Wednesday, April 22, 2015

No Where To Be

Today, I was at the grocery store and the gentleman in front of me asked if I would like to go ahead of him.  We had the same amount of groceries so, I said, "No, thanks.  I don't have anywhere to be".

When was the last time I had no where to be?

I'm finally ready to admit it:  I over commit myself!

I think I've gotten pretty good at managing a busy schedule, but as an introvert, I still need to block out time for me to do nothing.  So, today as my cramps are awful and I'm sore from my workout yesterday and work was not pressing, I took a half day.

There are plenty of things I wanted to do - grocery shop, laundry, plant seeds for my garden this summer, BLOG. :)  I just haven't had time.  When I ordered my seeds, I was so excited for them to come in and now they've been here for almost 3 weeks and I haven't planted them!  (going for zucchini, crooked neck squash, a couple of types of tomatoes, jalapenos, lettuce, and maybe an onion or two)

This week started my Olympic triathlon training - week 1 of 16!  :)  Monday I got my swim on.  Since the first couple of weeks have short bike rides and runs, I combined them and yesterday I got up early and ran for 30 mins (run 4 mins, walk 1) and was on the bike for 25 minutes.  Then I rewarded myself with Starbucks.  hahaha.  a venti pike place, but I can't drink all of that in one day.  It will last me at least 3, maybe 4.  I'm going to try to run/bike again tomorrow morning and then swim Friday morning and my 6 "workouts" of my first week will be done.

Still hoping to get that race recap from AUGUST up.  Someday! LOL

I've got to work on meal planning and keeping my eating on track.  I either do bad for me convenience food or no food until I'm starving and then eat a bunch of stuff that doesn't go together.  This past weekend was busy, as usual, but I was gushing over my new sweet little niece, Ellie.  Love that kid, but oy eating out and hospital food has not made me feel awesome this week.

My "I need to go to the grocery" Lunch
Me and sweet baby Ellie

Friday, March 6, 2015

Healed the name of Jesus!

That's an inside joke.  My dad does some amazing impressions of TV evangelists.  I'm sorry you all don't get to see it.  I'm always doubled over laughing when he does it. foot is healed!

So far this year, I've done plenty of yoga, 2 bike sessions, 2 runs, and countless swims.  yeah, a lil bit lazy!!!

Around August, I was holding steady at 192, but a couple of trips to Cleveland and the holidays later, I actually saw 202 on the scale.  And that didn't make me happy.  I did feel more sluggish and my clothes weren't fitting as well.  I put in a couple of weeks of hard work and was down to 198.  I decided to do another Adv*ocare Cleanse (I had done one last year).

I stuck to the cleanse really well and lost 6 pounds in 10 days, back to 192!  I think the part that frustrated me the most is that at 192, I am only 2 pounds away from 100 pounds lost.  You would think that would be motivation, but I guess it's not.

I love where I live now, but I'll be honest, I'm a little bummed when talking about tri training.  Where I lived before in the 'burbs was ideal for tri training.  Bike lanes, wide sidewalks, trails.  Here in my part of the city, we don't have any sidewalks.  I can get to the main trail in town, but I have to take the road with no sidewalks.  I haven't done that yet because that really scares me.  especially with the amount of potholes we have right now. 

I don't feel as motivated last year and that's partly because I'm lazy and partly because I'm busier.

*cookie break*

Oh, uh, yeah.  My eating is not that great!  I'd better get on that.  :)  I don't need to do anything new, I just need to do what I know.  Plan my meals and snacks and stick to them.

Good things:  getting faster at swimming.
plenty of NSVs
enjoying life

Awe, swim kid, my niece, is growing up fast!
Chilly but beautiful mornings
I don't know why I love this meal so much.  Eggs, peas, cilantro, garlic, dill, sea salt. 
30th Bday Selfie

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Injured. Sigh.

