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Thursday, December 31, 2009

How's This for Hardcore...

Sleeping in my tri shorts on to wake at 4:30 and hop on the trainer for an hour-long ride. :)

What would have been crazier was if I headed out for my tempo run right afterwards... I'll save that craziness for next week. I had both on my schedule for today, but with the pending festivities, I'll be doing my swim, plus the run I should have done today, tomorrow.  I have to be flexible and balance everything.  So long as I get it in, I'm good.

So yesterday I went to the Endo.  Evidently I'm not converting T4 to T3.  I currently take Levoxyl, wihich is just T4. As of yesterday the doc is adding T3 twice a day.  So we'll see what happens now.  I'm going to give this a chance, but if it doesn't make a difference I'm going to push going with Armour Thyroid.  Maybe my body doesn't care for the synthetic?  I don't know.  We'll just have to see how it goes.  I just want to feel better!

My ride on the trainer this morning was uneventful, but my trainer is a nice ride. It's quiet enough to let the family sleep and hear the TV.  So Ellen and I jammed together this morning. :)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Trackwork - Tuesday

Just 18 days until the Half. I'm both excited and nervous. 

Nearly ditched trackwork last night and traded off speeding for something else. The weather was crummy, cold and wet and I just didn't want to get out in it.

But....by the time I got home it wasn't quite as bad out, so I decided to hit it anyway.

3 x 200's
1:35
1:26
1:20

3 x 400's
3:19
3:01
2:55

3x200's
1:33
1:24
1:21

Monday, December 28, 2009

First Week Conquered!

So I made it through my first official week of training!  I think I made my Mother's head spin with my coming and going between work, training and general holiday errands last week.  By the end of the week it felt good to have stuck it out.  I logged a total of 41 miles between swimming, biking and running. Definitely more than I have done in a week, but it really felt good. 

Yesterday was the "maiden voyage" of my new tri bike!  I still need a little tweaking withe the aerobar length, but overall I felt a difference from my old road bike.  As much as I loved my old bike, it never quite felt like it fit right -- so maybe that's the majority of the difference to start.

20 days until the Houston Half Marathon.  I will be glad to have finished it.  I start tapering a little this week. 

This week's schedule:
MON: Swim drills - 1hr
TUE:  Track / Speedwork
WED:  Off
THU:  Bike 1 hr, 30 min tempo run
FRI:  Swim intervals - 1 hr.
SAT:  "Funnest Run Ever With Chris"  (Chris is one the coaches and I have no idea what this means!)
SUN: Spin 2 hrs, 30 min easy run

My tri club is starting this thing on Sundays:  a 3 hour spin class followed by a run.  It will go 8 weeks -- through the cold weather when people are less likely to ride.  I'm starting on Sunday, but only doing 2 of the hours.  Eveyrone has to submit their favorite song and then is expected lead it.  I don't lead. 

Been kinda sick the last few days.  Yucky sinus thing... not sure if it's cold or allergies.  Just feel general yuck on ot top of congestion.  Funny thing is, if I'm training, my head clears.  When I stop, I stuff up! 

Christmas was good for me and my family.  Everyone got the things they wanted and I consider us very lucky to be able to have a Christmas like that right now.  Everyone's belts are tightened and I was delighted to find that I received a bonus. Just about a week's pay -- which was totally unexpected.  My company is on hiring freeze and we did not received a raise or annual bonus for 2009.  Also our 401K match is frozen until further notice.  So, the "gesture" was a huge suprirse!  Ironically enough it covered the cost of my new tri bike!  LOL

Saturday, December 26, 2009

"tis The Season for Tri Training!

This week marks week 1 of my tri training, with my goal race being the olympic distance at Lonestar

I'm excited and even though this was a tough week to start I committed and got in my workouts, except for Christmas eve!  I had "off" on Xmas day and figured I'd get it in after we took Mom to the airport, but am really congested and feel yuck -- I even set up my bike and trainer in the kitchen and walked back and forth past in, in hopes I'd feel well enough to get on it.  However the thought of trying to breath heavy with my head feeling like it was going to explode got the best of me.  :(

I feel a little bad about skipping the workout, but  I have a long run tomorrow (just 20+ days until the half marathon), so hopefully I will be well enough tomorrow morning -- I will get out there, even if I have to walk it!

My swim workouts were great... so much better than me just getting in the pool and swimming laps.  I actually did drills and intervals.  By the end of each session I could feel like I was swimming better -- I look forward to it not taking me 1000 meters before I feel that way!  LOL 

I've been keeping up with my track workouts too, and I'm starting to see progress there, in little bits and pieces.  It was tough, but I ran an 11:30 mile!  The whol thing... no walking -- to some that might be jogging still, but I have to start somewhere. 

My tri coaches have been great with answering my questions, and that's comforting.  You going into this being self-trained there are lots of holes in my knowledge and I am missing fundamental things one would think I would know already! 

January 3rd we're starting a 3 hour long spin class and run after.  Just for 8 weeks through the coldest part of the Winter here -- it will get us no-excuses saddle time, although nothing beats being on the bike.

Speaking of being on the bike; I haven't been on mine yet!  That changes on Sunday... I have a 1:30 ride scheduled :)

Last week I also went for RMR, V02 max and a Body Fat % plunge -- it is all helpful information, but there are some numbers you just shouldn't know!

Monday, December 07, 2009

Soler's Texas Trail Run - Huntsville State Park


First, I didn't seek-out this race, and I'm not sure I would have on my own (if I'm keeping it real, friends). That said, I had a great (and challenging) time.

A friend from Daily Mile decided to do it because her Husband was doing the 50K distance and just she wanted to take it "easy" and kill time while he ran by doing the 12.5 mile distance. She wanted company, so agreed to do it at my slower-than-her pace. Since I was up to 10 miles on my long runs, I figured what's 2.5 more, right? So I signed up. I knew I could walk the last 2.5 if I had to, but I also knew I wouldn't have to if I just kept MY pace.

Between then and yesterday my friend got pregnant (Congrats!), but she really had a cruddy week health-wise and just wasn't well. On the Friday before, when she finally told me she was pregnant, I told her she was nuts to do the trail run, but she insisted... the persistent girl that she is, which is cool.  There's a lot to be said for being tenacious, but I was worried about her doing the run. 

We had quite the weather change here in Houston. On Friday we had snow, rain and more snow.  Nothing that really stuck, but with the pending freezing temperatures we weren't sure what to expect, so we decided to leave early Friday night for Huntsville and beat any freezing weather.  Thankfully, we made it there without any issues (and tons of laughter).  Frankly the weather wasn't as bad as we had expected it to be, though we knew it was going to be colder than cold for these parts on Saturday morning, expecting a 22 degree temp at the race start..

We got to Huntsville and met up with some friends for dinner and more laughs.  A great time. 

So here we are, on race day!  I think the actual temp was 24 degrees.  Made no matter though, as we were more worried about mud.  Turned out we just had to deal with the cold; which was kind of fun.  The paths were pretty much hard and frozen... the frost falling from the trees made it feel like it was snowing. 

The 50K folks started at 7:30 and the 12.5 mile folks (me) started at 8.  I was really slow starting.  My legs felt heavy, but I wasn't worrying.  After about 10 minutes I started feeling better.  The trails were nice, but I could tell maneuvering the stumps and roots were going to take constant focus.  There were a few ice patches on Footbridges, but again kinda cool because we don't get that kind of thing around here very often.  I felt like I was somewhere in NJ during early Winter. :)

My friend and I made our way with intervals and she did well following me until about the 3rd rest stop (around mile 5/6 she couldn't keep her heart rate down and really just didn't look well. So, after some discussion she sadly decided to end her run and DNF'D. We had the TPW guys take her back to the finish.

