Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Win-Win Training!

What a fun training day today! Today was the first day in a long time that felt like triathlon training to me... I've been focusing on running for the last few months and have let my swim/bike go to some degree so it felt good to really get back at it and feel like a triGEEK again. :)

I am a creature of habit and my typical Wednesday workout is swim/bike brick... I have not done that since like September though. And Nalani has been gone for the holidays so my once/week swims have been alone and uninspired lately. In good news, a couple of my athletes are on a break from work this week so I invited them over to come swim and ride with me this morning. I tied my feet together for the whole swim workout which was fun. I don't swim that much slower with bands vs without bands which probably doesn't say much for my regular swimming! But whatever. I got a solid strength swim in and didn't have to actually see how much slower my 100's are now that my swim volume has been reduced to like 3K/week. Win-win!

So it was 8:30 by the time time we started riding and I was like "Ok boys you have 3 hours to drag me through 62 miles..." (Scott had a meeting to get to today so I did not have unlimited time to play on my bike). Patrick and Gene took my instructions seriously and got after it right from the start. We stopped for ~3' at the turn-around to pee and fill bottles and then we were right back at it... Turn and burn, baby! Of course on the way back we also had to stop briefly for my weekly flat (big piece of glass this week). It's like not even news anymore when I flat b/c it happens so often (my 4th one this month- ridiculous!). That nearly new Continental tire is going straight in the trash b/c clearly it sucks. Anyway, Patrick did his best to make up for lost time there in the last ~20 miles... and wouldn't you know it... ta-dah... ride time 2:54 and I was pulling into home and didn't even make Scott late. Win-win! Drafting on the bike is the bomb. I do that so rarely b/c I do so much of my training alone but what a relief to not have to deal with the wind as much today.

In exciting news, I found out today that I was named Hawaii Sport Magazine's Female Cyclist of the Year. Holy crap! So of course I am super excited to back that up in 2012. After the ride today it appears I'm starting from a decent point fitness-wise (light years ahead of last year anyway).

10 comments:

mtanner said...

now why would you put that at the bottom? Put it at the top! You're awesome. Just saying.

Kim said...

Totally agree with Mary...quick, change this post title to "2011 Female Cyclist of the Year!!!" Super awesome and so well deserved, congrats Michelle!

Ginger Spansel said...

The flat is not cool but Cyclist of the Year is awesome!!!! Congrat girl!!!

Kathrin said...

Congrats! "Female Cyclist of the Year" has a very nice ring to it.

I am currently looking at suspension training (TRX etc) and remember that a while back, you mentioned that you have one of those, but never mentioned it again. I was wondering, if you are still using it and how you like it and what kind of workouts you do with it!
Thanks & have a great day.

mmmonyka said...

Welcome back triGEEK!:)

I need to find some boys to drag me around, it sounds like fun:)

Congrats on the award!

Laura Wheatley said...

CONGRATS!!! That's an awesome accomplishment and you've rode your a$$ off for it!! Way to go girl!

Molly said...

I can't believe you buried the lead like that! Congratulations!!!

Lectie said...

Congrats! That's awesome!!! You deserve it for sure!

Ana-Maria RunTriLive said...

Wow, congrats! That;s some cool $hit, cycling mama!
Happy New Year!

Billie said...

Congrats on the awesome accomplishment/title!