Thursday, July 19, 2012

Luna Chix Mini Triathlon Report

On Tuesday night I got a taste of what a triathlon is all about.  Team Luna Chix put on a mini triathlon as a fundraiser for breast cancer.  I took advantage of this opportunity to see how a really tri goes down.  This team of women and fellow tri participants were super helpful by giving tips and trick as well as answering newbie questions.  I am glad I did because I truly had no idea what to expect. 

It was a casual event that was laid out by a 400 yard swim, 8 mile bike, and a 2 mile run.  It was not mandatory to do those distances.  We were told to do the distances we were comfortable with and/or skip events that we didn't want to do.  Sweet deal.

The following is my experience in real time thoughts.

SWIM {400 Yards}
Wow, there are a lot of fit people here that look like real swimmers.  Awesome....a demonstration, I have always wondered what "dolphining is" and how to get started with the swimming.  Um, no.  I will not be dolphining.  Was the the starting bell?  Okay, you ladies just go....I will be right behind you.  Why does that lady keep telling me to go???   I am going in the water but I just need to wait for the other ladies to swim out a little further.  I don't want to be too close and bump anyone.

Alright, this isn't that bad, the water is okay and I can walk out as far as I need to.  I can walk out to my eyeballs, right?  Okay, this is it...I am sw.....crap water in my mouth.  COUGH, GAG, COUGH.  Gross, gross, gross....I don't call this dog dump lake for nothing.  GAG.  Lets try that again....go slow Carly, go slow.   It is happening, I am swimming!  Why is this so much work?  Oh look, I am not last.  Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.

*Doink*  ooops sorry.  I probably should look where I am going.  How embarrassing, I just about knocked the paddle board lady right off her board.  I am not sure why she is laughing when I pass her doing the doggie paddle, they did say do any stroke you feel comfortable doing. Why is this so HARD (that's what she said)!  I crack myself up.

Thank God, I can touch the lake bottom.  I am walking it in.  EEEEWWW  seaweed.  Wait, walking is almost harder.  I am going to swim/walk....that way I look like I am swimming but my feet are moving me faster.  Ahhhhh.... time to leave the lake.  Yay!  Finally!  Alleluia!

Whoa....running toward my bike after this swim is harder that the swim.  Jell-O legs.  Why is there a photographer taking my photo?  Don't flip him will probably end up on Facebook.  I can be done now, this tri stuff is not for me.  I am tired and why the hell is my bike so far away?  Sweet!  There are a couple of bikes left on the rack, I don't want to be the last one. 

BIKE {8 Miles}
Maybe I should have wiped down my feet a little bit better, my socks are more than  little wet.  OMG, what is wrong with my legs and when did biking get so damn hard?  Phew, I am finally in my groove.  What the?  Why are my pedals stuck?  For the love of Christ, Green Beast (green beast=my bike) don't fail me now!!!  Great, the chain is effed up.  Maybe if I futz with it it will be fine.  Okay...that was easy, lets get back on course.  Do I hear crickets?  Am I going the right way?  Everyone has passed me.  Every single person.  Geez, this course sure is lonely.  Oh look....a Luna person and they are cheering me on.  She totally just gave me the sympathetic head nod and told me I look great.  Sympathy worked, I feel like I am peddling faster.  Great.  Look at all the women coming back from the turnaround already.  Crap. 

Eff this, I am turning around.  The last thing I need is to be stuck miles away from the start with a bike that may or may not get me there.  This is okay now.   Hmmmmm I am still DFL though (dead effing last) but at least I can see other people.  Almost done......I see the transition....and done.  (I cut a mile off the bike)


GET ME OFF THIS EFFING BIKE! the hell do I hang this bike again?  I sure hope I didn't hurt that really expensive looking bike next to mine.  Ready, set, and I am off...oops forgot to take off my helmet.  Thankfully I only made a few steps before someone was yelling at me to take it off I realized it was still on my head. 

RUN {2 Miles}
Finally I know what I am doing.  I got this.....wait are my legs moving?  I gotta walk. I am moving faster when I am walking.  No really, I should be able to run.  I just crushed my 2 mile personal record this past weekend running, I can do this.  Jog to that tree over there....just a little furth....annnnnnd I am walking again.  Oh look, there is that nice lady that was on the paddle board in the water....she is cheering me on (with the sympathetic head tilt).  I see Leah!!!  That bitch is so quick and she is on her way back from the turnaround already.   Hmmmmpf.   I should trip her and then I won't be dead last.  She might be mad if I did that.  That was sure nice of her to let me know that the turnaround is a half mile ahead.  I may die before I see it. 

Just run. Just run. Just run.

Oh I just passed someone, and two more people, and another!!!  I am almost done!  I see the finish and I am not quitting now.  Just a few more steps and I am there!

WOOO HOOO!  I am done and never doing one ever again.  Oh wait, I have one on 8/12.  Shit.  After that, never again!!!*

  • It is really really really hard
  • I need to do my brick workouts
  • I need better tri clothes
  • I need swimming lessons
  • I need a better bike
  • I need a million dollars to be a tri athlete
  • Team Luna Chix is an awesome organization!!!

