Sunday, May 23, 2010

Big Life Changes, "The Big Kahuna" & the Bar/Barb's Weeks 8-10

Throughout my "running career" I have found that even the best laid plans can run astray.  Even though that 5 mile run is scheduled for 6:00 PM, you get held over at work.  Despite training for 5 months for that marathon you get injured the week of the big day.  In my case, you set your sights on a half Ironman, and at week 9 - halfway though the training cycle - you learn you have to take the biggest test of your life AGAIN 2 days before the big event.  If you remember, I took the California Bar Exam in February and wrote a post about how my passing the exam was a factor for participating in the race.  Sadly, I found out a week ago Friday that I missed passing by mere points and thus, am reduced to studying and taking it all over again.  The test is only offered twice a year - February and July - so I needed to decide quickly what my game plan was.  I took this past week to weigh my options and after many hours of agonizing and analyzing to family and friends (who by the way ROCK) the decision has been made and I am going to gear up and take it in July.  This has also set off a chain reaction in other aspects of my life - my move to the bay area, my job, etc.  The downside is due to the amount of studying this test involves I officially gave my job my two week notice on Wednesday.  My job was so gracious to give me a leave of absence when I took the test in February but summer is my busy season so I knew, understandably, that this time I would either have to make the decision to wait and take the test or quit.   I have worked here since the day after I graduated undergrad and all through college.  Even though my job had nothing to with law I am heartbroken my having to do this.  Although, the good that comes from this is I get to move to the bay area sooner than I expected - most likely in August.  I always knew the day would come when I had to leave however, I just never expected so many life changes at once!

How does this affect my participation in Barb's Race?  Well, I have thought long and hard about it and sadly, I have decided that I cannot participate.  I am crushed by this as I was so looking forward to this race, however, I know that my main focus needs to be studying (again) and passing the bar so I can get on with my career.  The bar is July 27th, 28th and 29th and since Barb's is on the 31st I will not be in proper shape 2 days after the bar.  "TEAM KAT" is now "TEAM AT" but don't worry girls, I will still be out there to spectate.  However, not all is lost as I am not giving up on my half ironman dream - September 12th 2010 I have my sights set on the Big Kahuna Triathlon!  I am little nervous as this is an ocean swim, however, it is 6 weeks after the bar and since I will be unemployed after the bar (although diligently working to find employment)I will have nothing but time to finish up my training.  Of course, I will still be training while studying as it is physically impossible to study all day, but I just knew I would have the 20 extra hours a week I would need a week if I commit to doing Barb's.  I am happy that despite this bump in the road, I am still able to complete a half ironman this year. 

Phew, when it rains it pours!!  It took awhile, but I think I am finally coming to terms with my decisions and even though I am scared as hell as to what the future holds, I am excited for it too.

TRAINING!!  Despite all that has been happening training has continued to go well - no big changes, just cranking out the laps and miles.  I need to sit down with my training plan and reconfigure it for my new race but here is a recap of the last three weeks.  

WEEK 8 (May 3 - May 9)
Monday: REST - Legs were exhausted from the relay (I haven't forgotten to do my recap!)

Tuesday: BIKE - 1 hour ride with nine 30 second speed intervals.  I did a 30 minute x-bike class and then did 30 minutes on the stationary bike.  Estimated - 1 hour

Wednesday: DOUBLE DAY - SWIM and RUN
Swim = 1625 yards
300 warm up
8 x 25 pull
6 x 100 with 10 sec rest
8 x 25 kick
300 cool down

Run = 5 mile run with eleven 30 second sprints at 8:45 min/miles

Thursday: BIKE - 1 hour and 15 minute ride.


Swim = 1900 yards
300 warm up
6 x 50 pull
6 x 150 fartlek swim (50 hard/25 rest)
10 x 25 kick
300 cool down

Run = Didn't happen.

Saturday: BIKE - 1 hour, 45 minute ride.

Neither happened because of Mother's Day.  Despite that, Kevin and I had a wonderful day with both our families.

Swim: 3525 yards
Bike: 4 Hours 
Run: 5 miles
WEEK 9 (May 10 - May 16)

Monday: Usually a REST day but went out and did an easy 3 miler due to my lack of running over the weekend.

Tuesday: BIKE - 1 hour, 15 minute ride with 5 x 5 minute hill climbs
I did this ride on my trainer while watching Big Love.  One thing I LOVE about the trainer is my ability to workout wearing just a sports bra (something I would never be caught doing in public).  This ride was going well until about 35 minutes in during my 3rd hill climb my chain fell off and got stuck in the tiny gap between the bike and the trainer.  After working on it for 45 minutes I finally got it fixed, however, at that point it was 10:30 PM and I was over the whole thing.
Total: 35 minutes and only 6 miles.

