05 August 2006

It's the end of the world as we know it....

and I feel fine.

I don't know what's up but things are not as I'd like them to be.

This week has been weird. I've really wanted to train but just haven't had my heart in it. I thought by focusing on a race it would put the spark back in, it didn't.

I have not been overly hungry but want to eat nothing but junk food.

In spite all of that I managed to lose a little weight this week, so that's good.

I don't know what's going on but I've decided to quit banging my head against a wall. I'm just going to roll with it as I know this will pass.

This morning I rode my bike to Weight Watchers and went for a ride afterwards. By 1 hour I was toast. I could hardly climb these little hills that I usually blast over. So I went off and met hubby to go have lunch.

Tomorrow morning I plan on doing my strength training/jump rope workout and if I feel like it I will go for a run after.

Monday evening I'm trying my first Master's swim. I've never swam with a group before so this will be interesting.

Okay, that's all I have to say. Oh, that and that bloglines seems to be not working, either that or noone is writing anything today. Yeah, I didn't think so......

02 August 2006

Testriffic IQ test

I always knew it!!!!

It's all in the attitude.

I forget that. I know it, well. I know that how I view things affects how I deal with them. I know that I have no control over the universe at large. I can only control how I react to things and how I view said universe. Yet still, I forget it.

I started back to working out this week and was unable to figure out why my heart wasn't in it. It just occurred to me on the way home, I'm not viewing working out in the proper light.

I was looking at it as something "I have" to do. Something that gets me out of bed way too early and I have to endure. That's not true.

I love that I can train. I love that I am healthy and physically fit. I love that I live in a place where I can train almost year round. I love watching my body change and improve. I love it.

Okay, I don't like getting up super early but you know what, it hasn't killed me yet.

Also, I have to focus on something. So I'm going to start focusing on the sprint next month.

Starting tomorrow I'm going to have a more positive attitude towards training. I get to train everyday. How lucky am I????

31 July 2006

This will probably make no sense to anyone but me but I've got to get it off my chest. Names have been changed to protect the guilty.

People!!!! If you're old enough you can remember home movies. Your parents took them on vacations and such and then forced you to watch them over and over and over and ov.....

In the worst case scenerio you had to watch other peoples home movies. This was a fate worse than death. These were the times when you wanted to slit your wrists with the Jiffy-Pop aluminum pan. You would dream of sharpening your little plastic spoon into a deadly shank and stabbing these people in the eyes. It was horrible. I never thought I'd see anything as bad as home movies. I. was. wrong.

Podcasts have become the home movies of the new millenium. I came across one today that made me want to poke sharp objects in my ears till they bled. In excruciating detail this person covered their vacation. The audio was bad much of the time. It involved people noone but he knew or cared about. I think his blog even has pictures. Lord, spare me.

I listen to a number of podcasts and they all talk about personal stuff to some extent. They cover things these people did - interesting things. I like to hear a little about other peoples lives. I do not need a play by play of your day. I don't need to hear an hour about your car trip. Trust me, car trips are not that interesting. People laughing and giggling so you could hardly understand them about jokes only they got.

It was 2 hours of my life I'll never get back, and I mourn the lose. You may ask why I listened so long. The truth is, I didn't. I shut it off 1/2 way through. Yes, it was longer. Also, it's kind of like watching a really bad movie; you keep hoping it will get better. It didn't.

I'm not naming names because that would be cruel. But I am instituting a firm rule, I will listen to no podcast over 1 hour long.

Okay, I'm done.

Back at it.

That alarm seemed to go off awfully early this morning. We had a birthday party to go to last night and against my better judgment I had 2 beers. The problem with me drinking at night is then I have trouble sleeping. So I woke up a few times last night and when that alarm went off I was not ready for it.

But I got up!!!!

I was only doing at time trial this morning anyway so I knew I wouldn't be swimming for hours. So I slowly got my act together and headed off to the pool.

I warmed up for 400 m, slow, slow, breast stroke and freestyle. I was shooting for 5-10 minute warm up not a distance.

Next I did 3 x 300m with :30 rest. Those went at: 6:54, 7:09, 7:14. Using this information I can calculate my 100m time and use it as a base. With my new training program I will run this test once a month to see if there's improvement. So my average 300m is 7:05 which works out to 2:22 per 100m. Okay, that's not pretty but it's a starting point. Also, I wasn't totally pushing myself. I was swimming at race pace, something I could sustain for awhile. Okay, now I know where I need to go with the swim.

Tomorrow is the bike time trial. See where I am with that and how I can improve.

30 July 2006

T minus 1

Okay. The fruit and veggies are purchased. The races are decided on. The training plan is laid out. I'm good to go.

Tomorrow I begin by focusing on weight loss. My plan is fairly simple; eat less, move more.
I belong to Weight Watchers and I plan to follow their Core plan. For those who don't know, it's basically eating whole foods. I'm going to stay away from processed foods. Lots of fruits and veggies; moderate amounts of meat; 3 servings of dairy a day; whole grains - probably 2 a day; water, water, water.

I'm counting my calories via FitDay (even though WW doesn't say I have to). I'm shooting for 1400-1600 calories a day or a deficit of 500-1000.

For the next 16 weeks I will be swimming, biking, running, but I will be focusing on aerobic/HR training. This will help with my weight loss. I will also be strength training 3x a week of 20 minutes.

One meal a week will be a "free" meal.

I think that covers it. I'm excited.

I'm pouring over the Triathlete's training bible and starting in November my Honu 70.3 training begins in earnest. By then I will have 3 more sprints under my belt and my aerobic conditioning should be way up there.

Next week or the week after I'm going to contact a masters group and see about swimming with them. If I do that I will free up 3 mornings a week since they meet at night. Then on Mondays and Weds I could get in 2 workouts a day plus an ocean swim on Sat. mornings. Definetly makes sense. But I want to see how the weight loss goes first.

Alright kids. There is nothing I love better than a lazy Sunday afternoon. Hubby is at work. Me and the dogs are just laying around cause it's hot. I'm off to stretch out on the couch and read the Sunday paper. We have a party to go to tonight, so I need to rest up for that :)

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