Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Everything should be as simple as Shelly's Summer Shrimp Salad!

Last night was the first night I trained with the local running group I joined on Saturday. What a fun bunch of folks! This is going to be good.

I had to do some revamping of my tri training schedule, but it's all about trade offs at this point in the tri season. I don't think I'm going to get much faster than I already am (for this season) and I need... HAVE to get better with running, which will help me with everything else.

And before you note, I'm not bashing myself... just being realistic!

In order to that, I need to focus on it more! The coach helped me out some.

Mon - Run (with Group)
Tue - Run/Swim
Wed - Bike/Run Brick
Thu - Run (with Group)
Fri - OFF
Sat - Long Run (with Group)/ Swim
Sun- Long Bike

So really, the only training session I miss with the group is Tuesdays, where I'll run during my brick on Wednesday to make-up for it. All this, and I still get my OFF day, which is important.

Just cause I'm here... here's the food for today:

1 Egg plus 2 Egg Whites
1/2 and 1/2 for Coffee
Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Muffin
2 t. Lowfat Cream Cheese

AM Snack
3/4 oz. lowfat Cheddar

Shelly's Simple Summer Shrimp Salad <-------AWESOME! 10 Baby Carrots 2 T. Tzatziki (yogurt dip) nectarine PM Snack
2 T. Sunflower Seeds
Fresh Blueberries

Chicken Breast
Brown Rice
Balsamic Vinegar

Evening Snack
RTD 100 Cal Muscle Milk

Calories 1,234
  • Carbs: 33.9%
  • Fats: 32.1%
  • Protein: 34.1%

Training Planned:
30 Minute Run
1 Mile Swim

Monday, July 27, 2009

Monday, Monday....

I had a nice ride yesterday with some fellow BAM'mers. We did the Olympic Distance tri route for Clear Lake in August; I'll be part of a relay team for this event. It's 24.6 miles.

The route takes us over the Kemah bridge (aka the biggest "hill" in the area) and man, do I suck at hills. I mean, I'm slow and steady, and I get up there, but I think I'm attacking them all wrong. I need to research this. I'm always in too high or too low of a gear... I know during the MS 150 I'd have, what I call, "moments of greatness", but I rarely never seemed to be able to intentionally reproduce it. Does that make sense?

Tonight will be the first time I get together with the running group. We have a 30 minute easy run on the schedule, plus some core/strength training.

Ezekiel Sprouted Grain English Muffin
2 T. LF Whipped Cream Cheese
2 Egg Whites
1 Egg

AM Snack
2 T. Sunflower Seeds

1/2 Svg. Kashi Magherita Pizz
4 oz. Light Tuna
2 T. Helman's Olive Oil Mayo
Small Nectarine

PM Snack
100 Cal Muscle Milk Light
20 Blueberries

4 oz. chicken Breast
Romain Lettuce
1/4 C. Brown Rice
Balsamic Vinegar

PM Snack
2% Cottage Cheese
Crushed Pineapple

1207 Calories
39.2% Protein
27.5% Fat
33.3% Carbohydrates

30 minute run
Core Strength Training Session

Saturday, July 25, 2009


It's been a busy week at work. I've been getting out late and that has been interfering with my training. My allergies have been horrible too. Yuck

My endo has up'd my medication, but just for every other day. This makes me super happy, because at least I know he's listening to me. My bloodwork revealed that I am technically in range, but on the low-end, so the fact that he up my meds tells me he wants to get me feeling well, not just in range. :)

I've been going going to my Chiro who also does this thing with pressure points for treatment of my Thyroid. They are these little patches that have a teeny-tiny BB ball in them. You stick them to different points on your body and it's like having constant accupunture, without the puncture part (I can't remember what it is called). I'm on my third week of that, and my "rushing" episodes, where I can literally feel my Thyroid sputter, have subsided. I know it's not the medication, because I've only taken the higher dose in the last week. So that's kind of cool to see!