Wednesday: DOUBLE DAY - SWIM and RUN
Swim = 2275 yards
300 warm up
8 x 25 pull
6 x 100 with 10 sec rest
6 x 75 sprints with 45 second rest
6 x 25 sprints
8 x 25 kick
300 cool down
All the swims are now starting to incorporate sprints!

Run = 40 minute run with 18 30 second sprints at 8:45 min/miles = 4.5 miles on the treadmill.

Thursday: BIKE - 1.5 hour ride.  Moved to Friday.

Today I was a bundle of nervous due to results being released at 6:00 PM.  I was glad I had lots of workouts to keep me busy.

Swim = 2100 yards
300 warm up
8 x 25 pull
4 x 200 pull
6 x 50 sprints
10 x 25 kick
300 cool down

Bike - 1.5 hour ride from Thursday on the trainer while watching Talledega Nights (needed some mindless entertainment)

Saturday: RUN
Scheduled was a 7 mile run.  Total FAIL due to bar exam - slept in.

Swim = 2,300 yards 
250 warm up
2000 swim
250 cool down

BIKE = 1 hour and 45 minute ride.

Swim: 6675 yards
Bike: 3 hours and 50 minutes 
Run: 4.5 miles
WEEK 10 (May 17 - May 23)
Due to the life changing events that occurred this week I decided to take the week off from tri training and just have fun with my workouts - knowing my training schedule was about to change anyway.  I went to yoga and biked to work on Friday with my co-worker who got a new road bike.  It is 43 miles round trip from my front door to work and back.  We got caught in the rain the whole way home but we had so much fun.  These are the things and the people I will miss so much.

Saturday, Kevin and I went to Auburn just to get away for the day and found a ton of great places to run and bike!  We have plans to go back up there once I am done with the bar.

We went across the tallest bridge in CA and found this cute little cafe.  I wished we hadn't eaten such a late breakfast because EVERYTHING on their menu looked so good!

Phew, did you get all that?  I know this was a super long post so congrats and thank you for making it through.  It is times like these that I am SO HAPPY to have such a wonderful hobby in my life.  Despite the craziness that will be the next few months I know I can always find peace in on the road, trail or in the pool.  That being said I am off to work on my new and improved training plan!
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  1. Good luck with the studying...I've heard the CA bar is really hard, so to know you got so close must be frustrating. You can do it!

  2. I'm so glad you can be so positive with everything that life handed at you all at once! What doesn't kill us, makes us stronger... however cheesy that sounds!
    Oooo, a race in Hawaii! That is better than the first!
    Good luck studying girl, we will have to make some good run dates :)

  3. I'm so sorry about the bar. I know how hard you studied. But your a total champ and I KNOW you'll pass this time. Especially because you have such a great outlook on it all. Your such an awesome girl Krisen!

  4. Good luck studying for the Bar. I am sending positive vibes your way, girl!

  5. Wow Kristen, lots of things going on. Sorry to hear about the bar exam but now that you know what it's like to take it maybe the 2nd time around will be a little easier. I hope so.

    I understand how disappointed you must be about the races but in the grand scheme of things this will be just a little blip on the radar.

    Take care and good luck!

  6. whew that just made me tired. i know i went through the same struggles with the CPA test, even though they are very different, its still not fun! glad you were able to make a decision that works for you and can now move forward and attack your plan. sucks about barbs but hey you have another great race you can do! good luck with studying and cant wait to see you soon :)

  7. I think you have made good decisions all around.

    I'm excited to have you out there spectating and now you have such an awesome base built up that it'll be no problemo to finish the Big Kahuna!

    Ocean swimming will be fine, they usually pick protected areas so you shouldn't be swimming in the open ocean.

  8. I'm sorry to hear about the bar, but I agree that it will only make you stronger! Also, now you know what to expect, so you are better equipped to study for the next can do it!

    I think it's smart to not stress yourself out by adding a race just days after the test, yikes! That would be overkill for me! Very smart choices, chica

  9. I would say, "what a drag", but it looks like you have turned this into a positive. Great for you!
    My sister just graduated from Lincoln Law School last weekend. She is taking the exam this summer too.

  10. SO sorry to hear about the bar and I will miss you out on the course at Barb's! You have made some tough decisions the past week and I know you will come out on top! Even though change can be scary it also seems to be good in the long run :) I'll be happy to have you closer when you live in down here and hopefully we can meet up often to workout together. Maybe you can teach me how to swim properly! lol

  11. Good luck with your next attempt!
    I have a friend who had to do the same thing, she eventually got it so don't give up!


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