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To Swim or Not to Swim

Well, being a gym rat is going quite well actually, I’m getting into a comfortable groove of running/biking/weight training in the guest gym. My schedule is actually ideal for training. I work split shifts so I always have time every day to go to the gym. We don’t ever work all day straight, there’s always a break! I really feel like I’m getting so much gym and self improvement time, it’s amazing. The only thing missing is swimming. Of course, swimming is the component that I have to work hardest on to keep up. My current solution has been to swim back and forth along the beach when we are in ports with a close beach. Which is at least 2 days a week. Sometimes I can’t get off the ship, but I’ve been making do! One thing that I can’t get enough of right now is the eucalyptus steam room and dry sauna on the ship. The wall opposite to the door is actually a massive floor to ceiling window that looks out onto the ocean. There is nothing better after a workout than sitting in the steam room and staring out at the ocean. It’s heavenly!! I’ve also discovered napping!! It’s amazing!! How did I live without naps before???? Does anyone out there have any advice for me in the triathlon department?? How can I maximize my gym workouts to keep me in shape while living on a cruise ship all winter (pool swimming is out of the question, crew aren’t allowed in the guest pools, originally I thought maybe I could do some pool running)??

Isla Roatan, Honduras. My floating home on the left!! Wanna race to the ship??

Goofing off with a co-worker in Roatan!

 

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Where did you train today??

So now that I live on a cruise ship, I’ve been focusing my training on rehabilitating my ankles after how badly I destroyed them this summer. I started by walking on an incline (12) for 25 minutes then running for 5 minutes, like my physio told me, and have slowly been working up a minute a day. If the cankle complains, I run the same amount of time the next day. Then when it’s happy again, I increase by a minute. I just got clearance to train in the guest gym, which also means I can run on the Sun Deck track!! Check it out!!! Where did everyone else train this morning??

Oh, and yes, on the right that IS INDEED a mini golf course!!! Check it out also!!

 

AMAZING!!

 

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Tough Mudder

I know you’ve all been eagerly anticipating the Tough Mudder update and I’m ready to give it to you. First of all, I ADORED the atmosphere I found in Whistler during the race weekend because it was full of like minded people who are also into racing and health and the same things I am. Myself and my team stayed at the Westin and loved every minute of it. My friend works for them and took very good care of us while we were there. The challenge itself was amazing. I adore the idea of it, lots of teamwork, and for a good cause but also very physically and mentally challenging. For those who don’t know about it, this race is known as possibly the toughest race on the planet. It’s intense and painful and so awesome.

The official Tough Mudder Vancouver video came out today, check it out!!!

Tough Mudder Whistler

I’ll post more photos later!! I managed to hang onto a disposable camera for the whole challenge, so I ended up with some great photos!

 

The Cankle

I have been a little absent for the last few weeks and I’m sorry about that….partially it’s because of an injury and partially I’ve been away. Let’s start with The Cankle. No matter how hard you try to prevent injuries as an athlete, it still happens. I work so hard to prevent injuries while I’m racing and training, and I very rarely injure myself during a race. However, two weeks ago, while walking back to my car with a coffee on my way to work, I tripped. Possibly on the air, possibly on an invisible cat, possibly on Doris Gravlin (don’t worry, she and I are friends, I’ve worked at the VGC for 5 years and we are very close.) Whatever it was, I flailed and sprained my ankle so badly that I was advised to not bear weight on it. This happened four days before Tough Mudder, which I wasn’t planning on missing. And I did not. But anyway, after this little mishap, my ankle swelled to a RIDICULOUS size, so much that I began calling it The Cankle, and making people do it’s bidding. Check it out…..

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So that’s The Cankle, and somehow the Cankle and I managed to run 18 km with 25 obstacles. More on that later. For all the other athletes out there who are cursing me for racing on this ankle, don’t worry, I’m paying for it now, but I’m stubborn and couldn’t not race. Sooo please forgive me, I’m a bad athlete, I don’t know how to rest.

