Monday, November 04, 2013
So this weekend, I went camping with a friend and we grilled a kazillion veggies between Friday evening and Sunday morning. Ok, maybe not a kazillion. But we had a LOT of vegetables.
And some of them were veggies I had not really liked before. Like Asparagus... my mom makes it on occasion - some kind of carmelized asparagus, which I really haven't enjoyed. But on the grill w/ garlic and a little olive oil, they were VERY good!!
We also grilled mushrooms, zucchini, potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash (note to self, slice these thinner next time), onions, peppers, veggie burgers, and we had grilled salmon on Friday evening. We actually ended up having too much food for the weekend, and had to bring some of it home. Apparently even though the calories weren't high, the volume was, and we couldn't eat it all. LOL
All in all a great weekend - lots of hiking and calorie burning, along with a very healthy menu, and I'm just sad the weekend went by so fast.
I'm so ready for another camping trip!
Friday, October 04, 2013
So I'm traveling for work next week, and I want to make sure I stay as healthy as possible with food/exercise on my trip.
I booked a hotel with a refrigerator in the room, which means I will be grocery shopping when I arrive so I have control over at least some of my meals. I'll be able to control breakfast every day, and dinner most of the days. Lunch will be harder since it is catered in each day at work... but if I can control the rest of my meals, I won't worry too much about lunch.
I'm bringing my homemade granola bars for snacks. And I have a grocery list already to cover my breakfasts and the dinners that I'll be eating on my own.
I also already checked with the YMCA, and they will honor my Y membership from here, so that will make workouts much easier. I checked the schedule already, and they have spin classes available most mornings, plus lap swim - those will be my staples I think. I'm bringing a couple DVD's with me (yoga and kickboxing) that I can do in the room, and there's a small workout room there with a treadmill and elliptical. So I will absolutely get in a workout at least once a day while I'm there. Though my goal is two a day like I do at home.
Anyhow, my tentative workout schedule right now is:
Sunday night - elliptical @ the hotel
Monday morning - Spin class @ the Y
Monday night - Run on the TM at the hotel & yoga in my room
Tuesday morning - Lap swim @ the Y
Tuesday evening - Elliptical @ the hotel & kickbox in my room
Wednesday morning - Spin class @ the Y
Wednesday evening - Run on the TM @ the hotel & Yoga in my room
Thursday morning - lap swim @ the Y
I fly home Thursday afternoon, so won't get in a workout Thursday evening, but will be back to my schedule and a spin class Friday evening. I hope!!
Gonna make this a good trip! :)
Monday, September 30, 2013
So yesterday was my 3rd (and final for the year) triathlon. This was the same distance as my first triathlon, and it started from the same place, but the routes were a little different.
The swim was an out/back rather than along the shore, the bike was a loop rather than an out/back, and the run was a little different route too - the transition area was in another place, so it started/finished about a half mile from where the first one was at, which means the run turn-around was in a different place.
I think that the routes were a little harder on this tri than the 'my first tri' routes were, but that's a personal opinion, and not a scientific one. LOL
Either way, I improved my time by about 2.5 minutes, which I'd say was good!
For sure the run to T1 was harder in this tri. It was longer and up a very steep hill.
This was also a much more competitive race than the "my first tri" race. There were a LOT of people in this race - over 1000 racers, and in my age bracket there were 54 women registered - 53 finished (1 DNF). I came in 12th at 1:25:08. My first tri was 1:27:44.
The swim was difficult only because of the sheer number of people fighting for space. I was about half-way back in the pack to start with, which probably didn't help. I got kicked a LOT, and I dished out a few kicks too (though not on purpose!!!). After the first turn, I got a little more space and wasn't quite so jostled, but it was still a much rougher swim than either of the other triathlons I've done thus far.
There were also a lot of REALLY sexy (and expensive!!!) bikes there!! Yikes!!
