RAINBOWCHARMER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RAINBOWCHARMER RAINBOWCHARMER'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/ Humbug. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607940 I'll admit to being a little on the cranky side this morning. Went to bed basically on time last night. About 8:30. Read for a little bit, and asleep by probably 9. But woke up at 2:30 this morning and couldn't get back to sleep. That is so very frustrating for me!! It's happened a lot in the last couple of weeks, and I'm not sure why!! But it's driving me bananas. I go to bed with enough time to get 7 hours of sleep, but my body craps out on me between 5-6 hours of sleep. Does this mean that... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 08:30:49 EST Goal setting with friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606968 I find myself a part of a local group of women, which is very good for me. And this past weekend, six of us sat down together to ruminate on our 2013 goals and results, and to share our 2014 goals. I did not share all of my goals because we did not have time for that many (I have 21+ and continuously growing), I did share some of my bigger goals for the year, and a few small ones as well. And I learned from others while I was there too. <BR> <BR> We also did a guided meditation, which was a... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:30:08 EST Jan 21 - a year later. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601189 So on this day last year, at about 10:00am, my little ordered and planned world fell apart. <BR> <BR> It was on that day that my partner of 11 years told me that the plans we made for starting a family were not something she could be a part of anymore - that she just didn't want to be a parent, and that she was sorry that she had let me plan and dream for so long about it before breaking my heart. <BR> <BR> A lot has changed for me in the last year. We went through a period of trying to m... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:44:24 EST Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599744 When I started this journey a couple years ago, I used my blog to keep me accountable. And while I do work out with a friend pretty regularly now, I've not felt like I've been very consistent lately and I want to get back to that. I'm still at my goal weight. I'm doing fine in general. But I feel like I need a little more structure in my workout/eating than I'm getting right now. I am just a little anxious about regressing, and really want to make sure that doesn't happen. So I think I'm goin... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:02:38 EST Updating goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583958 I wanted to add a few more goals to my list. <BR> <BR> 1.) Maintain my ability to run 5K minimum <BR> 2.) Train for an OLYMPIC distance triathlon! <BR> 3.) Re-try the garden. Again. Come on success!! <BR> 4.) Build the stinking fire pit! <BR> 5.) Maintain my weight within 5 pounds of 120. <BR> 6.) Remain active on Spark all year long <BR> 7.) Continue exploring dreams/options for the future <BR> 8.) Enjoy the hell out of Paris in May!! And take a bazillion pictures! <BR> 9.) Continue... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 08:02:37 EST Hello 2014. Let's review 2013, and set new goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579440 2013... let's just say what a roller-coaster of a year... At the beginnig of 2013 my partner and I were saving and planning for a baby. On January 21, she pulled the plug on that, and our relationship went into a downward spiral that eventually led to the end of an 11 year relationship, and a very rough year. We split up pets and household items... but we remain friends, and I'm very grateful that our friendship is as strong as it is. In fact, it seems like we talk more now than we did when w... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:48:01 EST Increasing my vegetable repertoire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531980 So this weekend, I went camping with a friend and we grilled a kazillion veggies between Friday evening and Sunday morning. Ok, maybe not a kazillion. But we had a LOT of vegetables. <BR> <BR> And some of them were veggies I had not really liked before. Like Asparagus... my mom makes it on occasion - some kind of carmelized asparagus, which I really haven't enjoyed. But on the grill w/ garlic and a little olive oil, they were VERY good!! <BR> <BR> We also grilled mushrooms, zucchini, pota... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 13:22:16 EST I have a plan, Stan. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504421 So I'm traveling for work next week, and I want to make sure I stay as healthy as possible with food/exercise on my trip. <BR> <BR> I booked a hotel with a refrigerator in the room, which means I will be grocery shopping when I arrive so I have control over at least some of my meals. I'll be able to control breakfast every day, and dinner most of the days. Lunch will be harder since it is catered in each day at work... but if I can control the rest of my meals, I won't worry too much about ... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 12:46:56 EST New Triathlon PR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500330 So yesterday was my 3rd (and final for the year) triathlon. This was the same distance as my first triathlon, and it started from the same place, but the routes were a little different. <BR> <BR> The swim was an out/back rather than along the shore, the bike was a loop rather than an out/back, and the run was a little different route too - the transition area was in another place, so it started/finished about a half mile from where the first one was at, which means the run turn-around was i... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:45:30 EST Vacation Recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481646 So I'm back from vacation. Officially arrived home Sunday night. Took yesterday off work to catch up on laundry, housework, errands, etc - and am back to work today. <BR> <BR> I am in recovery mode, as there was a lot of food I'm not used to eating involved in the week I was on vacation. Definitely ate heavier than usual, and did not work out nearly as much as I normally do. I got in 2 spin classes and 2 runs on my vacation, and a lot of walking too - but certainly not to the extent that I ... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:40:18 EST Oops?? Where did the month go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463860 I've been slacking in the blog entry area. <BR> <BR> But in general, things are going well. I am training for my next traithlon (Sept 29), and while I feel like I need to swim more often, otherwise the training is going pretty well. <BR> <BR> I've been doing a LOT of spinning, which I enjoy. And I've noticed improvements in my running I think because I've been spinning so much. Last week I went to a brick class, and kicked butt! The class is 90 minutes - 20 min bike / 1 (ish) mile run, 20... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 09:22:20 EST Spark Radio Interview! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430275 My interview with Lily is up!! <BR> <BR> I really enjoyed talking to her, although I could totally have gone on a LOT longer. LOL <BR> <BR> Apparently I have way too much to say sometimes. Hah! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, please listen to the interview, and the rest of the podcast too! <BR> <BR> I'm also officially signed up for my 3rd triathlon of the season - September 29! Another sprint tri. And I'm definitely preparing for the Irongirl tri next spring too! Tue, 23 Jul 2013 07:55:39 EST Brick Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422774 Saturday we did a brick - 13 mile bike, 3.1 mile run. There's a triathlon in August we were debating, but the setup is not great, and it's a long drive, which means we'd have to stay overnight and my budget is just too tight for some of this at the moment. So, we're going to nix that one - even though we did a brick at that route - and we're signing up for a local tri at the end of September instead. So I'll be doing 3 triathlons this year!! <BR> <BR> At spin last night the instructor annou... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 08:49:56 EST Mid-year Goal Check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419043 So at work we're doing "mid-year reviews", which I hate. <BR> <BR> But it made me think... maybe I should check in on my goals for the year and see where I'm at with them... I actually have pop-up reminders in my outlook at work that I see every Friday to help keep me reminded of my goals this year, and I even went so far as to set a custom background on my PC at work that lists my goals too. I wanted to keep them on the forefront of my mind because they are important to me. <BR> <BR> So ... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 15:25:35 EST Racking up mileage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416818 This past Sunday I rode about 32 miles on a very hilly route. We outran a big white dog who apparently had a vendetta against bikes, and we maintained an average pace of 15.7mph, which was pretty spectacular considering I've never ridden that distance before and the hills were pretty killer. <BR> <BR> And while there were a few times that I really wanted to get off the freaking bike and walk up the hill already, I didn't. And I felt awesome by the time we finished. Tired, yes. But pretty am... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:05:14 EST Hello, My name is Emily, and I am a stress eater... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409478 It's true. When I'm stressed out, I tend to turn to food. In many cases I'm able to stop this cycle, but this week has not been a banner week for me. I've been incredibly stressed out due to a personal issue in my life at the moment, and am really struggling to regain control. I've had multiple high calorie days this week without the burn to make up for the calorie differential. If I continue this, I will begin to gain weight, and that's definitely not my goal. <BR> <BR> It's a work in progr... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 10:01:16 EST Longest bike ride yet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401383 So on Saturday, I biked 25.5 miles with a group of friends. It was a beautiful, albeit hilly ride. Really enjoyed myself though. I averaged about 15.5 mph, which was fine. It was meant to be more of a relaxed ride, and I had a hard time keeping my pace down. Apparently when I get on the bike I just wanna GO. lol. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, we had a really great time, and I'd definitely do that ride again. It was about an hour drive from the house, but well worth the time to get there. I think next t... