Saturday, January 31, 2009

January in Numbers

Bike: 12h 19m 38s (on trainer and in spin class)
Run: 7h 08m 56s - 44.33 Mi
Swim: 7h 56m 43s - 21200 Yd
Cross-Country Skiing : 1h 15m 28s

Total Training: 28h 40m 45s

Pounds Lost: 5

Times Flossed: 31 (clearly the most impressive number in the bunch)

Sponsorships: 2 (Trakkers and Gu)

Days until Half-Ironman Training Begins: 28

Times my Kids made me Laugh: More than I could ever count...I love being a mother.

Here's looking forward to a February that adds up to everything January was!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Great Run...I Think

I had a great run today. I ran 4.53 miles in 40 minutes. That averages out to an average of 8:58 per mile. It felt great to go fast.

And herein lies the problem...the word fast is a very relative word. This was definitely a fast run for me, but it's not really fast. This could be a very discouraging thing, but I've decided to make it motivation instead.

I'm issuing myself a running challenge. I will be faster by the end of this year. How will I determine if I am actually faster, you ask? I will know. I will push and I will run, and...

I will be faster.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Well, friends, I have an announcement. I found out yesterday that I am an official member of the 2009 Team Trakkers! I am stunned and super-excited that I am entering the ranks of a sponsored triathlete. Let me tell you a little bit about what Trakkers does and you will be excited too.

Trakkers uses GPS tracking technology to transmit racing performance data directly to where family, friends and coaches can cheer you on as your race unfolds. It shows time, speed, heart rate, location, distance, current race position and more. This is great for me since my husband and the boys can't always come to every race, and my parents have never been able to come to a race since they live in a different state.

Trakkers also stores your race data online so you can analyze your race long after you cross the finish line. It can provide information about your race that can take your future training to the next level. The unit can be worn around your wrist or clipped to your waistband, and is stream-lined, lightweight, and waterproof. It also has a panic button feature just in case.

One of the reasons I applied for Team Trakkers is because they said they were seeking endurance athletes of all levels with families to help promote their product. I think it is a great product. It really lets me be connected to my family even if they can't always be with me. What else could a Trimommy ask for?
On a personal level, this is such a big deal for me. I'm just a trimommy, a middle-of-the-pack triathlete. I work hard, but will never be a pro. Even still, Trakkers thinks I have something to offer. Wow! As the season progresses, I will keep you updated about Trakkers products. Please let me know if you have any questions. For all of you trimommies and tridaddies, what a great way to share your love for triathlon with your most beloved people.
Now let's go train...

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Sunday Report

It was a great week. I got in a lot of time on Buttercup on the trainer. She's feeling better each time I get on her! My run was a little low this week, but the swim is hanging in there. Here are the numbers:

Swim: 5250.00 Yd 1h 59m
Bike: 3h 24m 52s
Run: 10.00 Mi 1h 37m 15s
Cross Country Skiing: 1. 91 Mi 38 m

Total: 7h 39m 7s

I think I'm going to go a little lighter this week with the training. I have a couple of solo recitals coming up in February, and all of my extra time this week has got to go towards practicing. Maybe I should start including my practice time in the weekly numbers. Hmmm...that might be painfully revealing about my priorities!!

Flossing was great this week, although I did miss last night. I didn't get home from my concert until after midnight, so I decided to floss this morning instead. The concert was fantastic. A fusion of new music and dance. The energy was intense and exciting. I just love great music!

Personally, I was in a much better place this week. I feel like my intention to do the things I say I'm going to do is really helping me to be a better friend. I'm realizing that it is usually my friends that get the short end of the stick from me when I am busy. By thinking about things before committing to them, I'm being much more honest with everyone about what my real capabilities are, and, wow, it feels really good.

