port in LA and be placed on a cargo ship and delivered to Hawaii. Exciting!!! Only 9 more days!

Coached Practice Tri

March 19, 2009

For last weekend’s coached workout, was we were  scheduled to do open water sprint distance practice tri at UVAS reservoir, but due to some rules and regulations our team was unable to attain the necessary permits. So we instead had a much easier practice tri in menlo park.  Since, I could have really used extra practice in open water, I was kinda bummed we didn’t get to UVAS.  In any case, it was good fun practice. We had 600m swim in the pool, 18 mile bike ride around portola loop and a 3 mile run. Our captains and coaches wanted us to weave all three events together and get used to riding wet, running wet and adjusting to transitions. Just like how it will be on race day, we got race numbers and body marked.

Just like on race day, we practiced getting body marked.

Getting body marked.

We started the first wave of the race. 1/2 of us were in the outdoor pool, while the other 1/2 stayed in heated bubble. Tony and I opted for the cold unheated, outdoor pool. Burrrrrr….

Group picture of our wave before the practice start.

Group picture of our wave before the practice start.

During the rush of the start, I hung in the back to avoid getting clubbed in the head.

During the rush of the start, I hung in the back to avoid getting clubbed in the head.

Tony during the swim.

Tony during the swim.

Afterward, we practiced transitioning from swim to bike. Dry off, change from swim clothes to biking clothes, eat, drink etc.

Tony in transition.

Tony in transition.

We then did an 18 mile bike ride around Portola Loop.

The faster bikers.

The faster bikers.

Tony on his 18 mile ride.

Tony on his 18 mile ride.

Donella returning from her ride.

Donella returning from her ride.

Tony coming in from his bike ride to run.

Tony coming in from his bike ride to run.

After our 18 mile bike ride, we transition from our bike gear into an immediate 3 mile run.

High fives on my way to my run.

High fives on my way to my run.

Tony on his run.

Tony on his run.

Where is the finish line?!!

Where is the finish line?!!

We ran to the finish line where our coaches, captains, mentors and honorees cheered us on, we crossed the finish line and got a paper medal. It was made out of construction paper and markers, but it added to the fun of the  race and made it enjoyable. It was a treat. Thank you to everyone handcrafted the awards! I’m sure it too a lot of work.

Tony came in 1st place and recived his medal.

Tony came in 1st place and received his medal.

Yay!

Yay!

Teamamtes crossing the finish! Go Team!

Teamamtes crossing the finish! Go Team!

With our construction paper medals!

Sporting our construction paper medals!

After the practice tri we hung out and had a BBQ with the rest of the team. It was a nice way to have some fun, food and share our experience about the practice.

The finish line led us to a BBQ.

The finish line led us to a BBQ.

For more pictures, check out more picture on our flickr site.

Date Night

March 18, 2009

On Thursday, Tony and I met up for some romantic 400m, 800m, 1200m pyramid swimming at Burgess Pool in Menlo. Afterwards, boba ..yummm.

Daylight (yay!) three mile time trials

March 18, 2009

This was the 1st time, there was still daylight during our weekday, track workout.

This was the 1st time, there was still daylight during our weekday, track workout.

On Tuesday we had out weekday track work out at Foothill. We had just adjusted our clocks on Sunday so it was the first time that there was daylight during a track practice. It was so nice to see the sun on a weekday workout. Fun for today, 3 mile time trials. I’m still like one mile or 1/2 mile behind everyone else. Oddly, my left foot get’s numb starting at the beginning of the third mile. This also happened at the Stanford Treeathlon, hopefully it will go away by race day.  (Tony: 3 miles in 23 minutes; Donella 3 miles in 34 minutes.)

Purple Wristband

March 18, 2009

I’m about a week behind in posts, but I’ll do my best to recap. After my lovely turtle like pace at the Stanford Treeathlon, I decided to continue practicing my swimming. I headed over to Burgess pool on Monday evening. As the days get warmer I’ve been noticing that the pool has been getting more crowded and I’m often sharing lanes with strangers. I’ve gotten used to sharing and often enjoy the company. On Monday I was sitting at the edge of a lane waiting for a woman to return from and swim back from the opposite end of the lane. I was about to ask her if I could share the lane with her. As I waited I noticed that around the top of her sport basement water bottle was a rubber purple team in training wristband that said T.E.A.M. TRAIN ENDURE ACHIEVE MATTER. When she came back, I asked her if she was in TNT. She said that her name was Sherry, she had just joined the spring team for Avia Wildflower Triathlon. She asked me if I was in TNT and I said that I was doing the Lavaman a part of the Winter Tri team. Suddenly, there a simple friendly connection, we discussed our experience in with TNT and  learning how to swim and fund raise. She said that she was a cyclist and that part is easy for her, but the rest it was tough. She also mentioned that she was fifty years old and that this was a goal for her. She asked me what was I before joining the tri team, A runner? Swimmer? Cyclist? and I responded….”Well, actually I like to snowboard..I’m not really a runner, but I’ll join a race just to complete it.  And I’m not a cyclist,  just got a roadbike and learned to use clips…and for swimming, well, It just learned to swim deeper than 3ft since TN” . She seemed to enjoy my answer and encouragingly said, “good for you!” After a bit more chit chat she finished up her workout and started mine, we wished each other well and good luck! Nice to meet you Sherry.

I’m not gonna lie….I’m slow.

March 13, 2009

Omigosh,  the results from my first tri came in. I always knew that I was slow in endurance events. But I didn’t know I was that slow. I came in 2nd to last my division.I guess all that chit chat with the lifeguards on the swim, and the policemen on the bike and volunteers on the run course did slow down my time a bit. But not much. I’m not gonna lie….I’m slow. It can only get better from here, right?

Donella’s Time:
Division: Open Female 34 and under | Place 83 ( out of 84)
Swim:  20:54.4 (Rank 86)     T1: 5:47.4
Bike: 45:59.6 (Rank 79)         T2: 3:39.6
Run: 35:40.1 (Rank 79)
Total: 1:52:01.1

Tony’s Time
Division: Open Male 34 and under | Place: 118 ( out of 181)
Swim: 12:43.2 (Rank 87)       T1: 4:12.3
Bike:   37:39.4 (Rank 111)       T2: 2:06.8
Run:   25:35.0 (Rank 118)
Total: 1:22:16.7