Monday, July 19, 2010
I find it rather odd that I can spend hours each week running and biking and being quite happy with my thighs and what they're able to accomplish, but I spend two days on vacation at the pool with a petite family friend and I feel like a blob.
I can easily leg press my body weight, "wall sit" longer than any of the students in my sports class, outswim most of my friends, but then still feel the need to wrap my towel around my waist as I head into the showers when these tiny girls in their tiny suits walk by me.
Intellectually I know I should be happy, and 95% of the time I am. I guess the other 5% of the time I'm still a work in progress.
And really, if I'm ever going to get rid of the tan lines from my cycling shorts, I need to lose the towel.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I'm at my pre-holiday weight, so that's pretty encouraging. It would be a little nicer if I'd actually lose a pound or two, but I know it'll happen in time, so I'm trying to be patient.
I've started getting warmed up for my triathlon training. I'm debating a few 20 week programs to get ready for my main race in September, so for now I'm just building up some base cardio conditioning. For the last two-weeks (and most of the past year) I've been doing seven hours of cardio each week, and now I need to start increasing that a little bit each week so that I can get to the 11-12 hour per week start time for the training program with out dying.
Fortunately, my body is fine with the seven hours. It's just fitting it into my schedule that is proving to be difficult. So, that's all the more reason to practice fitting it in now, so that when it really matters it'll just be routine.
I've moved a lot of my computer time to BeginnerTriathlete.com, but I'm having trouble letting go of the tracking here at SparkPeople, and I'm not sure why. I track my workouts at work through MobileFit -we have contests at the Y that use the points in that program for water bottles, Tshirts, etc.
I track my workouts at BeginnerTriathlete because it's really set up for what I'm doing - it totals my workouts according to swim, bike, run, strength, etc. and provides bar graphs so that you can see if your training is getting lopsided, etc. Do I really need to do that at SparkPeople too?
Apparently I do.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
December should be interesting! My biggest issue is going to be making sure I get in all my workouts around the holidays. I'd love to lose a few pounds this month, but if I maintain, that'll be great.
I've had in the back of my head that it would be nice to end 2009 having lost 50 pounds, but I may have to be happy with 45.
So, for December:
1.) Drink more water. I've been drinking more calories over the last 6 weeks or so, and I need to stop.
2.) Plan meals ahead of time. We do a good job when we're home, but we could pack better choices for the car when we travel. I still plan to eat some bad food when I'm out of town, but I plan to balance it with exercise and good choices the rest of the day.
3.) More weight training.
4.) I slacked a little on my fitness minutes in October and November, which means that reaching my year-end goal of 20,000 may be pushing it a little. I'm not ready to give up yet, since it's possible, but I'm not going to beat myself up if I fall short.
Happy Holidays everyone!
Monday, November 02, 2009
Setting my November goals seemed to be a lot harder than I anticipated. I'm still not sure that this is the final version, but it's a start.
I made a tally chart that has a total of 40 activities that I need to finish in November. I'll do more than one on most days, so I'll still have some days off and some days to do what I want.
1.) My strength training equipment in the basement: I've been neglecting my strength training. The weather has been so nice, it would have been awful to be closed up in the basement without even a window. But, it's November now, so I need to get moving. (8-upper body, 8-lower body)
2.) I signed up for my Rev3-Cedar Point triathlon. It's a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike, and a 13.1 mile run (1/2 Ironman distance). My official training calendar doesn't start until April, but I want to be in good enough shape that I can follow the Intermediate schedule for swimming and running. I'll be doing the beginner schedule for biking. Even if I could handle more time on the bike, my butt doesn't want to! (6-swim, 7-run, 5-bike)
3.) I was doing a good job of taking some fitness classes, and I didn't do that much in October. Some activities (lunges, side plank, push-ups, etc) get left out when I don't go to classes. I do them on my own, but I quit when I want to :) In class, you look silly when the whole class is looking down the row at you during the side plank and you're not doing it (although that's a bad example, because I'm awesome at the side plank -I just forget to do it). (Other/classes-6)
I also reviewed my weight loss goals, mostly because of the triathlon. I signed up for the Athena competition (it's the heavyweight classification for women over 150 lbs.). I think 160 is a realistic goal for next summer (I'm 189 right now). I really want to get there by June so that I can eat well and just maintain during the hardest part of my training. If I can keep losing a pound a week, I'll get there. 170 was my old goal, but I think I want to try to get that extra 10 pounds off. I'll be a lot lighter on the bike this way.
OK November, here we go...
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Well, now that my half-marathon is a thing of the past, Iím looking to 2010 and setting some new goals. The two things that have caught my eye so far are the ďIndy MiniĒ, a half-marathon in the spring, and a half-Ironman in Sandusky, OH next September.
The half-marathon alone probably isnít enough to make me want to get out from under the covers this February when itís cold and windy. The half-Ironman has a three-hour bike Ė not to mention that Iíd have to buy/borrow a bike since mine doesnít meet their guidelines (no hybrids, road bikes only). And, the hardest part of the training will be in July, when itís hot and humid.
The good part about the half-Ironman is that I can do the swim. To do a tri that is any shorter really doesnít challenge me at the swim or the run. And, I can do the run, although doing it after a three-hour bike ride really is a different story. But, I guess thatís the point. If I thought it would be a walk in the park, it really wouldnít be worth my time.
I also think the half-Ironman would help me get back to focusing on losing some weight. Iím losing, but Iíve been getting kind of lazy about my calories and food choices. Iíve been content with any loss. But, the triathlon will take about seven hours. I will want to be closer to my ideal weight for that!
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