So I am taking this marathon thing pretty seriously. Today I am going to join a local running group to help me with my training. Just 165 days until the Houston Half... I'm going to be ready, have fun, and do well. :)

I am still commited to doing the Clear Lake Tri, but I am doing it as a relay team. One of my training partner's is doing the run, I'm biking and my Daughter's swim teacher is doing the swim. It's an Olympic distance.

Bridgeland and Sweet and Twisted are approaching...

Friday Fill-ins (Late Edition)

1. Really, losing a diamond-anything is not the end of the world.

2. Sitting here listening to the sound of rain falling, makes me yearn for Sunshine.

3. Mmmmmm, coffee tastes so good!

4. Sometimes putting others first, is okay... so long as you take care of YOU.

5. Nearly every sunset is breathtaking, really. (if you pay attention enough!)

6. Well, maybe there is chance I'll find it!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to sushi with the family, tomorrow my plans include joining Bay Area Fit to help me with my running then family movie night. and Sunday, I will ride the oly distrance tri course!.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Food Journal

2 eggwhites/1 egg (boiled)
ezekiel sprouted grain muffin
2 T. Lowfat whipped cream cheese
half & half for coffee

AM Snack
6 Mediterranean Apricots
1 T. Almond Butter

Salad with lettuce, toms, imitation crab, low fat dressing
Ezekiel spouted grain tortilla w/.75 oz. lowfat cheese

*okay... that lunch stuffed me!*

Salad with Shrimp, Avocado, cucumbers, brown rice, toms and balsamic vinegar

PM Snack
Lowfat Cottage Cheese w/Pineapple

1290 Calories
38% GOOD carbs
30% GOOD fat
32% Protein

Training Day today -- 3 mile run but and 1650 swim

Thursday Thirteen

1) I am joining Bay Area Fit to help me reach my marathon goals. :)

2) Work is kind of crazy these days... lots of little issues that are taking forever to workout.

3) I often wonder how my Daughter got to be so girly-girl, at almost 5 years old.

4) It's odd how running has exposed all my bodily imbalances!

5) Doc changed my Levoxyl meds. Now I'm doing 100 mg one day, then 88 the next. At least he's listening. My last blood work showed everything in range, but thyroid stuff was in the low end of normal.

6) I fixed one of my favorite necklaces today -- I'm happy.

7) I lost an earring yesterday. Sh*t!

8) I really have a hard time dealing with people who pretend to be technically competent, when they are not.

9) I recently learned that "club casual" attire is pretty much cocktail attire.

10) My boss is freakin' awesome. Period.

11) Still wondering if aerobars are right for me. Hmmmm. Going to get refit on my bike next Tuesday.

12) I haven't really cooked a good dinner in like 3 weeks... We've been eating right, but quick stuff.

13) Home baking gluten-free, wheat-free cookies are not worth the time and effort, and feel like sand in your mouth. LOL


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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Kinda Bummed

So I finally, thanks to Misty, found some apparel that I really, really adore. I almost don't want to share this info, because every plus-sized athlete might buy up the goods before I can stock up!

I had gone to Moving Comfort's site this morning to check out the MCW line, their plus-size apparel. In some things I still need a 1x and their stuff fits perfect and performs well! Anyway I go out to their site and do a search for MCW and nothing... nada... zilch!

I immediately clicked the contact us button and asked, "Where did MCW go? They quickly replied (so nice of them):

"Thank you for your inquiry. We did not carryover the MCW product into our Fall 09 season, however, you can still find some of the MCW product through our retailers...
We will not have a separate MCW line anymore, however, we will still be producing some styles in 1X and 2X sizes for Spring 2010..."

Okay, I mean I see that they'll still carry stuff in my size, but "some" styles, probably means nothing but black and white -- guess it's better than nothing. :(

Find your retailers and stock up girls... stock up.

Friday, July 17, 2009

13.1 in 2010!