Have a great week, friends.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Satan, a.k.a. McDonald's, and the Siren Call of My Scale

So I have this thing that when I am in the car for say, over an hour, I feel like I have to eat something. Last night I had a rehearsal a little over 2 hours away from home, and I knew that I would fall prey to my usual habit of wanting something to eat, so I made myself a healthy to-go turkey and cheese on a whole-wheat wrap, an apple, and a homemade granola bar.

The drive there was good, although I did stop for a coffee and bought a few donut holes to go with it. On the drive home, however, I dealt with temptation face-to-face at the rest stop. I had already eaten my snacks, it was about 10 p.m., and I had to go to the bathroom. I walked in and there was McDonald's.

(Let me just say a few words about McDonald's. I know it is bad. I have seen Super-Size Me and have read Fast Food Nation. I eat healthy, and buy primarily organice food. I even bake all of our bread and buy our milk at the local dairy because it comes in returnable glass containers and they don't use growth hormones. Here's the thing with me and McDonald's--I really like it. I think it tastes so good. What I wouldn't give for a double cheeseburger and fries right now!! I wish I hated it, but I don't.)

So there was McDonald's staring me straight in the face. I walked right by and went to the bathroom. Of course I had to walk past again to get back to the car. I eyed the menu. I thought about how good some nice, hot fries would taste, and then I kept walking. I stared Satan, I mean McDonald's, in the eye, and I won.

I was so proud of myself this morning that I almost got my scale out!! From one temptation to another I leap and bound, and, yet, I am still victorious! Thank you, Lord!

I Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My Feel-Good Run

I had an amazing run today. I was at the gym, on the treadmill, admittedly, and my plan was to run 30 minutes. About 10 minutes in, I decided to go for 45. At 44:30, I felt so fantastic I went for 49! Five miles--49 minutes of feel good running.

Then I followed it up with 40 excellent minutes of swimming.

Today's workout definitely made up for yesterday's reluctant one. I love it when running feels good!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Back to Work

Today was my first day back to work. I work at a college, so I am blessed to have a nice long break in December and January, and then the whole summer off. I can't complain.


today I went to workout at the college gym around 2 p.m., and every single treadmill and spin bike was taken!! The nerve of those beautiful college students who pay tens of thousands of dollars every year to go to school there. It's like it's their gym or something!!

Oh wait....

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Sunday Report

Here is the week in review:

Swim: 5300.00 Yd 1h 58m

Bike: 2h 28m

Run: 7.52 Mi 1h 15m 44s

Total: 5h 41m 44s

Flossing: haven't missed a day yet--my mommy would be so proud!

If you've been reading, you know this wasn't the best week for me, and that is definitely reflected in my training. I think my running took the biggest hit, although I did go outside this morning in the balmy 22 degree weather, and ran in the slushy snow with my new Yaktrax. They certainly helped, but it still was not like running on dry ground. At least I didn't trek all the way to the gym for my measly 4.5 miles today, though! I had a fantastic swimming week, and I have my new bike, Buttercup. I was able to hop on her yesterday for over an hour (split up into two sessions) thanks to V., who graciously lent me her trainer for a few weeks! (I better see you in cycle tomorrow, V.!)

The good thing about having a bad week is that it gives me some perspective. It helps me to realize I have to have strategies for pushing through when I'm not at my best. Most importantly, it makes me realize it's okay to be imperfect. I'm not failing if I have a bad week, I am being human, and that is the beauty of life.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Cereal Rules

First, let me say that as I am writing this post, my youngest son is snuggled up on my lap with his head against my chest, still all snuggly and warm from his nap. He is two, and I know this won't last forever! Life is good.

Now on to the post.

This week was a tough week for me. As I look back on the week the common denominator in my lack of zest, was my not-so-great eating--too much sugar and way too much food. That pretty much says it all. I can definitely track my energy, both mental and physical, to what I am eating. It begins with a little splurge, then I start to feel it, and how do I respond to that lag in energy? By eating, and I don't make good choices when I am low.
More important than the cereal rules, though, is I've got to get serious about eating well. I do great for a few days, and then fall off the wagon. It's really about being committed to eating well.
So here's to eating good food and feeling good because of it, and to not eating bad food, even if I'm feeling bad. I'll let you know how it goes.

