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 28, 2008

SOME NUMBERS FOR YOU NUMBERS PEOPLE...

since everyone likes to post up their numbers and graphs and whatnot, i thought i'd post up some important numbers of my own. previously i mentioned that my goal for the week was to get 8 hours of sleep every night, and here's what i got in:
  1. monday - 8 hours
  2. tuesday - 8 hours
  3. wednesday - 9 HOURS!!!
  4. thursday - 6 hours
  5. - dinner with my two coaching site assistants i hadn't seen since our runners did their marathon in early december. we had a lot to catch up on. so i'm taking from my extra balance from wednesday night, but yeah, i'm still in the red.
  6. friday - 6 hours
  7. - this is due to my attempts at getting everything ready for my long ride the night before and then having to get up early for a 7am start time. still though, it beats those rides on 4 hours sleep!!
  8. saturday - 9 hours!!!
  9. - which means two things: (1) i'm a loser who doesn't have plans on saturday nights anymore, and (2) we didn't start our run 'on sunday til 10 am. so sue me...
  10. sunday - 6 hours
  11. - but if you count the 3 hour nap i had to have after my run, that brings me to 9 hours again!!!
total hours of sleep - 52 hours, averaging out to 7.42 hours per night. NOT. BAD.

ok, so if nutrition is the 4th event, no wait transition is the 4th event, so nutrition is the 5th event, but right up there with it is the the 6th event, SLEEP. i've got to make this a regular part of the regimen as i'm certain that it had everything to do with me getting through this insane weekend. great, so now i have 6 events i have to train for!! and with more on the horizon, as coach says february is going to bring my highest volume, i gotta keep my eyes on the prize and get me some proper zzzzzzzz's. no more of this staying up all night reading blogs and other tri geek crap, sleeping for 3 hours, working on a crazy 10 hour shoot, then dragging my sorry ass to the pool for some mediocre laps. NOPE.NOT.GONNA.DO.IT.

got to the pool this morning before yoga to do my 1000yd time trial. kicked it out in 17:49.8. i really have no idea what that means. i just know it's faster than my last marker over a month ago which i kicked out in 18:19.16. that may not be fast to some of you out there, but i don't really give a crap about you. it's all about ME ME ME. and I I I am getting faster in relation to ME ME ME. isn't that what it's all about?? so if you're getting faster than YOU YOU YOU, then we're all good. oh, today's swim was also with a fucked up shoulder and i have yet to learn how to do flip turns.
so there. so watch out, once i get my flip on, you're gonna see that number drop again. then again, how the hell is a flip turn gonna help me during Ironman?? yeah, not so much....

not enough numbers you say??? well, hold on......


taunting me, mocking me.....

as i walked through the lobby of the gym on my way to yoga, i saw this truck parked outside. it wasn't there when i rolled up this morning, but there it was as i walked past on my way to get my zen on, taunting me, mocking me, saying "you really don't have enough numbers in your life." so i took the plunge, literally....


The Dunkinator

i already had my bathing suit, still nice and damp from my swim earlier, so i changed into it and hopped on the scale so dunk tech Linda could take some "dry measurements." first, she asked me what i THOUGHT i weighed. are you for reals?? what do i THINK i weigh?? what, is there some grand prize if i'm the closest by 1 tenth?? i haven't weighed myself in weeks, lady, so let's just get on the scale and get this over with. 139 pounds, sounds about right. ok, next my height. 5' 5 1/2". really?? cuz last i checked i was 5'7" and i'm pretty sure i haven't shrunk or been cut off at the ankles. wanna take that measurement again? oh yeah, silly her, the numbers had rubbed off on the ruler. it's actually 5' 6 1/2." i still think she has it wrong, but whatever, it's just the number that'll have everything to do with the final outcome...

i had to sit on the edge of the stainless steel sink facing outward with my feet on the outer step, then pivot my ass around, put my feet in the water, stand up, turn back around, and walk backwards into the sink. i think there were like 5 too many steps involved, but maybe it's an insurance thing. then i had to put this weight belt on my lap to hold me to the bottom of the sink. next, i was to hold my nose while i expelled
ALL THE AIR OUT OF MY LUNGS, leaning back into the water and whatever i did, NOT LET GO OF MY NOSE. it suddenly dawned on me that if you were at all claustrophobic or not comfortable with dunking backwards into water, this would be torture, but all the years of perfecting my Nestea Plunge in the backyard pool as a kid in the 70's and 80's finally came in handy. so i had to dunk backwards and hold it their until she tapped the side of the tub for me to come back up. i would do this a total of 3 times. first time, ok pretty good, but i didn't expel ALL the air out, but i had two more shots at it. second time, i felt like my lungs were gonna collapse in on me. there's no way there was any air left in there. 3rd time, she told me to engage my abs and push ALL THE AIR OUT. so i engaged the abs and gave it a good exhale, this time nearly passing out. BINGO!!

final result - 21.1% body fat

so turns out for my age and height (that was wrong in my opinion), i'm in the low end of the "good range" just above the transition line to the "healthy range." which is all fine and well. also according to the info, i only have 3.6 pounds of fat to lose to hit the healthy range. makes sense considering that i'm hungry ALL THE TIME and haven't been very discriminating about what i satisfy that hunger with (i.e. Denny's Lumberjack Slam after my 14 miler yesterday). in the end, i felt a bit silly for spending what i did on a whim for such a test. gotta love marketing. plus, there was one factor that didn't get considered into the equation: I'M A BIG-BONED BLACK GIRL. yep, that's me. so the "good" and "healthy" ranges are kind of a moot point since the test didn't take into account the "booty factor." i'm pretty sure that's where about 18 of the 21.1% is sittin'....

so there you have it, my latest numbers. but no matter how many hours of sleep i get, no matter how fast i move through the water, and no matter what my body fat percentage is, i still have to drag my ass across 140.6 miles. so tomorrow, i do it again, another cycling session and then to the weight room. ok, gotta bounce now if i'm gonna get my 8 hours....

6 Comments:

Blogger a.maria said...

ok first of all thats like a 1:50 pace swimming, and i swim like a 2:15... so you are doing GOOD GOOD GOOD in my book!

second of all... i give you major kudos for having the guts to get a REAL BF test. i don't have a water dunking thing available to me, but if i did, i'm not so sure i'd do it. knowing that i have like 33% body fat, which i'm sure i do, would make me want to drown myself.

21% is my dream!

January 29, 2008 at 7:33 AM

 
Blogger Bolder said...

good nums.

especially the sleep ones.

i'm gonna take that into consideration for my blog.

January 29, 2008 at 5:48 PM

 
Blogger Rainmaker said...

Props indeed to the BF test. And even more impressive on the sleep numbers. I try and 'make up' for my week during the weekends, but sometimes it doesn't always work out. Err...most times.

January 29, 2008 at 5:53 PM

 
Blogger Tea said...

I have more fat in my ass than you have in your entire body.

thanks for that.

I'm gonna say, you're more like 5'2"

January 30, 2008 at 1:33 PM

 
Blogger Kim said...

holy crap girl, you are LITTLE!
i want to sleep as much as you.
i want to swim as fast as you.
man im a jealous girl today ;)

January 31, 2008 at 10:21 AM

 
Blogger TRI Vortex said...

"not bad" what are you talking about. Those are great numbers...especially the sleep. I still have to break the habit of staying up late.

January 31, 2008 at 4:04 PM

 

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