I am committed!
Or, maybe, should be committed! :)

Friday Fill-ins

1. Rotisserie Chicken from the store and salad make a quick and easy dinner.

2. The Slow, Fat Triathlete and Triathlon Training for Dummies are the books I'm reading right now. (Sorta)

3. July brings back memories of the fireworks on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, NJ.

4. I was able to register and get a spot for the Houston Half Marathon... it's a sign I am supposed to do it, that was obvious. :)

5. They say if you tell your dreams you will follow-through and achieve them.

6. A smart girl takes time to think it over. (but not over think it!)

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to picking up my BFF at the airport and hanging out for the weekend, tomorrow my plans include another birthday for Cassie and a "girls day" with manis and pedis and Sunday, I want to get in my 5 mile run!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Thursday Thirteen

1. I love the smell of coffee in the morning. I love to drink it too. It is hard starting my day without it. :)

2. I'm on vacation (yesterday) today and tomorrow. 'nuf said.

3. Training in the heat has been super hard. I don't dodge it totally, because I know to get better in it, you have to train in it. Still sux, so I'll *and whomever is still reading) still listen to myself complain about it from time-to-time.

4. I'm actually psyched that I committed to doing the Houston Half Marathon. I do worry though I won't make registration -- will be setting my alarm to be online at 12:01 am to get a spot!

5. Just found out Rivercities has the a great tri. Supposedly the oldest and longest running. Run superbly and has the best swag ever. Hmm.

6. How do 3 people make so much laundry?

7. I love purses... nice leather purses. They don't necessarily have to be upscale designer... just nice leather. I'll be snagging a new one this weekend -- my best friend picked it in Dallas! Now that's a true friend! Is it wrong to be excited over an accessory? LOL

8. Conversely, I also love knock-offs. LOL Gives me the opportunity to try a questionable style, at a fraction of the price, before taking the monetary plunge.

9. I started compiling a spreadsheet to help with considering my next car purchase. I have a year, or so, to contemplate. Looking at md-sized SUV's

10. I work to make a paycheck. Not to satisfy any passion I have for IT. If I didn't work for my boss or her company, I don't think I'd be in IT anymore.

11. There's never the right time to make a career change, but even taking a chance on the right, wrong-time is scary.

12. I hate Houston. Would prefer Dallas, Austin or NJ (yes, NJ!) over this place. :(

13. When I think about some of the bloggy-friends I've made on the Internet over the years, I wonder if it seems strange to others (the non-bloggy-others) that friendships can start that way? Not that it matters, just wonder. I've made some awesome bloggy friends, for who I'm really grateful to have at least virtually met!


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Monday, July 13, 2009

"It's a Major Award!" - Race Report

What movie is that title from?!?

So Jeff and Brede's Intergalactic Tri was in Katy, TX -- about an hour away from us. We had to get up super-early, which sucked, to get there.

It is no secret that my family is totally supportiveof my tri-ing. They are awesome! Still, though, to ask them to be at every event is a lot, so they typically pick and choose which they will go to. For some reason, Cassie really wanted to go to this one and Daddy sorta did too. So, they joined me, Elysha and Doug for the fun. :)

On Saturday Elysha and I picked up our race packets at Bike Sport in Houston. I was surprised, since I never heard of them before. But, evidently they bill themselves as the "original tri shop". Maybe so. I don't know. I will say that they were super helpful there! While I was there I was supposed to pickup a part for Darren so he could install a new crank on his bike and the guy offered to call him and talk with him; turned out he didn't need the part at all, just a little guidance!

I also got a recommendation for two different pieces of supplemental nutrition. One was called "Carb Boom!" It's all natural, nothing artificial, made from all fruit. I tried the strawberry kiwi, and it was pretty good. Didn't bother me, so that was a good thing! Definitely have to chase it with water! I also tried the Cliff Shot Blocks -- these didn't bother me either. Very smooth and chewy; had lick my gums over and over to get the blocks down the hatch! They are tasty, but I think the "Carb Boom!" is less work. LOL

Getting prepared for the tri's seems to be getting easier. I was a little cocky this time and didn't use my checklist, but I fared well. I didn't forget anything, so I get I'm getting the hang of it!

