Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Two days. Child and I both purged. (DH can do his own. He's a big boy.)
8 (EIGHT!) bags of child's clothes.
1 big box (slightly larger than a paper box) overflowing with my stuff.
I was brutal. I tried everything on. If it was ripped or stained it went. If it didnt fit, it went. Didnt matter if it was sentimental (and there were some pieces!) had tags on (precious few), but if I didnt like the color, it needed a button sewn on. It WENT.
Closet is still pretty full. But better. And I no longer have clothing piled on TOP of the dresser because it doesnt fit IN.
Child watched SchoolHouse Rock videos during "my" day and played while I organized on "his" day.
I feel like a weight has lifted...(22 lbs of it!)
Monday, June 25, 2012
I am putting you on notice. We had a lot of excuses last week.
DH was on vacation.
It was too hot.
You were tired from staying out late the night before.
You talk alot of smack about how "Oh, its hard, but everyone can do a triathlon." Well, is it true?
Time to put your muscle where your mouth is. We spent 30 min yesterday creating a day-by-day training program based on the book. In the absence of other guidance, you are BEHOLDEN to that schedule.
This morning, yes, we were rattled a little bit. We were going to go outside but thundering downpours forced a re-evaluation. Good job on getting to the gym. We'll forgive you for doing 40 min instead of 45 on the bike. I know those last 5 min were hard, but you did good on your treadmill mile. And then we made it for yoga.
Now yoga is getting canceled, so you are going to get rattled again. DONT BE.
You're on notice. No excuses. Pedal at 80-100 rpm every day. (or run, or swim)
Unless its a rest day. If you are doing this training thing right, you're going to need them.
*I know, I totally stole XRSIZE18's format. What can I say - Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Monday, June 18, 2012
1. Are you in reasonable health, free from injury, asthma or any other condition that means serious and strenuous exercise could actually be harmful?
2. Are you capable of doing exercise for 1.5 to 2 hours? Something on the order of a 2 hr Zumba party, playing basketball or soccer, or cross country skiing.
3. Can you walk briskly for 60 min. This means you can walk a 5k, now you just need to get faster.
4. Can you swim, with any stroke, for 30 min? You can swim 0.5 miles.
5. Can you ride a bike for 60 min? You can pedal 12 miles.
6. Are you ok with not coming in first? Can you put your ego aside and race against the clock and yourself? There are precious few of those natural athletes out there, and I wouldnt want anyone to be disheartened if in their first outing, they got 94 of 102. There are always people who are faster than you.
Lastly, how do you feel about temp tattoos and wetsuits?
Dare to live. DARE TO TRI.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
"When you hit a bump in the road, its like getting a flat tire on your car. You dont go around to the other 3 tires and put holes in them. You change the tire and get back on the road."
I've heard this quote from many Sparkers, complaining that they went over their numbers today, got sucked into the birthday cake at work, weren't able to make it to the gym etc and it derailed their whole weight loss.
I joined Team RWB (Red, White & Blue) which is devoted to helping veterans reintegrate to society after service by keeping up with exercise. While (of course) I support our troops, the real reason I joined is they have a Triathlon Training Team at West Point.
I got an email from the troop leader that they were doing a Flag Day 5K tomorrow and would I like to join them? Of course! But the tomorrow turned out to be yesterday and there I was, all bummed out, ready to run early on a Sunday morning.
So after allowing myself a 20 min pity party, I hopped on my bike and went over to the local high school track and did 2 miles of Tempo Runs. Then I did 10 min up and down the bleacher stairs. Then I biked home.
Total burned 674 calories in 1:15 hours. And I spent 15 min talking with a guy on the Track about SparkPeople, calorie/nutrient tracking and Triathlons.
Of course I am sad I didnt get to meet everyone. But that's no reason to set the car on fire. I got myself this far and I can continue to go on without them -- at least for a little bit.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
I just wanted to lose weight.
Six months ago, JennSwims posted that she did a Personal Tri at her gym and it wasnt too bad. Shortly after DogLady13 also posted about her Personal Tri. As much as I loved Zumba, I was intrigued by the challenge. Both made it seem so do-able. I knew I could do all of those distances individually; my challenge was doing them all in the same day.
Having a goal to work towards is a terrific motivator, as long as its a goal you choose for yourself. In progress to my goal, I've logged over 300 miles according to my tracker – at least 100 of which have been on my bike, according to that computer. It doesn't seem like much for you hardcore fitness people out there – but if you told me in January that I WOULD do it – I would have thought you were nuts and shoved another zeppoli in my mouth.
I had no coach other than what I was able to gather from the Internets and reading books. Every book I read came with a recommended training program – which I completely ignored. It didnt feel right to me. If I run for 20 min, I get 2 miles. If all I was doing was following the program, I would not have made it. My focus was to be able to complete the distances. That's it. For where I was in my fitness, that was an appropriate training goal. Each day, I chose something: Swim, Bike, Run, based on the available time, what I did the day before and what equipment I wanted to haul along...and sometimes the weather (hmm, its raining. I'll swim today!). For me, this WAS the right plan. Now, I want to get faster, so I'm looking at those training plans with a fresh eye. If I do 20 min of Fartleks and a 10 min cooldown, maybe I'll get faster. Maybe if I spend 45 min doing hill drills on the bike, maybe I can chew them up next time. What ST would be appropriate? All good questions – NOW I need to find a coach.
Because there WILL be a next time. I only committed to do one. I didnt know whether this is a lifestyle change or a bucket list item. But everyone needs a hobby and in these last few days, I think begin a triathlete will be good both for my physical and mental health. Despite the fact that my sister thinks I fell and hit my head on the sidewalk.
Next Tri will be West Point on August 19th. More stinkin' hills, but its in my backyard. There is an easier one at the end of the month, but it doesnt leave enough recovery time to do Danskin at Sandy Hook, NJ on Sept 9th. Its going to be Doglady's first and I would love to see her since we two have been each other's cheerleaders since this began. (I can't commit at this point because I dont know if I'll be working. Work is good, but would mean no time to go that far.) So that's three in my first year.
New gear is limited because of the availability of funds. I'm going to need new sneakers. I want a reflective vest that I could use for biking, running or motorcycling in dim light. I'd like a pair of hard soled sneakers for biking. Ironman tried to convince me that there are special clips you can buy that are easier to get out of. I'm clumsy and skeptical. I know he would be thrilled to get me up there to try them out, but its an hour ride to his shop and it just all seems a bit to hardcore for someone of my ability.
I just wanted to lose weight.
94th out of 102. Almost 2 ½ hours. Sheesh.
Gotta get that time under 2 hours. Eight weeks. Better get moving.
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