Friday, December 31, 2010

One More 2010 Post

The end of a year tends to be a time for reflection. Accomplishments for the year, things to change for next. I could go on and on about the year I have, but that is why I have this blog - so I can go back and see what accomplished and how I felt.

But I do tend to hate this holiday. It's full of pressure to look right, go to the right party, have someone to kiss at midnight. Blah. I was complaining to Janie about the holiday and she had a really good response - "I don't look at New Years as a couple holiday or pressure, it's more of a reset. You can just hit reset and start over". I thought that was a great way to look at tonight.

Even after I spent an hour on the bike tonight with Coach Troy, I just spent over an hour finding something to wear. I tried on dresses that won't zip and tops that were too tight and it was frustrating. But not only is tomorrow a new day, it's a new year. I get to hit reset and focus on the right things.

Don't get me wrong, 2010 was a great. I had a lot of travel, met some awesome people, started something new, and became better friends with a lot of great people. I am very lucky for the great year I have had. But I am also excited to reset - especially with a strong focus on the workouts/eating/training for another Ironman goal. I am just excited for a the new year.

Thank you 9 readers for sticking with me in 2010 and I hope you stay with me in 2011.


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Booty Pop at 6:15 AM?!?!?!

I think you all know it's pretty easy to talk me into something. Especially if it's something I kind of want to do anyway. Well, this morning was one of those situations.

Suzie said she goes to the gym on Tuesday's at 5:30. IN THE MORNING! So of course, I said I would join her. I knew if I didn't go with her, it would be tough to find the time to go on my own later in the day. I have shopping to do!!
Anyway, I told my parents the plan, they laughed at me, and left the car keys on the table. 5 am, the alarm went off, I cursed Suzie's name, and headed to the gym to meet her.

We started off on the elliptical machine and were chatting away, but still getting in a decent workout. 25 minutes into our 30 minute workout, a woman came to us and asked if we wanted to take a Zumba class. There was only one other person and we thought, why not. So we hopped off our machines and went into class.

It was HILARIOUS!! Even with all my DC Tri Club dance parties, I have no rhythm. And I noticed this even more as I was surrounded by mirrors. But, nothing says great workout like shaken' your booty at 6:15. IN THE MORNING!
25 minutes on the elliptical, 30 minutes of Zumba class, a lot of laughing - all equals worth getting up 5 IN THE MORNING.

Now, I am free to do a day of shopping. Woot!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Still Not Fun

I just don't like treadmills. I mean, I don't mind them. They are a ton better than running outside in the cold/ice/wind/snow/extreme heat/nighttime, but they are still not my favorite. And I think I discovered why - I still don't like running. The shiny new experience R gave me a few months ago is gone. Yes, I still focus on the things I am supposed to, and that is nice, but I just don't like running.

Today I went with my bf Suzie to her gym. Even though I did the treadmill yesterday, it was her day on the treadmill, and there were 2 next to each other, so to the treadmill I went. Again.

It was a lot better having someone to chat with, especially someone I haven't seen in 6 months. But I did spend a good portion of the time complaining, whining, and asking when we would be done.

Suzie thought this was very funny as she has a 13 month old who cries less than I do. AND, she was at IM Moo '08 and knows what I am capable of doing. But of course, I was glad I went for the painful 2.5 miles and used that to justify the huge brunch I had with the rest of our HS friends at our semi-annual gab fest.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

That Wasn't Fun...

Well, it's the day after Christmas (i.e. lots of eating) so I took myself to the gym. I just wanted to do a simple, easy, 30-40 minute treadmill run. I haven't been on the treadmill for a few weeks now, or without Mr. Shorty Shorts (i.e. Charles in case the 9 of you forgot who Mr. Shorty Shorts is), so I knew it would be a bit difficult.

I headed to the local gym, purchased a day pass (only $12!!!) and hopped on a treadmill. My goal was to work on my lean and to have a light touch on the ground, while doing a 5:1 for 30 plus minutes.
The first set was great. The second set was okay.
Something happened during the third set. I started getting a bit queasy and thinking about all the food from yesterday: my favorite cheesy potato side dish, my aunt's cheese vegetables, the strawberry cheesecake... I had to stop the run set and walk because I thought I might actually 'litter' all over the treadmill. Not.Cool. And I don't think that has ever happened before so it was a surprise to me.
The walking helped and I made it through the fourth set - just a lot slower than the first two.
And the last set. Well, I was sweating so much that I think I short circuited my headphones. I have a super cute pink shuffle and the headphones control is on the right side of the ear buds. Towards the end of the last set, the songs started to jump around and I couldn't control the volume. Oops. I was sweating a lot, but I didn't think so much where I would ruin my headphones...

Hopefully they will be better for tomorrow's workout. Yes, I will be going to the gym tomorrow as well!! LOOK AT ME GO! :-)

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas to all! Or Merry Festivus. Whatever fits your beliefs, I hope you had a wonderful day.

And I wanted to show some super cute triathlon symbols I found.

This is from Athlete3.
And from Piranha Sports (who I love their races)
I hope Santa was good to you all!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas Eve!!

