Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Looks like I'm out of excuses for carrying extra "baby weight" as my baby is no longer a baby and I can no longer blame him for any extra fat on mommy. So coming off, it is! I'm now down to lower than I was before I got pregnant with my 3rd and quite possibly down to the weight I was before I became pregnant with my 2nd. My goal is obviously pre-1st baby but that's a long road ahead. Well I guess I'll just keep putting one foot in front of the other and make that trek. I'll get there soon enough.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Strange title I know, but let me tell you I earned it! I haven't fallen back in the river since that 1st day. Now I've been all up the river, down the river, negotiated under dark scary bridges, gotten stuck, gotten myself unstuck, dealt with big scary barges, faced winds and extreme weather conditions, flailed my oars around in choppy water... and I'm still dry. Woohoo! Last time out, I didn't even run into anything. Hah, you may laugh but believe me, I'm constantly running into stuff. But hopefully, the capsizing and then run-ins are now behind me and I can just work on my form and getting fast. I'd like to take my C1 exam (for sculling a single wooden boat) by the end of this Summer or the early Fall, so I can join one of the big rowing associations and start racing again next Spring. So I've got plans! But falling into the river and crashing into things aren't in them. And believe me, if I can do this, then I can do ANYTHING!
Monday, April 04, 2011
Day #2 for sculling (rowing) a single. After Thursdays misadventure and capsizing into the waters of the Amstel, the second day went much better. I was terrified, almost paralyzed with fear at times, but I got out there, lied to the instructor and reassured him (and myself) that I was "okay", and got on with the business of facing my fears and learning to row that boat all by myself. I did it! I went a distance up the river, back down, did some turns and even managed to maneuver under a bridge twice! The hour went by so quickly. It was so odd not having anyone rowing behind me, no extra oars in my peripheral vision, nobody else to rely on to steady the boat or correct it if I made a bad stroke. Just me. I was shaking, cold, heart was racing but I absolutely loved it. And I'll be out there again on Thursday.
Friday, April 01, 2011
Yesterday was my first day of learning how to scull in a single rowing boat. I didn't realize how tricky the balance issue was going to be and within 5 minutes of getting into the boat and starting my exercises, I took a couple of strokes and felt the belt tipping to the starboard side. Too late! No correction was possible, I was going into the Amstel River. In all of my years of rowing and sailing, I have never been in a boat that capsized. Maybe it was just luck up until then but anyone serious about water sports has to have their day (or several) in the water. Well, I wasn't in long and that was a good thing too but the water was still pretty cold at the end of March. My rowing instructor and another student helped me out, one pulling me up literally by the seat of my lycra pants. Nice. Not much for my dignity but assured me that people are there to help, should you fall in the river and need a hand. Nice metaphor for my first day back at Spark too. Happy Spring, everybody.
Friday, September 24, 2010
I tried a new activity today: kalari. It's an Indian martial arts form and it's kind of like karate meets yoga. I've practiced a lot of karate (albeit 20 years ago!) and I've practiced a lot of yoga but never together. Oh and did I mention that there are sticks too? Yup, people swing them at you and you have to block and try to hit them as well. Fun as all heck. But yooooooooowwww, the pain and muscle aches are now setting in. Although to be honest with you, if it didn't hurt right now I'd be disappointed. I'll be going back for more!
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