MONICA
37 years old
freelance photographer
running coach
Sunny Southern Cali, US of A

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CHI RUNNING
by Danny Dreyer

GOING LONG
by Joe Friel
& Gordon Byrn

THE PALEO DIET FOR ATHLETES
by Loren Cordain and Joe Friel

KILLING YOURSELF TO LIVE:
85% OF TRUE STORY

by Chuck Klosterman

WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING
by Haruki Murakami

HAVEN'T HAD CABLE SINCE THE MOVE SIX MONTHS AGO. NOW I HAVE THAT DIGITAL BOX THAT I GOT FREE WITH THE GOVERNMENT VOUCHER. I'M HOOKED ON THE FREE USN CHANNEL (NBC) THAT PLAYS OLD KONA SPECIALS FROM YEARS PAST!!!

THEN OF COURSE FOR THE HOURS I SPEND ON THE TRAINER...


MY O.G. IPOD SHUFFLE



2009
2/1/09 Surf City Run HALF MARATHON
2/8/09 Chinatown Firecracker Run 5k and 10k
2/14/09 Tour de Palm Springs 55 MILE RIDE
3/14/09 Pasadena Triathlon REVERSE POOL SPRINT
4/4/09 Oceanside 70.3 HALF IRONMAN
5/3/09 Cinco de Mayo Run for the Cure HALF MARATHON
8/1/09 Vineman Full FULL IRONMAN
11/1/09 New York Marathon MARATHON
2008
2/3/08 Surf City Run HALF MARATHON
2/9/08 Tour de Palm Springs CENTURY RIDE
2/10/08 Chinatown Firecracker Run 5k and 10k
3/08/08 Pasadena Triathlon REVERSE POOL SPRINT
4/19/08 Rage in the Sage HALF IRONMAN
5/25/08 IM Brasil FULL IRONMAN
140.6 BABY!!!
7/20/08 Strawberry Fields Triathlon OLYMPIC
2007
2/4/07 Pacific Shoreline HALF MARATHON
3/31/07 Oceanside 70.3 HALF IRONMAN
6/3/07 Danskin All Ladies Tri SPRINT
6/24/07 Breath of Life Tri OLYMPIC
7/12/07 Playa Del Run #2 AQUATHLON
7/22/07 Vineman 70.3 HALF IRONMAN
8/9/07 Playa Del Run #3 AQUATHLON
8/19/07 Hansen Dam Tri SPRINT
10/7/07 People Powered Ride METRIC CENTURY FUN RIDE
11/4/07 New York Marathon MARATHON

ALLEZ
BOLDER
DC RAINMAKER
DECAF PLEASE
DYING WATER BUFFALO
FE-Lady
GREYHOUND
IM ABLE
IRON DEAN
IRON JASON
IRON MOM JENNY
IRON POL
IRON WIL
KONA SHELLEY
Lance NotStrong
LITTLE MISS RUNNERS PANTS
LOCKED AND LOADED...
NEOPRENE WEDGIE
NEWBIE TRIATHLETE 2007
OBRATS
SPANDEX KING
SPOKANE AL
Steve in a Speedo?! Gross!!
TEA
TriFAThlete
TRI GEEK KAHUNA
triSARAtops


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Monday, January 21, 2008

IF ANYONE FINDS MY LEGS,
CAN YOU GET THEM BACK TO ME PLEASE!!

yes friends it's another weekend recap. when we last left our hero, she was about to ride the furthest EVAH for her. 75 miles. oh, and it would be followed by a 6 mile run. coach intended for me to ride 75 miles with hills. by hills he meant hills that would take 6-10 minutes to climb followed by flat recovery sections. hills that should make up about 40 percent of the distance. so our hero went a little overboard. she really had no idea what she was getting herself in to. but let me digress, for a moment, on the topic of nutrition, "the 4th event" if you will, cuz i think our hero is on to something...


