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Post  Tea from RonItch on Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:14 pm



I would explain the title of my blog, but then I'd have to kill you. I feel that would really be starting this bright shiny new forum off on the wrong foot.

Some of you know me, and some of you don't. That means *some* of you are in for a REAL treat.[b]

With that, a warning is necessary:

Please understand that by reading my blog, you will be exposed to horrible language unbecoming a lady, but most fitting for an endurance athlete.

This blog will likely ramble on and on, seemingly without focus or direction.

Sometimes I will say things that will make you think I listen in on your phone calls, open your mail, and read your diary. It's true. I do.

Finally, I am a terrible blogger. I'll blog every day for a week then you might not hear from me for a month. I have no excuse for this behavior. None.


Let's talk History

I've done a lot of races. A.LOT.

Why am I here?
Because my oldest son said, "Everytime time you post one of your workouts on FB, I'm too tired to exercise myself."

And, we can't have that, can we?

What am I training for?

FIRST and FOREMOST: Ironman Boulder PR! Coach set my goal as 5:52. I laughed in his face. He wouldn't change it. I laughed some more, asked if he were crazy. He, of course, said, "No". At which point, I promptly puked. But ok, sure, whatever, fine.

Next, I'm running Rock n roll Denver with Mario. Our goal is to Release the Kracken. Now, I know that might sound easy, but if you've never run with me before: you.have.no.clue.

Then, 2012 is a mighty nice year. I've got IM Kansas (mostlikelybutstillthinkingaboutit) followed by The Redman Full, which is an Ironman distance race....that falls in Sept.

What did I do today?

8.5 mile run. 10 minute warm up, 3 x 6 min zone 4-zone5 with 3 minutes rest, then run until I hit 8.5 miles.

Then, I was supposed to swim. But I was feel a little, how do I say it? Cranky bitch...yes, perfect....at not sleeping last night. So, I opted to go to a movie instead. We saw Super 8. And I ate popcorn.

That's it for me

the real challenge will be if I manage to write more than the introduction and then race report.
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Re: Team Ron Itch UNITE!

Post  Dave-O on Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:58 pm

But how was Super 8?
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Re: Team Ron Itch UNITE!

Post  dot520 on Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:19 am

Ha! Everytime a race starts I can still see you yelling out "Release the Kracken!" Have you ruined my zen moment? I think not! Glad you're blogging here!
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Re: Team Ron Itch UNITE!

Post  Peg Coover on Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:26 am

Tea, you blogged on HH when I first joined and you were very entertaining and inspiring! I'm so excited to see you blogging here! Ironman, wow!!!!! Go get that goal!
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Re: Team Ron Itch UNITE!

Post  Jerry on Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:28 am

I don't know you lady, but the tone is familiar. Sounds like Wendy? drunken

Welcome!

Btw, the IM is a half IM, right?
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Re: Team Ron Itch UNITE!

Post  Ken Mello on Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:02 am

Tea is always enjoyable to watch from afar. This will be good.

But change your user name, so we know who you are!

And you need to recruit Sam and MAJ to come here, too.
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Re: Team Ron Itch UNITE!

Post  Tea from RonItch on Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:32 am

First and foremost, I have NOT had coffee yet. Not, that I need it to get around my day. However, I have found that it makes me more pleasant to be around.

1.) I have told Sam about it! And she whined and whined....crap, I can't lie. She has a sick kid at home, so she's going all high and mighty on us saying "she can't possibly clean up puke AND write a blog". You will be interested to know, however, that she is being dragged along on my crazy adventures. We just completed a 62 mile bike race through the foothills of Colorado. Lemme tell you, two iRon bItches together climbing hills....you could identify us by the stream of foul language.

2.) Someone asked about Boulder. Yes, boulder is a 70.3. I haven't done this particular race before, but I have done a number of 70.3's. I rode the course last weekend, and PIECE o'cake. And, yea, I swam 1 mile before riding it. I believe that makes me Queen BadA$$ of the day? No?

3.) MAJ: Will do, I thought she was friends with Dave-O, but apparently that is a very elite crowd.

4.) Ken, I barely know how to text, and you're asking me to change my username? Well, that's good. Everyone should have goals.

5.) Dave-O: We had fun at Super 8! But that might account for the fact that I skipped a swim to go to it. IT's sort of a Stand by Me meets District 8....or maybe ET? Sorta.

6.) One more thing: I swore I'd never do Ironmand (140.6) again. Apparently, once something becomes public knowledge, it means.nothing.

Thank you for the incredibly warm welcome. I look forward to following everyone!
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Post  Natalie on Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:36 am

Hello Miss T! So glad to see you here. It will be fun to follow your training on this easy to access and post to blog!
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Re: Team Ron Itch UNITE!

