Monday, May 16, 2011

Random Blah Blah Blah

Another weekend gone too fast!  Life’s been busy around here but nothing all that exciting to report.  I was thinking today that my world has certainly changed when I do an Olympic tri, take 1 day off and jump right back into training again.  My recovery tactics have certainly improved over time!

On Saturday I spent 10 hours out of the house at an agility trial with the dogs – we had nearly 6 hours between our first and second runs of the day.  Max debuted in Novice Preferred (his first time running at a lower height so we can keep him trialing longer) and had a blast but I need to get him out of Novice as fast as I can so I don’t have to wait all day to run!  When I finally got home, I had a long ride to do and with thunderstorms threatening and heavy winds blowing it became a trainer ride.  Our trial was at Casa de Fruita, a well known highway rest stop – fruit and nut farm – tourist trap, so at least I fueled up on lots of dried fruit and nuts all day!  I was thoroughly toasted by the end of the ride – took a quick shower, put my compression tights on and recovered with one of these.

 

The rain hit pretty hard overnight and was forecast to continue through the next day, so I opted out of sitting around a trial freezing and soaked.  Which meant I could get my long run done earlier!  The run wasn’t meant to be fast – good thing because I don’t think I had that speed yesterday – but it got done.  And then I finally gave in for my first ice bath of the year.  MUCH better after that.  While I was out for a cold and windy run, Jeff was doing a metric century ride with friends down at the coast.  He got an extra dose of wind for his day – I don’t know that I would have braved a long ride in those conditions.

My family was busy too!  I have three high school age sisters and two of them had big events this weekend.

One had a big dance concert – she’s front left starting at about 1:00 (back left before that).

 

And the other went to the WCAL swim finals and WON her 500 freestyle race while taking 15 seconds off her best time!

Speaking of swimming, I got some good feedback from my video taped last week and have some specific items in my stroke to address now while I have time to change it for my bigger races of the year.  I hopped in the pool at masters 10 minutes early this morning to get 300 yards of swimming with the ankle band done.  The ankle band (tying your ankles together) seems to be so love-hate depending on who you talk to – I think the strong kickers might hate it most, but I really enjoy it because it forces me to focus on good body position. That drill work carried over into the rest of my swim today – now I just need to keep up the work and slowly burn the changes I want into my muscle memory!

I hope you have a great week – at least Monday is finally past!

9 comments:

beardies3 said...

Go Molly. It wasn't that long ago you would say you weren't a swimmer. Look where you are now! Go Molly.

Jennifer said...

Wow what a weekend! Nice dance routine and yay for your sis wining hew swim event. It's ice when everyone is doing things and you all can support each other. Cheers!

SHERRY said...

Talented family! Thanks for sharing the videos! I love working with the ankle band too... and I'm a kicker. I enjoy the challenge of it. Keep up the awesome work!

Wes said...

be like Mimi :-) nice work!!

GoBigGreen said...

Mimi rocks ( that was my grandma's name) Glad you are recovering so well Molly! Gotta love the FE!

Bertie said...

Heyyy congrats on the big PR in your olympic race! Do you think the sugar removal from your diet is a contributer? I have to say, I'm definitely taking care of the sugar consumption over here on the East coast... don't you worry, no sugar going to waste :)

D said...

Ugh. 6 hours between your 1st and 2nd runs??? I really don't enjoy AKC for that reason. 10 hours at an agility trial and you still packed all that into your weekend! Way to go!

My Life and Running said...

I am such a weak kicker I don't think I'd even notice if my ankles were tied together! :) Beardies, hubby who rides, family close by... you have a good lil' life goin' on lady!

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

oh you are brave. the ankle band swim is harder than it sounds, right?!