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The Weekend Wrap-up

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Saturday morning was a 1:45 run at Seabrook trails. Not sure why I never noticed it before, but this made me laugh... and run faster. :)

Later that day we celebrated Hub's birthday.  I love this time of year, he's only a *year* younger than me, until my birthday in November.  Cookout, cake, ice cream and friends.  Good times.

Sunday was my long ride... 25 mph gusts.  Went out with one of my tri club friends and got my 3:30 of riding in. :)  I did take a spill on my bike, but I'm fine.  It was due.  I had not fallen on my new bike yet, so at least it is done and out of the way!

I made this Quinoa Primavera with Chicken.  It was good.  I cooked the Quinoa in Chicken broth.  Would be good with some Lemon and fresh Parmesean too!


26 days until Lonestar. 



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Hyperprolactinaemia

I don't even want to imagine what kind of weight I could be gaining if I wasn't training like I am!

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Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 1998 May;48(5):547-53.

Increased body weight associated with prolactin secreting pituitary adenomas:
weight loss with normalization of prolactin levels.

Greenman Y, Tordjman K, Stern N.
Institute of Endocrinology, Tel Aviv-Elias Sourasky Medical Center, Israel.
Comment in:  Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 1999 Feb;50(2):271.

OBJECTIVE: Hyperprolactinaemia in humans may be associated with a high prevalence of obesity but the nature of this link is poorly defined. The aim of this study was to establish the relationship between hyperprolactinaemia and body weight in patients with prolactin-secreting pituitary tumours. DESIGN: We conducted a retrospective study of prolactinoma patients treated at the Endocrine Institute of the Tel Aviv Medical Center, Israel, during the period 1989-1996. Patients with clinically non-functioning pituitary macroa…

Blah, Blah, Blah...

29 Days until Lonestar.  Less than a month.  I am excited, but also looking forward to slowing down for a little while after.  Having started training the week of Christmas, it's been a long haul not just for me, but for my family as well. 

In the midst of all the training, of course I'm still dealing with the medical stuff.  I had a visit with the doc yesterday and got some new info.  So, my thyroid has actually been good for about 12 weeks now!  That was great news.  Unfortunately though I still feel like kah-kah. 

So, as it turns out, there is a reason.  When I first went to the doc, my prolactin levels were high. Often that's associated with the thyroid issues.  So in order to determine why the Prolactin was high, he had to get my thyroid function right.  So, now that the thyroid is right, he knows something is up with my Prolactin.  We took blood yesterday and if my Estrogen is low and Prolactin is high, I'll probably have to go for an Ultrasound on my pituitary…

Friday Fill Ins

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And...here we go!

1. The right word often escapes me.
2. I'm trying to nap... go downstairs and shut the door quietly, please.
3. Up YOURS! (I know.. but it's what came to mind first)
4. These days, swimming, biking or running is where you'll find me.
5. Ooh! What is that, something sparkly?
6. Well, at first we thought it a good idea.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to finishing an open-water swim, tomorrow my plans include running and swimming (what else?) and Sunday, I want to take Cassie to an Easter Egg Hunt!

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Join in the fun!  Do your own Friday Fill♥In!

Thursday ♥ Thirteen

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13 Truisms about training

1) Sometimes you find yourself defending your training efforts to others. Sometimes it's annoying... "But you're only doing on Olympic, why are you [insert sport here] so long?" It's not just physical training, it's mental training too.

2) "Buttsy" still said it best... 100% effort is relative. 100% today, may not be 100% after a few days rest. I always remember it.

3) The power of positive thinking is not malarchy. It's working.

4) If you put in the time, you will see results. This is fact.

5) Having that stupid little box on my schedule telling me what I need to do training-wise for a given day, has more power over me than Blue Bell Ice Cream. If I don't complete what's in that box, I feel less than successful.

6) I've learned hate failure, not fear it.

7) The only way to perform consistently is to be plan and be prepared. This is not only for training though -- I find this to be true of many facets of …

I Made It: Roasted Stuffed Salmon

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It looks good and smells good.  The stuffing tastes good! I'l have to report back tonight, but some friends didn't believe I was so Betty Crockeresque! 

Serves 6 to 8
Salmon fillet stuffed with spinach, ricotta and feta cheese and flavored with Dijon mustard, fresh dill and oregano makes for a scrumptious holiday meal and impressive presentation. For seafood lovers, this savory roast promises to be the start of a new holiday tradition.

Ingredients
1 (2-pound) center-cut boneless, skinless salmon fillet
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 cup packed baby spinach, divided
Extra virgin olive oil
Chopped dill
Chopped oregano

Method
Preheat oven to 450°F.

Butterfly salmon fillet through the center so that it lays open flat in one large piece like a book. Turn salmon over so gray underside is facing up and arrange on a clean work surface. In a bowl, mash together ricotta and feta until well blended then sea…

I Made It! Beef and Quinoa Meatballs

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Found this recipe at Whole Foods dot com.  I've been looking for recipes to integrate Quinoa, an awesome complex carb great for fueling activity!  I have been meaning to make this and did today, so we'd have them for the week.  The meatballs get approval from both me and Hubs!

I made the recipe and it made 24 LARGE meatballs -- could have easily made 30 - 35 smaller ones.

Next time I will try using ground turkey, or even ground chicken. 

Ingredients
Nonstick cooking spray
1 pound (95-percent) lean ground beef
3/4 cup cooked quinoa
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1/4 cup grated carrots
1/4 cup grated zucchini
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 egg


Method
Preheat oven to 500°F. Line a large baking sheet with foil then grease with cooking spray; set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together beef, quinoa, onions, carrots, zucchini, ketchup, ga…

"Crazy Brick" Training Survived!

