15 October 2005

Tonight in Hawaii

This is what the night sky looks like in Hawaii tonight. This is what all the Ironfolks are running under. Not too bad.

I'm supposed to be getting my things organized for my 30k tomorrow. Instead I'm out back taking pictures, reading blogs, updating my blog, anything but what I should be doing.

Well, I better get going. 3:00am is going to come really, really early....

This is what I found on my beach this morning.

A sea turtle snoozing on my beach, how cool is that???

14 October 2005

Wow, tomorrow is the big day.

I've been reading all the posts from the folks in Kona. It sounds awesome, I hope everyone has a fantastic race tomorrow and all come through it unscathed. Reading these though has produced a bit of envy in me. I'm thinking maybe it's time to set my sights on an Ironman. Maybe I'll do Ironman Florida in 2007 (or 2008), afterall it is supposed to be the easiest Ironman and I have a friend who lives not 10 miles away. I don't know that I could do an Ironman distance but I guess I won't know until I try, huh??? Well, it's something to think about.

I just want to wish all the Kona triatheletes a great race tomorrow. Hopefully the rain will hold off till Sunday and the winds going into Hawi will be gentle. GOOD LUCK ALL!!!

13 October 2005

Things are definetly looking up!!

God, do I feel good. I've been following my exercise plan; I've rejoined weight watchers and am really watching my food intake, and all these things are starting to pay off. Thursday is usually my toughest morning. I have the worse time getting out of bed on Thursdays. But this morning I got up with only a little procrastination and got to exercising - Yeah!!!! I've discovered too (for the millionth time) that eating less requires less sleep. That's something I've always found slightly odd. When I get hungry I get tired and start yawning indicating that the body needs some fuel or it's going to shut down. Yet, when I overeat I tend to sleep more. Too little food == sleep. Too much food = sleep. Bizarre.

I awoke this morning with this song running through my head:

I was supposed to have been a Jesuit priest or a Naval Academy grad
That was the way that my parents perceived me
Those were the plans that they had
Though I couldn't fit the part too dumb or too smart
Ain't it funny how we all turned out
I guess we are the people our parents warned us about
Jimmy Buffett "We are the people our parents warned us about"
Now, I like that song but I hate having any song stuck in my head!! I'm not even singing the whole song, only that verse. UGH!!!! I guess I'll have to listen to it on my iPod over and over and over and over....... until it's gone.
Well, I have nothing else to say. Oh yeah, last night's marathon training group went well. We did a 60 minute, 7 mile run as a small taper to Sundays 30k. Now it's rest and stretching until Sunday.
That's all folks........

11 October 2005

Let's get physical, physical.....

Well things are definetly looking up! I have been following my exercise plan for 3 days now and feel just awesome!! It's amazing how a little activity changes your outlook on life...

Last night was marathon training and it was great. I ran about 12 minute miles and felt just wonderful. In talking to some of the other people last night, they thought Saturday's run was really slow also. So it wasn't just me; I knew it was slow.

I'm following that Core Performance program and really like it. It takes about 1/2 hour and I work up quite a sweat. I like that it focuses on core strength and movements that are much more real world and not just biceps curls or squats or whatever.....

What else..... Not much. I have got to get back into Weight Watchers and I think I'm going to go tonight. I used to go on Saturday mornings but with marathon training taking up my Saturdays for the next 8 weeks or so that won't work. I figured I'd go to the Tuesday night meeting that way I'd get home late Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and be free on Thursday and Friday evenings.

Not much else to say. Feeling good, things are going well, that's all......

09 October 2005

What if the hokey pokey is really what it's all about???

And all our worrying and planning and plotting is for nothing? Whatever's going to happen is going to happen???

This is not as deep and profound as it sounds. I've spent a couple of weeks trying to fight a descending lethargy and to have it beat me down again and again. The other day I finally gave into it and just let it happen and quit fighting. Well, I think the worst is over. I'm back and I'm ready to really get going again.

I had my marathon training yesterday; it was our LSD. We did 9 miles in 2.5 hours. I have a goal for the marathon and I think I'm ready now to try and achieve it. Yesterday we were going incredibly slow and I was starting to get a little frustrated. Towards the end the side calf muscle on my bad ankle leg was starting to cramp up and I really believe it was due to the unbelieveably slow pace. I realize that the leader of this group is a runner who trained under Bob Bowerman and has been running forever and really knows his stuff but I think with me he's wrong. I want to go just a little faster and he is insisting I go slower. That presents another problem. I really enjoy working with the group and know I won't train properly on my own. Okay, listen to me!!! I've hardly started back to my exercise program and already I'm complaining about how hard I'm working out. How about this, I'll start exercising again this week; I'll train with the group Monday and Wednesday; I'll add another run on Friday night; and I'll do the 30K on Sunday. At that point I'll reevaluate my goals/priorities...

Well, it's time to get moving. I need to walk the dogs, go for a bike ride, and do some strenght/flexibility work. Then I have to run into work for an hour or so and straighten up the computer room here - it's a mess.

Hope everyone has a great weekend in whatever they are doing; marathons, triathlons, whatever..... (sounds like the folks in Kona are having a great time).

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