Saturday, April 24, 2010
I am not the best to write blogs. There are many reasons for that, but one of them is that my essay skills could be better.
If you have followed me, my blogs, my training, and my health issues, you will know this is a work in progress.
Let me start with the health. I saw my dietitian this week. My weight could have been better, but since I last saw Julia, I have started to swim a mile once or twice a week. I also had blood work done and my lipid panel looked better, as did my blood sugar. However, I got a note from my PCP that my ultrasensitive CRP (shows inflammation and is a good indicator of cardio vascular disease) was up. His note (email) read 'I am concerned about your CRP being x" - I wrote him back and said - do you think a 13 mile run on Saturday and a 60 mile bike ride on Sunday would have something to do with it?" - he responded - next time you need to not exercise 5-6 days before.
In the last paragraph you saw swim, bike, and run. Yes, I am training for a triathlon which will be soon.... I am very excited about it - but also very nervous, because there are time cut offs. Again, this is a fundraiser for the leukemia and lymphoma society - and according to an email I received yesterday, I am the 7th highest fundraiser for this event. I am pretty happy about that.
Today I ran the Hermes 10 miler (Cleveland) and thought I did OK (I wasn't in any hurry). When I looked at the pace - 9.62 min mile - I was quite happy about that.
I am taking it easy tonight ... even though my Red Wings are not playing tonight, there is plenty of other Stanley cup playoff games. Chicago - Nashville just played a heck of a game, and then tomorrow ... a mile in the pool and perhaps some other things - we shall see ....
Monday, March 29, 2010
The rivalry was put on hold. No Steelers, Browns, Red Wings or Penguins comments. LOL It was all about bringing out the spark and so we did in a run called 'just a short run'. The run is to benefit the leukemia and lymphoma society and the money raised was $13.000.
Among the 2000 runners were 11 sparers from OH_PA... which gave the name ohpa, and the results are as follows
PATRICLES43- set a PR in the 5k
LYNNANN43- ran her first 5k, so a PR and achieved 100lb weight loss to date in the same day!!!
MIAMIA7-place 3rd in her age group 5k
BILLALEX70 – ran his first 12k, so a PR
QUIDDITCHGRRL –ran her first 12k, so again a PR
BOBBYD31 –first 12k another PR
AMCG2002 - ran her first half marathon, so a new PR
JAN_FRANDSEN -half marathon 2:15.
ROSENJ1965 -30k(stopped on her way from NJ to KY, although we never did meet up)
CALIDREAMER76 -first 5k walk race
DJS-DEBBIE - first 5k walk race(with her daughter)
Cathy - 12k walk race(although not a sparker but Jan_Frandsen DW, so unofficial sparker)
It was an awesome weekend, we all have fun, and worth recognizing would be
- the individuals who got the idea
- the family members who gave up their 'sparker' for a couple of hours to spend tme with us
- the family members who came to cheer
- 11 sparkers who made my DW feel welcome and part of the group.
Last but not least - the group at this event have lost a collective 1000 lbs.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
My former church next to the Clinic was presumably struck by lightning this am. Watch the dramatic video on the link - keep the people who worship there in your prayers.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
I returned to NE Ohio last night, where it was much colder than it ever was during the week in MT. However, I returned with some fabulous memories.
With the exception of 2007, while my niece Amanda was in the middle of her chemo for her leukemia, we have been skiing every year since 2002. Yes, I learned to ski downhill in 2002, at the age of 49, after some friend had bugged us to go skiing with them for years. At first, we told the people who invited that 'they were on drugs' - then we caved in, and a new world opened. I learned to ski at Whistler, BC. (Advise to anyone who wants to learn to ski - go to a big ski place and learn to ski. The instructors are outstanding and that is the reason I learned - and got excited about skiing). If you don't know where Whistler is - you will soon. Winter olympics. In fact, last year I was on the men's downhill course... at a much more leisurely pace LOL.
This year, like the others, was a blast. There were 12 of us (the owners included) in the same house, and although a lot of calories were burned on the slopes, the scale was up 5 lbs this morning. Part of that could well be sodium and water retention. But skiing, can cardio get better than that.
Our friends house is in Moonlight basin, close to the exclusive Yellowstone Club. The snow this year could have been better, but groomed well. Not a lot of people skiing (when did you feel you had a mountain to yourself).
The first days were grey. Thursday was blue bird, and Friday almost blue bird. The best skiing - long slopes and nice weather was Friday.
I could go on - but will save you the pain of a long post. However, I will offer a couple of advise.
1. Skiing is tough, particularly on the lower body. If you are a beginner or an experienced athletes - make sure your lower body work out gets in focus before you go. It is tough on your legs.
2. Most ski areas are at an altitude. Make sure you are well hydrated before you go, and hydrate well while skiing. Think hydration systems (i.e. Camelbak).
3. Make sure you eat well (bring snacks i.e. Powerbars or the like).
4.Spend time and money on lessons either to learn basic skills or to get rid of your bad habits/learn new skills.
Unfortunately I did have an injury. A minor one (I think) ... The visibility (flat light) made it impossible to see some powder... and down I went ... well the powder wasn't as deep as I wanted, so when I went down - shoulder first - I got hurt. I (still) doubt anything is broken, but the top of my shoulder is sore... the test will be when I go swimming in the morning. My plan is two days of rest .... back to work and working out tomorrow!!!
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