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Week-O-Fun

So my trip to NJ was excellent. We surprised Mom and brought her to tears. :) Had a great time, albeit not enough, with family. We celebrated both Mom and my niece's birthday.

Saw my Dad too, and he is looking better all the time. Those that follow my blog might recall that about 2 1/2 years ago we almost lost him -- he went to the hospital with Pneumonia, had 2 heart attacks while he was there, and then became septic. He's like a super-hero; in fact they call him something like the "Miracle Marine" at the hospital He's not giving up -- he's unstoppable. He just had a heart bypass several weeks ago and is recovering nicely --he just looks healthy... and that's good.

I got some outside running/wogging in while I was in Jersey. Had no choice really, as it was all I could do. No 24 in the area. :(

Anyway, made it back to Houston yesterday. Plan on Spinning and Swimming tonight... probably bike and run on Wednesday. I'll be off on Thursday and Friday in prep…

By the way...

If you have nothing to do a week from this Saturday, April 4th, and you're somewhat local, the Lonestar Tri is supposed to be a great spectator event. It's being held on the grounds of Moody Gardens. :)

Double-duty Workin' Out...

So to make up for being a sloth on Tuesday, and just not feeling great all around, last night I did a swim (1200 m) and run (5k)

I woke this morning and got in early for a 6am spin class and probably logged about 18 miles -- then back to the treadmill for another 3.4 miles

Hopefully my Mother has not found my blog (LOL) -- she's on Facebook, so none of you comment there or you'll blow our surprise! Cassie and I are headed to NJ for her 60th birthday and my niece's 9th birthday. It's a total surprise. Mom is NOT expecting it. She thinks we are totally strapped for cash between taxes, car accident and hurricane Ike repairs. :) Of course there is some small amount of truth to all of that, but the one thing Mom likes most is having everyone together.

If you're keeping up you'll realize I planned this lil' vacation the week before my tri! I'm kinda worried because all I can do there is run. :( I'm packing my warm stuff and I plan on getting in a min…

Tour de Houston *Updated*

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Great ride... better than I expected. Great company -- thanks *E* and Linda! Near perfect weather. A little windy, but bearable. The tour takes you through different areas of Houston (some of which I'd never seen. There were some very pretty spots.

Overall an enjoyable ride... except for the lack of coordinated traffic control at the lights. Truly, if I wasn't more respectable I would have had a few words for those cops. I'm so glad they were sooooo supportive *big-ass-eye-roll*

Here's how the day ended up

39.8 miles
3:03:00
13.5 average
High Speed: 28 mph
Average HR 141
Calories burned: 3,800+

Doing the spin class and 5K the day before the ride I felt wiped last night... my legs felt like lead weights. I pulled my back last night, but it feels much better today (thankfully). No training today, Monday.

This week will be tough -- Cass and I are headed to NJ on Thursday through Monday. All I can really do there is Run, which I guess is something. I will swim both Tu…

Run Bike Saturday

A backwards brick. LOL

Ran 5K: 12:30 pace
Spin Class: 55 minutes
2830 Calories burned

Off to pick-up my packet for the Tour de Houston then BBQ tonight in celebration of Darren's 40th Birthday!

Question: What Kind of Bike Should I Buy?

Corrie wanted to know what kind of bike should she buy...

Well, first thing is, you have to decide what kind of riding you are going to do. Do you want to ride mountain bike trails? Will you ride strictly in the Park? Do you want to do organized rides on the road (aspiring to do the MS150)? Just leisure riding in your neighborhood... or commute to work?

You also might want to consider who you will be riding with and what kind of bikes they are riding. If they're riding road bikes and you purchase a mountain bike or Cruiser, it is unlikely you'll be able to keep up with them and will find yourself defeating your purpose riding by yourself.

There are many different kinds of bikes:

Road bikes are fast and easy to pedal on pavement. They are incapable of operating off the road. Many people find the riding position difficult to maintain for a long time, but with saddle time and practice, comfort comes with proper form..

Mountain bikes are harder to pedal and slower on pavement. But…

And Kim Makes 94%

You guys are keeping me on a roll today. Are you just trying to see how many times I can update my fund raising meter?

I need to do something snappy to mark the achievement of my goal in my blog... maybe I can make it play music, or something. LOL

In any case, thanks to Kim for her contribution. As I said before, I appreciate it!

