Showing posts from January, 2012

Get the Party Started!

Well, this week starts my "official" triathlon season training, with my first race being the Memorial Hermann Kemah Triathlon.  It is an Olympic distance race.  That's my focus this year... nothing long.  Each discipline of this particular race has it's own unique challenges. For the swim they take you out on a boat and drop you a mile out in the bay, where you jump off the boat and swim to shore.  Doesn't sound like a big deal, but it freaks me out a little.  Did this swim as a relay last year, which is why I decided to do the whole race this year.  The bike -- there's always the wind on the Gulf coast and for the Run, it's up and over the Kemah bridge for a 10k. I lifted last Friday, WOD'd at CFBA on Saturday, did a 3 hour "Mad Spin" on Sunday, and made it to Masters this morning.  I'm off to a running start. I'm starting out with a little nagging pain.  Seems my gastroc muscle in my calf has a lot to say to me lately.  Grrrr

The REAL Thursday 13

I am not sure what exactly happened, but I posted a TT from last year as today's... Hmmm.  Seems my cut and paste skills need some help! So here's there real TT I wanted to publish!  13 of my most favorite quotes: “People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” "As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let you down probably will. You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it's harder every time. You'll break hearts too, so remember h

Thursday Thirteen

It's been a while since I've TT'd.  I always think about it, but then never make it a point to do so. 1)  So my mobile phone insurance only replaces my phone with a refurbished phone.  I got my replacement.  It's black, not red, like my initial one.  Bummer.  Does the term *refurb* just leave you thinking, "When is this one gonna break?" 2)  Hubs and Cassinator are on their way to AL to visit Nana.  I have little vacation time, so I am saving my time to take Cassie to NJ before School starts. 3)  I'm spending the weekend training and reclaiming our office.  Painter is coming tomorrow to paint it, but first I have to clean it out. We converted it to a play room for Cassie when she was little, because she wouldn't play upstairs alone.  Now she's all cool with having her own space. 4)  I like to think I'm organized, but man over the last couple years Peter Walsh could teach me a thing or two. 5)  Major network infrastructure upgrade i

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Race Report: 2012 Aramco Half Marathon - Houston

My hip problems (Bursitis!) and illness (Bronchitis!) leading up to the race left me feeling less than positive.  Seems like the last 2 years it's been something, every, single, race.  (Just another reason my decision to cut-back and get healthy makes more sense!) I decided I was going to agree with OC's theory that those mysterious aches and pains you feel race week really do go away just as mysteriously as they appeared. My only goal for this was to try not to focus on all the negative.  Enjoy the experience (as much as I can enjoy running!) and do my best to stick to my plan.  I suppose in the back of my mind I had lesser expectations because of the state of my health, so maybe it made it easier for me to relax.  Well, relative to how much one can really "relax" before running a half or full marathon?!?  There is too much excitement.  Too much to going on.  It is almost overwhelming. I mean come on!  The 2012 Olympic Trials were right here in Houston.  Everyone

Wanna Race?

I have to write a newsletter blurb for my tri club.  This is just a draft.   =============== We come together as a triathlon club to train and race together.  We continue to support multisport and honor the challenge of each race we take on.  Training can become extremely competitive, but it is expected that we always, always, conduct ourselves, both individually and as a club, in a manner of good sportsmanship. It should go without saying that it is an athlete’s responsibility to understand and comply with all USAT rules at any race.  Rules, though at times feel like an inconvenience or even an obstruction to optimum race performance, exist for our safety.  Rules make the race an “even playing field” for all athletes and ultimately a fair, competitive challenge for all.   As a local triathlon club in the greater Houston area, our logo is known to many.  We all have heard our share of, “Go BAM!” from the sidelines from people who don’t even know us, but just remember our

Welcome 2012!

Ready? Set? Go! No.  Not you Donna -- You stay on the couch! I'm watching everyone get rev'd about their 2012 goals and here it is day 3 of 2012 and I have yet to log 1 workout.  I'm sick as a Dog... sicker than I've been in a long while. Just a stupid chest cold, but it's kicking my ass.  It's kind of annoying watching everyone so happy and motivated when I want to "play" too!  Bummer.  Boo-hiss. So instead, like every other blogger,  I'm going to try and reflect on the good that happened this year, and there was plenty more of it than is shown here.  Plenty more.  :) Maybe this will lift my spirits!  I have to find my race buzzzz.  The Aramco Houston Half Marathon is 12 days away!  I need some excitement!   January My first sub 3 hour (barely) half marathon in the yuckiest of conditions.  February FINALLY landed Oprah tickets for her "Farewell Season" and took 2 friends.   Also got to experience the

Food 1/3/12

Breakfast 1/2 C. Old Fashioned Oatmeal 2 T. Sunflower Seed Butter 1/2 Apple 1/3 C. Half-n-Half for 3 cups of Coffee Snack .75 oz. Cheddar Cheese 8 triscuits Lunch Chicken "Tacos" on Lettuce Leaves 1/2 Apple Snack Honey Milk Light (Coffee Flavor) 1 Apple (Med) Dinner More of lunch (probably) 45-60 minute run Hour of Oly Lifting Calories:  1560 Carbs: 101g Protein:  101g Fat: 41g