Posts Tagged ‘burgess pool’

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.

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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.

This past week…getting back in the water

March 10, 2009
Registration confirmation for my first sprint tri.

Registration confirmation for my first sprint tri.

About a month ago, our coach gave us the option to either attend a weekend coached workout or enter the Stanford Treeathlon. A short sprint distance local triathlon. Swim 500m, Bike 13 miles and run 3.1 miles. At the time, it seemed like a good idea. Back then Tony, myself and a few other teammates entered the race. But after last weekend’s horrendous 1st open water experience, I was having second thoughts. I was even considered pulling out of the race. All last week I would go thru random moments, when I’d be sitting at my desk at work and would just think about doing the sprint triathlon would get butterflies in my stomach. If I couldn’t swim a short distance lagoon, what more during a race with other swimmers!

On Wednesday, during our coached swim workout, Todd, the mentor that helped me get thru my 1st open water , saw me and said, “ Are you read to get back in there?” . I replied, “Yep, I’m cool with the pool, just not the open water!”. During our workout we did some relays and practiced more snake swimming. Snake swimming is no longer scary as scary as it once was. After being clubbed in the head a few times, I have somewhat learned hang back and avoid the flying feet and crowds.

During this practice one of our Team Honorees and Coach Mike’s wife, Vanessa, mentioned that her friend and a member of last years Team in Training’s Lavaman Winter Triathlon Team,  was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She is currently going thru chemo treatment. It’s always a bummer to hear sad news, but we are praying for her and sending her good thoughts.

Notes for myself for this past week:
Tuesday:  6am light run /bike and night swim at Burgess
Wednesday: Coach worked out,  snake simming & relays
Thursday: Light spinning the trainer
Friday:  Pick up packet for Treeathlon.

Still Making Up For Last Week

February 24, 2009
Tony spinning on the trainer.

Tony spinning on the trainer.

Thursday
Still making up for last week, I attempted to swim on Thursday evening. But getting out of work, and getting stuck in traffic didn’t make it easy to get to Burgess Pool in Menlo. By the time I arrived the pool was about to close. I was on my way back to the office, to finish up some late night work, but since I was already in Palo Alto, I thought that it might pass by Tony’s work to see if he was still at work. Yay! He was still there. He showed me this cool Expresso Machine that they have at work. It’s this bike road bike exercise game. They use it in order to help rehab patients. It’s pretty cool, the game makes exercising more entertaining and engaging for all of those competitiive athletes. Afterward, we parted ways and I headed back to the office. Later, when returned home, I saw Tony all geared up and spinning away…. good job tony!

Friday
After work on Friday, but before going out to dinner with Tony’s brother, Romeo. We took a quick swim at Burgess. I think I need to take into consideration more traffic time, because again, I arrived at the pool late and only got in a quick 30 lap swim. Hopefully next time, I’ll at least get a mile in. But on a good note, my shoulder wasn’t hurting. Last time I swam, my shoulder felt like it was doing a weird popping thing. So far so good.

Making up for Last Week

February 24, 2009

During the last few days work has been pretty busy. So we didn’t have as much time to train, on Wednesday, we returned back from the long holiday for lovely coached swim at Burgess Pool in Menlo Park. And I’ll admit, I wasn’t in the mood to swim. I was feeling under the weather and just wanted to plop on the couch with a egg nuggets and boba (milk tea tapioca). The practice was relatively easy (nothing nerve racking like snake swimming) just regular drills. But boy were my lungs gasping. Who knew that taking a week off of swimming would mess with my endurance? This was going to have to make up for last week’s laziness. During our weekly announcements, coach Meggen shared a letter that Jensen’s mom had written to our team. If you recall, Jensen is one of our team honorees and is the little girl undergoing chemo treatment for cancer. Last January, her past few rounds of chemo had not been good. In the letter, her mom was sharing the struggles that Jensen, her brother and sister and the rest of the family have been coping with. In the letter you can hear the emotion and the hardship in her voice. It was very touching. It always a reality check when you hear the personal journey of one of our honorees. Sometimes in the thick of work, training and just living life, I must remember why we are doing this. Evelyn’s (Jensen’s mom) letter shares the personal ups and downs of battling cancer. It was a good reminder that each individual can make an impact in so many lives. This will surly help motivate us thru this week’s rainy training.

Snake Swimming…oh boy…

February 6, 2009

On wednesday I heard we were scheduled to “snake swim”. After my last experience, snake swimming I was a bit nervous. The kicking, the pulling the grabbing. The gasping for air, the swallowing of water….the feeling of being beat up in the water……oh man. Here we go again.

