ACORALSEA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ACORALSEA ACORALSEA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Life's a beach... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762604 and sometimes you just need to share it with someone. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 03:23:22 EST 5.16 mi on the trail felt pretty good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751791 The Plano Balloon Festival HM is on Sep 21 and I need my feet ready! As I've only been able to walk just a few days all month, I've only been doing 2-3 miles on my weekday routes, swimming on weekends. So, this morning, I decided to see how my foot would do, and didn't wear my custom orthotics for my running shoes. <BR> <BR> Start 8:38a 76F 96% humidity (yikes) cloudy <BR> Finish 10:04a (1h24m) <BR> 5.16 mis walk only <BR> pace 16.67M (slow, but steady) <BR> <BR> All things considered, not ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 17:31:00 EST What a July this has been! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750506 Since July 3, I've had our 4yo Grandson in my charge. He returned home with his father today, and My Darling Groom and I are feeling the emptiness in our home, We had so much fun: watching the 4th of July fireworks, teaching him how to swim, working on his basic academic skills, building sand castles on the beach at the lake. He learned how to play with our new little rescued Chihuahua, and how to color (he had totally refused to try, before). <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, I was hoping to enjoy a lon... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:17:39 EST Plant this fasciitis in the ground, already! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723975 Since April, I've been fighting plantar fasciitis. I finally had to break down and get a cortisone shot, then had new custom orthotics made for my running shoes. I also spent a few weeks in a boot cast. For the past week or so, however, my heel flared up again - auggh! <BR> <BR> This morning, I headed out for my usual weekday 2-mile run route, electing to walk it. Less than 5 mins in, I decided that perhaps I should just shoot for 20 mins. <BR> <BR> 10 mins in, I decided I should cut it sho... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:36:05 EST My daughter's first Triathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714194 was yesterday and so much fun! It could be called a super sprint, as the distances for all 3 disciplines are shorter than a standard sprint, and great for first-timers, rookies building experience, or advanced triathletes using it for training or conditioning. <BR> <BR> My daughter and I had planned to do her first Tri together. However, the prior 2 planned events had been rained out, and I am currently recovering from an injury that has kept me out of my tri season to date. So, our focus wa... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 12:30:50 EST 36 years + 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710301 Yesterday, My Darling Groom and I celebrated our 36th Anniversary, and we've been together 38. We married a little later than our friends, lasted longer than our friends, even lived longer than some of our friends (somewhat depressing). <BR> <BR> What has kept us together: <BR> his sense of humor <BR> my stubbornness <BR> we're best friends <BR> he's the love of my life <BR> he says I'm the love of his life <BR> he's my rock <BR> <BR> mostly, his sense of humor; he makes me laugh, even whe... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 07:45:14 EST Stuff happens, and then you move on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709038 I didn't think I had been away THIS long, but, looks like I have! Finishing out 2013 was no fun: <BR> <BR> - my Director was making my job miserable and I wanted out <BR> - my Darling Groom was diagnosed with skin cancer AND emphysema (it gets worse...) <BR> - my head injury from the August tri was just not getting better as quickly as expected <BR> <BR> 2014 has not been much better: <BR> <BR> - my hubby is doing reasonably well, all things considered (but still smoking!) <BR> - I asked t... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 15:14:00 EST Tri hard, run faster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529740 November, already, time flies when you're either too busy or getting old! <BR> <BR> After the planned last Tri of my season got rained out, I registered at the last minute for another one a week later. It was very short: 150yd indoor swim, 5.5 miles on the bike (5 loops around the campus), 2.25 miles run (2x1 mi loop around campus + 1 loop around the track) with a stadium finish. <BR> <BR> Well…the bike route was very challenging - hard hills and speed bumps. My avg speed was only 9mph (ack... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 00:48:03 EST Anniversary of 9/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482364 12 years later and we should not forget the horrible loss of lives from foreign terrorist attacks against this country that shook us and the world into a new, dreadful reality. My Darling Groom was saved by a twist of fate that diverted him and his team from the Twin Towers that fateful morning. <BR> <BR> Although we've rebuilt on Ground Zero and constructed memorials, we still feel pain and anguish. I am thankful for our friends who served to fight back and protect us, and who returned, and... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 07:22:14 EST Struggled through swim workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482352 I woke up in the dark of early morning and pulled on the running clothes I set out in my bathroom. However, one step outside into heavy humidity made me change my mind and text my Coach that I'll be heading to the pool, instead. <BR> <BR> She started me off on my usual 500m warmup. But, my legs felt like lead, my breathing was way off rhythm, and I kept stopping to catch my breath every 100m. Not at all normal for me. <BR> <BR> We then got into drills. Again, between struggling with my brea... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 07:07:58 EST Some people! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475030 Some people in this world are so miserable that they just don't know how to be any other way, and that's terribly sad. Worse, why do I attract such miserable people? <BR> <BR> I admit that I've never been a bubbly, cheerleader type, and I think that's perfectly okay. We're all different. But, one thing I've always tried to do is listen first, talk second - that's how to keep an open mind, be open to learning something new and from someone else. Plus, I've always been ready to offer support t... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 20:54:40 EST Newest achievement: RRCA Certified Race Director http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466447 Another goal met, another step toward my dream retirement "job." <BR> <BR> Next related goals: <BR> - get a chapter of the Lupus Foundation started in my community <BR> - begin planning my first directed (short) race <BR> - incorporate (choosing a corporate name is hard) <BR> <BR> UPDATE 8/26/13 <BR> My company has agreed to organizing a kid's 1-mile fun run to be held during our first annual company picnic in November - <BR> <em>244</em> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 07:11:34 EST Obladee, Obladah... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456873 Life goes on... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 07:29:10 EST Finished USAT Age Group National Championships http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451517 No matter how much you train or prepare, stuff happens! It was not going to be a great race for me, my only goal could be just to finish - and I did. <BR> <BR> 2 weeks out - threw my back out, got Chiropractic treatment, eased up training <BR> 1 week out - threw my back out, again, no running, only spin bike, stair stepper <BR> 1 day out - caught a cold, didn't want to take any chances on the practice swim; back still not 100% <BR> <BR> Event day - <BR> Swim - had breathing trouble, took 3... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 08:11:44 EST 2Days 'til another major journey... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444870 Wednesday morning, I board a train heading to Chicago, then Milwaukee for the USAT Age Group National Championships. My daughter is traveling with me for this adventure and to support me on another journey. <BR> <BR> The only constraint is that I pulled my back out 2 weeks ago, and re-injured it yesterday! So, with only 2 days until we leave, there isn't time to make up for any training lost this weekend. I am in taper mode, anyway, but, still need to keep the body prepped. <BR> <BR> I'm ho... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 07:05:57 EST Horrible at using trackers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436045 How many times have you read or been told that using trackers helps you with weight loss goals? I won't dispute this; I'm admitting that I'm absolutely horrible at doing this! <BR> <BR> There was actually a period of time when I had to go on a weight GAIN regimen! However, once I hit my late 40's, that seemed to backfire, and I started showing my genetic heritage from one side of the family - and it wasn't the skinny side! Now in my 60's, I keep hoping that all this work I put my body throug... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 09:51:45 EST I remember when... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432397 a 1000m swim workout felt hard <BR> running a full mile straight felt impossible (sometimes still does) <BR> getting on a bike was far too scary (sometimes still is) <BR> 20 minutes on the treadmill was difficult (I still hate the treadmill) <BR> I couldn't hold a plank position for longer than 20 secs <BR> I couldn't breathe bilaterally doing laps in the pool <BR> I couldn't imagine going further than a 5K <BR> I couldn't imagine doing what I now do <BR> <BR> Once you start challenging your... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:44:49 EST TDF over, now what... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429032 What a great Tour de France for the 100e edition. The new up and coming cyclists made it an exciting challenge to the remaining of the "regular" contenders from the past years. <BR> <BR> Our LifeTime Fitness team participated in a TDF challenge sponsored by a local bike shop, the goal to accumulate the most individual and team miles over the 21 stages. One fellow racked up over 300 miles the first couple of days! Well, I may be the one with the least number of miles, but, I'm also the one wh... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 07:52:12 EST 4 weeks 'til USAT National Championships http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424804 I know, I've been away a long time. A lot has been going on, both personally, at work, and with my training. There are only 4 more weeks until the USA Triathlon National Championships, and I'm feeling very anxious. My last competitive Sprint distance would not have qualified; then again, it was ridiculously hot! I was 8 mins slower than predicted on the swim; 10 mins slower on the bike; mostly walked the run, plus stopped several times to ice down. T1 took 7 mins, 3 of which were on the long ... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 00:11:10 EST Nothing to fear but fear itself...why am I afraid? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332501 It's 3am. From 9am to 9pm, I'll be in meetings, one right after the other plus a meetup after work. I can't sleep... <BR> <BR> In 4 weeks is a Sprint Triathlon that I've done before. But, since the series of crashes last year, I've suffered anxiety just standing next to my bike. Yes, I have been on it, just not as often as I used to...I'm afraid of it. <BR> <BR> The Sprint is easy enough, in spite of the summer heat here in Central Texas. Silly me to harbor such silly fear...but, it's very ... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 04:37:13 EST Qualified for USA Triathlon Age Group Olympic Distance Nationals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329939 Who would have thought! <BR> <BR> Such a shocking surprise I found on my USAT member page, then found the email with my VIP registration link, to the Nationals - this old lady, LOL! <BR> <BR> So, yes, I'm registered and making travel arrangements to Milwaukee, WI, the host city. Who knows when I'll ever qualify again. <BR> <BR> This is going to be an adventure... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 18:59:12 EST No whining! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261396 The following is the speech my daughter delivered to our training team's pre-race pasta dinner the Friday before the Austin 26.2013/2013.1 (Marathon/Half Marathon). I wasn't there because I was on a date with my hubby (who's usually traveling so Thurs, Valentine's Day, had to be delayed): <BR> <BR> It Began with a 5K for Clay… <BR> <BR> Once upon a time, a tiny blonde woman ran across the road in front of our car. Some months later, she was waiting at a traffic light on Chisholm Trail Rd, i... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 19:43:59 EST On being brave http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219589 My Master Prof in University used to say, "Be brave." I was the only female, at the time, in his advanced studies program, one of a very few women in the Graduate Studies program, and the only woman in his Foreign Studies program traveling to the Middle East. It took being brave and fearless to do this. <BR> <BR> When as a kid on vacation with my family at a ranch in California, I clung to a runaway cow pony that took a turn toward the highway before coming back around and charging toward t... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 06:20:05 EST My daughter finally beat me to the finish line :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5211033 Some of you know that my daughter (28) has been my Assistant Coach in the Marathon/Half Marathon training program that we've participated in for the past several years. I took her through her first half marathon, then her first marathon, and we've done the Austin Distance Challenge, among countless other distance races, together, including repeats of 26.2 and 13.1. <BR> <BR> On 1.13.13 we did 13.1 at the 3M HM. She has been improving her pace and the distance that she can run straight throug... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 06:31:27 EST 2 weeks to marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147913 No, not my first; this next one makes #7 (or 8?), but may very well be my last. However, my daughter reminded me that, like the character "Monk," I have certain special numbers (his was 10, mine is 12) - things must be in sets of 12. Therefore, I won't be happy until I get to #12 - according to her. <BR> <BR> However, this has not been my best year for training for anything, it has been my absolute worst. A series of bike crashes and problems with my feet have made training a bit difficult, ... