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Joined a gym today

Friday, October 25, 2013

I joined the Tri-City Court Club today. It has two pools, including one that is always available for laps. (Not just a lane or two - the entire pool!) The membership is $66 a month, which is a little stiff, but not as bad as I'd feared, and it's within my budget. Jim & I quit drinking about a month ago. We were spending $100 a month on alcohol (mostly him, though). So there's room in our budget now.

The club has several studios for group classes, a cardio equipment room, a weight room with a machines and a separate area for free weights. I'm hopeful that making this commitment will increase my likelihood of actually doing strength training.

This gym is 8 miles from my house and 8 miles from work. I'm considering riding there in the wee early hours of the morning to swim before work and then riding to work. I'd have to leave the house around 5 (yes, they're open that early), but I may try that a few times. Talk about hardcore!

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HILLSLUG98239 10/29/2013 11:39AM

    I checked into our YMCA. They've closed the pool because they're not compliant with the ADA lift. I'm sure they'll change that in the future, but it's kind of a bummer.

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APONI_KB 10/29/2013 11:35AM

    That is fantastic. I'm stuck with the Y because its the only gym around with a pool. We're paying $90 a month so $60 is pretty good.

I'm probably better off not knowing how much we're spending on beer & wine a month.

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GHK1962 10/27/2013 5:36PM

    Nice! The Tri City area has really started growing. (Wifey and I have gone to meet her family there for Thanksgiving the past few years ... lots of restaurants, stores ... and apparently great gyms too!)

The 2 pools thing....wooohooo. It is nice knowing that you can do laps when you are planning for it. There has been times when I go to swim, only to see the pool already busy and no more room for swimming laps.

And ... I say try some of the group classes too. At first I used to be intimidated. And also, I thought, not my thing. But I soon found out that I kinda like going to them. You make friends if you keep going .. and meeting others at the gym is a great motivator to go to the gym itself.

As for riding early this Fall / Winter ... you are a better one than I. (And better than Don too apparently ... heh... me and Don appear to be non-winter riders.) And ... the light does not come out until after 7am it seems.

High-5 for being hardcore! You go gym girl!

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JOYCRN 10/26/2013 10:02AM

    If they have strength training or body pump classes, take advantage of them. They make weights a lot more fun! emoticon

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DDOORN 10/26/2013 7:52AM

    You are gonna LOVE having this resource in the cold winter, rainy days. SO many ways to mix up your workouts. My fitness center is about 10 miles from home and practically next door to where I work, so yeah, in good weather combining a bike ride to the workout is a nice perk too.

Way to SPARK! :-)


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BILL60 10/26/2013 6:57AM

    Don't talk about it, "Do It".

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_VALEO_ 10/26/2013 5:24AM

    What a great incentive and reward for quitting drinking!
emoticon on stopping this habit and emoticon to your new healthy habit!

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HAPPYMENOW58 10/26/2013 4:50AM

    Great blog! Enjoy your new gym....Sounds great. And healthy! emoticon

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First 5K is in my rear-view mirror

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Yesterday was the Howl 'N Scream Scram. I rode my bike to the staging area. Despite my reservations, I suspect the only thing that would have kept me off the bike was a heavy rain (which we don't get here very often, because we only average 8" of precipitation a year) or a nasty wind (which is very common here). I arrived about 20 minutes early. I hope that was enough to get my running legs under me. It sort of was, but the first minute of the run they still felt like bricks.

I volunteered for this event several years ago. It seemed kind of disorganized. It did this year, too. I walked up to the sign that read "5K Check-In/Registration." I said I was checking in for the 5K. She pointed at a table about 20 feet away and said, "You need to go over there." What is this, a treasure hunt?

I got into my costume (a Seattle Seahawks uniform from the Chuck Knox era, minus the pads and the helmet) and followed the people who were wandering down to the start area. The kids were finishing up their run. The guy with the bull horn announced the 5K would start in 5 minutes. I headed back up to the tables to see if there was a course map available. I didn't see one. I asked if there was one. The lady said, "I don't know. They're about to start. You need to get down there." I thought that was awfully bossy. I've volunteered for events, and I know it can be stressful. And she'd probably been there for hours and was weary of answer the same questions over and over. But I was a little put off by her tone and choice of words.

