Thursday, October 6, 2011

three things thursday

This is actually three things Tuesday on Thursday, as I pre-wrote all my posts this week.  I'm having a rough time getting my head in the game for this race, and will be lying low...


1. My crunchy back has basically healed.  I had an awesome calm-it-down session with one of the many PTs that I keep in my pocket last Thursday, and that kicked off a steep upwards climb towards healing.  I was able to swim at a moderate pace on Sunday with no ill effects.  On Tuesday, my swim included a 600 yard time-trial, and while I wasn't swimming at a "hard" pace, I snuck in right under 10 minutes with no pain during or after the swim.  I think I'll be fine for the weekend.


2. I took my fabulous new sexy out for a very short test ride earlier in the week.  First of all, if I had known how much faster a tri bike would make me, I probably would have purchased one a lot sooner.  8 miles in Z2 with a touch of a headwind had me averaging just under 22mph.  HELLO.  However, despite the fact that I am incredibly tempted to use it this weekend, I've decided to ride my road bike.  I had some fatigue in my upper arms after the ride that concerned me.  My back and neck and everything below the waist felt fine, but I'm definitely not as comfortable as I am on my roadie.  If this was a sprint, I would ride it without question, but 56 miles is a long way and I'm not really feeling all that confident about this race as it is.  I've decided that comfort is far more important than free speed.  I'll take that in exchange for a slow day.  And this just means that it will be ridiculously easy to PR the bike split in my 70.3 next April.  


3. I've been switching back and forth between the (Brooks) Adrenaline and the Ravenna for the past few months.  The Ravenna initially contributed to my shin pain, so I figured I needed to transition to them more slowly and started alternating between them and the Adrenaline.  I ran in the Adrenaline at the Philly Half, and I think they were what bruised the outside of my foot because they were giving my new and fabulous form too much support.  So I switched back to the Ravenna and had no problems until earlier this week, when my naggy shin started acting up.  I think I need a Goldilocks shoe that falls exactly between these two in terms of support, and that just so happens to be the Asics 2150 - now 2160 - that I ran in all winter and spring.  I'm going to race in the Ravenna this weekend because they are lighter and that's what I've been training in, but I'll probably start working a pair of Asics back into my shoe rotation (and working the Adrenalines out) after this race.  


Happy Thursday, everyone!  

25 comments:

  1. Enough with the not feeling confident! You've trained well, you're in fantastic shape, and are totally poised to rock this race. I'll be cheering for you, loud enough that you'll hear it all the way from DC!

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  2. All the cool kids run in the Adrenaline's.. Just sayin'.. ;)

    You're going to KICK ASS these weekend - go get it!

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  3. I think it's smart to stick with the road bike until you can ride your new sexy speedy tri bike more. Also, you have done all the right training for this race and will do great! I will be cheering you on during the race.

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  4. Form is usually the culprit in shin problems, not the shoes. Sometimes it can be a combination of both. But I switched to a more minimalist shoe and adjusted my form the same way you did, and have not had any knee or shin problems since.

    Good call going with the roadie this weekend. Better to look farther forward than enjoy the new toy and get screwed.

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  5. You are going to rock this weekend, I just know it! I'm still looking for the "just right" shoe myself. Bought some Newtons this weekend and am in love for the moment, but we'll have to see if the honeymoon lasts...

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  6. yeahhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! cheering you on and know you will be amazing this weekend! glad you back is feeling better!

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  7. What about the Nike Structure Triax or the Mizuno Wave Inspire? I have worn both of those and they worked for me as alternatives to the Adrenaline.

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  8. whoa, maybe i need a tri bike. i could get up to 17 then. lol!

    i have a feeling you are going to do great this weekend katie. the hay is in the barn.

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  9. Been blog stalking for awhile, just wanted to say good luck this weekend!

    Also, have 4 years of wearing the Adrenalines religiously, I have slowly been switching to the Defyance (I race in the Launch). Been happy so far, and my nagging lower leg issues have slowly been getting better.

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  10. Which 70.3 are you doing next April?

    Glad the back is better!

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  11. Been blog stalking for awhile, just wanted to say good luck this weekend!

    Also, have 4 years of wearing the Adrenalines religiously, I have slowly been switching to the Defyance (I race in the Launch). Been happy so far, and my nagging lower leg issues have slowly been getting better.

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  12. Comfort for speed. Smart woman! Glad you are taking the opportunity to lay low and get your mojo on while you are resting up for this weekend. Sending lots of good vibes your way!!!

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  13. Good luck this weekend. Have fun!

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  14. W/R/T # 2 you are showing a level of discipline and judgement that I would never be capable of.

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  15. I'm in the same boat with you. Race week = hardest week to blog.

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  16. Now you can get the fun lime green Asics and we can be shoe twins! I actually need to get another pair, hoping I can find some at the Army expo. :)

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  17. Hard to turn down that speed from sexy-bike in a race day, but smart! There are many other races for the bike to make a name for itself.

    I hope that bruschetta + bread was everything you thought it would be. ;)

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  18. trial and error, trial and error, trial and error.....that is the beauty of this sport. It will never be figured out and our Type A personalities will continue to pursue this non-existent perfection.

    Which 70.3 are you doing in April? I guess Puerto Rico in March is out then?

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  19. very glad to hear about the back feeling better! ANd, you are making the right decision about the bike. The golden rule: don't try anything new on race day. And 8 miles versus 56 is in the "new" category for sure.

    So, tri really is faster... I'm still on my roadie. Not sure I'm ready for the switch yet. But, you are giving me something to chew on.

    Good luck this weekend - excited to read how it goes :)

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  20. Smart move on going with the roadie. It took me a while to get used to the tri bike and during that time I had a bit of shoulder and neck soreness.

    Good luck this weekend!

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  21. You swam 600 yards in under 10 minutes?? Man I am never going to admit to my swimming time.
    Good luck in the race!

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  22. I am loving my new Nike Lunar Glides.
    Good luck and HAVE FUN this weekend!!! You're gonna rock, girl!

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  23. I completely randomly just got the adrenaline's too! But I'm sad to hear that you are working them out. Let us know how the new shoe rotation goes..

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