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 Post subject: Re: MaryStella's Triathlon training crossfit endurance
PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:32 pm 
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Bike – 8 minute warmup. 10 x 1 minute hill repeats. Recovery was descent. 10 minute cooldown. Knee did fine.

I ordered some Coverall and Leukotape to start doing the mcconnell taping method to help my patella tracking. Right now I’ve been taping it with Kinesio tape but because that stretches I don’t think it is holding my kneecap in the proper alignment enough.

I also found a doctor (who is a cyclist) that does ART and Graston Technique for PatelloFemoral pain and he takes me insurance so I’m going to give him a try out. I ordered the Garmin Edge 500 for my tribike. This is my last resort since I can’t seem to get anything to fit on Damon even with the special xlabs mount. It works with the Heart Rate Monitor and Cadence Sensor I already have so that helped to keep the cost down a bit. It even works with a power meter although I haven’t used that kind of data yet.


Crossfit – AMRAP 20 Minutes
10 Pushups
10 GHDs Situps/Back Extensions

Did 20 full rounds and all of the pushups in the 21st round. However, the first 13 rounds were done with GHD situps. Then I got a really severe pain in my head and I thought I can not do another one of these. I’ve had headache pressure from them before but nothing like this felt. So I decided to switch over to Back Extensions and that helped. So the last 7 rounds were back extensions not GHDs.

Still doing the stretching, mobilizing thing on my lower legs. Not sure if it is really working or I am just destined to turn into an aquabiker.

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 Post subject: Re: MaryStella's Triathlon training crossfit endurance
PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:09 pm 
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Hey, nice race report! And nice race! I guess it's true about how a lot of times, just getting yourself to the starting line is the hardest part, eh?

Really interested to know how the new taping works for your knee.

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 Post subject: Re: MaryStella's Triathlon training crossfit endurance
PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:45 pm 
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Got a nice run in this morning. 46 minutes out on the roads with hills most of the way. I taped my knee with athletic tape hoping it would be more aggressive than the kinesio tape but it didn’t stick very well. It was raining while I was running so I am sure that didn’t help but I just think we the constant movement of the knee it is going to be hard to keep the kneecap pinned in place until I get the tape I ordered online. Because of the ran I didn’t take my garmin to get the distance data. I was pretty happy with this thought I dealt with the hill action and I even had some speed. With the way my running has been going lately anytime I feel good about it is a huge for a my confidence. Today was my rest day from CxF so I went to the Farmers Market and stocked up on some fresh produce. Tomorrow is a lite day schedule wise with a short swim and some step ups then a big training weekend coming up. I have a 5k open water swim race on Saturday morning. That’s going to be a long swim for me. Hoping the weather holds out for it. I also have a 3 hour bike ride. I’d like to get about 50 miles in for that. Then on Sunday I have a 7 mile run which I think I am going to do a 1 mile warmup and then race a 10k. I use the word race lightly because with where my running is at I won’t really be in contention but I think it is a good idea for me to go do it at a race because I think I will put in a better training effort if I am at the race than just out doing it myself. And my running needs all the help it can get right now. Hoping that race is a good because Sunday is supposed to be washout from the hurricane.

@ viva - I really hope I can get the taping thing to work because my knee just isn't going to heal until I can get the mechanics working properly.

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 Post subject: Re: MaryStella's Triathlon training crossfit endurance
PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:26 am 
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Good luck if you have to swim in the hurricane!

