Thursday, January 28, 2010

Zone 2 has Nothing on Me!!

Quick post because my pillow is calling my name.

I had two awesome workouts today.  They were awesome, not because I was sweating it out for hours at LT, or because I was doing killer intervals.  Nope, it was a 25 min. endurance run in Zone 2 and a 60 min. endurance ride with some one-legged drills in Zone 2.

They were awesome because I kicked Zone 2's butt today.  During the run, I only went over a couple of times, and I was running faster by about .2 mph than I was on Tuesday!!  I felt great!  Same for the ride.  I was nailing Zone 2 today, and riding with a fast cadence on all my one-legged drills!

Woo-hoo!!!  Trimommy - 2 points     Zone 2 - 0!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

First Endurance Goodies

Check out what I had waiting for me on Monday when I came home...



...a box of nutrition goodies from my sponsor, First Endurance.  I got the EFS sports drink, Ultragen recovery drink and a bottle of EFS Liquid Shot, which is similar to an energy gel, only liquid not gel.
I used the EFS drink mix during masters swim on Monday night, followed by a 1/2 serving of the Ultragen recovery drink.  I also used both of them again during and following my swim workout today.  My initial thoughts are:
  • Hello!!!  I got the Ultragen Cappuccino flavor, and it is so yummy!!  I'm just using a 1/2 serving which mixes right into 6oz. of water.  I mixed it up in a water bottle before the swim with a couple of ice cubes, and chugged it right down after I was dry.  It tastes like an iced cappucino!  Usually I like chocolate milk for recovery, but this is just like a more grown-up, athlete-like chocolate milk.  I'll be interested to see how it affects my recovery as I get into longer workouts.
  • The EFS sports drink is also good.  I got the tangerine flavor, and when I first tasted it was pleasantly surprised at how subtle it was.  It is just ever so slightly salty tasting, which doesn't bother me, but if you like your sports drinks super sweet, you might not like this flavor.  It mixes so easily (as does the Ultragen) with no clumps, which is one of my beefs with other sports drink powders.  Again, I will be interested to see how my training goes using this drink as I get into longer sessions.
I haven't tried the EFS Liquid Shot yet, because the gel flask has 400 calories worth in it, so I will be saving it for a long workout.  Once you open it, you have to use it within 24 hours, and I certainly don't want to waste it!!  So you can look forward to more nutrition reports on First Endurance.  I encourage you to check out their website...it is really informative and goes into a lot of the science behind their products.  For all of you smarties out there, I'm sure you will find it very interesting!!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Sunday Report

Ahh...I am definitely not sad to see this week end.  Onward and upward I say!!

Here are the weekly numbers:

Swim:  1h 15m 3500 yds
Bike:  3h 55m 43s 39.57 mi
Run:  51m 27s 4.75 mi
Strength:  1h
 
Total:  7h 2m 10s
 
Training was good this week.  My heel/achilles is feeling better each day, and Coach Mary is totally being conservative with the run and forcing me to stay on top of strength and stretching.  I have also been really working on my nutrition, and finished the week with a solid 26 out of 28 points in my nutrition challenge.  With all of the stress from other areas this week, I am glad to say that I indulged in very little emotional eating.
 
I am looking forward to getting into a little more volume, but I'm still loving training and sticking with my New Year's intention of not complaining (for the most part!).  How is it possible that I could complain, when I am clearly so blessed??
 
Have a great week and happy training!!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Bruised

This blog has become something very interesting for me.  It has become my outlet and my refuge.  It is the place where I can just be.  It has become the place where I work through things.  The fact that others join with me in doing this doesn't seem to bother me at all, for better or for worse.

If you have been reading for any length of time, you probably have the sense that I am generally happy in life and extremely blessed, which is absolutely true.  Rarely, do I have worries that even seem negligible.  This week, however, was a rough week for me, and I have learned something.  I wasn't going to write about it here, but I'm hoping that if I get it out I can just move on.

