Showing posts from July, 2012

Nathan's "Greatness"

Just came across a video by Nike.  The Jogger, in the  "Find Your Greatness" series.  Nathan is a 12 year old from London, OH.  He is overweight and they have him jogging in the video.  Take a look here: The first thing I thought was.  Yay, Nike!  It's about time we see some images that inspire kids to move.  Not just any kids though -- those kids who think they can't even begin to start!  This image, in my opinion, is so much better for our kids!  These are the kids who really need to be moving, playing, jumping. It just might make them think, "If Nathan can, then why can't I?" And if you get them thinking, "Why can't I?" and they start to believe it's possible, you get them DOING.   It also made wonder how I would have received this message as a teenager.  I was constantly doing things I was told I was too "fat" or "overweight" to do.  It was a limiting factor over everything I wanted to do in my teenage

"Crazy" Brick

Every several weeks CC (aka Cranky Coach) has his athletes do a "Crazy" brick.  it's a workout that pushes you beyond where you think you are.  Beyond what will come easy.  It's good for your mind.  :)  I get almost as excited for CB day, as I do for a race.  Almost. I'm back to training but sessions are short... most are 45 minutes... maybe an hour here and there on the bike.  Certainly nothing long, and with good reason, since I'm not racing long this year and still recovering from knee surgery. This past Saturday I had a 30 minute run/1 hour bike/30 minute run.  Doesn't sound like much, but with my longest workout being 1 hr in the last 3 months, it's a challenge.  Add the heat as the cherry on this sufferfest sundae. :) My running is still slow, but I can still tell it's improving and is still improved over last Summer's hotter runs.  I'm between a 12:55 and 13:05 pace.  I'm not doing any speedwork until cleared by the doc, bu

On Hunger...

Not hunger for food.  For racing. It's been a recurring theme and I can't ignore it any longer.  a few weeks ago I was reading GoSonja .  She had received an amazing anniversary gift from her Husband -- some chit-chat time with Dave Scott.  Long story short, but you really should go read it for your self, Dave pegged her lack of hunger for racing for her less-than-what-she-desired race performance.    A few days later I'm reading a Lifehacker feed about changing the way you make your decisions.   Let's just say it involves a lot of "Hell, yeah!"   and not settling for "Eh, okay."  Go read that one too. Then I read a race report from another favorite blogger, Mary IronMatron .  Her 5th Ironman race at Lake Placid. Amazing, right?  But she wasn't thrilled with her performance.  She wasn't happy during her race.  She didn't have fun.  She realized she wasn't "hungry" for it. I was super hungry and super scared when it c

"Don't Quit" The Original

I was reading an article my Husband sent me on "How Parents Can Best Support Their Kids Athletics."  It pretty much reiterated what I had already known -- learned pretty much from my years spent at my Mom's dance studio.  she never wanted the parents hawking over the kids while in class because it always created confusion for the child as to who the authoritative figure was for the 90 minutes they were dancing.  In this article the coach said she was forced to learn this poem, "Don't Quit", before she could participate in swimming.  I thought that was a great idea.   Cassie had a fabulous swim meet this weekend.  Granted she has some low hanging fruit right now, but she did so much better than at past meets... and no DQ's.  She fell right into the groove and kept telling us how she was "relaxed" and that's why she was swimming faster.  LOL  Ummm, she's 7.  Haha! The Don't Quit poem is based on a famous poe

The Hardest Part... not crossing the Finish, it's showing up to the Start line."  I read that somewhere, can't remember where, but it always stays with me. Today the gun went off at the Start for me. I went for my fist run, post knee surgery! I was going to head to the track to run on a softer surface, but after going to bed late and oversleeping, I didn't have the 30 minutes to spare for the drive there and back. I decided I would simply hit the pavement in my neighborhood -- because Ironman waits for no one!. It was a slow going jog and I was a bit nervous at first. I did a couple of 5/1 intervals and then asked myself, "Why am I walking?" I mean, I was doing fine. Yes, there was a bit of soreness, but that's to be expected! So after that little motivational chat with myself, I continued and ran the remaining 1.5 miles, for a total of about 2.25 miles. This past weekend was also my first bike ride since my surgery and bike crash! I went an hour and

Never Enough Backers (or Cowbell!)

So far Bia's progress has been pretty darned impressive.  With 17 hours left they have just a smidge of $82k to raise to make this a real deal!  Swim Bike Mom backed this product to the point of doing a 5K match to backers! Why am I backing Bia ?   The reason I back it is because it's technology and technology doesn't move forward without a little nudge.  I think the features of this watch are up and coming and will be the standard down the road, but until the technology is out there, used tried and true, progress can't happen.  It's how progress works -- products are developed the competition starts, and from there may the best product win! What I love about Kickstarter projects is that you can be a part of that journey.  Even for  just $1!  Every dollar counts in these last 17 hours, but bump it up to $20 and you'll get a free, additional band with your Bia watch (should you order it).  Go $40 and they send you a super cute Bia tech running shirt now and

Dreams Don't Work Unless You do!

I'm officially back to "work."  as of Friday.  I went to Masters and did a 30 minute swim and felt pretty good.  Knee was a little fatigued, but that's okay.  It felt so good to be back doing something... ANYthing. I had decided to take the day off and get some things done.  After swim I had the opportunity to go to b'fast with some of the girls, and that was fun.  Dang, they all make me wish I was a teacher who had Summers off!  Hubs joked that I was taking the vacation day to train.  3 months ago, maybe, but this come back will be smart and slow.  On Saturday I hit the elliptical.  It was supposed to be just 30 minutes.  Ordinarily I feel like a rock-star on the elliptical, taking 2-3 minutes off my normal pace, however it was pretty sad how it was kicking my azz. No.  Really.  It was.  I was almost dying on these new Precors, that have the ski arms, so you are pushing and pulling the entire run. Anyway, I was determined to stay on it for 5k, which I did an

Cassie's Race!

Cassie did a local triathlon sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.  They have a whole series of Kids races throughout the Houston area.  She had tons of fun  and did well.  She's downright giddy on race days.  She gets right up and ready, faster than ever, as if just rising from the bed was a race too!  We arrived at the race site and she was enamored with the red sky. She insisted the red sky was good luck, in spite of the old saying, "Red sky by morn, sailors be warned.."   She stood by her opinion though and believed it was good luck.  :) She got into the water for a warmup -- she must have did a 300m warm up for a 50m swim!  LOL  She was having a great time and I could tell she really wanted to be there.  She's improving so much and I get inspired when she gets something in her head that she wants to make better and does.  This was the first race where she was 1st out on the swim! She was so proud!  In fact when they started it didn't even look like