Love my lickity-split transition mat, by the way. LOVE IT. :) I really like the way it doesn't turn into a wrinkled mess by the time I hit T1 and T2! It's also neon pink, so I can spot it easily.

CONFESSION: I have to admit after our never-ending weekend of fun last weekend, coupled with a sh*tty week at work I didn't get in ANY training... talk about tapering, eh? Nothing. The last think I had done was a swim/bike brick on Saturday, a week before the tri. I was a little worried if the 5 days of nothing-ness would impact my fitness level. Maybe it did. Maybe it didn't... I wouldn't know since I'm not perfectly fit! LOL

Anyway, it was going to be whatever it was and I wasn't going to be able to change it, so I just did the best I could. :)

The swim was in a pool. There were just over 400 participants, so it took about 90 minutes for me to hit the water. I had seeded with a 7:30 time for my 300 meter, so I was number 320, towards the end. saw number 270 in the water, so I figured I ought to get in line... thank goodness I did. I kept looking for my slot and was getting closer and closer to the start. By the time I found 319, there were only a half-dozen people ahead of me! I briefly spoke to the person behind me, pre-apologizing to them if I slow them down and to let them know I would let them pass me. She seeded the same time as me.

My swim was really pretty good. I concentrated on form and efficiency, and of course breathing. The 25M pool felt so short compared to the 50 I'd been training in recently, so I think I will continue training there... it was definitely to my benefit! At the end of each lap Darren and Cassie were standing there as I turned around to go back, so that was kind of cool! Probably could have saved a few seconds by not stopping for a second to smile for the camera, but it's all good (and worth it) in the end. LOL

I did let 3 or 4 people pass me, as we all kind of hit the wall together. I didn't want to feel the pressure and lose control of my breathing... So I think if I pushed a little harder, I definitely could have finished in 7:30, as I seeded, but that's okay -- I still consider it a great swim for me technically so that's an improvement. I'm happy with 8:17 right now. I'll take it.

The swim-to-bike transition was a longer run (relative to others I've done). Not bad, just noticed it was longer. The pavement was not terribly bumpy, so it wasn't totally uncomfortable. Sunglasses on, helmet on, bike shoes on. Grab my bike and go... just like that. Pretty smooth for a 2:12 transition.

The bike was good too. I kept my cadence up above 90 the entire time and averaged 16+ mph. If I could keep that up over the longer rides, I could do the longer rides with the tri group and prepare for an oly distance one day... but that won't be for a while. This, while it may not be monumental speed for seasoned riders, is a great improvement for me. In April I was averaging more like 14 mph. The course was nice and flat. Had a little headwind, but not more than the tailwind made up for. Went through some country roads in Katy. Nice and open, the way I like it

My run transition actually didn't turn out to be that bad, I guess, though it felt like an eternity. I took off my helmet and glasses, put on my hat. I chose to take time for socks this time since I got a huge blister on my toe the last tri so I skipped the blancing act altogether and just sat down to put on my socks and kix. I put my sunglasses back on and SNAP! Busted them. Effin'A. I didn't realize my own strength. Oh well, grabbed my frozen ONE Coconut Water which was perfectly defrosted (and refreshing) by this time and headed to the run out.

My run, as usual, was shitty. Couldn't to the run 4 walk 1 I do during my practice runs. I could barely run 2 and walk 1. What is with that? If I can run 4 and walk 1 during a 5 mile practice run, shouldn't I be able to do this for 3.1 miles after the bike and swim? Do they take that much out of me? I don't get it. My pace during practice runs is 11+ to 12+ minute miles -- this 14 minute BS I'm pulling on race day blows. I tried to get to that place where I wasn't thinking about my breathing or my feet hitting the pavement or how hot it was. I tried to put my thoughts somewhere else, but that only wored momentarily. Wait a minute...