So, without going into details, let me just say that my ego has been totally battered this week.  This has nothing to do with training, fortunately, that seems to be one place where my ego doesn't seem to be a problem.  (That might have something to do with my very real lack of speed!)  In other areas of my life, however, I think my pride might just have gotten the better of me...and all good Sunday school girls know that pride cometh before a fall. 

Well, my fall came, and I hope I can pick myself up and learn from the bruises this week has left on me.   Every time a hit came this week, I was angry and the anger stayed and simmered, but ultimately, I realized that, as with everything, there are lessons to be learned.

First of all, I must leave my ego at the door, because if I bring it with me it will get beat up...eventually, anyway.  I have learned this lesson before, but apparently it didn't stick the last time (or the times before that).  I need to be confident in my abilities, but at the same time be open to suggestions and criticism.

Secondly, it's okay if everyone doesn't love me.  It's shocking, but okay. ;)

Thirdly, I can blame no one else for my own mistakes.  This is something I have really been trying to teach Ryan lately, and it looks like I need to heed my own words a bit better.

Sorry for the heavy post this evening, but I needed to get it out. 

Friday, January 22, 2010

Catch Up

Sorry I've been so quiet the last few days.  I've been busy, and then something with work came up that sucked up all my time and energy.  I'm not going to go into it, but I'm so glad it's resolved.


Anyway, on Wednesday, I headed over to Rochester to meet up with Coach Mary. She was doing a talk for a mother's group there, so I met her before and we headed to the meeting together. She talked about her story (which is amazing and inspiring), and focused on how she balances working, training, and motherhood with a sense of humor and great finesse. Here's a picture of the group and Mary (I'm behind the camera.)






Next we headed over to the YMCA to sit down and go over my Annual Training Plan (ATP).  This is basically a big chart that has all of my races marked in, then Mary can figure out how my training will flow in order to be ready for the races.  We also talked a lot about nutrition, both daily and during workouts.  I think my season is pretty much set, so look forward to more on that soon.

After working on the ATP for about 30 minutes, we hopped in the pool, so she could take a look at my stroke.  It was a nice relaxing swim.  Coach just sort of swam in the lane with me, and checked me out whenever she slipped past.  Every now and then we would both stop, and she would give me a couple of details to work on.  Overall, she said my stroke and body position look pretty good, which was nice to hear.  She wants me to work on straightening out my hand entry, as I have a tendency to cross over ever so slightly, and that is costing me efficiency.  We also talked about rotating more from the core as opposed to the shoulders.  She said I will be able to increase my power this way.  I love having things to work on...it makes my workouts feel so purposeful, and now that she knows what I need to work out, I'm sure the plan will reflect that!!

After our swim, we headed over to Breathe, the amazingly gorgeous yoga studio/boutique/cafe where Mary teaches yoga.  She introduced me all around, then we sat down for a delicious lunch prepared with all-natural, local ingredients.  We both had the Buddha bowl, which will not give you a Buddha belly!! It was brown rice, with peppers and tofu, topped with a delicious peanut dressing. 

So my thoughts about finally sitting down with Mary and getting to know her are:
  • I feel like I have known her for a long time.  I know this isn't The Bachelor, but we really do have a connection!
  • We have a lot in common from parenting to body image.  I told her that I was so glad to see she was tall (5'10").  No offense to my less-than-tall friends, but sometimes it's nice to have a person that really "gets" how you feel about your body, and she totally does.  
  • Her passion for coaching and triathlon is totally contagious, and I'm so excited for the year to come!!
  • Her vision for what I can do seems to be limitless.  I love that she believes in me.


Coach Mary, aka Ironmamma, and me, aka Trimommy.

Obviously, it was a great time.  I came home to find a box of books on my front porch.  Check 'em out...



I started with  Racing Weight: How To Get Lean for Peak Performance by Matt Fitzgerald.  Hello...if only reading it would help me get lean...must do it to achieve it!!  I told Kel he could read Born to Run first because I kind of used part of a Border's gift card that belonged to him to buy it! And I'm sure Julie and Julia will get in the mix really soon.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Sunday Report

Ahh...I am finishing up a beautifully relaxing Sunday.  My children didn't bicker too much, I went to church and heard a great message by Ergun Caner (very cool guy), I sat in front of the fire for at least 2 hours this afternoon, I went to Wegmans with just a skim latte to keep me company, I made breakfast for dinner, and here I am again, in front of the fire for the Sunday report.