Post  Sam from RonItch! on Thu Jun 16, 2011 2:37 pm

You're unbecoming a lady more and more daily, we'll deal with it.
I'm surprised I didn't get kicked out of the race for saying about a thousand times really loudly,
'Fuck! Another hill!'
Coulda warned me Colorado had mountains.

Maybe I should blog, looks fun and chatty. bounce bounce bounce bounce bounce
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Re: Team Ron Itch UNITE!

Post  Michael Mitchell on Thu Jun 16, 2011 2:47 pm

Go Tea Go
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Re: Team Ron Itch UNITE!

Post  B on Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:46 pm

ahhhh...our Tea! Smile

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My hear WILL go on, Celine! IT WILL!

Post  Tea from RonItch on Thu Jun 16, 2011 4:04 pm

5.3 miles, easy today.

After yesterdays 8.5 mile zone 4 and 5 effort, I do believe *easy* is relative. Maybe coach should have called it the survival run.

I ran. It was hot. The sun was beating down on me. I brought water 1.) because a survival run means I could be out there for say 4 or 5 hours. 2.) The added weight, it does a body good, right?

With this 5:52 goal in my head, I find myself breaking down the race in my mind....but only when I run.....

I visualize, alot.

Today was a rocky swim, strong currents, I imagined a smooth stroke, staying calm and focused. At the end, I run out of the water. (if anyone really runs out of the water with a wetsuit, pressure pushing, trying to take off goggles, swim cap and of course, stripping).

In today's visualization though, I skipped the bike. I ran up to transition, ready to run the half marathon. The course for IM Boulder is particularly brutal. It's always very hot, run on (mostly) a gravel trail with no shade....much like where I run daily.
And alot like my legs felt today, somewhat dead. As I trudged along, I remembered what Sam taught me about running on 2 legs instead of 1. I just don't think I'm ready for that yet.

I slugged along, thinking about the heat and how I was glad I brought water and how I would handle it on race day. I've got the swim and bike, but would it be enough?

I imagined crossing the finish line seeing 5:52 on the clock.

Just then, Celine dion's My heart will go on, came up on the ipod. I got all teary eyed thinking about it. going beyond all expectations. going beyond my goals. exceeding what I thought was even possible.

Before I knew it, I had full fledged tears running down my face. I started yelling "My hear WILL go on Celine! It Will go on and on, and I WILL reach that goal!"

And that was it. My run was over. The clouds moved in, the wind picked up, and I walked the ~1 mile walk home.

Now, I need to recover for today's tough workout. A 34 mile bike.

....to be continued....

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Post  Tea from RonItch on Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:23 pm

I biked today, and let me tell you.

IT TOTALLY SUCKED
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Post  Mike MacLellan on Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:29 pm

Just popping my head in. I have nothing to contribute other than the fact that this is already one of the most entertaining blogs I've ever read.
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Post  Liz R on Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:39 am

A new Tea blog! Nothing better.

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Make the Angels Cry

Post  Tea from RonItch on Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:39 pm



Today was the funeral.

I got up early in order to do my swim. I knew that I wouldn't have the energy afterward. to say I was distracted would be an understatement. I lost count several times.


This is what I did:

56m 50s 2843.39 yards 02m /100 yards

Warmup: 450 yards
Freestyle at recovery pace

Main Set:42m /1900 yards
Set #1 400 yards
Drills
2x(50 Drill: Closed Fist , 50 Freestyle)
4x50 Drill: Swim Golf with 20sec rest. Rest & count strokes. What combination of time and strokes gives you the lowest ‘score?’ (Ex: 43 strokes + 45” = 88).

Set #2 1500 yards
Threshold
Intervals: 5x300' on 35' rest

Cooldown: 250 yards

Freestyle at recovery pace

*********************

After the swim, I packed up myself. I had that empty feeling. I got into the car, and this song came on. It was her favorite back in the day. She was a hippie, flower child, exactly like you see it in movies. She moved from NYC to California in the late 60's to be with her "people". afro Even though her styled changed as she got older, I will always remember her in her orange flowered dress with her blond hair flowing. When I was younger, we were very close. As I got older, people tend to grown apart. It's natural. she had her children that were grown and having various problems of their own. But when we saw each other, it was just like old times. She even asked me once if I thought she could do an Ironman. We weren't all that far apart in age.

Well, I won't go into everything here. Many of you already know the story. For those of you who are new, you can read a little more here and here
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Re: Team Ron Itch UNITE!