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 12:52:15 EST 2nd Triathlon Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393089 The triathlon on Sunday was a lot of fun, and VERY crowded. There were somewhere around 900 people in the race, and 43 or so in my age group. I came in 8th, which I was very pleased with. <BR> <BR> My times were really good. My swim was under 10 min, I averaged 20 mph in the biking portion, and 9 minute miles in the run. So I was very happy with my finish time of 1:01:12! I had aimed for 60 min or less and got real close to it!! <BR> <BR> I did get lost in transition briefly when we came ... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 08:29:47 EST Update 6/12/13 and Triathlon pictures! Lots of them!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386931 Only a few more days until my 2nd triathlon! <BR> <BR> Last night we swam, and tonight we're running and swimming. Tomorrow is another swim, and Friday is biking and swimming. <BR> <BR> Lots and lots of swimming going on!!! <BR> <BR> I was super proud of myself last night - I swam about 2/3 of the 1/4 mile at a front crawl! I'm getting more and more able to swim at that more efficient stroke! One day soon I'll be able to do the whole thing! And when that happens, my time is gonna be sup... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 12:29:27 EST My First Triathlon!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384313 I will post pictures later (they're on my computer at home), but wanted to update about my first triathlon. <BR> <BR> It was SO much fun!! <BR> <BR> I PLACED THIRD!!! in my age group (out of 29 women!!), which was AMAZING. I was SO pumped about that!! <BR> <BR> My swim (plus the 1/4 mile run to transition) was just over 12 minutes, my bike was just over 41 minutes, and my run was just over 27 minutes. Those were all awesome times for me!! That's a PR for my run!! I've never run a 5k in... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:55:27 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 1 day!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381604 Tomorrow morning is the race!! <BR> <BR> I *think* I am ready!! <BR> <BR> This week has been somewhat of a resting week with swimming and yoga being my main forms of training, plus some Jillian Michael's weight lifting Monday and Wednesday. <BR> <BR> I went to yoga class last night and my instructor was nice enough to do LOTS of IT band stretching poses for my knee. I feel like I'm about as prepared as I can be. <BR> <BR> My transition bag is packed. My bike is in the car. I checked t... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 14:51:35 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 5 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376675 Well, the dry run (is it really dry if you swim??) went really well. I swam the route in 11 minutes, the bike route took me 46.5 minutes, and the run took me under 29 minutes (!!!). I've NEVER run a 5K in under 29 minutes. Ever. My best run was a 30 minute finish... I'm not sure what happened?? And while I did push myself a lot harder in the bike portion than I have previously (beat my old time by almost 3 minutes), I did not push that hard in the run, or at least I didn't think I was pushing... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 11:32:22 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 8 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373648 A week from tomorrow!! Yikes!!! <BR> <BR> So the brick session last night went really well. I finished the 13 mile bike ride in 49 minutes, and I only stopped briefly at the turn-around point to wait for the light to change so I could get back on the road. Then the run took us about 35 minutes, which was fine. I wasn't pushing my pace on the run - partly because my knee was feeling a little funky, and partly because I didn't want to run alone. I'm not worried about the run anyhow. I've been... Fri, 31 May 2013 12:46:30 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 9 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372275 Tuesday's run was shorter than planned, but went OK. Yoga class was good. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did Jillian's Kickboxing workout in the AM, walked the dogs, and then last night did my first swim in the lake. Which was a little scarier than I expected... <BR> <BR> I don't like not being able to see where I'm going in the water, and we were out far enough that there was nowhere to stop and rest if something happened, so that was a little frightening too. But I did it... I am not 100% sure t... Thu, 30 May 2013 08:26:02 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 11 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370165 Slacking on the blog updates apparently... <BR> <BR> Anyhow, on Friday I did 60 minutes on my bike trainer before walking the dogs for 45 minutes, and then did an hour of yoga outdoors on the square Friday evening, which was incredibly fun. I've never taken an outdoor yoga class before, and I thoroughly enjoyed that! <BR> <BR> Followed that with dinner and great company with friends - just a very nice evening. <BR> <BR> Saturday we did a brick at the tri route, which went OK. The bike r... Tue, 28 May 2013 09:34:47 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 16 