This was a recovery week, so the numbers aren't big, but the thinking that went on this week was excellent.  Sometimes the best training comes when we just rest and let it all soak in!  Here are the numbers:


Swim:  1h 30m 3999 yds
Bike:  2h 57m 47s 28.47 mi
Run:  40m 13s 3.88 mi
Strength:  1h

Total:  6h 8m

The run numbers are quite low because I'm trying to work through a little bit of heel pain that I've had.  It feels better each day, but I think I'll still be taking it easier than I would like to taking it in the upcoming week.

Speaking of the week, it's going to be a fun one!  This is my last week off before I go back to work for the spring semester, so I'm going to live it up!!  I'm headed over to Rochester on Wednesday to meet up with Coach Mary.  She is going to take a look at my swim stroke, and we are going to figure out my season, and talk up a storm, I'm sure.  I can't wait!!  I'm also going to see Wicked on Thursday with my friend, P.  I can't wait!!  (Did I say that already?)
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Now onto a topic that is not related to the Sunday Report at all, but something I can't wait to do because I'm a bloggy nerd and want to enter a giveaway.

So lately my small kitchen appliance obsession has turned to the Vitamix, the king of blenders.  My friend, M., has kindly lent me hers to try, and I wasn't sure she would ever get it back, until I came across this amazing giveaway on Chocolate-Covered Katie's blog, which I have been reading for the past month or so.  She is giving away a Vitamix!! 

To get one entry, I just have to link to her blog from mine about the giveaway, BUT I can earn 6 extra entries by making a recipe from her blog and blogging about it here.  Done and Done!!!

Here you go, Katie!!  This isn't the first recipe of yours I've made, and I'm sure it won't be the last.

Raw Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough Babies (apologies for the blurry pics...I guess I have a ways to go before I am a food blogger!)



The ingredients:  80 grams dates, 30 grams raw cashews, 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla


Process in the food processor (takes less than a minute for my mini-chopper.)


Add 6-7 grams chopped dark chocolate and stir into mix.



Make into little dough-balls.



Enjoy!!

Keep your fingers crossed for me....I so want that Vitamix!!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Thoughts on Nutrition


This week was a recovery week for me, and so that made it the perfect week to hone in on my nutrition.  I eat a pretty clean diet, and that is something I am very proud of.  I have worked hard to turn myself into a healthy eater, but I am still constantly seeking out improvements to the way I eat.

Sometimes I relax the vigilance with which I watch what I eat, and inevitably, my weight starts to creep up.  For a long time I felt like I needed to be better at balancing treats and healthy foods, but what I have begun to understand is that I really have to watch what I eat.  All.     The.      Time.  That doesn't mean I can't indulge now and then, it just means I really can't relax that vigilance I mentioned.

One of my goals this year is to decrease my body fat percentage.  I decided to go this route, because I can sometimes be a little obsessive about the number on the scale.  I would really like to move away from that, so instead I'm focusing on body composition.  My good friend, M., pinched me up good the other day with the fat calipers, so I have a starting body fat %.  I have chosen to keep this number to myself for the time being. :)  I emailed Coach Mary and told her I needed some tough love...I really want to do this.  So she had me write down everything I ate for three days, and then she analyzed if for me according to the macronutrients I was taking in - fat, carbs, and protein.