I was at the start with plenty of time to spare. I walked the first 30 seconds, then started running. I followed my plan of running for two minutes and walking for a minute for the first 20 minutes or so. After that, I did a 1:1 ratio. (My morning runs are only about 20 minutes right now. Once I'm able to run the entire time, I'll work on extending my time.)

I was wearing a Steve Largent jersey. He's kind of a hero to Seahawks fans. Super-nice guy. Wide receiver. Broke Art Monk's record with 128 consecutive games with a reception. After being knocked down with a concussion by a Denver Broncos defender, he returned the favor: the same guy caught an interception, and Largent hit him so hard he fumbled the ball and the Seahawks recovered the fumble. Pretty tough guy for a tall, skinny wide receiver. I got several shout-outs for Largent. I pointed out the irony of wearing a wide receiver's jersey, given how slow I am. Too bad I didn't have a Cortez Kennedy jersey.

My time was 33:07. I'm pretty happy with that. I was even happier when I mapped out the course and discovered it was 3.64 miles. That's 5.86 km. That gives me an average pace of better than 6 mph. Not bad for having walked half of the course!

And then I went home and we painted the trim on the front of the house. Yeah, I know how to SELL-UH-BRATE!

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SPEEDYDOG 10/28/2013 9:23AM

    Very respectable time! I am glad you enjoyed yourself. I run trail races that are seldom an even number. Too bad you had to deal with a grumpy volunteer.




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HILLSLUG98239 10/21/2013 12:13PM

    I rode my bike to the event. The Hubs gave me a ride home. However, riding home wouldn't have been bad. I would have been rewarded with an awesome downhill ride.

Knees: no problem. The calves are a bit stiff, and my back has been achy. I'm sure that's from the painting, though. emoticon

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APONI_KB 10/21/2013 11:46AM

    nice job on the race especially biking to and from
I'm not brave enough to do that, my next race is a half.

BUT this does have my wheels turning for the turkey trot - hmm

painting is why we have vinyl siding on everything that isn't brick


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RANANAM 10/21/2013 10:30AM

    FANTASTIC!!! I've been spending more time on the bike lately, but I need to get back out there on my feet a bit since I've got a 5k approaching.

Oh & yay for painting! Feels good to mark stuff off of the to-do list (even just mental ones). :)


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BILL60 10/21/2013 7:28AM

    Way to go!! How about a 100K on the bike?

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GHK1962 10/20/2013 9:52PM

    HIGH-5 !!!!

I mean ... c'mon ... yahhh for painting!

Heh...just kidding....really...YAHHHHH FOR THE 5K+

I soooo wish I could do the running part ... you totally rock! The question now is ... when are you going to do the tri???

HIGH-5 again.

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EBRAINK 10/20/2013 6:10PM

    WOW! You are SPEEDY!

And, need I say it, very very very patient. It can be very frustrating to face a disorganized run, and to have the "gee, if I were doing this..." thought bubble churning away. Good for you for focusing on the run, keeping your sequence, and going fast, too. Not to mention the bike there and back (does that count as a double brick?)

Well done! emoticon

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(Okay, enough emoticons. Good job!)

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JOHNSONZ 10/20/2013 4:21PM

    How cool is that! Great job on the Walk 1 min, run 2 min. How are your knees feeling? My right one bothered me a bit this week but next time will push for more.

PS - where are you at anyway? Richland WA?
Have a Great Sunday!

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JOHNSONZ 10/20/2013 4:20PM

    How cool is that! Great job on the Walk 1 min, run 2 min. How are your knees feeling? My right one bothered me a bit this week but next time will push for more.

PS - where are you at anyway?
Have a Great Sunday!

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

I was at REI today. On the closeout rack, there was a Zoot Tri suit, XL, for less than half price.

Does it fit? No. Will it fit? YES! emoticon

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APONI_KB 10/18/2013 10:55AM

    ooh nice

Its dangerous for me to go into that place. I totally need everything in there.

