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Saturday, June 06, 2009

So today's been a weird day...

First was WORK. Woo .... hoo....

It was actually pretty ok after the initial madness when everyone locked out their passwords at the same time this morning( ok not everyone but like 5 different people...?!?!>!) Anyway.

Then it was SPARKRALLY TIME!!! I made a BEAUTIFUL new Motivational collage that I will update here soon, and had an AWESOME time meeting my fellow Totally Tuscaloosans and seeing their lovely collage creations. LAFTERSFREE brought some veggies and fruit and I chowed down!

Then I came home, and ate... and ate some more...

I didn't eat enough calories this morning. So while I think I'm ok (I'm not tracking today, I'm eating out tonight and I've been mentally tallying) caloriewise... I ate too much all within the same shorter time frame.

Then it was time to run!

OH man...

So I waited till 5PM to try to avoid some of the heat and it KINDA worked... but it was still pretty hot and humid. That combined with a heavy tummy full of semi-recently eaten food (about 30min earlierwhen I stopped) = a very UNCOMFORTABLE run. BUT!!! For the most part my Heart Rate stayed pretty low!!! Only near the end and up massive hills did it start getting higher. I even walked a bit at the end and once earlier to lower my HR. WELL.

So I get done and I'm thinking -- UGH that run was torture, and I had to walk a couple times, blahblahblah.

I enter it into mapmyrun and see that my Pace was actually only 12:11!!!! and an AHR of 158! HOLY WOW! And so I decide to look up my last run of that route which was last October and I've shaved nearly a whole MILE PER HOUR off of that run. :D AND lowered my average heart rate at the same time (then it was 168 I think).

WOOHOO!!!! :D It's so GREAT to be able to see how far you've come!!! :D

Now to shower and go out to eat. I don't think I'll be ordering much so I guess that's an upside. HAHA blurgh.

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TAKEONME48137 6/8/2009 9:01AM

    Yay for progress! In little ways, I'm making progress, but not significant progress. I'm okay with that though because it's the little steps that go a long way (cliche cliche, etc etc...haha). Anyways, how did dinner go? I hope it went well!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/7/2009 9:59AM

    You are so right. Not just since last October, imagine what it would have been like a couple years ago.

Keep on inspiring.


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RUN_LIFT_EAT 6/7/2009 8:57AM

    Oh man I have to wait an hour after eating a big meal (at least!) I am glad you didn't get a cramp!

Good for you shaving down your time, that is awesome!!!!!!

I am such a "closet" sparker, I can't imagine meeting up with sparkers here in the ATL. . . maybe I should, hmmmm . . .

How was dinner? We had reservations at my favorite tapas place but I spaced that this neighborhood was having their summerfest so it was a ZOO!!!!!!!! We left and went to another restaurant and split apps, so similar to tapas!

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MSSUNBUG 6/7/2009 8:45AM

    GREAT progress, and GREAT perspective! It's so easy to lose sight of that, so it's great that you were able to reflect back and see the good. I have to agree with everyone else--even just the thought of exercising on a full bully makes me want to hurl. You're a trooper! After a little too much indulgence last night at a BBQ, I'm looking at exercising on a full stomach and lethargic bod and am DREADING it. But it does make you feel better once you get through it!

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SIRABE76 6/7/2009 12:21AM

    wowo you still got a workout in. I did not even make it a workout todya. But definitely had fun meeting you guys today. can't wait until the next one.

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/6/2009 11:45PM

    The pace and heart rate stuff are definitely signs that you're getting fitter. Good news. :)

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FUTURERNAIMEE 6/6/2009 11:24PM

    Being full then exercising is awful, soo uncomfortable. Congrats on the progress!!!

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4565S568SDS 6/6/2009 10:52PM

  My HRM is making me crazy. I exceed my target HR every time. emoticon I'm working on that. I'm just impressed with myself that I jog even a little bit after 8 months sitting on my butt. I won't tell you I got a little chilly on my run at 7pm because it's in the 60s. Thank goodness I'm back where temperatures are livable.

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DDOORN 6/6/2009 10:03PM

    Wow! Your life is so FULL OF SPARK these days!

Woo hoo for your Spark Rally! Our local team had a *pre* rally, planning for our 24 hour Relay for Life on 6/19-6/20...it's been terrific to see our Team pulling together!


