Thursday, January 29, 2009

I did it! I finished a Tri!

Hello everyone – Here’s an update for you all…

Last Saturday was a momentous occasion. Not only did it mark the ½ way point of our training for the Lavaman Triathlon in HI, but I also participated in and finished my first triathlon!

Saturday was the 7th annual LOUIE BONPUA TRIATHLON on treasure island. The Iron Team joined us for this event, but while they did an Olympic Triathlon (the length we’ll be doing in March), we did a Sprint. That means that we swam .25 miles, biked 13 miles and ran 3. And I finished! I was tired I was sore but oh so happy to cross that finish line!

Doing all of this has meant stepping out of my comfort zone athletically, but now it's time to step out more and ask for donations. Believe it or not, this is the hardest part. I'm not use to asking for money and I know that times are hard right now. But I need your help as so do those battling blood cancers. I am committed to raise $5,000. This is a lot of money, but it's dispersed efficiently: 75% to Program Services: professional and public education, patient and community service and research and 25% for training and the event. As you can see below, any size donation helps.

$1,000 supports one week's salary for a medical researcher at UCSF, Stanford, or Berkeley who may discover key information to developing curative treatments for blood cancers.

$500 provides a blood cancer patient with financial assistance for one year to help with transportation and co-pays or allows 10 patients to log on to a webcast and hear the latest information in treatment for their disease.

$200 funds one Family Support Group meeting of 9-15 participants -- the SF Bay Area chapter has 9 monthly support group meetings.

$150 allows 5 patients to make a First Connection with a trained peer volunteer.

$100 provides 3 patients access to an information teleconference.

$75 is the average cost of tissue typing to become a bone marrow donor.

$50 is the cost of a CT scan

$40 is the cost of sending a comprehensive packet of information for children with cancer.

$35 pays for transportation expenses for a patient living in Northern California's most rural areas to treatment at a comprehensive cancer center.

$25 covers a single prescription co-payment.

$5 is the cost of sending a newly diagnosed patient information about support and their disease.

All donations are tax deductible and any amount you give gets me closer to my commitment and finding a cure. So far I’ve raised 1,000 of the $5,000 I committed to. What happens if I don't reach $5,000 you ask? It comes out of my pocket.

As I said, I know times are rough, but donations can be split up. For example if you would like to donate $50, but only allocate so much for extras per month, spread it out over the next three months. Actually, giving makes you feel good, so wouldn't you like to give three times instead of just once?

Once again, thank you to everyone who’s already donated. You support has meant so much to me. The generosity of the various online communities has been beyond my imagination – thank you all.

And now for the details:

If you wish to donate online you can do so here:

If you wish to write a check, please make it out to the Leukemia Lymphoma society and mail it to me:

Shawn Mueller-Boddy
429 Chase Street
Mountain House, CA

Thank you again


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Yes - we got wetsuits

I don't like 'em they are hard to swim in :P But I'm sure I'll be happy for the warmth!

There is hope!

I'm really starting to feel like I can do this... all of this :)

Went for a run today and I was able to complete it exactly as written. 5 intervals of 4 minutes running and 1 minute walking for a total of 25 minutes. Not only did I finish but every one of my running intervals was a 13:50 pace or faster average pace, with one as low as 12:13... yeah, that's right I was running in the 12min/mile range! yay! Yes, I was in a lot of pain when I finished but emotionally I was on cloud nine!

Now if I could just be as positive about this fund raising thing.

BTW - anyone have tips on how to approach businesses for contributions? Cause I think that's my next step.

I'm also trying to set up a 'variety show' event involving some of my friends who do burlesque, so if you're in the SF area be sure to watch for that and come see the show!!

Oh yeah - and including a 5 minute warm-up and 5 minute cool down, I went 2.32 miles tonight.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Yes - we got wetsuits

I don't like 'em they are hard to swim in :P But I'm sure I'll be happy for the warmth!

Saturday, January 10, 2009


Today was my second ever BRick workout (Bike + Run = ick) I'm here to tell you right now, I am so proud of me! It all started with an 8:30 AM bike ride. It was foggy, it was cold, it was hard to 'mount up' and go. My legs were killing me from the marker set on Thursday. Every time I run one of those that bothersome muscle in the side of my calves stiffens up and I'm walking like Frankenstein's monster. It's so frustrating because I don't hurt anywhere else! I had rubbed a big ol' dose of Ben Gay into last night with the hopes things would loosed up a little - it did a little but it still hurt to walk. But I got on my bike anyway - I mean, after all biking isn't running right? :)

The ride felt pretty good. Not easy but not as hard as some others. The slight adjustments I had made to clothes, seat and riding posture was making sitting on the bike tolerable - that was a huge improvement over last week when I had to quit early because the bike was so uncomfortable. The best part was I was able to keep up with the 'Back of the Pack' So I didn't feel totally alone. I kept up until we hit a HUGE (in my eyes) hill. Hills just kill me. I made it to the top but had to stop to catch my breath. After 45 minutes out I turned around and headed back - made it back in record time... I'll bet you can guess why.