So... with some relief that I was no longer responsible for a prengnant woman on a trail run, I was on my own for the rest of the run and had a little more than a 10K left. I was a little bored by myself at first, but it wasn't long before I was enjoying it.

Yes, you read that right.  "Enjoying it."

The "it" being running the trails. :)

I did take time to enjoy the park (it really was beautiful) and kept thinking, "I can't believe I'm running this event." I never thought in a million years I would do something like this, and yet here I was. I was cold, but not for long, and I felt good. I was sure to hydrate, hearing everyone remind one another how easy it was NOT to drink in the cold. I went through about 60 ounces of water w/hammergel during my run and didn't eat much more than a couple dozen pretzels between two reststops, but I was was feeling good.

My only frustration was finding my happy pace only to be interrupted by the stumps and roots. I mean, I was ready to 'tuck and roll' and had my gloves to protect my hands, but I was glad I didn't have to do either!

The first 10 miles were great, but I was getting tired; it was mentally draining to keep focus on the ground for safety's sake. My legs were already fatigued from the hills/climbs so and I had to be very consious of picking up my feet, instead of shuffling, to avoid falling.

One of my friends told me I'd never be so glad to see that last 800m of pavement to the Finish and she was right!

I have no race drama to report, I simply crossed the line in 3:23 by myself -- YAY!

So now I am certain I'll be able to finish my first half marathon in January. And while it wasn't a record time, it was distance (and challenge) PR for me. It's been really hard for me to see my progress with running, so being able to finsish, and still feel good at the FINISH, gave me that little bit of confidence I was lacking.

I did have 7 stumbles. but no falls (we were all counting!). In fact, I think I was the only one who didn't eat it (on that day anyway)... I like to "eat it" in familiar places I've run a hundred times... like when I run on my weekly brick training.

I did opt to wear my last pair of running shoes, instead of my new ones.  My last pair were stability shoes and they slightly over corrected.  I have since switched to a neutral shoe and things have been great; I just didn't want to ruin my new ones. As a result of my choice, I spent way too much time rolled to the outsides of my feet and I'm feeling it 2 days later, though I'm sure in a day or so they'll be fine.  Lesson learned.

I felt pretty good the day after; really the only thing sore are my ankles and my back, just a tiny bit. I headed out for an easy swim Sunday morning and that took care of everything except my ankles which are getting better.

Oh, and I would do this again... and maybe one day the 50K distance.  Who knows?  Anything is possible.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Friday Fill♥Ins

And...here we go!

1. Wait! Wait, don't forget your coffee!

2. Tequila followed at once by salt and lemon!

3. The trouble is people not being accountable to themselves and others.

4.I miss my family during the holidays; so many miles away.

5. With a faint pop the christmas light blew out.

6. Speedwork at the track, late evening, is shadowy and ominous.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to traveling to Huntsville, tomorrow my plans include a 12.5 mile trail run and a vist to Galveston, Dickens on the Strand and Sunday, I want NEED to get everything done I need to get done!


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Thursday, December 03, 2009

Thursday Thirteen



Just a few of my favorite "motivational" quotes authored by others... not me.
1) We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are.

2) We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

3) If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard enough problems. And that's a big mistake.

4) The end result of kindness is that it draws people to you.

5) The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be.

6) I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace - a connection to what matters.

7) Of all afflictions, the worst is self-contempt.

8) Pain doesn't tell you when you ought to stop. Pain is the little voice in your head that tries to hold you back because it knows if you continue, you will change. Don't let it stop you from being who you can be. Exhaustion tells you when you ought to stop. You only reach your limit when you can go no further.

9) The simplest answer is to act. (from a fortune cookie)

10)"It's fun to be strong."

11) "Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever."

12) The spirited horse, which will try to win the race of its own accord, will run even faster if encouraged.

13) Character is what you do when no one is watching.
 
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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Let The Training Begin!

Track work was canceled last night so I got in my 40 easy run and ran the whole thing without intervals. I had left my hear rate monitor home, but my average was HR was 149 according to the treadmill, it included a couple minute cool down. Something weird did happen and it was a total mental thing. For some reason when I got to 32 minutes and realized I was still running, I all of a sudden thought I needed to walk, and did for about 30 seconds. I took a second to make sure nothing was hurting, I wasn't out of breath... all those things that might keep you from running. Nothing was wrong... it was a total mental thing. With that, I just started again. I had never run without intervals before!

Part of what contributed to that small victory was one of the tri coaches showed/explained to me McMillans Running Calculator

Not knowing any better, I assumed that if I wanted to run a < 13 minute pace for the Half Marathon, I would have to train at a  <13 minute pace.  Apparently that is not the case!  So basically I've been killing myself.  Not that it's all lost, I still earned plenty of benefit.  But on my long runs, I was basically "running my race" every weekend.  So, I'm changing my approach a bit and am going to use this caluclator as a guide.

With 40+ days to go until the half, I kind of feel like I lost so much productivity! I know I can't change the past, but the thought of what I could be doing now crosses my mind....
Swim 1500m:
200 swim, 200 kick. 200 pull, 200 swim

8x50 drill nice and easy with 15 seconds rest
25 drill 25 swim: 3 fingertip, 3 catchup, and 2 UWR
4x25 no breathing
4x25 fast on a :45 second interval
100 cool down

The swim was great and definitely a better workout than just getting in and swimming laps!. I definitely had "moments of greatness" where I could just feel like I was moving through the water, and not fighting it; it felt good! There was something curious about my breathing -- usually I breathe every third stroke, to alternate sides. Last night I found myself going every 4th stroke, without even thinking about it. For some reason it became work to think about breathing on alternate sides. I'm told every 3 is optimum, so I need to focus on that.

By the time I got to 150 on the kicks my legs were screaming, but after they rested on the pull set I was good to go, and actually felt good. As far as holding my breath, it appears that I can make it somewhere between 2/3 and 3/4 the length of the pool; I could not make it a full length without 1 quick breath. I think the whole swim took me 1:15. It was 9 pm by the time I got done.... I hate getting a late start to workouts!

I'm going for the "fat-dunking" (have my body fat percent testd), RMR (resting metaboloic rate) and v02 max testing on Monday.  I'm curious as to what my RMR is. I was going to do this test last year and never did.

Have my 12.5 mile trail run this weekend.

For Sale: 2003 51 cm Specialized Allez Vita Road Bike


For sale is a previously loved 2003 51 cm Specialized Allez Vita women's specific road bike. While it has normal signs of wear and tear for a bike that has been previously loved for 6 years, it has been cared for and tuned up as needed. It has 3 small nics on the main tube (pictured below), they are the size of nail heads, but the bento box covers it. which I'll include, if you want. This bike has been great to me and has tons of mileage left in it. It has seen me through countless rides, 2 MS150s and a dozen triathlons, without fail. :)

The bike is a dark burgundy with lighter burgundy zebra strips across the main tube. Very nice design... almost always received at least one, "that's a sexy bike!" at a ride. :) I am between 5'5" and 5'6" in height.

I will also throw in a (worn twice) pearl-white Bell Helmet and a Profile Design dual-bottle holder.  I have The bike does has a Body Geometry "Dolce" WSD seat and Time style mountain bike pedals. Hubs will put them back on the bike before it is sold. 

I'm only selling it because I finally stepped up to a tri-bike and need *want* to defray the cost of the purchase. I really, really love this bike, but I made a deal with "Santa" that I would let it go in order to purchase the new one.


