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10 Weeks To Go

Posted by Active Belle Feb 22, 2008


I revved up a little slower this week than I would have liked but the good news is I did my first swim to run workout and felt good. I ran on the treadmill because my shins and knees still hurt. It took my legs a few minutes to warm up but I felt good after that.


This weekend will be tricky. I am supposed to swim and run on Saturday and then bike on Sunday but I will be driving a moving truck for

8-hours on Saturday and then unloading and unpacking up in the mountains on Sunday. I am confident that I'll be able to fit in the run on the local trails but I won't have access to a bike or a pool.




Gale-- what do you do when you can't get to a pool or on a bike?



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A Big Loss And A Minor Lull

Posted by Active Belle Feb 15, 2008

Several things have slowed me down over the last week:


1) My cat died—I got her when I was 11 and we have been together for over 19 years. Needless to say, I was bummed and low on energy. I know that working out probably would have helped my mood but I just couldn’t motivate very well this week. (she was 17 in this photo)









2) My knees have been hurting—I got new shoes and few weeks ago and thought that would help, but I think I need to go into a running store, have them analyze my stride, and possibly recommend different shoes. I have been wearing New Balance for a while now and used to LOVE them but they just don’t seem to support me as well anymore.




Last Sunday I opted for a long hike instead of the run—it suited my mood—but I have not done anything since. I am headed out now to get in the water. Hopefully I just needed a little break and will feel re-energized going into the weekend.



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How to Apply Chain Lube

Posted by Active Belle Feb 8, 2008

After we laughed about the clumps of dirt on my bike, I asked Gale to explain her method of cleaning her chain. This is what she does before every ride:

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Swim Question

Posted by Active Belle Feb 7, 2008


Hey Gale, today's workout says to do low intensity of 8x50, then in the comments it says to  



"Swim the designated number of 50s at race pace".



Should race pace be low intensity?






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Meeting Gale

Posted by Active Belle Feb 1, 2008

Gale was scheduled to shoot some cycling and triathlon training videos today at Active. I decided it would be a good opportunity to meet my coach and get some footage for the blog so I volunteered to be one of the "models".


I don't normally think of myself as awkward but in the world of triathletes, I just might be. I wear old clothes, my face gets bright red when I work out, and no matter how hard I try I come home from every ride with a grease stain on my leg in the shape of a chain ring.


Standing next to Gale it is easy to tell, who is the coach and who is the rookie. Gale wore matching Pearl Izumi pinks and black that reached from the trim on her shirt to the mesh in her shoes: I wore a ratty jersey I got for free in Japan eight years ago.  Gale's frame is tiny and her body, trim: I kept pulling at my shirt, in hopes of covering up my tummy. I forgot sunscreen, I didn't shave my legs, and of course I gave myself a tire mark in between video takes.


Most of the video shoots were done with Jesse's bike and Jesse, the other model, spent the prior evening making it presentable. He wiped the tubes, dug the dirt out of the cogs, lubed the chain and tightened screws that needed to be tightened.


When we put my bike on the rack I noticed everything I didn't think to do the night before. My handlebar tape was peeling, the gearing was caked in dirt, the brilliant blue tubes were covered in a light gray dust and my cyclometer screen was dead.  


"Eek, it's kind of dirty," I said.


Gale was polite. "It's OK, you can do what you like; personally, I prefer a clean bike."


We laughed and I made a mental note to buy some chain lube.


At the end of the day, we discussed what still needed to be done. Gale stopped mid-sentence to wipe what was undoubtedly a grease stain on my forehead.




Gale, It was great finally meeting you. Thanks for all the training and racing tips!

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Active Belle

Active Belle

Member since: Nov 19, 2007

Belle is a little active but she wants to get more active. Follow her through videos and blogs as she works with help from Active Expert Gale Bernhardt to prepare for the wildflower triathlon next May.

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