the mad scientist is at it again

so i bought this plain Hammer Perpetuem so that i could experiment with mixing it with a variety of different flavor additives. this weekend i tried a few different things. for one, you can find the same Tazo Chai tea concentrate that Starbucks uses for their chai lattes at Costco in bulk size. so i mixed one gel flask with Perpetuem powder and the chai concentrate instead of water. let's just say it's my own little *$ in a gel flask!!!! YUMMMMMMM. but i know i'll get sick of that really quick, so i went on the hunt at the store for other flavors i could mix in. i found a tin of that General Foods International Coffees instant stuff called Dark Mayan Chocolate. oh man, if this is what i think it is, i'm in heaven. if it's called Mayan Chocolate, they're probably referring to the same kind of Ibarra Chocloate from Mexico that i loved as a kid. my grandpa would use the Ibarra to make this Mexican hot chocolate drink called Champurrado. only problem is that Ibarra is a super hard chocolate that has to be broken with a hammer, so this General Foods instant stuff is perfect!!! so now i have 2 super sweet flavored flasks, and now i want something savory. that's why i can't do all the gels, they're just too damn sweet. and here's where i'm probably gonna gross y'all out....

3 flasks: breakfast, lunch and dessert...


yep, onion flavor. i mixed the 3rd flask with Lipton Onion Soup Mix, you know, the stuff your moms makes the chip dip with. now that's probably revolting to a lot of you out there, maybe even Steve in a Speedo who seems to do most of the grossing out here in the tri blog world, but i've been trying to spread the word for a while now that there's a place in endurance nutrition for savory flavors. it's beginning to feel like the astronauts freeze dried meals, but it's gonna keep it exciting out there for the long haul. which brings me back to the ride....



i decided i'd take another venture into "The Bu." that's Cali talk for "Malibu." i've ridden along the relatively flat section of Pacific Coast Highway along the water before. remember the ride with Mr. Creepy Mc Creeperson? yeah that route. nothing too crazy, about 45 miles round trip. but what lies just inland from the coast are the Santa Monica Mountains and a variable treasure chest of routes and climbs through canyons that GO ON FOREVER!!!

having never ridden the canyons, i found a route on Map My Ride and just went for it. i really had no idea what i was in for, but it was great practice for Ironman. i was alone, i had no idea where i was going or how far the next turn was, and it took me 7.5 friggin' hours. mind you, i stopped a ton of times to take pics, eat, pee and look at my map, so the computer says 6:22 of actual ride time. all i could think was, shit, Ironman is gonna take me forever!!! but when i went back and looked at the elevation, i realized that it was pretty much all climbing and very little flat recovery sections. total ascent was 3,606 ft!!! after all was said and done, i made it back to my car just before dark and decided to bag the run. coach didn't mean for me to take on such a gnarly ride and then do a brick. plus i had 12 to run on sunday which would still feel like a brick to me.

met up with Iron Maiden Cindy on sunday to knock out the 12 miles in Griffith Park. she only ran the first 8 with me as she'd just returned from running the Disney Goofy Challenge in Orlando last weekend. Iron Maiden Juliet is gone to Pucon, Chile for the 70.3. can't wait to hear her race report!!!

so i'm dialing in the nutrition and that's been fun. i'll keep you posted on other great flavors, both savory and sweet, that i come up with. today, i'm a little slow moving. it's tough when you can't feel your legs ya know?? really looking forward to gettin' my stretch on in Sahara's yoga class today. it'll be my first time back since the shoulder went out. got a recovery swim too. and i need to get better sleep. this week's goal is 8 hours every night.....

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Y'know, you don't have to be a Chick to get Ian/Liz' hill ride progression -- e me and I'll give you my mapmyride links. Or call if you're lonely and want to ride east side instead.
G.

January 21, 2008 at 1:06 PM

 
Blogger Bolder said...

i'm a big fan of eating anything and everything on your rides.

you get into the sitch where ALL you can eat is grape Gatorade and wild blueberry blox, you lose something, and your Ironman is gone...

good job, one step closer to Iron!

January 21, 2008 at 1:39 PM

 
Blogger Allez said...

Onion? That's strange! How about something more like cheeseburger or beef fajita or chicken pot pie? :-)

January 22, 2008 at 8:50 AM

 
Blogger Kim said...

holy shit that is some weird ass stuff youre putting into your mouth. probably not the WEIRDEST thing you ever put in your mouth, but you know what i mean ;)

you have been busting out the miles lady, and kicking ass fo' sure!

me thinks i should take a trip out to CA to visit for some awesome bike rides!

January 22, 2008 at 11:44 AM

 
Blogger Rainmaker said...

Dang. And I thought mixing up the number of scoops of perpetuem with heed was fancy. You've taken it to an all new level.

January 22, 2008 at 6:39 PM

 

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