Yeah - that green line is elevation.

In total I made it 15.4 miles in 1hour 18 minutes- that's my longest/furthest/fastest bike ride yet!

Then it was on to the run. We beginners were asked to run 4 minutes and walk 1, three times (that's 15 minutes). And so I set out. My legs were grumpy but at least the ride had warmed up my calves and much of the stiffness was gone. Of course the fact that I pretty much couldn't feel my legs at all could have lent to that sensation. No pain yet but they wouldn't MOVE either. I made it through the first 4 minutes though! The I walked for 5 hoping to get some kind of functionality back, before starting the next 4 minute shuffle. I was so glad to hear the end of that interval! I wanted to collapse right there on the trail! But I wasn't done yet - so I turned around to do the 'back' part of my out and back. 1 minute isn't very long when you're so tired and I watched the next run interval come up with dread. But I gritted my teeth and went for it. Around 2 minutes into the last interval I couldn't push anymore I dropped to a walk. The last two minutes were a combo of my terrible shuffle job and walking but I made it the entire 15 minutes! Of course I felt like I had just crippled myself - but I did it!

Total: 22:51 minutes (cause I did some extra walking plus did a cool down) and 1.42 miles. My running intervals were hitting just over a 13 min mile. In all a productive and satisfying day - and I topped it all off with a nice long soak in the tub

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Another Marker Set

We last ran 2 miles for time on Nov 19th.  If you've been here a while you know that I've had some struggles with running so I wasn't feeling too good going into the second marker set of the season tonight.  But I put my heart into it...

Last time I did the 8 laps in 31:35 that's a 15:47 / Mile
This time I did it in 29:54! I was stoked :)

Going to bed feeling good

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Training's in full swing again

Today I had to make a big decision. Do I take a chance and 'recommit' to doing this triathlon and to raising $5000 before March 27th? Or do I bail out? Having raised less then $500 in the past two months it's been a little daunting to think about $4500 more, and the training... well it's time consuming. It takes a lot away from my family. So what to do? After thinking about it, praying about it and talking it over with my family I decided to step out on faith. I signed and faxed the recommitment paperwork today. I'm in... And I swam 1.1 miles tonight ;) If you want to help me reach my goal, as well as help fine a cure for blood cancers - please make a donation at: or just cheer me on here...

Had a good LONG swim tonight it was also good-n-long.  Felt GREAT.  My times were pretty good for a 1850 Yard swim.  Time:  43:36  I've still got a LONG way to go before I feel I'm 'ready' for the 'big swim' but I know I could do it.  I know I'm only going to get better and faster over time.  One thing I noticed is that stroke count goes way up when I try to speed up.  That must mean that my strokes are less efficient- So I'm going to have to focus on keeping good form even while going faster.  All in time.  My best lap (50 Yards) was 1:09 -- I'm going to start tracking that and see how that improves.

Back in the Saddle

as they say.  Or in my case, back in the water.  Had a good LONG swim tonight it was also good-n-long.  Felt GREAT.  My times were pretty good for a 1850 Yard swim.  Time:  43:36  I've still got a LONG way to go before I feel I'm 'ready' for the 'big swim' but I know I could do it.  I know I'm only going to get better and faster over time.  One thing I noticed is that stroke count goes way up when I try to speed up.  That must mean that my strokes are less efficient- So I'm going to have to focus on keeping good form even while going faster.  All in time.  My best lap (50 Yards) was 1:09 -- I'm going to start tracking that and see how that improves.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Well if you haven't heard it someplace else already

Now you know - today's my birthday

That's right I'm 40!

I'll take all my donation birthday presents now - thank you! :)

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Oh yeah - todays stats

I'm still very frustrated when I go to group workouts at how seriously below average I am.  OK - not just below average I'm the slowest person on the team :(  I try remind myself that it's not a competition etc etc. but still falling so far behind gets a little old after a while.

My new bike did help - I was able to keep the other bikers in view - sorta.  The coaches were amazing today though.  Very helpful and encouraging

Anyway - the workout...

