Saturday, February 27, 2010

Catch up on the week or so...

Well, there is a lot to catch up on over the last week or so. Let’s see what has happened. I am convinced I have runners knee. At this point, I am afraid to run because of the pain. Luckily for me, I have an appointment with Dr. Greenapple’s staff. More specifically, Dr. Clay who also taught the swim clinic I attended today which was an awesome clinic but I will talk about that later.

I took the new Cervelo P3 bike out for a ride and nearly wrecked it 5 times! It is totally going to take some getting used to. Riding on that bike made me feel like cycling was new to me. I don’t feel stable enough to even fuel myself on this bike right now. If I were to do the half Ironman today, I would have to stop every 45 minutes to eat and put more fluids in the aero bottle. That would amount to about 4 stops on the route. It is my prayer that the weather warms up for a lot more training rides so I can feel more comfortable with the ride.

More exciting news! We have tickets in-hand! We are definitely going to Cozumel! I just hope that when I arrive I am healthy enough to participate in this event! Now as for my bike, I have no idea how it is going to make it to Cozumel! If I were to ship the bike on the plane with a bike case, it would cost me $600 total which about $200 more than I paid for my plane ticket! I am considering shipping the bike with DHL.


Two nights ago, I went for a swim. I felt so lazy this day! I didn’t want to do my workout. I went to the pool and decided I wasn’t going to “push it.” I was going to swim and work on my technique and whatever my time was, I didn’t care! It turned out I was seconds faster in the pool! My times were also more consistent and there didn’t seem to be signs of fatigue! I guess because I was more relaxed (i.e. lazy) and focused on my technique, I was a little faster and more consistent. I couldn’t believe it! I went to the pool not expecting to push it and came out with better times!

Today I went to a swim clinic held by Greenapple’s staff as I mentioned before. It was a sighting clinic that also covered technique. What I failed to mention about Dr. Clay is that he holds, or at some point held, the fastest swim times at University of Kentucky. I think it is safe to safe this guy knows what he is talking about! His big deal was hip rotation which I know I don’t really do well with! He showed us the fist drill, which we did, followed by a 100 yard swim. This really forces you to drive your hips and WOW! What a difference!

I learned some pretty important things to improve my stroke. The clinic was 2.5 hours long and only 20 bucks! I walked away with at least three things to improve on. In addition, I learned several different ways to sight in the open water! This is important considering I never swam in the open water. Swimming is quickly becoming my strongest discipline.

Over these last few weeks I have also encountered “skeptical looks” from people in the sport. I will talk about that in the next post.


  1. The biking with get easier - I promise! But whatever you do DON'T SHIP YOUR BIKE TO COZ! We heard horror stories of people shipping their bikes and them getting stuck at customs and having to pay a fortune in bribes to get them out. Just check it on the plane with'll cost about $100-150 each way, and it's a giant pain in the butt, but you can kind of see your bike for most of the travel process! Oh, and fly directly in Cozumel (not Cancun) if you can help it!

  2. Thank you so much for the heads-up! I looked into shipping and it was $600 one way. We are also flying directly into Cozumel. I have traveled to that region before (Playa de Carmen) and knew it would be better for us to fly direct to Cozumel. I just wasnt expecting the outrageous baggage cost.