I had something else I was going to say, but then I saw this from Sandy.

With her permission, I give you

Twas The Night Before Kona

Twas the night before Kona, when all through the house,
Not a creature was training, not even Sovonick or mouse.

The compression socks were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that precious Kona finishes soon would be there.

The triathletes were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of personal records danced in their heads.
And L in her timing chip, and I in my Headsweats cap,
Had just settled down for a long pre-race nap.

When out in transition there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tripped over the trainer, foam roller, then crash.

The moon on the breast of the wave-whipped white sand,
gave the lustre of midday to objects so grand.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a tricked-out tri bike, and lots of tri gear.

With a little tan driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be Chris McCormack.
More rapid than eagles his courser they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Lieto! Now, Raelert! Now, Potts and Alexander!
On, Clif Shots! On, Specialized! WTC and Under Armour!
To the top of Energy Lab! To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Queen K! Dash away all!"

As lava fields that before the burning sun fry,
When they meet with an obstacle, towards Ali'i they fly.
So up to the finish line the racers they flew,
With bottles filled with Ironman Perform and some Gu.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard through the tide,
The prancing and pawing of each runner's fast stride.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chute Macca came blazing by with a bound.

He was dressed all in spandex, from his head to his foot,
And his kit were all tarnished with salt, sweat, and soot.
A bundle of sponges he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a champ, so far ahead of the pack.

His eyes - how they twinkled! His dimples - how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His smack-talking mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the drool on his chin was as white as snow.

The package of Gu he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke from his racing flats encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a slim face and a very flat belly,
That got ripped when he laughed, not loose like my jelly.

He was sun-kissed and toned, a right jolly old Aussie,
And I laughed when I saw him, his smile so white and so glossy.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had many miles ahead.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And thanked all his sponsors, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the podium he rose!

He sprang to his bike, to his fellow teammates gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like a super fast missile.
But I heard him exclaim as he rode out of sight,
"Happy racing to all, and to all a goodnight!"

*Adapted from "Twas the Night before Christmas" by Clement Clarke Moore

Thanks Sandy!!
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas Eve, Eve

It's been a very quiet week so far, which has been nice.

I did make it to Yoga Steve on Tuesday and there was very little nose drainage. I call that a huge improvement! It was also a hard class, and there were only 5 of us. There was a lot of extra attention, which meant making the poses a little bit harder. Plus, there were just some hard poses that I wasn't even close to getting. I was happy I went, but this cartoon pretty much sums up how I felt during the class.
Ahh... yoga...

Yesterday I was super proud of myself.
Why you ask? Well, I put off going to happy hour with Jess so I could bike on my trainer? Why was this even more special you are asking? Well, remember how pretty my bike was decorated for Christmas??? It was the perfect excuse to NOT take Carlos down and put him back on the trainer. But I did, and I biked. And I forgot again how much I sweat in a 40 minute trainer ride in my apartment!!

Today - well, I started my vacation early. I mean, with a cupcake that looks like this, how could I not... (PS. Mom and Dad - a new cupcake place you have to add to your list for your next visit!!)

But no worries you 9 readers, I am packing workout close to go to the gym while I am at home.

Anyone want to place bets on how many times I go to a gym???

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It's A Quiet Day

It is 4 days before Christmas so it's pretty quiet in the office. I am not leaving until the 24th, so that means it's the perfect time to blog about the weekend.

Friday was date night with Karen. Swimming, yoga, dinner. And as I mentioned, I was still pretty stuffed up from the cold I had (and still am) so I was glad I made her lead. A LOT of stuff came out of my nose, so it was a good thing that pool was full of chlorine!! I only got in about 1600, which I was happy with. My lungs hurt - which they never do swimming, so I was glad I didn't push it.
Yoga was okay - and she was NO yoga Steve. I did the best I could with the poses and not coughing.
And of course dinner was great. As Karen and I each headed home, we realized most people we saw were going out - ahhhh, the life we lead...

Saturday was a triathlon filled day.
I had my last board meeting with the 2010 board. It was a great year, we got a lot accomplished, and I was very happy to be part of a great group of people. I also ran for the 2011 board, was elected, ran for vice president, and was also selected for the position. I am very VERY excited.
That meeting was followed by our club wide annual meeting, and our Kona viewing party. I just LOVE watching Kona. It is currently on my DVR too and will be watched again and again as I am on my trainer...

Sunday was 3 hour spin again. And I did wear my Power Balance Band and I did NOT fall off my bike this time. WOO-Hoo!! It works!! HA!
And, those are hard classes. By the end, the only thing I could say was "I love you Rob" because I hated him so much. Everything was hurting. I know they are good for me, which is why I say I love you and not I hate you, but still. At that moment, I hated him. (But not really.)

And yesterday. This is how I know things are changing. I chose to swim instead of stay at the bar. SHOCKING, I know, I know... Especially because Bri wasn't able to join me, so I went by myself. Instead of drinking.

Yup - times are changing. Again. And I like it.

