ONEKIDSMOM's SparkPeople Blog ONEKIDSMOM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 1500 Days Logging in <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I even know exactly when this streak started... it was coming home from watching ON2VICTORY finish his 70.3 triathlon in Wisconsin Dells (where I had internet access issues and missed a day or two). One of the great joys in my life has been finding this site and meeting many other ordinary folks (like myself) with similar needs to keep ourselves working at losing and then later maintaining,... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:26:47 EST A day of freedom I had scheduled today as a vacation day, thinking that if I *did* the Oly tri on Sunday, I would need it for sheer physical recovery. But with the decisions to neither run Friday night, nor tri on Sunday morning... I found myself released from expectations and pressures to perform. After three nights of short sleep, last night I slept soundly, going back to bed after the alarm and morning pills today, and sleeping until I was READY to be up and about. <BR> <BR> It was a good call. Today, ... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:32:14 EST The decision to not start I've made it several times this year now. It's always hard for me to do... but I did not start the Leprechaun Chase (10K - ill), the State Farm ten mile (nasty weather), both in March, and now this weekend both the Harvest Moon Hustle (10K) to preserve the possibility of this morning's Olympic distance triathlon... which it turned out I opted not to start recognizing that it was foolish to sign up for it high on endorphins from the Age Group Nationals in August. <BR> <BR> I had done that on... Sun, 17 Sep 2017 19:18:41 EST Sometimes the right choice is obvious, sometimes not But once a choice is MADE, it's in the past, and one moves on. <BR> <BR> Yesterday late afternoon, I did indeed drive out to the race venue, and hung out until race start. I picked up the shirt and bib, to add to my collection of "races paid for and not run" but I kept my options open until the last moment, having dressed in running gear. <BR> <BR> Glad I went to get the shirt... it will make a fine quilt block or a fine hanging around the house shirt: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:11:43 EST Decisions and dithering As my status noted, I'm still dithering over whether to do the evening 10K tonight, attempt the Oly tri on Sunday, or do neither. Doing BOTH I had already ruled out... after all, I raced last weekend and I know from experience what happens when I do too many races too close together. That way got me into this year of injury and recovery! <BR> <BR> Complicating the decision process has been the allergy week. Monday I drugged up to go to work. Tuesday, didn't seem to need it. Wednesday, b... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 07:41:54 EST Transition to Retirement Blog 7 It's getting more and more real as the weeks roll by. At this point I have 71 working days remaining, and they will be spread out over the next 15 calendar weeks. Some parts of the transition are happening sooner or have already happened. I've been doing the number crunching (analytical mind demands it, but I'm not QUITE as stringent at it as my brother)... I've made appointments to walk through some of the paperwork, now that the time is close enough to do so. I've actually done some of ... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 07:53:16 EST Is becomes was... sigh! I had my weekly session with BJ today. For those of you who commented on my status questioning... BJ has been my personal trainer lo these past four months! <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> She's been the best trainer I've ever had, and I've been through four of them before her, I think, at various parts of my journey. Early in our session today, she let me know this would be our last training session. She got a better paying job, with a better schedule for her (single mom of three), starting ... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:44:40 EST Quick Monday morning status and pep talk First, honoring the date... September 11th was special to me as my parents' Wedding Anniversary. It is now day of remembrance for thousands. <BR> <BR> Second: health. Blasted allergies. Did not sleep well, despite "modern drugs" (i.e. headache stuff). This morning I'll be headed to work on Zyrtek clone and Advil. I know that the Buffalo Run with its pine needles and this year the smoky air will kick these into gear, but every year, I say "it's worth it" anyway. <BR> <BR> I will monito... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 07:53:38 EST Slower than I HAVE been, but I'm out there! This morning was the 41st Annual Running of the Buffalo run. Bad news: Ann Ringlein, running coach for Nebraska Wesleyan and owner of the Lincoln Running Company has aged up... and I haven't yet. So... no shirt for ME this year! That woman puts in a 7:30 mile pace. <BR> <BR> One woman I have trouble beating EVERY year... dropped to third in our age group (there was another speedy 60 year old aged in, too). So Constance the Competitor had to be smacked down with managing expectations. I... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 14:26:33 EST Ready or not, there is this little 5 miler on Sunday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, we are going to go run around the Buffalo statue, twice! And it won't be just me and however many hundreds of chums this year... I'll have a sister in the mix... AND my trainer BJ... and my Galloway coach Jeremy. <BR> <BR> I've always loved this race, even though it makes me sneeze by the end. <BR> <BR> So... for today... don't do anything to interfere with having a good time on Sund... Fri, 8 Sep 2017 07:48:37 EST Transition to Retirement Blog 6 Music track playing in the head: 76 Trombones led the big parade... yep, the countdown of workdays stands at 76 today. Chatted with the boss yesterday to find out how the process to fill my position is coming along. He hopes to have it filled by November 1st. That gives me 41 working days to transition. <BR> <BR> And if they fill it with one of my own, that puts their own release work at risk, potentially. I proposed we might do some form of "flip-flop" where I take on that person's t... Thu, 7 Sep 2017 07:40:50 EST Transition to retirement blog 5 I wrote four "transition to retirement" blogs in the January and February time frame, around the time that I transitioned to part time. I wrote about how the schedule was changing, the impact of my falls / injury and how that was changing my options for things to do with those extra two hours per work day of "me time". <BR> <BR> During high Summer, I swung into a training schedule that used those two hours the way I had intended... with a swim, a weight training session, or a run. But then... Wed, 6 Sep 2017 08:04:44 EST Some dates get you looking back to where you were Twenty years ago today... news of Princess Diana's death rocked the world. My son was 13 years old. I was still married to his father. We were watching coverage and reading internet posts in our old home in upstate New York. <BR> <BR> To me, the scene of where I was and what I was doing seems so, so, long ago. So much has happened in those twenty years. 1997, at the time, I was on an extended family leave, due to three deaths in the family in 1996. I was getting itchy, in August, to re... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 07:31:43 EST Monday - gee that weekend went fast! I've always loved Mondays... they are the beginning of putting faith into practice, Sunday being the re-charge day if you're a regular Sunday church go-er, when you get all the reminders about practicing your faith. Monday is where the rubber meets the road. <BR> <BR> It's also (for me) the start of a work-week, the return from the less-structured time of weekends (at least weekends without events in them), to the more structured work day. Those days are numbered for me, with 83 working da... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 07:46:16 EST The workout I did NOT want to skip this weekend Having skipped Friday's swim, and shortened Saturday's run... I managed to pull off today's Heat Stroke 100 Bike ride (for me, it was a 35 mile route). <BR> <BR> It was not the most pleasant bike ride I've ever done, mainly due to it being rain delayed, so there was more traffic on the highway whose shoulders constituted the majority of the ride than there would have been at the published hour. My biking companion had injured herself running this week, and sent me a text message yesterday... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 15:58:02 EST Testing the body - one day at a time I skipped the swim after work last night, looking at my three-day plan... swim, run, bike... and prioritizing. If I had to give ONE up, which one should I let go? Swim was the obvious answer, since I *did* get a swim in on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Then this morning I felt ready to test what the body was up for in a run. I was determined it would be easy miles, but I thought I'd go with the Fleet Feet training group, just so I wouldn't be alone on the route. Unfortunately I did not check ahead ... Sat, 26 Aug 2017 11:01:09 EST So far so good The neck's better every day, I keep testing the range of motion to the left, and while it's still got some pain on the far extreme, it feels more like PT stretching than "yikes". And I'm off meds. <BR> <BR> The now modified plan includes a swim after work today, a run with the Fleet Feet crew tomorrow, provided the swim goes well, and showing up for the Heat Stroke 100 bike ride on Sunday, provided the run goes well, with self-permission to cut it even shorter than the planned 35 miles, if ... Fri, 25 Aug 2017 07:59:08 EST But not TODAY! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After assessing body readiness and nature of appropriate workout, I opted NOT to work out with my trainer yesterday. I'm happy with that decision. The neck is feeling much better this morning. I think it would have stressed the recovery too much to lift improperly, yesterday. The swim on Tuesday was OK, weight training yesterday, probably not. <BR> <BR> So... that left me with that old ... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 07:56:49 EST Things that usually go without saying Sunscreen works. If you use it. <BR> <BR> Bug spray works. If you use it. <BR> <BR> I don't like either one... don't like having "stuff" on my skin. Don't care much for lotions at all. BUT, knowing I was going to be out eclipse viewing on Monday, I diligently applied both before climbing up to the top of the dam. <BR> <BR> But the places where the bug spray didn't get? I've been finding them... under the clothing! Remember I said I was plotting to schlep my chair in a bag? I decid... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:23:45 EST Do I REALLY want to go back to routine? Well, yes, I do! Of course I do. <BR> <BR> But it has been a very weird 3-day weekend, between the neck and then yesterday the eclipse. Feeling kind of like I'm returning from another planet. <BR> <BR> I'm sitting here typing with one last ice pack on the neck. It's improving, but taking no chances. The "72 hours" isn't up yet. And while the doctor gave me the OK to get back in the pool this afternoon, I remembered, too, that my 3rd cousin was in town for the eclipse and will be visi... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:51:26 EST Being there and seeing the corona <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was the best shot I got of the eclipse, putting my ISO eclipse glasses in front of my cell phone's camera lens. It's not very good and I didn't get a shot of the corona that turned out. <BR> <BR> But oh, what an experience. For one thing, the park I chose to go view it at was apparently NOT prioritized for storm cleanup, as there was a bit of an obstacle course in spots. <BR> <img s... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:56:25 EST Been looking forward to today since I was a kid! Back in 1967, I was what, 14-15 years old? In 6th grade I think. That would have been the last time a solar eclipse came close to us, and we studied it in school. In 1994, I think it was, I was "surprised" by a partial solar eclipse, showing up in the shadows of trees in Des Moines, Iowa when I was on a lunch break. <BR> <BR> Of course when they told us in 1967 that the next time there would be a total solar eclipse in the local area would be in 2017, i.e. in 50 years(!)... I pondered whe... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:10:56 EST Bonus blog - still reliving the reward Over the course of the last week, I've been gradually working my way through the seven and a half hours of the live stream video of last weekend's triathlon. This morning, even while icing my neck and doing the recovery stuff, I got to the 5 hour and 38 minute mark... where I saw myself coming across the finish line. Now my official chip time for the race was 4:04 and change, but you have to remember they start us in waves, and the video has different clips from five different spots: <BR> ... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 13:40:12 EST Paying the price When I decided to "go for it" with the Oly tri on short training, I told myself I'd be paying the price afterwards. I was willing, even so, to pay that price. But I felt so good afterwards, I got a little cocky. I thought I "got away with it". Anybody else ever do that? In my case, it meant putting together the plan for another race, a month out. And starting with three workouts in the week since. A swim and run on Tuesday, weight training on Wednesday, swim on Friday. <BR> <BR> The b... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 08:58:56 EST Bonus blog - and the doctor said... So, it (the neck pain) didn't "go away", and when my mother-hen (she calls herself this, so I think she'll be OK with my saying it) kid sis asked via messenger whether I'd had advice from a professional I said "no". Had I taken anything for it? Well, no. Not even aspirin or advil? Well, no... I'm not sure what I *should* be taking for this, sez I. <BR> <BR> And I'm avoiding driving, since I can't turn my head to the left. Duh! Not safe. <BR> <BR> "I'll drive you," sez she. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:45:12 EST Plans that get put on hold I had this grand plan... I blogged it yesterday. And I started to follow through with it, too. I swam after work yesterday, a lovely 800 yard lap swim. Just straight laps, no drills. And it felt great. <BR> <BR> Then I went and shopped the 3rd anniversary sale at Fleet Feet and rewarded myself with four pairs of new athletic socks for the price of three. I even stocked up on some nutrition gels for long workouts in that training plan. <BR> <BR> Went to bed on time. Figured I'd be well... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:15:01 EST A month to prepare A month from yesterday, actually... to prepare for the Last Blast Triathlon. It's a challenging race, always, for me. For one thing, it's in mid-September, which means most likely a wet-suit legal lake swim. <BR> <BR> Now, the challenge for me is that I am racing this year about ten pounds heavier than I was a year ago. Will I fit inside Eliza the Sleek? Here I am in 2014, exiting the water from this race. Point weight that morning was about seven pounds less than this morning. Point... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:57:03 EST Backing off the big people events! So... I spent four days on the USAT Age Group National Championships - driving to Omaha, four days in a row. Being around a lot of high-energy people. They are inspiring, but I think I may have mentioned a time or six that I am by nature introverted... I give energy to people, and it goes OUT of me, in the process. <BR> <BR> I recharge with solitude. And the past week I haven't had a lot of it. <BR> <BR> I started to get really nervous about the upcoming Solar Eclipse. <BR> <BR> Yes, ... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:01:11 EST Prolonging the experience even while prepping to go to work There's a YouTube video out there of the whole race (7 and a half hours long) from Saturday. Takes a while to get 4000 athletes through a race, and time the waves to avoid too much congestion on the bike course, etc. In any case, this year I discovered how to stream YouTube to my Smart TV, and I started watching it yesterday before going to run with the Fleet Feet group. <BR> <BR> Before I left to run, I got to the swim start of my wave, and I could actually spot myself out there on the do... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:56:03 EST What does one do AFTER the finish line? Once upon a time I posted a blog about hating finish lines. Actually, it's a love-hate relationship that I have with finish lines. Going across one, the sense of accomplishment is <em>345</em> ! <BR> <BR> In triathlon, we get THREE finish lines. One at swim exit: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You might be a bit groggy, but you're about to head out and chase another one, on the bike: <BR> <img src="http://pho... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:32:56 EST Bonus blog - because it's NOT all about me! I came over here to write a second blog today after reading KALIGIRL's account, which, by the way, has the photos she took in it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399803 </link> <BR> <BR> I had to re-tell ONE story I had from last year, about my friend Deb, who met me at the finish line with a hug and a medal to hang 'round my neck. <BR> <BR> Deb also worked the VIP area last year as a volunteer. She lent her running shoes to Si... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:28:55 EST What is a Sherpa? Almost everyone who has followed the adventures of mountain climbers "topping" the Himalayan peaks (Mt. Everest, anyone?) has heard about the Sherpa. The term generically applies to the people who inhabit the high mountain reaches in Eastern Nepal, and many serve as the guides who help the crazy folks from all around the world plan and execute their climbs. <BR> <BR> So the term has been appropriated to imply that guide. It has been further appropriated beyond mountaineering by other sport... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:07:36 EST Whether you think you can or whether you think you cannot... either way, you're right. <BR> <BR> This is about self-fulfilling prophecies, and how we talk to ourselves. My trainer told me a story last week, about being out running with a male companion. Now both of them are very fit, and they had an encounter on the trail with a woman in front of them that they were overtaking while there was an oncoming cyclist. <BR> <BR> They were intent on letting the cyclist pass first, then there was plenty of room for the trainer and her friend to pass on the... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 19:23:52 EST Acted as if... until I *did* it! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did indeed go do the practice swim. I rode Sophia around the park road. Didn't put the Garmin on for either of those things, just let myself do them and feel how the body felt. <BR> <BR> Then I went to the rules briefing, just to see if they'd done anything "different" since last year. They had not, and I just enjoyed the rules jokes. The head official is somewhat humorous, ... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 18:17:32 EST Still acting as if <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here we are... made it to practice swim day. Remember the original plan was to drive to Omaha and do the practice swim, and pick up a volunteer gig, NOT to race. This wild-eyed idea to actually START the race, leaving Sophia in transition overnight tonight? That was born less than two weeks ago, on Monday July 31st! <BR> <BR> An accelerated 10 day training/taper plan was put together, an... Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:02:34 EST Bonus blog - 47 years ago today August 10, 1970 was my first day of training for my very first corporate job. I was hired as a part-time directory assistance operator when I was about to enter my senior year of high school. I stayed with that company, in varying capacities, for about 15 years, before I graduated University and moved on (having picked up a husband and given birth to a son in the intervening years). <BR> <BR> I still count August 10th as my work anniversary, and it dawned on me this morning that this marks... Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:53:53 EST Puttering and planning It's Thursday! It is packet pick up day, too, from 2 to 6 p.m. for those of us who choose to do so. Practice swim, bike check in, and the pre-race rules meeting (always a wise thing to attend) are tomorrow. <BR> <BR> In support of planning for all this I removed the bike rack from the back of my car this morning. I can hear some of you saying "WHAT?" Yes, removed the bike rack, because if I want to wait until after the practice swim to decide to check in the bike or not... I want Sophia ... Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:16:19 EST Welcome Wednesday Getting the mind set right. This is my last work day before four consecutive vacation days (split by a weekend). Practice for retirement? Not really. Race weekend. But the mind set is about that... this has to be done with the attitude of "the best spectator seat in the house". My chance to watch THIS year's TEAM USA triathlon in action, from the seat of my bicycle, on course. <BR> <BR> This has to be done with the attitude of: safest long workout possible - life guards watching the s... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 07:34:56 EST Decision factors... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh, yes, it may be a SHORT taper, but a taper it is. It finds me haunting the weather website with the 10 day forecasts. It finds me examining every body signal. <BR> <BR> Weather: will probably not be a factor. The forecast for race day is partly cloudy. If it was going to be thunderstorms, that would lean me against... no like slick roads for biking. <BR> <BR> The lake temperature, ... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 07:56:55 EST The debate and questions from comments The biggest question that I should address from comments on yesterday's blog came from STRONGDAWG and JEANKNEE: "Can you switch to a sprint tri rather than oly?" <BR> <BR> Well... to be honest, I haven't asked! You don't have to qualify for the Sprint... I had to win a USAT sanctioned age group to get into the Oly! The Sprint is on Sunday, the Oly is on Saturday, and some folks are racing BOTH! But they do have separate registrations, bib numbers, etc. In races where you have 3000 entra... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 07:42:52 EST The ten day plan - endurance test segment results <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If y'all remember the plan, it included a strength training session with BJ on Thursday, a longish swim Friday, a six mile run Saturday, and capped with an attempt at 20 miles on a bike this morning. The official plan as published said "Enough distance to make me feel confident of the 24 miles on race day." <BR> <BR> Here's how the morning went... <BR> <BR> Got up about 4, as usual. Stan... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 13:38:00 EST Maintenance anniversary thoughts Yesterday marked seven years since I declared myself in maintenance at the Jenny Craig center. Not every year of maintenance has been easy, and this has been one of the rough ones, at least in terms of the number on the scale. <BR> <BR> This morning I did one of my "point in time" studies of my archived weight measurements, and it tells the tale of August 4th. When I first entered maintenance, my point weight on the scale was essentially the same as today's! <BR> <BR> But after I entered ... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 11:32:36 EST Exchanging services My session with BJ yesterday afternoon was focused on legs. "Leg day at the gym" She designed it that way because I'd given her my whole ten day plan, and it had swimming on it today, and she didn't want to fry my arms. She hoped the leg work wouldn't impede my planned swim too much. We shall see! <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, it was a mutual "pulling off the ceiling" session. You see, the half marathon she's training for? Is on September 17th, and she just started her training ... Fri, 4 Aug 2017 08:00:43 EST Taper crazies and big dreams <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The taper warning is up on my cubicle wall again. And even with that lovely 10 day plan... the second guessing is out in full force. Will it be enough? Will it be too much? <BR> <BR> Thankfully, this afternoon, I have my session with BJ the personal trainer, and she'll peel me off the ceiling, work me out, and we'll tick our way through the check list of the plan and any alternatives t... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 07:35:28 EST Refining and adjusting the plan So far, so good... yesterday I followed through on the shorter swim (600 yards) followed by a four mile slow pacing run with the Fleet Feet Halfsy class. There is this one gal that I met and ran with last week, who is clearly recovering from knee issues, so running with her guarantees I won't "overdo". Average pace 11:50 minutes per mile. Same as last week. <BR> <BR> I also followed through on re-scheduling my vacation days Thursday and Tuesday the 10th and 15th. <BR> <BR> Today, a res... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 07:59:46 EST The ten day plan Yes, I might actually follow through on that Big Dream. And I might decide that wisdom is the better part of valor. It will no doubt be a race morning decision. <BR> <BR> In the meantime... I texted BJ (personal trainer) with my inner debate last night. She approved the plan to "act as if" I'm doing it and make a last minute call. <BR> <BR> So what steps will I take in the next ten days? <BR> <BR> * Re-schedule the two vacation days around the event... I already have Friday and Monday... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 08:00:00 EST Bonus blog - oh, yes, my mind went THERE! Most of you know that I qualified for the 2017 USAT Age Group National Olympic distance Triathlon, and dutifully plunked down my sizable entry fee way back last autumn. That was before the ill-fated training run that resulted in the stitches and concussion (November). And before the prohibition from activity that might result in another fall (January or March, depending on how you count). <BR> <BR> I stretched/compressed the measurement of that "six month" prohibition when I got back on a ... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 19:06:25 EST The REAL test... The REAL test of doing an endurance event on "residual fitness - minimal training" is the day after. When the endorphins start to wear off, your body starts taking inventory, and you have to return to your normal activities! <BR> <BR> Remember last week's blog about DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness)? <BR> <BR> I'm moving this morning, but stiff in spots, so the plan for today is to take it EASY while I go to work. <BR> <BR> * The bag is packed, full of healthy recovery fare. Remembe... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 07:03:53 EST Ready, set... you knew this was coming... Race Report Cornhusker State Games Triathlon OK, now that I have a few of the photos uploaded and cropped, it's time to tell the tale. And yes, I am still SUPER high on endorphins from my morning's outing. <BR> <BR> After all the second guessing, planning, preparing, and all, I got word from ALICIA363 yesterday that she would indeed be a friendly family spectator and able to hold on to some of my "stuff" that I wanted to have with me outside of transition and before the race (I had over an hour locked out of transition before my wave ... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 16:04:39 EST Prioritize: preparation day It's been so long since I toed a start line at a triathlon... you have to go back all the way to last August! This one tomorrow is a shorty, a so-called "sprint" distance triathlon. Only 500 meters in the water. Only 12 miles on the bike. And only a 5K run. <BR> <BR> And the shorter the race, the larger the importance of the transition from sport to sport! <BR> <BR> A seasoned triathlete friend recently wrote about how his transition area had slimmed down over the years he's been doin... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 10:08:52 EST