I'm asking $450.00 with the stock wheels/tires
I'm asking $650.00 with the Rolf Vector Comp Wheels and nearly-new Continental 4000s Grand Prix Tires.

Here are the stock components as listed in Bikepedia

I also have a Shimano Ultegra Outboard Bearing Crank (bottom bracket included) $125, never used.  We were going to upgrade, but then bought the new bike!

I also have a pair of Pearl Izumi Quest II MTB shoes with less than 100 miles on them.  They are a size 8.5-9 (euro sizing) and have the cleats to for the Time MTB pedals that are on the bike.  Will give you just the cleats for nothing if you want the bike.

Frame & Fork
Frame Construction TIG-welded
Frame Tubing Material Specialized E5 Aluminum
Fork Brand & Model Specialized C-4
Fork Material Carbon fiber composite w/carbon fiber steerer, unicrown crown
Rear Shock Not applicable


Components
Component Group Road Mix
Brakeset Aluminum dual pivot brakes, Shimano Ultegra STI Dual Control levers
Shift Levers Shimano Ultegra STI Dual Control
Front Derailleur Shimano Tiagra Triple, bottom-pull/clamp-on 31.8mm
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra GS
Crankset Specialized Comp, 30/42/52 teeth
Bottom Bracket Shimano BB-UN25, 118mm spindle
BB Shell Width 68mm English
Rear Cogs 9-speed, 12 - 23 teeth
Chain Shimano CN-HG73, 1/2 x 3/32"
Seatpost Specialized carbon fiber, 27.2mm diameter
Handlebar Specialized Women's Pro
Handlebar Stem Specialized Team, 26.0mm
Headset 1 1/8" integrated Specialized Mindset


Wheels (stock - NOT what is pictured)
Hubs Specialized aluminum
Rims Alex AT-400, 28-hole/32-hole
Tires 700 x 23c Specialized Turbo Comp
Spoke Brand DT stainless steel, 14ga. (2.0mm) straight gauge
Spoke Nipples Aluminum nipples

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My Baby :)

So... a little more on the bike. 

The deal on Craigs*ist fell through, as the did the *bay auction for the '06 models. But all was good with that because neither were the right size for me.  After I went to the shop to try a few on, I knew I needed a 51 in the Trek even a 50 in some of the others!  The only thing small about me is my bike size.  LOL

The excitement of the potential 'deal' got to both "Santa" and I and we started looking... really looking.  That's where the trouble starts.  LOL

I complied a spreadsheet of all the componenents of each of the bikes I was considering.  I was looking for a decent, step-up from entry level, tri bike without going to carbon.  Then I came across this closeout 2008 Trek Equinox 7 - WSD and as soon as I sat on it I knew it was right compared to the others I "tried on".  The PBM (personal bike mechanic aka "Husband") reviewed the features, and true to his engineering-self, highlighted the matrix's more desireable componenets, and for the buck, the bang from the Equinox was best.

I will preface the following with, I am not a gear head.  I leave that to my PBM and I just get on it and ride.  :)  The components are a "tri mix" of Shimano 105 and Dura-ace, which are a step up from my Specialized Allez Vita.  It also has the Profile Aerolite aerobars I had been looking at. And while I don't think my sexy red Rolf Vector Comp wheels entirely match the bike, I hope the Bontragers it's riding on will be comparable.  I realllly liked my old wheels. 

The bike is mainly Trek's Alpha Red Aluminum, with a few carbon pieces.  the ARA is just their premium aluminum. 

Anyway, I go back tonight to get fitted and bring my baby home.  I think I shall name her... but what?

Leave your suggestions and if I choose yours, I'll send you a free gift. :)

Monday, November 23, 2009

I'm a new mama...

to a bouncing, baby bike!  :) 
Trek Equinox 7 - WSD

Hi-ho, Silver... Away! 



Sunday, November 22, 2009

Running Milestone

10.13 miles in approximately 2:20.  :)  first 2/3rds of the run was good.  Last third I started feeling a little tired and stiffness in my knees.  Overall though, I felt better than expected!

Who'd of thunk it!  Something about doing 10 seems significant.

9 weeks until the half marathon!  Just have to keep the focus.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Newcomer of the Year!

I neglected to mention that my tri club had our end of year party.  It was lots of fun and strange to see so many of them in regular clothes -- not a stich of lycra in the house!

Good food and fun.  Darren even came and met my "other family".  I think he had a good time too!  I also think he might very well try to do the sprint distance for Lonestar in April, which by the way is now a "certified" IM 70.3 course! 

So at the party my club recognized many athletes -- the folks that make me want to get better and better.  Anyway, I was presented with the Female Newcomer of the Year award .  Basically what it means is that I suck a whole lot less than when I started last April.  I'm not the fastest by any stretch, but I try super hard and have come a long way from my first "brick" with the club when I couldn't even run a quarter mile (and now I'm doing 10 miles on Sunday!).
 
Some of the club folks are trying to convince me to go 70.3.  Why do they taunt me so?  I was content with my decision to do the Oly!

Friday Fill♥ins

1. We need to remember that today is our tomorrow and the past is history.
2. I saw the Oreo icing on Cass-a-frass' head I laughed and it made me smile.
3. If you want to do something bad enough, you will.
4. Do it now because I said so.  <---- classic "Momism"
5. Massachusetts has a proposed 5% sales tax on elective cosmetic surgery; I think it's only the beginning of what we'll start to see; healthcare will find a way to make money, regardless of what the Government sets forth to do.  It's sad.
6. Family, friends, love, hope and peace makes for a happy holiday.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to girls night with just me and Cass-a-frass.  tomorrow my plans include a b'day party for a Friend of Cass' and Sunday, I want to run my 10 miles and get'r'dun.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thursday Thirteen



And here we go!

  1. 59 Days until the half-marathon.  And while I've not fully embraced running, it is quite possible I am in some sort of denial, or why then would Iregister for a 12.5 mi. trail run?  Seriously.  That said, it should be fun -- I will take my time and not risk injury, but I do understand that it will be a very different experience from regular running.
  2. Well, thanks for the vibes, but plan "A" for the Trek Equinox fell through.  Evidently some women bought the bike about 90 minutes after I called.  She doesn't realize it, but what she wants is a road bike and the guy tried to tell her tri bikes are different.  He really wanted a triathlete (me) to have it.  When he heard she was going to take it to a local bike store and replace parts to make it road bike friendly, he offered her my name and number, in case they talked sense into her at the bike store.
  3. Even though plan "A" fell through completely an the lady never comes to her senses... I'm holding hope out for plan "B".  Turns out one of my blogging triathlete she-ros is auctioning her old bike and I happened to come across it.  Not many people with her name, so I wrote her to confirm it was her... and it was.  :)  So in 4 days and 4 hours maybe I'll get lucky.  I would really be kind to your previously loved bike, if I were to get it.  :)
  4. Oh... We had our tri club end-of-year party on Monday night.  Guess who was named "Female Newcomer of the Year"?  Me!  While I'm kinda surprised, I totally appreciate the recognition.
  5. A bunch of clubsters are training to do the half iron for Lonestar.  I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I was thinking of going right for the Half instead of the Olympic.  No one will know exactly what I choose except my coach and my clickity fingers when I register!  LOL  Being smart and practical is the only thing holding me back from registering for the half... I also hear being smart and practical is sometimes over-rated.  *shrug*
  6. I have yet to schedule my 3 year post-op appointment... or reschedule my mammogram for that matter... not that anyone needs to know.
  7. Cass-a-frass is loving her new glasses.  She was able to see a difference immediately!  I only wished I recognized sooner how hard it was for her to see!  She looks so much like Darren now!
  8. Holiday hustle and bustle start for us Friday.  Darren is off to AL to pick-up Nana and drive her here for a week.  Then he'll driver her home and fly back to TX. 
  9. Speaking of Darren, he's feeling improvements with is running!  He's going to be doing his first 5K on Turkey Day.  I'm proud of him for sticking to it; I know it's been frustrating to him.  Running seems as if it should be as simple as just walking faster. 
  10. I can never get out of Sam's Club (or insert your favorite warehouse store here) for less than $100.
  11. Have I mentioned I really want a tri bike?  I mean really.  I'm not sure I've been clear.  It doesn't even have to be new!  I'm not picky... that said any Trek, Felt and Cervelo entry level bikes would be welcome under my tree.
  12. My priority registration for the MS150 expires tomorrow.  I promised myself I was not doing the event again, but I did consider volunteering.  With my First Aid, CPR and AED cert and 2 MS150's under me, I can volunteer to be a ride marshal for the event... it really all depends on my training for Lonestar, as the MS150 is just 2 weeks before the Tri... so probably not.
  13. No Thursday 13 next Thursday because I'll be overdosing on turkey.  :)  I hope everyone has a lovely Thanksgiving with friends and family, taking a moment to recall all the things you are truly thankful for.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Need Some Good Vibrations