What she found is that, just as I expected, I eat a very healthy diet, BUT there are improvements I can make.  To start, I can be much better about my protein intake.  She suggested that I try to get some protein with every meal and snack.  Sometimes I will just eat veggies for lunch and fruit for a snack, so I go hours with no protein.  She also encouraged me to make sure I'm getting enough fat, although with my intake of chocolate almond butter lately (so good and no sugar!!), I'm already pretty good about that.  The hardest part for me is trying to come up with good snacks that have protein.  Today (and twice yesterday and once the day before that) I had plain Greek yogurt with half a chopped apple, cinnamon and a squirt of agave nectar.  Today I threw a few walnuts in the mix, and it was delicious!  I could eat that for breakfast or dessert even!! (For those of you who don't know what agave nectar is, you can check it out here.  I love it, and you just need a teeny-tiny squirt to add a lot of sweetness.)  She also told me to try to keep my blood sugar more level throughout the day, by trying to eat every couple of hours or so.

Another area I really need to work on is pre- and post-workout nutrition.  I think I have the less is more mentality in that I'm burning a ton of calories, so if I don't take in as many I will be better off.  Now I'm going for the more during, less in between mode...for a calorie-conscious girl like me, this will probably be one of the hardest things.  The good news is, one of my sponsors this year is First Endurance nutrition, so I will have a lot of new nutrition options to explore!!  I can't wait to get started.

After the first day, I tweaked my eating here and there according to what Coach Mary recommended which really wasn't hard at all.  I basically just added more protein in and made sure I didn't go too long without eating something.  What I've noticed is that I definitely don't feel as hungry throughout the day (duh - seems so  logical, but it was a pleasant surprise to me!).  My workouts have been great, although since it was a recovery week, they were short and sweet, and, quite frankly, I love eating throughout the day instead of just 3 big meals.  Next week I get back into some longer stuff, so it will be nice to really attack the nutrition along with the workouts and see out it goes.

The main thing I've realized, though, is that people are not fit and healthy by accident.  They work hard at it!  They think about what they are putting into their bodies.  They weigh options when it comes to indulging.  Food is our fuel, not a reward and definitely not a way to punish ourselves, and health is definitely a continuum.  I want my direction to be upward!!

If you guys have any great snack ideas, I'd love to hear them.  Have a great night!!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Happiness

I was tagged by my friend, Molly, at I'm a Sleeper-Baker, to write a 10 Things That Make Me Happy list.  One of my New Year's intentions, is to live life more simply and be more thankful, so this is the perfect list to get started.

10 Simple Things That Make Me Happy

  1. Watching my children sleep...for so many reasons!!
  2. Making my own bread.
  3. Being sore from a great workout.
  4. When Noah asks me for a snuggle.
  5. Seeing Kel play with our sons.
  6. A really good non-fat latte.
  7. Comments on my blog...and I'm not just saying that so you will write comments!!
  8. Sweating so much that my clothes are soaked.
  9. When my ipod is on shuffle and the good songs keep coming one right after another.
  10. Wegmans...seriously, I love that store.  I'm so sorry if you don't have one near you!!
Wow, I could go on for a while with that list.  Maybe I should do this everyday!!  It makes me realize how blessed I really am.

So now, I'm supposed to tag 10 bloggy friends to do the same!!  I can't wait to read everyone's list.

Anne at Iron Dreams
Kelly at Iron Mommy
Mark at TriDad of Five
Laura at East Coast Mounts
Molly at Muppets on Parade
Rebecca at Rebecca DeWire
Heather at Run Faster, Mommy
Stephanie at The Princess Runner - who is also doing a cool giveaway right now!
Kati at What Do You Call A Mom...
Mama Simmons at Mama Simmons

On another note, I had a 30 minute endurance ride today.  I was supposed to stay in Zone 2 and keep my cadence above 90...totally victorious!!  I'm proud of this work.  Even the easy stuff should be done well.

Have a great day!!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Bike Test Results and Some Link Love




Here's the bike test graph from this morning.  The goal was to have a nice warm-up, then go for 20 minutes all out.  This was the first time I've ever done a Lactate Threshold (LT) Test on the bike.  You can read about when I did a run test here, with more explanation about what LT is, and why we need to know it.