Friday, December 17, 2010

I Should Have Worn the Power Balance Bracelet

As I mentioned in the previous week+ long catch up post, the past Sunday's spin class deserved a blog post of its own.

This was week two of 3 hour spin and it was needed as I ate a lot on Friday and Saturday. Plus, I had dinner plans on Sunday night so I knew I needed to burn the calories.

Karen, Janie and I made our way to the chatty corner and got all set up. I just use the baskets because I am too cheap to buy another pair of bike shoes and cleats just for spin class, so set up is pretty easy for me. Also, the bikes seemed a bit closer than normal and I was worried about my right armpit being in Janie's face. In fact, that was going to be the title of the post "I Am Worried About My Right Armpit Smell". But Janie didn't seem concerned and we were on our way to 3 hours of spin fun.

Rob does a great job of making the time fly by with sets by songs and other things to distract us. Last week was 2 truths and a lie (where you tell 2 things about yourself that are true and 1 that is a lie. If the class does not guess the lie, you all have to sprint for 15 seconds. Mine were about falling over). This week was 'clean' jokes.

Anyway, I spend a lot of time concentrating on having good bike form and keeping my heels down as Rob tells us what to do. So in addition to adjusting the tension to mimic a hills or flats, we also stand at times.

So remember, I am in baskets (not cleated shoes), concentrating on heels down, and sometimes standing. Can you see where this is going? About 2 hours and 30 minutes into class, we were standing, I was thinking about heels down, and slip - out went my left foot from the basket and tumble to the right I went. Luckily, the bikes were close so I just caught myself on Janie's bike and pushed myself back up, slyly look around to see if anyone saw me.

Of course, Janie and Karen start laugh and said something like "Did you just do what I think you did???"
Me. "SSSHHHHH!!!! No one saw!"

All and all, I was okay. I had a pretty decent bump on the top of my left foot, and a bit of swelling. I must have hit it on the top of the pedal as I fell to the right.

But yeah, it was pretty funny. Who falls on a stationary bike? Okay, apparently I do. And no, I was not wearing my Power Balance bracelet - but I will be this coming Sunday!

And I Was Doing So Well

I was getting better about blogging.
I was working out and had fun stories again.

Then of course, it happened AGAIN - I GOT SICK!! And am still sick. BBBBBBOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

But here is the recap of last week and this week.
Wednesday, December 8
I believe I mentioned that I was in week long meetings last week. 8:30-5. We got a lot done, but it didn't leave much time to workout. Mr. Shorty Shorts had the great idea to work out in the morning. So, I dragged myself out of bed at 6:35, headed to the metro, and was on a treadmill by 7:15. Mr. Shorty Shorts strolled in at 7:35, and all the treadmills were taken. We did get in a good workout though - and I blamed him for feeling very tired the rest of the day.

Thursday, December 9
For some reason, because Wednesday went so well, we went again to the gym in the morning. And this was my first 'brick' of the season. 20 min on the stationary bike, 15 minutes on the treadmill. WOO HOO! And those 15 minutes on the treadmill was a speedy Thursday workout. DOUBLE WOO HOO! I am even going to let it slide that our shirts were the same color so as we were working on our speed, with the same cadence, in the same color shirts, we looked WAY too similar... Yup, going to let that go...

Friday, December 10
And, one of my favorite days of the year - my cookie party! Thanks to Brooke, who came early and decorated, made my place look awesome!
I think everyone had a good time. The majority of the cookies were gone, there were some fantastic decorators, and happy non-holiday cookies to decorate.

Saturday, December 11
Nothing says recovery from a sugar and champagne cocktail high than a sparkling wine tasting!!! Diane gave Brooke, Mary Elizabeth and I our early birthday presents by taking us to a wine tasting. It was delicious.
This was followed up by one of the best presents I have ever received. Diane remembered me talking about eating while training. Apparently, I talked about breakfast sandwiches a lot. So she found this ceramic egg dish, that you can put in the microwave to cook your egg, in the perfect bagel shape!!! How cool is that!?!?! Let's just say I am even more excited to start my real training so I can make breakfast bagel sandwiches!! WOOT!

Sunday, December 12
3 hour spin class. And this class deserves a post of its own. Check back for this next!

Monday, December 13
I start to feel it. A slight stuffy head. I tried to go to bed early, but little luck.

Tuesday, December 14
It was Yoga Steve Day and I was NOT going to let a stuffy head ruin my yoga day.
It was pretty gross because during downward dog, it was like someone turned on the faucet in my nose. It was gross. I don't think Mr. Shorty Shorts noticed, nor did Yoga Steve. But it was gross. And I just went downhill from there. I had to skip out on HH to rest. BOO! And my boss wasn't happy with how my voice sounded, or that my nose looked like Rudolph, so he sent me home.