The question is, do I have to give up splurges forever, or do I just have to understand that if I splurge, I will pay the price later? Or maybe I should just choose better splurges. I also think there are some foods that are trigger foods for me. For example, cereal. I love cereal. I cannot eat just one bowl. On my worst day this week, all the evidence points to the Raisin Nut Bran. (Shame on you, Raisin Nut Bran.) I hate to go to extremes, because I really don't think that is healthy, but, in the case of the cereal, I might have to put some limitations on what kind and how much.

So here are my new rules for cereal consumption:

1. I will not eat cereal where any type of sugar is in the first three ingredients.

2. Breakfast is for cereal only (a rule that my father would whole-heartedly agree with, right Em?)

3. I will only eat one bowl of cereal. No refills allowed.
While the cereal rules will definitely help, what it really comes down to is making a true committment to eating healthy regardless of my emotional state. So, here's to an upcoming week/month/year/lifetime of eating good food so I feel good, and to not eating bad food, even if I feel bad.
I'll let you know how it goes.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Meet Buttercup

Here she is folks, my beautiful Buttercup. I brought her home from the bike store today after getting fit by Mark at The Bikery (thanks, Mark).

I wasn't sure if my bike was going to be a boy or a girl, but when I walked into the bike shop, she was all set up on the trainer just waiting for me, and I thought, if this beautiful bicycle isn't a woman, I don't know what is! I thought for a while about her name, and I think Buttercup fits great. She's delicate in form, but packs a punch when attacked! (Did you know that real buttercups are poisonous?)

For those of you who are more technically minded (in other words, you're thinking, "I can't believe she actually named her bike"), she is a Cervelo P2 SL Ultegra. She has an aluminum frame, carbon fork, Shimano Ultegra components, and other fancy stuff that I can't remember.

Now all I have to do is wait for the weather to warm up...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Wanted: Zest

If you've been reading, you know that my new year has had a fantastic start.

Well, yesterday, I lost my zest. I'm not sure where it went or how I lost it, but it is nowhere to be found.

For example, I had to force myself to run 3 miles today. 3 miles??? Come on, Kelly. I will say that some of that had to do with the fact that I tried Zumba today. Don't know what Zumba is, you say?? It's a latin-dance inspired, aerobics class, and I stayed for two songs and snuck out the back. I hated it. All I could think of was how uncomfortable it made me feel, and how much more I would rather be on a bike. (I forgot to mention that I did spin for 25 minutes before my forced run.) My failed Zumba attempt got me thinking about how inhibited I am in so many ways. What's my problem?? Everyone else was having a great time, even though they couldn't do it very well.

...even though they couldn't do it very well...

There is the problem. Where does this need to do all things well come from?? Why can't I just relax and have a little bit of fun once and a while?? I've really got to try that more often.

So, back to the lost zest. I'm hoping that getting my bike tomorrow will bring back my zest. I do think it will help, but one thing I know about myself is that the zest comes from within. Tomorrow is a new day, with new zest, and, yes....

a new bike!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Why so sore?

I am so sore today. My quads hurt from my run yesterday. I had a great swim this morning--I was actually swimming a little faster than normal (yay!). But now my whole upper body is sore?

I guess I'll just look at it as a good sore. I must have done something right and new. New in the sense that I challenged my body further than I normally do.

That's fantastic...I just wish I wasn't so...sore.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Sunday Report

Wow. I had a fantastic run today. It was almost a day off, but I sucked it up and headed off to the gym at 4:30. I really wanted to run outside, but it was very snowy (and cold!), and I still don't have any Yaktrax (although they should be coming this week, so I will have NO EXCUSES!). So, off to the gym I went. I was on a treadmill with a tv and to what do my eyes behold???

