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Friday, May 24, 2013

This year has been great so far. I have completed 2 obstacle races, and 3 5ks so far with many more to follow. The big surprise is that I let my friend talk me into signing up for a Metric Century bike ride. Honestly, all she really did was ask. She pretty much does whatever crazy stuff I come up with so I figured what the heck.

For those of you that don’t know what a Metric Century is (I didn’t until that day before I signed up), it is 100 Kilometer or 62 mile bike ride. I know, crazy……..

I ride on the canal with my family a lot so to go out and do 10 to 20 miles in one trip is average for me right now. I also take an hour long spin class one a week at my local gym. So I figure that all I have to do is triple my distance between now and race day, which is in October.

We had our first short training ride yesterday which was only about 30 minutes or so. We made sure to pull a few inclines. Nothing serious but we definitely got our hearts pumping. I think I need a remedial lesson on how to use my gears correctly. I am sure there is some trick to it that will make my rides just a little be easier. Anyway, it rained the entire time we were out yesterday. Thank goodness my partner in crime didn’t see the lightning off in the distance. Hopefully the weather will be a little bit nicer tomorrow for our first long training ride. We are scheduled to log between 1 to 1.5 hours.

If anyone has some words of wisdom for a first timer, I would love to hear them.

Thank you for all the advice I have already gotten from my new Cycling-Road, Mountain, Run, Racing team members.


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BARRONVC 5/28/2013 12:12PM

    You can do the metric no problem!

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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

We did it!

My son has been asking me for several months to join a gym. After calling every gym I can think of (only to find out that most will not allow an 11 year old to use the equipment) and test driving 2 (that would let him work out) we joined a Sport & Health fitness center on Friday. I have to admit that this was exactly what I needed to get back on track. It is so awesome to have him there with me and seeing him actually have a good time messing around with all the cool equipment.

I have to tell you that there is nothing better than joining a brand new 6 Million dollar state of the art fitness facility the day before they open. It is amazing. They have cardio and strength equipment that I have never seen or heard of. And they offer so many different group fitness classes.

I took a Jungshin class yesterday. I have never heard of this before but after reading the class description I knew I had to give it a try. It was incredible. My shoulders were completely fried when I walked out of that class. I cannot wait to take it again on Wednesday. Here is a link to an overview and a video. They have videos on YouTube as well. I am totally hooked and can see myself raiding my sons stash of play swords and teaching classes to his buddies in our back yard…….


I am taking on of 4 different spin classes today. I am so excited. I am trying to talk my son into taking a class or two with me but he is really happy using the punching bag, throwing weighted balls against the trampoline, and messing around on the basket ball court. We have to go to the other facility to play racquetball, which we will be doing very soon. Yes we have access to two facilities. Luckily, they are both pretty convenient.

I might not be able to run right now but I can sure as hell swing a sword and ride a bike.

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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 12/23/2012 7:49PM

    O. M. G. I just saw this, and girl, I'm impressed! That jungshin stuff sounds so freaking cool! Glad you're loving the new gym! It definitely sucks not being able to run, but there's always other stuff to do!

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CHUM48 12/4/2012 9:06AM

    What an amazing story! When you seek with all your heart, you find what you need! Great job! Enjoy! enjoy! enjoy!

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I love being outside....

Monday, August 06, 2012

I had a super active outdoor weekend. I love being outside.
My Dad declared Saturday fishing day. I wanted to go bike riding but I was out voted. My son loves to fish and loves being on the water. I am so glad. I don’t so much care about the fishing part but I love kayaking, tubing, canoeing, as well and biking and hiking along the river. We spend most of our weekends doing something along the C&O Canal.

So to the river we went at 6:00 am on Saturday morning. Dad and Jamie were fishing from the boat (with an outboard motor) while I paddled up river for 2 hours to find out that I have only traveled about 2.36 miles. I thought my shoulders were going to burst into flames. I have to admit that I haven’t gotten and upper body workout quite that hard in a very long time. It was worth every drop of sweat to hear my Dad say that he never thought he would see me that far up river. WooHoo! I thoroughly enjoyed my float back down.

That meant that Sunday was biking day. This is only my second time out on my new bike. Jamie was complaining about a sore back so we only got in about 8.5 miles. It was still a really cool trip. We went to a new section of the canal and were able to explore a cave right off the path. It was pretty neat, at least until I saw those creepy cave dwelling spider that you see them eat of Fear Factor. I DO NO LIKE SPIDERS…..

We did see a few really cool spider webs along the path. I could only take pics of the ones that the sun happed to be hitting at just the right angle.

We managed to beat the storms that came through on Sunday by maybe an hour or so. Just enough time to get the bikes cleaned up and put away.

How was your weekend?

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PARAN0RMAL 8/6/2012 3:10PM

    Looks like you had a great weekend! I love all the pictures emoticon

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EILEENXO 8/6/2012 3:04PM

    Neat spider webs, initially I thought it must be something odd on your lens. lol Sounds like a great time: relaxing, family time, outdoors and exercise. How was the food?

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I need a do over....