Wednesday/Thursday/Friday Dec 15-17
The past few days were pretty much the same as above, minus the Yoga Steve. I am coughing, have a stuffy head, nose continues to run, voice is off, and I am NOT working out. It sucks and I hate it. I am trying to sleep, but not getting that great of rest. I am drinking tea, taking Theraflu, drinking plenty of water, and eating soup. But it won't go away. I woke up about 5 in the morning and was coughing straight until 6:30 - which included 'littering' 3 times. I was sick in November, I am not supposed to be sick again. This isn't fair and I would like it to stop.

So tonight, I am going to try to swim with Karen (assuming she still wants to in case she reads this) tonight and hope that helps. Tomorrow is our annual meeting and Sunday is 3 hour spin. I have had enough excuses, I need to start training. I HAVE TO and not be sick!!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I'm Training for an Ironman

This video made it around the internet, facebook, etc. over the past two days.

It's funny because it's true.
Just hysterical.

Monday, December 6, 2010


I took today off for many reasons

1. I am still tired from 3 hour spin.
2. I am having a party on Friday and I really needed to CLEAN!
3. I am still tired from 3 hour spin.
4. This week I have all day meetings. No time for the gym during lunch :-(
5. I am still tired from 3 hour spin.
6. It's cold and that makes me lazy.
7. I am still tired from 3 hour spin.
8. It gave me an excuse to wear my super cute socks/slippers.Don't hate.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Weekend Catchup

Yet again, another great weekend, with another long post to fill in my 9 (YES, NINE) readers.

Friday - The day just got away from me with meetings that lasted 90 minutes where all I said was "That was approved 2 weeks ago" followed by another meeting where I said "I did that last week. I will re-send you the e-mail" followed by yet another where I yes "Yes, and I am still waiting for OMB to make a decision". And when I asked if I could skip the meetings (to workout - hello, it was pilates day) I was told it would be in my best interest to go - just in case something came up. Nothing came up.

Anyway, this was followed by heading to National Geographic to see Ben Folds! Now he wasn't singing, but was talking about his pictures. It was really interesting and increased my love for Ben.

It was good that the evening was early because Saturday was our first OFF SEASON TRIATHLON!!
A swim at Wilson, brunch (with unlimited mimosas), and a pedicure!! It really was a great day. The swim went pretty well - especially when Laural said "Hey, want to do another 400, 3000 yards sounds better than 2600, right?" Of course I said yes!! 3000 yards meant 3000 calories at brunch, right?

Well, maybe not, but that is how many I ate anyway. Oh, and remember that 100 push up challenge I mentioned and haven't talked about it since - yeah, others (Karen, Janie and Carolina) are sticking to it - and even do them while waiting for our meals. They're hard core.
After the unlimited mimosa, we all got our manicures and pedicures. I have to say, it was a great way to spend the day.
This was followed by Karen and Sandy playing dress up with me for our first holiday party of the season. Janice was a gracious host and we all had a great time.
Plus, you know we are all in training when we have maybe 2 drinks, eat a lot (which was SO GOOD Janice!!), and were ready to go around 10 - we all had workouts the next day.

So after a great Saturday, and lovey night sleep, I was up and ready for 3 hours of spin. Yes, that's right, 3 hours of spin. It was so painfully good.

This was followed by a slow moving grocery shopping trip filled with fresh veggies and meal ideas. Yes, that means I cooked. Woo-Hoo!

It really was a great weekend. Thanks to all involved!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Yesterday Was GOOD!

I haven't run in a long time. Yes, I was sick. Yes, it was turkey day. Yes, I prefer sitting on my bike. Yes, those are all excuses.

BUT, I have all these new things to think about while running, so I don't really mind as much as I once did. I am still off my schedule for one reason (excuse) or another, but I knew yesterday had to be a run day. So I put it on my calendar - actually Charles put it on my calendar, and off we went to the treadmills.

It would have been the perfect day to skip.
I, and please don't laugh, can't find my running shoes. I SEARCHED my apartment in the morning with no luck, so I figured they were at work. When I got in, nope - no running shoes. They have to be somewhere, with my special inserts, I am just not sure where. Also, Charles didn't have his stuff. Luckily he lives 3 minutes away from the office so I sent him home to get stuff. This was a no excuses day!

On our way down to the gym, I had to make sure Charles and I didn't match. I H.A.T.E the matchie match. And apparently, there are a few blog posts about that. We were both in blue, but it was okay.
So, I change, get on a treadmill, and I see Charles, who will now be known as Mr. Shorty Shorts. I tried to do a stick figure drawing as I have in the past - but it was not doing the situation justice. And I think it's better for all involved to let imaginations flow on this one...

Anyway, it was hump day hills for Mr. Shorty Shorts and I wanted to work in cadence again.
About 5 minutes into our workouts, Mr. Shorty Shorts and I got treadmills next to each other and we had our plan. He would do hills for a minute, recover for a minute while I would match is cadence (which he can keep while running up the treadmill hill) and try to maintain the faster turnover while he was on a minute recovery, and match back up on his next hill.