Pride and Prejudice. Not the one with Colin Firth, unfortunately, but I'll take Jane Austen any way I can get it! And, it was almost to the very best part. You know...the part where it's raining and they are at that temple-like building, and Mr. Darcy tells Elizabeth Bennett how lowly she is and how awful her family is, but that despite all of those things he loves her...ardently. The miles flew by. I really should do that more often!!

Anyway, here is the week in miles and minutes:

Swim: 5250.00 Yd 1h 58m 30s

Bike: 2h 11m 23s (all on the spin I want my new bike and a trainer to go with it!)

Run: 16.10 miles 2h 35m 03s

Total 6h 44m 33s

I really think it was the 33 seconds that made the week!!

And here's the flossing update...haven't missed a day yet!!

Have a great night!!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Why I Tri

Why do I do this crazy sport? Today I'm going to try to answer that question as honestly as I can.

I began doing triathlons as a quest for fitness. My son was a little over two years old, and I figured if I could go through 25 hours of labor and give birth, I could pretty much do anything. The summer before I had run my first ever 5k, and I was looking for more of a challenge. All it took was one race--a very slow race on a mountain bike--and I was hooked.

The next summer I had my second son, so no triathlons for me with the exception of the nurse-change diaper-sleep triathlon of motherhood. (If only I had kept track of all of those endurance events!)

The following summer I raced in three races, and improved in each one. And triathlon was slowly becoming something more than just a quest for fitness. Now it was about achieving more and more, not only physically but mentally. How far, how hard could I push myself?

Last summer, I did four triathlons, including my first olympic distance tri. The things I remember most about last summer was how excited I would get when I started seeing bikes on the way to the race; the energy in the air before the race began; how encouraging everyone was during the entire race; how inspired I was by everyone who raced; and how much I loved doing this. When I realized during my olympic race that I was going to beat my goal of 3 hours, I got so emotional I almost started crying. That moment was more memorable to me than the finish!

So, I do triathlons to be fit and become more fit, I do them to challenge myself, I do them for inspiration, and I do them for moments that I will always remember.

Now here's the completely honest part: I also do triathlons because I love telling people I do triathlons. Is that bad?

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Sixth Day

Today, the sixth day of the year, was a good day.

I had a pretty good run this morning (outside if you're wondering.) I ran 5 miles in about 46 minutes. About half of the miles felt good. The other half, not so much, but I was kind of preoccupied with my iPod which seems to be acting up a bit. (Not half as much as my kids, but that is another story!)

Then, I got my hair cut. Short. Very short.

and I love it! I should have done it a year ago!

Then, my bike came!!

I still have to get it put together and fit, but it is here.

Then, I practiced for about an hour. I got a lot done before Ryan came home.

Then, my children were angels for exactly one hour. And I think I will stop talking about my day right here.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Sunday Report

Happy Sunday! It's the first day of the week, so I'm going to use this time to report and reflect on the week we just left.


Swim: 5225 yds, 1 hour 59 min.

Bike: 3 hours 7 min. Spin classes

Run: 11.18 miles, 1 hour 50 min.

Total: 6 hours 49 minutes

Not as much running as I would have liked, but great on swimming and biking. I am actually doing some structured swim training instead of just getting into the pool and swimming laps. The program is 1750 yards 3 days a week for four weeks. Each workout has a warm-up, drill set, main set, and cool down. I'll let you know how it goes.


I ate fairly well this week. Hardly any sugar, but my portions could have been more controlled. I feel great, and I did hide my scale. I am not going to weigh myself until February. The big news is I did floss every single day!! Go Trimommy!!


It was an exciting week with all of the bike action. That kind of overshadowed everything else. However, we got a lot of sledding done this week on Ryan's new mini-tube. (I especially liked it!) Noah preferred to just kick the sled down the hill and chase after it. I will be glad for everything to get back to normal this week. Holidays are fun, but they totally wear everyone out, and we have all been watching way too much tv. (Hmmm...could this have anything to do with the craziness at our house?)


