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.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
OK, so maybe that's not entirely true -- but I'm pretty bad. I realized I have a problem with breathing and putting my face in the water -- which causes me to awkwardly arch my head up and whatnot instead of getting a nice straight line in the water.
BUT!! That's why I'm doing this -- to learn how to do it right and then to get decently ok at it. (I'm not sure if I'll get GOOD at it, but decently ok is what I'm going for right now. One step at a time...)
The pool was NOT crowded!! YAY!! There was one old man in the pool of the four lap lanes. And the lifeguard girl was really nice because I totally had to go to her and was like" OK so I've never swum in a lap pool before and I'm a really bad swimmer and I have no idea what I'm doing, do I just put my stuff anywhere?? EEK! I'm nervous!!! I'm doing this so I can start training for a triathlon BLAHBLAH, ok thanks!" Yeah. Apparently I get diarreah of the mouth when I'm nervous, but she was really nice and was like, you don't even have to swim laps if you don't want to, and you can use one of those (pointing towards some kickboards and crap) to work on kicking if you want to and yadda yadda.
So I felt sufficiently less nervous enough to get in the pool and then start my own crazy version of swimming. Let me tell you -- I am SO SLOW. But I think it has a lot to do with the head above water issue. After reading all day before going about proper form and whatnot, I realized I was really putting myself at a disadvantage.
I tried standing at the end of the pool and putting my face in, exhaling, pulling my face out, breathing, repeat... for a few times, and then when I was swimming I did it a couple of times, but most of the time I was holding my head up. I also practiced kicking on my back to kinda get my straight kick motion going on.
I get the feeling it's going to take me QUITE A WHILE until I'm comfortable with that whole thing, and then to build up the endurance to swim for 20min straight (which is the base level suggested before starting the traithlon training program). I stayed in the pool for a grand total of about 20 minutes I think... but it was DEFINITELY not continuous swimming. I stopped a lot (mainly because my neck and back would get tired from holding my head up -- see what a problem this is???), and also to regroup to try the face underwater approach again.
I'm going to get some goggles one of these days, because I think it might up my comfort level with going face under.
NOW!!! As for TODAY!!! I ran for 20 min, and biked for 18. Would have liked to bike for longer, but I was under a time crunch to get to work.
I had to kinda switch up the order of stuff this week to get started since I didn't get going till Tuesday, and Tuesday's supposed to be an off day. Which means... I'm supposed to be running again tomorrow. It's supposed to be Run 20 min tomorrow, Swim on Friday, be off Saturday, and Bike Sunday.
I think instead, I'm going to take tomorrow off and trade the Run to my off day on Saturday so that I can not run on back to back days. I think that's a good idea. Then I'll be on track to get on the pre-training program as it's described.
ALSO. Check out my ticker. :D Or my signature, not sure if my ticker is rounding up or not.... anyway. 179.6. :D MY FIRST TIME BELOW 180!!! And hopefully I don't go above 180 again, except on random high fluctuations over the next week or two, but on official weigh-in day (of Wednesday after a good night's sleep), NO MORE 180's. That's my goal.
Dinner last night was SOOOO GOOD.
I put some Southwest Chipotle Mrs. Dash on some tilapia filets and cooked those in a skillet, had a side of Quinoa Black Bean Salad, and topped the filet with Newman's Mango Salsa and 1/4 of an avocado. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.
I couldn't get over how good it was. :D Will definitely be doing that again!!! And I highly recommend it!! It was very filling.
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