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365706 Last night we swam at the aquatic center, but it was a little busier than usual so we were sharing the lane with other people, which made things a little slower than I would have liked since I could not just turn around and keep going after each lap. I had to wait for people to get out of the way. This wasn't necessarily a bad thing for me to have to deal with, but it did burn fewer calories than I had intended on. <BR> <BR> Still though, this is probably a good thing for me since I'm still... Thu, 23 May 2013 13:16:34 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 17 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364259 Surprisingly I am not sore this morning from the DVD yesterday. I really thought that my arms might be sore because I felt like the workout was really tough on them. So either it wasn't as hard as I thought it was, or I am in better shape than I expected... not sure which. But I'll be doing that DVD again tomorrow. This morning was yoga and a 2.5 mile walk. Tonight is swimming. <BR> <BR> Our run last night was an alternating run/walk so I could stay with my training partner. Mostly because... Wed, 22 May 2013 07:54:11 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 18 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363486 This morning I tried Jillian Michael's Ripped in 30 - week 1 workout. It was ok. I still like her "biggest winner" series better I think. But I'm going to try all 4 workouts before I make a final call on that. For sure my arms are going to be sore - there was a lot of arm strength training in this workout, which should make swimming tomorrow an interesting experience... <BR> <BR> Planning to run tonight at the college track, though I need to confirm with my training partner on that. <BR> ... Tue, 21 May 2013 13:05:18 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 19 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362277 It's definitely getting close!! <BR> <BR> Friday we did the spin class, and we were the only two people in there, so the instructor modified the class for our road bike training. Which was very cool. <BR> <BR> Saturday was supposed to be the tri-ride, but got rained out, so we did a yoga workout instead. Hiked a bit on the way to camping, and then spent a very soggy afternoon/evening/morning at the campground (poured down rain much of the time), and while we had fun, it did put a damper on... Mon, 20 May 2013 12:37:38 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 23 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358253 Swimming went well yesterday. I did 1/4 mile in 10 minutes, and then swam a total of 44 lengths in 30 minutes - 4 lengths more than I've done in the past in that timeframe. So I am definitely getting faster/better. I'm also getting to where I can front crawl more than I was before. I do have to still switch strokes, but I am hoping to eventually get to the place where I can front crawl that whole 1/4 mile without stopping or switching strokes. Maybe not before this triathlon, but that is stil... Thu, 16 May 2013 07:52:57 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 24 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357095 Last night I ran intervals from 5.5 mph to 6.5 mph on the treadmill, and averaged overall a 10 minute mile for 3 miles. I felt actually pretty good even at the 6.5mph speed! <BR> <BR> We followed the running with an hour yoga class, which I didn't enjoy as much as I normally enjoy yoga. The instructor at the Y was not great at directing things, and since I do yoga without my glasses on I have to depend on what she says since I can't see what she's doing... which means I struggled to follow ... Wed, 15 May 2013 07:49:43 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 25 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356032 So the weekend was something of a break in the schedule. No workouts. And I did have a high calorie day on Saturday. Sunday was back to a normal calorie day along with a 90 minute massage (aahhhhh), and yesterday I was back to working out. My back was still a little sore yesterday, but seems better this morning. I walked yesterday morning and then we swam for about 30 minutes (38 laps), followed by some time in the sauna and then the jacuzzi (with jets on my back). I stayed in both of those w... Tue, 14 May 2013 08:56:36 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 29 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351823 I've been fighting a knot in the middle of my back since yesterday morning. I think I may have pulled it a little during my workout yesterday morning. There's a move in the video that I did that normally I do the "beginner" version of because it always makes my back a little sore, but I was feeling good and did the more advanced version, and it's been hurting since then. I've done the biofreeze thing a few times with not much relief, so I finally caved and took some ibuprofen this morning. <... Fri, 10 May 2013 08:45:17 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 30 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350877 Sh!ts getting real now!!! <BR> <BR> I kind of feel like I'm slacking this week. I am working out, but I'm not doing as much as I have been doing, but that will change next week once my training partner is done with her duathlon and can focus on the tri-training again. <BR> <BR> Last night we did