Just FYI... last year I raised $880 dollars, so hitting $1000 will exceed what I raised last year. I don't know what the "incentive" gifts are for 2009, but we joke around at my house about the $800 backpack I earned last year. Truthfully though, last year was very expensive for the MS150 since it was my first time and there was lots to be had to make for a good experience -- I think it cost me far more than I raised in donations if you added up equipment, training rides and bike maintenance.

I can't wait until some of you join me in 2011. I've decided that while I love both causes, MS150 and the Live Strong Challenge, that it is onl…

And Corrie makes it 92%

Wow... thanks so much! 92% of my fund raising goal hit.

I can't believe it!

Happenings...

Some things have been happening...

Friday night I got into an auto accident. Thankfully no one was hurt and I didn't have Cassie in the car with me. My brakes failed as I was slowing at a traffic light and my Jeep rear-ended an Expedition. I bent the Expedition's bumper downward, and needless to say the face of my "Libby" is slightly rearranged. More to the story, but I'm kinda tired of telling it. Let's just say you know you're in Texas when you're waiting for a tow-truck on the side of the road and 4 horses come trotting down the road during rush hour traffic and the cows have to join you fence-side for a "moo-fest".

Some good news though... last night I met with the swim coach! I learned sooooo much, which is good. But now I have to break some habits and have a lot to practice. We fixed a few things with my technique, but she was impressed I learned so much from You Tube videos. She said I had great head position, "roll"…

Another one!

Okay, just received another donation... I'm just $115 away from my $1,000 goal -- I am 89% there! You all have been so generous and if I ever see you all in real life one day, duck and sway, because I'll be coming at you with a great big hug!

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm talking about my Ms150 Fund raising check out the fund raising monitor on the left side. :)

Most sincerely, thanks again!

Sunday Night Training

Run:
3.1 in 36:00 (I suck, but my sneakers felt good; we'll see tomorrow)

Swim:
400 in 8:37
300 in 6:25
Practices some Flip-turns.

Saturday Brick

Met up with *E* at 24 for Swim then spin this morning.

Did 2 x 300 (finished each 300 in just over 8 minutes) and then right to spin.

Also discovered the lap counter on my Polar. LOL

I feel pretty good.

I like the new kixx so far.

It's really crappy weather, but hopefully I will get to ride in the gloom tomorrow... just so long as it doesn't rain.

More On the Endo...

Okay, for realz... last post of the day -- only because Corrie asked the question.

Dr. B's nurse explained that my TSH (which was always normal) is now supressed at .07

The normal range is .5-.7 to 1.5-1.8

The Levoxyl has an inverse effect, so it becomes confusing. Basically, the TSH decreases when Thyroid function is too high from the medication. When Thyroid function is too high, the Pitutary has to do double-duty.

So he's moving me from .112 to .110

The Runner's Link

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Okay, so this is my last entry for this morning. I promise. :)

I have to get this plug in for a local running store, The Runner's Link in League City, TX. A friend of mine referred me there, and I'm so happy I went! I met Cassandra, and right away I felt very comfortable! I mean, why wouldn't I -- she shares my Daughter's name! I've been to other stores where sales people see a larger athlete and they either don't take them seriously or ignore us altogether. It's always a challenge to overcome and not feel "less than" when I go into these places.

In any case, Cassandra was helpful, friendly, knowledgable and just all-around awesome! She asked for my old kixx and I stood on a machine called the iStep/iFit. It's a machine that measures the distribution of weight on your feet. It also shows your correct shoe size and tells you what kind of arch you have. Couple that with and examination of how I walk and she bases a recommendation based on those el…

QuikEnergy™ V-Neck Aquatard from Junonia

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I just received my Junonia Catalog in the mail, and while the clothing they offer does not fit me any longer, I still check out their performance sportswear. Years ago, at over 300 lbs. I remember how thrilled I was to find quality bike shorts and a jersey that fit. I remember writing Anne Kelly, the owner of Junonia and commenting -- she actually wrote back and asked if I could be quoted for their catalog, but nothing ever came of it. That was back in 2002, I think!

Miss Kelly, if you read this, I'd love to test this Aquatard -- Hubs will kill me if I buy another piece of performance clothing! LOL

Seriously, though, I am curiuos to see how it functions in a multisport event -- I'm sure it is comfortable for the swim, since that's it's main purpose -- but I wonder if the support is enough for the run -- or do the legs stay in place or ride up on the bike?

