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California Roll Salad!

Lass posted this recipe on her blog and I just had to try it! I substituted brown rice for the white and couldn't find the pickled ginger so I added a couple dashes of ground ginger to the dressing. So refreshing, yum!

California Roll Salad
Serves:4

* 1 (8 7/8 ounce) package white rice (I used Uncle Ben's Brown Rice - the kind you microwave)
* 3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
* 1 head lettuce (I mixed iceberg and romaine)
* 1 cucumber (I made small little chunks... I like my cucumbers chunky, not sliced)
* 1 avocado (don't fear the good fat!
* 1 lb imitation crabmeat (Could only find a 12 oz. package)
* 3 tablespoons soy sauce (I used Low Sodium)
* 2 tablespoons pickled ginger

Directions
Prepare rice according to directions.

Pour rice into medium bowl and toss with 1 tbsp vinegar. Set aside.

Thinly slice cucumber and avacado.

Break up crabmeat into chunks.

Mix lettuce leaves with seasoned rice, cucumber, avocado slices and crabmeat.

In separate cup, mix together soy sauce and remaini…

2009 Freedom Tri Race Report

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Overall in Age Group 40-44: 23 of 26 (25:32.5 back)
Overall Finish: 288 of 407
Time Back from 1st: 25:32.5
Total Time: 1:38:09.5

Swim:
Rank: 16, Time: 7:40.9

T1
Rank: 7, Time: 1:38.8

Bike
Rank: 19, Time: 44:11.1
MPH: 16.3

T2
Rank: 15, Time; 1:18.0

Run
Rank: 23, Time: 43:20.6
Pace: 14:27/M



Today was the 2009 Y Freedom Tri in Pearland. This event was different because the swim was in a 50 meter pool. I am not used to a 50 meter pool; I swim in a 25 meter regularly at 24 HF. I was surprised at how much longer it took me -- a full minute than in the 25 meter pool.

In any case, I visited the 50 m pool 3 or 4 times this past week to get used to it. I think it paid off. In the end I was only 20 seconds slower (instead of a full minute) than I reported when I registered. Your time is important because because they seed the start according to speed and you don't want to tick off faster swimmers because you're in front of them, bobbing, and then they have to pass you. I was ple…

Rockin' the Beer Gut!

Because this makes me laugh... Who needs country songs about divorce when we have songs that salute the Beer Gut. :)

Laser Bike Lane? LightLane Prototype

This is really cool!

"LightLane was originally created for a design competition to promote commuting by bicycle. Although the concept did not win, the response was overwhelming, encouraging the inventors to continue development. Click image for hi-res version."

Cassie and Wednesday Bricking

My little swimmer!

Cassie started her lessons last night with the swim coach who helped me refine my stroke before Lonestar last April. After spending 2 weeks of the hottest part of last summer sitting outside while she got all of maybe 15 minutes of time with the instructor in a group class, we decided to try the private approach. Chances are she'll need fewer lessons and will come further along.

I'll say!

I couldn't stay the whole class, but before I left, Suzy had her learning to glide through the water and going under for dive toys! As Cass' Mommy, I had a real hard time helping her go under. In fact, I found myself wincing the first time I watched Suzy do it! LOL Anyway, Cass is doing great with the swimming and loves it.

I headed out for my brick training... the temp in my car read 102 when I got out to begin at 6:30. I finished my bike, drank some ONE Coconut Water and headed out for my run. Breathing the hot air is always killer for me. Ugh!

I am glad to re…

Just an Update

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<---- Is what you get when you cross an IT Manager with a triathlete. :) I just added this to the back of my car. LOL

So this weekend flew by... it always seems we need just 1 more day -- even me, the self-proclaimed "Domestic Goddess" didn't have the power to get everything done I wanted. I did, however, hit up spin class on Saturday. We climbed, and climbed... then climbed some more. After that, we climbed again. You get the picture. Right after that I headed to the pool that next weekend's tri is going to be in. This pool is 50 meters in length, so it kind of feels like you never reach the end! I also found out they are open for adult lap swims 3 nights a week, plus Saturday and Sunday. I think I found a nice alternative to swimming at 24 and getting my required dose of Vitamin D. :)

Sunday we remulched our front yard and planted some new trees. One would thik that with 38 miles of training for last week, you wouldn't think the gardening would leave me sore…

From Lifehacker: BPM Analyzer Calculator!

