The Contents of My “Oh Crap Bag”

Have you ever gotten to the gym to complete a workout and realized that you’ve forgotten something you need to complete a workout?  Thankfully I’m small chested enough, so when I forgot a sports bra, it wasn’t too noticeable 😉  Yes, this actually happened to me and gave me the idea to pack an OH CRAP “BAG” to leave in my car.

Since Sunday was the last day of my off-season and training became more of a regularity this week, I will need to be prepared for any workout that I may have when I get to the gym.  I decided to share with you the contents of my OH CRAP “BAG:”

  1. Goggles
  2. Swim Cap
  3. Swim Suit
  4. Sports Bra
  5. Running Shoes
  6. Socks
  7. Capris
  8. Tech Shirt
  9. Body Glide
  10. Honey Stinger Chews
  11. Water Bottle with Osmo Nutrition Active Hydration Powder
  12. Gloves
  13. Stocking Cap
  14. CO2 Cartridge
  15. Spare Tubes
  16. Multitool
  17. Sweat Towels
  18. Safety Pins
  19. Baby Wipes (you never know when you might need a quick “shower” in a can)
  20. Shower Caddy: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face soap, shave gel, razor, deodorant, face lotion, Q-tips, cotton balls, Hair Ties, Bandaids, Neosporin, Tiger Balm…you never know what you might need!!
I know...it is more like multiple bags ;)
I know…it is more like multiple bags 😉

Do you have an OH CRAP BAG?  What do you have in your OH CRAP BAG? 

“Baby It’s Cold Outside”

Unfortunately we’ve had some VERY COLD days here in central Iowa lately, but I have decided to make the most of it.  With windchill temperatures as low as -24 degrees Fahrenheit last week, going outside just to go to the gym or hot yoga was sometimes a challenge.

Last week was Week #1 of IRONMAN Wisconsin training, so I decided not to let the cold weather stop me from being active and completing my workouts.  I just bundled up and went out anyway and then this morning happened…No school due to the EXTREMELY COLD weather (that was actually announced yesterday at about 2 pm).  Windchill temperatures as low as -41 degrees Fahrenheit this morning…WHAT?!?!?!?!?  I thought I was living in central Iowa, not Antarctica!!

Well, I am not going to let the cold stop me.  I am getting ready to head out the door and go to the gym to complete my swim and strength training session despite the cold temperatures.  It is funny…on days when it is very cold outside, we long for warm summer weather, but when we have temperatures with heat indexes exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer months, we often long for the cold days of winter.  Are we ever truly happy with the weather???

Week #1 (Base Training) Totals:

  • Swim: 4300 yards
  • Bike: 38.3 miles
  • Run: 16.5 miles
  • Strength Training: 1 hour & 45 minutes
  • Hot Yoga: 2 hours & 45 minutes

Feels good to be in the “green” for week #1 of IMWI training!!

Ridiculous Central Iowa Weather

We have had some ridiculous weather in Central Iowa in the last couple of weeks that has not cooperated with my triathlon training.  A few weeks ago we had drought conditions, but that has quickly changed to flooding.  In the intermittent weeks, there were MANY windy days…Oh, the relentless wind.  Some people may not pay as much attention to the weather and scoff at the relentless wind, but as a triathlete, I enjoy the opportunity to get outside and complete my workouts safely.

When every bike ride I do pounds wind in my face, I have one of two choices…gain mental strength from the challenge I’m faced with or mentally break down.  I choose to accept the wind as a challenge that is going to make me stronger.  This relentless wind has helped me improve my physical strength and mental strength.  I have had to alter how I’ve completed some of my workouts due to the extreme weather, but that has only added to the mental strength I have gained.

Some of the more memorable Central Iowa weather days for me include the following:

Sunday, May 19, 2013:

I knew there were storms in the forecast for later in the day, so I got out early to complete my triple brick.  Those storms did eventually show up and boy was I glad to have my workout complete when they did!!

After part of the storm had pushed through the area.
After part of the storm had pushed through the area.

Saturday, May 25, 2013:

I was suppose to complete a dress rehearsal for my upcoming race, but I pushed it back to Sunday due to the severe weather.  Instead, I did Sunday’s workouts…swim in the pool and run on the treadmill.

Bad Weather 1

Sunday, May 26, 2013:

I had to go to the gym to swim in the pool for my race day dress rehearsal since there was thunder and lightening in the area.  I was hoping that the weather would clear up enough for me to ride outside while I was swimming indoors, but no such luck!!  😦  Instead I had to hook my bicycle up to the trainer in the basement and ride in my own head for 2 hours at race pace.  While I rode in the basement, the weather did clear up enough for me to complete my dress rehearsal with an outdoor run.  I ran for one hour at an average pace of 8:42…I felt really good and strong 🙂  This was a huge mental boost for race day!!

The weather over the weekend did lead to some flooding in Ames…so much for that drought from a couple of weeks ago!!

Flood Waters
Flood Waters

Wednesday, May 30, 2013:

I was suppose to swim outdoors after work, but due to severe storms, I was unable to do my open water swim. 😦

Bad Weather 2I am hoping that this ridiculous weather is nearing an end and that I have near perfect conditions for race day!!