I'm putting this out to the universe.  I want this bike.  There's a guy here locally selling it, and as we speak a woman is coming to look at it -- but what she really needs is a road bike, not a tri bike. He wants to sell it to me since I'm a "triathlete" -- I want him to sell it to me since, well, I want it.  It would cost me as much to outfit my road bike for a tri... so send me some vibrations, please. :)



Monday, November 16, 2009

3 Years Out

Not going to be much hoopla, but today I'm 3 years post-op.  It's my "surgiversary."

Still thankful I am no longer Diabetic and can sleep without a CPAP -- those things did not mix well with the quality of life I was trying to obtain. "Life" being the operative word.

Make no mistake... Gastric Bypass ain't no magic bullet.  I figured I'd have this licked by now, but you just never know how things will turn out on each individual's journey.  When I hear people say, "she took the easy way out" it still makes my skin crawl and I have to keep respectful, because really, what's so easy about he re-arranging your innards, counting grams of sugars/carbs so you don't throw-up, taking a handful of vitamins, TWICE a day and generally minding after yourself to ensure you reamain in good health and suffer no repercussions from your choice? 

And yeah, it still eats at me inside to see people who totally disregard rules, eat shitty, don't exercise and basically ignore their mental well-being and still reach their goal weights.  That's BS.  Can't help it, can't fake what I feel.

Honestly, I pretty much agreed with my surgeon, in that I "would be a poster child" for this surgery.  In my mind, that has not happened.  I my mind, while I have success with a great many things as a result of my surgery, I am not a success, in full yet.  I guess that's my big mental ef-up -- I associate success with the number on the scale, and that's got to change. 

I always felt like something was wrong before I had surgery... and even still after, something is still not right-- We just know what it is now (hypo-T).  I hope and pray that having the bypass doesn't impact the medical treatment to get me to some level of "normal" again, so I can drop the last of this weight.

On the bright side, I pretty much maintain my weight, with the Swooping up and down the same pounds of water weight from the Hypothyroidism.  I'm hopeful that will subside, once my levels are right, but it takes so damn long.

Somedays I feel very little restriction, but then there's days like today, where 3 bites of a turkey sandwich, a few raw carrots and green beans, leave me feeling as full as I used to feel on the eves of Thanksgivings past.

So enough about that.  There's my "celabratory" sentiment. Just keeping it real.  I've never be ethereal or flowery about it. 

So, my 9+ mile run was decent.  Maintained just over a 13 minute pace, so for that I'm happy.  My new shoes killed my feet.  The running store guy put me in a neutral shoe, since the gait analysis showed my stability shoes overcompensating and causing some slight bowl-leggedness.

What he neglected to mention was NOT to wear them for my long run until I had at least 20 miles on them.  Ugh.  I literally had icepacks on my feet Saturday afternoon and there was pain with every step.  Much better now. 

Next, from the "I think I'm smoking crack" list, I registered for a 12.5 mile trail run in Huntsville State Park -- it's part of their 50K Trail Run, but they're offering the shorter distance. I'm a bit nervous, since I'm not really known for my grace, but I figure, if I can get through this woodsy challenge, I'll make it through the half marathon... so long as a tree root doesn't trip me up.

That's about it for now.  Tri training starts December 20th.  Lonestar will be 17 short weeks away.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday Fill♥Ins

And...here we go!

1. The last band I saw live was Bon Jovi on his "Have a Nice Day Tour" in 2006


2. What I look forward to most on Thanksgiving is Having Nanna visit Houston to spend time with us for more than a couple days AND have Turkey Day at home! (if you don't celebrate thanksgiving, insert your favorite holiday)

3. My Christmas/holiday shopping is almost always done completely online.

4. Thoughts of what direction to go in fill my head.

5. I wish I could wear a tri-suit and feel completely confident.

6. Bagpipes being "emptied" sounds like cows dying.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to date-night with Hubs, tomorrow my plans include a 10 mile run and Sunday, I want to get my closet organized!

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Thursday Thirteen - Freakin' Late Again



I guess Ijust like being "tardy for the party"

13 things you'll hear me say...

1)  "I would not be running the way I am if I had not joined my running club."
2)  "It's okay, it's a new level of normal"
3)  "Gotta have the bad to appreciate the good."
4)  "I love you."
5)  "Good morning, Punkin!'"
6)  "What are your plans for today?"
7)  "Mommy's going to exercise."
8)  "I hate Houston."
9)  "Sh*t!  I forgot [insert commonly purchase grocery product here].
10) "Gotta get the laundry done"
11) "I see blinkers/brakes are optional on your [insert luxury vehicle name]"
12)  "I will take care of [insert errand here]"
13)  "What do I want to do?"

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Catch up...

I missed Friday Fill-ins this past week. Whoops!

Saturday was my 25K relay with Mike (aka Hombre) a friend in both my tri club and running club.  Mike's headed to San Antonio this weekend for the Rock-n-roll marathon, so he needed an easy taper run, so he partnered with me.  :)  My 7.75 was good... kept a 13:10 pace for the distance, so I'm happy with that.  I learned that I need to check the night before that I have the right breakfast food, and that I have the right gel.  Tried the Accelgel,.. didn't work for me. 

Anyway, the run was good.  I was happy. 

My Ironman Florida friends did amazing.  I sat on the Internet and watched the majority of them cross the line.  I missed anyone who finished under 13, and we had a few, but saw other familiar faces cross the line... so cool.  So inspiring to see.

Speaking of inspring... only 68 days until the Houston Half Marathon... seems so close!

Speed work tonight was good.  Got in 4.2 miles. and had some good intervals.  Much easier this week, given I beat the drum corps to practice.  Last week it was a challenge to maintain MY pace, when all I wanted to do was run to THEIR beat.  As cool a street-beat as it was, it was messin' me up!

On Sunday I volunteered at a Half Ironman as part of an AED response team, alone with *E* and another Dude.  It's one of those things where you hope you get to stand around, do nothing, and drink your coffee.  2 swimmers were escorted in, barely making the time cut-off and 1 was pulled-out... didn't look like they made it half-way.  You can't fake a half iron distance, so I feel badly that they probably trained hard and just had a bad race day. :(  And yes, I stood around, drank my coffee, and kibitz'd with the real paramedics.  :)

Back to work today and I'm pretty busy at work, so it keeps me focused. 

