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Adventure Walk

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

It was 50 here today. So after a run & house/family maintenance, Child and I decide to take an Adventure Walk around some local ponds and through a patch of woods. It was, without a doubt, one of the best things Child and I have done together in a long time.

If you are really that interested, I mapped it here.

Came out to 1.46 miles over about an hour. I took out the Sitting And Throwing Rocks In The Water time, Looking At Things From The Top Of The Hill time & Child Climbs Around On A Fallen Tree While Mommy Watches time. I think the distance was actually a bit farther because there were a certain number of excursions up hills, into brush and "Hey, what's over here!" No animals or birds to watch sadly, but I also didnt have to worry about ticks.

Should you have access to a child, preferable less than 10 years old, a patch of woods with some trails and some unfettered free time - this is a terrific way to spend it.

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NIGHTJADE 2/1/2012 8:02PM

    That sounds like so much fun! Once I finish moving, I'm definately finding a nice park to explore. emoticon

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EUPHRATES 2/1/2012 12:48AM

    Sounds LOVELY!

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Triathlon - is she crazy?

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Its all JennSwims and DogLady13s fault. They both posted at how they did triathlons...and they made it seem....achievable. Not to be one of the first finishers of course, but to be able to look someone in the eye and say: "Yes, I completed a triathlon." It's the mark of fitness, an athlete. If you can do that, you can do anything. I admire these two ladies.

I'm 20-30 lbs overweight (depending on whether I go with my reasonable goal of 165, or my stretch goal of 155) . Granted, not a lot compared to some of my colleagues on here. But its mine. And its gotta go.

Yes, its a whole lotta crazy. Gigantic PILES of crazy. Last year I set an New Year's Weight Loss resolution for myself, and while I did loose 15 lbs, my enthusiasm petered out over the summer. It was too hot, the garden needed tending, DH was home & family time is important, blah, blah, blah. So I plateaued. And as much as I love Zumba I think I am the kind of person who needs something to work towards.

And I might as well go big. There are three in the possibilities column:

Orange County Triathlon- July 8 - http://orangecountytri.com/index.html This is local for me, but it is also the biggest race, an Olympic triathlon: 1500 meter swim, 40K bike and 10K run. Finishing this is well even the Crazy Lady (me) knows limits. However, it allows teams, and I have already spoken with a few people about joining me: a biker and swimmer respectively. They looked at me like I was crazy, but haven't said no not in so many words.
West Point Sprint Triathalon August 12 http://www.wix.com/wptri3/2012westpointtri
athlon#! In the crazy conversations, one of the trainers at my gym was incredibly enthusiastic about this event. Distances are a bit more manageable in a Sprint Tri, 800m swim. 12.4 mile bike and 3.1 m run. However, if anyone has ever been to West Point knows the place is built into the side of a mountain. Its one thing to run a 5K, its another thing to run it uphill. And August is really hot.
Hunter Mountain Open or Sprint Triathlon June 9-10 http://hitstriathlonseries.com/hunter-moun
tain-ny/ farthest away and closest date but an Open Tri is only a 100 m swim, 3 mile bike and 1 mile run. Sprint distances are the same.

Proof of concept: I have been tracking calories and fitness on SparkPeople since Jan1. I've lost 6 lbs and after my run today (Sunday) I realized that I had fastened my belt one notch tighter.

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DOGLADY13 1/30/2012 7:17AM

    OK OPTIMIST1948, time to live up to your name. You can totally do a sprint tri.

First, a sprint tri isn't that bad. And JENNSWIMS and I did a sprint tri - not an honest to God triathlon. (OMG - a member of the Y that I go to competed and placed in her age group last October in an Ironman! She's 61!)

June 1, 2011, was my first day trying to run. I couldn't run 100 feet, let alone 1 mile and forget about 3.1! Jan 1 I ran my 2nd timed 5K. My average pace was 10:30. I didn't work hard at improving. It's just amazing how your body responds when you push it just a little bit.

The biking thing... 12.4 miles isn't that bad on a bike. The first time I went out on a bike in probably 20 years, I rode 10 miles with friends. I didn't go fast, but I went and I wasn't sore the next day. After 4 Sunday bike rides, I was riding 20 miles at a pretty fast clip and loving it.

For me, swimming is hard. I haven't done much swimming at all since I was a teen. I just started lessons Jan 3, 2012. But in our pool at the Y, 800 meters is 35 laps. I do more than that in a 45 minute swim lesson with lots of resting in between.

The point that I'm making is, if you have been putting in some effort in your work outs and you are reasonably healthy, these are all attainable goals. Plus, I was competing only against myself. I did it at the Y on a day that I had some time to kill. My goal was to finish and not drown. I did some of my laps with the kickboard. I think JENNSWIMS walked some of her 5K.

I don't think I could do a competitive sprint triathlon yet. The swimming is too much. At the Y, I can stop, stand up in the shallow end and catch my breath. Swimming in a lake where I might not be able to touch bottom would be too hard for me right now.

The West Point sprint triathlon sounds manageable. It sounds like you live in the Catskills. You could totally train outside walking/jogging the hills. Biking up the hills really, really helps your running. It helped me get over the "My lungs are going to explode right now" feeling. And hills are why 21 speed bikes were made. Running in the heat is easier than running in the cold. The cold dry air hurts much more than moist warm air.

