3/28/16

Alcatraz

Spring is here! With the rain on hiatus, it was a great time to get outside and get in the water. I jumped off the boat with Water World Swim for the monthly Alcatraz crossing and swam with Anaya. Because of all the rains we had they started releasing more water from the dams, so I guess the ebb was a bit stronger with no slack. Except for the fastest swimmers, we were pushed way off course and had to be repositioned. We were aiming at the Jeremiah O'Brien, then the Transamerica Pyramid, then Fontana Towers. Though the pilots said to aim for the Fontana Towers, we could not see them hidden in the glare and shadows, so aimed for the top of Russian Hill. The fast swimmers were close enough to Aquatic Park that they were able to get back on their own because they were able to make progress against the current. There was a regatta going on and we were getting too close to them so it was time to finish up. We still had a great time out there. We're going to do it again next week! The water is around 57°F and I feel it's time to bust out the spring suit. This is the 10th time to jump off the boat for the Alcatraz swim. Not always completed, but attempted.


3/21/16

Oakland Running Festival 2016

Did the Oakland Running Festival Bank of the West 5k for the 5th time in a row, but this time I brought home a trophy!
It was definitely not a PR, and I had done a long bike ride the day before and only 6 hours of sleep. I probably should have trained more specifically but am really happy that I dragged myself out of bed and put in the effort! I have been very focused on strength training with Gaby at Fitness SF (Follow her on G Fit). My running mileage has been low but I did do a little speedwork. At one point this was my "A" race, but as race day approached I was already planning for the century ride. I feel like I peaked out on the DSE Rainbow Falls 5k and then kind of tapered off after that. I feel like my 5k pace would make a great 10k pace. I know I can get faster with more work, but just the fact that I was able to do this means the strength work and HIIT-type training is doing it for me. Now I will add some endurance on top of that and see where that takes me! This is the first time I ever won a trophy for running, but it's for the Masters division. This means I'm getting older but not planning on slowing down!





My ORF History:
2012: 21:47 5k
2013: (Did the Half-Marathon in 2:04)
2014: 21:17 5k
2015: 21:08 5k, We Run The Town 2:34:46
2016: 21:57 5k

Wildflower Training

View from the top of Palomares
At the top of Palomares

A month away from Chico Wildflower Century, I realized I should probably get some miles in! I had to go to the East Bay to pick up my race packet for ORF so decided to do a bike ride over there. I wanted to check out Palomares, but also add more mileage so it started off with a mellow ride down Iron Horse Trail from Pleasant Hill BART. On the weekends there are a lot of people on the trail but it was perfect for warming up.


There are plenty of places to stop and grab snacks or lunch or whatever close to the trail. After it ends, you can pick up a gravel trail for a little bit to Foothill Rd. It is doable on a road bike. Rode to the very end and stopped for water at Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park at the Foothill staging area. This is a new park that I have never been to and look forward to coming back and checking out the trails! After that there is a gnarly connector at Niles Blvd. This is very traficky with little shoulder at times, but just for a few miles, then get ready for the climb on Palomares. It comes quickly just after you see the intersection sign and go under a bridge, so get ready to get in gear. This is a much quieter road with the occasional speed demons testing out their racing skills. Unfortunately I flatted out twice on this road due to some broken glass working its way through my tire, so I didn't get the full steady climbing experience. We'll have to return! There is a nice descent and then the ride finished at Castro Valley BART. The nice thing about this ride is it follows the creeks across several watersheds. The iron horse trail is car free, except for all the stops you have to make for the roads intersecting through it. It has been raining quite a bit so you can hear the peaceful sounds of creeks trickling and gushing at times. Spring is here and everything is green, thanks to the much needed rain!






Here is the descent:

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