Post  Jerry on Fri Jun 17, 2011 3:11 pm

Sorry about your loss, Tea.
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Re: Team Ron Itch UNITE!

Post  Admin on Sun Jul 03, 2011 8:53 pm

Hey? Where's Tea? Come back!!!!!

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toldcha so

Post  Tea on Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:15 pm

i told you i wasn't a very good blogger. it's kinda like I go on these drinking binges, right? You don't hear from me except when i'm out of money and need to buy more alchohol.

Except that i don't drink. I only joke about it.

Here are my most recent entries from my blogger bloggy thing.

Superhero, I am not.

The last, oh, month or so has been very discouraging for me.

Yes, I have been under extreme personal stress. I've had a death in the family, which was one of those "she has 2 weeks to live" type of thing. If you've been through it, it's horrible.

Then, came the funeral.....nothing like a bunch of Irish Catholics getting together to figure out who the TOP MARTYR is.

Immediately after that, my son Justin had outpatient surgery. No big deal as far as severity, but big deal as in the time committment in changing gauze, giving medications, trying to get him to eat, etc. etc. etc. Really, just plain waiting on him hand and foot. Of course, I'm a mom. I don't mind it one bit.

Let's see what else I can throw in here, how about WORK. Yea, insane amounts of WORK.

Unexpectedly.

WHERE the hell is this all coming from? As a business owner, it's hard to predict consumer behavior. But THIS. THIS is just insane! (Not bad....just making us rethink our plans).

With all of this, it's hard for me to catch my breath, let alone get my workouts in.

Everyday, I would say "No more disruptions, starting TOMORROW. Time to get serious."

Well, you can only say that so many times. then, you're just the boy who cried wolf.

In other shocking news

I'M NOT A SUPERHERO.

As disappointing as it is to take this news, i have to accept the reality. Sometimes training is going to happen, and sometimes it's not. And sometimes the workouts are just going to be hard.

As much as I want to PR at Ironman Boulder, sometimes just thinking about it wears me out.

Of course, Mr. Tea had to step in with all his logic....because he's the voice of reason.

me, well, I don't know what I am, you choose: hormonal, bitchy, cranky, emotional.....just choose. They're all good choices.

Mr. Tea took me by the shoulders and said, "Look, I've been going through this for years with you. I've never seen you push so hard before. These workouts you're doing. YOU SHOULD be tired after doing them. All I can say is they are complete sufferfests. Everyone has bad sections of training. Just stay the course."

Then, he started making up a rap song that went something like "What you're doing is a sufferfest. But don't give up, just give your best. Cuz there ain't no stopping there ain't no rest.....

By this point, I was laughing too hard to really focus on what he was saying.

I looked at my schedule, family committments, yadda yadda.

That's when I remembered one of my favorite quotes:

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I will try again tomorrow. ~Mary Anne Radmacher


I'm not finished. Who cares how many times I start....as long as I keep on starting.
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Do it Right or Don't do it at all

Post  Tea on Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:17 pm

As many of you know, there comes a point in training where the miles get long. You have a lot of time to be alone with your thoughts.

This can be both good and bad. Recently, I've been on both sides of this. There have been days, I've just wanted to quit. So.badly.

On a particularly bad day last week, I was surrounded by thoughts of: "I can't do this. Who am I fooling? Running around acting like a triathlete? What's the point? Just go home and tell Mr. Tea that you're not going to do the race. It's ok. This running. This heat. The hills. Everyone quits. Just stop."

And that's what I did. I stopped running.

"It's just too hard" I told myself.

"You're missing too many workouts. You're going too slowly."

"Do you KNOW how fast those women will be at Ironman? Do you KNOW? You're not in their league, no matter how much you train."

I cut the run short.

This attitude, evidently, came through while I was updating my training log. This set off an immediate email conversation between me 'n coach.

What I realized is that it's always easier to blame everything "else" in your life. But nothing will change until you take ownership of your actions.

Sometimes, when knee deep in WHATEVER it is, we all miss the forest for the trees.

So, when coach started going off about this and that. I thought "Of course, all of that is true. But, it certainly doesn't pertain to me. I know all that. I wouldn't make that mistake."

Then, he said something that struck me. It went something like this: Get up earlier. Quit your complaining. It's not supposed to be easy. Don't give a half-assed effort. Get out there and make the workouts count. Get your head right.

ME? Give a half assed effort? Who does he think he's talking to? I'm not some newbie doing a 70.3 for the first time! Doesn't he know it's hot? Doesn't he know how hard the hills are?

That night I stewed on this a bit.

The next morning, I realized that he was right. Am I slacking? Absolutely not. Was I cheating myself from hitting my goals?