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Click the pic to take you to the Lifehacker blog to download!

I think this will be a useful tool. I'm noticing that I'm running faster when I don't have my iPod. I think I tend to run with the beat of the music, so if the music slows down, so do I. I am also certain that part of them stems from the fact that I am not yet a very accomplished runner. I do great to break a 12 minute/mile pace right now! It's all good though.

If you download it and try it, let me know what you thought of it!






I Loved It! Moving Comfort Compression Running Shorts

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Thanks to Misty over at the Athena Diaries, I have a new love! The Moving Comfort MCW Compression Running Short.

I have been a long-time fan of MC's sports bras; they are a less expensive alternative to the Enell and keep *things* in place just as well. The Maia is my favorite -- I swim, bike and run in them without any discomfort. I am still on the hunt for a good high impact racer-back bra for a D.

I ordered my shorts but was on the fence with regard to sizing. I call the folks up at Moving Comfort and they were nice and helpful. The customer service rep suggested the MCW version, when I told her my issues and how I am right on the tail end of regular sizes. So I went with their a "MCW" collection. I'm glad I did.

It was nice to know that the MCW version was exactly the same tech-wear, just sized for the fuller figure and 1/2" longer. I really appreciated that the fit wasn't just a larger size of the regular sized version. They took into account the areas plu…

Fab Food Find: One Coconut Water Review

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I easily found the One Natural Experience Coconut Water in more than a few places using the store locator on their website. I was also surprised to find that it is available at common grocery stores like Kroger and Fiesta... so really no need to trapse to Whole Foods -- that's a good thing when you live (evidently) on the wrong side of the 4th largest city in the US! They can have 3 Whole Foods in North/Northwest Houston, but none south of downtown??? I digress... that's a whole'nother entry.

I poured myself a glass over ice and took a sip. It is just ever so slightly thicker than water. The taste is nice and palatable. Remember, I tried the plain coconut water, not one of it's fruitier variations. The bottle bills it as a"natural sports drink", and it tastes like what I imagine a sports drink might taste like without fake flavoring.

I do enjoy coconut, but it has never been a favorite. The taste of coconut in this was pleasantly lighter than I expected.…

On the Search: Potential Fab Food Find

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I was getting caught up on my Jillian Michaels podcasts and one of the listeners emailed a question about how to fuel for a marathon in a more natural, organic way.

I thought this was a good question, because even though the gels and bars seem to be effective for most, I don't really feel much different when I use them. I do better with real food -- my race breakfast is always an Ezekiel English Muffin with an egg and lowfat cheese (I didn't have an egg for Danskin.... oh well -- shoot! Maybe if I did, my run would have been better! LOL )

Anyway...

It's no secret Jillian hates the electrolyte drinks and bars, so her first suggestion was oranges... we used them as kids for sports and they were fine then, and are just as fine now. Portability is probably an issue still while doing a marathon, but you get what she's saying.

But this was really interesting... as for a drink replacement shen suggested her new favorite

One Natural Experience Coconut Water

The product is all n…

It Might Pay to be Crab-a-licious!

Okay, so I was crabby and griping last night about not wanting to run. I went kicking and screaming out the door after Hubs made it home. I can't even tell you how little I was looking forward to the heat and humidity. I finally made it out about 7:15.

Much to my surprise I hit a PR last night, do ing my 5.06 miles at a less than 12 minute pace! I can't believe it, really!

Of course after I was happy I went... that's how it always goes.

Some Days...

I just kick and scream all the way to, during and from my workout. I am running 5 miles today, no matter what.

I ain't feeling anything but the heat index right now. Bah!

Swimming for Triathlon- Endless Pool Underwater Video

Training for this Week

This week plans to be crazy! Cassie has music camp and I have a significant email upgrade project beginning Friday night!

Running in Houston's humidity is killing me, but I am determined to get my mileage in this week!

