Posts Tagged ‘foothill’

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.)

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Running Pyramids

February 27, 2009
Donella running her pyramids.

Donella running her pyramids.

Tuesday we had our coached evening run at Foothill college. We started out with a mile warm – up, the coaches then gave us a few tips on chi running. It was pretty entertaining, we had to run like we were holding tray underneath our hands. Afterwards we did some log pyramid drills

First we worked our way up….

400m slow  = 1 lap
400m fast  = 1 lap
800m slow  = 2 laps
800m   fast  = 2 laps
1600m slow  = 4 laps
1600m fast  = 4 laps

Then now back down….

1600m fast  = 4 laps
1600m slow = 4 laps
800m fast = 2 laps
800m  slow  = 2 laps
400m fast = 1 lap
400m slow = 1 lap

I’m not a fan of running, but overall was a good solid workout. Afterward, the coaches also shared some information regarding our upcoming open water swim. I’m nervous and excited to swim in the open, cold, murkey, dark water! Seriously, I can’t wait! I’ve gotten over my fear of swimming in pool at any depth…..now,  if I can get over that open water! This is will be my first time!

Reminder for myself,  I’ll list the things they told us to bring:

– Wetsuit ( this will be my first time, EVER, in a wetsuit)
– Body Glide (I’ve never used this before, I dunno where I’ll be putting body glide)
– Swim cap
– Goggles
– Water for rinsing off after ( I dunno?)
– Plastic bag for holding wet stuff
– Run gear

Tony’s Battle Scar #2

February 6, 2009
Tony watching "Lost" on the computer as he ices his swollen ankle.

Tony watching "Lost" on the computer as he ices his swollen ankle.

Battle Scar #2: Tony got a sprained ankle. Two battle scars in one week! So Tony was working out this morning and ended up rolling his ankle. Thankfully, it wasn’t too bad. It wasn’t anything like my sprain back in August, where I ended up in the ER, with an air cast a crutches for a few weeks. But it will set him back a few days. Thankfully, his fellow physical therapists at work were able to take a look at it.

I wasn’t it the mood to be in the cold tonight. But Tony accompanied me to the foothill track, I was so lazy to run today. Just one of those days i just wanted to go home after work. His extra push was just what I needed. I was able to get in a 4 mile run, while he did some core exercises. We also happened to run into the first coached workout for the spring Team In Training Triathlon Team, the Wild flower Team. Their kick off was just this past Saturday, it’s gonna be so exciting for them! I hope they all have a great time!

“Highs” and “Lows” Pep Talk

January 29, 2009
Running in the cold

Running in the cold

Yesterday night was a cold night at the track. We had a coached TNT workout at Foothill College. Our workout for the evening was running 800m-slow, 800m-fast, 800m-slow, 800m-fast, 800m-slow, 800m-fast…until we had run 45 minutes. It was soooo cold. I was bundled up in warm up, thermals and a beanie. Afterwards, assistant coach, Chris W. (his mom passed away from cancer last year) gave a humorous pep talk on the “highs” and “lows” of triathlon training and the tri race itself. He reminded us on the day of the race, we’ll prollly feel this adrenaline “high” at the start line, but throughout the race we’re also going to be feelings of “lows” and will most likely be muttering to ourselves:

“this sucks”
“it’s hot”
“ I’m tired”
“no one ever told me that this race would be this long”

Then, we’ll feel “highs”, where we’ll feel like:
” this is awesome”
“this bike is so light, I can ride forever”
“I feel great”

Coah Chris giving us a pep talk on the "highs" and "lows" of tri training.

Coah Chris giving us a pep talk on the "highs" and "lows" of tri training.

He informed us that it’s a mental cycle and it’s something we need to prepare for and be aware of. And know that the frustration or pain will eventually pass. Thou we all know that we can come up with a list of reason to not train or go on such as “I’m tired today”, “it’s cold”, “I’m sleeping”, “I’m hungry” etc” During those ”low” times, he encouraged us to remember why we are going this race, to find a cure. And when we feel like we can’t climb those 25 miles, know that it’s nothing compared to fighting cancer or going thru chemo. I enjoyed his talk, he did a great job in communicating a serious topic in a direct, honest, fun, light hearted manner.

Bundled up and freezing post workout.

Listening to the pep talk. Bundled up and freezing post workout.