26 August 2005

What a beautiful day!!!

This was the sky at 5:30 a.m. The sun was beginning to peak through and there are heavy rain clouds above. You can see the rain falling between the high clouds and the low clouds on the ocean. So very cool....

This is the actual sunrise 45 minutes later. Notice the rain clouds are gone. It's amazing how quickly these things move.

As I was sitting out back with the dogs taking pictures I was thinking about how much I love the early, early morning. It's my favorite time of the day. I love to get up early before the sun and other people, and sit outside and just enjoy. Sunrise is like a new beginning. It's like every single day is a completely clean slate and you have the chance to make it whatever you want; good, bad or indifferent. It's the feeling of possibilities and opportunities. No matter what has happened yesterday, it is over and done with and you've got another chance to get it right.

I look back on my life and just can't believe some of the things I've done. I used to be a real partyer. I would stay up all night then sleep all day. I thought that was a great way to live. Geez, who'd a thunk I'd be wrong??? I'm not sure when the change took place. I think it was when we moved to Hawaii 15 years ago. It's hard to sleep the day away when you have all this beauty around you. Also, when we moved here I stopped my partying. I decided it was time to grow up and face the adult work. So I did.

Well, all of this deep thought was brought to you by the fact that today is my rest day. I didn't swim last night as my ankle was feeling considerably better and decided to not to push it. In fact I think I'll take the weekend off and start in again on Monday. The ankle is healing very quickly and I don't want to jeopardize that. Okay, on that note I will hobble off to the shower and go to work. Maybe I can get out a little early today; that would be so very awesome!!!!

25 August 2005

I didn't blog yesterday...

I kind of had an agreement with myself to blog my workouts everyday as a way to keep me motivated and to keep track of the details of the workout. Well, yesterday's workout didn't go so well. I had a run scheduled and after walking the dogs decided to do it in the park since it was such a beautiful morning. So I head off to the park. I'm being really careful because the right ankle is feeling completely healed and I don't want to do anything to injure it. So I run for 1/2 an hour and the ankle feels like it's getting a little fatigued so I decided to stop. As I'm running to the park entrance to leave I fall and twist my LEFT ankle!!!! AGAIN!!!!!! I could not believe it!!! I still can't. I went to dr. nothing is broken and I did get a referral to PT to try and figure out what is going on with these ankles.

My first reaction to this injury was to swear off exercise. As I lie on the ground writhing in pain I was screaming at the gods "That's IT!!! I will sit on the couch for the rest of my life and get FAT!!!" Once I limped home - crying - I got myself back together and realized that was completely insane. I need to find out what is wrong. I have never sprained my ankle, yet in the last 3 months I've sprained both more than once. So hopefully PT will help me with that problem.

I have also decided not to let this get me completely down. I have a tri in 3 weeks and I'm going to do it and I worked out a plan. I didn't have anything scheduled last night so I rested. This morning I have nothing either. Tonight I swim which I should be able to do even with this ankle. I just won't kick so much if it bothers me. Also, my compression brace is neoprene so I can wear it while swimming. Tomorrow is my scheduled rest day so that's good. Saturday is my long ride day. So I will continue to swim and bike but for the next 2 weeks there will be no running. My tri is only a sprint distance with a 5K run so I should be fine. The week before the tri I will start running slowly. I'm going to stick with my plan to try and place in my age group. With more swimming and biking I should still be able to pull that off. If I can do good on the swim and bike that will put me out ahead and the run won't be that bad.

So, I've had a set back but I refuse to let it be the end of the world. I will perservere and do the absolute best I can. That's all I can do and I just have to keep plugging along....

23 August 2005

Great bike ride this morning!

Today was my bike morning. I got up at 4:50a.m. to get the dogs walked first. Then I hung around waiting for the sun to rise so I could ride my bike. I haven't ridden my bike in almost 2 weeks and I was really looking forward to it. Of all 3 sports; running, swimming, biking; biking is by far my favorite. So the sun rose and I was out the door. On tap was a tempo ride, 2 x 10 mins. I took a nice leisurely 5 minutes to warm up then opened it off and took off. For 10 minutes I was cranking. Since I haven't got a computer for this bike I don't know how fast I was going but I was flying. That sprint took me to the Poi Factory - my standard morning turnaround point. The it was nice 5 minute cruise with lots of spinning, very relaxing. Then it was off for another 10 munites, this took me almost all the way back home. Then it was a 5 minute cruise along to beach to cool down. Awesome, just awesome. It felt great. It would have felt much better if the humidity wasn't so high and there were any tradewinds at all. But that's okay; I covered 7 miles in 30 minutes and that's pretty good.