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KEAKMAN 6/6/2009 10:00PM

    Yeah you!

Just thinking about running on a full tummy made mine uncomfortable. You must have a cast-iron tummy!

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    That is SO awesome! way to go! thats gotta be an incredible feeling to see the product of all your hard work. congrats! you deserve it :) looking forward to seeing pics from the sparkralley!

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Learn to Row Camp GRADUATE. :)

Friday, June 05, 2009

Yes, thank you very much, camp is OVERRRRRRRRRRRR.

I was going to try the ST today at the Aquatic Center, but um.. forgot to get DH to fill out that form last night. OOPS! So I said I'd do it at home... but by the time I got home every muscle in my body was screaming NO DON'T DO IT!!! I helped move both launch boats AND both rowing boats today and I think I'm always on the side of the boat that gets heavier because I'm tall... the area down to the dock is sloped and part of it is a funky angle to a straight part -- so they have tall people head down the hill first/up the hill last so that we don't pull the boat up so high that all the shorties can't reach it. Anyway -- that also means that our part of the boat is always the one angled DOWN the hill... so I think the weight transfers back to us a lot. I could be wrong!!! But it seems like it makes sense, right? Either way, those boats are heavy. I will definitely be rocking those shoulder presses to help out with holding it over head going up and down the dock. The hardest part is to try to keep the angle good for the shorties we're often holding it in kind of a middle position -- with arms somewhat bent, not 90 degrees but not straight either. DH was checking out my biceps last night so maybe it's already working? HAHAHA

ANYWAY -- sad news - I looked at my HRM today and one of the side buttons was cracked. :( WAH! and then a piece fell off to the unknown somewhere!

So.... Polar HRMs are under warranty for 2 years - but you have to have your original purchase receipt. I'm PRETTY sure I saved that with the box, but when I looked for the box this morning I couldn't find it. GRRR!!! WHERE IS IT?!? I asked DH if he could maybe look for it today if he gets a chance. We have a closet FULL of empty boxes for things and I'm sure it must be in there somewhere...

Has anyone every sent their HRM to be serviced??? I'm so sad to be without it for a while!!! But while I still have it, it functions, I just don't want to just keep using it broken if I can get it fixed under warranty -- and I'm concerned about the waterproofing/resistance.

My weekend is TOTALLY packed:

Saturday: Work, SparkRally (YAY!!!!! It's the first and we're making Vision collages!), gonna do my 5miler TODAY, then dinner w/ DH's professor and friend
Sunday: Church, 2 miler, go see The Hangover at some point, 4PM ROWING!, Healthy Meal night.

And then Sunday night is the night I will get to SLEEP IN!!!!!!!!!! :D

Actually tonight I'll be getting an extra hour of sleep compared to the rest of this week, and then Sunday even if I get up early to run my 2miles before leaving for church I can sleep like... 3 more hours before getting up than I have been. I'm so looking forward to catching up a bit!

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TELERIE 6/9/2009 5:55PM

    I'm catching up on blogs and woah, so sorry about your poor Polar. I did send mine in under warranty and had it returned all fixed a week or so later. Hope you find that receipt.

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TAKEONME48137 6/8/2009 8:58AM

    Congrats on graduating! Where do you go from here?

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SANLONDON 6/6/2009 12:19PM

    Congrats on graduating, and congrats on that 8k run (just seen the pics on your sparkpage) I'm hoping to do a 5k in the next few months when I've lost a bit more weight and gotten a bit more fitter. Sorry to hear about your HRM - would you say they are essential excercise wear? I was thinking of possibly getting one but wasn't sure whether they were vital or not.

Have a good weekend,


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SKISINCO 6/6/2009 9:56AM

    Woohoo Miss Graduate, that is awesome! Sounds like a fun weekend, hope the Rally is a huge success!

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KEAKMAN 6/6/2009 9:36AM

    Congrats on graduating. Too bad you won't get to get up at oh-dark-thirty in the morning anymore! emoticon

Enjoy your weekend, and good luck finding that HRM receipt!

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SIRABE76 6/6/2009 1:43AM

    Yeah you graduated!! Sorry about you HRM. Look for that receipt and get it fixed. I am like you on the matter. I would definitley be concerned about the water resistance and durability if it missing some pieces.

