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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

SparkPoints: 37,074

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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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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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DDOORN
11/10/2014 9:57:18 AM

Yeah, unfortunately I'm that neighbor with all the trees who covers his tree-less neighbor's lawn...

Don



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