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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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The ride was worth it

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

I debated riding home last night because of the wind. Truth be told, I questioned my sanity for even thinking about riding home.

I had to appear in court yesterday. Crossing over the river, visibility was limited to a few miles because of blowing dust and sand. And hour later, most of the dust and sand had cleared.

As the end of the work day neared, I checked the weather at the nearest airport. 26 mph wind, 33 mph gusts. I decided to ride home on the sourth side of the river. It's longer (15 miles, as opposed to 10), but most of the way is relatively protected from the wind by trees. (The Pasco side of the river is mostly exposed. A few sections are on top of the levee alongside the river - completely exposed.)

As I was standing outside work, turning on my lights and various electronic gadgets, a gust of wind pushed me backwards. I shook my head - I'm going to ride in this? I must be nuts.

The ride over the Columbia River was the most exposed. I probably could have walked faster. Fortunately, the river is only a half-mile wide. This wasn't the worst wind I've ridden in - it did not blow me off the trail - but I was glad I rode on the south side of the river!

I didn't see many trail users. The trail on the south side of the river is all parkland, and there were only a handful of people in the park. (No one was using the disc golf course - that's a first!) I only saw two other riders. We shared the knowing nod of people who recognize that everyone else thinks we're insane; only we know the truth - we're the lucky ones!

The ride took about 80 minutes. I had the wind at my back at the very end of the ride, which made the last little elevation gain go by quickly. The sun was setting, and I was treated to a glorious display of pinks and purples and deep oranges. Lovely!

And this morning, I had that wind at my back. Wheee!

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MADZOE 10/11/2013 6:36PM

    Wow, as a fellow Northwesterner I know how the Columbia Gorge winds can be, driving I-84 out to The Dalles can be dicey. But what an awesome ride across the river! Have a great weekend.

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_VALEO_ 10/11/2013 6:27PM

    Seems like the wind was with you, rooting and cheering for you!
I like your sweet madness and I can picture you on your bike fighting the raging elements. emoticon

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IRONBESS 10/9/2013 12:24PM

    It's a little hairy riding in that kind of wind for fear you'll be blown over in a bad spot, but it sure makes it worth it when you're rewarded with nature's beauty, doesn't it. Glad you made it safely and enjoyed a tailwind and a lovely sunset!

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Why am I doing a tri?

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

A while back, Owl_20 asked why, if I don't really like swimming or running, am I doing a tri? Why not just set some challenging cycling goals.

Thank you for asking. It made me think. And that process made me appreciate why I made this crazy decision.

For several years, I've set a goal of riding a century by the end of the season. I have yet to accomplish that goal. Saddle sores, tight IT band - something always derails me. I truly love being on the bike, but I am not accomplishing those goals.

My weight will always be an issue if I only ride. I love riding. I also love eating. I can burn 3000 calories on a ride. But, as disgusting as this may sound, I can easily eat 3000 calories a day. While being such a lardass makes climbing hills slow, tedious, and unpleasant, it also makes going down hills a lot of fun. And it doesn't really "punish" me for being so heavy. (I was about 210 pounds when I started commuting by bike several years ago.)

I will never be able to run a 10K if I don't lose more weight. Running is simply too punishing on this body. When I was around 180 pounds 12 years ago, I took up running because I didn't want to regain all the weight I lost cycling in the upcoming winter. It worked.

Switching to multi-sport has really energized me. I look forward to those walk/run workouts, as much as I gripe about them. (I gripe about my in-laws, too, even though I generally enjoy their company.) And because my focus is on three sports, I can justify doing a walk/run just twice a week. (But I know at some point, I will have to start doing it more than that. Kind of like I'm going to have to swim more than twice a month.)

I got lucky when I lost ten pounds almost immediately after my surgery. The weight has stayed off. I'm still eating too much, but I believe I'm much more in control of my impulse eating. And the weight loss has made a difference in my cycling, too: despite the four weeks off the bike (and not a lot of riding before my surgery because I was pouting), I was immediately back to averaging 14 mph on most rides.

My clothes fit better. I'm feeling muscles I don't normally feel. And I'm happy.

So, thank you, Owl_20, for making me think. It made me appreciate what my body can do a little bit more.

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APONI_KB 10/7/2013 9:05AM

    Plus you get to put a "swim/bike/run" sticker on the car.

I wanted to do a tri because mostly I'm a runner but last winter I just got so sick of the cold and dark I was about to freak out. I started swimming at the Y just for something different. Then it seemed logical - ok I swim twice a week, I run every morning, hmm that just leaves the bike part and heck I used to ride to class every day in college. I can do this.

not that easy

I'm jealous that you commute to work via bike. I want to do that but I just can't quite get the logistics.

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BOILHAM 10/6/2013 9:09AM

    What a great blog! It made me think, too. I might steal your idea and write one of my own about why I have decided to do triathlons.
It is so interesting in how others train, and their own likes and dislikes. I'm not a cycling guy. I used to ride a mountain bike once a week, just for the health benefits, but don't enjoy it as much as swimming or running. As far as swimming, age has taken it's toll and I'm no longer a 'good' swimmer, but I really enjoy it.
Thanks for the great thought provoking blog!!

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RACEWELLWON 10/3/2013 10:12AM

    Awesome - I made the decision to do a Tri after I volunteered to be swim angel at the Iron Girl last August - Swimming and Cycling - I have down to good routine however , the running part needs work! To success - Karen

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