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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:58 pm

Well, I am sure you all assumed that since I didn't get to swim in Louisville, that I'd give that full Ironman another go.  After all, I was told I couldn't get the tattoo until I actually completed all 3 disciplines.  Sooooooo - I registered for IM Chattanooga on September 27th - and hopefully, we will swim.  I ended up choosing IMChoo because of its proximity to Atlanta and the fact that I know I'm not a strong enough swimmer to join the club at IM FL. I also really loved the Im 70.3 Chatt bike course - and this is just two loops of that.  Of course, the bike is actually longer than the standard distance - so if we do swim, I'll have completed 144.6 miles!  The run is "hilly" by IM standards but I don't think that will be the issue as opposed to the heat.  It could be very warm at Chatt on September 27th - but I know I can train for the heat.  It really is about dialing in nutrition on the bike - and I know that I can train for that, even in NY state.

Of course, on the way, I still have Boston in April.  It's funny to me that the date for Boston this year is April 20th or 4/20 as that was my IM Lou bib number.  Maybe that is a good omen.  I have a bit of a niggle in my left glute/hammie that has bothered me a little bit; however, I ran a strong 5K to start the year on January 1st in the same time as last year when I felt that I was a bit farther ahead.  Maybe there is some hope for me yet.

I'll try to remember to post more - but I do indeed read often.  And doug, my coach, Sara, is running Houston.
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Post  ounce on Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:48 pm

I'm not going to ask where you're going to put the tattoo.  Question 

For Boston, here's another numerology thing....it's on 4/20/2020.

I guess I'll break out the wine buoys for your lake training again.  In Chatta, you ought to take time to go up the Incline Railway to Lookout Mountain.  Then walk to Point Park and marvel at the view and your swim location (I think).  The park's free.  The railway is not.

I hope Sara has a good race and we have good weather.  What corral is she in (or the letter on her bib)?  I'm in the very, very back.  If she needs some help or something while in town, let me know.

And you better post more or I'll send Mark to hound you....that is, if he shows back up of course.

Happy New Year, Miche1e.
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Post  nkrichards on Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:57 pm

I was pretty sure you'd sign up for another IM...just wasn't sure which one.  You'll do fine in the heat and on the hills.  Everyone else has to deal with them too and you've got the skills to train for and tackle them as well as anyone.

Enjoy prepping for Boston and training for your IM.  I'm sure you'll have a fun and successful year!!
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:10 pm

Not sure what corral she is in - I'll check with her.  And I'll let her know if she needs anything - but I'm thinking she is very familiar with the area and my have friends there as she has done IM Texas which is in the Woodlands.  She also works for Coke and has been there for work too.

I have done Lookout Mtn and other Chatt sites - remember, I've lived here in Atlanta (on and off) more than anywhere else and I moved here in 1990.  Back in the day, Chatt had the only aquarium (we have one in the ATL now), so I went there often when Shannon was little.
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Post  ounce on Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:27 am

Michele \"1L" Keane wrote:Not sure what corral she is in - I'll check with her.  And I'll let her know if she needs anything - but I'm thinking she is very familiar with the area and my have friends there as she has done IM Texas which is in the Woodlands.  She also works for Coke and has been there for work too.

I have done Lookout Mtn and other Chatt sites - remember, I've lived here in Atlanta (on and off) more than anywhere else and I moved here in 1990.  Back in the day, Chatt had the only aquarium (we have one in the ATL now), so I went there often when Shannon was little.
Yeah, but I didn't think Chattanooga was a draw for Atlanta residents, even though it's only 2 hours away.

Sara was here, last year, if I remember correctly.

A freeway interchange has been closed indefinitely, beginning a few months ago.  It only is pertinent if she's coming to downtown from the Katy Freeway or 45 North.  It's the ramp from I-10 East to 59 South that is closed.  That's my bread 'n butter interchange for accessing the marathon.  I'll be making up a new way to get there, this year, which really isn't all that difficult for me since I've lived here since '64.
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:21 pm

Obviously, I'm not doing a very good job keeping this up. I've been weirdly work busy these last couple of weeks - maybe everyone has decided that the new year is here, so let's get the projects rolling.  Yes, I have been running, swimming, and biking, and it finally seems as if my running is beginning to turn the corner.  I struggled a lot with pace at the beginning of the month but the last few days my runs have been much better.   

Basically, yesterday leaves me with exactly 12 weeks until April 20th and Boston.  Once again as you all know, I am running Boston, and I love this part of the training cycle. Despite the challenging weather (it has been raining a crap load – and it has been warm and humid and then cold and wet), I love seeing my weekly mileage increase.  I can feel that my aerobic engine is beginning to heat up and I’m getting that feeling back of efficiency and my pace has increased with lower HRs.  I'm trying hard not to get carried away as I'm beginning to feel like a runner.  I'm constantly reminding myself that each run has a purpose and to keep that purpose in mind.  