For the past 2 years, I have done a year end wrap up post and a new year goal post. 
Sadly, not this year.  One of my goals for the past year was to remain injury free for tri season.  I stretched, did yoga, followed my training plan.  Tri season was great and I remained injury free.  Since then (August)  I've been working out several times a week, but not eating the best and have added back a few pounds that I lost. 
And then, 2 weeks ago, I was leaving my house and one tiny misstep led to the storm door taking a chunk out of my ankle.  It was pretty painful, but I NEVER want to be one to overreact, so I did what I often do:  underreact.  I didn't clean out the wound, just slapped a bandaid over it and went on with my obligations.  And bled into my shoe.  Blech.
Fast forward 10 days.  Christmas had past.  I had been doing hot yoga.  And my ankle had not been healing.  Oh, and the only shoes I can wear without pain are flip flops.  In January.  In the Midwest.  Ha.  So i consult a co-worker who used to be a physical therapist and therefore do wound care.  She said I needed to go to urgent care that very day.  The employee clinic across the street from my building only has morning hours.  I took my boss up on the recommendation to go to an urgent clinic across town.  So I go and they say its a 3 hour wait (plus a waiting room of full hacking people).  I tried the employee clinic at another location.  The doctor is on vacation.  I went to another urgent care facility and was so irritated that my initial bp reading was 158/108.
The doctor ended up giving me a tetanus shot, antibiotics, bandaged my foot, and made me take my bp again - which was normal after I got over being so upset about the days events.  And she told me no hot yoga, plenty of rest.  Doesn't that sound great in theory? 
I'm on day 6 of no exercise and I"m about to strangle someone. 
Oh, and when I was waiting for my prescription to get filled, I found 75% off Christmas candy.  And I had a mini-cold with a sore throat, of course I had to pick up ice cream.  Ugh.  The exercise has always been the easy part for me, not the eating right!
I'm about ready to look up some exercises for upper body or just not involving movement of the feet.  I'm in a hurry to get this foot healed.  I'm turning 30 this week and as much as I don't care about what others think of me, I WANT to wear cute shoes on my birthday.  And go to one of those trampoline places.  And swim. 
Bah humbug! :)
Not great eating: microwave pizza, salad with avocado and (plenty of) ranch, apple, pb and water!
In times of healthier eating!
Ugly sweater party outfit (minus the pink jacket)
Nerd.  And proud of it.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

2 Race Recaps

I have a few minutes to breathe (read: blog) because I have the day off for election day. Did you all vote? I did not register after I moved here, so I'm not going to today :/ I am cosy-ed up on this rainy day with some laundry going, about to cook some soup and watching the third season of Luther.

Well, now that its fall, I might as well recap some of my races from this summer! Sprint Tri - In June I did a Sprint Tri in a super cute picturesque little town. It was my first tri of the year and I needed it under my belt to get my confidence up before my Olympic Tri in August.

 I signed up for the Athena (165+ lbs) category. I was able to run some of the course a few weeks beforehand after my open water swim at a nearby lake (the town is actually nicknamed "lake city" as there are so many in a small area).  I tried to mimic my outfit as closely as possible during that run.  Going into this tri I felt pretty good!   The morning of, the usual nerves set in and I was running late, so I just brought my peanut butter and rice cakes with me (I had a pb and rice cakes phase over the summer!).  I didn't get there early enough to park close, so I hauled all of my stuff the 3/4 mile to transition.  I saw my friend's dad on my way to check in (sidenote:  totally got beat by him!)  and as I am a USAT member this year, I got to skip the long line and pick my things up just by showing id.  It was nice! 

I racked my bike on the far end of my row, which was set up in a parking lot and sat down to eat my pb and rice cakes.  I am shy, but I did end up talking to a guy who put his bike next to mine.  I asked how many triathlons he had done - he had a very nice bike with aero bars and his tri suit looked to be of good quality too.  He told me it was his first ever - which I didn't believe until he asked how he was supposed to pin his bib to his tri top if it was going to get wet during the swim (answer:  don't wear your tri top during the swim or use a race belt and put it on before the run).  There was only a flimsy orange fence in between the transition area and the spectators.  I went to the bathroom and came back to my spot right by the fence.  A rather aloof spectator had his dog with him.  And, of course, that dog had it's head under the fence licking the pb off of the knife i had brought and the jar.  I am NOT an animal person, so I was extremely grossed out.  I actually threw the pb away :)

They called all of our waves to the beach for the start.  I got ready to go, but then I realized that the Athena group was starting with the 60+ women.  One of the last waves - womp, womp!  I probably waited a half hour before I got to start.  I lined up in the water with my group and put my goggles on.  Did I grab the old ones from my bag?  These were awfully foggy.  Oh well, I started off strong when they blew the whistle.  I couldn't really see anything, and something else was wrong - very wrong.  I had on my usual triathlon sports bra with my swimsuit over it. was the same one as last year.  As in, the same size as last year.  I am not the same size as I was last year!  "The girls" felt like nothing was holding them back and I had to stop swimming so I could make sure I didn't flash anyone, but I can't be 100% sure I didn't!  Near the turnaround point it was getting really congested and not only was I running into/very close to my wave, but also the 60+ male age group that went right before us (sidenote:  hello 60+ males! there are some in shape older dudes!).  One the way back to shore, I could not see a darn thing. I had to stop and tread water a couple of times in order to lift my goggles up and look for the beach.  I had a very bad feeling at this point.  Swimming is my best sport of the three and I was bombing the swim!