*I say never again all while I am looking for a tri bike.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Mezamashii Run Project

A few months back, I got a rather cryptic email from someone asking for my mailing address with an explanation that they could not provide an explanation for the request.  I scratched my head and finally I played along and gave up my info.  After sent my information, I held my breath and waited for someone to scare the pants off me by showing up at my door wearing a ski mask.  Thankfully, that didn't happen.  Rather, an invitation showed up in my mailbox inviting me to be a founding member of Mizuno's Mezamashii Run Project.

What the heck is the Mezamashii Run Project? 
(Taken directly from the Mizuno website)
The Mezamashii Run Project is an effort by Mizuno to help create a more euphoric running experience — a more "brilliant" run — for more runners everywhere. The word "mezamashii" means "eye-opening" or "brilliant" in Japanese — it's a word that captures the euphoric feeling of a brilliant run.

I was honored to be a founding member and I was even more excited to learn that I would get to try out some new shoes.  I received a free pair of Mizuno Wave Alchemy 12 Running shoes.  Honestly, I don't know that I have ever tried on a pair of Mizuno shoes so I didn't know what to expect.  For as long as I can remember, I have been a Saucony girl and habits are hard to break.  I spoke to a fit specialist and he helped me decide on the model that would fit my needs (see above).

I was excited to see the delivery and I ripped the shoes out of the box.  I picked them up and immediately my skeptical side started judging them.  The shoes looked great but they were extremely light.  I always am in shoes that are either a stability or motion control shoe and they resemble bricks (and feel like bricks).  In fact, I was once told as a selling point that my usual brick like shoes were for the "heavy-set" runner.  Nice selling point, huh?  Not only were my new shoes light as a feather, they did not look like my normal Flintstone shoes.  I liked them a lot, but I honestly wondered if they would work for me especially since I didn't try them on in a store. 

I tried them on and walked around my house in them for a bit. 
Not bad. 
I jogged in place.
Hmmmm....I don't hate them
Ran up and down my stairs and did jumping jacks (with the windows wide open for the neighbors to see)
These may have potential

The true test was going to be a normal run in them.  I have since ventured out on a couple of different runs wearing the new shoes and I am SHOCKED.  I LOVE THEM!!!!  Honestly, I was prepared to write them off before I tried them based on how light they were.  I could not deny that they were comfortable and extremely supportive.  My calves did not cramp and my knees did not hurt.  I loved how light they were and my legs showed me the appreciation by running a few miles faster than I normally do.  Well, I don't know if I can credit the shoes for running faster, but my point is that my feet did not feel weighted down.  I think I have found my new normal, these shoes were fantastic.  The one thing I worried about the most ended up being my favorite part of the shoe.

What the Mezamashii Run Project has taught me.....don't knock something until you try it.  Mizuno believes in their product so much that they gave out shoes knowing once you try them you will love them.

Running a marathon in brand spanking new shoes = not too brilliant (I did this)
Not training for a marathon= not brilliant at all (...and this too)
Putting shoes on runners for real feedback rather than spending tons of money on models and advertising=

Interested in the Mezamashii Run Project?
To participate, visit and click APPLY FOR AN INVITE to sign up for the weekly giveaway.

Thank you to Mizuno for outfitting me with free shoes.  The opinion are my own.  Thank you Mizuno for the invite, you have won me over!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Lake 1, Carly 0

I almost look the part of a triathlete in the photo above.  What you can't see are my water wings and floatation belt.  Alright, I am kidding, my kids wouldn't let me borrow them so it was just me versus the lake. 
I have known all along that my swimming skill are sub-par.  I do remember myself being a great swimmer in high school but what I do know is that swimming is NOT like riding a bike.  I have not done real swimming for about 20 years and I guess you could say I am a bit rusty.  With the triathlon in 42 days, I though I had better get crackin' on swim training.
I met my friend and tri-mate, Leah, at Lake Nokomis promptly at 9AM.  She wasted no time and got into the water right away.  Me, I was a really big whiner a bit hesitant and slowly made my way into the sledge color lake.  Ew, Ew, Ew!  I am not a prissy lady unless I am swimming in a lake....especially when I have witnessed a dog taking a shit in the water at said lake.  After a bit more whining acclamation, I dove in.  It wasn't as bad as my imagination made it out to be. 
My first goal was to swim to the swimming buoy and back.  I was kicking and moving my arms but I really wasn't going anywhere.  I felt like my body was upright while I was trying to swim forward.  I tried to freestyle and could not get my breathing correct....I am not going to lie, I had a few mini panic attacks.  Leah is a swimmer and told me that my strokes looked great.  I didn't feel great.  I could not breathe, I couldn't get the rhythm down and finally I gave up and dog paddled to the buoy and back.  We did the lap a second time and I am not sure what I did to get to the buoy this time but I was out of breath.  Swimmers always look so peaceful and full of grace in the water, I look like I am having a seizure.  Along with our swim, we practice running into the water a couple of times too (equally scary as my swim).  Total amount of time in the water....30 minutes.
Lake 1, Carly 0

(Getting in is the accomplishing something, right)