This time we spent an hour “snake swimming”…and this time….it wasn’t as bad as I thought. Tony once again got a pat on the back and praise from Coach Mike, “Tony you’re flying”.Of course i got kicked and smashed, but overall it was a great workout! Yippee, hopefully I got over my fear of snake swimming.

Collapsing Bubble

January 27, 2009
Donella trying clipless pedals for the first time on a bike trainer.

Donella trying clipless pedals for the first time on a bike trainer.

Yesterday after our run at Edgewood and Canada, we passed by Go Ride Bikes and I had my clips and shoes set up.  Since both Tony and I now had clip less pedals, we were eager to take them out for a test ride. But  due to the rain, the Captain’s workout for hill repeat training in Los Gatos was cancelled. As soon as there was a break in the rain, we loaded up the bikes and headed down the 280, but as we continued to drive the rain started to pour, so we just headed back home, dropped off the bikes and headed to Burgess to get in a mile swim. It was kinda of chilly so we opted to swim in the bubble. Tony had completed his 32 laps and was doing drills waiting for me.  I was on lap 30 in my goal of 32, then suddenly I heard the construction of the bubble flapping wildly, and the life guard was yelling that there was an emergency and that everyone had to get out of the pool. The bubble was collapsing! So we hurried out of the pool  bubble it to the freezing cold. Alas, i didn’t get to finish my 1st attempt at a nonstop mile. Oh well there always next time, better safe than sorry.

When we returned home, we were still craving to try out our new pedals.  So we just decided to cruise around on a nearby bike path for about three miles. I still need to practice my unclipping as it was horrifying trying to unclip at a busy  traffic  stoplight.  And all I could hear was the traffic around me and Tony saying “Unclip! Unclip! Hurry!”. Hahah scary! Hopefully, I’ll get more clipless pedal practice in this weekend.

Snake Swimming

January 26, 2009

Last Wednesday we had practice in the bubble at Burgess Pool in Menlo Park. It was the first time I had swam in the bubble in the evening. Compared to the daytime, it was so stuffy and hot. The steam from the heated pool was so thick that you couldn’t see past 1/4 ahead of you. In any case, I didn’t mind  because  swimming has become one of my favorite exercises. First 1/2 of practice,  we packed in 5 people per a lane and circle swam 25 (50 meter) laps. Afterward we did the “snake swim”. I thought it was going to be fun playful drill…like the hokey poky or something similar.  You know kind of like a fun cool down. Instead, forty of us were packed on in one side of the lane. Then, our coach said that this will be a simulation of how the tri swim will start. Then he had us start and race in the water all at once. We were to race & swim 25 meters across the lap, cross under the lane line to the next lane, swim across another 25 meter, cross under the lane line and so forth. We did this until we zig zagged thru all the lanes reach the opposite corner of the pool. And we did this multiple times. Imagine forty people fighting for space in narrow lane lines. Our coached warned the veterans “no swimming over people”. What? Swimming over me? Yikes. I heard that tri swim starts were often scary with people pulling, punching and kicking one another for space. But never did I experience it until now. There I was swimming for dear life getting kicked in the face, people grabbing my ankles, kicking my forehead and wrists…so many bubbles that I couldn’t see. Every time I tried to fight back I was wasting my energy and my form was getting all messed up. I was so panicked; I was swallowing water and gasping for breath. As this was going on I was thinking to myself, “what the in world did I sign myself up for??!!!” After a few minutes of this horrific experience, I calmed down and got back on rhythm and continued on until completion. As unnerving as it was, it was such an awesome drill! So useful! Oh and the adrenaline rush felt great! I look forward to doing more of these drills in the upcoming practices.

Team Manager, Katie Hronek, sharing announcements after swimming practice.

Team Manager, Katie Hronek, sharing announcements after swimming practice.

Swimming in the Bubble

January 26, 2009
Air dome a Burgess Swimming in Menlo Park

Air dome a Burgess Swimming in Menlo Park

Last monday was MLK day and I pretty much spent the day in a bubble.  Because the pool often closes early, I am never able to finish the swim workouts from our training sheets. This time I made it a point to not leave the pool until i had completed the following:

6x(25drill, 25swim)
Main set
5 x 100 L2
4 x 200 L3
3 x 300 L2
12 x 25 odd – EZ even – fast
Cool Down
100 EZ

It was the previously scheduled workout (2 weeks ago)  but I still did it. YeAH!! And it took me forever.