Started reading "Say You're One of Them"... effin' A, great so far.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Thursday Thirteen - the B'day Edition



13 things I'd wush for my b'day.... (outside of being surrounded by love, family and friends)

1) The perfect tri short and with that free race enter for every race I wanted to do.

2) Meet Oprah, Dr. Oz, Ekhardt Tolle, Jillian, Bob, Steve Gunn and okay, what the heck, the Obamas... all of them.

3) A world with no hate.  Seriously... I'm not just playing "answer the pageant question".  There's some eff'd up stuff going on right in Houston's backyard

4) To know fully that my Daughter will grow to be smart, safe and sound long after I've left this Earth.

5) That all those I love know how much a part of me was inspired by a part of them.

6) To master what it means to be "in the moment" all the time.

7) To be able to figure out what it is I need to do with my life. If I can't figure out what to do with my life, then do something to help others.

8) To really, truly forgive.

9) Of course, a million dollars... Heck!  Who am I kidding? $100k would suffice.

10) That my Mother quits smoking and takes care of herself.

11) That my sister could have a housekeeper full-time so her kids don't have to grow up like we did.  Not that it was bad growing up at the dance studio, but there's so much more to do as a family..

12) That my Ironman Florida friends swim like fish, ride like they stole it and run like the wind... all the while being safe and enjoying the fruits of the year long training. 

13) Get my T-roid under control, drop the last of this weight!

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Speed Workout

Did my speed workout last night.  It was okay.

We do our speed workouts at the high school track.  The band was practicing last night.  It was quite the challenge to keep my own pace, while listening to their street beat.  I looked down at my watch and saw me running and 8:20 pace, but that lasted all of a minute.  LOL

I tried.  Running with the drum core in the background is like rubbing your belly and patting your head at the same time. :)

I have a 25K Relay this weekend and my only goal is to do better than I did at the last relay.  I'm okay if I don't get a sub 13 again, I just want to be well and race my race.

My tri club friends are off to Ironman Florida.  I'm really bummed I couldn't make the trip happen so I could volunteer, but life gets in the way.  I admire the dedication and courage of every one of them!

I"m going to be putting my AED certification to work this weekend.  I'm a little nervous about it, because heaven forbid we really need to take more action than just drink coffee and wait.  But I have the certification and it makes sense to use it!

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Some Good News!

Finally got my sub 13 (12:54) pace on a long run this morning.  9.02 miles.  The farthest distance I've run in my life. :)

I needed this so bad after last week's disaster at the HHM Relay.  Beautiful weather, nice and cool.

Changed my nutrition this morning too.

1 c. coffee
1 pc. wheat bread
1 egg
.5 oz Cheese

2 Hammergels -- 1 in each 10 oz. bottle MIXED with water.

I felt good and strong the whole time.  Groin was noticeable, but not painful, definitely on the mend. 

Friday, October 30, 2009

Where I'm At...

I've been horrible about blogging with any regularity lately; could be a reflection of my state-of-mind these days. 

My slight goin injury is doing better -- it didn't bother me at all during or after the HHM Relay.  I have a 9 mile run tomorrow, so we'll see how it goes after that.  I'm optimistic.  <---- about something anyway!

Darren is registered for his first run!  He's doing the 5K Turkey Trot and I'm doing the 10K.  I'm excited for him -- and the fact that we actually get to do something, somewhat, together. :)

Thanksgiving plans are to stay at home this year and I'm grateful.  Darren was somehow able to get his Mom to come here for a week.  I am so happy Cassie gets to spend more than just a couple days with her Nanna... she'll be thrilled. 

The scale has krept up 8 lbs in 10 days. and seriously, with no good reason.  I am so bloated, it is ridiculous!  I'm having trouble keeping focus and my hair is so dry I really just want to rip it out.  I think part of the reason I've not been blogging is because I'm so frustrated with this Thyroid BS and I just want to feel better.  I feel like it's all that's on my mind these days. And if that's all that's on my mind; that's all I'm going to write about.  And I hate to focus on the frustrating and feel so negative all the time. *sigh*

So, with that said, my Chrio is going to do this test on my neuro transmitters, general vitamin levels and cortisol levels.  If my cortisol levels are high, it could be creating a secondary problem for my thryroid.  I have to collect urine and saliva at home on Sunday and then send it in... we'll see how it compares to my annual bariatric bloodwork. 

Oh, yeah, I'm coming up on my 3 year surgiversary.  Whoopie.

So having committed to doing the Olympic Distance in April for the Lonestar Triathlon Festival, I am going to work with some coaches to train more efficiently.  I get out and swim, bike and run, but I really don't know how to do it efficiently, and I know I could be doing it better and yielding improved results.  When I started to search the I'net for info, I just get overwhelmed.  More to come on this. 

Here's some pics from HHM:


That's my relay teamate, Steve.




There I am... in the red. 
I think this was towards the finish.
I was dying. 
Incidentally 1434 (my "shero")
is headed for Ironman Florida next week!



Steve and Cathy Starting...



Somewhere on the run, wearing tights
I should not have been wearing!  I was so effin' hot! 


Friday Fill♥Ins

And...here we go!

1. It was a dark and stormy night, all I want to do is sleep.

2. There were far too many for him, so I offered to take the books myself.

3. Rushing out, I forgot my laptop!

4. That was creepy... I think I heard a howl!

5. Shhhh... listen.

6. Here's your choice:  Smell my feet or give me something good to eat!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a "family night", tomorrow my plans include a 9 mile run and Sunday, I want to volunteer at the Ironstar Tri. 

Tardy for the Party - Thursday Thirteen



13 Random Things Under "You'd Think I'd Know Better By Now"

1)  That when something comes out of the oven it's hot.  Trying to quickly turn the fishsticks with my fingertips only ends up with me running my fingers under cold water.  Oven hot hurts, but I can wash dishes in super-hot water with no problem. 

2)  Nothing. New. On. Raceday.

3)  That I cannot make garlic bread without burning it -- it's a family gift, passed down, started by my Mother

4)  That the best intentions often get derailed and I shouldn't get flustered when life gets in the way.

5)  That when Mommy has a snack, ultimately it becomes Cassie's too.  Same goes for drinks.

6)  Only give Cassie the choice between "this" or "that".  Do not give the choices of"this", "that", "the other thing" or "that one over there."  It's painful to watch her make a decision!

7)  Internet maps are not always right.  Nor am I when it comes to geography.

8)  If I don't manage my allergies, they won't manage themselves.

9)  That I really can accomplish whatever I set out to -- it all starts just by strating and moving forward even if only in some small way.

10)  Always keep an umbrella in the car.

11)  "Right" doesn't always win.  That said, it's not always about the "win".

12)  Only fear of succeeding can keep me from commiting.

13)  That a "tight schedule" only gets tighter, so don't over commit. 




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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Race Report: 2009 Houston Half Marathon Relay

Let's just say the best intentions don't always pan out the way you hope. Today was a disappointment in some ways and a success in others.

I went into this wanting, so badly, a 12:50-something pace. 12:59 would have had me dancing in the streets! Something about crossing from 13-something to 12-something is significant to me. I've crossed from 14-something to 13-something and I am grateful for that. I see that 12-something on my shorter runs, so I know it is right around the corner on my longer runs, so I guess it's so close I can nearly touch it, but it continues to escape me.

