Thursday, August 09, 2012
A few people said "Wha..?" or some variant on my status update yesterday.
1) While on vacation, I went to New Balance outlet in Maine and got some new sneakers. Yesterday was their first outing.
2) I snuck out of the funeral to go to Athleta store in NYC (East Side) I have been coveting their clothes but many reviews said fitting can be odd. Since I hate spending $$ on shipping, I wanted to try a few pieces on to be sure of my sizing. I ended up buying a new workout top and a whole bikini. The bikini top is also sportsbra-able, so I wanted to see how it worked in a workout. The good news is yes, it works, the bad news, is in order to get something that compressed enough for support on my DDs, there is a bit of spillage on the top. Showed DH and he wasnt complaining.
3) I feel like in the last tri, I really ran out of gas towards the end. Many, many many things have been said about gels, gu and other nutritional suppliments. That's what *real athletes* do and I'm nervous about trying. Other noises have been made about gummy bears on long runs. I'm a swedish fish girl, and essentially, they are the same thing. So I needed to go on a long exercise to see if it worked. I did 1:15 on the bike for 14.5 miles, ate 4 about halfway thru, and then ate 3 more before starting a 3.5 mile run (half of which ended up as a walk, but I do not feel bad - bricks go that way for me). I felt like I still had energy to keep going but lacked a certain willpower. Tummy did not bother me at all. Drank lots of water.
So there you go, I was trying 3 different strategies on the same workout. All were successful.
Today I'm going to Zumba. Because I want to. And exercise is exercise.
Monday, August 06, 2012
Scene: yesterday's 3 mile trail run
Me: Wow, that was a great run. I wish it could have been longer.
WTF??? - WHO AM I???
Saturday, August 04, 2012
Triathlon A -- West Point is going to be August 19th. I've already paid. Yes I will attend.
Triathlon B - Middletown Y will be August 25. Only 1/3 mi swim, a hilly 14 miles but a dead flat (Rail Trail) 3 mile run. This can also be done as a Duathlon 1 mi run, 14 mi bike 3 mi run.
Are Tris A & B too close together?
Oh, and Triathon C - Danskin at Sandy Hook on Sept 9th. As mentioned before DOGLADY is training for this one, it has good reviews in the Tri Community for newbies and I would really like to do it - work schedule not withstanding.
Thursday, August 02, 2012
If its one thing I have learned on Spark, its that I make bad food decisions when I am tired.
Today has been a slog. We went to the County Fair last night. Yes, I brought my calories in and splurged on a few things, but overall nutritionally successful. The night before we went to a friend's new house for a bbq dinner, also nutritionally successful, but both were late nights. I'm dragging today.
So I finally threw myself out of the house today with a 10 min promise. I made it to 15 and then gave myself permission to quit. Also because I knew my brain was fried and I'm prone to snacky nibbling -- I made some edamame (although didnt eat) and a lunch that was 2 crunchy fish patties and the rest of the plate was fresh from the garden, gently sauteed in some olive oil, beet greens. About 1.5 cups worth.
Snacks were a cucumber and a nectarine.
Tonight was Homemade Hamburger Helper (the last time I bought the box it was so salty that I swore never again) but with turkey and a few extra veggies in the skillet. While the volume was a little bigger than I would if I wasnt delirious, I still hit all my nutritional goals today. I made iced tea from scratch for a "keep busy in the kitchen without adding calories" project. The beet greens for lunch and green beans, cucumbers and swiss chard for tonight dinner were from my community garden. Which I walked to.
So despite the tired obstacles -- I managed another pretty successful day.
Moral (because I'm loving morals lately): when you are tired, give yourself permission to skimp on the exercise but watch that nutrition like a hawk.
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