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Kim vs. The Couch

Warning: Most of my blogs are written for my own benefit. Unless I specifically ask for advice, I am not looking for advice. If you offer advice, and your advice is something I think is really dumb, or completely unsupported by empirical evidence, I will snicker to myself.

If you've been interacting with me for some time, and I've figured out your sense of humor, you get a pass.
Warning: Most of my blogs are written for my own benefit. Unless I specifically ask for advice, I am not looking for advice. If you offer advice, and your advice is something I think is really dumb, or completely unsupported by empirical evidence, I will snicker to myself.

If you've been interacting with me for some time, and I've figured out your sense of humor, you get a pass.


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Member Since: 11/14/2012

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My Goals:
In April 2013 I made a big commitment: I will celebrate my 50th birthday in September 2015 by completing an Olympic-distance triathlon. My blog is mostly about training & maintaining motivation.

My Program:
Eat real food.

Move! Work! And never underestimate the value of a rest day.

Personal Information:
Born & raised in Seattle. Joined the US Coast Guard at 18. Bounced around a lot for the next twelve years, including a few more years in Seattle. Moved backed to Washington in 1996 to a rural area of Western Washington (the wet part). Moved to Eastern Washington in 2000, and I fell in love with this side of the Cascade Mountains. We currently live in the Tri-Cities. It's a brush steppe, but the climate is very similar to a high desert: cold in the winter, hot in the summer, lots of sun, not much rain, lots of wind, very little humidity.

Other Information:
I have very little self-control when it comes to food. I can always justify eating that extra snack - and then I regret it!

I've found that following Matt Fitzgerald's point of view about diet quality has improved my diet and made it easier to stay within daily calorie ranges.

Although I love to sleep and I could spend 9-10 hours in bed everyday, I'm naturally kind of fidgity. I like to keep myself in motion. I find it difficult to sit for more than an hour. Since I work at a desk job, I'm always up & walking around.

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GHK1962
12/10/2014 8:03:01 PM

I got the link and looked .... Holy Moly!!! I had not heard of these. Well, I have heard the term i55 before but did not have a clue why it was called that. But I get it now.

I = indoor
10 minute swim
30 minute bike
15 minute run

i55 !!!

There is one in the Portland area .... hmmmm.... the price is reasonable too. Ohh....the one in Portland is at the very beginning of Feb. (vs yours which would be at the end of Feb.) ..... I am scared I can't train for it in time.

Aieeee.....dang it....what do I do?!?!?!?!?

Hahahaha ... this is too funny. Who would have thunk we' ever have that debate with ourselves - "Should I do a particular Tri" vs "Can I do it?"

This getting into shape thing is kinda cool.

And yeah, this is one though we could compare our distance to see how we stack up ... another reason for me not to do it....because of the thumpin I'd be getting!

Thanks for the link ... it is now something I am thinking of .....



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DEE110874LDS
12/2/2014 12:30:20 PM

Thanks for the encouragement. I jogged for the first time yesterday in years :) I am a swimmer and I had gone to the YMCA but when I tried putting on my smallest suit it was too big :)



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GHK1962
11/30/2014 9:50:28 PM

Wait!!!!

What the heck??!??!?! You TOLD me to not push off the wall. Now you're telling me I am crazy for listening to you?!?!?

C'MON woman!!!!!

Hahahaha ... I will not push off the wall ... if you were just making that stuff up I will sooooooo ... errr... nothing I guess as you are wayyyy over there and I am wayyyy over here.

Heh.



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GHK1962
11/30/2014 8:27:14 PM

Thanks for the two Goodies!

First - ok ... no pushing off from the wall for me.

Actually, I need to get back into swimming again. I stopped this past 2-3 weeks. I am doing a training where I swim longer and longer distances without rest. I am only at the beginning. I can swim the entire 1/2 mile .. but have rests every so many laps. It's a regimented series of laps and rest sort of similar to a running C25K program. I'm actually going to try to get up to a mile without stopping before the first Sprint Tri.

But ok - no pushing off. Nod nods

Second - That is some frickin MEAL you all made up for Thanksgiving! And how in the heck did you even fit a bird that size in the oven?!?!?!

And as you know, we did our Turkey day a couple weeks early ... so we could beat the bad weather as we drove to your neighborhood. And damn ... it was THAT week that I-84 damn froze over....grrr on that haha.

Anyway, thanks again for the goodies!



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SPEEDYDOG
11/18/2014 3:11:06 AM

Hi Kim,

Thanks for commenting on my "Fat Bike in Snow" blog.

I have noticed that the SparkPeople fitness tracker puts "Calories Burned" for mountain/BMX biking at 40% less than that of riding a road bike at 16 to 19 mph on a hard level surface.

I am not sure what assumptions goes into these calorie counters. However, my own person experience is that road biking, even in the relatively hilly Denver area, is a whole lot easier than mountain biking in the Rocky Mountains.

After 15 minutes of riding my mountain bikes, at 6 to 9 mph on a typical mountain single track, I am breathing like a freight train and bathed in sweat!

I have knocked down 60 miles in two hours on my road bike with much less effort than "slow" mountain biking. As winter grinds on, I am going to be doing more cardio workouts on my indoor cycling trainer and elliptical machine. Trying to stay in shape over the winter is a challenge.

I think it is great that you commute to work on your bike during the warmer months. That adds up!

Keep Pedaling,

Bruce



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