I ended up using the Spinervals 27.0 Threshold Test and Suffer Fest, to guide me through the test.  It included a fairly substantial warm-up with a few pick-ups.  The blue section of the graph above was my actual 20 minute time trial.  The red line is my heart rate, the orange line is my cadence, and the blue line is my speed. I think I did a pretty good job of holding an even effort throughout the 20 minutes, but it was tough.  Sweat was literally pouring off of me.  I had my ipod on, and the music was super loud.  I was in a pretty hard gear, and I tried to keep my cadence between 75 and 80.  Clearly, I paid no attention to speed (I have no idea what that is all about???)  This was incredibly difficult, and I really had to push myself to keep going...it was fantastic.

Right after the 20 minute test was done, I was so exhausted I almost started to cry.  I'm not really sure why--it was a surprising reaction to me.  I was definitely proud of myself, and hurting just a little.  I was glad it was over, so maybe I was just overcome with relief?  What I find very interesting about my reaction, is that, for me, it clearly shows just how connected the mind and body are.  When I push myself physically, it shows emotionally.  I'm not sure if this is good or bad, but I think it is very interesting, and it goes right along with my Mind-Body-Spirit goals of 2010.

Anyway, when all was said and done, my average heart rate was 172 for the 20 minute trial.  That seems right to me based on what I know of my past tests in run zones.  Generally, zones for the bike are a little lower than run zones.  So now Coach Mary will take that number and figure out my zones, and from now on, when she says keep it in zone 2 - endurance, I will know exactly what HR range she is talking about.  The benefit of this is that I will be sure to train my body slow and steady to build up my endurance, and not push too hard all the time (which I have been known to do.)

I'm a Total Bloggy-Triathlete Geek

Okay...so I know this is so silly, BUT check out who left comments on my last two posts here and here.  Scroll down to the last comment...!!!

If you don't read her blog you should!!

Total inspiration for my bike test which begins in 25 minutes!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Sunday Report

Ahh...there is something so bittersweet about Sunday night.  I love the relaxed feeling of Sunday night, but there is always Monday lurking in the future.  Not really a week night, but not the weekend any more either.  Still, I will enjoy sitting in front of the fire and reflect back on my week.  Here are the numbers:

Swim:  1h 48m 4500 yds
Bike:  4h 35m 6s 43.38 mi
Run:  53m 26s 5.48 mi
Strength: 1h
 
Total: 8h 16m 32s
 
The running was a little bit of a disappointment this week.  I have really been progressing with good form, and then my stupid heel starts hurting.  That reminds me...I need to go get the ice pack.
 
We had a little bit of excitement tonight at our house.  Kel decided to surprise the boys with something.  Take a look...
 

We've got a little Wii action going on!!  I hope this was a good decision...I guess time will tell.
 
















Have a great week and happy training!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

thoughts

  • We have more snow than we know what to do with.  Here are a couple of pics of the boys playing on the deck...and this was about a week ago.

I wonder if they taste like carrots??



I think Noah wanted to come inside...yes, I was taking pictures from inside. 
Don't judge...look how much snow there is out there!



Ryan had no issues with the cold.


Our picnic table and chairs...I guess it's time to bring them in!

  • My heel has been hurting.  I cut short my run yesterday after 12 minutes...such a bummer.  I'm taking 4 days off of running, and I'm hoping it will feel better.
  • I don't know if I've ever told you guys this, but I really enjoy blogging.  It has been a total surprise to me that I enjoy this as much as I do.  Thanks for reading about all of my craziness!!
  • My friend, M., sent home the Twilight DVD with Kel the other night.  I didn't really want to watch it, more because, well, it's a little bit embarassing.  But it was sitting on the counter, and I couldn't think of anything else to watch while I was on the trainer tonight, so in it went.  I watched a little over an hour, and didn't even want to get off the bike.  I'm saving the rest for my ride tomorrow...and, yes, I'm really saving it...I so want to finish it right now.  Thanks, M.!!
  • I went to a YMCA training the other night called Listen First.  It was about how to be a better listener and communicator.  So, I discovered about myself that I was quite good at the skills, but in no way do I practice them on a daily basis!!  I learned so much, and can't wait to start practicing my listening.  Listen first...
  • Back to the snow...can you believe how much there is???  It really is always a shock for my southern roots!!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Training This and That

I'm just finishing up my 4th week of training with Coach Mary, and, although I'm sure I've told you already, I love it!!  We are in what is called pre-base traininng...just sort of getting geared up for the season.  I have been working a lot on my run form, and Coach has had me doing strength 2 times a week, which is a big change for me.