Overall, for the little over a mile, it worked! I was, for the most part, able to maintain the faster cadence during his recovery. YAY ME! My legs were beat after that mile, but I was really happy. I spent the rest of the time working on the lean/light touch/and floppy feet when needed. Also, there were many time where I wanted to walk, but didn't because it was matching Mr. Shorty Shorts's recovery. Yay for pushing myself and it feeling good :-)

I would also like to say a specially hello to my Ninth Reader! Good luck with your half marathon program starting on Saturday!! Weekly "set" schedules always seem to help!!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I'm At About 50/50

A few weeks ago I sent Coach a schedule. It was my ideal of what I would be doing from now until Jan/Feb when we really started working together. He made a few changes, but overall was okay with it. And I have been okay with following the said schedule, but Turkey day and random outings really threw me off. Oh, and of course being sick for a week.

Since being sick, and Turkey day, I ate a lot of leftover pie, did some shopping on Black Friday, and caught up on some sleep.

But Saturday, I got up and sat on my bike on the trainer for 45 before brunch. APPROVED!
Sunday I was out and walked to the grocery store, and walked to the river, and walked to the harbor. It was close to 12 miles. YES, 12 MILES!!!
Monday, yesterday, it was a swim day. I told EVERYONE that I was going to swim, even thought I couldn't get anyone to swim with me. I figured if I told EVERYONE that I was going to swim, I would go. I got home from work, packed my swim bag, got to Marcus, stopped by the dry cleaners, picked up my dry cleaning, and drove home. I just could NOT get my self to go to the pool. I couldn't. Just.Could.Not. BUT, I did sit on my bike trainer again for another 45 minutes. And it was good, I felt good. Because I would be lying if I said that 12 miles of walking didn't hurt. If you don't believe me - you try walking 12 miles!!

Anyhoo, today was YOGA STEVE! But, not Steve, some other random chick. she was okay, but no Yoga Steve. Way more of a cardio yoga class than I prefer. I get my cardio from other places and therefore prefer my yoga to concentrate on my core and stretching. But he will be back next week.

BUT, my favorite part of the day - when I came out of yoga class, I saw my friend Scott on the treadmill. He was having a though time and asked for help for his last 5 minutes. Of course I hopped on the t-mill next to him and just started talking. It was one of those times where word vomit actually was the best thing someone could ask for. Something, ANYTHING to distract from what you do not want to be doing. I was more than happy to help out.

And that is why I am about 50/50 on my schedule. I am TRYING.

I know I need to step up, but I am just not there. I am not sure if it's because I am not 100% on my schedule, or I have some mental block of the fact I have finished one, or if there is some other issue I am not dealing with... Who knows... I just hope I am not digging my self a hole I can't get out of.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Gobble Gobble!!

I am thankful for so many things.
Family who love and support me in all I do.
Friends who are just amazing people and inspire me everyday.

Overall, I do know how lucky I am, and I am thankful for all I have. Especially a cousin who can cook a fabulous dinner and Macy's for having a sale tomorrow I am excited to go to during my lunch hour. It sounds like a much better plan than the gym, right?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

I Hate Saying No!

Most people know that I LOVE skipping workouts. I come up with very creative ways to skip workouts. But, it is even better when someone asks me to go for a drink or dinner to help them skip a workout. I 99.9% of the time will take them up on their offer.

The 0.1% of the time, WHEN I AM STILL SICK! Even if I was willing to infect others, I am on the z pack, so no drinking for me. BOOO!!!!

Sorry Karen!

And shame on you Sandy and Alejandro for not stepping up!

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Flip Side

As much fun as I had last weekend, I think it took it's toll on me. I feel like I have been hit by a semi. I have been sleeping since I got back on Sunday. Bed, couch, shower, bed. Repeat. Not fun.

I don't think it's really fair because the weekend in WV wasn't all about me. I was doing recon for future training weekends. Dirk did a bunch of his training for is Ironman up there last year, as his house is in the mountains, and plans to do the same this year. A long IM Lake Placid/Wisconsin group trip is in the works and I had to make sure the lake, hills, restaurants, and lodging would be satiable. See, it wasn't all about me!! I shouldn't get this sick after... NOT FAIR!

Okay, it's time for bed. I just hope I can sleep more than a few hours without coughing up green stuff.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Do You Know What's A Great Ab Workout?

(Saturday's Post)

Raking leaves. Lots and lots of leaves.

My friend Dirk and I were talking the other day about his mountain house in West Virginia. I told him I am really good at hanging out at mountain houses, and would even help clean the gutters.

So Friday, I took off a bit early for work and we headed to West Virginia. After lots and lots of traffic, we finally arrived. Such a cute place! We got right to work - making cranberry/orange infused vodka!! It takes a minimum of 3 days, so I will just have to assume it worked out.

I slept so well!! It was nice and cool and there was something about sleeping where it was so peaceful. And the sleep was needed because we got right to work! Leaves leaves everywhere leaves. Dirk did the gross work of the gutters while I swept the deck. Then the raking started. Driveway (up a massive hill), parking landing, side of the house, back of the house, and the other side of the house. But it all seemed to go pretty quick. And I noticed that if I were to engage my core, it was a pretty good ab workout. I was careful to switch sides - not wanting to overwork one side more than the other - but overall, it was just so nice to be outside. I didn't mind the work, just the wind that was blowing the leaves back to where I just raked them from.

