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

NO AUTOGRAPHS, PLEASE.
JUST TAKE THE BUTTON...





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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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I'M ALIVE (I THINK)

well, i made it through the weekend. the 65/10 brick went amazingly well, and i managed to maintain sub 10 minute miles for the run portion after a pretty hilly ride. said goodbye to the bike sunday and flew up to S.F. where i started my NorCal training week at the Presidio YMCA Pool yesterday morning before my shoot. i was scheduled to do my first timed swim to see how many yards i could get in while swimming continuously for 1 hr. seeing as i can't keep track of all those laps in my head, and i don't have any fancy lap counter thangy, i broke it into 500's and ticked off my splits on my watch. it was great to do it that way to see how consistent i could be or how tired i got towards the end, and it broke down to something like this:

500 #1 - 9:11.2 (nice warm up)
500 #2 - 8:56.9 (now we're talkin')
500 #3 - 10:47.9 (musta been the split where i "had words" with the lady doing circle swim with us)
500 #4 - 8:52.2 (back in my groove)
500 #5 - 9:31.1 (are we done yet??)
500 #6 - 9:36.2 (really, i'm kinda done now)
150 - 3:10 (I.SAID.DONE.)

1 hr. continuous swim = 3150 yards.

and still, i really have no idea what that means, so i'll just keep pluggin' along in the water, thanks.

so far, i've managed to get myself around town, to and from the gym, to the studio for our shoot, and back to the gym at night for the second workout of the day. sadly though, i just found out today that we won't be getting home this weekend, but instead i'll head to Moneterey to shoot another project on saturday and sunday. then monday is a full travel day back home. another shoot starts tuesday through thursday, so i've pretty much lost my weekend long ride or any opportunity to make it up before the next week's long stuff. no worries. training can't be perfect all the time, and so far, it's been pretty awesome, so to miss one weekend's long workout won't be the end of the world. just gotta hop right back in as soon as i can and keep on keepin' on....

oh, and thanks to everyone for all their advice on my "gasiness." funny thing is that i don't eat any of those things y'all mentioned, no cliff bars, luna bars, zone, balance, none of that. never have. they're like lead weights in my stomach. still can't figure out what's causing it, but until i do, you don't wanna be downwind o' me if ya know what i mean....

6 Comments:

Blogger Camilo said...

Nice swim times!! First just like to say welcome to the Bay Area where you can find some pretty good places to get you hilly runs in, especially while in SF. Had you been here a week earlier you would've been able to enjoy much better weather and not this rain. But at least you're here at the same time as the Tour of California is in the neighborhood.

I've been enjoying your blog for some time now and thought I'd come out of the closet and say hello.

Shouldn't you be trying to get your 8 hrs sleep? Posting at 11:00pm??

February 19, 2008 at 11:52 PM

 
Blogger Allez said...

Those are some kick ass swim times! And what a long brick! Wow!

February 20, 2008 at 6:39 AM

 
Blogger Bolder said...

eye of the tiger!

you're gettin' might fit!!

February 20, 2008 at 10:23 AM

 
Blogger Rainmaker said...

Nice splits with some very nice mileage!

February 20, 2008 at 5:14 PM

 
Blogger Kim said...

here fishy fishy!!! great swimming!!

p.s. maybe you just have to take a large poop? you might be full of shit. hehehehe!!!

by the way, a new creepy mcstalkerson has made his way into my world!

February 21, 2008 at 11:25 AM

 
Blogger Tea said...

reading your workouts....knowing that I'm only a few weeks behind....SCARES THE HELL OUT OF ME....

thanks for that.

Let me guess. For the weekend, you have an easy 120 mile bike, 20 mile run, and what a 5k swim?

February 22, 2008 at 3:29 PM

 

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