But once again woo hoo on graduating row club!!

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FUTURERNAIMEE 6/6/2009 12:15AM

    Spark rally? And it's no problem about the back commenting, there were a few days there where I actually wasn't getting any spark mail and I figured out it turned into spam, oops. So all my blog subscriptions came back! I actually just figured out how to subscribe and get updates emailed to me so I know when people update! This way I am a better spark friend, especially to you since you always comment on my entries, btw THANK YOU I really look forward to the comments!

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150-HERE-I-COME 6/5/2009 8:17PM

    I bet those boats are heavy! They look like they are!! I've not yet broken my HRM (yet), but maybe you could call the store you bought it from to see if they can reprint your receipt? I bet they can.. HAVE FUN AT THE SP RALLY!!!! HUG Lafter for me -- and she'll hug you back for a hug from me :) Enjoy that extra sleep! Gotta get it when you can get it!!

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    Congratulations Dana!!! emoticon

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SKYFYRE 6/5/2009 5:20PM

    Definitely right about the weight distribution on the boats, I am not as tall as you, but I always wind up being the work hoarse too, because I am tall compared to most peeps. Frustrating. Be careful about your back!

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VEEJAY3 6/5/2009 4:27PM

    "Row, row, row your boat,
Swiftly down the stream ...
While your heart rate pounds so fast
And all your muscles scream."
! emoticon

Just serenading ya.

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SARAHISKIDA 6/5/2009 4:22PM

    Yeah, I think you tall people do get the heavy end of the boat. A couple of times I've been holding it when other people had to drop out, and it was almost unbearable.

I'm free a lot next week. I have to be in Greensboro at 11:45 on Monday, but if you wanted to erg at 7:45 or so, I'd be up for it. Tuesday looks pretty open right now, too. I swam a kilometer today--first time I've done that in a LONG time!

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DDOORN 6/5/2009 3:40PM

    Woo HOO for your RALLY this weekend!

We're doing one in Binghamton for the Relay For Life on June 19th-20th...going to be a challenge as someone has to be walking continually for 24 hours...so far only 5 have signed up...anybody got toothpicks for my eyelids? Lol!


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LASHERTHECAT 6/5/2009 2:54PM

Have fun at the Spark Rally!! Make sure you get enough sleep! You're gonna need energy for that jam-packed weekend!!

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    You're done! Cool! All that hard work... Um... yeah you need to get your HRM fixed. I can't wait to get one! They don't last forever, I'm sure, but it's nice that there's a warranty. Find that thing! Take it easy and get a little "me" time on your busy weekend...

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ROYABOYA 6/5/2009 2:32PM

    I've never used a heart rate monitor before - what do you get from it?

and CONGRATS on finishing row camp!!!!!!

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    SparkRally? What's a SparkRally and why wasn't I invited? I know I'm not great with glue and scissors, but...


Congrats on your grad! Woo hoo!


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SWEETZMIX 6/5/2009 2:26PM

    I hope you get as much sleep as possible.

My HRM was acting funny and then I read that it was the battery in the chest strap. I lost my receipt, but it isn't acting that funky now..sO I am still using it. I didn't want to have to send mines in to get serviced b/c it is far. There are no service stores in NYC. Hope you find your receipt and you can get it fixed pronto.

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/5/2009 2:18PM

    Congrats, grad!! Hehee.

My HRMs have broken twice, and I'm too freaking lazy to actually send them in to get fixed, so I've been without one for a while but am looking into getting something with GPS (Garmin maybe) for my next one.

SparkRally making vision collages - that sounds fun, but you already have a vision collage! I see it every time I come to your page! A #2 could never hurt I suppose - hope you show us the results. :)

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 6/5/2009 2:14PM

    Before you know it you will be shoving the shorties aside and doing shoulder presses with the boat ;).

Your physics explanation makes sense to me.

I had a heart rate monitor that had to be sent back to the manufacturer to have the battery replaced (how stupid is that) so that was the end of my using a HRM. Oh well. Then came and went my Garmin. . . So now it is just me and the ipod.

I love that you are seeing The Hangover after church. I think that movie will make you glad you spent Sunday AM in church and not nursing a hangover - lol!!!