Strength:

I feel so much stronger after just 8 sessions!  The first thing on my training sheet is 2x20 pushups.  The first week I was doing 10 regular pushups followed by 10 girly pushups to equal 20 for each set.  Yesterday I was able to do 20 regular pushups for the first set, then 17/3 for the second set!  Woot!!

Swimming:

Coach has had me doing some pull work with paddles, which is definitely bringing out some inconsistencies in my stroke.  I did a test last week, and my T time (average pace per 100 yards) is 1:45.  I felt really good about that number.  Yesterday this is what my workout looked like...including comments from Coach:

300 yards warm up choice.

10 X 100 on 2:15 holding a 1:45. It should not feel too bad.
100 easy
4 X 100 on 2:00 holding 1:45. This might start to feel sketchy.
100 easy.
2 X 100 on 1:50. This should feel bad :-)
100 cool down.
 
She definitely knows what she is talking about! ;)
 
Running:
 
My running has been going great.  I told Kel just the other day, that I really think I have made a breakthrough in my form.  Up to this point, I don't think I have ever really "run"...I merely plodded along.  The downside is that my right heel has started to bother me a bit.  I decided to be super proactive and go get a sports massage from my favorite PT, Chuck P., over at Multisports PT.  He worked out my legs so good it hurt...seriously.  My heel is still a bit sore, and I think it is stemming from tight calves and tight glutes that aren't used to real running.  I have another run today, so hopefully it will feel better, and I am going to be vigilant about stretching.
 
Coach Mary wants me to run a 5K at some point in the next week or so and there are none scheduled around here, so I'm thinking about just getting a group of my girls together to run a 5K together.
 
Cycling:
 
Buttercup is loving all of the attention she has been getting.  I've been working on getting my cadence faster, to much success.  I've been doing some single leg drills...those minutes are so much longer than when I am using both legs for some reason!!  I'm still getting adjusted to my new saddle, and I've been thinking I might need to get a pair of cycle shorts as opposed to using tri shorts all the time.  It seems like the seams of the tri shorts hit right where I sit on the saddle...not always the most comfortable thing.
 
I'm officially registered for IronGirl as a part of their Team Courage for cancer survivors...I'm so excited!!  I hope your training is going well!!
 
Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

My 2010 Vision Board



I believe in having a vision for my life.  Sometimes goals might seem out of reach, resolutions might seem impossible, intentions might seemed destined to never come to pass, but if we can begin to see them, to believe in them, to really know that it is what God wants in our lives, then these things start to happen.

One of my favorite Bible stories is about how God changed Abram's name to Abraham.  Abraham means father of nations, but God changed his name to that way before he was a father.  In fact, at that time in Abraham's life, he had just about given up on ever having children, but all of a sudden, everytime someone called his name they were calling him father of nations.  I bet that was kind of hard to swallow at first, but after a while I'm sure he started to believe it.  It ignited his faith.  His wife, Sarah, laughed and said, "You expect me to have a baby now that I am old?" But sure enough, God blessed them with a child when Sarah was 90 and Abraham even older.  (Ladies...can you even imagine??)

On my RoadID (and you should have one if you don't), I have my motto, "I am an athlete."  When I first started running, I would have never called myself an athlete.  Athletes were people who were fast, who had done sports in high school and college, who were skinny, who ate healthy all the time.  At my first triathlon, I would have laughed if someone said that about me.  But as I started to adopt this lifestyle, I realized that I needed to believe that I was an athlete, so I started reminding myself every day.  During my first olympic distance triathlon, I had a moment when my motto that I had been saying for months and months became real for me.  I am an athlete.  I believe it.  Sometime we have to remind ourselves over and over of the things we want to be in order to become those very things.  If I said time and again that I wasn't an athlete, that would get me nowhere.

