Monday, March 26, 2012

triathlon is throwing up on my life

And I love it.


I'm in the middle of a few mellow weeks of training before it gets hot and heavy on the downhill ride to CdA.  Every day last week, I had only one workout to do and most of them were under an hour.  And it was enough.  Not tapering into the half marathon had me running very close to an empty tank post-race, and I soaked up the easy light days.  This weekend things started to go back to normal.  On Friday, I finally got my bike back, with the old crank on it.  I did my 765th quick fit of the season and things seemed good to go. I actually went back and looked at the pictures of all the fits I've had, and to me - someone who loves bicycles but does not know a whole lot about them - they look identical. 


Initial fit:
Fit after crankset replacement:
Fit after crankset un-replacement:
Bike nerds, what do you think?  Other than I should maybe own a second pair of tri shorts.  And I got kinda fat in January.


Saturday morning I managed an hour run with some slightly-faster-than-extremely-slow miles in it, with nary a calf complaint before, during, or after.  I've got some lingering tightness today, but I think for the most part, I'm about ready to close the chapter called, "I Tore My Calf, Yes That Was Stupid."  I jumped straight into the pool for a fantastically hard main set, which included tying the fastest 100 I had swam (swum?) to date.  On Sunday I managed to convince three separate people to come ride with me on a route that I vaguely recalled being pretty flat.
Not terribly hilly, but certainly not flat.  Having my crankset swapped out means that yet again I have to relearn where all my gears are, and I miss the little climbing ones I lost.  However, my extremely cranky adductor behaved very well for 3+ hours of riding and I spent almost the entire ride comfortably in aero, which is a fair trade.  I'm still trying to figure out what a good compromise is for gearing on this bike for CdA - I'm back to 53/39 on the front (compact was 50/34) and 11/25 on the back (swapped down from 11/23).  I'm thinking that going to 11/28 on the back might make up some of the gears that I lost from the compact.  But I'm not going to do anything for a few rides to let my body readjust to the changes (and to let the bike shop guys have a few days off).  
We've also reached the eight weeks of the year where I wish I had taken the time to spend two years getting allergy shots.  Last week was pretty miserable, and I'm in a fight with my insurance company about getting my allergy meds refilled.  But when I got home from the ride yesterday - a rainy, damp ride, which usually tamps down the pollen - I felt like maybe instead of an allergy attack, a cold was trying to sneak in.  So I canceled all my plans for the day and fed my body a big stack of things that I hope will help it fight whatever germs are trying to invade.  I woke up this morning feeling still a bit tired but more like myself, so hopefully I knocked those bitches right out.


How was your weekend?  What are you training for right now?  Did you have to clean a pile of dead worms off your bike this weekend too?

26 comments:

  1. ha, yes - all of your bike fits do look identical. I, personally, think you look AWESOME (and bad@$$) on your tri-bike. Kinda like a professional :)

    I hope you fight that cold/allergies ASAP!

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  2. Such a happy post and all it is missing is an ass shot, but we are getting. 1/4 to 1/2 of an ass shot with you on the bike.

    What was the final tally of the stuff you ate to quiet down that illness?

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    1. spinach nuts balsamic vinegar garlic tea honey apples oranges. zicam. nyquil.

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  3. Sugoi shorts. They are the best!

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  4. Stay away germs! Just add some extra swimming this week, it's always good for draining the sinuses. :)

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  5. I got those "allergies" exactly two weeks ago. They moved into my chest, made me sleep most of last Monday & Tuesday, and have me STILL hacking up snot from all facial orifices.

    Hope you kick it quickly!

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  6. I totally wussed out and did the trainer for my long ride yesterday--it was 38* and cold rain. It was a battle of HTFU or possibly get sick...

    lemons girl!! lemons!!
    hope you get your stuff worked out with ins.

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  7. Hhhhhmmmm, the science says that compression sleeves make you 12 mph faster on the bike.

    Or, maybe just the interwebz.

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  8. This is a generic supportive comment, as I have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA what proper bike fit should look like, or what you mean with your gearing speak.

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  9. your leg looks a little less bent in the final one. did they move the seat up? and yeah, maybe some more bike shorts. unless those are just your "bike fitting" shorts."

    hope you aren't getting sick. i swear by zicam. nice job this weekend killer.

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  10. I know nothing of the sort of bikes period. But you looking freaking badass up there. So that is my outside opinion!

    Once I found a leech in my swim suit open water training if that is any comparison to dead worms. ;)

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  11. I think you need to bring the toe warmers back. I'm sure they add some sort of aerodynamic bonus speed.

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  12. I have no ideas what any of those numbers mean. And you think YOU know noting about bikes.

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  13. Hahaha, all the pictures of you on your bike remind me of every time I have ever had my gait analyzed. "See, you do this thing with your leg here." "Where?" "Here." "...where?" "See, this? This angle?" "..." "Here! Your LEG!" "I'm so sorry, but it looks just like the other side to me." I'm glad there are experts I can pay for this.

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  14. Hooray for running without pain, hooray!
    Best blog title ever. That's exactly how I feel right now. Triathlon has thrown up in my guest room; the bed is covered with packing.
    You look totally badass in all three fitting photos. I dunno the difference but you look awesome!

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  15. Trying to compare those pics was like a game of "Spot the difference". I failed.
    Even though you feel like you know very little about bikes, how did you learn as much as you know? Specific reading? Or just harrassing the bike store guys? I didn't even know you could change a crank on a bike or that teeth count made any difference! I'm of the bike knowledge that- hey that's a pretty bike, I think I'll take that one!

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  16. I don't what half this post is about. BUT, I got allergy shots for about 4 years and as someone who only has spring/fall allergies, it's way better just to deal with the allergies when you have them, because I came to the conclusion I could race for at least 20 days after receiving the shots because they completely wore me out (they are putting that crap in your body) and you have to get them once a month, so you're basically making yourself have allergies when you wouldn't. My personal opinion on allergy shots. :)

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  17. Nothing compares to the ironman build phase. It is so completely insane, enjoy this last base time.

    I don't usually get to bothered by the pollen, but this year it's killing me.

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  18. Gotta love the QR bikes!!Hope your gear issues workout, I am trying to figure out what to do for mine for Mooseman. It looks ridiculous (the hills)...

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  19. I love the bike photos, but they all look the same to me. I have no clue what to look for. anyway, hope the allergies go away for you soon!

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  20. So jealous of your QR bike! Seems like gearing / cassete woes are a common issue these days.

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  21. Somehow I missed this post yesterday? Also, some people make really dumb comments.

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  22. Boooo allergies. Hope they go away soon for you (maybe the early arrival of spring will speed along the process?). And the worms are disgusting - even though I cleaned my bike more thoroughly than I have in years, I am sure there are still worm guts hiding somewhere. Ew.

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  23. Your leg looks a little bit more stretched out in the second fit picture...and, that's my bike-sciencey-analysis for the year!

    Your muscles look intimidating, as usual.

    Nothing is on my bike except a flat front tire that needs some pumping (not actually flat, flat as in I-haven't-touched-it in a few weeks). My poor, poor bici...

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