Yes.

Then, I came across this quote:

"If you are always allowed to stop training when you feel discomfort, you will find it too easy to give yourself permission to quit." --Jet Li

Coach was right. Jet Li was right.

I was wrong.

I realized that I'd become too hung up on my goal. I lost the joy of just training.

The thing, THE thing that I loved more than anything. TRAINING for the sheer fun of challenging myself to be better than I was the week before.

Training doesn't have to be perfect. I just have to do it right, give everything I have for that day, that moment when I am doing that THING. If I can't do that, I shouldn't be doing it at all.

I don't know what will happen at Boulder. I DO know that I'd rather miss my goal time and enjoy the path that I took to get there.....than PR and need time off to recover mentally and physically.
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Then, it went like this.....

Post  Tea on Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:40 pm

BREAKTHROUGH DAY

Saturday, I did a 2900m swim.

Nothing significant, except that....well, I AM A TOTAL STUD in the pool. YEA, well, according to THREE women who were talking to me and apparently amazed by my dolphin like tendencies.

Don't believe me? That's cool.

But, I digress.

Today's workout consisted of:

2.75 mile Run/38 mile bike/2.75 mile run

Because coach is absolutely completely psychotic.

Wait, we probably need to recap for a moment. I'm a great swimmer. I'm a REALLY good cyclist. Running....meh. Let's just say, I tolerate running.

Imagine my surprise, when coach tells me I'm doing a run/bike/run. Seriously? You're completely taking my NUMBER FREAKING ONE EVENT OUT OF THE PICTURE? Are you TOTALLY trying to ruin my already tenuous confidence 5 weeks before my race? REALLY Coach MIKE? That's what we're doing today?

SIGH

Apparently, YES, that's what I was doing today. Ok, fine. I'm getting down there, anyway. Next week is my last super long ride (5 hours) and last truly long run and long swim. After next week, I do a whole bunch of shorter, more intense bricks. Cuz, like I said, coach is mentally unbalanced.

Now, you can imagine my surprise when I pulled out my best paces of the year so far.


I will recap:

First run: AWESOME. Zone 3 run (per workout). I didn't look at my garmin. I wanted to see if I could gauge z3. When I got home, I couldn't believe how fast I ran. Then, Of course it was all, "Oh yea, nice way to burn your legs out before riding 38 mils. Good going Tea. This ride should be fun."

Bike: AWESOME. This is now the second bike where I have needed more water. I **apparently** need more than the average person. 2 bottles per hour (1 water, 1 inifinit). I never ran out of energy, never had any cramping issues.

I took in infinit every 20 minutes. Water I drank throughout (in aero bottle).

AND once again, fastest paces to date.....no shit. WTF is going on today?

But, I got home to head out on the second run, went to the bathroom, and uhhhhh realized that I was pretty seriously dehydrated. I drank 2 huge glasses of water and decided to pack another bottle for the short run.

Second Run: As soon as I started, I knew I was dehydrated. My heart rate immediately spiked to over 210. I knew I needed 15-20 min for the water that I just drank to start being utilized. So, I opted to walk a lot of the first mile. (slower pace but still faster than my last HIM pace---and this is TRAINING). I watched my heartrate starting to drop, drop, drop and started to run. THANKFUL that in 95 degrees, I decided to carry a bottle packed with ice....which was completely melted before I even hit 1.2 miles.

Got home and felt great about the entire day. I'll figure out the water situation. Next week, I am heading back to Boulder to ride the course again. I know the bike portion will happen before it really becomes hot, but I really need to plan. I think the plan might just be: TAKE A NEW WATER BOTTLE AT EVERY AID STATION. Pretty simple.

Ironman Boulder is known for being very hot. All of my training has been dedicated to functioning in that heat. As coach says, it's easier to stop and pee than it is to recover from dehydration.

There ya go....5 weeks until race day.



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Re: Team Ron Itch UNITE!

Post  Mark B on Mon Jul 04, 2011 2:16 am

Smart coach.

Stud athlete.

Good combo.

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Re: Team Ron Itch UNITE!

Post  Mike MacLellan on Mon Jul 04, 2011 9:57 am

We all need a good kick in the ass sometimes, and it's good that your coach knows exactly how to give you that without turning you away from the sport.

Water is important.
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Re: Team Ron Itch UNITE!

Post  Tea on Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:24 am

Mark/Mike,

HAHAHA! Yes on all all fronts: getting your ass kicked, he's a good coach, and I'm a stud.
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Re: Team Ron Itch UNITE!

Post  Ken Mello on Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:15 am

Great burst of information here. Laughing
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