Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I didn't run Monday afternoon, instead I listened to the Critter Ridders (not kidding) tell me how they were going to drain my bank account and make the squirrels move out of the attic. You should see what they've done with the place, very classy nests everywhere. It's the creme de la creme of squirrel flats! Anyhow, after that conversation I chose to eat and get back to work. I didn't run at night either, it was 90 degrees. Which is hot for here...for now...like the quarry is cold....for here...for now. Excuses. I know.
I ran Tuesday morning and had my session with Trainer at the gym that afternoon. Not my best session, not my worst.
Lunch today was a treat as I got to see Yoga Zen Babe and Little Zen, he's so adorable. I ask him, "Can I have a hug?" and he say, "Yes!" And then he runs into my arms and I scoop him up and he just hangs on me and I can feel the love. It's the best. At lunch I was telling YZB how I'm just cranky this week. I have no idea why. I don't like it. It's not me. It started with that bad ride, but COME ON..I'm so over it. In fact today we were cracking up at my outbursts on the ride. Weather change? Hmmm...need to figure it out and as Soul Mate would say, "Squash it!" Yes, need to squash the negativity, focus and have FUN with this training.
Anyone have any "feel good" tips? Any special way that you focus in on the positive? Anyway to face the fear in a "Eff yeah baby!" kind of way instead of my usual "Oh sh*t!" response?
Monday, April 26, 2010
Monday is here and I about to go on my afternoon run...during work hours! That is what makes it so cool. Running during the day makes me feel like I'm getting away with something sneaky. Although my quads, hamstrings, calves and glutes will beg to differ. They'll actually beg for a rest day, that would be super sneaky right? But no...I need to run when my muscles are fatigued. How else am I going to run 13.1 miles after swimming 1.2 miles and cycling 56 miles? Well...I really don't know how that is going to happen ANYWAY (there is a way, I'm just not there yet!)
Okay, much better day today. A Monday of all things. Huh, never thought Monday would be a good day. I think Legs and Sprinter are rubbing off on me today. :)
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
It said that I had a really hard and windy ride on Saturday, only did 50 miles, beautiful...but I really hate the wind. I don't care that it's supposed to make you stronger, it just makes me angry. :) Also that Trainer and I went out for crappy bar food (it really was crappy and I should have cooked) and a few beers on Saturday night before I passed out from exhaustion from the ride. Sunday was a chill day where I cooked breakfast and then spent the day with two of my favorite people in the world - Yoga Zen Babe and Little Zen. It used to be Baby Zen but he's 2 1/2 now! Too cute and he loves me. We shopped all day after some great tea and then I punked out on my long run.
Which meant....I had to run at lunch yesterday. Not a travesty. I love running in the afternoon, well, with the exception of the additional shower. After work I did an easy 46 min ride down the wind tunnel that we call Parmer Rd. and came home and made Salmon. Well...actually it was Steelhead Trout, that looked like salmon at the store and I just pointed...and that's what I cooked. I seasoned it with coriander and salt and it was delish. It was an early night and that is the trend in our house these days. We get ready for bed by 8:30p and are usually IN bed by 9. Now, most nights I have issues actually falling asleep, that will change when my training hours start to get longer.
I'm looking for new blog topics. I'm open to suggestions. Here are some that I'm tossing around:
Learning to Love...exercise ('cause I'm not there)
Personal Question that bug me
Everything is meant to happen for a reason...yes, even the bad stuff
Why, in my 30s, do I have both wrinkles AND acne??
Motivation...where does it come from?
So, those are the things that are tossing about in my head. Care to add some? Help me stir the creative juices? Please? :)
I'm off to help move furniture, cook dinner and possibly get in a run this evening. Here's a picture from my Saturday ride. My bike is the blue/purple one.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Let's see...last I left you I had track practice. Here's the thing with me, I'm NOT an athlete (in my mind, but thank you M for saying that, you're sweet!) but I do athletic things. I take direction well, I could probably repeat word for word what the coaches have told me. However, when it comes to execution I just don't have 'it'. That doesn't stop me, nor will it ever, from trying and doing...no matter how slow or badly it is done. Track...didn't want to go, I mean I did, but then I didn't. I got stuck in traffic and thought, well...maybe I'll just go to the bicycle shop instead and get my team clothes...but my faithful car drove its way to the track, and I did a two lap warm up, then drills, then 1200m repeats, just three (in the same time that other people did 4 and/or 5...speedy bastards), and then a two lap cool down going forward on the curves and backward on the straightaways. TOUGH! But I'm glad I did it. My abs feel nice and tight and I was super happy that I had come home at lunch and pre-made dinner!!