You can totally do this. I'd consider coming out and doing Hunter Mountain Open with you if it would get you to start training now. My cousins live on Hunter Mountain. (Please explain to me what is wrong with me? This is totally JENNSWIMS' fault.)

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HOLLYWOODXFTW 1/29/2012 10:42PM

    Congrats on that belt notch! Little things do make a difference in your self esteem as you work that extra weight off, even if it isn't a lot!

As far as the triathalon, it's up to what you feel comfortable with. If you're feeling ambitious and your friends are up to the challenge, I think you should definitely go for the Orange County Triathalon!

If you want to set a goal that you know is acheivable, then go for the Hunter Mountain Triathalon!

If you want to push yourself, but still feel like you can attain a win, I would suggest going for the West Point Triathalon, because it seems it will definitely present a challenge for you physically, but if you can push yourself to finish, imagine how great you will feel!


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Shortest trainer: "Mommy get your exercise!"

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I am lucky enough that Child attends a preschool exactly one block from our house. Which means we walk to school every day. Last year's snowy winter meant a couple days he got to SLED to school; totally Da Bomb if you're his age.

So lately he runs to school giggling and shreeking "Mommy get your exercise!" and he makes me chase him.

Sometimes you find the trainer, sometimes the trainer finds you.

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DOGLADY13 1/27/2012 8:54PM

    Too cute. It's impossible to refuse a personal trainer who is probably less than 3 feet tall.

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NUOVAELLE 1/27/2012 2:42AM

    Isn't that the perfect way to start your day? Chasing your most adorable fitness trainer in the world? Great!

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NYHARLEYHUN 1/27/2012 12:19AM

    Adorable! My daughter, who is 19, is a great "cheerleader" for me too!
I wear a pedometer and she often sets daily goals for me. I like having something to shoot for!

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FREEZEPEAS 1/26/2012 10:45PM

  That's one of the cutest things I've ever heard. Awesome.

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News from the Duh Files

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sometimes its so easy to overlook the obvious.

I got a Wii 2 years ago, and last year added a Wii Fit Balance board to the equation. I love my Wii because I'd much rather be up and moving during a game than sitting and pushing buttons. I was struggling with workouts a little bit because sometimes my day catches up with me and then its 8pm at night, everyone is asleep (DH works 3rd shift so he sleeps from 2pm to 10 pm). As much as I would like to use the Wii to work out, I am afraid of waking everyone.

I forgot that, in addition to the games where you bounce around, there is the "Strength" and "Yoga" sections that I can use to get a workout in a non-bouncy way.

And before you yell at me, yes I know Coach Nicole has all of those videos. Thank you SparkFriends who steered me towards them. Its just the computer room is really COLD. There's no heat back here. The TV room where the fireplace is much more comfortable.

And then afterwards I can sit back with my Roku & watch Glee. (Or Bones. Or Castle. Or Eureka. Or Warehouse 13. Um... That's about it.)

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NIGHTJADE 1/26/2012 7:57AM

    I used to love my Wii Fit! It made jogging on the treadmill bearable when I turned on the jogging feature that doesn't require the balance board. With all my moving around the country, though, my treadmill and wii ended up at my mom's house. Good for you for getting on it! emoticon (PS those are all excellent shows!)

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MMMCGORTY 1/24/2012 9:48AM

    You are not alone! I too have joined the slacking wii community. I do think about doing something on the wii just about every night but like you said, the day catches up with you. I'm going to get on that wii at least 1 time before Friday!


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NYHARLEYHUN 1/23/2012 3:18AM

    I also need to break out my Wii fit and balance board again. Have gotten "slack" about doing much else than walking on my treadmill. I know that's also good for me- but thinking it would also be a good idea to switch things up a bit!
Good Luck with your workouts!

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Eggs and Triathalons

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I'm going thru eggs like some kind of crazy woman.

Because now, instead of having an egg, I have 2 egg whites. So each dozen is getting used up twice as fast. All of a sudden, my egg budget DOUBLED.

On the plus side today, thanks to my new SparkFriends, I've been having this crazy idea about running a triathlon. I mentioned this to the trainer at my gym today who was SUPER enthusiastic and supportive. There are 2 in the area, one Sprint and one full sized, but allows teams. I'm going to broach the idea of a team with some family members.

Do I really want to do this? I dont know. I know I'm tired of being a size 18, and I'm the kind of person that benefits from a competitive goal. I will likely try the training for a bit and see how it goes.

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SCAREWALDORF 1/21/2012 2:38AM

    Triathlons seem HARD to me, because I hate swimming and I hate biking. Do it, and I will be in TOTAL AWE of you!

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PIXIEMOMMY18 1/20/2012 6:21PM

    At least eggs are not too expensive :)

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DOGLADY13 1/19/2012 6:17PM

    I hope I was one of the people who inspired you. YES! YES! YES! Do it!

I highly recommend the JENNSWIMS approach - your own private sprint triathlon. I felt no pressure to compete, which made it much harder for me to quit when I thought I'd never finish the 20K bike ride. I am still feeling really proud of myself and I am planning on doing it again in February.

Re - eggs -- maybe you should do a cost comparison with fresh eggs v. egg beaters. It would be less wasteful.

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