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.
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.
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.
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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