Archive for duathlon


Posted in bike, motivation, photos, random, road, running, shoes with tags , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2014 by afuntanilla

Been running, cycling, kayaking (for the 2nd time ever), flew a kite (barely…for the 1st time) hanging at beach…all outside my door and/or within 1 hour drive. This is why I live in the Bay Area! 

Got into riding my bike in June more than ever before. Probably will sign up for a short Duathlon in August. Have really been enjoying adding the cycling bit to my days. Even more, I like the what it feels like to Run after cycling. And, i’m finding my pace is even faster…which is really fascinating.

I have done 1 duathlon in the past….way back in 2005 after I first got my bike. That was when i lived in Atlanta. I’m looking forward to doing this one in the near future. I definitely have not been running as many miles, but the ones I am doing have all been quality, so i’m ok with that. I need to spend more time on bike to increase my abilities here. I may do another half-marathon in early SEPT. Still undecided….


Cycling = 130.3 miles

Running = 53 miles

Included in this is 5 sessions of bike+run.

Am enjoying this variation of training, both how it feels physically and how I am sparked to learn more about how to improve my cycling, how to ride in various conditions, etc…it’s a whole new world…cycling. And, it’s pretty fun to go downhill!!

July is off to a strong start and i’m looking forward to seeing what I can do! The kayaking was ok…after an hour, I got kinda bored. LOL — I need more speed, I guess!!


Dipsea Dreams

Posted in photos, races, trail with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2010 by afuntanilla

Got in another beautiful trail run yesterday at another park i had not yet run in…Red Top Mountain. The park is about 45 min drive from the homestead. I had not realized it was that close and as such, i will definitely be going back again and again.

Been getting out on the trails for a few reasons:

1) give the legs some relief from pavement
2) be out of city & in nature
3) because i applied to the ridiculously difficult to get into

Dipsea is one of my all-time favorite races! I have run the 7.6 mile trail race 3x in the past. They only allow 1500 total runners into the race and give preference for those who have run it the previous year. Anyway, my chance it slimmer than slim! If i don’t get in, I think I will just go ahead and do the:

Both races take place in June so I can start planning. Even though regular Dipsea is only 7.6 miles, you have no idea how hard it is til you have run it. But, it’s also a ton of fun and takes place in one of my all time favorite places, MILL VALLEY, CA. (about 10 minutes across the Golden Gate Bridge) One Dipsea is a challenge. Double Dipsea will be…um…an adventure. Either way, I am looking forward to it. Stay tuned for which one I will do.

This weekend and last weekend I ran trails on Saturday and did Bike/Run sessions on Sunday. Why the Bike/Run you might ask… Well, there is a duathlon in Mid May I am looking at doing. Run/Bike/Run; 3m/16m/3m
No entry filled out yet, but I am thinking about it.
The bike rides have been ok. I would rather be able to go to Silver Comet Trail to ride but now that I have my new BMW (instead of my Nissan Xterra) I cannot transport my bike….and I don’t know if i want to invest in a bike rack. That decision will need to come later. (believe me, i am NOT COMPLAINING about not being able to transport the bike…freaking love my car!)

Hope everyone is training hard, training smart, having fun and eating healthy!


My “Renegade” race and more

Posted in bike, photos, road with tags , , , , , on May 11, 2009 by afuntanilla










The above photo was taken after I finished my “renegade” race on Saturday. There’s me with my running shoes still on and my new very girlie bike shoes on display. (those bike shoes are a whole other post)


Well, on Thursday when i got to my office, I had a voicemail from the race people for the duathlon. They informed me they cancelled and re-scheduled the race due to “weather”. Um. Okay…I looked at the forecast for their area which is about 1 hour NW of Atlanta. Saturday called for some intermittent t-storms. Whatever. I was disappointed, of course, cause i was really looking forward to competing and seeing how I would fare. My thoughts immediately went to “what will i do instead? will i run another 5k race and try to run faster than the one last week or should i just do the Duathlon on my own?” So, I decided to do the latter.

Of course, nothing is like race day and the anxiousness and excitement that run through your blood. So, waking up and getting ready was a bit different. very low key. I decided to go to Silver Comet Trail since that is the one place where one can go without many interruptions.

As soon as I got going on the first leg, the 5k run, I felt like i was in race mode. My pace was fast and my heart rate was getting up there. I knew it was too fast too soon. First mile was 8:30. The good thing was that I felt very focused. The bad thing was that i felt really hyped up. By nearly the 2 mile mark, i actually just walked for about 30 seconds just to try to get my HR down. It worked. My legs actually felt kinda heavy from the get-go and I wanted to have a good ride. This multi-sport stuff requires my planning and strategy and I have a ton to learn. I was done with 5k leg with a 9:00/pace, exactly what I had wanted. Now time to get on bike.

