Saturday, June 30, 2012
But only a little bit. (Insert joke about a little bit pregnant here)
"Oh, get clipless pedals" everyone said. "You'll be so much happier. More power, easier on legs...."
So thursday I bicycled 11 miles out to a local shop and bought shoes and pedals. Guy had me try them in parking lot and I fell over on my first try. I jammed my elbow. But I am stubborn so I just kept trying until I achieved some measure of comfort. Then I set out for home.
At first I thought it was just a bruise, but on the way home, I started feeling worse and worse. Ended up having to walk the last mile. Who knew elbows were so important to bicycling?
Under ordinary circumstances I would have just iced and waited it out, but DH just started a new job and we have insurance from the last until the end of the month, then a 30 day waiting until the new kicks in.
So, XRays late Thurs. Friday I called the dr for results 5 times! 9, 11,2,& 4:45. Finally at 6pm, I ended up going through the after hrs service to have dr paged. She ends up making good the only way she could, calling in a favor from a local orthopedist. Swelling and a teeny weeny fracture on the head of my radius. RICE and ibuprophin treatment. Should be better (full range of motion) in 2 weeks, if not go to ER. Fracture should be healed in 4-6 weeks. I am cleared to continue training as comfort allows, provided (duh) I use the stationary bike at the gym. Swimming is going to have to wait too.
So yeah, I am officially in Crazytown. I break my elbow and I still ask the Dr if I can train for a triathlon.
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.
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