Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Need motivation, watch this: Running In The Rain

So you look outside and the first thing you see through the window is the running conditions are terrible; far from ideal. Your first inclination is to go back to bed, wait until it warms up, maybe hang tight until the rain or snow stops, which the majority of us would find reasonable by the way.
But let me explain the scenario from a different angle because this is the exact situation when it's most important to get out of bed, to put on your running shoes on and head out the front door:

Monday, April 25, 2016

I love Park City and trail signs

I love taking pictures of trail signs. Maybe it is because I love to be guided in an adventurous direction. I like that most times they are made of wood and have arrows pointing in the right direction. Some signs welcome you to the playground behind it. But I believe all trail signs lead to a new place of fun.
Here is today's photo of the rails-to-trails sign in Park City. I ran for about 25 minutes today and it was great to be on a new trail, in a new place.

I get to spend the next few days here and learn all kinds of new skills. Nothing better than learning, traveling, and experiencing new things. That never gets old.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Wind, Hail, Rain, Music, Spinning, Swimming - not in that order

Saturday, April 23 - Grand County, Colo.
I don't always write in AP Style on my blog but I try, sometimes.

Today, someone who will remain nameless, came up to me and the first thing out of his mouth was NOT:  "Hi Kristen. How are you today? What's new?"
It was:
"Wow two typos on the front page."
It's always good to know when I make mistakes but really? What happened to leading with a good comment to follow with "what the heck happened?"
Mistakes will always be made since we are human and not robots.
Every mistake I made is not repeated in future editions.

I went to Winter Park Resort to take photos of the participants in Springtopia (aka closing month of the resort). People love to dress up and laugh and dance.

As for me, I was happy to capture the happiness digitally.

Training Update:
Winter Training Spin class at Mountain Life Fitness. 75 hard minutes of spinning equivalent to three hours on the bike. 45 minutes swim at the Fraser Rec, 1500 yards. Five minute run in the rain with the dogs.

Favorite quote of the day, and I do believe.

And then blog about it, LOL.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Yeah, biking outside

Today I rode outside. Happy, Happy, Happy.

I rode with my friend George up to Lake Granby. Hills, Hills, Wind, Wind.

And now, back to work.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday, Monday

Today looks like this:

Work, work, work.
Next week I head to Park City for work so I have to get some biking and swimming in before I head out there. Running in Park City won't be a problem.

Training update:
I will try to swim as an active recovery plan. After running just over 11 miles yesterday my legs are dead. I've run 11 miles already but after spin/run on Saturday and a Sunday morning long swim (2700 yards) a long run like this was killer. Thank you Smartwool compression/recovery socks.

There is still snow in the forecast but not as much as this weekend - thank goodness. Maybe by Thursday I will be able to bike outside again.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Ironman Planning Tip and snow

A great tip for Ironman planning to reduce stress on the days leading up to race day:

From Jesse Thomas via Triathlete Magazine, current issue.

I'm a planner and I usually plan out what I need in my race day binder. But I never thought of an hour-by-hour playbook.
I will be doing it this year for Ironman Lake Placid.

Now if I could just bike outside. This is my view today as I write this post:
So I will hike with the dogs then swim at the Y today. And if the roads are clear I will go on my scheduled 12 mile run.

Friday, April 15, 2016