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HILLSLUG98239 10/18/2013 10:00AM

    As it turns out, it does fit. So now goal is to need a smaller one!

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BILL60 10/18/2013 9:37AM

    Good catch. I just joined REI and was told about their quarterly sales events. Looking forward to checking it out.

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I love my body

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Today, as I was standing in the hallway in my bike clothes, waiting for the elevator, I was looking down at my tights-clad legs. I flexed my quads. I thought, "I love my body."

I am overweight. My BMI is just under "obese." This 185 pound body is not rippling with muscle. I have very long legs (I'm 5'6", and I have a 32" inseam), so I can carry an extra 20 pounds and still be pretty fit. But I consider 185 pounds to still be 20 pounds over what I'd like to weigh. (I'd love to get back to the 150 pounds I weighed when I was 20 - I was gorgeous!) So, my declaration of love for my body was not based upon how "hot" I look.

Back fat, saddle bags, inner thigh fat, round belly - I do not love them. But overall, I really do love my body. Every day, I thank God for my healthy body that does practically everything I ask it to. (It's not my body's fault my will power and discipline sometimes fail me.) I'm fit enough to commute by bike most days. I run, I hike, I ski, I swim. A lot of people would love to be healthy enough to do that. I don't take it for granted.

My body isn't as aesthetically pleasing as I'd like, but the power to change the outside package lies within me. Deciding to switch to multisport has allowed me to consider the possibility of getting my body weight down to the 150's. I've spent the last 20 years telling myself that while I could do it, I don't want to work that hard. Now, anything is possible.

So, I love you, body. I may say bad things about you from time to time, but please know that deep down, I recognize your faults are mine, not yours. Thank you for being strong, healthy, and resilient. Thank you for going days on end with 6 hours of sleep a night, only to get the occasional reward of a full 8 hours of sleep. Thanks for running reliably, even though I sometimes fuel you with absolute crap.

And thank you for looking so amazing in tights.

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EBRAINK 10/17/2013 9:59PM

    Very well said! And, be good to that body. Take care of it so you two can get along well for a long, long, time!

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THINKSHRINK 10/17/2013 2:59PM

    What an awesome post! Thank you for sharing. It really made me stop and appreciate my body, extra pounds and all!!

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APONI_KB 10/17/2013 11:23AM

    haha awesome

There are times when I'm hobbling into work crying over being sore and other people are amazed, "you ran 13 miles?"

technically 13.1 and I wouldn't say "ran" pre se but yea, actually heck yea I did actually run 13 miles

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BILL60 10/17/2013 6:16AM

    Well said!!

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GHK1962 10/17/2013 12:43AM

    I cannot hit the "I Like This Topic" button enough!

I freakin LOVE ... that you love your body.

As for aesthetically appealing to yourself ... I know it's not something that other's can make you feel good about...and that it's in yourself that you need to find this. However, I will say ...

You kinda rock.

No wait ... *takes out the 'kinda' part of that*

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ZRIE014 10/17/2013 12:22AM

  if you don;t, why should anybody else

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I am an athlete!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Yesterday, I decided that today would be a brick workout day. My bricks are still pretty wimpy, but I'm the type that prefers to start slow and work my way into things. Last night, I put the clothes I thought I would need for the run next to the front door. That way, I could get home from my ride and be off on my run pretty quickly.

Other than briefly being downwind of the waste water treatment plant, the ride home was lovely. I averaged nearly 15 mph on my round-trip commute. That pleases me. The best thing I saw on the ride home: a woman riding her bicycle wearing a backpack designed to hold a small child. In the backpack was a small dog. Its paws were on the woman's shoulders. It appeared to be having a grand time. That's a devoted pet owner!

Upon arriving home, I timed my transition. It was about five minutes. Not bad, considering it involves me securing the bike in the garage. I've learned a way to switch over much faster: instead of trying to swap out bras, I put the running bra on over my medium-impact bra. I also went with the FiveFingers Bikalas instead of the KSOs for the same reason: much easier to get onto my sweaty body!