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KEEPITMOVING 6/5/2009 2:10PM

    busybusybusy.....woohoo! keep it up! n

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Thursday, June 04, 2009

One more day of waking up at 5AM to go rowing this week... and the best thing is I don't have to go run afterward! :D hahaha.

I am going to go get my Aquatic Center membership that morning and hopefully go ahead and use their weight room to get in that full body ST workout instead of doing a video at home. WOOT.

Today we learned "Feathering" in the Learn to Row Camp. THIS was the BEST EVER. Basically holding your oar blade in a "feather" position is the blade flat (parallel to the water) and "square" is with the blade perpendicular. The idea is that while we need the blade square to stroke, we don't need it dragging square through the air, so we feather it right after pulling it from the water and then keep it that way until smoothly transitioning from a "feathered" to a "square" position as we slide forward in the seat, so that our blade is squared right before we set it in the water for the drive.

And it wasn't too hard to learn! I had a few brain fart moments this morning that I KNOW were due to a lack of sleep...(like once I randomly had the oar turned the total opposite direction -- really have no idea how that happened, but all I could do was look at it and be like... something's wrong -- this was when I was about to start rowing and they were like, Other way! and I just kept looking at the oar like ... WHICH other way? I'm conFUSED. hahaha) but otherwise it went really well. We had a new cox that was very involved and informative, suggesting corrections to all rowers during practice -- I guess some people might not really love that, but I thought it was GREAT. I think she only really spoke to me a few times, but it was good because instead of the more general feedback we usually are getting from the coach, I knew she was talking to ME and it wasn't anything crazy so I was able to fix it right away.

So... I tried to go get my Aquatic Center Membership today, but it was a total debacle. Essentially I was given major misinformation, including "wasting" an hour to wait for people in the main office to "be there" when they actually WERE there to begin with. OOPS front desk people... But long story short it's going to cost thirty-ONE dollars instead of thirty (what?) for me AND my hubby (or $54 for me alone?) yeah. Weird.

But in my hour of "wasting" time, I actually got in a KILLER run, so it's all good. :) I ran almost 3 miles in 33:30 including the first five minutes being walking. I didn't do a real tempo run on Tuesday, stuck to an easy run, so I was due one, and today was supposed to be 2 miles but I was a bit short on mileage Tuesday also, so I just used this time to kick butt and I had ample time to cool down and stretch - yay.


Friday: Row+ST
Saturday: TOTALLY TUSCALOOSA SP RALLY to make Vision Collages!!! :D I have to work in the morning... 2 mile run also.
Sunday: 5miles

ALSO -- Something interesting. This morning I got home and I was just like DANG my stomach looks big today -- so I measured my waist and it was up like 2 inches from normal. I said screw this bloated nonsense and took my nap and after my nap it was back down. I can't wait to get my regular sleep!!!!!!!!!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/5/2009 6:47AM

    We really learn how much these healthy habits mean to us when we miss them for a few days. I didn't get much in the way of fruits and vegetables in over the weekend and I could really tell. Three days of regular fruits and veggies and everything has straightened itself out.


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SKYFYRE 6/5/2009 4:17AM

    Don't you love bureaucracy?!?! Ugh crazy gym people!
Sleep is amazing isn't it?! Glad you got some!

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    So you went for the rowing thing! Awesome! I love how adventurous you are and that you mix things up! That is weird about the pricing for the aquatics membership. A totally tuscaloosa rally? That's really cool! I wonder if my local team does anything like that... I should check in with them more often.

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    That is so weird with the aquatics membership, at least you got a good run in despite their wasting your time. Rowing sounds soo incredibly intense, I think it would be fun to try sometime but I am so not up for it right now.

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LAFTERSFREE 6/4/2009 7:23PM

    i've been getting more sleep than normal lately, and have felt bloated soooo idk!!! LOL.
but that is CRAZY.

im soo excited for saturday :)

great job on the run, and yeah that makes no sense about the price for the aquatics center... btw, where the hell is that place?? b/c there are certain things i've wanted to go to there, but have never bothered to figure out where the building is... ohhh the mysterious aquatics center....... :)

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DDOORN 6/4/2009 4:44PM

    What a schedule! Gotta have some SPARK to keep up with all of that! :-)



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    Time isn't wasted if you can use it to work out. I would have wasted the time. Good on you for your healthy choice.


