HILLSLUG98239's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HILLSLUG98239 HILLSLUG98239'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/ So, How ya Doin', Foot? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736850 I'm doing a 5K tomorrow. I haven't run in a month. My foot feels better, but there are still times it aches. Tomorrow's run is a test. <BR> <BR> Last Wednesday evening, I had a bad session in the pool. It wasn't terrible. When I was talking myself down off the "I'm going to throw myself into this pit of despair" ledge, I recognized I did several laps without the snorkel, and I am getting better at it. But I had a few moments of thinking this isn't worth it, and I should just give up and go b... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:18:59 EST It's Getting Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734659 I recently noticed that the club's pool schedule has changed for the summer. The lap pool is available at 4:30 p.m. every day, so I can swim after work. <BR> <BR> Swimming with a snorkel is helping. I end each session in the pool with a lap or two of swimming without the snorkel. I feel like I'm "getting" it, but with a catch: it is a LOT easier to breathe on the right side. I'm resisting the temptation to swim breathing only on the right side because I know it will create more problems in ... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 14:55:39 EST My Belly Is Full of Blech http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730801 Over the last month or so, I've been working on my diet. I've slacked off on obsessively logging foods. I'm paying a lot of attention to the quality of what I eat. I'm trying to avoid deep-fried things as much as possible. This new direction stems from reading a couple of Matt Fitzgerald's books. <BR> <BR> Last weekend, The Hubs and I ate pizza for dinner Saturday night, and then he wanted to eat dinner at a restaurant on Sunday night. (The man worked more than 140 hours in that two-week pay... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 19:03:47 EST And The Bike Makes Everything Okay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720253 As late as 4:50, I was debating whether I should ride home or drive. Despite the weariness, and the random pains in my legs and my achy back, I decided to ride. <BR> <BR> Within a couple of minutes, I was debating taking the route home on the south side of the Columbia River. It's 15 miles; the normal route I take home is 10. I decided to go for it. <BR> <BR> So glad I did. Days like this remind me that I am a roadie at heart: I was having a *bleh* day, and getting on my bike made it all be... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:33:40 EST Bite Me, Cheery Little Statement on my Start Page http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719973 "Give it your all today!" <BR> <BR> Shut up. You too, Fitbit. If I only walked 4763 steps yesterday, I had a damned good reason. <BR> <BR> My back hurts. My foot hurts. I'm weary, and no amount of caffiene will break through this fog. Random stuff is hurting. WAAAAAAAH! <BR> <BR> I plan to ride home tonight, in the hopes that will improve my mood. Forcing myself to sit out the runs is making me crabby. I really need to get in to see my chiropractor - which I should have doen BEFORE the tr... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:06:04 EST When Does "Toughing It Out" Become "You're Being An Idiot"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719010 I need to stop running and let my foot heal. <BR> <BR> My left foot has been wonky for about a year now. It started as tenderness on the outside edge of my foot, as if I'd whacked it against something, and cramping. My blood tests were okay (not a thyroid issue). An Xray of my foot & ankle showed no arthritis, but a bone spur on my heel. My doc rejected the notion of plantar fasciitis because I was running on it. My doc talked me into stopping my heavy vitamin & mineral supplementation, and... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:12:43 EST This is Why I Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717278 I started writing a blog about a question I had. Through the process of writing the blog post, I answered my own question. <BR> <BR> That's my primary reason for doing this. It gives me the chance to hash things out. I know a few people have mentioned my blogs have inspired them, and that is hella cool. But I never expect anyone to read this stuff. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:12:20 EST And the Panic Begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715360 I took a look at the tri I'm doing in August. The swim is half a mile - longer than the tri I just did. The bike course is 19.5 miles with a few hills. The bike course of the tri I just did was a 15 km, less than half of the August tri. The run is 3.8 miles, a little over 6 km. <BR> <BR> ACK! <BR> <BR> I don't know why this is making me panicky. In reality, it's motivating. I have a couple of months to improve my swim and my overall fitness. No reason to think I can't do it. All the more ... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 23:58:26 EST Back to Life, Back to Reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714051 There's a song from the late disco era that the only thing I can remember from it is the chorus: "Back to life, back to reality" over & over. It seems to go through my head the day after an accomplishment (my first du, my first tri, my first 65-roses ride). <BR> <BR> Today is no different. <BR> <BR> I ate like crap this weekend, and I'm paying for it. My weight is up four pounds in two days, and because my body fat percentage is higher, I cannot tell myself it's just extra water and I'm rea... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 09:59:09 EST There Was No Quitting Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713720 I did it! I completed my first triathlon this morning. I am a triathlete! <BR> <BR> The swim was dreadful, but, true to form, I figured something out. Almost from the git-go, I was dead last. I started off doing the crawl and I was doing just fine, but I cannot manage to do full-leg kicks and use my arms and breathe all at the same time. I backstroked 90% of the swim portion. I'd roll over now and then, sight the buoy, crawl a bit, then end up on my back when I realized I was doing these lit... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 21:46:40 EST It Always Looks Easy From The Beach, or http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712329 My plans were overly optimistic, I'm afraid. I gave up too easily. Perhaps swimming against the current was too much. I was practically swimming in circles. I panicked. My heart was racing. I gave up after less than two laps. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure why I quit so soon, but I think I quit because I could. I'm hopeful that come Sunday, I will internalize that I cannot quit. <BR> <BR> And, as promised, once I got over my pity party, I recognized I learned something: the dark goggles are a must... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 20:05:55 EST Feeling more confident and still very nervous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711519 I went out for another brief (as in less than ten minute) open water swim last night. It felt better. I'm not sure why I quit so soon. <BR> <BR> I just mapped it out. If I swim back & forth the length of the swimming beach five times, it'll be about the same distance as my triathlon swim on Sunday. I did two last night, and it took about 8 minutes. The 750 m swim should take me about a half an hour. I can do that! I've done 750 yards in the pool plenty of times. In the river, I give myself p... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 18:45:35 EST Another RIver Swim http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710929 I had a brief swim in the river this evening. Really brief. I think I'll fine during the tri, but the swim is going to take forever. I may well end up dog-paddling through most of it. Now that I've been in the river a few times wearing a wetsuit, I realize the extra buoyancy of the wetsuit means dog paddling is not as exhausting as I expected. My side crawl is almost the backstroke with the wetsuit. <BR> <BR> I'm still optimistic, but I'm also apprehensive. I very much want to conquer this, ... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 23:50:36 EST Practice transition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710129 It took me eight minutes to get my wetsuit on, but not completely zipped up. I did get it zipped up, eventually, but I'd shut off my stopwatch. It probably took another eight or ten minutes. <BR> <BR> I didn't soak myself, since I was already soaked in sweat. Running around, it took me about 90 seconds to take off my goggles and swim cap, take off my shoes, and get my wetsuit off. I was peeling the wetsuit down as I ran around my backyard. I'm so glad we have an opaque, 6' fence. <em>28</... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 23:23:19 EST Second Open Water Swim: NOT a disaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708455 I can understand why it's recommended one get in at least one OWS before event day. There's no way the second one can be as bad as the first. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> We went to Sacajawea State Park. It's at the far opposite end of Pasco, which means it's about fifteen minutes away. It has a beach and a swim area, but no lifeguard. Because one has to pay to get into Washington State Parks, I figured we'd have the park largely to ourselves. (I frequently ride my bike there - it's free to wa... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 23:02:32 EST Doin' A Little Bit of Pampering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706254 Although I've been reflecting on my horrible first open water swim, I'm still kind of licking my wounds. I felt confident enough to sign up for a second sprint tri in August. Clearly I've convinced myself I will be able to do the open water swim. <BR> <BR> My allergies are managable, but I'm still feeling the Russian olive pollen. I'm amazed by the sheer volume of snot coming out of my head when I ride. If it's under 80F, I'll have to launch a snot rocket at some point during the ride, so i... Thu, 29 May 2014 19:19:02 EST Putting Things in Perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704791 "Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional." That's