One Is Better Than Two

Greetings, friends! Its finally happened: The long anticipated merging of our two mediocre blogs into a Gestalt-like one. Figuring Jesse’s mom needed a break from switching from page to page (hi, Melinda!), and not wanting to lose Amy's three readers in South Korea, we have decided to keep our friends and family updated from the same internet home. This blog is a collection of pictures, recaps, and ramblings from a pro triathlete and elite runner. Jesse has been racing triathlon since 2007, turned pro shortly after, and has posted several top-10 Ironman finishes. His eyes are on Ironman Lake Placid, Ironman Chattanooga, and Ironman Arizona in 2014. Amy is a former division one swimmer turned triathlete turned elite runner. In 2011, she decided to stop cycling and swimming in pursuit of marathon glory. She has since won several races, including the 2014 PF Changs Rock n’ Roll Arizona Marathon. Her sights are now set on qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Training Week/Superfrog Triathlon

Marriage is full of compromises. Last weekend, for example, I was forced to complete my long run along the Pacific instead of suffering in the desert heat. The reason? Jesse V was racing his first triathlon since Ironman Lake Placid - San Diego's famous Superfrog Half. Spectating on the beach was a tough job, but somebody had to do it!


Truth be told, I was nervous about my 20 miler on Saturday. It was the fourth long run in my highest mileage month ever, and called for 6x1 mile in 6 minute pace with only 1 minute recovery in between each. After 12 miles easy, I started my repeats on the flattest one mile stretch I could find between  Cardiff and Solana beach. I managed to average 5:52 pace while dodging surfers, cyclists, and dog walkers. I was really happy with that.

Here was the rest of my week:

Monday 9/22
AM 8 miles
PM 5 miles

AM 10 miles with drills/strides

AM 14 miles with 4 miles tempo in 6:03 avg, 2 miles easy, 2 miles harder in 11:52
PM Weights

AM 10 miles
PM 3 miles

AM 10 miles with drills/strides
Weights right after the workout
*Drive to SD

AM 20 miles with 12 miles easy, 6x1 mile in 5:57, 5:50, 5:53, 5:51, 5:56, 5:49, with 1 minute recovery in between each

10 miles around the Superfrog course! There may have been a mid-run burrito stop. I was hungry and I'm talented like that.

On Sunday morning, I woke up a few minutes past midnight to catch the Berlin Marathon live feed. It was hard to contain my excitement as I watched Dennis Kimetto set a new world record - 2:02:57!!! Shalane Flanagan ran a gutsy race as well, setting a new PR en route to attempting an American Record. After a few more hours of sleep, it was time for Superfrog.

Dennis K and Jesse V - congrats on your Sunday races!

Jesse was in good spirits as we drove to the race, set up his transition area, and made our way to the beach for the ocean swim. The waves looked like a surfer's dream, making conditions less than ideal for a fast swim split. I was more worried about participants staying alive than swimming fast, but I kept those fears to myself. I would learn after the race that Jesse V doubted his ability to get past the waves on the two loop swim as well. He hid his fears well, finishing the swim in 6th overall and well within striking distance of 3rd place.

I have too much fun with photo collage

After battling winds on the bike, Jesse moved into the elusive podium spot. He ran out of T2 2:20 ahead of 4th place. The run course is no joke, taking participants through miles of sand running on the naval base. At the halfway point, 4th place had made up 1:10 on Jesse and I was bracing myself for a sprint finish. Luckily, VB was there throughout the day so I had someone to share the emotional ups and downs of spectating! What we didn't know was that JV had a master plan, aiming for a negative split on the run course so that he could finish strong. He did just that, turning what could have been a close battle into a very solid third place finish. Superfrog pays the top 3 men and women well. JV took home $500, a Luminox watch, Oakley sunglasses, and a new wetsuit.

We made it back to Tucson in time to celebrate with a Whole Foods salad, IPA for JV, and glass of Jam Jar for me. Living on the edge! It was an awesome weekend and I can't wait to see how JV does in his next half 6 days! I won't be able to accompany him to that race, however, as I'm staying in Tucson to race one of my all-time favorites - The Run n' Roll!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Support Challenged Athletes/Training Update!

Tucson readers, don't miss this chance to eat pizza while supporting challenged athletes! Our friend, Barry Baker, is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). All you have to do eat at the California Pizza Kitchen in the Tucson Mall any time this Thurs, Sept 25. Bring the flyer (or show an image of it on your phone) from this facebook page. Twenty percent of sales all day will be donated to CAF with the flyer, and there will be a raffle and prizes in the evening! Jesse and I will be there.

In other news, marathon training continues. Last week was another triple digit one, and was definitely more challenging than the week before. It included a mid-week 3am drive to Casa Grande to meet Coach John for a track workout, and a long run with 10 continuous tempo miles on Sunday. Not surprisingly, it is still hot here. The humidity seems to have stuck around past monsoon season as well! I guess I'll call this "poor woman's altitude training" and keep rolling with the punches. My training partners have made getting out the door easy. I can count on one hand the number of solo runs I've done in the past few weeks, which is awesome. Speaking of training partners...

I bought a hands free leash! Addy usually joins me for a few miles on most days!

before our 2nd run on Thursday!

Monday 8/15
AM 8 miles easy
Was supposed to have 2nd run but my ankle was a little iffy so I skipped it...

AM 12 miles, feeling pretty good again!
PM Weights
ART with Melissa

AM 10 miles with drills/strides
PM 5 miles easy

AM 12 miles in Casa Grande with 12x1k...did these mostly between 3:36 and 3:39, 200 recovery jog in between each...
PM 5 miles easy

AM 9 miles
PM 6 miles
ART with Melissa

AM 12 miles with drills/strides
PM 3 miles

18 miles with last 10 miles at marathon effort. Ended up with a 6:21 average pace for the 10 miles...on a high 70s morning with over 80% humidity. Controlled my pace and really just tried to run at marathon feel without getting discouraged that I wasn't hitting 6:10 miles. I was pretty proud of myself for this one!
*Weights after a huge breakfast and very long nap!

We are heading to San Diego this weekend! Can't wait to watch Jesse race Superfrog and see my bestie VB!