Saturday, October 09, 2010
I can't think of a better way to kick the blues than to get outside and push myself to the limit. Yesterday, after blogging about needing new direction I wandered into the local bike store. I have been thinking about getting a mountain bike most of the summer since I had such a good time on a borrowed bike. And I there I saw it, a new women's model mountain bike with 29 inch knobby wheels. Nothing like a new toy to cheer a girl up.
So today Ron and I grabbed our bikes and headed out to Cooper's Rock state park to try to get back into the groove. Nothing beats pushing yourself, feeling the adrenaline and finding that feeling of calm that comes with being bone tired.
In short, it was a pretty wonderful day!
Friday, October 08, 2010
Yup, I have been a little MIA. No major crisis or disaster occurred. I think that after completing my 1 year Sparkversary, 365 days of consecutive exercise and my first triathlon - I was just a little burned out. Without any specific goals and coming back from a luxury vacation I had a hard time climbing back on the horse. Like I said, nothing major bad happened, I have lacked motivation many times in the past, but never really lacked consistency before. I haven't really gained a lot of weight (stuck at 195, which unfortunately is a "comfortable" weight for me - I spent several years at this weight about 5 years ago). So there it is, where I have been. Not depressed, just not motivated. I think I am going to try to spend some time on the Spark this week reconnecting with my journey and try to come up with some reasonable short term goals.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I never thought I would do a triathlon.
Perhaps more importantly, I never thought I would *want* to do one
(In truth, I sorta thought the people who did them might have a slight craziness problem)
I remember the end of May, I was absolutely high off my first 5K
My friend Lindsey (thin, pert, crazy athletic girl... too nice to hold it against her) challenged me to do a local triathlon.
Um...have you seen me...not thin yet
Her answer: so what?
I thought about it a lot that night
Swim: check I can do that
Bike: check, I *love* doing that
Run: check, now I can do that (still waiting to love it)
So I signed up
The next 11 weeks went by so fast! It seemed like race day snuck up, but I wasn't too nervous...I knew I had trained. I practiced bricks (biking followed by running), did another four 5K runs and kept working toward it. I also practiced transition changes (see my actual race set up on race day below)
I spent a lot of time envisioning the race, and I was lucky - it went exactly as I pictured. The morning was misty and cool. I warmed up at poolside. The swim was over in no time (sprint distance 1/4 mile) and I was running toward transition to grab my bike -12 miles of fun!
I had practiced not going all out because I thought I needed to save some energy for the 5K, but on race day, I just let it all out, trusting adrenaline to bring me through the run (it did, it was my fasted time ever by 30 seconds).
Exactly 1 hour 29 minutes after my start time I crossed the finish line (a full 10 minutes faster than predicted).
My first thought was:
"Really? That's it? I thought it would be harder"
LOL...isn't it amazing what our bodies can do with time, energy and training
Think you can't do it?
Think you will never want to??
You might just surprise yourself
Thank you to my wonderful husband Ron, who learned how to swim so he could run next to me and support me. He is always right beside me
Sprint, Splash & Spin
Sprint Distance Tri, Morgantown WV
August 28, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
So upon returning from vacation I hopped on the scale
It wiggled around for a minute before settling on 192
WTF? Excuse the bad language, but that can't be right!
So I said - whatever, it's water weight, next week it will be back to 187
But a week later it's not
And the whole time I have been filled with shame
Because if I am honest about my behavior on this trip...it should be higher
Usually I do so well on vacation, but not this time
And that little scale has so much POWER
So, I spent a week avoiding the Spark, eating m&ms (skipping exercise for 2 full days-if you follow my blogs you will know that is like blasphemy to me) and in generally doing everything I could to make things worse
This is my attempt to stop the madness
So I am back on the Spark, and going to try to forgive myself for going completely off the wagon...something I really haven't done in my 13 months on the Spark
It is scary how easy it old habits show up
But I am not that person
And the stress eating, lollygagging around is over
Sorry for the negative post
It was a long week...
Next post will be on completing my first triathlon before my hedonistic vacation....
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday morning I got up excited - we registered for our 5th 5K race and I thought it would be a great time to warm up for my 1st triathlon (Aug 28th). Ron and I got up at 6:30 am, got ready and headed out in the car - our destination a small town about an hour north of where we live. On the way there I chattered along happily about how excited I was about improving my time and the great feeling being part of a race gives me.
We arrived at destination and looked for parking. Wow - we must be early there were very few cars and we were excited to get good parking. We headed over to the pavillion...That was when I noticed that it we were alone. As in NOBODY else around. A lone police car cruised past, other than that it was a ghosttown. Are we early? No, the race is supposed to start in 30 minutes. Did I write down the wrong time? Maybe it starts later than I thought. I got the race info that I had printed online from the car: Main Street Classic, August 22, 2009 at 9am. Wait...2009...ummm...that's not good.
Yup, the race was YESTERDAY, August 21, 2010 and I printed the wrong info from the web site when I registered.
I will not subject you to some of the foul language that came out of my mouth...
We started the long ride back in the car, feeling dejected. I was so looking forward to a race today. I was so mad at myself for printing out the wrong info. I felt stupid because I even asked off of work to make sure I could be there. I was bummed that I was going to lose my "practice" run for the triathlon. That was when it occurred to me. The triathlon in my hometown is already marked with fresh paint on the rail trail including mile markers and turn around point. We could race there!
So that is what we did. We drove to the site of the upcoming tri and stood on the start line. Ron hit his stopwatch timer on his watch and we were off. I must admit I miss the crowds (and the water breaks) but even without them I still felt the pressure of the clock. As we neared the end, I imagined myself at the tri this weekend with a big crowd, finish sign ahead and went into an all out sprint for the last 100 meters.
Guess what: I finished in 37:55 which is the fastest I have ever run a 5K. Maybe somedays you don't need the crowds at all. Winning comes from within.
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