Anyway, this year I decided to put my intentions for 2010 on a board that I could see every day.  A reminder of what I am and what I will become.  Inspiration to push beyond my limits and conquer my weaknesses.  Priorities that I see every day.  So, I made myself a 2010 Vision Board.  I put it next to my mirror in my bedroom where I get ready every day, so I can see myself as I want to be.



Some of it is a little cryptic, but it works for me.  What is your vision for 2010?

Monday, January 4, 2010

The Bright Side

After a week and a half of Ryan being off of school and everyone being home, I would be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to school being back in today.  We've been getting a lot of snow (we probably have over 2 feet in our yard), and I was a little worried there would be a snow day today, but I got Ryan off to school on time, put Noah in the car to head to the babysitter's, and then I was going to go to the gym to teach spin and run errands for the rest of the day.

Well, that did not happen.  I got everything loaded into the car and began looking for my keys.  I looked in all of my usual spots to no avail.  I didn't go anywhere yesterday, but Kel had taken my car in the many Home Depot trips, so I gave him a call on his cell.

"Hey.  Sorry to bother you on your way to Binghamton that is 90 minutes away from home, but have you seen my keys?"

"No."

"You took my car yesterday, did you see them in the car?"

"I did see them in the car...why do you leave your keys in the car?"

"Well, they are not there now.  Do you have them?"

"No.  Why would I have them?"

"I don't know, but can you just check."

....sounds of searching...

"Oh...here they are in my pocket."

...I will stop the conversational replay right there, because the rest was definitely not pretty.  Especially after Kel told me we had a spare key in the drawer, and, sure enough, we do...to his car....that he was driving to Binghamton!!

So here's the bright side:

I was able to find a sub for my class.
Noah and I spent some quality time together this morning, including going snowshoeing in our cul-de-sac.  (That's how much snow we have, for real!)
I got an extra ride for the week on my trainer instead of the spin bike.
I got all caught up on my blog reading.
I made some homemade chocolate almond butter that I'm trying really hard not to eat straight from the jar right now.  Seriously, it is so good, it is like a siren calling to me.
Kel owes me...wait, that's probably not something that is good for a healthy marriage!! ;)

Have a great night.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Sunday Report

Well, all in all, it was a good week.  I switched some workouts around which, I found out today, is not a good idea.  Why?  Because you get behind really quick if you start rearranging.  It would have been fine, but we got at least 2 feet of snow last night, and it was about 10 degrees and windy outside, and, as you know, I am not that hard core.  So the run was out, unless, Kel could get the electrical stuff figured out to get our new-to-us treadmill running.  (We bought a used one from the gym, and when we got it home discovered that the plug was different...then much language about amps, volts, blah-blah-blah, ensued. I, being a technical idiot, have no idea what all of that means, even after I made an earnest attempt to understand what Kel was talking about.)

Anyway, after 3 trips to Home Depot, one power outage, 2 meltdowns (no comment on who had those, but it wasn't Kel), and many hours, the treadmill was plugged in and working!!  Yay, Kel...you saved the day! So I was able to finish my week, and I had a great run.  We put the treamill in our unheated sunroom, and it was chilly to start, but by the end the steamy windows attested to my work.

Here are the numbers for the week:


Swim:  1h 31m - 4150 yds
Bike:  2h 24m 59s - 19.93 mi
Run: 1h 47m 56s - 11.22 mi
Strength:  1h
 
Total:  6h 43m 55s
 
Have a great week!!

Friday, January 1, 2010

2010 Intentions

I am always so excited at the beginning of a new year.  I love the idea of starting fresh and pushing onward.  The problem with that is, as an eternal optimist, I inevitably lose steam and and then disappointed in my performance, even if it was quite good.  Several years ago I began making intentions for the new year instead of resolutions.  This has helped, but I still feel like I set myself up for failure. 

So this year I am taking a different tack.  My quest is going to be for balance in three areas of my life: 
Mind, Body, and Spirit.