So, fuel belt on, out the door I go. I started running immediately. And almost immediately, I started to feel a cramp in my left calf. Not a debilitating one, though. I ran through it. It was a little cranky the entire time, but it didn't screw up my stride, and the pain lessened. I'm pretty proud of myself for that. Once I decided to keep running, my inner coach started whoopin' it up. You are a warrior! You are an athlete! Good on ya!

I switch between running and walking at about equal intervals. My interval is about 90 seconds. Last time I did a brick workout, I looked at my watch between 43 and 45 seconds every time I was running. EVERY TIME. Tonight, I made it a minute before checking my watch. I view that as progress: I'm getting stronger and fitter. Yay, me!

At about 1.4 miles, I started feeling a weird pressure/pain sensation between my second and third toes on my left foot. I kept wriggling my toes, hoping it would move something around and make that sensation go away. It didn't. I ended up talking off the left shoe and walking the rest of the way wearing one shoe. It was interesting experiencing one bare foot and one foot shod in a FiveFingers shoe. They are NOT the same! It gave me an appreciation for how much cushioning there is on the balls of the foot of those shoes. It felt like a cushy layer compared to the natural cushioning in my bare foot. Clearly, I do not anticipate being tempted to try running truly barefoot. The asphalt in my neighborhood is in pretty good shape, and I didn't encounter any dangers to my unshod foot, but I did not like it.

I'm pretty happy with my mini brick. I'd hoped for two miles, but I ended up with 1.9. (My first 5K is in 9 days.) I'm really proud of myself for running through the cramp. If the pain had become severe, or it messed up my stride, I would have just walked the two miles. But I trusted my body, and I tuned into what was going on. My instincts were right. I've been rewarded with a sense of accomplishment, instead of a wistful "what if..?" feeling.

I still have a long way to go before I'm ready for a triathlon. But today was one of those little milestones that keep me motivated. So yeah, I'm pretty pumped. emoticon emoticon

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GHK1962 10/16/2013 10:40PM

    HOLY GUACAMOLE....the weather here this week is AWESOME for a bike ride....what about over the mountains? (By the way...this is near a week late in me replying!)

Good luck on your 5K by the way!

Ok ... so the transition time and the bra thing...errr .... of course I am NO help there haha....however, the crap thingy ... I know my wife tells me that after coming off her bike and into the run it's like her legs are jelly...and what works for her is to not ride in her high gears on her bike....and go lower gears spinning abit more...it saves her legs. (Again though... in truth... I have never done a tri myself...so what I say is all 2nd hand stuffs from me.) I will say, I take an Endurolyte tablet on long rides...and craps I used to get in my calfs are a thing of the past.

And ... you TOTALLY rock the exercising ... at least in my head :)

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OPTIMIST1948 10/15/2013 5:08PM

    Good for you! Those brick workouts can be surprisingly tough.

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BOILHAM 10/15/2013 4:35PM

    Good job on the brick run. You seem to be describing "Mortons Neuroma" with your foot pain. I had that and still do, from time to time. I greatly reduced the pain by getting shoes with a wider toe box. In my case I got "Altra Zero Drop" shoes. I think they might help you.
Good luck!

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HILLSLUG98239 10/15/2013 2:45PM

    Yeah - it's CRAZY the way my legs feel. It's almost as if they've suddenly gained the ability to reject the commands my brain is sending them. It's like they become cats: I hear you making noise, but I cannot fathom what it is you're telling me to do; therefore, I will ignore your noisy declaration of "NO NO! Bad cat!" and resume what I was doing.

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APONI_KB 10/15/2013 1:06PM

    I did a tri without concerning myself with doing any bricks. It was not a good idea. I did ok, I was just doing it to see how it worked but I was shocked when I got off that bike and a total and complete leg rebellion.


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_VALEO_ 10/11/2013 6:19PM

    Wow, I am very impressed by your strength and resilience!
You have indeed a clear goal in mind and you have been able to figure out the best available way to achieve that goal--knowing how to push and trust our body!


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EBRAINK 10/10/2013 11:11PM

    Well done!

I really admire all the planning you're putting into this - and it's paying off with real gains. YAY!

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UMBILICAL 10/10/2013 10:59PM

  Haven't tried bricks

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