On Friday I had a "crazy brick" training session scehduled.  It was a recovery week for me, so I was supposed to be rested. This "sim" is supposed to give some indication of what you'll do race day. Race day. is about 6 weeks away.

It covers everything from A to Z.  You have to plan your strategy and nutrition.  I did both.  Managed to drink 240 calories an hour and kept my heartrate in my target ranges. 

I departed from my ride from the High School's track, since that's where I had to be immediately following the ride.

It started with a 1:30 bike ride at a Half Ironman pace, then :30 at my Olympic pace.  There was tons of wind -- my overall average was 16.4.  I had a nice tailwind (finally!) the last  couple miles in and was able to average 17 mph the last 30 minutes, which helped to  bring up my windy 15.9 mph average  for the first 1:30.  I felt good and strong in the wind.  I am still surprised at how differently I feel on the bike.  It's a goo…

Open Water Swim *eeek*

On Thursday morning I had an open water swim on my schedule 3 laps... slow, medium and fast.  I've been to this lake before; swam there countless times this last Summer.  I have no idea why I was so nervous getting in.  It took me 15 minutes to get up the courage to take the plunge. 

I finally did.   :)

Lap times were so-so, but I was having some problems stretching out my stroke.  I don't think I had my wetsuit up all the way, where it needed to be, on my shoulders.  I was warm and bouyant though, so the wetsuit did it's part!  So bouyant that I barely kicked the first lap!  Each subsequent lap decreased and I'm sure I'll get better over time. 

Something about not being able to see through the water freaks me out a little bit and I have to practice resisting the urge to come up out of the water, other than to sight, so much.

Great Escape Ride Report

I'm a little late with posting this ride report, but really it wasn't much.  That kind of makes me laugh because it was a marker of progress for me in so many ways.

It was a nice day... a little windy, but not terrible, and cool enough to be comfortable.  We had about a half dozen BAM! members show up for the ride too, so it was nice to have other folks there.

The ride was pretty uneventful, other than the super  porta-potty lines at stop 2 (I always pass the first stop).  I felt really good during the ride.  I ate and hydrated as needed and everything *worked*.

We had about a half dozen club members there, so it was nice to see everyone and ride with them, even if just for a short time. 

So the marker of progress for me is this:  Last year I did the 62 mile route of the Space Race.  It started at 8am and took me until nearly 2pm to finish.  This year I did 55.8 miles in 3:18 -- I was done before Noon and averaged 17 mph!  Huge, huge, huge improvement for me!

Winter mad spin …

Bizzy, Bizzy, Bizzy...

Things are rolling a long. Been been busy with training work and home. 

On the training front 2 things happened this week.  We've shortened my swim intervals for my 100's (a sign that I'm getting faster or that we grossly miscalculated my itnerval time in the beginning) and I had my 2nd bike time trial this week and improved my average speed by 2 mph (doing 18.7), while dropping my average heart-rate (a sign of improved fitness) and increasing the ability to work harder, as evidenced by my max heart rate.  In any case, all good news.  There's really about 4 weeks more left of training then the tapering begins!  :)

Work is work.  I'm so disenchanted with IT after 20 years.  I know it's not a newsflash. 

My BFF did the sweetest thing for me this week.  She knows how I loves all things leather metallic and my friends at Coach came out with a new bag that I totally ♥.  Anyway, BFF went totally overboard and bought me the matching wallet.  She said she wanted &quo…

Thursday ♦ Thirteen

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My Thursday 13 -- Prompted by a book I just received and started reading called "The Mind Gym" An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellenceand to promote from within the fact that I don't suck, am not weak, and have the wherewithall to achieve my goals, here's 13 things I need to keep in my noggin' during training and racing.
1) I am strong. 2) I am effin' fit! 3) I always "Finish" what I start 4) I am committed to my training; I am improving everyday. 5) Keep focus on the current task; be present. Don't let negative thoughts enter your mind. 6) Recall successes and remember how success feels. 7) I trust my training will prepare me for reaching my goals. 8) "Enthusiasm and mental edge are the keys to winning." 9) "Under pressure you can perform 15% better or 15% worse" 10)"When you have fun it changes all the pressure into pleausre" 11)"Learn to view pressure as a challenge to meet rather than a threat of defeat" 12) I…

Basil-Tomato Chicken Skillet Recipe

Weekend

This past weekend was a great weekend of training.  :)

My long run on Satuday was 1:45.  I realized towards the end of the run that I might make 8 miles and I got excited.  So the last 1.5 miles of my run were a little harder than a "long slow" pace, but whatever, I needed to have a small victory.  So, 8.01 miles in 1:45 for a 13:04 pace. 

Not only that but I felt good.  I didn't feel that good during the half marathon.  I really felt like I had moments where I was just in a groove and that it was almost effortless.  Of course it wasn't, but at times felt, dare I say, comfortable.

Anway, a good run!

On Sunday we had a 3 hour spin class.  I felt like I did well, consdiering my run the day before and was strong the whole class.  We headed to the pool right after and it hit me.  I had nothing left.  It was so surprising to me how I came off the bike feeling so strong, but when I hit the water for some intervals, I felt more like the water punched me back!  Let's ju…

"I really suck at __________."

I was blog surfing this morning and came across this.  I'm so guilty of habit. 

"I'm not good at ________"
"I really suck at __________"
"I'd do well if I were only better at ________"

The truth is that yes, some people are really gifted and talented and don't have to work hard for some things, but the majority of us have to work hard for what we want. To be successful at anything, the most important thing you will ever train is your mind. Here's a great place to start:

Instead of saying, "I'm not good at swimming (running, golfing, biking, etc)."

Say: "I haven't reached my potential yet." or "I'm on the way to reaching my potential."

Doesn't it sound much more positive and empowering?