Training with Dogs

Well, I have totally recovered from the half marathon. I stayed off the knees, had several ice baths, iced my knees lots and stretched plenty. And also consumed ALL the glutamine. I didn’t run all week, but I did swim everyday. My first tri of the season is coming up in 10 days and I’m so so so excited. Anyway, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce a very important new friend that I’ve been training with the last few weeks and whom I’m growing very attached to! His name is Copper and he’s a red doberman puppy (well he’s almost a year old). He belongs to my friend Mike, and I’m fortunate enough to be able to bring Copper with me on my adventures. If you haven’t trained with a dog friend before, it can be very rewarding. First of all, training with a buddy of any kind can be very beneficial, you don’t want to let you training partner down and wimp out. Even if it’s a puppy! Copper and I go on mountain runs, and run around Elk Lake, and generally cavort. Now, if you’re going to train with a dog, there’s several unspoken (and spoken) rules that we all must follow. So here for you all is my list of tips and things to remember when training with animal friends in public!! Caveat: Keep in mind, I do not claim to be an actual dog trainer, but I am experienced with animals.

1. Know that your dog will come back to you when you call him/her. If you’re going off-leash (not allowed in some places), make sure that your dog will come back when you call him. If it’s your personal dog, this is a little easier as you are the one who’s training him (if you aren’t prepared to train your dog, don’t get one….at least not a big one), as Copper isn’t my personal dog, I made sure before we went on our first adventure, that Mike told me his call word, and that I had treats. As soon as we got to the mountain I made sure to call him to me several times, and gave him a treat so he knows that I’m his human for the day. Now that we know eachother, I don’t worry at all about him running away and coming back because I’m confident that he comes when I call him.

2. CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR DOG…this seems like a no-brainer, but really, there’s nothing worse than stepping in random dog poops. Be considerate of the other people using the park/trail/public area, bring bags and clean up your dog’s poop.

3. Be aware! Especially if you have a big dog, be aware of other people’s feelings. Even though I know that Copper is the sweetest dog alive, not everyone knows him, and not everyone likes dogs. I like to call ahead if we are approaching strangers from behind and say something like ‘friendly dog sneaking up behind you.’ Or if they see us coming, just saying ‘he’s super friendly’, or something like that. I find that especially with Copper, there’s a bit of a doberman stigma (even though they are the sweetest dogs), and even if you aren’t afraid of dogs, seeing a random large dog running at you full speed can be unnerving. Get a dialogue going with the people around you and you won’t run into problems. In the same vein, if you know that your dog can be funny about other dogs, or people, or bikes, or horses, make sure you prepare him appropriately if you see one of those things. If I see a family with a bunch of little kids I have Copper sit beside me and let them pass, not that he would do anything other than run over and sniff them, but small children are easily frightened and I would hate to be the cause of a child’s fear of dogs!

Those are my three big rules for harmonious training with a furry friend in tow! Since it’s practically summer here on the west coast, I plan on being outside as much as possible with my new friend!

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Stay Hydrated!

Well, I just got home from running the Oak Bay Half Marathon. It was several different things. It’s such a beautiful run, being along the water a majority of the time. Mostly it was long. My knees aren’t a big fan of running that far right now, which is really my own fault. When I was living in Banff I was really focusing on my running and I got to be in really fabulous running shape. Which I am not now. I need to focus more on running more often. However I ran it in 2 hours 10 mins, with dying knees. I’m not super pleased with that but also not upset about it. Overall it went quite well.

I have to just address one thing about racing. I’m totally one of those people who throws full cups of water all over my face during a race. Some people might do this to cool their heads/bodies. But for me, this is for two reasons.

1. I’m just not co-ordinated enough to run and drink from a paper cup at the same time. Seriously. It’s just splashing all over me because I can’t manage to drink and run without covering myself in water.

