Sunday, March 8, 2009

Moving Forward!!

YAY! Things are good right now. :-)

I have taken a HUGE step in moving my business forward and fully expect things to blast off, in a big way. I am not ready to give details yet. When I am I will know it and I will talk about it to anyone that will listen, and that includes you guys!

The really significant part about this is that it all stems from Silverman. I told Tony this on our ride this morning:

"Silverman changed my life. It's because of that that I know I can do this."

Training is going well! About two weeks ago I asked Liz for a reduction in volume and it has PAID OFF in that mentally I was able to pull back just a little and go back to being consistent. Another couple of weeks of this and I will be ready to do what she tells me, no requests, ifs, ands, or buts!

I wrote in a status to Liz that I am enjoying the swims and runs, putting up with the bike and slacking on strength work.

This week I had I think my biggest volume of swimming ever! And I am occasionally starting to see isolated 100 times that read 1:xx!! Under two minutes! WOO HOO! I gave up Boulder City Masters and now have a schedule where Tony and I swim every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7am (he does whatever work out I'm doing and makes me count the laps, rest times, etc) and then on Saturday I swim with Swim Las Vegas, the best Masters team ever invented. :-)

Tony typically runs with me, also in the earlier mornings, so that I can start working around 9am.

As for the bike, well . . . I've used the trainer more than I'd like to admit so far this season to avoid riding outside. The rides Liz is giving me are still fairly short and since Silverman I just feel ambivalent about the bike. I'm afraid to descend (again). I had made wonderful progress with this on the long rides leading up to Silverman and was really getting over the fear. Now it feels like I'm starting over. I'm afraid to go fast. Afraid a tire will explode and I'll wreck. There is a litany of other things that scare me about descending fast, all of which end in a huge giant wreck for me. I try not to think about these things but it's not working well lately.

So today when we rode out at Lake Las Vegas, I babied the descents while Tony and the others smoked me. Actually, Natalie and Sean smoked us uphill as well! They are good cyclists. It is so good for me to ride with others in this perfect weather. The only way I will surpass where I was before with cycling is to get out there and ride with people. A big part of it for me is really appreciating the landscape, the perfect spring weather, and the fact that I really love living in Southern Nevada. All that was there today. The faster descending will come with more time and practice.

I've changed my schedule around a lot and that means that I'm commenting a little less on the blogs that I like. Fear not folks, I'm still reading, I just don't always have the energy to comment. I've read something similar to this on a couple of my favorite blogs lately so I know I'm not alone in this. My excitement for my season and for my friends to reach their goals has not wavered. In fact it is increasing! I support you even though I may not comment on every post.

Till next time!!!

Train smart and safe and have FUN!


Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

You are totally rocking in the water! Go you!!

Calyx Meredith said...

I can understand the bike issues - but remember what you weathered and overcame on the bike at Silverman. You'll get your bike legs (bike brain - what is it in us that has to adjust?) and then you'll have your confidence back!

I'm so excited for your new business launch!!!!!!! Go Stef Go!

WADDLER26.2 said...

Sounds like your training is really coming together. Great!

Sarah said...

You are NEVER going to have that kind of thing happen again. You've had enough flats for a lifetime.

I am sooooo looking forward to meeting you in person in Wilmington later this year!!

Molly said...

Sounds like you are doing awesome! I am so excited for you and all the happy times you are having. And SOOOO jealous of your swim times! :)

KodaFit said...

Excited to hear about your business plans, and I hear you about not having time to come, or even blog for that matter.

If it helps on your descending fears... I blew out a tire last year during my first race while heading down a hill at about 40. Not sure what I hit, but it was big, and the tire was trashed. The funny thing was, I initially thought I'd just got some tumbleweed in my spokes, since aside from vibrations, I couldn't even tell I'd lost the tire.

40 days till RAGE!!!

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

Glad to hear things are going so well. Confidence on the bike will improve the more that you do it. Train safe and have fun!

Wes said...

"Silverman changed my life. It's because of that that I know I can do this."

The potential has always been there :-) This is obviously going to be a tremendous year for you, in more ways than one!! Woo hoo!!

ShirleyPerly said...

Wonderful to hear your swimming is coming along so well. And I soooo know what you're talking about in regards to being scared of descents on your bike. After my bike crash last year, I was a big chicken, for sure. In fact, I know I'm still not like I used to be but better than before and, yes, only time and getting yourself back out there will do it. It will come.

Look forward to hearing more about your business when you're ready to tell us!!

JohnnyTri said...

Hey When are we going riding?

I see your getting fish like in the pool, Awesome!!


Formulaic said...

First you and then RBR.

Me next! I want to be fast in the water too!!

under my own steam said...

Ditto what Sarah said...

I was doing a bike trip from Nashville to Alabama on the Natchez Trace several years ago. On the first day I had 5 flats. There were hills and I was packing everything on my back for a trip. Everytime I had a flat, I had to unpack, fix it, then repack and go on. It SUCKED! But, I have only had one flat since.

Keep rockin' on the business end. And, thanks for sharing.