In any case, my shopping experiences with Junonia are good. Their offerings are of good quality, but the prices w…

Skirt Sports - Tri Tank

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It seems my quest for finding appropriate performance tri apparel for the "Athena" sized athlete (that's what they officially call us larger-than-average competitors) is never-ending. FYI: Men are called "Clydesdales".

I'm always looking for that slightly more generously cut top or shorts. Make no mistake, it's not just about looking good, but there is something to be said for feeling more confident and being taken more seriously when you have the right gear.

Here's the Product Overview from their site:

From swim to bike to run to post-race spirited beverage, no distance is too great to travel in our TRI Tank! This top is form-fitting with a built-in bra and racerback sass. Women die for the interior bra pocket. No more chafing when you slip your gel into Cleavage Alley! This top ingeniously hits just below the waistband of the TRI Bottoms and it won’t ride up your tummy. Pair it with the TRI Bottoms and RaceBelt Skirt and smile for the flashbul…

MY Documents

This is just a peek into my world... I'm serious. I've had parts of this conversation with people!

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Mac Quote...

If there were ever a time to dare, to make a difference, to embark on something worth doing, it is now. Not for any grand cause, necessarily, but for something that tugs at your heart, something that's your aspiration, something that's your dream. You owe it to yourself to make your days here count. Have fun. Dig deep. Stretch. Dream big."

Just so I don't forget it.

Lands End Aqua Terra Tank Review

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Okay, I received the Land's End Aqua Terra Tank yesterday. First, I ordered an 18W, when I probably should have ordered a 16W. I wear in XL 16-18 top in Misses, but was afraid to order the Misses size and have it be too small about my hips. It is available in both misses and plus sizes.
First, the bra. I have C/D cups -- this was a full-cut, full all-around, lightly padded shelf bra. Full d's and even dd's would be thrilled! The 3" band of elastic kept the bra in place and it was comfortable on. I could tell that if I had enough to fill it, it would have provided good (not awesome) support. If I adjusted the girls they would stay in place, but eventually would be pointing south -- but I really think it was because the bra was too big for me. I need the 18 misses or 16W. The material was very nice. High quality, very smooth lycra and sewn together so it was "seamless", like good quality bike shorts. Very, very comfortable to wear.
The shape is very flattering o…

Tuesday Workout

Lat Pulldown
Push-ups
Cable Row
Static Lunges w/weights
Leg Press
Plank

Swimming (week 2 of 0 to 1650):
200 yards...rest for 12 breaths
100 yards...rest for 10 breaths...repeat 3 times
50 yards...rest for 6 breaths...repeat 3 times
25 yards...rest for 4 breaths...repeat 3 times
total: 900 yards

That swim coach was there tonight... I'm meeting with her on Friday. Wooohoo!

Moving Forward

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Well, I just received more donations (from my boss and GastricGirl!), which brings my total to 75% -- you all are so kind. I know times are financially challenging, so know I really do appreciate the support -- as do those who live with MS, waiting for a cure.

Today I'll hit the gym with lifting and swimming. I think something clicked with me and swimming and I realize I don't so much dread getting in the pool anymore. Much like running, once you start, you see progress quickly -- I need that to keep my interest and motivation up. Truly, it is more of a pain to drag all the stuff along, get changed, dry off and leave with wet hair, etc.! But then the question is... Deal with the p-i-t-a.... or have good health. ;-)

26 days until the Lonestar Tri (and I'm actually excited)
44 days until the MS150
88 days until the Danskin

The gym plan this week (I was "off" on Monday):
TUE: Lift & Swim
WED: Lift & Run
THU: Bike (gym, road or spin?)
FRI: Swim
SAT: Bike (Road) …

See Donna Swim...

Swam again last night!

100 x 4
50 x 6
25 x 6

250 x 1 <-- not sure why I stopped before 300!!

Lonestar Tri

I took long enough to make a decision, but have decided to go through with the sprint distance in the Lonestar Tri Festival.

It will be good practice for the DanskinIt is local, Local, LOCAL (as in 6 exits from my house)the venue is nice... Moody Gardens Beach for the swim, general Moody Gardens area for the run and the Galveston Island Sea Wall for the the Bike. :)I'm nuts.... it's the day before the Space Race, so why the heck not?!?That swim coach I met says it's one of the best run events in the areaHas the best swag-bags around. :)Recruited *E* to do it too... maybe we'll get to meet sometime before then. LOLSo it's .3 mile swim, 12.5 mile bike and 5K run.

So, that's that.