So I received my "sinus miracle", in the form of a steroid shot and oral steroids for the congestion, but I just felt like the stay-puff marshmallow man. Heavy legs... I mean heavy. Evidently the steroids make for water retention. I think I drank nearly 200 oz. of water yesterday to keep from retaining, but I could feel it. I could see it. Ugh! In short, there was no more a spring in my step than a hot day in the North Pole.

I got up around 3:45, planned 4:00, but couldn't sleep. It was race-day, you know? I laid and bed and kept visualizing the clock at the finish... not that it helped. LOL I had some issues with nutrition this morning and my routine, so that caused me a little stress right off the bat.

Usually I have 1 egg, on wheat toast with some cheese. Today I decided on some oatmeal with some almond butter and honey -- there were only 2 eggs left and I wanted to leave Hubs and the Cassinator some breakfast! I had my coffee too -- along with that usually comes my mornng *moment*. No moment. I'm like clockwork. When I can't go before I leave the house I get worried it will be worse later. This is probably too much information. Sorry. I started taking an anti-biotic yesterday and was sure I would wind up feeling the effects at the race. Not the scene you want to have at a port-a-potty. :( In the end I had no *moment* today -- hmmmm.

The weather turned out to be a little warmer here than expected, so I was questioning my race apparel. I bought some CW-X tights and they were a tad too warm for today. That probably didn't help. On a good note though, I felt absolutely no fatigue in my hips or ITB -- but that could have been an effect of the steroids too. I think it was 63 degrees when I left the house, so at least I know now, what's too hot for tights.

It was 2 miles to the relay exchange. I walked 1 mile and warmed up the last mile. My relay partner steve finished his 6.55 in about 1:10 (or close to that). I started off and felt okay the first few miles, except I was having trouble pacing myself. Normally it isn't a problem, but I'd look down and I'd be running and 11 something mile; that's not me. So as a result I would peter out quickly. Just something I noticed. I am considering that if I can run the faster 11-something pace, then maybe I should drop my intervals to 4/1 from 5/1. Maybe my average in the end would be better? Just a thought.

After the first few miles though my heart-rate was easily reaching the 170's My average hear-rate is between 155-158, like clockwork. My hope it was the unexpected heat, the meds, the adrenaline. I saw one guy down for the count with medics, so I was being careful, knowing that I was not 100% and was lucky just to be racing today.

The miles past and I just felt worse. I got the half-way point around 44 minutes and thought I had a shot at a better pace, but I really just slowed down from there.

With about 3 miles to go Cathy caught me. She was doing the individual half. She had ridden yesterday 60 or 70 miles, so today was just for the mileage. She hung with me for a while, and that's probably why my finish wasn't worse than it was. She kind of pulled me along. :)

I got my bling and a nice Asics Singlet. Slow or fast, you still get your bling. :)

Left the race and went grocery shopping; wearing my bling. Oh yes she did!

Then I came home and slept for 3 hours.

Then I got up and realized I still had to be a domestic goddess. :)

Things I did well:
- Persevered. Easily could have not gone today.
- Training. Dedication is paying off and probably the only reason I was able to do what I did.
- Downed 24 oz. of electrolytes before the race. Good girl.
- Gel'd it up every 30 minutes with my CarbBoom

Things I could improve:
- Check weather; no tights if > 60 degrees
- Go back to regular breakfast.
- Sleep. Sleep better (sickness kept me from sleeping)
- Nutrition. My nutrition sucked the day before and couldn't eat the morning off.
- Not feeling bad about a so-so performance. I didn't DNF/DNS.

In the end, some of the things that impacted my performance were out of my control. Getting sick and having the meds, probably caused most of my challenge, but it always sounds like a lame excuse. LOL

No thanks to me, Team T&L finished in 2:41 with a 12:22 pace, thanks mostly to my relay team mate, Steve. :)

Received: One Sinus Miracle

Well I got it. I can breathe through both sides of my nose. I'm off for my first official "running" event, where I'll actually run. My goal is still to come inside my goal pace, but I'm still hoping for 12:something. even if it's 12:59 LOL.

Feeling a little tired.

Didn't have my normal breakfast... had some oatmeal with almond butter. Tried this the other day to make sure it wouldn't give me any gastrointestinal upset. I was good.

Had my 1 cup of coffee too.

Still haven't had my morning moment; I hate when I don't get it before I leave... if you know what I mean!

Got my Cytomax and my Nuun. for Hydration.

CarBoom Gels for my run (4 - 1 15 mintues before, then one every 30 minutes)

Kind Bar and organic lowfat chocolate milk for recovery.

I' breaking a race day rule too; we had a cold-snap here, so I got some compression tights by CW-X. I figured the discomfort from being cold over-rode the rule, that and maybe help my IT band issues.

Hopefully I won't regret it!
Be back later!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Wanted: One Sinus Miracle

So my swim at the lake in my wetsuit yesterday was good. Let me tell you, this girl is definitely buoyant! :) That said, I found that the buoyancy kinda screwed with my stroke a bit -- I felt "messy". It took a lot of concentration. I can tell I will need to practice.

After though, that's a whole 'nother deal. I guess there was lots of pollen on the lake, or something. Whatever it was it started killing my sinuses. I woke up at midnight, not being able to breathe or swallow. Of course a trip to the local medi-clinic was in order first thing this morning.

So, a shot in the ass, scrips (steroid, anti-biotic and antihistamine) I can only hope for a sinus miracle before the relay tomorrow. I'll go, no matter what, but happens happens. Got my shot around 10 -- still have felt much relief, and it's now almost noon. :(

Supposed to go to a costume Halloween party tonight, but I'm not sure I'll be able to attend :(

Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday Fill♥Ins


And...here we go!

1. The crickets sing, and the birds chirp -- that's jacked up!

2. Welcom to wherever you are.

3. I want to get far away from the office.

4. To have the family I have; this was a dream.

5. But as for me I'll hang in there and figure it out.

6. New Jersey! That's where I come from (born in the Bronx though)

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to being away from work, tomorrow my plans include Halloween Party and Sunday, I want to PR at the Half Marathon Relay!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thursday♥Thirteen - Random Goings-on



13 Random Things - Goings On...

1) I have a Halloween party this weekend. I'm going as Octomom. Can't decide if I should duct tape or velcro the babies to my body, or carry them in a baby bjorn, sling and car carrier.

2) The cake balls recipe came out good. I am now going to make a much healthier version of them from a pumpkin cake. They should come out YUM.

3) My first warm-up race for the Houston Half Marathon is this weekend. I will be sharing a relay with one of my tri group team mates. My goal is a 12:58 pace, but no slower than 13:28.

4) My hip injury turned out to be my groin. I slightly strained it. I think I must have did that when I face planted the pavement on my early-morning, dark as night, run a few weeks ago. It was at the end of that run that I started having pain. Not sure why it took me 3 weeks to figure it out.

5) I get annoyed with doctors who are so busy they have to rush through everything.

6) There are only 87 days until the Houston Half Marathon.

7) There are only 14 days until I turn 42. Come January, in the triathlon community, that really makes me 43. Sh*t!

8) I've said it before, I still don't get Twitter. I twy... I tweet.. I even started a twibe for beginner triathletes. I did get RT'd by the Gayle King Show on Oprah Radio yesterday... kinda cool. Now, if I could only get Jillian Michaels to reply or RT LOL

9) Hubs is doing well... he's back on the wagon again and slimmin' down.

