Oh, how I love this little pond. It’s not open for public, you need to have a special pass in able to swim there. It’s been open since May 1st, and usually I go in the first day to get acclimated to the cold. But this year I decided not to. The water was perfect 64 degrees, 16C, couldn’t be better, with wetsuit that is. I swam a mile and it felt awesome. My arms felt a little heavier than in the pool, but that’s normal. My time is always a bit slower in open water. The weather was sunny and high eighties, perfect. The water was clear and one of my tri-peep saw the big fishes clearly swimming, I’m glad I didn’t. I have seen them before and it freaks me out a bit. Another friend swam and a big snake crossed her path few yards ahead of her, she was told it was a bull snake. Eeek, glad it wasn’t me. The good thing is that nature is around us and even thou it can freak me out sometimes, I truly appreciate it and I feel blessed living in a state as beautiful as Colorado.
They say Chatfield is going to be filled with water in a few years to accommodate everyones need of water. This makes me sad since the Park has grown into a recreational park with cyclists, runners, campers, family, wild animals, rare bird nests, you name it. Even thou many of us has signed the petition to save the Park, they are doing it. 😦
Ok, so I cheated at little! I have not been cleared to do any workout from the doctors, but I couldn’t resist BoulderBolder, the second largest 10K in the world! And it’s in our backyard. I had to do it, I wanted to do it! I wanted to represent 3W races, where I’m one of the ambassadors.
I decided to take it easy and run just by feel. I looked for the other ambassadors but with 50,000 people, not an easy task. So I took off by myself. Start time for me 7.20 am. It was so much fun, music and so many people. The run went fast, again I kept my pace even all the way. The last 400 meters are in the stadium, so cool to run there. I made it under 1 hr. 57.05min. I have done this race once before, two years ago and I beat my time by six minutes. I ended up in 27th place out of 388 in my age group. Not bad being injured and all! I’m pleased. 🙂
Just when I’m starting to feel great after my injuries and my Tri- training is going great, the accident happens.
I’m biking on the cherry creek trail with some of my YTT team mates just about to make a left in the tunnel to climb the damn a guy on a B-cycle, a heavy rent a bike comes flying down the hill and slams right into me. There was nothing I could do. I was trapped between a metal fence behind me and this dude. I flew off the bike hit my head and lost conscious. Thank goodness, I had friends around me. The ambulance came and took me to the emergency. I had suffered a bad concussion and a whiplash along with a deep gash in my left arm. Luckily no broken ones. My helmet cracked, my tri suit was cut apart,my Garmin watch broke and my bike! My bike!! 😦
Luckily, my bike service guy could fix my “Snow” . Myself, I got three weeks of no working out. Next week is three weeks and I will see my doctor again. I feel so much better and my wound on my arm, where they needed to stitch me up has pretty much healed. I’m going
Just a week after a wonderful Moab trip I did Colorado Marathon, Ft Collins. on May 4th, my third freestanding ever. Few tri-peeps from RMTC did it as well. We met up the night before for a dinner and then we went to bed early since the bus was leaving at 5am to take us up to Poudre Valley.
The morning of the race was a little chilly, but I brought a plastic bag to cover myself. the bus trip took about 45 min. when I arrived to the site, almost everyone needed to go potty. The lines were long, and it took forever. Not enough porta-potty for the amount of people for sure.
We started off pretty easy, lots of people went full out since it’s downhill, but I held back on purpose since I didn’t want to burn out too early. Until Mile 12 I stayed well with the 4.30 hr pacer, but then they started to take off. I decided to not keep up with them, but just stay in my pace. I had my nutrition down pretty good and even thou I had some pain in my quads and hip flexors I managed to stay in the same pace all the way through. It’s a real pretty marathon running in the valley along the river. Not many spectators the first half, but the second half when we were closer to town there was some great cheers from people. My final pace was 10.35/mile and a finish time of 4.40hrs. That was a PR for me. I was back in the game from my injuries. Now if I could only stay in the same pace in the Ironman..! 😉
Whoa, obviously I’m not good in blogging since last one was in March. I keep forgetting to write. Hook me up on Fb and I’m 100 % connected, but then again this is about my journey. 😉
So after I got back in Brooks my feet has been pretty good. I went for a training camp to Moab, UT with my triathlon Team RMTC in end of April. So much fun, I managed to bike ride 180 miles and swim 2500 yrds in four days. This is the second year I go and I had just as much fun this time. It is so beautiful there.
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This year has not exactly started the best way I would have wished. Injuries after injuries. First I didn’t think much of it; I was told my pain in my piriformas was due to too much sitting while at the ICU and Craig Hospital with my son Dustin and I just needed to work it out. I did a whole lot of pool running. As time went by I started getting pain from my sciatic nerve down to my calves and achilles. Every time I ran a shorter distance it would flair up. I was treated with dry needling and ART procedure and finally my ART Dr told me it was my shoes that caused it. You would think I should have figured it out but no.
Last year I ran the Ironman in my Brooks, Pure Cadence, they worked great. Then they modified the newer model and they didn’t feel right. So my intention was to try Hoka Ones, but I got convinced to try Newtons instead, I bought them without even test run in them, they felt so good and cushy. I’m pretty much a midfoot strike runner,so I thought it would be fine, but since I also pronate, the Newtons did not give me enough support. In result one muscle issue led to another.
The other day I went back to my old Brooks and ran a 10 miles run and I ended up injury free!! It’s such a relief. Now hopefully I can finally start to increase my milage for the May 3rd marathon.
So what’s the moral of the story? Just make sure to try your shoes out by specialist before you buy them, and don’t buy a pair just because they are cool looking. Afterall, our feet are precious. 😀
Blogging seems to not be on my strong side. Ugh, why is it I can spend all day on FB and write, but when I need blog I seem to get a brain fart? Speaking of brain, my son Dustin is recovering from a TBI-traumatic brain injury after a long board accident since October 26th, 2013. He inspires me with his determination and strength. He’s recovering so well. The other day he took his first step by himself without any support. Yes, he has to learn to walk again. Before he did this however, he started to crawl. The only reason he decided to crawl was his demand of independency. Now he doesn’t have to wait for me or his dad to get him to one place to the other at home. I also find this quite interesting with the saying you must learn to crawl before walking. I keep this in mind all the time now when I’m training for the Ironman. I can’t just go out and do it tomorrow, I need to train for it one step at a time. On August 3rd I will be ready! 🙂