Friday, April 18, 2014

St. Anthony's, fear of downhills, and a new show addiction

I didn't post my workouts last week just because I didn't get a chance in a busy week. They were pretty good, and I'll recap the last two weeks on Sunday of this week. I figure I'll share some non-workout-recap updates on this day I have off from work. There has been a lot going on!

Life lately has included a lot of training, but there has been some fun stuff thrown in as well. As I'm nearing the official start of Ironman training come May 1st, I'm starting to get more focused. The excuses are falling to the wayside, and I'm finding the drive to be back to where it was when I was training for Rev3 Florida 70.3. I'm excited to get to the official training plan! Only two more weeks and we're off!

San Antonio Long Ride
I've been doing more hill training lately. This summer is going to include enormous amounts of it, so I figured I'd start to mix it in. Beth and I went and rode the hills in San Antonio a few weeks ago. I mentioned that I'd write more about it, so here I am doing that. San Antonio is about 40 minute northeast of me, and it's the only place around that has a lot of hills. There are hundreds of routes planned out on Map My Ride, so Beth and I picked one and dove in head first. The problem was that we weren't exactly sure of where we were going, and we had to keep checking our phones to follow the route. We ended up getting into some sketchy areas as far as heavier traffic was concerned, and we found ourselves in really random situations.
Beth ran out of water, so we stopped at a Barbeque Restaurant to buy bottled waters. It was definitely a hilarious experience.  

We also climbed several very serious hills. There was one that I just didn't know if I was going to make it up, and between the height of the hill and the car that decided to honk at me, it got my nerves. When we made a turn and there was a really sharp downhill, I actually had to get off and walk my bike down the hill. I have a fear of downhills, I will admit. I don't know what it is, but I feel the most shaky and unsure when I get going that fast. It was my moment of panic, and about halfway down I got back on my bike and rode the rest of the way. I realized that it wasn't even the steepest descent of the day, but it was just the nerves of the new situation getting to me. How do you gain confidence on the hills?

We got in a lot of great hill work, and we were dead tired by the end of our ride. I'm not sure we'll go to some of the same hills we were at this time, just because of the traffic.

Clearwater Bridges
I've written about these bridges quite a lot on runs, but I'm continuing to plan long runs at the bridges so that I'm forced to run ascents and descents. It's nice too that they're a little closer than San Antonio, because I can go there to ride as well every once in a while. Just this morning we actually met early at the bridges to ride. Though they're no the San Antonio hills, they're better than nothing.
Upcoming Race!
I registered for St. Anthony's Triathlon Olympic distance a few weeks ago. It's next weekend, and I'm excited for another triathlon! Though I'm a little nervous about the bike course and how technical it looks, I'm excited to race again! It has been a long time since Rev3, which was the last triathlon I did, and I feel really strong on both the bike and the run right now. I'm still not focusing on the pool as much as I should, but I still feel like it won't cause me too much weakness since it's the sport I've been more familiar with for the longest amount of time.

I'm also excited to wear my new Rev3 Triathlon Team kit!
Pearl iZumi sponsors the Rev3 Team, and this kit is fantastic! I went for a test run in it this morning to make sure it's going to work for next weekend, and I love it! I was worried it was going to ride up because of how snug it is, but after about a mile and a chance to stretch out a little bit, it sat perfectly where it was supposed to. I am so pleased.  I have high hopes for a good race! It'll be my first time racing with my new bike too!

And just for the heck of it...Game of Thrones!
Last weekend I asked Tim to setup the Apple TV downstairs. I was excited to start watching shows on Netflix and HBO Go, so I went through and made a whole list of shows to watch. Then I started watching Game of Thrones. I've now watched 6 episodes in a week, one of which was on the trainer. It's addicting! I have a bit of a hard time with some of the vulgarity, but the plot is well done, and I like the complexity. I'm still working on remembering the names and who everyone is, but I get what all you people were raving about on twitter for the last three years! Now I just have to catch up before I hear any big spoilers...

This show will be perfect to watch on trainer rides. I just have to get it setup so that I don't have to turn my tv to an unreasonable level to hear the show.

Do you watch Game of Thrones? What races do you have coming up? How do I overcome fear of downhills?


Jenny Hodges said...

Game of Thrones is AWESOME!! Have you read any of the books??

Katrina Elle said...

You're such the TRIATHLETE now! You'll do awesome at St Anthonys

katielookingforward said...

Oh my gosh, I got my first tri kit and it is so tight and so uncomfortable. But I only tried it on and then took it off, I guess I'll have to give it an actual chance.

Abby said...

I had the premium channels last year and loved Game of Thrones, but didn't renew so I am missing it:(

B.o.B. said...

I think I told you this before but when I first rode hills I had to tell myself that I was in control of the bike, it was not in control of me and that seemed to help. I'm sure with a few more rides you will be more comfortable. Then LOOK OUT! Meghan is kicking major ass!

Nicole said...

I was super afraid of downhills when i first started to ride. There is the tiniest descent on our street and I was scared of that at first...I worked my way up to bigger and bigger hills by riding them a lot. It doesn't sound like you have as many options for hills but the more practice the better. Im still a pretty slow hill rider because I don't fully let go on the declines. At CDA I did get over 40 mph on a decline but only because I felt safe and there were NO turns. If there are any turns on a descent I slow WAY down!

Kristen said...

I am all caught up on Game of Thrones and find it a bit depressing because I just want more - instant gratification. It's almost one of those shows that I could watch again because there are so many characters, lands, and complexities. I love your creativity and adventure in finding hills around the area you live. I have the opposite problem in that I have to search for flat. I love flat!

erin said...

Love the new kit! Looks great on you! As for downhills, it just takes more time in the saddle. The more you ride them, the easier and less scary they get. And, riding them without traffic helps, too, if you can. I think settling in and relaxing helps, too. The hills are my favorite – both up and down… such a rush!

Runner Leana said...

I can definitely relate to being scared of riding down hills! Unfortunately riding your brakes the whole way down is not a great solution.

What works for me is to move back on my saddle, squeeze my top tube between my knees and hunker low over the handle bars. Feather the brakes.

Good luck!

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