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2011 12:14 pm 
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Did my first 5K Open water swim race.(before the hurricane! thanks viva!) I think that is the farthest I have ever swam and especially in open water for sure. It took me 1hour 54 minutes and 32 seconds. I didn't get my spits from the race yet. Overall it was a good time. I'm curious to see how consistent my splits would be. I didn't go out too hard because i knew it was going to be a long way to swim. I felt ok during it had a few issues my with goggles i had to correct but that was about it. I didn't not think my time would be this high. The water temp was cool. it was wetsuit legal. The water conditions were good. there was a little chop when you were crossing the lake but for the most part it was a good course. I must have been getting tired towards the end because i was swimming with my eyes closed. I have no idea why but it must have felt good at the time. I must admit I was pretty cooked afterwards. I had a gel before I got into the water. I didn't eat or drink anything while swimming. I was kinda out of it when i got out of the water. not sure if it was fatigue or dehydration of low energy stores or what. But it was dragging. I had a bike ride yet to do and i needed a break to refuel and reload before heading out. We were getting some of Hurricane Irene when it as time to bike so I ended up riding for 3 hours in the house on my trainer instead of dealing with the rain/wind combo. I watched the Tour of Colorado while doing it and i got a good workout in even on the trainer. My legs were sore afterwards and still are a bit today. I tried some of the Stinger Chews yesterday and I have to admit i am really impressed with their products. They actually taste pretty good! I was supposed to do a 10k running race this morning but it got postponed because of the weather. If it lets up later today I will go do my 7 mile run. If not I will take today as a rest day which was supposed to be tomorrow and i will just have to do my running tomorrow. we will see. i got my leukotape yesterday so i used to before my bike ride and to my happiness it actually stayed on. def gonna use it for running and hope it really helps with my knee issues. Ironman Pocono Mountain 70.3 is actually coming up pretty fast. I basically have a month to train for it.

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 Post subject: Re: MaryStella's Triathlon training crossfit endurance
PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2011 7:40 pm 
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5k is a long swim! maybe you got too hot? what kind of wetsuit did you wear? have you ever tried eating a gel in the water? do the stinger chews contain honey? how can you even deal with sitting on the trainer for 3 hours? do you want to move to southern spain with me this winter? can i ride your cervelo when we get there?

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 Post subject: Re: MaryStella's Triathlon training crossfit endurance
PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:41 am 
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viva - i don't think i got too hot. I wear a full sleeve wetsuit but the water was cool. my feet and hands were even a little chilly. I considered taking a gel in the water with me but since i was going to be under the 2 hour mark i knew i didn't really need it so i didn't take one. Yes the stinger chews do contain honey and i've already heard from the vegan police for consuming such a product. While I normally try to avoid honey it is the one thing I don't consider to break the "vegan" mark for me. I try to avoid it whenever possible but that if the only thing in the product making it non-vegan I will occasionally consume it. People can like that or not I really don't much care. I've never been a fan of bees since i am allergic to them. I was watching pro bike racing while on the trainer and it was either that or don't get a ride in so i dealt with it. I tried to keep my cadence up with the boys while on the trainer but they were kicking my ass! lol! Can't do the spain thing but yes you can ride my cervelo.

I was able to get my run in yesterday even with the hurricane and such. While my 10k race in the morning was postponed. I decided to let myself recover a bit from the hard day of training before and let the weather clear out a little. took it to the roads in the evening with my husband. Did a 7 mile loop with hills around town. It took me 1 hour and 10 minutes. The leukotape didn't stay on though! damn! It actually feels really good when I tape my knees but It didn't stick so i ran a good portion without it. We were running in a little rain but I think it was more from the sweat and the movement of the knee than the light rain. I am going to have to try this again and see if i can get it to stick. If not maybe some kind of kneecap supportive brace would be a better idea. legs are a little sore today but its a full on rest day so I got to sleep in the morning and i have the rest of the day to let them recover. I noticed my achilles was tight yesterday when running and it felt tight again when i woke up this morning.

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 Post subject: Re: MaryStella's Triathlon training crossfit endurance
PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:56 pm 
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swim - 500 of drills to warmup, then swim 500 in 8: followed by 600 as 50 fast 50 easy. i always like that kind of workout! then 4 - 50s on 15 seconds rest. i was swimming them in about 42 seconds. then 6 - 50s as distance per stroke. this slowed my efforts down to 48-50 seconds. 400 of drills to cool down.

bike - 16.85 miles with 1, 190 ft of climbing in 1:10. avg 14.3 avg hr 144 ma 163.

felt like a good training day overall. knee is hanging in there. feeling going about that!