It has been a great week. I always feel inspired by the beginning of a new year, and this year is no different. The real task is staying inspired throughout the year. I am excited for what is coming, and I just have to keep that feeling.

Today at church our pastor was talking about goals for the new year, and he gave us a scripture that was real encouragement for me.

Phillipians 3: 13-14 "But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

Forgetting what is behind. Leaving it and moving forward. No one is perfect; we all make mistakes. Don't dwell on them, but push forward toward the goal.

Always push forward toward the goal.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Ain't No Other Man

Yesterday my husband, Kelly, came home and said the strangest thing he has ever said to me. But, first, a little background.

My husband is a wonderful man. He is strong and quiet. He is smart and loving. He is a wonderful father. He is funny and fit. He is not, however, spontaneous or extravagant. And that is okay with me. Kel decided at my last triathlon that he wanted to give it a go this year, so he has been researching bikes. A lot.

So this is what he said.

He said, "I found the tri bike I want at The Bikery today. It's a Cervelo P2 SL. I'm getting a deal, and it's only going to cost $----.--..."

wow. Get ready, here comes the crazy part....

"...and I think you deserve one too!"

Yep, you got it, folks. Not only did he buy something for himself (which is totally out of character for him), he told me to go get one for myself! I was so excited last night, I hardly slept.

I ordered the bike today (also a Cervelo P2 SL, but a different year so not the same color as Kel's), and it should be here by mid-week. Oh, man, I'm going to be fast this year.

The crazy thing is, while I'm excited almost beyond words about the bike, I'm more excited that Kel really took a step outside of himself and did something totally spontaneous and extravagant.

I knew I picked a good one!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Let's hear it for efficiency!!

For my New Year's day workout I decided I wanted to run for an hour. When I woke up it was a very cold 9 degrees and there was snow all over the road. So I headed off to the gym for a run on the treadmill...and so the inefficiency begins.

I left the house at 9:35 a.m. I arrived at the gym at 9:54 and had to wait in the car since the gym didn't open until 10:00. (I was able to make one Happy New Year phone call while I waited.) Once inside the gym, I headed for the locker rooms, stripped off all my winter gear, unlocked the lock for the locker, grabbed my iPod, locked everything away, and was on the treadmill at 10:07. (If you are keeping track that is 13 minutes at the gym without exercising one minute!) I had a great run (6.13 miles of nice easy running) and then did everything in reverse. I pulled into my garage at 11:29.

That is 1 hour and 54 minutes of time it took me to accomplish one hour of working out! Ouch, that is just a lot of wasted time. Fifty-four minutes I could have been spending with my kids and husband, or practicing, or relaxing.

So, in an effort to be more efficient, I have decided that if Kel (that's my husband for those of you who don't know, and, yes, his name is Kelly too!) is home I will only run at home...even in the dead of winter. I put a bid on some Yaktrax I found on Ebay, so I don't have to be worried about slipping (and if I get them I will have saved 50% off the asking price!). Kel bought me a reflective vest for Christmas, so if it is getting dark people will see me. I have 2 pair of warm running tights and a great pair of running gloves.

And now, I have no excuses.

Get out in that cold and snow and run, run, run!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Weighty New Year

Happy New Year! I started off the first day of the year by hopping on the scale...ughhh. Seven pounds up from my lowest last year. I'm four pounds above what I consider to be my "set-point", and I feel like I look fine. I've been eating really good for the last week and I feel fantastic.

What is the lesson here?

I've got to stop fixating on the numbers!! I think I might just put the scale away for at least a month. Can I do it? would certainly be a challenge and an interesting one at that. If I'm not focusing on the number, but focusing on great workouts and great eating, would I feel different? My guess is yes.

So the scale is going in the closet.