10) My dress arrived for my Boss' diner. It didn't fit :( Too tight in the hips and arms (my problem areas with loose skin). When I initially ordered they didn't have the size I wanted (a 16) but after looking at the sizing chart, it told me I could fit a 14, so I bought the 14. When it didn't fit well enough (it fit great everywhere else) I was bummed because I knew the 16 was sold out. I got online and checked... they had a 16 -- evidently they got some returns. Lucky me, for once!


11) Got into a brief, but deep, conversation with Hubs last night about what I want to do with my life. Maybe I don't really have a "calling". Maybe being home and doing for my family, what wasn't done for me, is what I want to do. I have to explore this more.

12) My feet are freezing today. Toes are almost numb.

13) I'm going to try out my new wetsuit tomorrow. Whoohoo!

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Randomly Recapping...

So my Boss is being honored with a pretty prestigious award. I don't want to list it here for obvious reasons, but she is a big supporter of the ADL Anyway if you look through their site for an award being given in November, no doubt you'll come across her name. :)

Long story short, I was supposed to be interviewed and share my opinion about her. I was sooo looking forward to contributing to this video, but due to some car trouble I didn't make it (that's a whole 'nother story). I was incredibly disappointed. What's really cool is, she invited me to the dinner. I am really honored that she did so. Actually, very surprised too.

Well, I have the dinner to look forward to; it will be wonderful to see such a deserving candidate honored.

On Saturday I had my long run. My hip was hurting, still, even after 4 visits to the chiro last week. My regular Chrio had been out of town and I figured she'd be busy getting caught up. Plus this Chiro I went to see is a sponsor of my running and tri groups, so I thought, okay, I'll give them a try. It was convenient because they saw me on a Saturday.

Ugh... so ticked. I felt like I wasted 4 visits. Not to say anything bad, because they help others. I just didn't feel like I was getting better. Headed to MY Chiro today. :)

In spite of the ache, I managed to do my 8 miles at a 13:30 pace. I'm pleased with that, because even in pain, I cut 2 minutes off my last 8 mile time. It was great running weather too... a nice, chilly 62 on Saturday morning.

Later Saturday, Cassie and I make "cake balls". Well, really, I made cake balls.... Cassie just licked everything clean. Needless to say I brought them to work to get them the heck outta the house!
Sunday we took our "punkin'" (Cassie) to the Pumpkin Patch at Dewberry Farm :) Of course that was a good time, but made for a late night. I need a rest from all the fun!


As for this week, I'm planning on Running Monday, Tuesday, Thursday. Bricking on Wednesday and swimming at the lake (Testing my new wetsuit) on Friday. On Saturday I'll be resting, because I'll be doing my first "official" running event on Sunday: Koala / Luke's Half Marathon. I'm doing this as a relay with one of my tri club members.


Also, I will be putting my new CPR, AED and First Aid certification to work. I joined some other tri club members an volunteeered to join an AED team that will be present at triathlon events. Kinda nervous about doing it, but if I have the mad skills, I should give back. :)


MS 150 preferred registration started. I raised over $1,000 for my ride so I get to register. I've not thought or re-thought once about my choice NOT to register this year. Wish I could donate my spot to someone who wants to do it. :(

Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday Fill♥In

And...here we go!

1. So are we going to live on the edge?

2. The unknown, the future, is what's up ahead.

3. I love to challenge myself and try new things.

4. For breakfast, I have to have protein of some sort.

5. I walk a fine line between having my sh*t together and being disorganized.

6. O.N.E Coconut water is the true elixir of life!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to family, tomorrow my plans include running and a mammogram and Sunday, I want to achieve everything I need to get done.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thursday Thirteen ♥ the "Only Slightly Later Than Normal" edition



Going themeless on Thursday Thirteen, is like going commando. No, wait... it's more like a box of chocolates... never sure just what you're gonna get.

1) Had a unexpected, but good run last night. Well, not the run so much as the after-run party in the parking log. Several of my tri training group friends are headed to IMFL, and I think I'm almost as excited for them, as they are for themselves.

2) Hip is not doing great, but I guess better in some ways. The last mile of my run last night was bugging it. Back to the chiro today.

3) Started doing some of the food combos for my meals out of Jillian Michaels' Master Your Metabolism Bood. Who knew 2 eggs and an apple would satisfy for so long... seriously.

4) Having a hard time focusing at work. Go figure. Nothing new here.

5) Found another diagnostic imaging program that's only 6 months in duration. Hmmmm. Still so unsure what I want to do and have no idea how to do it. At least even thinking about it is moving forward still.

6) Not sure where the cooler weather went. It was good for a few days then back to 300% humidity.

7) Looking forward to going to Dallas in November; just me and the Cassinator off to see "Aunt Beth" and "Du" with the Tri Divas while I'm there.

8) The holidays are approaching way too fast. WAY TOO FAST! We got tickets for the Polar Express trainride and am already putting together "wish lists" for Santa!

9) Taking my "Punkin" to the pumpkin patch this weekend; Dewberry Farm is a blast.

10) 8.5 miles to run on Saturday. Will I ever achieve a "Runner's High"? Someone last night said I had to run a full marathon to get there. Hmmmm. :-/

11) I got my Xterra wetsuit (thanks for the recommendation, Misty). It fits! I will test it out next week at the lake. :) Anyone want to purchase a sleeveless shorty?

12) My new running shoes are not-so-new after the Du on Sunday -- see the picture in a previous post. I've also determined that even though I'm determined and motivated to challenge myself, I find no value in racing in mud or rain. It doesn't make me a whimp... it just means I hate racing in mud and rain.

13) And in the area of small victories, I've done 3 sub 13 minute pace runs in a row! I might just make that goal of 12:30 marathon pace by January. 95 days until the Houston Half. Incidentally, the Tri Divas might be considering the Hills and Heels Half in May! I'll do anything for cute tech shirt and road trip to Dallas. :)

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Du the Bear aka Du the Muddy-buddy


It's no secret I suck at running... I mean I try not to suck, and I have improved, and therefore suck less, but I still suck.

Du the Bear was my first Duathlon. I figured it had lots of running and that's what I needed to focus on. Instead of running my scheduled 7 miles for my Saturday Long run, I ran 5, figuring I'd get 4 more on Sunday, plus the bike.

I was happy when I woke up, expecting to have great weather for racing. We lined up and it had been misting already. The Guys started, "and they're off." The Women started and the skies opened and the rain came. LOL What are you gonna do?


But even after the rain, running 5 miles Saturday morning, a gait analysis, Maggie at Kola working on my hip AND being on my feet for 4 hours volunteering at the 10 Miler packet pickup I had 2 of my best race runs, ever! Both runs were sub 13 minute paces.... like 12:30 and 12:40 -- pretty close splits, so that was kind of cool. Typically the second run is a couple minutes slower.

Maybe there's something to that being on your feet all day!

The bike was okay. I mean it was raining, wet and yucky and riding in rain does nothing for morale. I should have played the lottery though, because I was lucky enough to get stopped by the same cop, at the same light, on each loop (and it wasn't because I was riding at light-speed).

The mud sucked. My one legged yoga moves came in handy, balancing while changing shoes. Lastly, I must be getting faster/better, because there was hot food left when I crossed the line.

I had a little discrepancy between what my Garmin reported and what the race results reported. In the end, it appears that the 5 minute offset for the Athena class was not applied. I would have never been able to prove it, or point it out to them, if my friend's husband hadn't been taking pictures!

Friday, October 09, 2009

So, I'm in the store...

And an issue of "O" Magazine screams at me... not whispers, but screams.

