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!

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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

Our First Sprint Triathlon Together

March 12, 2009
The was rising when we arrived.

The was rising when we arrived.

In preparation for Lavaman, we entered the Stanford Treeathlon. We woke up at 430am, ate, loaded the gear and arrived at Redwood Port around 6am.It was still dark when we arrived, but the sun was starting to rise. There were so many people already setting up there transition area. Thankfully we ran into Martin and few other team mates.

Team mates, Karin, Erin & Tony getting into their wetsuits.

30 minutes before the 1st wave start, team mates, Karin, Erin & Tony getting into their wetsuits.

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Group shot. I missed the group pix I having fun at the porta potty.

Martin was there helping us setting our transition areas from the swim to the bike, and from the bike to the run. It was nice to have familiar faces at our first race. I think all of our TNT members appreciated having one another there to calm the nerves and just for the overall support.  We hooked up the bikes to rack, set up the transition area, applied the body glide, got body marked, strapped on the timing chips etc. We started putting on our wetsuits around 7am, we had 15 minutes until the transition area closed and we would  no longer had access to our gear until the race. Afterwards, we headed to the starting line for the beginning collegiate 1st wave. From there they moved onto the open age groups, Tony’s wave started 1/2 hour prior to mine, at 7:50am, so I had the opportunity to see him start his race. once he got the water, we all started cheering for him “Go Tony!”

Tony getting ready for his wave.

Tony getting ready for his wave.

3rd Wave, Tony's Wave started at 7:50am

3rd Wave, Tony's Wave started at 7:50am

My wave didn’t start until 8:20am, so I had joy of being nervous for another 30 minutes. During that time, me and some of the  other TNT girls go to hang out in our wetsuits in the cold. I was so jumpy, I wanted to get into the water and let the shock of the cold happen. I knew it was gonna happen, I just needed time to adjust to the freezing water. 8:10am arrived, we had the opportunity to acclimate in the water before our heat. As I imagined it was cold. I let myself get used to it and I was fine. *Whew* . The lady with the blow horn gives us  a 30 second warning before the it goes off. I look around at my other teammates and we all wish one another a safe race and good luck. Kristine and I are both nervous, we look at each other and say, “We can do this!” and give each other a high five. The blow horn goes off and I begin my first sprint triathlon.

Donella waiting for her wave. 5th wave started at 8:20am.

Donella waiting for her wave. 5th wave, women's 35 and under, started at 8:20am.

The Swim: The dreaded swim, distance was short, I’ve swam in pool for several miles. So 500m shouldn’t be a problem right? Wrong!  I start off ok, suddenly i realize that I’m at the end of the pack. I had to remind myself, time to relax and go at my pace. Otherwise, if I start out too fast I’ll wear out too quickly, and i still had the bike and swim to do. The pack is moving farther and farther away from me.  Suddenly, a life guard on a surfboard tells me that I’m going the wrong way and to follow the buoy. The small choppy waves are crashing against my face and throws off my rhythm, the bright sun is hitting my eyes and are blinding me, and my head is so cold that I start becoming dizzy and disoriented. My vision starts to get blurry and I start to begin to see stars. I haven’t experience this before and I start to get scared. Inside I’m thinking “oh no, I’m going to have to stop, I’m too disoriented to handle this”. Another lifeguard on a surfboard comes up to me and I ask him if I’m going the correct direction, “he says yes, but the current is started to pull me the wrong way again”. I’m freezing and out of breath, I ask him if I can I hold on to the board to rest for a few seconds (it legal to do so).  Then, I ask him, “Are you going to pluck me out of the water b/k I’m too slow?”. He smiled and said, “No, just as long as you keep moving in a forward progression and make it to the buoy, I’ll guide you to make sure you don’t go off course”. So nice of him. The short rest allowed me to compose myself and continue moving on. I then run into another kayak and surfboard  catches me, the current is pushing off course again! I told the guy (a different guy) on the surfboard that this was my 1st triathlon and if there were any other surfers that we be on the rest of the swim course. He smiles, gives me some encouraging words and guides me towards dock. He tells me that if i get any more tired I can grab on to the dock.  I progressed on,  thankfully, I finally warmed up, my confidence  returned and it was smooth sailing from here. A group of course volunteers pulled us up from the water like beached whales, and soon as I got up, I was so dizzy that I had to grab onto the ramp rails . Then, I ran to the transition area and  got ready for the bike ride. It wasn’t the best swim, but I did it! I completed my first open water swim! Martin L. our team photographer was there to take my pix, thanks Martin!