Darren is on a surprise 40th birthday kayaking trip this weekend, so it has been just me and Cassafrass. Since I couldn't ride with my team, I brought her with me to the gym yesterday and took spin class, then rushed to the pool. I stayed until I did 1600 meters. After that we spent …

I'm a 62 Percenter!

Wow! I received several very nice donations for my MS150 effort today -- thanks a million! I am now at 62% of my goal... just need $385 more to reach it.

If you'd like to help me reach my goal, please click here... every penny counts!

Thanks again!

As for the weekend, we surprised Darren with a kayak adventure trip for his 40th birthday. So, that leaves me and Cass-a-frass alone for the weekend. I'm not sure yet what we'll do, but I'm going to hit the gym for spin and swim in the morning. I might even go tonight... I don't know yet.

Eh... that's it for now.

Peace ∙ Love ∙ Tri

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This is one for the wish list. :)

In Humor Comes Truth :)

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What??? Wednesday Swimming? Yep!

So I just got back from the gym... I swam today! I modified the week 1 workout... just added a round or two of everything, just to get more time in the water. 850 yards, yo!

Swam 100 yards, and then rest for 12 breaths.
Repeated 4 times. (400 yrds total)

Swam swim 50 yards, and then rest for 8 breaths.
Repeated 6 times. (300 yrds total)

Next, they swim 25 yards, and then rest for 4 breaths.
Repeated 6 times. (150 yrds total)

But then I had a stroke of luck... no pun intended.

There was this swim coach there, teaching this young boy to swim. We got to talking a bit.... she's been a swimmer all her life. She can "coach" for $20 / 30 minutes. I found out she travels for swim events, does both duathlons and triathlons, etc. Just did some shore-to-shore swim in the Chesapeake. Anyway, she' said she'd love to help me. She also said that for someone who was self-taught, that I'm "not bad at all.". She thinks just a couple sessions could tweak me enough fo…

Fab Food Find: Current Love; Kefir Cheese

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Okay, true, it's all fat and protein -- but it's still better than butter.

That said, I do love buttah.... I come from a long line of European buttah and cream lovers. :) Mmmm, buttah.

Mom was on the Perricone diet and that was my first introduction to Kefir. Kefir has naturally occurringprobitoics which are good for your tummy (and evidently all the range right now) I used to drink the Lifeway brand and make a shake with Kefir, flax seed and Acaii. Pretty tasty too! When I saw the cheese I realized it could be a good substitute for cream cheese.

So long story short, this Kefir Cheese is my new favorite thing. I make one of my fruit compotes* (with cherries, blueberries, strawberries or cranberries work too) and I mix a tablespoon of the fruit with a 2 a heaping tablespoon of the cheese -- then I spread it on a toasted whole wheat or Ezekiel Bread English Muffin. Mmmmmmm!

It has a light cream cheese consistency. I've even mixed a packet of splenda with the 2 tablespoons…

Fab Food Find: PureVia

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Since being diagnosed with Hypothyroidism I've been reading a lot about Endocrin distruptors. I'm a huge Splenda (Sucralose) user and unfortunately, it's not good for me -- it's a disruptor.

I've tried all different kinds of natural sweeteners, like Stevia and Xylitol, but I can't stand the taste of them. Once company makes Xylitol Plus, which is a combination of Xylitol w/Stevia which turns out to be palatable.


I ran across PureVia at the local grocery store and decided to try it. It comes in 40 and 80 count boxes. Some warehouse stores carry it in even larger quantity. A Sam's Club in my area carries it, so I hope to score some this week.


The biggest thing I use my sweetener in is my coffee. I have to say I was really pleased with the taste and no dirty aftertaste! My secondary use is in my yogurt, and it's super good there too!



The main sweetening ingredient in PureVia is "Reb A". Reb A is the extraction of the sweetest part of the Stevia pla…

Sunday Swimming

Today I completed the Week 1 Swimming traning plan Leslie gave me. I was pretty surprised I did okay... or should I say, I got through it. I wasn't a rock-star or anything, but I did get through it. I will try to get this in a couple more times this week, and start week 2 next Sunday. :)

Week One Workout:
For week one, the swimmer swims a total of 700 yards. (I did 750)

To begin, they swim 100 yards, and then rest for 12 breaths.
Repeat this three times. (400 yrds total)

Next, they swim 50 yards, and then rest for 8 breaths.
Repeat this three times. (200 yrds total)

Next, they swim 25 yards, and then rest for 4 breaths.
Repeat this three (4) times. (150 yrds total)