February is just around the corner, and some of you might remember Melissa from Hal's boards and Taper Madness.  She has taken a new job in Nashville and is leaving the Tampa area after 15 or so years.  Well the company she joined is sending her for training here in Atlanta - basically just 4 miles from where I live so she'll be spending some time with me.  It will be good to see her in person since I think the last time we spend anytime together was wen Judy Denver ran her 50th marathon back in 2013? or 2014, so it has been a few years.  Kind of exciting.  I might even have to plan a bit of a mini V-team, Taper Madness reunion as Doug Branscombe lives here now and Alan Ford has always been here in the ATL.


And the end of the month, Atlanta is also hosting the Olympic Marathon Trials - so we (the Atlanta Track Club) are really busy with all those plans.  I'm working the Women's Personal Hydration Table (sound familiar Doug?) and I'm really looking forward to it again.  It's going to be a challenge though as there are 497 women registered and just over 200 men.  That is oodles above any past trials.  Hopefully, we can pull this off.


And for now - I'm off.....
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Post  ounce on Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:17 am

Yeah, it's been a roller coaster winter weather. We've hit 80 a couple of times, followed the next day by 60s, after a rain band. Some trees are already budding, about 10 days early.

A 1L getting into her running groove is a sight for sore eyes. Now, you need to be consistent on reporting it. Not posting about injuries would imply there are none?

Ah, the 2012 Trials. Yeah, that was a fun time with you and Kevin. Y'all will be able to pull it off. Didn't you work the Trials in LA, too?

I hope the rest of your 12 weeks keeps you in a really nice groove.
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Post  nkrichards on Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:11 am

Good to hear from you Michele.  Sounds like training is going well.  I'm sure it's nice to concentrate on running and not worry as much about biking and swimming.  Triathlon training can become overwhelming so more running would seem like a nice break.  

Happy running...
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Post  ounce on Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:36 pm

Betting that there will be no marathon, this year.
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Post  Mark B on Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:05 am

I think Doug may be right, but I hope not!

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Post  ounce on Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:01 pm

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Post  Mark B on Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:46 pm

Whup. Moved to September. Sorry, Michele! Can you make that work?

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Post  nkrichards on Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:13 pm

I applaud them for making a decision sooner rather than later.  Not a lot of good options.  September may not be good for everyone but can you imagine the issues if they cancelled and everyone wanted a spot in the race next year...as well as the new qualifiers.  

This all seems pretty important right now...it might not seem so important in a few days...weeks...months...
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:46 pm

Yes, I am hoping to make September work as I has already transferred my IM to Florida which is supposed to take place in November.  We, Shannon and I, have been pretty much house bound since March 10th when a case of COVID-19 was discovered in a school employee in the county where Shannon teaches.  We have gone out to walk the dog (and in the local park before they closed down access) and I had been riding my bike outside alone (which I do anyway 95% of the time) until they closed down all the parking lots that access the bike trails cause idjits were out there in large groups (families are not usually comprised of 4+ adults and 4+ children).  I can't ride that much outside now cause it really isn't safe to ride on the local roads.  The governor has yet to shut down everything and there is still remarkably a lot of car traffic.  i can probably venture out on the weekend if it is early enough and ride locally - or at least I hope so.

I am not running right now as I had a bad fall on the 12th of March where I injured my left calf, bruised my right hip, and strained my right pectoral muscle.  Probably good that it happened right as they began to "postpone" or "cancel" pretty much everything race-wise, so it is giving me a lot of time to heal up.  I was able to see my chiro/ART guy 2x before he shutdown (and rightfully so) and he told me not to run until April 1.  So I'm following that protocol.  I have been doing a lot of workouts in my basement and I'm tempted to buy one of those inexpensive (less than $500) treadmills for the time being.

It is hard to believe that the Olympic Marathon trials occurred here in Atlanta on February 29th!  It seems so long ago and then again, it seems like just yesterday.   It was just an incredibly awesome weekend and my heart goes out to the athletes as now their day in the sun has been "postponed" too.
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Post  ounce on Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:10 pm

My, my, we're all getting banged up on this board. I guess you fell off the bike?

Might get to enjoy the late Spring humidity that Atlanta offers, until the virus allows driving up north again.

Enjoy the healing process.
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:27 am

@ounce wrote:My, my, we're all getting banged up on this board.  I guess you fell off the bike?

Might get to enjoy the late Spring humidity that Atlanta offers, until the virus allows driving up north again.

Enjoy the healing process.
Yup - you guessed it!  Hit a crack/groove in the road and bike slid out from under me.
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Post  nkrichards on Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:35 am

Great to hear from you Michele.  Glad to hear that you're relatively well.  Recovering from a training injury is a much better option than the virus!

Biking makes me nervous under the best of circumstances.  It's to bad that your best training options are no longer available.  Rest up, recover well and be ready when your run/bike/swim training opportunities are available again.

It will be interesting to see when races start to be available again.  And then the question is...will this return next fall/winter?

Take care.
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Post  Mark B on Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:51 pm

Ouch! I hope the injuries aren't serious and the bike is okay. The race delays are definitely in your favor right now.

Those olympic marathon trials feel like they were years ago now, don't they? What a month.

Heal fast and stay healthy!

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