ride for a little bit, but it was more of an 'easy' ride so she doesn't get worn out before her race. And that's fine, since I know that next week we're going to be getting a little more kick-butt ... Thu, 9 May 2013 10:58:35 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 31 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349725 Yesterday was something of a break in my training. I walked a couple miles in the morning with the dogs, but that was my only workout yesterday. It was my partner's birthday, so we got dinner after work and watched the latest episode of Once Upon A Time together. <BR> <BR> But I'm back at it today. This morning was a Jillian Michael's circuit training DVD, followed by a 2.5 mile walk. And this evening I'm riding with my training partner since it's FINALLY a nice day for riding. I'm so ready... Wed, 8 May 2013 11:10:15 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 32 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348409 So the spin class last night was not the same instructor. This one was a woman who apparently has a sadistic desire to climb hills and stand a LOT. Like 3/4 of the class was out of the bike seat. During the class I really really wanted to quit. But I didn't, and I felt really great at the end of it. Then I ran 3.1 miles on the treadmill, so I did a good brick last night, although I do want to do that out of the gym a few times since I know that riding my bike and running on the pavement are d... Tue, 7 May 2013 09:36:18 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 33 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347150 Today is supposed to be a morning run day, but my schedule is a little different than it has been. I'm going to the Y with my training partner tonight and we're going to run for 30 min, then do an hour spin class. So rather than run this morning AND this evening, which would be a real invitation for knee problems, I did yoga this morning, and then walked the dogs. <BR> <BR> I am actually really looking forward to the spin class tonight. I'm kinda hoping it's the same "mean" instructor as la... Mon, 6 May 2013 09:09:07 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 34 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345955 This weekend has been something of a recovery weekend for me, which I think I probably needed. I'm down another pound to 120 this morning, which is my absolute minimum that I'm comfortable with, and I think maybe I've just overtrained a little bit?? <BR> <BR> I didn't sleep great again last night - more anxiety stuff - but I did eat yesterday, mostly. I was around 1200 calories, which again is too low, but without exercise yesterday, it shouldn't make too big of a difference in a calorie def... Sun, 5 May 2013 07:38:19 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 35 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345088 Yikes! That 30 day mark is coming up REAL fast!! <BR> <BR> So yesterday I started with a yoga workout in the AM, walked the dogs, and then took my very first spin class after work. I was terrified of the spin class to begin with. I've never done one before, and they've always looked very hard. I was really sure that I was not up to keeping up with a class. Anyhow, my training partner talked me into it, and I'm so glad I went!! It was a really good class, and yes it was hard, but I accomplis... Sat, 4 May 2013 08:17:36 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 36 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344114 Yesterday was a yoga day. I so needed it too!! I have been all stressed out, and I feel a lot better this morning. I went to yoga class last night, and then I did another yoga video this morning before walking the dogs for 40 min. The good news is I'm not feeling the tightness in my chest that I was feeling yesterday. It was totally an anxiety thing, but I couldn't seem to shake it. So between the yoga and a very generous friend who does energy balancing, I am feeling better today. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 3 May 2013 08:52:35 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 37 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342921 Yesterday I did another 48 laps in 30 minutes at the pool. I stopped once to de-fog my goggles, but otherwise went non-stop, though I did still conitnue to change strokes each lap. <BR> <BR> As of this morning I'm down another pound to 122, and I'm still struggling to get to my minimum calories. I was under by 500 or so yesterday. I'm not exactly under-eating. I mean I had just over 1200 calories yesterday, but based on my exercise and the fact that my goal is to maintain, it's not been eno... Thu, 2 May 2013 08:18:43 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 39 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340375 This morning I put in just shy of 30 minutes on the bike trainer, and then walked the dogs for a little over 30 minutes. I may get on the bike again after work and put in another 30-60 minutes. Will see how the day goes. I have to stop at the vet after work to pick up our foster. She got spayed yesterday, and I am hoping hoping hoping that we will start getting applications for her soon because I am so ready to be back to my normal routine with the dogs. Not that she's a problem dog or anythi... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 07:48:27 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 40 days (part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339934 Got to the pool this evening and swam 48 lengths in 30 minutes. Woohoo! I did stop once to put baby shampoo in my goggles because they were fogging so bad, but beyond that I really did not stop. I did switch strokes each length, but I kept going, and I did a lot more crawl stroke than I have in the past. My goal eventually is to get to swimming at least that 1/4 mile amount non-stop at a crawl, but I guess that is going to take a little time to build up to. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I felt like I c... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 20:12:09 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 40 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339366 So getting down under the 40 day mark is making me anxious. I feel like the time is flying by and I haven't done a lot of the things I want to do ahead of time yet... <BR> <BR> I need to do some brick training. And I was really hoping to get a chance at a "dry run" of the whole thing... but I'm not sure where I will squeeze that in yet, especially since my training partner is going to be out of town a couple of times this coming month... <BR> <BR> Anyway, this morning I ran for 35 min on ... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 11:28:39 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 41 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338147 Yesterday was my obstacle course race. I did really well, and I was very proud of myself! I came in 2nd in my age group (out of 29) and 87th overall (out of 371). So I was pretty impressed with those results considering I've never done an obstacle run before. <BR> <BR> I did beat up my knees pretty badly with one of the mud crawls - it was full of rocks and there was just no way around scratching up my knees and legs. The only other obstacle that I didn't enjoy was one of the creek runs. It... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 10:51:36 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 43 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336726 Whew! Did an awesome bike ride tonight with my training partner. LOVING the whole training buddy thing. It really pushes me to do better when I'm out there. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, we did a little over 15.5 miles in 1:11:00, which was a good pace for us. It was definitely challenging with some long uphill climbs, but this is good because my route on the triathlon is definitely hilly. So I need to be practicing that for sure! Next time we're gonna have to increase the distance I think. We had aime... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 20:09:25 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 44 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335103 Ok, so yesterday I did a Jillian Michael's circuit training video (front side workout), followed by walking the dogs. I was supposed to go to my self defense class Tuesday night, but had an emotional meltdown instead... awesome. Thankfully I had therapy last night and was able to kind of sort out the meltdown... Anyhow, this morning I followed up with a Jillian Michael's backside workout, and then walked the dogs. Tonight is the final self defense class for this session, and I am going. Tonig... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:49:43 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 46 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332839 I did 30 min in the pool yesterday - 38 laps, but I think in a meter pool rather than yards like I've been doing. This was at the YMCA instead of the local county pool, and was... interesting... I think I will probably stick with the local county pool going forward. Less chaos for me. Although like my training partner said... it was probably good experience to have people bumping into me and stuff. I get it. But it made swimming continuous laps really impossible. <BR> <BR> My other main com... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:05:35 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 47 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331487 Apparently the route I'll be riding for the triathlon is ridiculously hilly. Who came up with THAT brilliant idea when designing a triathlon for beginners?? Geez. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, we rode the route on Saturday in pretty good time, although there were moments when I really wanted to get off the bike and say screw this altogether. LOL <BR> <BR> I guess I should be proud of myself for getting done with the course. Although I did finally get off and walk up the last hill. I just couldn't peda... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 09:32:34 EST Countdown to Triathlon - 50 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328958 So tonight's bike ride got rescheduled to tomorrow. Means I'm combining my bike and swim tomorrow, but in the wrong order. Which is OK too. I did get a 35 min yoga session and a 20 min walk in this morning, so I'm not completely lazy today, but had hoped to burn a few more calories today. Will make up for it tomorrow though. :) <BR> <BR> Then Sunday we are riding like 20 miles with a group of friends, which I am a little more anxious about... I was nervous enough about riding the 12 miles to... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 17:51:50 EST