Once all the work was done, a quick hike (and this picture does not do the view justice, but you might get an idea for the amount of leaves...) followed by lots of relaxing. Not too bad. Not too bad at all.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sometimes Drinks Are Better Than Workouts

That's what I have to say about tonight.

2 different groups. 2 different reasons. Both needed drinks. Both were needed tonight - for me. And yes, it was better than 30 minutes on my trainer. That I can make up. Being their for friends and them being their for me, that you can't make up.

Hour long sangria pitchers and 4 hour dinners over fajitas - means so much.

Thanks those involved. You teach me more than you will ever know.

Monday, November 15, 2010

3 Shower Day

It's really interested the things you notice about a day. For example, today - showers.

I took 3.

I woke up, took shower number 1, and went to work.

Started work, then Charles and I decided it was a good day for the treadmill. We were both hungry and our legs hurt - so to the gym we went. On our way out I said "Aren't you glad Ironman training has started again???" Of course he is!! :-)
But of course, for the first 20 minutes we could not have treadmills next to each other. However, Charles kicked off the woman next to me who was on for 40 minutes (and there is a 30 minute time limit). And that last 10 minutes was exactly what I needed.
Charles has a much faster cadence - and the cadence I am aiming for, so it was great for me to try and follow his stride. He could go his 7.5 mph, I could go my 4.8-5.1 mph, but keep the same beats per minute. It was so helpful! I kept ramming into the treadmill, but that was just proving on what I need to work on in terms of cadence and pace.
Hopefully I can get Charles to do this with me a few more times!
And obviously, there was a shower after the gym because it was still super hot in the gym.

Then, continuing with my schedule, I went to the pool. I did make sure people told me I still had to go to the pool, even though I swam 2 days in a row... so to the pool I went, even though I was on my own. Someone who shall remain nameless (and is one of my 8 readers) keeps falling off of her bike and needs to stop!!! I am so getting you a hologram bracelet for the holidays!
Anyway, she couldn't make it, I am assuming someone else was still in Clearwater after her 14th place finish at the 70.3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. Yes, someone I know was 14th, and 100th OVERALL. IN THE WORLD!
Anyway, back to me. I SWAM! By myself. And of course, that means another shower.

So, 1 day, 2 workouts, 3 showers. For the first time, I feel like I am in training. And it makes me very happy.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Another Great Day

I have to say, I forgot I was missing by being so busy these past few months and not having weekends. Don't get me wrong, I had a great time with the travel and races and visiting friends, but these past 2 days reminded me of what weekends are capable of.

After I did bike on the trainer yesterday, followed by some push-ups and sit-ups, it was nice to go out on Saturday with my workout done, but didn't take up my entire day.

Today, same thing. I went to the farmers market with Diane and bought lots of tasty food to cook. We also went to breakfast, it's just needed after a trip to the farmers market!
I came home, started to cook dessert for a Sunday night dinner at Karen's. We have done this before, but this time, Karen cooked, Tammy brought the bubbly, and I was making dessert. This was the goal. Once the cake was cooked and cooling, I went for a run!
Yes, me, went for a nice jog working on my form. It was such a beautiful day I had to take advantage and I am glad I did. Once I got back, I made a side salad for lunch tomorrow and started on my cake.

On my way to Karen's, there was a beautiful sunset and I realized how lucky I am. And how AMAZING my dessert turned out. Look at it! It TOTALLY looks like the picture!
AND the best part, 300 calories! THAT'S IT!!!

Okay, I am obviously happy with myself and I am pretty sure Karen and Tammy were as well. Karen's pasta was delicious, as was Tammy's bubbly.

I pretty much think this says it all.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Lazy Saturday

I have to say, this being in town thing is pretty nice. This is the first weekend in a very VERY long where I don't have much to do. It's AWESOME!

I decided not to ride with everyone because
1. I haven't ridden my bike outside since Myrtle Beach.
2. The people going are WAY faster than me.
3. It should be a beautiful day, but was still cold at 9 am.
So, I talked my self out of riding outside and will eventually hop on my trainer for a good hour or so ride.

In the mean time, I have done all the normal things people do on the weekend. Cleaned up my room, did dishes, made breakfast - it's so nice!!!
Now I can blog about it, track AJ and Janie at the World Championship 70.3, and still have time to bike on the trainer (which I actually want to do!!), and do my push ups and sit ups.

Yay Weekend!!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Another Week... Another Catch-Up Post

My blog tends to go in spurts and there are 2 main reasons.
1. I was super busy and didn't have the chance to blog
2. I didn't work out much and don't want to admit it

This time, it was more #2 than #1...

But, there was a lot of fun stuff that happened. My favorite parents came to visit. There was lots of touring, shopping, slots, and eating out.

Luckily, my parents are understanding of the training that needs to be done, so when the opportunity came to get in a work out, I took it, and they were very understanding. That included 30 minutes on my permanently set up trainer, or a "Pop Up Challenge".

