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/ Ugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801408 This past weekend was our diocese's convention. I was a lay delegate. The conference was held at the Marcus Whitman in Walla Walla. The food was amazing. <BR> <BR> And so now, I am back where I was a week ago, body-wise. And I was being relatively good! I didn't eat a single damned cookie. I ate the desert after dinner, but I didn't clean my plate at dinner, and I limited myself to one glass of wine each evening. And I did the workouts I was scheduled to do. <BR> <BR> But, true to form, I ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:04:40 EST Quick Start, Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798879 Today is my third day on the Racing Weight Quick Start. I have a few victories I want to pat myself on the back for. <BR> <BR> Today is Boss's Day. Our support staff always does a better job of celebrating boss's day than the attorneys do of celebrating Administrative Professionals Day. They start planning well in advance. When I arrived at work yesterday, there was an invitation to our lunch today with M&Ms attached. NO CANDY FOR ME. I removed the M&Ms from my office. I put them in the brea... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:48:16 EST Where Have I Been? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796989 I can't believe it's been several weeks since I wrote a blog post. It's entirely possible I haven't had much to say. But that has changed! <BR> <BR> I just read Matt Fitzgerald's Racing Weight Quick Start Guide. I'm ready to start. I probably should have started last weekend, because I was on vacation this past week. I eat when I'm bored, or when I need a break, so it can be harder for me to make good choice when I'm working. <BR> <BR> This morning, I went for a fasting glycogen depletion ... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:53:47 EST You Should Probably Ignore This Rant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789323 Why are people so certain that the word "diet" is a bad word? Over and over, I see people say "a diet is a temporary thing and it's doomed to fail." It's only that think if you believe it is that thing. <BR> <BR> Seriously, people, look in a dictionary. <link>dictionary.reference.com/browse/diet<BR>?s=t </link> <BR> <BR> I haven't replied this way, because I try to be upbeat, but help me Jesus because I so very much want to write "OMG you people are dumb." They're so focused on this on... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:33:19 EST It's Only A Couple of Days, But I'm Calling It a Trend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781182 I did pretty good on my diet yesterday. Breakfast was bacon, homemade sourdough pancakes, and homemade blackberry jam (I don't use much sugar in my jam). I had a ridiculously large apple for a morning snack, and I noshed on figs and almonds most of the day. Lunch was a serving of home-canned chicken (unsalted). Dinner was mashed turnips with 1/4 cup of plain yogurt and about 1/4 cup of blue cheese crumbles, with home-grown beans. (The yogurt is similar enough in flavor to sour cream, and the ... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:53:11 EST Wintertime http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778048 I'm a gardener and an outdoor-activity enthusiast. While a lot of people view the coming winter with sadness, I revel in it. Fall sliding into winter means the nature is slowing down and preparing to rest. It means my garden stops producing more cucumbers than we can eat and soon we don't have to worry about mowing the lawn. The change of seasons is just that: not a death, not an end, but a chance to rest and reflect. <BR> <BR> So it occurred to me that perhaps my recent crabby mood is an em... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:07:56 EST Be What You Are http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772129 Few readers would guess this, but I was a punk rocker in my youth. One of my favorite bands - and these guys are still touring - was Stiff Little Fingers. One of their songs was directly aimed at "star culture" and fans' tendency to view their idols as, well, idols. The lyric that comes to mind quickest is "You think you're nobody, and we have all the fun, but no one's a nobody - everyone is someone. Be what you are." <BR> <BR> Through social media, I know a lot of triathletes and multi-spor... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 19:58:27 EST Yay! I Almost Bonked! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767706 About nine miles into my ride home, I was suddenly HUNGRY. As in /bold font HUNGRY\. Not the usual I-can-smell-what-people-are-cooking-and-it<BR>-all-smells-delicious-because-I'm-burn<BR>ing-nearly-1000-calories-on-this-ride hungry, but a deep, gnawing hunger. I carry a couple of energy gel packets with me as emergencies for myself or others, but I didn't want to eat one because I was headed straight home rather than going out on a long training ride. <BR> <BR> Then the Inner Coach pointed o... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:49:37 EST Whidbey Island Triathlon Photo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767429 So, here it is. No edits. Not photo-shopping out my flabby upper arms. I'm pretty happy with this one, because it was a "grit-your-teeth-and-never-say-die" race. I'm proud of myself for not quitting when I wanted to, for pushing through the suckiness. <BR> <BR> I cannot express how grateful I am that I have yet to get a DNF. That day will come. I hope I will be as feisty and determined when that happens - and I hope The Hubs is prepared for the full-on emotional meltdown that will come when... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:20:05 EST Riding for 65 Roses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765101 Tomorrow is the Tri-Cities Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Cycle for Life. This is the fourth year, and my fifth CFF Cycle for Life. I'm hoping to ride the 65-mile route. <BR> <BR> I've been slacking all week. No walks, no swims, no rides. There's no really good excuse other than I'm lazy. After last weekend's triathlon, I was worn out both physically and emotionally. Driving back to Pasco that night didn't help. I slept like the dead Saturday night, but we got home at 1-ish, and that really thr... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:42:36 EST What I Learned From My Last Triathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762372 This is largely for my own benefit. I want to be able to look back at it during the winter, while I'm laying the foundation to move up to an Olympic-distance tri. <BR> <BR> One thing the Washington State Patrol Academy drills into cadets' heads is "I will not quit; I will not fail; I will not die." When you're doing a job that sometimes involves hand-to-hand combat with someone who's willing to kill you to avoid going to prison, it's less melodramatic than it sounds. At least one trooper cr... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:53:51 EST Whidbey Island Triathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761496 Yesterday was an emotional roller coaster. I finished, so I have yet to get a DNF. But this one was wrenching. <BR> <BR> Two minutes into the swim, I wanted to quit. I was ready to swim over to kayak and tell them I was done. It took a lot to get me to keep going. I wanted to cry. My inner coach told me that was stupid. If you want to cry, cry on the bike. Crying takes too much energy, and you need all the energy you can muster to get through the swim. <BR> <BR> The fastest swim time was j... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:53:38 EST Cowardice is an Important Survival Skill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758448 Call me a coward, but I've decided against an open water swim in the Columbia River tonight. <BR> <BR> SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT <BR> NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PENDLETON OR <BR> 342 PM PDT TUE AUG 12 2014 <BR> <BR> ORC059-WAC005-013-021-071-122300- <BR> /O.CON.KPDT.SV.W.0012.000000T0000Z-14081<BR>2T2300Z/ <BR> FRANKLIN WA-UMATILLA OR-COLUMBIA WA-WALLA WALLA WA-BENTON WA- <BR> 342 PM PDT TUE AUG 12 2014 <BR> <BR> ...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 400 PM PDT <BR> FOR EAS... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:54:19 EST Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758260 That's my retrospective reaction to the thought of me doing Pilates. <BR> <BR> I went to a class last night. My club offers them. The twice-a-week class is $68 a month, plus tax, on top of my club membership (that's about $74, including sales tax). But the price of the classes is just about my co-pay for the chiropractor, so I figured it'd be worth it if it eases my back trouble strengthens my core, and improves my overall fitness. <BR> <BR> HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! <BR> <BR> The club o... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:31:00 EST Bah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755200 Since my hysterectomy last year, I've been convinced my ability to form short-term memories was stored in my uterus. Yesterday was a great example of why I think this. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I drove to work with the intention of riding my bike to the club after work for a swim, and then riding home. After work, I changed from a suit into my bike clothes and realized I'd left my helmet at home. BAH! I hate the thought of riding without a brain bucket, but I was not about to drive home in my cyc... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 15:10:21 EST Adapt and overcome, right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754022 Saturday, the rear tire on my bike blew out. The Hubs came and picked me up and suggested we take the bike to the bike shop. We did, and while we waited the replaced both tires and tubes. <BR> <BR> I had a meeting last night, so I drove home. This morning, I loaded up things to ride home tonight and swing by the gym for a swim on my way home. As I was lifting the bike off the wall rack, I realized the rear tire was flat. I couldn't get any air into it. Change of plans number one: I will dro... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 23:57:53 EST Suck It Up, Buttercup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745908 I went for a swim aster work last night. I was feeling pretty unmotivated, so I decided to just swim with the snorkel and concentrate on form instead of worrying about testing out if I'm doing any better overall. As I was getting dressed, I realized I didn't have the wrist watch for my HRM. I opted to just get in the pool and swim, freed from the tyranny of the HRM. <BR> <BR> I only swam twenty laps, but it went really well. After five laps, I tried swimming just one lap without the snorkel.... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:49:51 EST Well, It Could Have Been Worse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743640 I was right about one thing that came out of my doctor's appointment last Friday, and wrong about another. <BR> <BR> I was right that I wouldn't like what he told me. I didn't. I was wrong about the diagnosis. It is plantar fasciitis. I'd convinced myself if wasn't because the pain is in my heel, not my arch. And that's why I decided to go to the doctor: if I'd gone with my guess, I would have been completely wrong. <BR> <BR> So I am to avoid being barefoot except when I'm sleeping, swimmin... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:50:15 EST I'd Call This A Good Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740712 I swam for about an hour last night. I may never excel at swimming, but I'm motivated to keep at it. <BR> <BR> The biggest reason is that swimming has toned my lower torso. At least a half-dozen people have told me I look great and I look like I've lost a lot of weight. I've lost about 35 pounds from my peak, but I haven't lost much since my bout with gastroenteritis four months ago. (I painfully dropped five pounds in a weekend, and it's mostly stayed off.) More importantly, I look sleeker... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:48:22 EST 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