Thursday, March 24, 2011

First Quarter Report Card...

I am copying Big Daddy Diesel and DRog and doing an evaluation of my last quarter in Ironman training.
  • Swim - B+ ~ I am giving myself the plus for making the drive every week all winter, and for flashing the little lifeguard.  I have been hitting all of my scheduled workouts, and have seen some dramatic improvement.  I now feel a difference between hard, moderate, and easy swimming, and can recover on the swim instead of doggie paddling or breast stroking to recover.  That is HUGE for me, it used to be just all hard. I credit my coach with this improvement (thank you so much Ange!)  This is still without a doubt my weakest event, but I am already a better swimmer now than I was at the end of last season, so I am happy with that.
  • Bike - B ~ I haven't missed a workout, and I have had a few 3hr + trainer rides.  I do think I am spinning better but need to focus more on my intensity.  I think HR training is really helping me here, and I gave myself a B because I think I can do a lot better and have more focus.  Sometimes I ride and look down and realize I am not riding all that hard or as hard as I should be.  Need. More. Focus.
  • Also, I am very anxious to get outside. 
  • Run - B- ~ Like with the bike, I haven't missed a workout.  That is really good and I am happy with that, but I have not been pushing myself as much as I should.  I do intensity pretty well, but on longer runs, not so much.  For example, when I am told to do repeats, I do them at intensity - so for short bursts - but to run 10 miles in zone 2 requires focus on my part.  Running in my zone 2 does not come easily to me, and this is because I have spent most all of my running years running in zone 1 and spacing out.  This is a hard habit to break, and running 10 miles in zone 2 feels a lot different than running 10 miles in zone 1 with your head in the clouds.  I need to work on my focus when I am running and do a better job at keeping my head in the game.
  • Nutrition - C ~ I would say I get an A for breakfast, a D for lunch, a B- for dinner, and a C for snacks.  Lunch is hardest for me, I am usually driving through lunch, I can't sit down and eat or warm something up.  It is just the nature of my job.  I have been working on tackling that, and know that if I skip any meal or don't get my morning/afternoon snack (I am like a pre-schooler) I lose control of my eating.  
  • I am doing better now, but do have a portion control problem.  Along with a chocolate problem. And a pizza problem.  When I drive, I get bored, I eat. I started packing baby carrots for my longer rides, and this does work.  Anyway, I am working on bringing up this grade for next quarter.
  • Social/Family/Balance - B ~ I think this is really important because the pull of family and friends often is in conflict with Ironman training.  I plan on going out socially (or having someone at the house for dinner) at least 2x a week during training.  It might sound silly to have to plan that, but the fact is, it is really easy for me (and most people training for an IM) to get so focused on training (and the fact that Ironman Lake Placid is only 121 days away) that we neglect the ones who we actually need to support us - our friends and family.  I am going to work hard to not let that happen to me.
  • Rest/Recovery - A- ~ I am a pretty good at taking days off and following that part of my schedule.  A problem I have is that work often forces me to have a very non-restful day of snowshoeing on my scheduled rest days.  
  • Oh, and next week is a rest week..ahhh.
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29 comments:

Jamoosh said...

Nutrition is tough. A C- is a good baseline though. I will expect improvement by the end of the next quarter!

Coy Martinez said...

That's funny you mention snowshoeing! I went for the first time this year up on Blacktail Mtn. in Montana. That's where my mom lives. It was tough for someone who hasnt done it before. I loved it though.

I might try grading myself but I think I would fail.

Patrick Mahoney said...

A few days ago I went to Wiener Schnitzel for lunch. They don't have them back east.

really.
gross.
chilidogs.

I had 3 of them. Still have heartburn. That gives me an F for the entire 1Q.

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

The overall picture looks awesome girl! I'm betting that in 121 days, you will have earned yourself an overall A+

Colleen said...

You are really doing great Mandy!

I love that you are focusing on making time for family and friends. That's REALLY hard to do during Ironman training, especially when you are the only one swimming in the crazy pool!

Keep up the good work!

Emz said...

I love this idea.

love it.

but why is patrick telling us his diet? ewwww.

Copychic said...

Great job! I struggle with portion control too...it'll balance out :)

Megan said...

This is an AWESOME idea - look at the big picture rather than each day. Great job on the swim! I am going to strive to give myself an A next quarter.

BTW, I have a pizza problem too, shh don't tell.

Ironman By Thirty said...