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 Post subject: Re: MaryStella's Triathlon training crossfit endurance
PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:10 pm 
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Run – 40 minutes and 30 seconds. 4.05 miles. Did the first mile slow to warmup. Then picked it up for the next three. Did hills. Knees felt ok. My tape stayed on for the whole run so I was very happy about that. To test it out I left it on through my shower to see if it would stay and it did. Maybe I am getting better at the taping. My running hasn’t improved much but I am happy to be out running more regularly!

My legs didn’t feel particularily fresh after running in the morning but it was time to Bike! Did 1 hour and 9 minutes of hellish hill repeats. Basically rode out to jumper road and rode it a few times. Jumper road is a long ass hill with some serious grades at points. Covered 14.27 miles. My tape still stayed on for this too! Although I do have to admit the hill climbing does make the knees strain. At one point on this hill I think of a roller coaster everytime because when you lookup and see the angle of this hill ahead it just reminds me of a roller coaster because of the pitch. Gotta get the legs strong for IM Pocono mountain!

I have some races coming up soon. I am doing a 10k run this Saturday – Totally flat course. Ill see how that goes before deciding on other running races for the month. I also have a 28mile road bike race next weekend. I really want to hit it as hard as the knee will allow until Pocono.

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 Post subject: Re: MaryStella's Triathlon training crossfit endurance
PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:43 am 
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I've been following your workouts on your blog since I haven't been logging into VBBF that much. Great stuff Mary! You are still my hero and I'm still convinced you are a superhero.

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 Post subject: Re: MaryStella's Triathlon training crossfit endurance
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Awe thanks lobster. I haven't been logging in here much either because the boards seem to be less active. I've been posting my workouts etc and no one is commenting. And even other peoples logs seem to be not updated. I've been getting more commentary on my own blog for awhile now. it's kinda sad. what happened to our vbbf community?

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Awe thanks lobster. I haven't been logging in here much either because the boards seem to be less active. I've been posting my workouts etc and no one is commenting. And even other peoples logs seem to be not updated. I've been getting more commentary on my own blog for awhile now. it's kinda sad. what happened to our vbbf community?
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 Post subject: Re: MaryStella's Triathlon training crossfit endurance
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hey guys- been super busy for awhile but just checking in with everyone. I have a little more time on my hands right now as I had an accident. Fell and broke my clavicle. it displaced when it broke so i had it get it surgically set with a plate, 6 screws and 21 staples. good news is i am still training! doing some rides on my bike on my trainer and walking outside. i go back to the surgeon tomorrow to get the staples out and then i hope to start increasing my training. I had a tough race schedule planned for this season kicking off with eagleman 70.3, philadelphia triathlon, lake placid training camp, NYC triathlon and IRONMAN US CHAMPIONSHIPS! I of course will be doing a lot of smaller races as training races but that is the main body of my schedule this year and i am not going to let this silly little broken bone and surgery get in the way of training and racing to the best of my ability. it's merely a speedbump. Hope all is well with you guys and to hear from you soon! mary

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 Post subject: Re: MaryStella's Triathlon training crossfit endurance
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Wow Mary - I am so shocked/happy for you that you are able to train so soon after surgery! That's awesome!

Does the plate come out eventually or is it in there for good?

Best wishes for a speedy recovery and a kick ass racing season!

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an hour on the trainer today and STAPLES ARE OUT! 3 more weeks of indoor riding. Then i go back to the doc and get another ray and it should be completely healed and ill be able to run and swim again at that time. I can go to the pool and do kicking stuff but no stroking. I also can walk but no running just yet. I don't have to wear the sling anymore until it gets sore and i need a break. overally the surgeon seemed impressed with the healing so far and i get back to a more regular life with it now.

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