SUN: (Yesterday) OFF
MON: Run 5
TUE: Swim 1,000 (drills) - Lower Body Weights
WED: Brick (Ride 12/Run 3
THU: Run 3 - Upper Body Weights
FRI: Swim 1,000 (nonstop)
SAT: Run 5 & Full Body Weights
SUN: Ride 30 miles

That's the plan... stay tuned for the execution :)

As for the scale... well, it's moving in a downward trend, so that makes me happy. Would still like to see me routinely fall below my lowest weight, but 2 or 3 lbs fluctuations up and down are to be expected until this hormone stuff gets corrected. I go back to the Endo on July 8th for blood draw, so we'll see where things are then. I just want to get regulated; I know it's a long process. I'm trying to be patient.

Next tri up is Y Freedom. It's a 300m swim, but in a 50…

A Little Fun! 2009 Houston Police Department Midnight Classic Ride

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So we can count on two hands how many times Darren and I have gone out since Cassie was born, let alone ride together! Cassie is 4 1/2 now and we tried out a babysitter last night!

We joined Elysha and Doug and did the Houston Police Department's Midnight Classic ride. They shut down Memorial Drive between downtown and the Aquairum and Shepherd to create a 5 miles loop. Between 10pm and Midnight you do the loop as many times as you want/can.

It was tons of fun. Next year we'll get there for 9pm, when they do the family ride, and bring the Cassinator. :)


Houston - sometimes it looks nice. :)


Elysha and "Husband" aka Doug


Not the most flattering of sides, but great numbers!


Elysha and I... Yuckin' it up.

I Like It! Zoot Sports 8" TRIfit Short

All that said about the Moving Comfort find in my previous post, I did find an XXL in the Zoot Sports TRIfit 8" Short (woman's) and they were fabulous. They're on sale at RaceLogix for $56 right now!

I wore them for the Danskin and I had no complaints at all! I loved them. They fit well and offered great compression and, well, smoothed the "rolls" to the extent they could be smoothed. LOL

The XXL waist is 37-39 inches and the hips were 44-46 inches; so they were right up my size alley. I love that they were mid-height, and not hip-huggers, because they kept my stomach in place (along with all it's loose skin) and minimized movement during the run and offered a draw-string for further security.

They were comfortable, dried well and were not at all bulky. The side mesh pockets were big enough to actually be useful, handy and easily accessible, even on the bike. So far they are my favorite, but I'll let you know how I feel about the Moving Comfort compression …

Moving Comfort MCW!

So one of my favorites, Misty of "The Athena Diaries", made mention of Moving Comfort.

I've been a long time fan of their sports bras, especially the Maia and my new recent favorite, the Fiona. Both work well for all three sports and does not give me any chafing or uni-boob. Until I found these babies, I was going broke with E-nell. Don't get me wrong, the E-nell's are awesome but I hate the seam across the boob. Plus, you have sell a limb each time you want to buy one.

So, Misty mentioned MC's Compression Runner Shorts and how they are the only ones she buys now. Of course that speaks volumes to me, since I am always trying to find the right, comfortable fitting training gear.

So I visted MC's site, and I have no idea why I never noticed it before, but they have a whole plus-size section; it's called the MCW collection! You can imagine my surprise, since I sit right, smack-dab, in the middle of misses and plus, which makes it challenging to find the rig…

2009 Danskin *Updated - Pics*

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Where do I start? What a weekend!

I think I’ve started writing this several times, but it just comes rambling out. Guess there is a lot I want to say.

We arrived in Austin on Friday. The Expo was on Saturday. Elysha and I met up with my other “Tri Diva” friends to pick-up our packets, chips, swag and check-in our bikes. It was great to see and met some of them for the first time.

For me, by the time I started packing to head to the hotel I was getting nervous. I just kept repeating to myself that I couldn’t do anything any better than I have. Over the course of my training I missed a total of running 7 miles and swimming 2000m since April. In the big picture those 7 miles and 2000 m were not going to make me any faster. The rest was only going to come to me during the event.

Elysha and I woke on Sunday and were out the door pretty quickly, after prepping our hairdryer warmed Ezekiel English muffins and low fat cream cheese. We made it swiftly to the grounds and started prepping.…

2009 Danskin

Where do I start? What a weekend!

I think I’ve started writing this several times, but it just comes rambling out. Guess there is a lot I want to say.

