Monday, November 16, 2009

Trizophrenia Winner & Random Iron Thoughts

KennY, you are the winner of my Trizophrenia book giveaway! Email me your address so I can ship the book to you. My email address is available on my blog profile. (Please reply by Friday, 11/20, midnight eastern or it will go to someone else!)


This past week has been weird. No specified workouts, no race worries, no concerns about weather. I've eaten all sorts of crap (leftover Halloween candy and birthday cake) and don't feel one bit guilty. I passed on doing a couple of bike and run events held last weekend that I could have done just for fun. Instead, I allowed myself to be slothful and just pondered some things:

- Signing up for 2 irons 2 weeks apart was the best thing I could have done. They kept me honest in my training and gave me a chance to do both races that I wanted to do. I know I recover quick from long races and would have gone CRAZY if I only did GFT and was stuck "all dressed up with no place to go" two weeks later.

- Some folks run/walked to get through their iron tri marathons, I run/pooped. I came across Top 8 Race Fueling Mistakes Made By Ironman Triathletes and Mistake #3: Eating too much (too late) on the bike and Mistake #1: Mixing Sugars (between my bike & run nutrition) look to be the most likely causes of my GI distress. The only way to know for sure, though, is to do another iron tri :-)

- The next 3: Ironman Arizona (11/22), Ironman Cozumel (11/29) and Ironman Western Australia (12/5) are all sold out, however :-(

- Though training for and doing an ironman does require much more effort than a running standalone marathon, I find it them much easier to recover from. I'd heard this before from several others too. I think it's because swimming, cycling and running a slower marathon don't beat your body up as much. Aside: The current world record for most number of ironmans completed in a calendar year is 15.

- For me, the hardest part about doing an ironman was training in 80-90+ deg heat all summer long. Coach advised against me going to Kona to train because he thought it'd be too cool. He was right. Nothing but training in FL could have prepared me as well for GFT, plus doing so gave me a chance to find out about the major bike course change before race day. B2B was 30-40 degs colder and my main concern was just staying warm enough on the bike after the swim. GI issues at both races, while annoying, were not show stoppers. Two very different races, one awesome training plan to get me to both finish lines. Thanks, Coach Bill!

- Top 10 list of the toughest things I've done so far:

1. 1992, Watch my dad die of cancer
2. 2004, Earn my 2nd deg black belt in karate (bruised ribs, very painful sparring)
3. 2001, Earn my 1st deg black belt in karate (1st major athletic achievement, age 40)
4. 2006, Learn to swim (truly *hated* swimming back then!)
5. 2006, Ironman Florida (first rough water swim, survived but missed swim cut-off)
6. 2004-5, Raise $21K for 2 charities (first FR effort, very hard for me to ask people for $$)
7. 2009, Train for 2 iron tris, GFT & B2B (embraced the enemy: heat)
8. 2007, Olathe Marathon (first time I had major GI issues in a race, nearly DNFd)
9. 2004-5, Run 21 marathons in 9 months (my 21 Run Salute)
10. 2005, Run a hot August 5K all-out with no speed training (21:56 min of agony!)

You know the saying: What doesn't kill you ...

And a couple announcements:

Firstly, Team Hendryx is accepting athlete applications for next year. If you have a running, triathlon or fitness goal you'd like help with, they can help whether you're based in Orlando or elsewhere. My coach, Coach Bill, is the POC for Team Hendryx and can be reached by email at cwenner @ if you're interested.

And secondly, I'm going to take a BIG break from blogging and training between now and probably my next race, the Instep Icebreaker Marathon (WI) in January. 2009 has been a very busy year for me and 2010 looks to be even busier. I need to get a lot of stuff squared away in the meantime and apologize in advance for not commenting as often on your blogs during this time but will try to follow along as much as I can. Best of luck to everyone racing, esp. Molly and Jen who are both doing their first ironman (IMAZ) this weekend!


Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

I have been thinking of disconnecting from the blog world for a bit. Seeing you make this call only helps me get closer.

You put a ton on time in your training... now relax and rejuice yourself for next year.

Stef said...

Great post Shirley and good call on the stepping back too. Sounds like it's something you need to do so go for it girl!

