09 June 2006

Rest Day.

Last night I was sooooooo tired when I got home all I could do was lie on the couch. I was in bed by 9 and sound asleep by 9:01. Hubby went and played poker and didn't get home till 11:00, I did not hear a thing, I was out. I slept really well until the alarm went off. My mind said to get up but the body said, not this morning. So I reset the alarm and rolled over. God, it felt good. I am not doing anything today - nothing, nada, zilch, zippo, squat, you get the idea :)

Tomorrow is a long bike ride and Sunday is a run/hike. It's been so beautiful that I'm dying to get into the mountains, I may do that on Sunday. An hour of hiking is worth 2 hours of running easy.

I just found out they have reinstated my favorite run.

The Kolekole Pass 1/2 marathon runs over the mountains at the low point. This is all military land and the only time anyone is allowed on is during this race. They closed the pass after 9/11 and have not had the race in 4 years. They have agreed to have it this year on July 30th. I'm very excited for a number of reasons:
*It's a beautiful run with unreal views
*I won't be doing the 1/2 this weekend and was bummed there wasn't another one next month.
*I am totally going to rock this run.
That made my day.

So my race calendar is shaping up like this:
-Firecracker Sprint July 2 (maybe)
-Tinman July 23
-Kolekole 1/2 July 30
-Mountainman Tri August 14(maybe)
-Century Ride Sept 23 (I think)

I'm still looking for something towards the end of this month, I'll line something up this weekend. Also in Sept is the NaWahine sprint tri. I may do that again just to kick it's ass like it did mine last year. October is the Ko Olina Sprint and the Haleiwa Sprint. This was my first one 2 years ago and I may have to go back to conquer it.

Okay, enough. I should do some work, that is what they pay me for.

08 June 2006

Something is up with blogger.

I had a heck of a time posting and I can't comment on any of the blogs, WTF????????

Okay, so I may not rock as much as I thought last night. The alarm went off this morning and I could not get up. Now I remember why I don't exercise hard at night, I don't go to bed as early, I don't sleep as well and I have a hard time getting up. So I didn't get up in time to do my weights, and while I laid there trying to figure out a way to skip working out at all, I just couldn't do it. So I finally got up, got ready, headed out on my bike, and lord was it hard. I was dying. I was struggling badly and though I knew I was tired I couldn't figure out why it was this bad. About 1/2 way through my ride it hit me. I hadn't had any coffee. UUUUUGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!

So I finished my ride; 10 miles in 50 minutes; did a very short transition run; 8 minutes I think; and got some coffee. It helped but not enough I'm still tired. I want to do my weights tonight, then it's off to bed early.

Now for something completely different: we've been living in the house now for 3 months and while we generally like it a lot, there is one major problem; the neighbor. The neighbor on the one side has this panel van on the side of the driveway about 8 feet from our bedroom window. Apparently someone lives in there. Apparently that person deals drugs. We've noticed people coming and going at all hours of the night and day - a classic sign. I was talking to some of the other neighbors and they said they cook meth in that house. Okay, not going to stand for that.

We noticed this when we first moved in and I was just kind of watching it to make sure I was right; I would hate to accuse someone if it's not true. After a few weeks it all stopped and for the last month it's been really quiet over there; we thought it was over. Then, about a week ago, it started up again. The final straw was Tuesday morning. I head out on my bike at 6 a.m. and the neighbors are driving this golf cart around, really fast, screaming and yelling, and the things brakes aren't working. There are kids walking to school along this street and people going to work. These idiots are endangering everybody's life, including their own (which I don't care about at all).

Yesterday I contacted the police. I told them I'm pretty sure this place is at least selling drugs and possibly making them. I also gave them my name and phone number and said if there is anything I can do to let me know. I'm right next door and see a lot more than they ever could. Hopefully something will be done rather quickly, I don't want people like that living next to me. Why does it always take the new person to get things going??? The people who live in this neighborhood know about it yet no one did anything. Why??????

Okay, 'nuff said. I have to drag my butt back to work here so I can get done and go home. I'm hungry, I wonder if that's why I'm tired; I need more food. Who knows?????

07 June 2006


But I am so pleased with myself I have to brag.

This morning I just did not want to get up. I've been working out every day since last Tuesday. Every morning I've been up with the roosters (literally, we have roosters next door) and I just felt like staying in bed this morning; so I did. I slept in and drank a leisurely coffee and puttered around in my garden and then headed off to work.

Unfortunately, my guard was down and when I stopped to get gas I got coffee and a muffin. Okay, that in itself is not so bad, but..... Past history shows that a breakfast like that generally leads to a fast food lunch and some chocolate and who knows what else, and who knows how long it will last. But today I managed to avoid that problem. I ate the muffin and really enjoyed it, and that was it. I did not have my usual morning snacks, in fact I did not eat again until lunch at 1:00 p.m. Excellent.

When I left the house this morning I took my workout bag because I had a vague plan of going to the Y after work. Well, it got to be 4-4:30 and I'm yawning up a storm. I'm seriously debting about going to the Y or not. Now, it should be noted that I am NOT an evening workout person. I am definetly a morning person. But, at 5:00 I raced to the bathroom and put my running clothes on - good move.

I then drove to the Y trying to figure out what I was going to do; treadmill, run outside, weights, that?????? I got to the Y, jumped out of the car, strapped on my iPod and headed off down the road. Okay, guess I'm running outside. I ran for 30 minutes, went back to the pool and swam 750 m. (250 m: 6:30, 6:38, 6:45)


You have no idea how different this is for me and how freaking proud of myself I am.

Okay, that's enough braggin for now. 'Nuff said.