But I still passed a TON of people on the bike!! Including a lot of men who were multiple waves ahead of me. I got passed on the run by a significant number of younger women who I had passed on the bike. But I still did my best run time yet with 27:22 finish, which translated to an 8:49 min/mile pace. That is freaking awesome. LOL. To think I was crazy excited to get under 11 min miles in my 5K's. Hah! And I have not trained for speed in the run at all. I've really not run a lot in my training, so the fact that I'm getting faster anyhow just makes me happy all around.
My training partners both finished well too! We'll all be training over the winter for the Irongirl tri in May, and then I'm going to work towards an Olympic Distance Tri!!! Haven't decided which yet, but thats' my next goal. I'm already feeling prepared for the Irongirl distance, so I'll be working on increasing my swim distance over the winter, since that is where I'll really need to focus for an Olympic Tri. The other components I'm already comfortable with. I've run a 10K (not recently, but am fairly confident in my ability there), and I'm definitely comfortable on the bike for 26+ miles. But a .9 mile swim is one I'm going to have to definitely work up to. I'm also positive I can do it.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
So I'm back from vacation. Officially arrived home Sunday night. Took yesterday off work to catch up on laundry, housework, errands, etc - and am back to work today.
I am in recovery mode, as there was a lot of food I'm not used to eating involved in the week I was on vacation. Definitely ate heavier than usual, and did not work out nearly as much as I normally do. I got in 2 spin classes and 2 runs on my vacation, and a lot of walking too - but certainly not to the extent that I normally work out at home.
Anyhow, Sunday was back to a normal calorie day, along with a 3.5 mile run (9:37 min average!!), and then yesterday was a very very low cal day - too low really - but I was just not hungry!!! I only had about 700 cals, and I'm aware that I cannot be doing that on a regular basis. However, I think a one day thing was not the end of the world by any stretch. I got in a spin class last night, and today I have about 1400 cals planned. This is also somewhat low based on my maintenance needs, but I'm up a couple pounds (mostly water I would guess), so I'm going to take a couple of lower cal days and lots and lots of water to try to get back to normal.
I walked this morning, but allowed myself the morning off of my normal 30 min workout prior to walking as I ease back into my schedule. Tonight I'll run with my training partner, and then tomorrow it's back to business as usual for workout schedules. Only a couple weeks out from my next triathlon, so I need to be preparing!! we have brick workouts scheduled the next two weekends, and then the last weekend of the month is the tri! Yikes, it's coming fast!!
I did have a good time on vacation with my parents, and I enjoyed the slower pace and yummy foods, but I'm glad to be back to "normal" now. Although I could do with a little less crazy at work...
Ok. I guess a 10 min lunch break is long enough, right?? Must attempt to catch up on emails!!
Friday, August 23, 2013
I've been slacking in the blog entry area.
But in general, things are going well. I am training for my next traithlon (Sept 29), and while I feel like I need to swim more often, otherwise the training is going pretty well.
I've been doing a LOT of spinning, which I enjoy. And I've noticed improvements in my running I think because I've been spinning so much. Last week I went to a brick class, and kicked butt! The class is 90 minutes - 20 min bike / 1 (ish) mile run, 20 min bike / 1 (ish) mile run, etc. Anyhow, my first mile pace was 9:10, second mile was 9:08, 3rd mile was 8:39!! Woohoo! The runs were actually all a little over a mile each, but that's cool too. Means I did over a 5K distance, along with the bike sections in between. It was difficult but totally worth it!
I swam last night at the Y for the first time in a while, and felt pretty good. I got in 36 lengths before they shut the pool down because some lady freaked out in the water. I really focused on doing as much front crawl as possible, and I would say that probably 25 of my 36 laps were in a front crawl. So that's good news. :) I still cannot go a consistent 1/4 mile without switching gears, but I'm getting there. Eventually I'll be able to do that.
I still feel like the swim is my weakest event, even though I am not exactly slow. But it's the area I'm the least comfortable with anyhow.
Tonight is another spin class, and we're doing a brick at the triathlon route on Sunday. I'm definitely looking forward to this race!!! I may be addicted... hah!
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