You know what? I'm sitting here pissing and moaning, but I think this is my best race-day pace! I just checked the official results and it calculates to 13:39 pace! Okay, I'm going to quit complaining. That is an improvement. I mean, it might not be the 11+ - 12+ pace I see on my practice runs, but I think it is my best race day pace. I'm going to have to research some and verify. *blinks eyes*

There's not much else to say about the run. The first mile was boring, the last 2 miles were nice, right through and around the park. The best was seeing Darren and Cassie at the finish. :)

Oh, incidentally, there were 5 Athenas entered. The first place Athena finished 20 minutes ahead of me, then the reamining 4 of us were more close. So at least I'm fastest of the slow!

Here's how it panned out:

Time 1:41:49
Swim 8:17
T1 2:12
Bike 46:42 (16.4 mph)
T2 2:22
Run 42:19 (13:39 pace)

2nd Place, Athena

366 Finishers
5 Athenas total

Elysha kicked-butt too! She placed 5th in Athena and that's good for USAT points!

Things I did Right:
- Found some good supplemental Nutrition (Boom! and Shot Blox seem to be pouch-friendly)
- Relaxed more on the running and redirected thoughts (some).
- Had a really nice, controlled and efficient swim.

Things I Could Change:
- Not bring my favorite Tevas to the swim... Someone's got a nice pair of comfy sandals. *sniff*
- Continue to train/run in the heat. Don't dodge it; that doesn't make it better or easier.
- Not be SO nice and let the other swimmers pass me. Believe in myself enough to know I can stay ahead of them.
- Don't be cocky and use the checklist. I was okay this time, but someday I'll pay for it!
- Continue training in open water and the 50m pool.

The real question now is, do I go through with the Houston Half Marathon? I have 4 days to decide.

Off to research my results. LOL

Friday, July 10, 2009

Friday Fill-ins

Because the Reb really wanted others to participate... and because I had thought about doing it before, but never did. :)

1. The last thing I ate was 2 egg whites/1 egg and an Ezekiel english muffin with organic cream cheeese

2. A new bicycle helmet is something I recently bought. (But they shipped the wrong one!)

3. When it rains, it makes me think all the things I cannot do because it is raining.

4. Cassie was the first person I talked to today. (at 4am, "Okay, climb in bed.")

5. Hugs are a necessity in life.

6. Back in the day I would wear elastic waist pants for extra comfort. (*cringe*)

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a birthday party at a really cool pool that Cassie gets to go to, tomorrow my plans include domestic goddessing, finishing up touches on Cass' room and race prep and Sunday, I want to do just a little bit better in this tri than I did in the last. :)

Friday, July 03, 2009


I have had a busy last few days. As a matter of fact, right now I should be drying my hair so I can run around town and pick-up some groceries and finish my errand-ing.

This week's training was slow to start. The Tri was on Sunday. I was "off" on Monday. The weather didn't cooperate on Tuesday for my swim so that got trashed, since I was waiting to use the outdoor 50m pool. Ugh! Wrong call.. my bad. Wound up not doing anything.

Yesterday morning I hit the road around 6:30 and ran 3.22 mile sin my neighborhood. It was warm, but not terribly humid right off. It quickly got hot after the sun came up, but I was pretty much done. Took me 38 minutes... now if I could only do that the swim and bike! I'll get there!

After my run we had a great family (+1) day at Schlitterbahn Waterpark. We had a blast riding the Lazy River and the waves. We did go down the Thunder Tub -- I'll admit Mommy was a little nervous. It was so much fun we got season passes to go back!

This morning I headed out to the lake for a quick swim then bike. My 1 lap time (620 m) is getting better each time. today it was 16 something... not stellar, but still an imrpovement. Bike was okay... wasn't really feeling it today. It got hot pretty quickly, so that was no fun.

Right now I feel like I could just take a nap, but can't sit for long, othewise I will! We're headed out today to celebrate a friends birthday, then tomorrow we'll celebrate America's birthday with a BBQ at our house and a few friends. On Sunday I think we're going to have more water fun by way of boating -- I might even try to water ski!

As far as tri's, next one up is on the 12th. It's a pool tri. :)

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Taking Care of "The Girls"

Shock absorbers for the girls... active women friends need to see this!