2. I’m afraid that if I stop to drink, I may not be able to start running again. You know, you get that running groove on and don’t want to interrupt it.

So really my solution to these problems is to throw the cup of water in the general direction of my face and open my mouth and hope that I catch some. So if you ever see me or someone like me throwing water on their face, remember this, because maaaaybe that’s what’s going on.

So, I’m currently curled up on the couch, soon I’m off to ride a horse and then go for a bike ride! At some point in there I’m going to do something that I haven’t done since I was a gymnast. Have an ice bath. I’m feeling inspired by a post Triathlon Obsession wrote about it and I know it’ll make my knees feel better. Wish me luck!!

I’ll leave you with a lovely shot of the ocean that I took this morning on my walk to the race start!

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ZOMBIES!

Ok, I’m just going to throw this out there…I’m SO ready for a zompocalypse it’s not even funny. I actually spend a fair chunk of time planning exit strategies and looking for weapons and just generally being prepared for the inevitable zombie takeover. When it happens, just follow my lead, I got this!! And while we were running the other day, Matt and I decided that we should start a running group where half the people dress like zombies and chase the other half, because what better motivation is there to run!? Anyhow, I swear I’m going somewhere with this. Apparently I’m not the only one with zombies on the brain because check out this run!! Run for your lives is a 5km obstacle course complete with ZOMBIES THAT CHASE YOU!!!!! They have them all over Canada and the US, however there is one in Washington on august 4th that JUST SO HAPPENS to fit right into my race schedule. It’s fate!! Go check out this race, their website is pretty rad….even better, you can actually sign up to BE THE ZOMBIES!!! Which, lets face it, I’m probably going to do.

Happy training!!

Spring Training

Well it’s that time again, when cherry blossoms are flowering and spring has sprung and race season approaches quickly and reminds me to get it together and go play outside. If you’re me, it’s also the season to go see your physiotherapist because your body hurts. So that’s what I’m up to this week. Physio, training, and working. It’s a good life! I’ve been running with a knee brace and that has been SO helpful! No knee pain this week, but my SI joints are terribly out of whack. Can’t wait for physio! Here’s a few photos from the other day when my sister and I went adventuring!!

Still cold!

So today my sister and I had an adventure. In case you are not aware, Alana is a magical and very talented graphic designer. You can check out her work here . In case you’ve never been relate to a graphic designer before, its pretty awesome. She pretty much has brilliant ideas and tells me to do things and takes pictures and video of me doing those things. Today we made a triathlon video. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but it’s going to be so cool. It definitely involved me jumping into Thetis Lake and swimming around. Let me tell you, it was so so cold. But worth it in the end. So I will have some stills and footage to share at some point in the future as soon as editing is done! Very exciting stuff.
Also, it’s April now, which means I need to get serious or I’m going to drown when I try to race. Cranking the running up to 3 a week, two short ones and one long one. Obviously right now they’re all 10ks and then soon the third one will start being longer. Yay! So much fun! One of my friends who is running Tough Mudder with me has been training lots with me so he’s my new running companion. It’s good to have friends!!

Have a magical day!!

Merry Festivus and all that Jazz

Well well well, the holidays are slowly slipping away. I’ve been catching up on SLEEP….which is unusual and very welcome! I’m getting old I guess, but sleep seems more important than it ever was before! Speaking of getting old, we had a little birthday party on monday at Touch that went amazingly. Crazy party, so many awesome people came out, it was wonderful. There was even a cake, which is wicked cool!! Because the holidays are so hectic, especially considering I’m in the middle of moving, the gym has been a little lacking. I’ve been doing 20 mins cardio then jump rope intervals with weight training and then 60s of jump rope in between each set. That way I get everything in as quickly as possible and still feel like I’m accomplishing something!! It seems to be working. Marathon in february in seattle. I guess that means I should be running more. fml. ok. I’ll do it!

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