written on the top of my aero bag, just behind my bike's handlebar. It caught my eye this morning. It was a good reminder. <BR> <BR> There's a Taoist principle that guides me: Be open to outcome, not attached to outcome. It's helped me, because my life has been one detour after another. I gave up on "five-year plans" years ago because I have yet to end up where I planned to be. <BR> <BR> On the ride home tonight, those two thoughts came to... Tue, 27 May 2014 23:18:44 EST Well, That Sucked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703928 My first open-water swim with a wet suit was a disaster. <BR> <BR> The wind was up. There was a light chop. I decided to swim with my visibility float - a giant beach ball on a surfboard leash. It probably wasn't necessary, but it makes it easier for boats to see me and easier for The Hubs to keep an eye on me. But it also was in the way a lot while I was trying to swim. <BR> <BR> The second time I got a mouthful of water while trying to breathe, I lost it. <BR> <BR> I'd gone running in ... Mon, 26 May 2014 22:44:54 EST Here Comes Another Pity Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701563 We're camping with a friend this weekend. The Hubs works fairly close to the campground, so he's going to drive straight there from work. I have court this afternoon, but I get to go straight home afterwards, so I should be home a little after two. I'll prep the cats to be alone for three days, do dishes, water the garden, pack the car, then head out. <BR> <BR> I'm taking running gear and my wetsuit. I'm hoping to do my first open-water swim with a wetsuit. (My first tri is in two weeks.) <... Fri, 23 May 2014 14:41:29 EST Sleep. Must. Sleep. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700700 I intended to run last night after work. I decided to skip it because I was bone tired yesterday. I skipped this morning's swim, too. My left shoulder is a little weary - I think I over-did it last Thursday morning - and I wanted to sleep in. <BR> <BR> I still ended up with just seven hours. These days, I'm pretty happy if I get 7 1/2 hours of sleep. This morning, I slept about an extra hour, but it still wasn't enough. <BR> <BR> I don't think I can rely on sleeping in; I most of the time, ... Thu, 22 May 2014 10:54:28 EST General Whininess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697587 I'm tired. I'm not feeling any muscle soreness, but I have a headache, my back hurts, and my left heel hurts. I woke up at 5:30 this morning. I took a couple Tylenol and hoped to get back to sleep. I gave up and got out of bed. That meant only getting seven hours of sleep. I really wanted to sleep in today. I figure my body needs sleep to recover, but seven hours isn't enough. Normally, I would have lain in bed until I drifted back to sleep, but the achiness kept me from falling asleep. Lying... Sun, 18 May 2014 10:40:24 EST Fiasco in Pasco Duathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697150 The important part first: I finished! My time was 2:36:20. Biggest thing I learned: I am NOT ready to do the PumiceMan (two sprint tris, back-to-back) at the Pine Hollow Tri in three weeks. The second 5K run of this duathlon was brutal. I haven't seen my split times yet, but I was significantly slower the second run. (My rough calculation shows I was 7 minutes slower on the second 5K.) <BR> <BR> I could have ridden my bike. Next year I will. As tired as I was, I think the ride home would hav... Sat, 17 May 2014 16:59:10 EST There Are Worse Dilemmas to Face http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696392 I'm doing my first duathlon tomorrow. My triathlon is in three weeks, and I'm really struggling with the swim. I signed up for the duathlon to give me a "win" going into the tri. It'll also give me a chance to practice transitions when I'm not soaking wet. <BR> <BR> The staging area is about five miles from my house. It's down a short, steep hill, then it's flat the rest of the way. I'm considering riding my bike to the staging area. It's a little nuts, but there are also some advantages: <B... Fri, 16 May 2014 12:07:57 EST Solitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692967 I started writing a reply to OneKidsMom's blog entry, <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691723 </link> , realized my reply was going to drone on and on, so I figured I'd put my comment in a blog entry of my own. And because this is so long, I don't expect anyone to read it. <BR> <BR> I became an avid skier and hiker in my 30's. With the exception of trips and leading hikes with the Mountaineers, I was almost always alone. By choice. part of it was... Sun, 11 May 2014 23:52:14 EST So many choices! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691367 Sunday, I'm headed back to Spokane for a work-related conference. The hotel has a pool, and it's on one of the bike paths that joins the Centennial Trial. <BR> <BR> Swim? Take the bike and ride? Run? So many choices! <BR> <BR> Truth be told, my bike's front wheel needs trued. The Hubs & I are planning to ride tomorrow, and then we'll take our to-be-trued wheels to the LBS. I'm doung a duathlon on the 17th, so I'd really like to have my bike in good shape - at least in better shape than me! ... Fri, 9 May 2014 14:26:15 EST Bloomsday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689780 Last Sunday was Bloomsday. We stayed at a hotel about .8 mile from our starting area. The Hubs was in the starting group behind mine. It's okay to move back, but not forward. If you start before your color group starts, you will not be timed. I'd been warned that the crowd is so thick I'd walk the first mile, so I figured I'd start with The Hubs. <BR> <BR> I planned to walk to the start. The Hubs went back & forth about walking or taking the bus. Ultimately, he agree to walk. The bus would h... Wed, 7 May 2014 12:22:57 EST Success is not an accident http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684308 Last Sunday, two women at church asked me if I'd lost weight. I have, but more importantly, I was wearing pants that didn't give me a muffin top. But what struck me was that one of them, a woman about my age and shape, said, "I'm jealous." <BR> <BR> Jealous? It's not as if I've done something that she isn't capable of. She's on my FB friend feed, so I'm sure she's seen how many workout-related status updates I've posted. Kim is at Tri-City Court Club. Kim ran. Kim rode her bike. Kim hiked Ba... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:01:49 EST Looking forward to the Brick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683461 I'm riding home tonight. I had a meeting last night, so I didn't ride home. And because of the meeting, I didn't get quite enough sleep last night. I've been a little draggy all day, but I took myself to the gym at lunch for a quick swim. <BR> <BR> This morning, I decided I would do a brick workout tonight instead of going to the gym for strength training. I've been slacking on the strength training, but at this point I think I need to spend more time on the activities. The ride will be easy... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:00:26 EST DLF > DNF > DNS > Never Got off The Couch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681035 I ran a 5K this morning. It's sponsored by my gym, the Tri-Cities Court Club. I signed up a while back because it's right here in town, the entry fee was only $6, and I'd been slacking in training for the run portion of my upcoming triathlon. I was hopeful signing up for an event would re-instill some urgency to my training. <BR> <BR> And then I forgot about it. <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, I saw it on the calendar and my eyes got big. It certainly did create a sense of urgency. <BR> <BR> Th... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 15:19:11 EST This morning's swim http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679604 When I took my swim lesson, the coach told me to not roll and breath with every stroke. The thing is, my heart rate really goes up when I start using my arms. I can go more than a few breaths before I'm gasping for air. And then it hit me: it's okay to ignore Coach Kathy. <BR> <BR> It's more efficient to breath every third stroke. But if your heart rate is so high that you cannot breath, it's unrealistic to do so. As my fitness level improves, then I can work on the number of strokes I can t... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:42:56 EST Fitbit, you're kind of a jerk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677429 Fitbit sends me a weekly email reviewing my previous week's stats. The most recent email including a notation that Wednesday was my least active day, complete with frowny face. So I took a look at last Wednesday. <BR> <BR> 7983 steps. That's not bad, Fitbit. The frowny face was a little over the top. So y'know what? Right back atcha! <em>234</em> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:57:13 EST Boo! Boo! Boo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677197 Last night, I started feeling a bit of twinge in my upper abdomen, just to the right of center. It feels like a muscle ache, but I haven't done anything that would have stressed my upper abs. <BR> <BR> I'm skipping a run at lunch because I have an Incredibly Important hearing tomorrow and I'm finishing up all my brilliant legal arguments. In reality, I'm skipping my run because of this achy thing. It hurts to bend forward, but not backwards. If it was pulled/strained muscle, I would think i... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:24:18 EST Oh, Tanita, you kidder you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675775 I lost five pounds! <BR> <BR> As I've said in my blog before, I weigh myself daily. I do so to stay accountable. If I weighed myself weekly, I'd "cheat" and starve myself the day before a weigh-in, or purposely dehydrate myself just to get a lower number. Dumb and counter-productive, but that's the way I am. <BR> <BR> I don't ever get too excited about one day's number because it's just that: a snapshot of my body composition on that one day. Usually when it swings up or down radically, my... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:44:37 EST Glad I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675249 The swim drills at lunch went better today. I still couldn't get enough breath, so I started breathing with every stroke. <BR> <BR> All the lanes were taken in Pool 2. Today was my first time back in Pool 1 since my bout of gastroenteritis after my swim lesson in Pool 1. I was VERY conscientious about not swallowing pool water. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:57:19 EST So you had a bad day ~ now what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675146 I've had some weird days recently. Last week, there was a day that I was overwhelmed with apathy. I couldn't decide if I was hungry, let alone what I wanted to eat. Nothing appealed to me. And I am one of those people that eats for a variety of reasons, hunger rarely being one of them. I warned the Hubs when he got home to not ask me to make a decision about anything because I didn't care. I wasn't sad, I wasn't depressed, I was just *meh* and *whatevah* about everything. <BR> <BR> I was pr... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:22:14 EST Random thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667519 I'm goofing off at lunch. I cannot remember the last time I did this that I wasn't sick. I don't have to go to court, so I'm not going to the club to swim. I'm tired, but I had two mugs of coffee right before lunch, so a nap is out. I thought about going for a run - it's gorgeous outside! - but I decided to go for a longer run after work tomorrow. (I can only get in about a 2-mile run during lunch.) I could have gone for a walk, but I decided goofing off has a value in and of itself. (I'm rid... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 16:01:01 EST A Spontaneous Hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665052 Yesterday, I was wrestling with what workout to do after work. I ran and did swim drills on Thursday. I was debating between swim drills and a strength training workout. (I learned the hard way I cannot strength train after swimming - too much for my neck & upper back muscles to handle. I suppose I could swim and do the strength training, but skip the stuff that puts the most stress on those muscles. But then I wouldn't be following the plan, and that's too chaotic for my obsessive-compulsive... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 13:20:33 EST Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663860 We left the Tri-Cities last Thursday, headed for Lancaster, CA, to visit my son, his wife, and their adorable child. We got home around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. It was a great road trip. We drove down Hwy 395 - much more interesting than driving down I-5. We went up I-5 on the way home to visit a friend who lives in Dublin, CA. <BR> <BR> I'd hoped to get in a few workouts. I didn't. We were more pressed for time than I anticipated. I also averaged about six hours of sleep per night. We both ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 22:30:19 EST Forward Momentum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653487 As I've said all over this website, I weigh myself daily. But I recognize the number on the scale for what it is: an abstraction, and of limited value in and of itself. So, like a lot of others, I use other metrics to measure how I'm doing. <BR> <BR> I'm really struggling with swimming, but frequently, when I get out the pool I find myself thinking, "I feel strong." I feel tall and lean - and I am neither. There's something about the water that makes me feel strong, though. I like that feeli... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:00:40 EST Maybe This'll Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652670 I tried something a little different today: I did about eight laps of just breathing, using the kick board. I'm hoping that focusing on the breathing portion will help. <BR> <BR> I'm still puzzled why my heart rate goes up so quickly once I start using my arms. I think this may stem from the fact all my activities are very lower-body oriented: cycling, skiing, running. My arms are only there to lift food to my mouth. <em>211</em> Maybe on longer workouts, I can spend the first 30 minutes... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:48:47 EST Feeling Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651853 Last night's adventure was great. I arrived at the gym with my muscles warmed up and ready to go - no need to spend ten minutes on an elliptical or a rowing machine. I skipped a few of the core exercises at the very end (oblique raises, stability stuff) because I was tired and I knew my form would be awful. Since this was my first strength training workout sandwiched between bike rides, I decided I could cut myself some slack. <BR> <BR> I woke up again at 4-ish and had a lot of trouble getti... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:03:05 EST Hoping for a Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650996 Last night's Vestry meeting ran late - about 9:30. I was already really tired from waking up before 4 Monday morning and then not being able to get back to sleep. I had about an hour to myself before the meeting; I laid on the floor with my legs up to relax my back. The Empress Dowager (our oldest cat) took advantage of my horizontal state and took a nap on my belly. Not sure how much sleep I got, but it was delightfully relaxing. <BR> <BR> After trying in vain for an hour to get back to sle... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:59:41 EST Pool time = boo! boo! no like! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647097 I only spent about 20 minutes in the pool this morning. Lesson learned: I need to leave the house a little earlier for Thursday-morning pre-court swims. <BR> <BR> I almost feel like I'm back at square one. I am doing better, but I'm struggling to put it all together. I do notice it's easier to breathe on my right side than my left, but the big issue is still the panic that builds if I feel water in my nose. <BR> <BR> I did pretty good today: I either blew it out or spit it out. I don't thi... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:55:42 EST Windy Ride Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645460 Last evening, the wind was coming from the WNW. Generally speaking, our winds come from the southwest. When the wind is really bad, I'll ride home via the south side of the Columbia River. It's 15 miles, as opposed to 10, but when there's a 30 mph wind blowing through your spokes it's usually worth it to take the longer but more-protected route. <BR> <BR> Last night, I rode to the gym and then home. That's 16 milesl. I didn't do my strength training workout last night because that ride was a... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:49:36 EST Back to Square Two with Swimming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644769 At least it's not square one! <BR> <BR> I haven't been in the pool since my lesson. Just thinking of chlorinated water made me naseuous. But I had to get back in there and try to recover what I learned from Coach Kathy. I opted to go for a run Saturday morning. I had to go to court near my gym this afternoon, so I returned to the pool at lunch time. Pool 2, though. I may never go back into Pool 1. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I have my Zoomies swim fins. I am a lot faster, but NOT crazy fast l... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:00:57 EST Time to jump back in? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642421 I rode my bike a few times this week, so my body can handle aerobic exercise. The thing is, I really need to get back into the pool. I took that lesson a week ago, and every day I delay makes it more difficult to replicate what Coach Kathy taught me. <BR> <BR> I have a bit of an ear ache. I will not go back into Pool 1. It's going to be difficult to schedule a workout this weekend. We have lots of yardwork planned this weekend. I need to prepare pretzel dough for Sunday. (The kids at church ... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 19:54:33 EST Doing much better, thanks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639387 I went to work yesterday. I went home within an hour. I was just weary and head-achy. There was nothing that required immediate attention, so I saw no reason to "tough it out." I ended up sleeping through most of the day, much to the delight of the Empress Dowager (Spike, our 10-year old cat). <BR> <BR> I'm still keeping my diet simple, and I have to eat very slowly. I'm still on my first (and probably only) cup of coffee. I had a cup of coffee Sunday morning, and it was too much for my stil... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 10:18:14 EST Lots of puking (Read at your own risk; preferably not while eating) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637618 The puking is over. I'm eating my second meal since Friday evening. This coffee tastes wonderful, but I'm having to sip it slowly. I want to chug it, but my belly can't handle a lot of fluid all at once. <BR> <BR> My guess is that this all started in the pool. I got water up my nose, which I ended up swallowing. I have a new-found appreciation for the club's request that people shower before getting into the pool. <em>24</em> We were in Pool 1, which is the family-oriented pool. It's shal... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 11:48:59 EST My first swim lesson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636396 First thing: no nose plugs. I could see the benefit immediately. It's easier to get your breathing down if you can exhale through your nose. The down side: Wow, it's weird when you're not used to it. Kathy, the swim coach, pointed out that I stopped "sniffing" about half way through the lesson. But man, did my sinuses hurt afterwards. They're really clean now, though. <BR> <BR> Kathy was very complimentary. She said it's clear that I can swim: what I couldn't do it breathe. I'm glad to hear ... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:37:40 EST Embracing the Cold: Attitude is (almost) Everything! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632853 I made the switch to Vibram Five Fingers shoes a little over year ago. One the most frequent questions I get is, "Aren't your feet cold?" The answer is often, "Yes, but it doesn't bother me anymore." A few people have rejected the idea of the shoes outright because of the cold. The people I know better, whom I know are willing to listen to me talk about why the cold doesn't bother me anymore, get the rest of the story. <BR> <BR> I do not like cold feet. I have CPT - Congenital Popsicle Toes.... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:21:59 EST