Sunday, June 29, 2008
Swimming in the lake is different. There is no place to rest. This is the major difference. And I think the hardest part. I learned from a guy also doing the tri that there are people with noodles every 50 feet or so that way you can rest if you need to, you just can't swim with them. But it was FUN! I think that I am going to be pretty pumped coming off the swim and hitting the bike, that should last me a good 3 miles into the ride. It was a pretty windy day today and the waves didn't seem all that bad and the water ceased feeling cold as soon as I dunked my head. These are the things I was worried about. The only thing left to experience is the other swimmers all trying to get to the same place as me. But how can I practice that. Somethings you just have to experience baby.
I think my strategy is something like:
1. Just get through the swim.
2. Get onto the bike as fast as you can. Ride out the downhill and push hard on the uphill. I'm gonna try to make up some time on the bike if that is at all possible.
3. Slow and steady with the run (not win as in WIN, but win as in don't die)
It's getting close. I'm feeling good.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
And as far as biking, I feel that is going well also. I can say with certainty that my legs are getting stronger, and the transition between biking and running is getting smoother. The course is slightly hilly so that could add some challange. I should bike that route one of these days just to feel prepared.
That leaves the running. Lately, even getting a 5k in seems like a challenge. And on the 12th I'll have to do it after swimming and running. I kept thinking on my run last night "You think it's difficult now....It ain't gonna get any easier". I also was thinking "Slow down, but you don't stop". I was all about encouragement in my thoughts yet I was still struggling to push. Which made me think, I've got it in my head, but do I have it in my heart? Yes, I believe I do, I just need to trust myself that I do.
Like my new favorite quote "What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matter compared to what lies within us." I kept thinking, it's going to take all my heart to do the triathlon in a time I can feel pleased with. Whatever time that is, if I feel like I brought my A game, I'm happy. Anyway, then on my run I kept telling myself "It's gonna take heart....It's gonna take heart". I've got to get my heart in the game. Then, and only then will I feel like the force I want to be.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Next, check out the determination in the faces and eyes of these athletes. The focus is hard core.
And this just because I like it; also by Ralph Waldo Emerson:
"Conservatism makes no poetry, breathes no prayer, has no invention; it is all memory. Reform has no gratitude, no prudence, no husbandry."
Saturday, June 21, 2008
As I was putting each invitation in the envelope I was imagining what the party would be like. Then I would flip the envelope over after I sealed it to see who it was going to. I would think "Oh, I really love those guys" and "They are such great people" (I said that about every single one) and then I would picture them having fun and laughing.
It's not really about me. I say not really because it is to some extent right, but the point is that I love when all my family is together even more. It's bigger than celebrating me. Having everyone together and laughing and just being a family is beyond amazing. I observe the dynamics of the relationships and think "I know these people; they are my people" The love and support we have for each other pulses when we are all together. It's great. So yeah, my birthday is just an excuse for me to get what I really want on my birthday and that is a great family gathering. Like when I was a kid and summer was carefree and fun.
I'm so excited!!!
Friday, June 20, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
But on to the 2nd 1/2 of summer.
Looks like we will finally be getting out to the lake at the end of June. I think I will probably try to water ski again if given the opportunity. I got up last year once for a good run but it ended in a painful fall with water in painful places. You know, I guess that is how most of my 'seasons' end. With one painful fall and I'm out until next year. See: Snowboarding. At least I keep trying.
I'll be 30 in August in case you haven't read about it in the papers yet. 8/8/08 to be exact. Of course there will be a party. Fun! I'm working on composing my "I'm turning 30" thoughts as we speak.
Let's see. Softball will start this Thursday. I think I like that better than kickball. It's more of a real sport. The fun thing about that is, I decided to bike to the games. It's about 8.5 miles (one way) and paved path the whole way. It's going to be an easy way to get at least one of my rides in.
I've done a few more combo workouts where you bike and then run right away. The first 5 minutes of running always sucks, but then it gets somewhat better. It's not my lungs, it's my legs that need the rest by then so if I can take it slow and get into a groove, I'll be A-OK. But man, are my legs reluctant to start.
I need to practice my golf swing this week as I am going out with work people for the first round next week. I'll do that this weekend. It should be nice.
Then we have camping, Twins games, parties.......I'm full!