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 04:48:24 EST 20-miler done, marathon 3 weeks away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140688 Slow going, a little over 4 hrs, but, got it done. My pace was terrible; then again, my schedule said to do a 4hr duration run/walk at level of effort 1. That's just what I did. <BR> <BR> Heaven help me on my marathon on 12/09. I'll finish it, just a matter of how well...and, I think it may be the last full one for me. <BR> <BR> Then again, that's what I said last year... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 17:58:37 EST Finally able to tackle hills, again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103302 It has taken a few weeks, but, my knee is finally able to take a hill - and what a monster hill we train on! It's so steep that you can't see the bottom from the top - yikes! <BR> <BR> Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (RICE) plus exercising discipline (meaning, not doing anything stupidly stubborn) helped the healing process, as well as changing the type of inserts I was wearing in my running shoes. Working for the largest company in the orthotics and prosthetics industry also helps, as ... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 05:04:55 EST The ankle bone is connected to the knee bone... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075294 What started out to be an easy level of effort 10-mile walk/run on the local trail turned out to be an ankle turner, but, I didn't know that until the next day. It started out fairly well, and I had to keep reminding myself that it was a duration training walk/run, meaning, it didn't matter how far I went, only how much time I spent on the route. So, I headed out from my house toward the trail on a lovely morning for a 2-hour tour. <BR> <BR> I hit mile 5 in just over 1 hour, mostly walking a... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 06:42:38 EST Made the USATF National Masters News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071677 Finally created a soft copy of my interview in the USA Track & Field National Masters News Phidippides Spotlight, Feb 2012: <BR> <link>slowfatrunners.com/images/docs/phidi<BR>ppidesfeb2012.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy <BR> <em>41</em> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 16:06:26 EST 1st Place AG in Super Sprint Tri http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5007781 Last Sunday, I did a little Super Sprint, #2 in a series of 3, with a running buddy who was doing it as her very first Triathlon. It consisted of a 300m swim, 11 mile bike ride, and ended with a 5K run. <BR> <BR> Well, that swim was a snake swim in the pool, which was an experience. I practiced for it,but, it was still weird. Fortunately, because we were started according to our stated 200m pace, I had padded it by an extra 2 minutes to allow for having to duck under the lane rope several ti... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 07:26:50 EST Half as fast as an Olympian LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5000365 I love watching the Olympics, as, I'll bet, so do most of you. However, this mere mortal is more than acutely aware that I would never have been on the world's biggest stage, as I never had any athletic ability (contrary to what my daughter chooses to believe about me). My goal as a late adult onset athlete is simply to finish as best I can. <BR> <BR> So, when the Games began, I was watching one of my favorite events, swimming. During the women's 100m, looking at the finish times, I started ... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 06:33:02 EST Beat the fear of my bike! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4984011 After letting the bike beat me on Saturday, I got up early and took back control. 10 miles of hill repeats over about 40 minutes were brutal on my legs, but, it's really what I needed to do to get that silly fear out of my head. Followed by 2 miles of breaking in my new Tri running shoes, my legs weren't happy. Nonetheless, I counted this as a short brick, and it was better than shying away from that first pedal stroke that eluded me on Saturday. <BR> <BR> We're back in the saddle, again, <B... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 22:08:34 EST Afraid of my bike... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4980329 Preface <BR> <BR> Over the final few weeks leading up to a half ironman that I had trained so hard for, I suffered a series of bike crashes. The last one was the weekend prior to the event, and it was not pretty. A couple of my training buddies and a handful of medical personnel at the site of the crash told me that there was no way I'd be doing the event. Nonetheless, I went, dropped my entry down to a shorter distance, and off I started. <BR> <BR> The Tri was a complete disaster, ending i... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 10:43:34 EST Out of bed 6:45am, slept in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4919247 Ordinarily, I'm out of bed by 4:30, letting my body wake up, and will either be at the gym or getting ready for work. As I'm taking this month off from any training, essentially, I'm trying to get rested before picking up my schedule, again. <BR> <BR> Sometimes, that's just what you need to do. Sat, 9 Jun 2012 18:33:48 EST Not my year, but rebuilding... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4906852 There's a bit of competitive edge in me that keeps me going. There's also a part of me that I've not known before, the one who knows when to quit. <BR> <BR> You see, I'm not one to quit. I've pushed through fractured feet, screaming lower back pain, heat exhaustion and dehydration to make it to the finish line, and all I ever wanted to do was finish. People have called me "tough." Maybe I am. <BR> <BR> But, the Tri is getting the best of me, this year. My Half Ironman goal was crushed by a ... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 05:33:17 EST A glutton for punishment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4860510 I promised myself 4 months off, no events between now and September. So, I registered for the CapTex Tri Sprint. <link>www.captextri.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> Because I had such a disastrous Tri last weekend. I've done the CapTex Sprint before, it was my first in 2010. This is about redeeming my tri season and starting over. This is about being disappointed in myself and wanting to face my own demons. <BR> <BR> My Darling Groom just wants me to make sure I am good to go physi... Tue, 1 May 2012 03:26:23 EST The Fates were right, this was not to be my day to Tri http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4856496 I've trained for the swim and run; the bike was my biggest concern. Then, there is always the weather... <BR> <BR> The water temp yesterday was at 76, still wetsuit legal. Known concerns on the bike route, like cattle guards, were somewhat resolved - the first one would be covered with plywood, as it was to be on the run route; the next two would be left open (yikes!). The route had also been changed a bit; but, there was still one short stretch across a main highway that would become treach... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 16:59:56 EST 3 days...not the half ironman I had in mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4852392 In 3 days, I will do another Triathlon. My goal was a Half Ironman; but, the Fates had something else in mind. After 6 crashes in as many weeks, my most recent just last weekend during my longest bike ride to date, I had to make the decision to drop down to the Olympic distance. My knee has suffered too much trauma and the challenging HIM bike route might get the best of me. <BR> <BR> Olympic (International) Distance <BR> <BR> 1500m swim (no problem) <BR> 25 mile bike (I'll live) <BR> 10K r... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 21:46:19 EST My "angel" comes to the rescue, again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4835256 What started out a promising day for a long-ish ride around 40 miles ended up an adventure. Somehow, it was destined to be that way. <BR> <BR> Four of us met at a local park from where we could safely approach a great road for riding a bike. The route is slightly challenging with rolling hills, but the road is new and lightly traveled and takes you through beautiful pastoral countryside. Overcast skies with a 20% chance of rain are pretty good conditions; however, strong winds were predicted... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 20:59:30 EST Bike is back in business http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4824093 After falling off my bike a 3rd time, and this during what was supposed to be a long training ride, I took it into the shop. Lo and behold, it wasn't my pedals, it wasn't user error, there were definite mechanical problems. I was promised a pro tune-up and replacement parts, although a particular part needed to be ordered, as they don't sell my particular brand of bike (there's only 1 dealer in our area and he has exclusive rights, a former pro cyclist who's very cool). Well, had I been able... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 01:53:10 EST CAP10K 2012 with my Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4804789 In spite of a disastrous long ride on Saturday, when my chain slipped 3X and I finally fell off into the shoulder, I walked with my Mom on the Cap10K. At 83, she can still walk the distance, but I wanted to make sure someone was with her. So, I went as an untimed walker and we had a lovely stroll around the city on a beautiful sunny morning. <BR> <BR> My sister and a baseball mom friend of hers, who knows Mom, joined us as bandit participants just past mile 1 and walked the rest of the way w... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 23:34:24 EST Two falls don't make a right... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4800362 ...that just sounded cool In my head, haha! <BR> <BR> My bike is teaching me more than I ever imagined, and, in spite of the tumbles and scrapes, it's all for the best. Two times tumbling because I couldn't clip out fast enough has led me to learn about maintaining the pedals. <BR> <BR> My swim is teaching me the importance of consistency. A consistent stroke means consistent breathing cadence, means greater efficiency, means better performance. <BR> <BR> All this can be translated to less... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 20:41:34 EST Journey to 70.3 - Half Ironman http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4778514 I'm now at the end of week 2 of my 8 week training for my target half ironman coming up on 4/29/12 and it has been mildly intense. My schedule: <BR> <BR> Mon 5:30am spin class 60 mins <BR> Tue 6:30am run (or other aerobic) 30/strength 30 <BR> Wed 6:00am swim/ drills minimum 1600m (max 2000m) <BR> Thu OFF <BR> Fri 5:30am spin class 60 mins <BR> Sat brick or team mini Tri <BR> Sun long swim <BR> <BR> If the schedule won't kill me, the Tri will! <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> UPDATE <BR> <BR>... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 04:20:27 EST Indoor Tri on Sunday should be fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4754364 LifeTime Fitness is holding indoor triathlons all over the country, and I'm registered for the one at my location: <BR> <BR> 10 minute swim - they'll count lengths, not laps <BR> 30 minute bike - spin bikes reserved for the event <BR> 20 minute run - on the treadmill <BR> <BR> All at your own pace, just timed. My coach and training teammates will be volunteering at the event. A number of us are training for upcoming triathlons, and I thought it would be a lot of fun to do this little indoor... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 04:01:32 EST From marathon to triathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4739576 I'll be pulling on my swimsuit to hit the pool at the top of the hour (if my body will hurry up and cooperate). The swim workouts are a welcome break from the constant pounding of feet against pavement or treadmill (I hate the treadmill). But, now that I have a serious purpose beyond fitness, the swims will become more intense. <BR> <BR> I keep reminding my coach that I'm not so young, anymore, or fast. She's still trying to convince me otherwise - that I really can be fast(-er, anyway). My ... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 06:42:13 EST I'm committed: half ironman in April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4737908 "So, now you've done it, Alice..." <BR> <BR> Yep, I registered for the HITS Half Ironman in Marble Falls, TX to be held the end of April. My last half marathon for the season is next Sunday; then, I'll focus on the Tri. <BR> <BR> Am I nuts? Probably. But, then again, I keep reminding myself that an 85-year-old woman who qualified for the Kona Ironman - more than once - didn't start doing triathlons until she was 60; so, I'm in good company. Not that I can see myself doing the full Ironman!... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 05:36:53 EST 2012 New goals, milestones ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4644469 2011 isn't closing quite as well as I had intended, thanks to Uncle Sam and some other annoying expenses that thwarted otherwise happy endings to my 50th decade. Yes, I turned 60, in case you're trying to figure this out, LOL! <BR> <BR> Among good things ringing out the old year: <BR> <BR> * Slow Fat Runners reached over 1000 Sparked members! <BR> * My younger son recorded his first CD, featuring Roscoe Beck (waiting for release) <BR> * I took my DH and DD on a trip of a lifetime to meet D... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 08:01:54 EST Slow Fat Runners welcomes our 1000th Team member! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4616926 Go check out our team and help us celebrate. <link>teams.sparkpeople.com/slowfatrunners </link> <BR> <BR> We're not about the speed, we're all about the fitness, a healthy lifestyle and setting a positive example for people around us. We have runners who like to walk some, and walkers who like to run some, and some who are just starting out. <BR> <BR> So, how shall we celebrate? <BR> <em>236</em> Wed, 7 Dec 2011 20:44:43 EST Rain, fog, and 7 miles - check! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4612195 I don't really mind running in the rain, as long as it's fairly light, like on Saturday. But, it was also a bit cold and foggy. Nonetheless, because my daughter is still recovering from the ankle injury she suffered during the 10M4H2O last month, she had to walk the 7 miles. We had another member of the team with us and it made the distance go by quickly. <BR> <BR> We're looking at this workout as preparation for next week's half marathon, part of a series we're doing, which has traditionall... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 18:50:41 EST Going to check out MediFast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4565567 Well, today I attended the Austin Women's Conference and got waylaid by the MediFast folks. Couldn't quite avoid them, they had 2 booths at the Expo! Being the polite (and yes, sometimes gullible) person that I try to be, I let the rep put me on some contraption that supposedly reads your body mass and a bevy of indicators about your hydration level, etc. <BR> <BR> Let's face facts: I have 20 lbs to lose and have had a terrible time trying to do this on my own. In spite of all the running, s... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 19:56:06 EST