Thursday, December 6, 2007

Back to Reality..

First of all I had the stark reality of "heart zone" training yesterday when I was riding my usual bike route up and down Tramway with my friend Kathy and we were taking it pretty easy. I look at my new best friend-the heart rate monitor-and alas! My heart rate was 142! A good 10 beats above what I was suppose to do. Now it looks like 12 MPH rides on the bike may make for a pretty lonely Ironman training. I am praying it was the cold or I was tired (from my 4 days at the beach), or something else!

The mountains of things I have to do before our trip to Mexico on Monday is growing. Will the bills never end? I swear that PNM sends a bill out as soon as they receive my last payment. Trying to get ahead a month is impossible. I am trying to get out all our X-mas letters by today. This was more of a daunting project than I thought. Of course I have to have a clean house as we walk out the door.. Going to get my legs waxed today so I can show off my white legs in Mexico. Hair highlights and cut are on the agenda today too! And oh, the laundry thing-don't get me started! I hope the clothes fairy comes in and throws away half our workout stuff while we are gone so we will just have to keep wearing the same stuff over and over. We may not have any friends but my life will be easier!

I am suppose to do "Polar Bear" triathlon this Saturday before we leave. The only reason I signed up for this is because H wanted to go down and get his award and race. He is injured and now I am the only one racing-figure that one out. Well, that is in question because I am coming down with a cold. Got the sore throat, runny nose thing going on-didn't I just get over this crud?? Weather reports have the temps in the 30s and possible rain the day of the race down in Las Cruces, NM. So I will just have to see how it goes. I really do not want to go to Mexico sick. I have visions of trying to say "cough and fever" again in Spanish like I did in Peru. This is getting ridiculous! So out comes the Airborne, my suitcase looks like a drugstore anyways for "possible cases of whatever" traveling with Nurse Debi..

And to top it off, IM Arizona is almost full and H has not had any lightbulb moments of doing that race together next November so I guess it will not happen for me. The way I feel today-that might be a good thing..

It seems unreal that 3 days ago I was going to win Ironman and now I feel like an 80 year old woman!

Enough whining for today..

7 comments:

Vickie said...

I'm sure you know by now that's life! I hope you are feeling better. I hope your trip goes well. As far as the heart rate thing and 12 mph? I was there ALL YEAR so I know how you are feeling. Relax, take a deep breath, forget about the training until you get back and unpacked.

S. Baboo said...

I was wondering how you determined you HR zones...maybe they are off, maybe your HR should be higher.

skoshi said...

Funny how that happens--just don't let "feeling like an 80 year old" obscure the freedom that comes with knowing you're going to win an Ironman :)
No joke. I mean that.

Iron Outlaw said...

Maiden,

Whether you and H do IM AZ or not...you're both champions. H comes to the sport without being able to ride a bike and wins his age group in the Series! You are already an Ironman and about to knock down #2. Sure....we would love to see you in Tempe....but we'd also love to see you guys happy...doing what you want.

SWTrigal said...

HR is determined by the Maffetone method. Maximum aerobic zone is 180 minus your age plus 5 beats because I train hard=132. He says most of your base training should be under this number. Some speed work to get faster later..This is how Mark Allen won all those Ironmans. I'm sure I will learn more when I get with Markallenonline...

cindy said...

Tis the season, heh! December has a way of making things hectic and not so great all the time. Hope you're feeling better soon :)

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

WRT heart-rate and 12mph....welcome to my world.

I also started coming down with a cold. DRAT!!!