Great 1st quarter!! I bet that lifeguard is giving himself an A++ for the quarter! haha

You have had a really solid beginning of 2011 and I know you are going to have straight A+'s for Q2.

Regina said...

You get an A+ from me just for training fir an IM......in Maine......in winter......

Richard said...

Love the blog. You have a new fan!

Jon said...

And what does Bailey get? ;)

I'm with Regina. A+ for training for an Ironman in winter.

Glad that the swims are starting to pay off for you. You have proven you can make improvement off a 1x per week swim. Can't wait to see what happens when you go OWS full time!

She said I need a goal said...

You get an A++ in my books!

What about taking along a roll up snack for driving around. Mix a little cream cheese/sour cream with some salsa so it's not too runny, spread on a tortilla, sprinkle with some cheddar cheese. Roll up and cut into little rounds. I love those babies and because they are cut up into super fun little rounds they are more fun to eat!!

yeah I need a life.

Matty O said...

Uhhh Adena, you just hit a jackpot on my diet list :) BOOYAH those sound delicious !

Mandy, GREAT job! I get you. Distractions, shiny objects, portion control, shiny objects, snacking, shiny objects... you know.

After awhile I promise you will be able to zone out on your harder runs. I zone out ALL the time running, really that is the only time that I can actually think about life and everything I have going on. Other than that, I am doing 5 things at once and can't think regularly :(

Keep up the awesome work, you are a super star!

Christi said...

I think you deserve an A in cycling for just doing 3 hour trainer rides. That is hard work there girl! Congrats! You are well on your way to killin' IM Lake Placid!

Karen said...

My goodness girl - anyone who can do a trainer ride for 3 hours deserves AT LEAST an A-. I get the nutrition thing. Just packing meals to go can be tough not to mention things that don't have to be heated up.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I give an A for having to train for an IM indoors.

Nutrition is so tough, for me, I pack my lunch and snacks the night before, as I prepare dinner since I am already cooking and in the kitchen, that has helped me out alot, I have a pizza problem too

misszippy said...

I'd say you're doing pretty well--a good GPA! Let's bring on some warm weather so you can get outside on the bike!

You asked about barefooting and cold weather. Here's my take--with warmer temps, do it barefoot to train yourself correctly. When it's a bit cooler, try just wearing socks--I've done this a coupe of times now and it's good. Then by next winter, when your form is good, you can go with true minimalist shoes (a Vibram, Terra Plana barefoot, NB Minimus). That's my plan of attack. Hope that helps!

Molly said...

that's a pretty great report card! For lunches, I like whole wheat wraps with hummus and veggies and a bit of cheese packed in them, just roll it up in tin foil and it's easy to eat while you're otherwise occupied :)

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TreeMapper said...

Nice report card.... mine, not so much.....

Lunch? PBJ - everyday for the past 15 years... they are the center of the universe!

DRog said...

YOU are really doing fantastic. I think you have had an especially GREAT 1Q. hanging in there with the swim and not missing any bike or run workouts,.....great consistency especially with the winter we have had. keep workin YOU ARE DOING IT

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Aimee said...

I like the idea of these reports too! I'll have to remember them when I get into my training!

I think you are doing great with your training, especially considering that you're doing it in freezing temps and have to drive forever to get to the pool! Keep up the good work!!

Chris K said...

This isn't just friendly blogger fluff, but I truly think you are grading yourself too tough. You did not miss one ride or swim.

I HATE Zone 1 runs. Uggghhh. I feel like I'm plodding along and can't get into any groove. You will grow to love zone 2 runs. If you want to read a fascinating article, google "Mark Allen Heart Rate Zone Training" He won 6 Konas.

Michael said...

I do really love the idea of the report card - I saw it on BDD earlier. Way to go - your grades look terrific!

Black Knight said...

Rest week for you or Bailey?
These reports are a very good idea.
You are working hard, congrats.

Glenn Jones said...

You have an excuse called "winter". I'm still trying to figure out what mine is. Oh yeah. It dropped below 60 degrees a few days.....

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

i am about a B too, but totally opposite on nutrition and recovery. We need to switch roles here. haha.

Anne-Marie said...

Great job!! The count down is almost down to double-digits!

The social/family/friends balance thing is tough with IM training... even now that I'm not doing an IM this year I still have a hard time forcing myself to be social sometimes.

And I joke all the time that I'm like a little kid because I need my morning and afternoon snacks otherwise I get cranky!