What is the Pop Up Challenge you ask? Well, it's when R and A, two local tri coaches and lovers of pain, kick our butts. Something like 20 squats, 30 sit ups, 10 walk outs, run 5 minutes. Followed by 20 push ups, 20 lungs on each leg, 10 walk outs, run 5 minutes. Followed by 20 curtsy squats, something else painful, 10 walk outs, run 5 minutes. This happened over and over for about 60-75 minutes.
Needed? Yes
Painful? Yes
Glad I went? Of course.
Sore for multiple days? Definitely!

I am not sure what happened to the rest of the week, but I did manage to make it to abs/weights class on Wednesday. And that was about it.

Oh,and of course, a huge thank you to all of the military for Veterans. Thank you for your service!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Floppy Feet!

Today was my next session with R. There are very few things that can get me out of bed in the morning when it is still dark - but wanting to become a better runner is one of them.

I met up R and we went right to the treadmill. He instantly asked if I have been working on my core, which I have (and this is pre 200 sit up challenge!) so I was happy he noticed. Apparently my hips are swaying less when I am running. Score one for me!

Overall he seemed happy with my progress - which made me happy because it is all I work on while I am running. But of course, there are things I still needed to work on.
  1. Trying to keep my feet on the treadmill/ground as little as possible.
    Once I did this, my knees went higher and I had a better finish in the kick at the end of my stride.

  2. Staying light on my feel as I am running.
    A bit like number 1, but different. We did some drills where I would be heavy and it hurt, especially my knees. Apparently, that was close to how I was running before!!

  3. Floppy Feet! And obviously my favorite.
    Remember that Friends episode where Phoebe runs like a 4 year old? In a way, that's how my feet felt. But, for some reason, it kind of relaxed my entire body - I just have to be careful I don't trip (good thing I have a Power Balance wristband!) as I almost did when R said "Try floppy feet". But, even if it makes me giggle just a bit to think of Floppy Feet, it worked.
So, armed with my new tips, and the old tips, I am feeling good about running. For the next steps, I am going to work on running a mile concentrating only on form. I told R how that is hard for me because running really does help with my weight issues, so I struggle with the "keep good form" vs. "keep going so you can lose weight". I think for the sake of my feet, knees, body - I will concentrate on form for the next 2 months. Come January, hopefully the muscles will be a bit more used to the new running style and I can pick up the cardio/amount of time running/distance.

Oh but my favorite part, after the last lap around the mini-track I took, R looked at me with a big smile and said "You now look like a runner".

I know, it made me cry a little too.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Time Goes By So Quickly!

Man, I don’t know where the time went. I even had things to blog about this past week, but was not home a lot so I did not get the chance to post. So, because I forgot my yoga close this morning (sad I know, no yoga Steve today – but I did go vote, so that is something!), I am taking my lunch hour to catch you 8 readers up on my week – the best I can remember…

Wednesday was a meeting. It was triathlon related so it totally counts as a workout! Or something.

Thursday I went to masters swimming. I was pretty sore for a solid week of working out, so I jumped into the slowest lane for the practice. Yes, of the 4 lanes I am either last in the 3rd slowest lane and working my butt off to keep up, or I lead the slowest lane. Masters people are FAST! This was followed up by demanding food at Diane's place before watching Project Runway. And I will no longer be watching Project Runway because the winner SO SHOULD NOT HAVE WON!

Friday was probably my favorite day. I didn't feel like going for a run, but it was beautiful outside, so I went for a walk. I wound up at the National Gallery of Art and wondered why I had not done that before. I saw one of my favorite paintings, and head back to the office. It was a brisk walk on a lovely Friday. It just put me in a really good mood. This was followed up by two birthday parties and a bit of a late night.

That late night lead to a late start on Saturday for the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. I was happy to be a part of the moment. And even happier to head home and watch on TV. There was a lot of walking, so that basically counts as a run. AND, there was a Halloween party thrown by tri people - so obviously a workout.

Sunday was a marathon. No, I am not talking about this marathon, but the marathon of cleaning. 5 loads of laundry, clearing out parts of my closet, cleaning my bedroom, and scrubbing half of my bathroom. Two of my favorite parents are coming to visit this weekend so cleaning was MUST. And seriously, cleaning my apartment is TOTALLY a workout. I was sad to miss out cheering for Rob, Janie, Charles, and everyone else, but I thought of them as I tossed old running shoes. And, I headed to this musical Sunday evening. SO GOOD! If you like that hippy story line and 70's rock music stuff.

This takes us to yesterday, Monday, November 1st. I did make it swimming with Toby, Jen, Jenny and a few others, but was late so I did my own thing. And that was 2200 meters straight. Because I wanted to see if I could. And I could. I think over all, I racked up a solid 2800 - which made me very happy.

But that isn't the most exciting thing about yesterday; it was Day 1 of our 100 Push Ups Challenge. 100 Push Ups?!?! Yes, that is crazy talk, but true. This was part of the meeting I was at on Wednesday, and Karen came up with this idea. And for some reason, a boat load of us tend to do what Karen tells us. So, there are about 40 women signed up for this 100 Push Up challenge, based on this plan. Oh, and I also signed up for the 200 sit up part as well. Yay off season!

