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Sometimes, Life Gets in The Way

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I planned to swim at the gym after work today. The Hubs called, asking me to come straight home because he wanted to go to an urgent care clinic. He's had a sore belly since Saturday.

I'm now sitting in the surgical waiting room as he is having an emergency appendectomy. I figure I'll be here until at least midnight. The Hubs may go home tomorrow, or he may need to spend another day.

Well, the surgeon just came out. The appendix was ruptured, but it was localized. The Hubs is all patched up, but it may take more than a day for him to heal. It's a good thing he came in when he did.

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CLEARNIGHTSKY 11/2/2013 7:09PM

    I hope your husband heals well and quickly. I'm so glad the surgery went okay!!

I hope you are resting well.


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HILLSLUG98239 10/30/2013 9:38PM

    Thanks everyone! The Hubs is off the morphine drip and the oxygen monitor and the surgeon expects he'll be able to go home tomorrow (the Hubs, not the surgeon - I'm pretty sure the surgeon already went home).

Once the Hubs is asleep, I'm going home to get some sleep myself. I got 3-4 hours of sleep last night.

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CASTIRONLADY 10/30/2013 9:25PM

    I am glad you decided to listen to hubby. Good job!

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JOYCRN 10/30/2013 8:35PM

    This is the kind of thing that should interrupt your workout schedule! You will get back on track when your husband is well, and meet your goals. emoticon

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BILL60 10/30/2013 8:28PM

    Way to be supportive!!

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GHK1962 10/30/2013 8:25PM

    Ack! I'm glad you got him in...and like the others... I am hoping for a good recovery for him.

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APONI_KB 10/30/2013 8:49AM

    oh no, poor guy

At least you got him there when you did.

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EBRAINK 10/30/2013 8:39AM

    Wishing hubby a speedy recovery!

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DDOORN 10/30/2013 8:32AM

    Whew! Close call! Glad everything worked out...


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AMY_DARREL 10/30/2013 2:56AM

    Wow! Glad you made it in when you did! Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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Reifying my goals

Monday, October 28, 2013

In the slow march toward completing an Olympic-distance triathlon by September 2015, I've created the following goals:
emoticon Swim twice a week
emoticon Run twice a week
emoticon emoticon One brick workout a week
emoticon Walk at lunch at least three times a week
emoticon 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!

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APONI_KB 10/29/2013 11:43AM

    I might check out that software. I need to do something different with my food log. I was thinking about going old school and doing a paper one. I'm on a computer all day at work and don't want to look at them when I get home. I log in whatever I ate last night the next day and oopsies that's when I find out I went over.

I don't care for yoga either. I used to do this yoga/pilates/taichi thing twice a week and it was ok but I realized I was hunting for excuses not to go. Oh no I forgot my water bottle, best to skip today. Clearly something different was needed.

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DDOORN 10/29/2013 11:36AM

    Great plans! Sounds like you're sure to reach those goals! :-)


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BILL60 10/29/2013 8:38AM

    Great goals. Try to stick to it and "Do It".

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GHK1962 10/28/2013 5:16PM

    My wife is similar - she would much rather be outside doing things (riding, swimming at the lake instead of the pool, etc.)

It helps that the both of us are being active ... so when she does not want to go to the gym I'll prod her on ... and vice versa. Maybe you can find someone at the gym to team up with that will help make you a bit more accountable into going?

Except on those nice sunny days of course...then all bets are off ... as we hop on our bikes! :)

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Wow - that's windy!

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. emoticon

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APONI_KB 10/29/2013 11:33AM

    You'll end up like Piglet being flown like a kite by Pooh.

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HILLSLUG98239 10/28/2013 5:31PM

    No worries - I'll take our winds over the Wet Side's humidity. At least the wind makes me a better climber. emoticon

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GHK1962 10/28/2013 5:12PM

    Hmm .... it's calm and sunny on our side of the Cascades today.

Hehe ... good thing I am wayyyyyy over here so you can't whap me!

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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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