I've said it before: I need a sponsor so I can just train and practice all week long. Can't I be like the poster child for average or something? A role model to all girls of what they could do if they just put 1/4 of their energy into something. Well, if you hear of anybody looking for that type of girl, send my name their way.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
And the most amazing thing about this outfit? It is EuroSealer air locked tight (for freshness) and somehow looks decent on! I'm practically ready for the race! Oh yeah, except for about 3 more weeks of training.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
- This new website: http://www.etsy.com/ I can't get enough of shopping there. Probably I am the last person on earth to know about it, but I want to buy everything. It's all handmade stuff that you purchase directly from the maker. I bought this:
- The dog can't run with me anymore. I just ran 3 miles and some kids wanted to pet her so I stopped (I totally used them as an excuse for a break) and she layed in the grass and didn't move. This isn't like her, usually she's all excited. Then I practically had to drag her back to the car. Maybe I should start her on my old run 1:30 min, walk 5 min plan.
- My book fine at the library is so big I'm no longer allowed to check out books until I pay up. Really it's only $10.70. I was doing so good about returning things....and now I'm delinquent. Hope they don't report me to the bureau. And don't laugh because at one point I heard that that was going to be a consideration!!
- A Peanut Buster Parfait is 17 weight watcher points. Egad! Good thing I never get those. But the point is, well the point.....I don't have a point. But I didn't lose any weight this week and that was hard to take. I can see why this happened. I was still careful, but I let a lot of things slide. And here is the outlook for this week: Mexican tonight, Mexican tomorrow night, wedding on Friday night, Saturday still out of town with bars at night, Sunday breakfast and then FINALLY come home. It's going to be a doosie.
That's all I guess. You know what I need though? One of those really good runs that make you feel all fast and good. Like running is your destiny and not just the thing you do for exercise. I'm not hating running, I just need the satisfaction.
Friday, June 6, 2008
The good news is that two minutes after the sunsets we can expect mostly sunny skies. So we have that to look forward to :)
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
I was at the gym tonight and saw one treadmill smack dab in the middle of 4 men running. I thought, I could go to another row but why? I can run with the boys. I'm like Eight Belles (poor thing). I was running well. I felt good. I was enjoying myself.
I had trouble breathing.
As in I couldn't.
Because there was a stench in the air that was so horrible it consumed all the breathable oxygyn in a 10 foot radius. I can only imagine that is what the Bog of Eternal Stench smells like.Well I'm too much of a lady to say exactly what it was I smelled. This is not the first time this has happened to me at the gym, but this was the worst time. Men are so crude. I had to walk away from my treadmill for a minute while the air cleared.
I know that women do this too. But men just seem to be nastier. Just one more reason that women rule and men drool :)
I had a good run though. I ran 20 minutes, then did some speed drills and finished with 10 minutes. Altogether it was a little over 3 miles. I already have 7+ miles for the week. AND Day 1 of week 7 in triathlon training went exactly according to planned. Nice.
Monday, June 2, 2008
In the morning I went to church at 10:45. I had been lacking sleep from the day before so the only obvious choice was to sleep until it was time to get ready for church. No time for running before. I'll go at noon.
Church started at 9:30 so I ended up coming home. It was really humid and hot already so I thought I should stay in and do some laundry first. Plus I was hungry and can't run on an empty stomach. (NOT and excuse - it's really hard to run on an empty stomach for me. It hurts). No time for running now. I'll go at 6:30 or 7 when it is starting to cool down.
Then my boyfriend came home from work and I hadn't seen him in about 4 days because of work, so I went to see him briefly. Then I fiddled around on the Internet while he slept. Then I went to the gym and swam some laps! Yay! It's not like I did nothing all day. After swimming I putzed around some more at his house and was hungry again so we went to Ruby Tuesday's for the salad bar. At this point it was about 6:30, so the 7:00 run wasn't looking so good.
We finished eating, got home and I could have gone running about say 8:30 but if I was going to run 6 miles, it would take an hour and then I run the risk of it being dark. I definitely don't like that sooooooooo
I didn't go running. But was that really procrastination? Hard to say. Am I just that clever at covering it up or did I truly run out of time? Well maybe it wasn't procrastination as much as it was I didn't make my run a priority. That's sounds right.
I was pleased with the week though because each tri-training week calls for 2 swims, 2 runs and 2 bikes and then 1 more of each is optional. I did the mandatory 2 of each. One week I would like to do everything. This week is looking good. Except I am going to run tonight instead of the optional strength training.