I decided on my ride this morning to set a goal for the Na Wahine Sprint Triathlon coming up in September. I want to place in my age group so I'm aiming for a 1:15 finish. It's only a sprint tri so that should not be a problem. Okay, I have a plan and I'm going to work really hard for that.

I find it absolutely amazing that last week I could hardly drag my ass out of bed yet this week I'm making plans to place in my age group at my next tri.....

22 August 2005

This is how I started my day:

This was a rest day so my morning exercise was walking the dogs. Here we are at 6:00 a.m. me and 2 dog butts...

This was the veiw in front of me.

But this was the view behind me.

Is this not awesome?? This is why I live where I live.

If you look real close between the 2 land masses in the distance and below the clouds, rising out of the water you can see the slopes of Maui on the left and Molokai on the right. I swear to you this is the most amazing place on earth....

And this is what's across the street. Not to shabby eh??

So I did not want to go to work this morning, as you may have guessed, I wanted to stay home and play with the dogs on the beach. But, it was Monday, the boss is on vacation, and there were things to be done so I went in. It turned out not to be too bad a day so that was good...

When I got home I went for a swim. The schedule was to swim for an hour, but since I've never swam for longer then about 15 minutes I decided that was too much. I did swim for 30 minutes though. That was just awesome. It felt great. That's longer than I've every swam at one time and it felt great. I was working on my form and some drills. Drills in the ocean are harder than in a pool though so that didn't last long. The important part is I did it and I feel awesome.....

21 August 2005

I'm glad that's over...

My 15k is pau (that's done in Hawaiian) and boy am I glad.

Last night I got all my stuff ready, ate a good healthy dinner, drank lots of water, and was in bed by 9:30 p.m.

I got up at 4:00 a.m. and got ready; shower, dress, gather last minute items, coffee, etc. I was out the door and on the road by 4:40 a.m. I arrived at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki at 5:25 a.m and all the parking spots were taken. Uh oh, this did not bode well. After cruising around for 10 minutes I finally found a spot. I got all my gear on, shoes, fanny pack, hat, iPod, sunglasses, and was off to claim my chip. I always have to visit the ladies room before a race no matter how many times I went at home. When I got to the ladies room the line was really, really long. It was 5:40 and you had to pick your chip up by 5:45. I decided to pass on the rest stop and head off to get my chip. I got my chip and strapped it on and headed out in the direction of the starting line when what did I spot? A bathroom with no line - WooHooo......... After a quick stop there it's off to the start line to await the air horn.

When the horn went off I was near the back of the pack because I did not really know how my ankle would do on this excursion. The first mile went really well, I was slow but feeling really strong. Mile 2 was also good except this is the ascent of Diamond Head. I don't know why but running uphill makes me nauseous. I can't figure out what's going on with that. It happens when I eat, when I don't eat, when I eat different things, I just can't pinpoint what's causing it.
But I made it to the top of Diamond Head without losing my cookies. The next mile is downhill and that was great. Mile 4 are level but it's on an old road that has a huge hump in the middle. Since the were still cars on the road we had to run to the side on the slanted part of the road and my ankle didn't like this. Mile 5&6 were an out and back next to the Waialae Country Club, flat and easy. Mile 7 is on that cantered road again only now we are running on the left side and my ankle is turning inward; that hurts. I start walking at this point. The legs are getting tired, the ankle is starting to tweek and I still have to go up over Diamond Head again. I finished it. My time wasn't pretty, 2:11, but considering I had basically no running in the past month and my ankle is still bothering me, I'm just glad I finished.

I'm feeling pretty good now. I think the problem with my ankle is my achille's tendon because right now it hurts like hell. Other than that I'm fine....

Monsoon season has arrived

and we got our first rain yesterday. Actually, it's still raining a little this morning. It wasn't a lot of rain, but it was rain....