Please note the age of this man who came in 1 spot ahead of me...
I am pretty embarrassed at that swim time!  In transition, I got to my bike and the gentleman I had been next to must have accidentally hit my bike while taking his off because my helmet, gloves, shot blocks and sunglasses were on the ground.  Transition took a good chunk of time, but I was off and ready for this 13 mile bike ride.  There is a decent hill on the way out of the small town we were in, then it was country roads until I hit the turn around at the next little town over.  The ride was very interesting.  The smells were definitely not what I smell here while biking on the city trails!  A few people were cheering in their yards.  The kids are always cute, but the lady who was apathetically yelling "better you than me!" was probably my favorite.  The ride felt decently hard on the way out and was a little more comfortable on the way back.  I really wanted to be under an hour on the bike, but I was just barely over.  Probably would have been under, but there were some technical areas on the way back - downhill through a bank parking lot?  Strange!

I got back to transition and the guy next to me was finished - as were plenty of other people.  The majority of the run was what I had done when I visited after the open water swim earlier in the month.  Through the paved trails, into and around a subdivision, back on the trails and a bit through town.  I can't remember exactly how far the run was, but I think it was around 3.5 miles or so.  I was getting closer to the finish and could hear the crowd so I started to kick it in.  Unfortunately, it was a loud crowd and I was going way much faster than was comfortable, haha!  My run time was a minute a mile faster than any of my tris last year.  Very happy with that progress!

A cold washcloth at the finish line was wonderful!  I entered the post race food area and was overwhelmed!  I was asked what kind of pizza I would like - as in from which company.  They had pizzas from 3 different places, and chicken, pasta, cookies, veggies, fruit, drinks, etc.  wow!  I got a plate and talked to some women I had started with in the athena category and had some laughs.  The course is on the edge of a college campus, so I took a stroll afterwards and found a really creepy statue!

I headed for home and when I walked in the door, my sister asked when I would be ready to go to the lake with our family.  No rest for me!  I dropped off my bike and other triathlon stuff and headed out for the boat to spend the rest of the day with my family.  I really, really liked this tri and will hopefully be back next year.  I have some obvious areas of improvement, but it was a fun race despite my screw ups!

The next week I had a 4.5 mile  race on the 4th of July.  Luckily, this one was close to my house!  Before the race, I had my pb and rice cakes, naturally and hung around the library until it was time to start.  I lined up near the back and we were off!  I don't usually think of my (old) town as hilly, but geez the little bit of rolling hills were not making me happy!

 I started out at a good pace and tried to maintain the run 4 minutes, walk 1 minute ratio I had been doing all summer (in preparation for my Olympic tri).  Soon enough, the crowd thinned out and I was leap frogging people on the main trail in town that is shaded.  My first mile was about 12:30 and my second 13 something.  Miles 3-4 were mainly uphill and I wanted to walk badly, but there was a parade soon after the race so there were a ton of people watching so I had to be accountable!  Plus there were several kids running at my pace, I had to keep up what I had started!

We turned onto the home stretch with a quarter mile left.  My main goal was to finish in under an hour.  I ran that last stretch as hard as a could (this time passing a 70 year old man) and I saw the clock was over an hour, but I knew I hadn't crossed the starting line right away.  I hit my watch as I crossed and there was the answer!

 Yay!  Mission Accomplished.  Post-race, I grabbed as many freebies as I could.  I love keeping a full "snack box" in my car if I need something before/after a workout and races usually keep it updated!  I went home, grabbed my swim stuff and headed to the pool to get a swim in!  Unfortunately, I had misplaced my swim cap and had to swim the entire thing without one, womp womp.  The rest of the fourth of july found me with a carry out salad and a pint of ice cream.  :) 

Later that day, I was looking at the race results online and I saw that one of my good friends who lives HOURS out of town, and whom I had plans with later, had actually run the race with her family and had finished 59 seconds before me, but I NEVER saw her.  How crazy is that?  I guess it's a where's waldo situation when you have 950 running at the same time!

I can't wait to update my blog about my Olympic triathlon - it was quite an experience and I trained really hard for it.  Since then, I have not been as active (let's be honest, the 6-7 workouts a week kind of took over my life!), but still maintaining the same weight as late August. 

My precioussssss :)
Can't take me anywhere
Ah, cold wash cloth! 
"running" down this hill verified that I am a weeny - so scary!
Ah, so picturesque.  Oh, an interesting statue...
Post tri treat, yum!