First Bike loop:  3 Miles, 14:33 min
First Run loop:  .72 Miles, 10:22 min
Second Bike loop:  3:5 Miles, 18:39 min (I was really hurting here (from the seat) and ended up coasting much of the end of this ride
Second Run loop:  .75 Miles, 11:45 min

I was supposed to do another Bike and another Run but I was hurting so much from the bike seat that I just couldn't bring myself to get back on.  When I talked to the coaches about what was going on they took a look at my bike and determined that the seat was tilted too far up.  They adjusted and asked if I would do the bike loop one more time.  I did, and what a difference!  yay!  I didn't time that last lap though :(

Total:  3.5 miles

so the totals:  10 miles biking and 1.5 miles running.  Not too bad a job for a first time brick - I was pretty surprised that I made it as far as I did.


O... M... G...

I have no legs anymore - I refuse to acknowledge them as a part of my body.  They have been disowned.

I now know the pain and suffering that is a BRICK workout.  And coach decided to teach us and teach us good.  Because we got to do 'sets' of BRICKS.  What do I mean?

Bike, then Run, then Bike, then Run, lather rinse repeat...

One good thing about it is it gives me an idea what the Escape from the Rock Tri is going to be like.  It's a weird one that makes you Swim, Run, Bike, Run.  I know what my training days are going to look like for that one.  gah!

The Garmen did it's thing perfectly and it was fantastic to not have to worry about remembering where I turned around each time etc.  It even paused itself while I was in 'transition' between bike and run.  Sweet!

Now I'm going to go die :)

Friday, January 2, 2009

Fitness Gadget Geek

I have to say, hubby did excellent with Christmas this year.  

As I mentioned earlier, I got an 'early' present of a nike+ and that was nice in and of itself.  I also got a brand new bright purple nano to go with it.  AND a Garman Forerunner 405!!!

The past two days I've given both of them a workout.. and I'm in Geek Girl heaven!

the nike+ is excellent for what I want it for.  As I'm listening to my ipod a nice ladies voice comes on and tells me how long I've been going and/or how long I've got left.  No more checking the watch every 2 minutes to see 'is it over yet?'.  It can also do other things like tell me my pace, track my miles and the like, but I've not used them yet, and I might not ever... because of my 'other' new toy.  The Garman.

The only fault I have with the Forerunner right now is that it's a bit bulky for my small wrists and frankly I've found the bezel interface very 'non-intuitive'.  But a little time 'fiddling' and I got it worked out.  But, oh the things I can do with this wonderful device.   I mean I expected that it could tell me how long and how far I had ran.  and it does that really well.  It finds satellites really quickly and doesn't seem to have any trouble staying fixed on them.  But that's not the best part, or the part that has me almost giddy with excitement.  It's the programmed 'workout' feature that I'm now in love with.  

As I've been working to get my fitness levels up, I've been doing a lot of interval work.  As you might guess that means a lot of 'watch checking' time.  I dislike watch checking.  Well I don't have to do that anymore.  In the Garman software I was able to program my workout like this. 

5 minutes @ a walk (warm up)

Repeat the following 3 times

3 minutes Slow Jog
2 minutes Fast Walk

5 minutes @ slow walk (cool down)

I then put the workout on the calendar for today and that was it.

Then, when I went out to run I simply selected 'today's workout' and everything was all set up for me.  

I just followed the prompts, and the 'beeps' When it came time to change my pace the watch would count down for five seconds with beeps and then flash what my pace should be on the face.  
When I came home it got even better!  When I uploaded my workout I found out the garmen and tracked the workout as a whole, but also tracked each 'interval' I had programed in separately (as laps).  That meant I could see my overall pace, but could also tell what my pace had been during just my 'run' intervals, or just my 'walk' intervals.  I could also tell what my workout/time and distance was excluding my warmup and cool down.  

Other features that I haven't tried yet but that look excellent are the auto lap feature and the auto pause.  Track night with the team I will be giving both of these a try.  the Auto Lap feature I've set to create a lap when I pass the same point again.  and the Auto Pause I've set to turn on when I stop moving.  That means when we do or normal workout of one lap running and then a set of strength exercises - I'm hoping that the watch will take care of itself without me having to do a bunch of button pushing.  We'll see.

Oh yeah!  I also took my bike out for the first time on the streets.  up 'til now it's been so cold and/or dark that I've been using it on the spinner instead.  but yesterday I got it out on the roads.  I am still so in love with this thing.  It's wonderful to ride - practically effortless.

Tomorrow is my first ever Brick workout.  It's going to be interesting to say the least.