Nick

Kara

6.05.2011

a flat tire and training week

I brought my bike to the shore to get in a ride and got a flat tire after 5 miles.  The roads at the shore have a bunch of potholes - it was no good. Then I started thinking, crap! What if I get a flat during the race?  I will have no idea what to do. I'm over the whole biking idea as well as triathlon. I like the idea of going to spin class because it's a nice way to change it up. I love swimming, and running is my go-to sport. However, everything you need to train for a bike ride - it's not for me right now.  I was thinking there were help people (like AAA) on the course to help you with a flat tire. None of those people?  That isn't cool.

Here is what my training week looked like. My legs and arms are tired today, but especially my legs! Rest day!  I have to get in some better runs since running is a part of the triathlon!

Monday: Run 5.7 miles and circuit training
Tuesday: Run 5 miles and pilates/abs
Wednesday: Swim 4000 yards
Thursday: Spin class 18.6 miles, lifting and run 1 mile
Friday: swim 3250 yards, bike 10.5 miles (spin) and run a mile
 Saturday: run about 4 miles, bike 5 miles
Sunday: off

After being on the bike yesterday and realizing that I'll never be as fast on the real bike than the spin bike, I think I'm going to try to switch to the sprint triathlon. I don't want to be miserable.


Nick is at a perfect age for the beach -
self entertains with his Thomas trains!
Kara - not so much, she just wants to walk (holding my hands) and explore
but it sure is fun dressing her for the beach!

12 comments:

  1. I have had the same thoughts on getting a flat tire during a race the couple of times I *briefly* entertained the idea of doing a duathlon. And much like an automobile, I really have no desire to learn how to change a flat on a bike. Dilemma to be sure, but I bet the Sprint tri would have "bike angels" to help, plus, it's a shorter distance. Sounds like a good plan to me!

    Your kids are so adorable. Love the shot of Nick lying in the sand - ahhh, to be young and just flop down in the sand without thinking about all the grit! Kara is just so stinking cute, I can't stand it! How fun to dress a girl!

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  2. I've seen people running and carrying their bike through the bike portions of triathlons after a flat tire. I think if you're a real badass biker, you have the little kit to fix it and can fix it yourself in like 3 minutes. My plan would be to just cry.

    Kara is so adorable! She's a beautiful baby.

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  3. The kids look so cute at the beach!

    The tire thing would scare me too. Do they teach these things at local bike stores? Maybe you could get yourself into a clinic for basic bike maintenance so you feel safer out there.

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  4. i used to feel like that about the swim. then i learned how to swim better. you gotta find someone who knows how to ride to ride with you.

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  5. Your kiddies are getting so big! :-)

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  6. I love her little swim suit!!

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  7. Oh my word...could she be any cuter??!! Em is the same as Nick...good at self entertaining!

    I would be nervous about the tire too! I would have no clue!!

    Thanks so much for your encouragement! It feels great to know that I am not alone!!

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  8. yea i was worried about getting a flat during the race, too. i went to a free bike clinic though and they taught us how to change it and i got to practice. i know i'd still cry if it happened during a race, but there's nothing you can do to prevent it.

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  9. Some races have a SAG wagon out on the bike course to help anyone with flats or mechanical issues (SAG=support and gear and is a car that just drives around). I could teach you how to change a flat, but I am not so great at it myself. I know how to do it, but never practice enough to do it fast and efficient. I make Scott do all my bike maintenance.

    And I love all of your pics from the beach. Your kids are adorable.

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  10. OMG Kara is gorgeous all swimsuited up! Murray loves to stand too!

    Totally hear you on the puncture front but as I don't have many exercise options at the mo' looks like I'll have to suck it up and learn!!!!!

    Can I ask - do you do 400yds in an hour????? If so that is crazy fast!

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  11. Your little ones are too cute! Little Kara in her outfit is super precious!!

    :)
    BTW, I got an email saying that I won the GNC giftcard and to let you know that I got my codes... Just wanted to make sure it was legit and not some weird spam thing..? LOL

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  12. That picture of Kara with the headband is stunning. Seriously, it belongs in a magazine.

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