Friday, July 06, 2012

I had an awesome year last year. I participated in over 12 5Ks for various causes and 3 mud runs. Then in January I went out on one of our unseasonably warm days and ran a 5k and achieved a new PR. I could barely walk the next day but after not running for a month I expected a little discomfort.

So here I am 7 months later and I am still unable to run without paying for it for the next week. Needless to say that due to a huge decrease in activity level for the past 7 months I have gained about 20 lbs.

This is where the do over comes in. First thing tomorrow I am going to enter in my CURRENT weight and measurements on SparkPeople and get my life back on track. I need to suck up the fact that it is dangerously hot here right now and as much as I hate to workout inside I am going to have to make the best of it.

I have no excuses, I have free access to a full gym and $2.00 aerobics classes to include spin, water aerobics, Zumba, step, and yoga. I have an extensive workout DVD library worth hundreds of dollars, I am sure. Not to mention my recent inflatable kayak purchase and a new hybrid bike. I have had the kayak out a few times and my arms are like limp spaghetti for the next two days. I have yet to take the bike out for a good spin due to the heat. I just got it this past weekend and it has been in or near 100 degrees here for the past week.

My son was great last Friday. We spent the afternoon at the pool and he ran laps with me in the lap lanes. We also did some walking lunges and swam a few laps. He does owe me a Just Dance session on the Wii. Oh yeah, I have Wii workouts too.

Like I said I have no excuse not to get my butt moving. I am just unable to do what I really want to do without ending up getting another series of cortisone shots. I round of those in your heel is enough for anyone.

Heck I even broke down and called the free Weight Management program that comes with my health insurance. She isn’t due to check in on me for another week or so. I started reading Bob Harper’s Skinny Rules today. I know that my diet could always use some improvement but compared to what it was 3 or so years ago it is pretty good. I know that I let things slide every now and then but seriously it isn’t that bad. I gain weight in my sleep, as soon as I stop moving I turn into a fat magnet. The fact that I am over 40 isn’t helping at all.

So now that I have had my pity party and made my plan to start over public I am hoping that it will help keep me accountable.

Two steps forward and on step back is still in the right direction, right????

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VLL723 7/7/2012 9:00AM

    Its done. I just entered in my current weight and measurements. So not cool.

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    Pick yourself up by the bootstraps and back on track....you have the will, the tools now just make the time. Wish my kids would exercise with me emoticon

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BALLOUZOO 7/6/2012 4:44PM


Sounds like a great plan! I like it when I get to exercise with my sons too. So much more enjoyable!

Best wishes on our wellness journey!

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TRYAGIN 7/6/2012 2:34PM

    Sounds like you are ready to go. Good Luck!


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Vent session..........

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

So my release to start training again was short lived…..

I absolutely despise being told that I can’t do something. What is even worse is know that I have done things and am now unable to do them without paying for it.

In the past few years I have discovered that I like running something that I was never really able to do, being an asthmatic and all. Well I have finally gotten past all that and have participated in numerous 5ks over the past 2 years. I have gradually gotten to where I can run all 3.2 miles without having to stop and walk. My walking sessions were either due to breathing issues or cramps in my calves. I was even able to run my best 5k time ever of 35 min this past January. Well who knew that if you take a month off from running you should NOT head out for a full 5K just because it was 70 degrees in January.

Apparently, I am learning this lesson the hard way. I have been having issues with the tendons and ligaments that run from my heel through my ankle into my calf and shin for over three months now. I have had to walk the last few 5Ks as well as this past weekend’s Mud Dog. I am heartbroken. I have issues now no matter what type of activity I try or what shoes I wear while doing it. I can force myself through the activity (circuit training, walking, running, etc.) and I can barely walk for the rest of the day. I can manage to get some relief by the next day after sticking my entire foot into a tub of ice water and a healthy dose of Aleeve.

I do have two very good friends that have walked some or all of the events that I refused not to participate in. Good friends like that are very hard to find. I love you guys.

I do have an appointment to see a sports podiatrist, unfortunately in is in 2 weeks. What the heck am I supposed to do until then? I can’t sit still and when the weather is nice it is even harder for me. I love hiking, trekking, biking, walking, running, and whatever insane DVD Program I couldn’t help but purchase and torture myself with. Mud runs are by far my favorite activity, the muddier and crazier the obstacle the better. If they don’t figure out how to fix this soon I am going to go insane. I swear….I gain weight in my sleep. I can exercise like a mad woman and watch what I eat for months and not loose so much as a half a pound.

Ok, I guess that is enough complaining and feeling sorry for myself for one day.

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GWTRIKER 4/24/2012 8:56PM

    Venting helps you see things clearer. The types of pain you have, it seems a lot of us also suffer from. Do the exercises they give you. Unfortunately it is not a fast fix.

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ALPHASENIOR 4/24/2012 12:37PM

    Your vent was just wonderful! I may have to steal some of your gripes, especially the one about taking time off and paying for it.
And, also learning from you, be sure to end on a high note. You bowed to your good friends, who suffered with you. Loved it!

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DANITX 4/24/2012 11:59AM

    Yes, venting releases that stress and frustration!

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ABSOLUTZER0 4/24/2012 10:50AM

    It's good to vent dear. Let it all out! It's part of the process.

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