Race Start, I'm the 2nd red cap from the left.

Race Start, I'm the 2nd red cap from the left.

Transition #1:  Swim to Bike
When I arrived at my transition area, Kristine was dressing up just about to get on to her bike (our transition areas were next to each other)  We both looked so dizzy and tore up all the while talking, giving each other encouraging words and trying to dress up. We were kinda out of it…like drunk or tipsy from the swim, it was so funny I was laughing inside. By the time, I got out of my wetsuit, changed into my biking clothes and headed off into the bike portion, Tony was arriving from his bike ride and getting ready for his run. We  gave each other a short lil encouraging peck on the lips before we headed onto the next leg of our respective races.

Bike Ride: It was a fairly smooth ride, early on the ride, I saw a water bottle rolling around on the road. I was thinking to myself. Oh I hope that doesn’t happen to me. Hello! Jinx, no more than two minutes later, after I got a sip of my Gatorade, I missed the cage and the bottle went right thru my frame and dropped my water bottle on the road. Shoot! I probably should have left it there, but that would have meant I wouldn’t have any hydration for 14 miles, plus, I didn’t think it was safe for the other riders. So i stopped, unclipped, got out of the lane, and walked back to grab my water, by that time 20 people on bikes had passed me by. Shoot! ext time I’ll just leave the bottle. Through out the ride, i could feel a stitch ache on my side. It was kinda odd, I usually get stitches running, but never on a bike. I figured I had another 10 miles for the stitch to go away.  Other than that little mishap everything on the bike ride went well. I even thanked the police officer for holding traffic to let me go thru!

14 mile, bike ride

Short 14 mile, bike ride

Tony on his bike ride.

Tony on his bike ride.

Donella on her bike.

Donella on her bike.


Transition #2: Bike to run
When I arrived back at my transition area Tony had already finished his race. He was kind enough to follow me with a camera and take pics of me while I did my transition. Thankfully, he was there b/k in the midst of the race. I forgot where my rack was. Oh no! He guided me to wear it was, i got all my biking gear off, except my helmet, I started to run and  had to go back and take my helmet off. By then I had thrown all of my stuff all over the place.  I was off to last leg of the race.

Transition: Bike to run (couldn't find my rack)

Transition: Bike to run (couldn't find my rack)

Run: The run was slow, but fine. I kept chatting with all of the volunteers and thanked them for their encouraging words of “good job!” “you can do it!”. They prolly could have cared less and they say it to ever person running by, but when you’re tired and worn any piece of encouragement helps to get you thru to the next leg. 1/2 way thru the run, I was feeling sick and upchucked! Gross, so sour, but it helped to get rid of my stitch. Only 1.5 miles to go, i was feeling better, but on the last 700meters my left front of my foot, started to go numb. It was so weird, it’s never happened before. But I didn’t want to stop b/k I could  see the rest of my TNT teammates cheering me on and I could hear the band playing. I ran thru the numbness and enjoyed crossing the line, giving high fives and receiving a loving hug from Tony at the finish line.

Short 3.1 mile run

3.1 mile run

Tony on his run.

Tony on his run.

Tony was there to give me hug when I crossed the finish line.

Tony was there to give me hug when I crossed the finish line.

Afterwards, we waited for the rest of our teammates to finish and a few of us celebrated completing our first sprint tri and went out for lunch. Overall, I was probably a bit too chattiy talking to the lifeguards, police people and volunteers, but it helped to ease my nerves, especially in the water. It wasn’t the fastest or smoothest race. But we were just happy finishing it! I was just mostly just happy getting thru the swim portion! It was me and Tony’s first tri together! We did it! Now on to Lavaman!