The cover stories reads: "Who Are You Meant to Be? A step-by-step guide to finding (and fulfilling) your life's purpose"

Given my current state-of-mind, how could I NOT bring that home with me?

I guess part of what parlyzes me too is making the wrong choice. I'm not sure why it bothers me so because I totally know and appreciate the fact that after enough failures you find the right way to go or do something; it's a natural progression. If we all did it right the first time around, what a boring world this would be? Imagine how many discoveries would have been overlooked?

I just feel like I don't have time. I'm going to be 42 in less than a month. I know it's not old, but I feel like not knowing what the hell I need to do drops my maturity level to that of a 20-something year old finding their way.

There is value in failure and I get that. Totally.

So I started a report here at work and while it was compiling, I immediately went to the little tool O's mag provides for helping you determine who you already are, and maybe just didn't know. Incidentally you can take it online here.

Here are my top 3 scores, and while I don't agree with each and every sentence, I do see where I strive to do certain things. Of course I've always known I am creative, but recognition with regard to career/work is kind of off. Work is work; I work to make a living I don't have to be the big cheese -- in fact it's not my thing at all.

YOU ARE STRIVING TO BE SECURE
You scored: 18
You are a stabilizer: You are the rock in a storm, the one others lean on. Loyal and com-mitted in your relationships, you maintain a support system of like-minded people whom you look out for. (So what if you do it behind the scenes and don't get credit?) You're careful with money, cherish the familiar, and defend the traditions you care about.

What to watch out for: Rapidly changing environments (like a shaky economy) are very hard for you. As a result of such instability, you can spiral into a state where everything seems catastrophic and you're sure life will only get worse. You can also become overcontrolling, rejecting any suggestion that doesn't conform to your idea of the way things should be. To avoid being too rigid, each month try changing one habit. Exper-iment with clothes, drive a different way to work, initiate conversations about subjects you wouldn't normally discuss. And when the opportunity arises to do something new, avoid the impulse to immediately say no—this may be nerve-racking, but the more you practice, the less anxious you'll feel.

Looking ahead: You find meaning in pursuing safety and certainty. Focusing on family can give you great satisfaction. Also consider planting a vegetable garden, hosting class reunions, volunteering as a lifeguard, teaching at your church or temple. In the work arena, look for positions where you're responsible for others, and for making sure everyone is following the rules. You work well in any environment that is stable and consistent. Careers in government, finance, the military, law enforcement, and product manufacturing are strong options for you.


STRIVING TO BE CREATIVE
You scored: 15
You are an artist: You came out of the womb with a paintbrush in your hand. Or maybe it was a flute or a castanet or a fountain pen to go with your poet's imagination. The point is, you're an original, and you know it. Even if you don't have a singular gift, you're drawn to the arts—anything creative, for that matter—and you have a unique way of looking at the world. Your need for depth and authenticity in relationships can lead to both great joy and profound sorrow, depending on whether others reciprocate. You don't care so much about adapting to group or societal expectations; your independence and sharp intuition propel you on your own path.

What to watch out for: When fear of conformity overrides your creativity, you can assume the role of "outsider" or "orphan" and end up feeling alienated. You may even go so far as refusing to vote or pay taxes. This lone-wolf stance might be a defense against feeling vulnerable. Try to be aware that blaming others for your banishment, or pushing away those who want to get close, only makes things worse. Also, dramatizing your emotions can interfere with your creativity.

Looking ahead: As long as you genuinely express yourself, you feel like the person you were meant to be. How you do it is irrelevant. A chef or architect can be as much of an artist as a painter or sculptor. Many advertising and public relations executives are also highly imaginative. Beyond work, there are opportunities everywhere you look to coax out your inner artist: Design your own jewelry line, create an innovative blog, dream up a comic strip. Relationships are another avenue for self-expression.


STRIVING TO BE RECOGNIZED
You scored: 13
You are an achiever: Ambitious, competitive, and hardworking: That's you. With a clear image of who you are, you work tirelessly to make sure your accomplishments are recognized. Your drive for success extends to your family, and you invest a lot of energy in helping them live up to your expectations. Thanks to your knack for diplomacy and abundant charisma, you often inspire others.

What to watch out for: You are prone to becoming a workaholic, slaving away toward success while neglecting your personal life. Because you're driven to gain approval, you can find yourself performing for others like an actor; if you become overly concerned with your image, you end up feeling superficial. To keep your ambition under control, get involved in group activities that require cooperation. Also practice listening to those around you and think about sharing the spotlight from time to time.

Looking ahead: Any career that allows you to scale the ranks and gain recognition, status, even material rewards, lights you up. Actress, entrepreneur, salesperson, politician—you get the picture. And consider balancing your professional challenges with personal ones: Run a 10K, train for a triathlon, compete in a tennis tournament, bike from one end of your state to the other; or join a debate team, play in a poker circle, enter your purebred spaniel in a dog show. Whenever you can win at something, you're happy.

Friday Fill♥Ins


And...here we go!

1. Sweet dreams, Punkin'.

2. Julie brought Oragami paper in especially for me.

3. Silliness always has a place at some point during the day.

4. I'm dressing up as "Octomom", Cassie is a kitty-cat and I have no clue what Darren will be this Halloween.

5. Outstanding or not this is your life, make the choices to make the most of it.

6. Figuring out which direction to go and how to proceed is what I want right now!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a family dinner. Tomorrow my plans include a 7 mile run, free gait analysis, volunteering and date-night with Hubs to celebrate (late) our anniversary and Sunday, I want to make it through the Du!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Thursday Thirteen ♥ The Completely Tardy Edition



13 Random things on an all-around annoying day.

1) Not getting my quiet-time in the morning when I get to work. This time is priceless for getting my day laid-out and organized... oh, and for getting caught up on Google Reader. LOL

2) I haven't trained enough bricks for the du, and yesterday was no exception. You would have thought I would have made do (haha), but I didn't -- life gets in the way. The best I an hope for on the du is 2 runs under 30 minutes -- the bike won't be stellar, but okay.

3) You know that wesuit I was thrilled about winning for $188? Sure it was a good deal on a 1x used suite that retails for $430. But someow I felt deflated when I learned today that Xterra is selling the same suit, on sale, for $159! BRAND NEW

4) Picked up my race packet today -- received yet another water bottle. What do people do with these? I have recycled a bunch already.

5) I hate when my helpdesk person gets lazy and doesn't lift a finger more than is necessary. She's military. If you don't give it to her in "orders" it doesn't get done. It's been a lesson for me too.

6) I hate leaving the office and having to come back for an issues that the person in #5 could have handled if she had her head screwed on straight. I left the office at 3, had to come back for an issue and am I'm still here at 6:41 pm. Need to reboot the phone system but the Boss is a little chatty on the phone. Might be a CLM "career limiting move", to reboot while she's talking.

7) Still don't get the whole tweeting thing. I try though. I mean, if you're going to Tweet on Twitter, then at least tweet back!

8) Runny noses and brain-jossling sneezes annoy the snot out of me.

9) I don't understand fake, insincere people. Oh, and people who don't own their mistakes. I mean, everyone "f"s up

10) I'm mad about being stuck at work, but kind of glad I'm not running in the humidity. How is that annoying? I'm kind of annoyed it's not bothering more that I won't be running.

11) Love my boss... but still on the phone (6:50)... just shoot me. Maybe I need a nap on the Princess Ready-bed that sits on the floor in my office for my Daughter's visits to the office. LOL

12) Don't you get annoyed too when some folks just can't take a hint? That said, if it's important enough I don't bother mincing words... I'll let you know if it means that much.

13) Waiting, waiting, waiting.

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