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Why Rest Days Are Important

Sunday, July 29, 2012      14 comments

I did some biking and swimming in Maine but precious little running. Walked one day but that was about it. So this morning, I laced up my sneakers and went for a run. The original plan was 5 miles, but I just couldn't face adding the extra... Read more

Maine & Open Water

Sunday, July 22, 2012      17 comments

On the spur of the moment last week I decided to hitch a ride with my parents to Maine this week for a family vacation. My cousin will be there with her 2 kids that are the same age as mine. Scowhegan is in the middle of the state, no beaches ... Read more

Anatomy of a PreRun

Wednesday, July 18, 2012      14 comments

Night before, check fancy TriTraining calendar to see what I should do: 40 min of running. 2 Child interruptions in the middle of the night, still get up a put on spiffy running shorts, industrial jog bra and cheapy men's tank top. Bring C... Read more

Halfway!

Sunday, July 15, 2012      8 comments

Sorry. Just too funny not to share. Image from HistoricLOLs, via Cheezburger Network.... Read more

Bike/Elbow Update

Friday, July 13, 2012      9 comments

Since hordes of Sparkers (ok, ONE) have been asking: My elbow is ... ok. No more swelling and it only aches during exercise. I still do not have full use. I've lost some mobility; I cannot straighten or bend it fully. Since I dont have ... Read more

How I came to stick a pencil in my @$$

Tuesday, July 10, 2012      27 comments

Recently I went to an event with my Mommy Group. SAHParents, you know the one I'm talking about: where the children play in one area and all the grownups dish and drink wine upstairs. (At least if you are lucky to not have a bunch of uptight o... Read more

For All My Triathlete Friends (And Those That Just Like To Bike)

Monday, July 09, 2012      6 comments

I have totally fallen in love with MapMyRide.com. Here's the hilly horror that was the Hunter Mountain Triathlon Bike Course www.mapmyride.com/routes
/view/104852779 And here's West Point: www.mapmyride... Read more

Water Jogging - The Hot Weather Alternative

Thursday, July 05, 2012      14 comments

A lot of my traditional exercise outlets are closed to me right now due to elbow issues. Heat closes even more. Its so hot, all you want to do is lay in the pool, right? I've been water jogging in the pool as a very low impact way to exer... Read more

I broke my elbow

Saturday, June 30, 2012      17 comments

But only a little bit. (Insert joke about a little bit pregnant here) "Oh, get clipless pedals" everyone said. "You'll be so much happier. More power, easier on legs...." So thursday I bicycled 11 miles out to a local shop and bough... Read more

The great closet clean out of '12

Wednesday, June 27, 2012      11 comments

Two days. Child and I both purged. (DH can do his own. He's a big boy.) Results: 8 (EIGHT!) bags of child's clothes. 1 big box (slightly larger than a paper box) overflowing with my stuff. I was brutal. I tried everything on. ... Read more

Dear Body,

Monday, June 25, 2012      11 comments

Dear Body,* I am putting you on notice. We had a lot of excuses last week. DH was on vacation. It was too hot. You were tired from staying out late the night before. You talk alot of smack about how "Oh, its hard, but everyone c... Read more

I dare you to TRI it!

Monday, June 18, 2012      9 comments

1. Are you in reasonable health, free from injury, asthma or any other condition that means serious and strenuous exercise could actually be harmful? 2. Are you capable of doing exercise for 1.5 to 2 hours? Something on the order of a 2 hr ... Read more

And then I set my car on fire

Sunday, June 17, 2012      13 comments

"When you hit a bump in the road, its like getting a flat tire on your car. You dont go around to the other 3 tires and put holes in them. You change the tire and get back on the road." I've heard this quote from many Sparkers, complainin... Read more

Triathlon (5 of 5): Epilogue

Thursday, June 14, 2012      13 comments

I just wanted to lose weight. Six months ago, JennSwims posted that she did a Personal Tri at her gym and it wasnt too bad. Shortly after DogLady13 also posted about her Personal Tri. As much as I loved Zumba, I was intrigued by the chall... Read more

Triathlon (4 of 5): Run

Wednesday, June 13, 2012      11 comments

Ahh. The 5K.18 months ago I did my first, the New Paltz Turkey Trot. I weighed 197 lbs. Every time my foot hit the ground, the floor didnt shake, but my fat definitely jiggled. I could feel the flab-momentum (flab-mentum?) in my joints. Read more


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