I almost didn't write about this, but figured if I posted it, I have to follow it because someone might ask. And I can't lie. Or I try, but it's so obvious that I am lying no one believes me. So, it's posted and I can't take it back...

Now that I have caught you all up on my week, I am sure you can understand why I haven't had the chance to blog. Hopefully this is a trend that will not continue. I hate missing Yoga Steve!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Last Wednesday's Post

(Wednesday, Oct 27th post. It was half written and I knew what I wanted to say - it just took some time to write it out.)

A few things from yesterday...

1. I am now a member of the Capital bike share! Charles got his membership key, and the price goes up after October 31, so I joined too. Even if I don't use it much, I believe in the idea so it was worth the money. The hard part though, is the helmet issue. Sometimes I think it might be easier to hop on a bike and go to my destination, however I don't plan on carrying a helmet with me everywhere I go. This is especially important to me right now as my friend Ryan was hit on Saturday, on MacArthur Blvd, a very bike friendly area we frequent often. No worries, he is okay, just a bit sore and scrapped up.
And there is a large difference between riding and hopping on a capital bike share bike - but there is a common factor, the car. I plan on buying another helmet to keep at work and it may just become part of my work bag. Stylish!!
AND, I kept harping on Charles to get helmet as we debated the pros, cons, data, stats, etc. However, I took a pretty bad tumble a few years back, broke my elbow - after landing on my head. So, it's really a no argument with me. And I am happy to say that Charles is now the proud owner of a nice new blue helmet.

2. Yoga Steve! I am really starting to LOVE Tuesday's. Yoga Steve just puts me in a good mood. I may not be making the progress I would like, but slowly I will get there. After all, what can I really expect since I go once a week.

3. Swimming. Yes I went to yoga, but I also went swimming too. For some reason, I was just in a really good mood - unlike prior swims. The lanes were crowded, due to the Masters team I am apart of but was not swimming with which took up half the pool, but AJ, Toby and I had a really good swim. 3100 meters good!

4. Times, they are changing. I was supposed to go to watch the high heel race, but I knew the week would be busy with little time to workout. And after my wonderful weekend in Minnesota/Wisconsin - I needed the workout. So, I chose to swim instead of drinking, eating and watching the race. Luckily Ang, who was throwing the party, completely understood, as she is also a triathlete and has been super busy too. It really helps when friends are so understanding about skipping things for workouts. Especially because that will start happening more and more as I train.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Treadmill Run Yesterday!

(Which was Monday if you are reading this on Google reader)

My last run wasn't the greatest, and with the amount of food I ate and beer I drank last weekend, a run was very much needed. I thought I would focus on my cadence, as my next appointment with R on my running is coming up. I think I am doing okay, because it still hurts my legs in different ways when I concentrate on all the things R told me to do. I also decided on the treadmill so I could help control my speed, as I worked on cadence and posture.

Here was the downside I wasn't expecting - it was super hot in the gym. I mean, I walked in and started to sweat. And sweat buckets. BEFORE I even stepped on the treadmill.
And I felt a little like Goldilocks. The first treadmill I stepped on had no power. The second treadmill I stepped on turned on, but had this random clicking noise that just would not do for a jog. The third treadmill was just right.

But then the jog started. It was okay at first, but it just wasn't happening. Or happening well. My guess is all the fried and beer consumed in the weekend started to rebel.

But I went. And I probably lost 5 pounds in water weight. Oh, and I had some nice quality time with the foam roller.

Monday, October 25, 2010

What A Great Weekend!

I'm back from a great weekend! I had the best weekend with Erica and accomplished all my goals.
1. There was no race. A fair share of walking, but no race.

2. I had a great time with Erica, her husband Chris, and their dog Jasper. Not Chief - that was their roommate's dog in college. So close!

3. The stadium is beautiful. It was really great to see a college football game in an outdoor stadium. The team on the other hand... well, the stadium was nice. AND, to they had cheese curds! They were listed on the menu as "Minnesota Cheese Curds" (vs. Wisconsin cheese curds), but I ate them anyway and they were delicious! And helped make up for the game I was watching in the wonderful stadium.

4. Big 10 Subs... Oh how I missed you.

5. The sweatshirt was a bit harder to find. I didn't find anything until Sunday when we had some time to kill before my flight - so Erica and I went to this little mall. There I found a nice little yellow Minnesota Golden Gopher Sweatshirt. I did manage to find some mittens and a cute little visor too at the Union. The Union was under construction for 3 of the 4 years I was there, so it was really nice to walk around and see what could have been...
Overall, it was a great weekend. The weather was a bit overcast, but little rain - so I was happy. It would have been great if the Gophers won, but really, that would have been expecting a lot. Hudson has some great food. And beer. And it was just what I needed.

Oh, and of course there was one more picture I needed.

I warned you there would be a lot of pictures of me in maroon and gold!