06 June 2006


Sometimes I get caught up in the if..... Mostly I'm a positive, forward looking person but every once in a while I drift into the past and the if...... That happened on my bike ride this morning. I started down the if road:

-if only the truck hadn't burned.

-if only we didn't have to buy the new truck.

-if only we hadn't gotten evicted 2 days after buying the new truck.

-if only Mana hadn't died.

Notice that none of these things I had any control over. That's because I rarely think about the other option if it's a choice I made. I tend to dwell on the if's of things I can't control. So I'm cruising along thinking these things and I said to myself ,"Self, what is up??? You are one of the luckiest people on the face of the earth!! Get over yourself" So then I start thinking about all the good things in my life:

-I get to live in Hawaii.

-I have my health and am able to train for triathlons.

-I get to live in Hawaii :)

-I love my hubby and my dogs and my kids and my grandkids.

-I get to live in Hawaii.

Okay, I could go on and on but you get the idea. I even thought to myself how lucky I am that I have enough money that I can afford enough food to be overweight. Many people in the world are starving. Anyway, I'm over it.

Had a great workout this morning. I did my strength training, upper and lower body. When for a 10 mile bike ride (47 mins). Then a 10 minute transition run. Whew!!!! I felt awesome. I've decided to start the transition runs again. 10 minutes after every bike ride unless I'm doing a brick. It was tough but another deposit in the triathlon bank :)

In 10 days I make the final payment on my car. This is huge to me as it's something I've never done before. I've only ever bought 1 other new car and ended up trading it in before it was paid off. I've leased a car but then you turn the car in at the end of the lease. For a long time I drove used cars that I'd paid cash for. And, believe it or not, I went like 5 years driving cars people gave me. For some reason there was a rash of people moving to the mainland and they kept giving their cars to us - that was sweet for awhile. So I made the final payment on my car and I'm really looking forward to it. See, if the truck hadn't burned it would have been paid off next year. Now it will be what, 2 1/2 more years - ugh!!!!

That's my morning. I feel like Wonderwoman!!!

05 June 2006

I hate blogger!!!!!

I have been trying to post all day and blogger either so slow I couldn't wait or I'd get an error message. UUUUUGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

So, the reason for my post was my awesome swim this morning. Hubby left for work and I rolled over and decided to sleep in. Not 2 minutes later I'm bouncing out of bed running to get my stuff together to go for a swim. What exactly is happening to me???? It's all good!!!

So I get to the pool and decided on a 1600m workout. It broke down like this:

200 m warm-up: 5:12
4 x 50 (:15): 1:06, 1:06, 1:09, 1:09
200 m pull: 5:10
4 x 50 (:10): 1:08, 1:12, 1:13, 1:13
200m swim: 5:33
4 x 50 (:05): 1:09, 1:15, 1:19, 1:18
4 x 25 (right only/left only)/100m hard/2 x 50 moderate (:10): 10:55

Totals: 1600m in 48:55

For the last 3 sets I totally forgot to hit my watch, I was focused so hard on what I was doing and using the pool clock that I spaced my watch.

Anyway, I felt great but I can see how I slowed down near the end, I need to work on that.

Overall a great workout. Oh, so a huge victory. Last Monday there was no WW meeting since it was Memorial Day. Instead I went to Saturday morning meeting. Now a morning meeting is good in a lot of ways, I am lighter in the morning whether I had breakfast or not. But there is a downside too, especially if I have to weigh-in again 3 days later - at night!!! So I was expecting it to be up slightly, also I wasn't perfect this weekend, so I was definitely set for a slight increase. I stepped on the scale tonight and it reads exactly the same as Saturday morning - WOOOOO HOOOO!!! That's huge.!!!!!!!

I'll give this day an A.

04 June 2006

Excellent weekend.

It started yesterday with a bike to ride to WW... Weigh in went well and I was down!!! Yea!!! 3rd week in a row, I may be on to something here :)

Then I decided to ride around for awhile. I haven't had a long ride in a long, long time so I thought this was a great idea, plus it was an absolute beautiful day. I ended up riding for 1:45 and covered 21 miles. Not the speediest but I haven't been out that long for awhile and so I was just cruising. It was perfect. I felt great when I was done.

After I had to go to work for an hour, then it was off to Ruby Tuesday's for lunch. That is becoming a Saturday routine too. Not sure if it's good or bad.

This morning was a long run. I was still on the fence about the 1/2 marathon next weekend so I decided to try and go long. I headed out and the first thing I noticed was how hot it was!!! My little temperature thingy said it was 77 when I got back but there were places along the way where there is no wind and I'm sure it was hotter than that.

Anyway, I ended up going about 7.75 miles in 1:40 (lots of walk breaks due to the heat). Again, not setting the world on fire but improving. I got further than I did last week in the heat so that's improvement.

Reviewing my training (or lack there of) over the past few months, I realized my running has suffered the most. When I did train I swam or biked, running was definitely pushed to the side. So I figure I have the greatest ground to cover there. Also, we are moving into summer and it is freaking hot. The tradewinds (the winds that keep us cool) are not very strong right now so it's hotter than it would be if they were blowing like normal.

Bottom line, I've ruled out the 1/2 next weekend. I have no doubt I could complete it but it would not be pretty. So that's definitely off. I am shopping around for a race the weekend of the 24-25th. A 10k would be awesome!!!

I'm also considering a sprint tri on July 2nd. It's the Firecracker Sprint and it's the same course as my last sprint, Iroquois Point, and I'm seriously considering it.

Well, that's it. I've got some house cleaning and laundry to do. I've got to revamp my training schedule since I've changed some things. I want to get things ready for next week, I need to keep this weight loss going. There's a thousand other things to do before I go to bed tonight. So I'm off.....

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....