Spirit

I start with spirit because that should be my most important focus.  If my relationship with God is on track, and I am loving Him, then my spirit will be joyful.  If my spirit is joyful that will overflow into the other areas of my life and bring me peace and balance.  My intent this year is to pray more, especially for the things out of my control, to rely on God for the things that seem impossible, and to read my Bible from cover to cover.  (This was one of my goals last year, but I was not successful.  My Trakkers teammate and kindred spirit, Anne, and I are going to support each other in this endeavor.)

As I was looking for a scripture about joy, I came across Galations 5:22-23, which talks about the fruit of the Spirit (as in the Holy Spirit):

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentlenss and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.
Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.  Maybe I should just stop right here and let this scripture be my New Year's Intention.  I am going to put this up on my mirror and, with God's help,  let these qualities guide my day.

Mind

The subject of mind for me is going to about controlling my thoughts better.  I am going to try not to complain so much.  I want to learn to be happy with who I am and what I have in the moment.  I want to live more simply in every way, and that starts with being thankful.  I found this wonderful quote in a Real Simple magazine:

"Wealth consists not in having great possessions but in having few wants." 
Esther de Waal

Body

In many ways this is the easiest for me, in others it is the hardest.  I think the easy is obvious...have fun doing triathlons, be true to my training, and smile...

The hard parts, some easier than others...

Nutrition:  This past year I made huge strides in nutrition this year.  I ate the healthiest I have ever eaten in my life, truly.  I want this year to be even better, and for me, that comes down to more self-control and, here's the hard part, balance.  I would really love to get to a point in my daily eating that I can splurge now and then without guilt and without splurging too much.  I still want to eat less junk and more real food.

Weight:  This is also a tricky one for me.  I am super healthy and very fit.  I want to get to a place this year where that is more important than what I weigh.  In the same breath I will say, I would also like to get my body fat % down without obsessing about the numbers on the scale.  Is this possible???  We will see.

As I go through my three categories, mind, body, spirit, I realize that  there are some specifics that are worth mentioning.

More than anything, this year, I want to be a good mommy to my sons.  I want to love them, to be patient with them, to play with them, and to enjoy them. 

I want to be a good wife.

I want to be a good friend.

...and here are few things that I would love to accomplish, but if they happen, they happen, if they don't...there is always 2011!!

Have a month where I run at least 100 miles.
See my abs.
Finish a half-ironman under 6 hours.
Run an ultra marathon.
Do some trail running with my friend, Ben.
Get Yoga-fit certified.

Here's to a wonderful 2010...I just love the beginning of the year!!

The Annual Report

First, my numbers for the month:

Bike: 7h 50m 04s - 45.32 Mi
Run: 5h 35m 27s - 33.49 Mi
Swim: 6h 04m - 16700 Yd
Strength: 2h 03m

Total:  21h 32m 31s

I have been trying to channel Mirinda Carfrae while I've been running this week.  Really, I think up to this week I've never really run before...no kidding!!  I had a great run on the treadmill the other day, and I'm looking forward to getting outside and seeing what it feels like to really run!!  Now on to the annual report.

This was an interesting year.  I fulfilled a lot of my New Year's Intentions for 2009, but I fell short on others (I definitely cannot see me abs!)  In terms of triathlon, it was a great year even though it ended with an injury.  Here are my numbers for the year:


Bike: 183h 31m 19s - 1672.51 Mi

Run: 95h 59m 32s - 592.59 Mi

Swim: 87h 13m 24s - 228871.7 Yd or 130.04 miles

Total:  366h 44m 15s - 2395.14 miles

On a personal level, I think this has been one of the most challenging years of my life.  Being a mother is such a challenging job, and even after 6 years of doing it, I am continuously surprised by how hard it is.  This year brought some revelations about Ryan that have certainly changed my perspective and forced me to adjust my expectations of parenthood. I just reread this post about Ryan, and I still have a lot of work to do.  I am still figuring it out, and praying like crazy that God will reveal to me the whys and hows of all this.

I'll be posting later with my 2010 intentions...I still am working them out.

Happy New Year!!

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