You inspired me to consider a recreational dragon boat team here, but their meeting times just won't work for me this summer. Oh well. Maybe next year.


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RUN_LIFT_EAT 6/4/2009 3:39PM

    Re: the bloating situation, I too want to hear more about the sleep bloating connection?

That is really strange about the different membership fees for the aquatic center, but yeah, I would opt for the two for $31 :0!

Rowing sounds so cool! I love the idea of having cardio that uses your whole body, but with so much focus on your upper body. I can't wait to see what kind of guns you get!

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ROYABOYA 6/4/2009 2:48PM

    wait, I don't get it. What does sleep have to do with measurements?

Also - I am so impressed by your running. I ran as far as I felt like pushing it the other day, and realized I did 1 mile without stopping and was impressed with myself! can't wait til I can get up there with you!

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SEEHOLZ 6/4/2009 2:34PM

    VERY INTERESTING about the bloating and nap thing.. I wonder if that's part of my "weight" problem... I know sleep is SO essential, yet I don't get enough!
VERY WEIRD about the membership prices---- I hate things that don't make sense... yet, MANY things don't... LOL!
What are you training for and what program are you following? (I'm sure I'd find out by reading your old blogs, but it's easier to ask)
Have a great day!

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SWEETZMIX 6/4/2009 2:31PM

    I know you can not wait until you get some sleep!!!!!!!

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KNH771 6/4/2009 2:27PM

    The thing with your measurements IS interesting. Last month I had a really funky measurement. I haven't gone back to check, but I hope it has passed like yours did during nap time. emoticon

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Still sore, but hanging in there!

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

I really need to start turning my HRM for Rowing now that we're getting to do a bit more. BUT! I didn't today so I just have info for my run and Pilates ON THE BALL! haha. More on that in a bit.

So ROWING CAMP!!! We did a cool training drill called "Reverse Pick" in which you work your way through the stroke step by step starting from the Drive. Previously we had worked starting from the release - to arms only, then arms and back, then arms back and legs... Well today, we started in the catch position (knees up body leaning forward, arms straight pushing the oar out), and first did legs only, maintaining body and arm position, then legs and back (maintaining straight arms), and then incorporating the arms. I dunno why but I liked this a LOT better...

ANYWAY -- more full stroke rowing today and whatnot. Our coach was giving a lot of corrections comments while we were out though, and I really wasn't sure because most of it was when we were rowing Stern 4 if it was being prompted by ME or not. So I was feeling a little unsure of myself until after practice when I talked to the coach and cox and they said I was doing great and the cox said it wasn't me, and when I asked the coach for feedback he hesitated to tell me because the comment was regarding something we hadn't really discussed and it was a correction on my finishing position. WOOT. I know I'm not doing everything else perfect yet, but at least I'm doing well enough that there are no major concerns. :)

Then I picked up a few groceries and headed out for my 2 miler today.

THEN I came home and did a NEW workout....

So... I'm undecided. I'm going to try it again and try to do some of the sections I skipped today, but mostly I really liked it!!! :D There was some TOUGH STUFF. It really incorporated different parts of the body as well. Very interesting. I checked it out from the Library and there is a DVD workout, but the book goes through everything in great detail so you don't have to rely on a brief description while the video demonstrates.

So far it's hard for me to feel how my new program is working because I've been pretty worn out most of the time -- I KNOW I am DEFINITELY not getting enough sleep. I do feel that once the rowing goes to the regular schedule I will be able to get used to doing THAT, as opposed to the current wake up every day at 5AM, rowing club till 7:30ish, then run/ST/both, come home or do an errand, shower, nap for like 1-2hours, get up, eat, go to work, come home, cook, eat, get to bed around midnight or later and REPEAT.

If this was going to be a long term plan for me, I would change it. FOR SURE. It is not feasible to maintain this type of a schedule for me for long. Maybe I would try to keep it and just try to go to bed as soon as I get home instead of eating dinner and unwinding from work first before cutting anything else out, but SOMETHING would have to give.