CONGRATULATIONS on your SMASHING and very inspiring season!!!!!!


Marlene said...

My jaw is hanging open at your top ten list. That was a good way to learn a little more about you.

Enjoy the down time, Shirley!

DaveP said...

BTW, she ate ALL of her Birthday cake. All I got was one little fork. Glad to see I didn't make the top ten.;-)

Meg Runs said...

Thanks for the inspiration this year, Shirley. Have a nice break and relax! You're a true power house!

Sunshine said...

Can't even imagine what you've done and continue to do.
Will miss you, but you certainly are wise to take a break when it feels right.
Congratulations and best wishes and don't lose touch.

Black Knight said...

Sorry for the first "thing" on your top ten. Congrats for your fantastic race. Love the pics and as former "sailor" I miss ... the Navy.

Calyx Meredith said...

What an amazing season you've had - and what a daunting toughest 10 list too. I'm interested to see whether that "aside" turns into a goal. Hmmmm. Enjoy your vacation!

lindsay said...

i have to really watch my blogging involvement - it can really suck up all my spare time!

do i hear a new goal being written down? 16+ irons? ;)

good luck in your continued training - hope to stay in touch with you!

Regina said...

You are my hero. what a list (except for #1, I'm sorry about that).

I totally get the need to disconnect. You've certainly earned a break, you crazy woman!

I hope you'll at least check back this week, I do have a small announcement.....

Happy Belated Birthday too! Next time save some cake for Dave.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

WOW, looking at your list, you've sure accomplished a lot. Congrats again! Rest and recovery are well-deserved, however you do it. :) We'll be here when you come back to blogland!

Marathon Maritza said...

Hee hee 'running/pooping'...could that be considered a duathlon maybe?

Well you will be missed, but a break is very well-deserved by you so enjoy it! Congratulations again on all of your achievements...that is quite a list Shirley!

Lily on the Road said...

Shirley, even though I've just really started "meeting" you and reading your blog, I can say that I will miss you.

You have truly inspired me with all that you do with grace and dignity. You are an amazing woman and 2010 sounds as though it will be a challenge and yet acheivable.

Best Wishes in all you do...should you pop back into the blogging world, we (I) would love to hear about all you are up to!!


Anonymous said...

It is certainly interesting for me to read that post. Thank you for it. I like such topics and anything connected to this matter. I would like to read more soon.

Maria said...

Enjoy the well deserved break, I'll be here when you come back!
"The current world record for most number of ironmans completed in a calendar year is 15."...I have a vision of this being broken by a certain someone in the future...wink..wink!

Susan said...

Great reflections, Shirley!

Vickie said...

Just don't leave us forever! Or get on FB and get daily catchup with no long post to do. Good luck in your upcoming year. (I hear you about GI issues and mixing sugars--I learned that a long time ago and do not do that any more and have had much better luck. Coke and water. :D)

Lora said...

COMPLETELY understand about needing to take a breather for a while. The blogosphere will miss your thoughts and fantastic sense of humor these next couple of months. Enjoy your time off, Shirley. You deserve it!

Rainmaker said...

Breaks are good - enjoy disconnecting a bit and just gettin back to life!

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

I've been in hibernation from the blog world, but surprisingly woke up and saw your excellent post. I think the message is clear: 21 ironmans in one calendar year. Don't tell too many people though, so that you can make sure your names gets into the Guinness Book of Records.
I was also sorry to read about #1, so young, and he missed seeing you at your best. The Japanese movie song "Departures" will have more significance for me.

lizzie lee said...

I'll miss you during the month of December, but take a well deserved rest.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving and a very Merry Christmas.

lizzie lee

EndorphinBuzz said...

Enjoy the break, you've more than earned it!!!

Jade Lady said...

interesting post, esp. your 10 toughest. good for u for kicking back a bit! happy tday!

lizzie lee said...

Happy Thanksgiving...

X-Country2 said...

Take care and good luck!

Sherry said...

Hey Shirley! I was just thinking about you and thought I would stop by! Hope you are enjoying are relatively cooler weather... I certainly am. :o) Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

Wendy said...

Merry Christmas, Shirley!