We arrived in Austin on Friday. The Expo was on Saturday. Elysha and I met up with my other “Tri Diva” friends to pick-up our packets, chips, swag and check-in our bikes. It was great to see and met some of them for the first time.

For me, by the time I started packing to head to the hotel I was getting nervous. I just kept repeating to myself that I couldn’t do anything any better than I have. Over the course of my training I missed a total of running 7 miles and swimming 2000m since April. In the big picture those 7 miles and 2000 m were not going to make me any faster. The rest was only going to come to me during the event.

Elysha and I woke on Sunday and were out the door pretty quickly, after prepping our hairdryer warmed Ezekiel English muffins and low fat cream cheese. We made it swiftly to the grounds and started prepping.…

Thoughts on This Weekend's Challenge

So this weekend brings everything full-circle for me in a way.

Back in 2003 me and my fellow tri-divas committed to doing the DanskinTri. Not knowing what we were getting into, coupled with the fact that none of us really knew how to train properly (or maybe part of it was just good ol' fashioned fear) we chose to do the event as a relay. We figured, at the least, it would be a good learning experience and expose us to the world of triathlon. We vowed to go back one day and do the race as individuals. 2 of them did it last year in Chicago, but this year it is my turn to come full-circle.

We finished the 2003 event and indeed we were not the same women who started the race. We did feel stronger and capable of doing what some deem unthinkable. To us, at that time, we were on the "finishers high" and felt like we could do anything, but...

Life happens, change occurs... people move, mature, grow, get married, have babies. For me, I never gave up the thought of doing anoth…

Better Running Through Walking

Better Running Through WalkingBy TARA PARKER-POPE Published: June 2, 2009 - NY Times
Walk breaks, it turns out, may speed a marathon.
I am more couch potato than runner. But not long ago, I decided to get myself into shape to run in the New York City Marathon, on Nov. 1, just 152 days from now. (Not that I’m counting.)

To train for my first marathon, I’m using the “run-walk” method, popularized by the distance coach Jeff Galloway, a member of the 1972 Olympic team. When I mentioned this to a colleague who runs, she snickered — a common reaction among purists.

But after interviewing several people who have used the method, I’m convinced that those of us run-walking the marathon will have the last laugh.

Contrary to what you might think, the technique doesn’t mean walking when you’re tired; it means taking brief walk breaks when you’re not.

Depending on one’s fitness level, a walk-break runner might run for a minute and walk for a minute, whether on a 5-mile training run or the 26.2-mile cours…

Article on Triathlon Swimming Technique

Triathlon Swimming in a Nutshell
Marty Gaal - June 2003

The swim portion of a triathlon is usually one of the biggest challenges for both newcomers and veterans in the sport. The swim of even the shortest sprint event presents a host of difficulties. You may find yourself surrounded by thrashing bodies, gasping for air, when someone inadvertently dunks your head. Or a current or riptide could sweep you a hundred yards off-course. You could lose sight of the marker buoy and swim the wrong way. You could cramp. Your wetsuit could be too tight. Your goggles could fog up or fill with salt water. Or any other combination of race day nightmares could take place. And that’s just for starts!

And now that I’ve got you good and properly freaked out…how can you avoid these problems?

Simple. Preparation and practice. If you want to do well, remain calm, and enjoy the experience, you’ll need to practice swimming laps and loops, and you’ll want to prepare for the specific event you’ll be compe…

Over 20,000 Served

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So a couple days ago I hit 20,000 hits on my blog. 20,000 is a nice number... not that it's signifies anything in particular, but it sounds like a lot. :) Thanks to the searches for "Folate", "What kind of bike should I buy?" "Pumpkin Pound Cake" and "Stuffed Pork", which significantly added to the total. LOL

Yesterday I managed to find some company to go swim out at Anders Lake. I know I've been putting in my pool time and I know I am becoming a better swimmer. That said, I left the lake feeling defeated. Less than accomplished. I beat myself up entirely too much. I just want to do better than my last open water swim. I also realize I have to be reasonable. The Danskin distance is twice what Silverlake was, and will be the longest distance I go this summer.

1 lap around the lake is 620 m, which I did. Then I took a break and did another 400 m (out and back to the first buoy). I did some back floating at about 500 m and finsih…