As it is, I just remind myself that this is the last week for this schedule and push on. :)

I found out today that we will not be rowing next week -- our coaches will be gone and they don't want to risk having a bunch of newbies out on the river in an uncoached boat, but some vets will probably go out. I'm thinking maybe I can get signed up in the Aquatic Center by then and at least erg next week so I can retain some of the muscle memory I'm starting to build for rowing -- but the good news is I DON'T HAVE TO WAKE UP AT 5AM OR EARLIER NEXT WEEK! YAY!!!! :D hhahaha. 6/14 will be a meetup to talk about the summer time and then we will get to row that day, too - yay. So that will be the next time after this week that I'm able to get out and row.

I'd also like to say that although I have been very sore and tired, my runs have been going ok! :D They feel mentally a bit tough because I just want to skip it and go to bed or something, but physically they've been ok! I've been keeping my HR below 165, mostly close to or below 155, and I'm faster than I used to be at that HR! Still super slow, don't get me wrong -- but we're talking 13min miles versus 15-15:30.

I guess that is enough for now. :)

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    You are intense! Rowing at 5 am, then a run, man! Exercise junkie =P In a good way of course.

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SKYFYRE 6/3/2009 11:47PM

    Honey, you are one Bad A$$ Bunney! I love your commitment and the fact that you are always mixing it up!

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_RAMONA 6/3/2009 10:30PM

    WOW! You are amazing! Just make sure you don't over-tire your body in the process... over-training (especially when you're not getting enough sleep) can set you further back than anything. Other than a word of caution, I really wish I had HALF of your energy!

I figured out the nutritional info on the cup cakes... in my blog... will make them for supper tomorrow and let you know what I think.

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/3/2009 10:29PM

    The "real" rowing is such a cool thing. I know that many have the opportunity to row on a machine at the gym, but to row out on the water is such a cool thing.

Enjoy the opportunity, even if it is early.


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KEAKMAN 6/3/2009 10:29PM

    I am proud of you for keeping to your running committment - it would be so easy to excuse yourself since you are rowing these days! And I would LOVE to run a 13:00.....with my ever-lovin' run/walk/walk/walk/walk routine I am looking at 16:00 AAAGGGHHH!

Keep it up girl - someday I will catch up!

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SIRABE76 6/3/2009 8:06PM

    Wow, girl that is lot to do in one day. But at least you will get a break from waking at 5 am.

Doing pilates on a ball sounds tough. But then again, anything on a ball for me is tough.

You go girl.. I wanna be like you one day.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 6/3/2009 5:32PM

    OMG getting up at 5 . . . glad that you get a break from that, too! I only do that on race days ;).

See, you're the bomb and you get extra credit because you are SO GOOD they are telling stuff ahead of schedule! You go girl!

We used the ball for Monday's pilates class and my chest and arms were sore yesterday! I had to switch up my schedule and do legs and save chest/back for today! Don't you love pilates?

Speaking of which, I had better head out to do chest/back and I may do the Wednesday pilates . . .

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/3/2009 5:31PM

    No wonder you want to go to bed - you're so busy :) You're into so many activities right now.... way to keep mixing things up!!

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    Rowing seriously sounds like so much fun! I love the updates on your rowing camp :) You have been ROCKIN you work outs! that pilates on the ball dvd sounds TOUGH! major props to you! emoticon

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LAFTERSFREE 6/3/2009 4:32PM

    well! i can see why u are feeling sore!!!!
pilates on the ball sounds very cool, im glad ur going to try to stick with it a lil while to see how u like it once u get more used to it.

i know what u mean about the scheduling, im kinda burnt out already myself!

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MISSY_MAGOO 6/3/2009 4:18PM

    Holy crap! Pilates on a ball! Isn't pilates tough enough on the floor!?!?! haha

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SARAHISKIDA 6/3/2009 4:09PM

    I'm glad we don't have to do this schedule much longer, too. My running has been suffering, and I can't seem to get into a daily rhythm. Getting up early 2 times a week is doable, but 5x is pushing it!

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SWEETZMIX 6/3/2009 4:07PM

    Good thing you don't have to have that crazy schedule forever. I know how hard it is to get up at 5am when you feel like you didn't get enough sleep for a few days. But next week is sleeping in YAY!! And you are making progress!! Running faster and keeping your HR down, what more can you ask for! Progress!!

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LASHERTHECAT 6/3/2009 3:50PM

    Oh to have your energy!!

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MDTWEETY 6/3/2009 3:45PM

    Wow girl, you are a MACHINE! Glad you don't have to be on that schedule much longer. I have no idea how you do it. :)
I'm happy that you are enjoying the rowing. It really does sound like a lot of fun.

