Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Well, although I got a good night's sleep last night, I'm still feeling pretty rotten today. I get the feeling like my body is allllmost getting sick. So I think I'm going to skip the workout today even though the thought of it drives me insane, sometimes you have to say no.
I'm just feeling sooo tired, my head is aching and my eyes are burning like they do when I'm getting sick. WAH. My whole body is aching, too. Just feel like poo in general -- no real congestion symptoms, but I have had a random cough for a little while recently. :P
Band rehearsal was really fun last night -- until about the last 15 minutes. It was TWO HOURS LONG, so right at the end I started to get really irritated, but the last song we rehearsed was The Stars and Stripes Forever, which has a pretty fun trombone part. So that was good -- except for the fact that my chops were completely SHOT at that point, so there was no way I could hit the higher notes at the end.
Felt good to be playing music with a band again though -- and the band didn't sound too horrible either. The guy next to me (at least I THINK it was him) was having some SERIOUS intonation problems.... but yeah, as a whole the band didn't sound awful. Except for the clarinets. OK so it didn't sound amazing, but to be honest the brass sounded really pretty decent. So go brass.
Monday, April 14, 2008
I need to re-learn how to do a weekend properly. None of this staying up late waking up early crap.
Went to bed Friday night -- ok so this one was probably early-ish like.. 11PM-12AM... woke Sat at 5:50AM. :P
Went to bed Saturday night 2AM - woke up Sunday at 8:ish. GOT UP at 9:00AM.
Went to bed Sunday night at 2AM - woke up at 6AM.
WAH WAH WAH WAH. hahahaha.
I mean, I did fun things -- no doubt. But I'm so worn out.
I did a short run on Saturday and Strength Training, and on Sunday I hit the stationary bike. The late-night event on Saturday was seeing Leatherheads (which I loved, but my moviegoing companions were EH about), and late-night event on Sunday was an AWESOME concert!!! :D We went to see Eisley (who are AWESOME, and amazing live), the opening bands were good as well. The FIRST opening band was my favorite. They are called the Envy Corps. The second band was... eh. I didn't like the drummer -- the beats were unoriginal and boring and overwhelming. The singer sounded kinda chipmunky -- I was sad cause she was really adorable, but I just didn't like them that much. The third band is called The Myriad and apparently they're MTV's breakout band of the year? Or something? They were really good -- reminded me of Muse in a way. One of their guitarists (the lead I'm pretty sure...) BOWED his guitar at times. Like with a cello bow. It was cool. The drumkit had an extra awesome bass drum............. and I dunno what else but I liked them. They just weren't my usual favorite type of music and the first band was just SO GOOD. :)
The best part was that it was a very small venue, and an even smaller crowd. I was SHOCKED that more people didn't show up for Eisley at LEAST, and The Myriad debuted their music video not long ago on MTV so I would have thought they might draw some folks that way... but for the audience it was a very good thing since all the bands came out and chit chatted with everyone after the show. :) The members of Envy Corps and Myriad were VERY nice and cool. I didn't talk to anyone from Vedera.
POOR EISLEY WAS SICK!!!! The two girls that do all the singing apparently have the flu?!??!? NO ONE WOULD HAVE KNOWN from their performance. In between songs one of them really looked like she was going to pass out, but they sounded AMAZING, their voices are so gorgeous and they were not in any way impaired by their sickness apparently. They even performed an encore. Now THAT is being dedicated to your fans -- especially since there really weren't very many people there I was really happy that they still gave it their all. We didn't get to talk to them at all, but I totally forgive them! HAH.
Anyway. So now I'm at work -- my SIL is visiting (LIKATUGIRL on SP) and so I'm trying to get off of work early. If everything goes my way I'll be outta here in about an hour and 15min.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
For those of you out there that do NOT have an iPod nano, use another MP3 player for running, or just don't like to run with music -- HOORAY!!! Nike has finally stepped up and made a NANO-less system for their Nike+ sensor.
They market shoes that fit the sensor, but you can find places on the vast internet that give ideas on how to use the sensor with your normal running shoes.
The Nike+ kit with the sensor and band is only $59.00! :D
So for ME that means that even if I bought a very simple HRM to use for other activities (talking under $100 range) AND this, it'd still be cheaper than the fancy schmancy HRM I was wanting.
The Nike+ estimates calorie burn based on your settings for your body weight and whatnot, with your pace and distance. Pretty nifty, eh? :D The band displays pace, time, distance, calories burned. Then you unplug the little part of it and it's a USB end and it goes into your computer for all the stats and good stuff like that.
I still probably won't be able to get it for quite some time, but I was pretty excited to hear they finally came out with it. Back when Nike+ was first getting kicked off there was talk of a Nike+ watch, but I could never find it -- only articles ABOUT it. But now they made this. So go them.
BUT FOR ALL OF YOUR BENEFIT! :D I'm posting about it even though I'm not sure when/if I'll be getting it. The website states it's currently "sold out" but will be available for order beginning 4/25/08.
I'm going running today, just a short 20min run -- there was talk of bad weather but I just went outside and it's GORGEOUS. :D I'm pretty sure that it'll last at least through my run even if it gets uglier this afternoon.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Still pretty crappy. But hey, I'm getting better! The goggles SERIOUSLY made a difference in my comfort level with getting my face in the water. It's going to take time to get more used to it and used to breathing properly, but today was markedly better than Tuesday as far as that's concerned, so I'm really very happy and optimistic about the swimming thing.
I was SO SORE when I woke up this morning though!!! Those chest excercises I did yesterday really worked me!!! Other parts are sore, too, but that is the MOST. I started to feel the burn also when swimming today -- woohoo!! :D I spent about 25 minutes in the pool, and I'm estimating about 5-8 minutes of that for the breaks I took. HAHAHA. :)
I can't make it from one end of the pool to the other without stopping yet, but I only had to stop like once during a length today most of the time. I'm not even sure how long the pool is (I think it might be kinda short...).
Also, my boss said he thinks it'd probably be ok for me to practice with my silent mute for about 30min on my lunch break in one of the training rooms or something, so YAY for that. I will try to start doing that next week.
The success I had when swimming this morning really energized me!!! And apparently no one really uses that pool very much. I was the only one there up until about the last 5 minutes. That man was a MUCH better swimmer than me. He was a middle aged dude, but he rocked it.
I figure once I get this breathing thing down, then I'll work on the other stuff.
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