This was only the second ride I have done with clip less pedals. Can you believe it? All this time, i have been riding with regular pedals. Man, what a difference! The trail has a few intersections where you do have to wait for any crossing traffic, but other than that, it is pretty easy riding. I felt like I was working hard though. I felt like my body just wasn’t quite awake yet or quite loose enough. However, I still had a good time and felt like i did try to challenge myself. It was gorgeous out there and very peaceful even though there were quite a few people out exercising. The actual race distance was to be 13.02 miles. I ended up riding 12.83 miles in 49 min. I hopped off my bike and actually just left it out by my car and put my running shoes back on and did the final 1k sprint. The 1k was done in 4:59. 

So in Summary

5k = 27:50/8:59 pace

12.83 bike = 49 min

1k = 4:59/8:01 pace

All in all, I was happy with it and felt like I did push myself even though it was not a “real” race. I think i am going to look to go on some organized bike rides because I have no way to judge myself and see how I am doing. 

Here is a photo of me as I lay on my back in the parking area of the trailhead. 










Today, Sunday, i was planning to take a rest day. However, when I woke up and saw what a gorgeous day it was, I just could not stay away. Ran an easy 4 miles. Felt good. 

Now regarding the detoxing: friday night, i treated myself out to dinner and had Ally, the bartender, chose a wine for me. Something light-bodied was all I had said. She served me a glass of Bliss Pinot Noir. How’s that for a good serving. My first sip of alcohol in ten days. Went nice with my pasta and brussels sprouts. 

Last night, I had about 1/2 cup of low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt & today, i had the same yogurt mixed into a coffee/banana/protein smoothie. At this point, I feel good for my restraint and I think I have cleared out the all-too-fast grabs for unhealthy stuff, namely the junk. I am still gonna try to to “be good” but sooner or later, I know I will crack and get the damn chewy, chunky, chocolate chip cookie! 

Cheers to All!

Update #3 & a re-figuring of the weekend

Posted in random with tags , , , , , , , on May 7, 2009 by afuntanilla

Lots of temptations this week: cinco de mayo – went out for mexican. Had neither chips nor margarita. Ohhh-tough! 
Yesterday at work, there was cake for a retiring co-worker. Today, at the movies, I walked right on passed the concession stand where the aroma of freshly cooked popcorn filled the air. More toughness called for on my part. I’m proud I have resisted all the temptations come my way. I have noticed that it’s been much easier to abstain from the alcohol versus the junk. Interesting.

Some of the other things I have noticed since my little experiment began; dining bills are less! Without alcohol, my bill goes down anywhere from 6-10 bucks. Nice! 
I don’t know I have lost any weight, but I feel lighter. What I am most happy about is that I have not substituted anything to replace the things I am abstaining from! I’ve also noticed the frequency of the cravings(sugar, mostly) and realizing that for the most part, I have fulfilled that craving as way of comfort. When I think of truly nourishing my body, obviously, all the junk food and such does not come into the picture. What I chose to spend money on and place into my body ought to be beautiful and nourishing. Too often, I have looked past what it is and thus eat without a lot of consciousness. I think most of us do. However, I am not saying I will never eat junk food again or drink alcohol; I just feel this has been a wake up call to me to be more conscious. Next time I have a drink, I want it to be in celebration of something, of life. Isn’t that what Bacchus was all about? I don’t want to drink just to drink. I will want to enjoy a delicious red wine with a beautiful meal or raise a glass of champagne for some celebratory event, even if that event is a celebration of a day well lived. All about consciousness. And my next junk food? Well, let’s say that my craving is a yummy, choc chip cookie. And whenever that time comes, I will dip it in some cold milk and enjoy every sweet, buttery taste! For now, I am on DAY 8 and i’ll just keep with it.

In other news, the DUATHLON I was planning on participating in this Saturday has been cancelled and re-scheduled for August. “Due to weather conditions”. Apparently, they don’t want to hold the event with the threat of Thunder Storms on Saturday. I’m bummed about it as i have REALLY been looking forward to the event….but, I will find something else to do as a way to challenge myself & have fun. August?! Sure will be great weather in Atlanta in August. Sheesh!

May 6: 3 miles – easy on treadmill

May 5: 2.15 miles – easy outside w/ hills

May 4: 9 mile bike ride