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CALICAVEGIRL 6/3/2009 3:42PM

    Congrats on the running!! I KNOW my heart rate is WAAAY high when I've been doing my runs lately, so it's awesome that you are able to keep your HR down and still do 13 minute miles =) Right now I'm in the home stretch, though and I've got to kick up the speed a bit and worry about the HR later. Ya know? 3 weeks till race day,... AHHHHH!!!

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What Wikipedia Says...

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

... about my current position in the boat (I'M SEVEN!!!):


Stern Pair

The "stroke" is the rower closest to the stern of the boat. Everyone else follows the stroke's timing - placing their blades in and out of the water at the same time as stroke. The strokeman can communicate with the coxswain (when in a stern coxed boat) to give feedback on how the boat feels. During a race, it is the stroke's responsibility to establish the crew's rate (number of strokes per minute) and rhythm. (In coxed boats, the coxswain will assist the stroke in establishing the rate). Because of the great responsibilities, the rower in the stroke seat will usually be one of the most technically sound members of the boat.

The next rower ('seven' in an eight) sits directly behind stroke and is typically both fit and skilled: this rower acts as a buffer between the stroke and the rest of the crew. They closely follow the rhythm set by the strokeman and help transmit this rhythm to the rest of the boat, and particularly to the rowers rowing on the same side as seven, since rowers tend to look at the blades on their side of the boat to check their timing. If the strokeman increases or decreases the stroke rate it is essential that seven follows this change so that it is translated to the rest of the crew."


P.S. -- SARAHISKIDA is sitting "bow" in her boat. :)

P.P.S. -- Called the Aquatic Center and it is indeed $15 per Summer Term, of which there are 2, therefore $30 for the summer. :) Must talk to DH!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:


    Does your husband exercise with you? It sounds like he does sometimes since you were both signed up for the gym, but what about when you run or row?

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DDOORN 6/3/2009 1:03PM

    Wow! A whole new art-form! Who would have thunk rowing would be so complex!


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CATIATM 6/3/2009 11:17AM

    Oooh! You're bringing back such memories! I used to row 3rd seat, varsity. Those were the days!

Have a bast!

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CBLING 6/3/2009 11:04AM

    It's nice to read a little more about what works for you.

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BSUCHSLAND 6/3/2009 9:41AM

    Rowing is a phenominal work out. When I was 17, 18 years old, my father purchased a 2 man scull and we used to do this on the weekends. It was a great way to get ready for football season. Enjoy it...it is really fun.

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 6/3/2009 8:01AM

    Re the price: Sweet! This whole thing has worked out so well for you!

Maybe you just haven't translated the rhythm to the slow poke ;) JUST KIDDING GIRL!!!!! :D!

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SKYFYRE 6/3/2009 1:39AM

    Yeah- you are fit and skilled go girl!

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KEAKMAN 6/2/2009 11:35PM

    Sounds to me like you have a position of responsibility. I think that is great for a newbie and shows how much you can contribute to your boat!


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SIRABE76 6/2/2009 11:26PM

    30 dollars isn't bad for the whole summer.

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SKISINCO 6/2/2009 6:36PM

    How fun! Sounds like you are learning the ropes so to speak.

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SARAHISKIDA 6/2/2009 4:56PM

    Yay! I think one of the awesome things about rowing is that everyone has an important position based on their strengths.

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SWEETZMIX 6/2/2009 4:46PM

    Ok so the center is $30, worth it if you asked me for the whole summer. And by what I read, your an important person in the boat too. Don't be too mean to that person, give them some time before you go and speak to the coach.

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WOLFKITTY 6/2/2009 4:44PM

    Ooh! Takes a bit of concentration! That's pretty cool, you're KEY! I'm sure you'll do a great job!


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    way to go! i guess they think you are a super emoticon like i do!

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QUEENGING 6/2/2009 4:37PM

    Wow, well done on being 7, it means they think you have what's called a natural stroke (basically, that you spend the right amount of time on each part of the stroke, making it easier for people to follow you). Not many people can row at stroke or 7 :-)

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AINTSKEERD 6/2/2009 4:26PM

    Seems like a pretty key position! Congrats on that.

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