Monday, October 28, 2013
In the slow march toward completing an Olympic-distance triathlon by September 2015, I've created the following goals:
Swim twice a week
Run twice a week
One brick workout a week
Walk at lunch at least three times a week
Complete a 10K before the end of July 2014
The weekly goals are weather-dependent. I didn't run this morning because the wind is crazy bad; the wind kept me in my office at lunch today, too. (I'll probably ride home, though.) I joined a gym last Friday, so I can't get out of swimming by pointing at the weather report. (Unless it gets so bad they close the gym - that's pretty rare here.) The brick workout is easy to work in because I commute by bike several days a week: I just have to plan ahead and leave my running clothes by the front door when I leave the house in the morning.
Although I love being on my bike, I'm cutting back a little further. I swam yesterday (I'm awful at it - this is going to be a slow learning process!), and I'm going to drive home tomorrow and stop at the gym on the way home. (The Hubs doesn't get home until 6:30 or later, so if I drive to the gym and then home, I get to spend more time with the Hubs than I would if I rode my bike there.) It shouldn't be a problem to get to the gym to swim a 2-3 times a week. The same with running. If I drive home, I drive into work the next day; on those mornings, I usually run.
We'll see how the winter impacts all of this. I can run year-round (although it would appear I dislike running when the wind is blowing a steady 30 mph with 40 mph gusts). Maybe this will be the year I start riding an indoor trainer or break down and take a spin class at the gym.
In addition the the spin class, I'm thinking of taking a pilates class because I really need to strengthen my core. (Dear readers: do not suggest yoga. I detest yoga. If you suggest it, I will subject you to my tirade about why I hate yoga. Don't risk it.) I'm also pleased with the free weights area at my gym.
I'm excited about all this. Now I just need to sustain that excitement and actually go out and USE the gym.
My new laptop should be waiting for me when I get home tonight. With a laptop (as opposed to the desk top computers in our home office), I can sit on the futon and log my food intake while the Hubs watches TV. I use DietPower software. I like it a gazillion times more than the food tracker on SparkPeople, but it's a PC program so I can only use it at the computer. My weight has stagnated in the mid-180's, and I'm hopeful that going back to faithfully tracking my calorie and nutrient intake will help my get back on track with losing weight. Trust me: I do not want to run a 10K if I weigh 180 pounds!
Monday, October 28, 2013
I have a rule: If you don't want to work out, just do it for five minutes. If I still hate it after five minutes, I can quit. Today, I quit.
It's windy. I live in a very windy place, so when I say "it's windy," I mean it is REALLY windy. I just checked in with the local weather station, and it's report says the wind is 30 mph with 39 mph gusts. The wind was at my back as I walked to the park, so while I felt it, I couldn't feel how bad it is.
And then I started to run, with the wind at my side. Ay carumba! I ran along the north side of the park, I could feel the wind blowing me around. By the time I made it to the east end of the park (about a block's distance), I decided to head home.
Walking home put me face-into the wind. I had to lean in to keep it from blowing me back, and even so, a few gusts almost knocked me over. That's windy!
But y'know, I woulda ridden my bike in this wind.
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!
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!
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!
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