Thursday was week #2 of swimming. This was my first attempt at the 9:30a class to see how full it was and if it would work with my schedule. I work from home from 7-9a, then take off for the pool (about 30 min away) then swim for an hour, drive back (30 min), shower at home and back to work within another 30 min. That is a 2.5 hour lunch! But then I go to work, and eat lunch there and usually work until 6:30p or so. It worked! Then today I went to work for that time, then left for swimming at 11a, did the hour and 15 min of practice. Came back, worked for an hour, went and had coffee with Trainer (that was really supposed to be my weights workout but I'm cashed), came home and I'm working once again. Well...I'm blogging while waiting for my forms to load!
So, here is my improvement with the swimming in just 3 workouts:
Swim #1 (Last Friday) Did 1000m in 45 min (couldn't do the full hour b/c of crappy endurance)
Swim #2 (yesterday) Did 1500m in 1 hr (still slow, but better)
Swim #3 (today) Did 2150m in 1:15 (getting better!!)
Please remember that there are rest breaks in between sets (kind of like weights), for those ultra good swimmers out there. :) Okay, so while I was swimming (after I was explained to my lane partner what one of the drills was) I was thinking...I can explain it...just not execute it! When I came back for rest the coach says, "I just don't know how we're going to get your arms to open up...*sigh*...this has been my problem for MONTHS now. And I supposed a 2 month hiatus didn't help.
Ack, you know what I forgot today??? Fricken sun screen!!! I can feel the burn setting in. Blah. Suckage.
Tomorrow is a 48 mile ride. I was going to attempt the 62 miler...just not sure about it. I really should do it since the Shiner ride is three weeks away...and is 95 miles. *eep* Ooh, you know what I just thought of?? I could do the 48m route, see how I feel and if good do the 13 mile route! Waahlaa! That would also mean that I could store food in my car as well as extra water...better and better! That's what I'll do. Settled. Whew....now time to close it up for the day and spend some QT with the pups. Peace out kids, I'll check in tomorrow.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I can't believe I'm going to put this out there, but when I started we didn't do a baseline, so what I have is starting in February, about a month into training if I remember correctly.
Feb - 31% Body fat
Mar - 30.5%
April - 30%
My inches have gone down body wise and my weight has stayed pretty much the same, only fluxing up and down by 2 pounds. Which I guess is a positive thing since I'm eating more?? Maybe? I've just bumped up my cardio (yay for swimming) so maybe by the end of this training I can be in the mid 20%? Hell, I'd be happy with 25% at this point. :)
Anywho, in other news...I told you I was perusing the web for new blogs and I've found some!!! I follow Sprinter's blog which is fab-u-lous. Fun, entertaining and real. Although sometimes I have to read it mid-morning b/c she's super chipper in the morning and we know that I'm SO not there. But I love it. Then this one caught my eye (I shop blogs by the title...sorry, it's just what I do) because I loved, loved, loved the book Eat, Pray, Love...so check out this one Eat Move Love. I found her on Sprinter's blog as well as this one The Empty Nut Jar, which I love because of the name and the fact that one of the first blogs I read stated that she eats way too much nut butter...HELLO sister! I love me some peanut butter, almond butter...etc. I guess I could have linked the names instead of 'one' right? Oh well....laziness set in and I'm not changing it. I deem all of these the 'blog-diggity'! I'm really hoping that I've made up a new word. How cool would that be?
Shout out to Sexy Hippy who is currently my hero. I sent her a card that I meant to mail off more than 2 years ago. Love you girl!
Shout out to all my T3ers that are 1/2 way through their IronMan training, crazy-ass people. LOVE them though, truly.
And really I have nothing else to say. Right now I'm just postponing work that I'm dreading. It's not even hard work...just boring. Track practice on the agenda for tonight. (I got to sleep IN this morning!!!) Tomorrow am swim, just in time for the cold front to move through...it figures right?
Fine, fine, fine...going to start/finish work now. I'll chat at you later gators!!
Monday, April 5, 2010
Here are some pics of Trainer's bday night:
This is probably Black and Tan #3...or so. Notice how the pinkie finger is sticking out. Please note that this is not a pretentious thing, but a habit picked up from years and years of torture...I mean practicing the clarinet.
And here is Trainer on his Black and Tan #...4? 5? Who cares it was his birthday!! I took some other pics of him, but I was buzzed...on the way to tanked...and they didn't turn out or do him justice. He's a hottie.
Oh, did I mention that I drunk dialed my old boss...like at 1am? Well, my phone did anyway, it's been calling people lately. Yeah...whoops. And I thought we had fallen asleep/passed out by then!! Also, after getting all gussied (that's for you Soul Mate) up and wearing the most uncomfortable shoes EVER I ended up walking barefoot back to the hotel. :) Yes, barefoot, in the city, about a mile. And I leave you with this...and only because I think it's a cute picture of me!