Chasing a Dream

Chasing a Dream
John and I with our LP finishers medals

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Volunteering at Lake Placid 2011

Yesterday was the day.  Early morning John and I signed up to volunteer at LP 2011 Ironman.  The plan is to stand in line the next morning and register for LP 2012.  The date will be July 22, 2012.
I am excited, and on July 25th 2011 when I hand over a huge amount of money for the priviledge of putting it all on the line in 2012, I will be properly scared.

This will be our first attempt at full ironman distance.  We are looking into hiring a coach as we look ahead to 140.6 miles.  It is so hard to know who you will work best with.  There are very few coaches in NEOhio!!  So we will probably be working with someone totally through email/phone.

But I am getting ahead of myself...having not blogged for one full month let's get caught up on what is going on...

*John and I are religiously following Jorge's 14 week cycling plan.  We used it last year and found some good gains on the bike over the off season.  We both love having a very structured plan to follow.

*I am trying to build up a good running base so that I can dive into 'official' Boston marathon training after the first of the year.

*Trying to get in good workouts while teaching and coaching swimming takes planning and discipline.

*The family is in week 6 (after repeating week 4 and 5) of the 100 pushup challenge.    We will be attempting the 100 pushups just before Christmas.

*We have decided to race Syracuse 70.3 on September 18, 2011 and are also going to try to fit in more Olympic distance races this summer.

**I have had two snow days.  Living in NEOhio brings on Lake Erie lake effect snow!!

**I seem to be having so many conversations with my son and husband about what 'gadgets' are wanted/needed for triathlon at the stage I am in.  Should I get a aerohelmet?   Would I ever get a tri bike?  Do I need a power meter?  Should I look into a computrainer?  I am in general happy to stay away from the majority of the gadgets and just train hard and race hard.  But should I be looking for some more efficient ways to train, and some 'free' speed?  I think this is in need of a post all itself.

As I posted on my fb status on Saturday after a good run...Time to start paying the price for a good race, good races don't come cheap!!!

Heading down to the 'pain cave'/basement to do 6 by 4 minute intervals at 100-105% LT with 45 seconds rest on the bike trainer.  with 15 minute warmup and 10 minute cool down.

Stay warm!!


Jon said...

Awesome! What volunteer positions did you sign up for? Perhaps I will cya out on the course. I might be a bit delerious ;)

Hazel said...

Congrats, Barb and Jon -- big, scary, impressive decision!

You know I'd recommend Will Kirousis at Tri-Hard if you need recs for a coach -- he is a fabulous coach and an all-around nice guy!

Michelle said...


Ooooooh - I'll have to think about Syracuse 70.3 - I'm looking for a later season HIM for next year and it would be AWESOME to do a race with you guys!!!!! That one would be relatively convenient for me and the family - easy enough drive for us (probably about the same distance as your trip!).

As far as gadgets go, of your list I'd say the one thing that could really help is a Powermeter. That isn't buying a few seconds of speed (which all the other things on the list do, and the speed increase is minimal) - if used properly, it'll truly help focus and therefore improve your training. The downside, of course, is that they are flipping expensive! I'm still a holdout on a PowerTap, but got the Kurt Kinetic power meter for use on the trainer, and it is SO much better than using HR for your training zones. It's only usable (as a PM, of course the other elements of the computer are universal) when you are on the trainer, but it's great for winter training. Big thumbs up.