06 October 2006

Pillsbury dough boy and declaration

First, for the past 2 days I've felt like the Pillsbury doughboy, you know, all soft and squishy!! I don't know what's going on. My eating has been okay but not great. I have been training because my hip is killing me and I'm still kind of tired. So I'm not sure what's up but hopefully it will pass by Sunday.

Okay, now is the time to declare my intentions for Sunday (ala Bold*), so here goes.

The swim is,
"...like nothing you have ever done, so it should be a lot of fun and a challenge. The race will begin with an 80 meter run to Lagoon 1. You will be swimming each of the four lagoons beginning at Lagoon 1 and run from the end of one lagoon to the beginning of the next and continue in the sequence until you are finished swimming each lagoon. (Note: have you people ever heard of run-on sentences????) Each lagoon is no longer than 200 m and no shorter than 130 m.."

Since this is really my last race of the season I've decided to go all out. Run like the hounds of hell are chasing me between lagoons and jump as far as possible into each lagoon. I'm going to try for 30 minutes. That's probably pushing it but what the hell.

The bike is 30k on a flat, technical course. I'm going to shoot for 1 hour. That's just about 18 miles and that was my average speed in Tinman over a longer, hillier course. So I'm at 1:30 so far.

The run is 7.4k or 4.5 miles. Now, here's where the problem occurs. My hip has really been acting up this week even though I haven't been training much. I'm going to say..... 50 minutes.

That's a total time of 2:20 so factor in 10 minutes for transitions and I'm looking at about 2:30.

That time will, of course, bring me in at the bottom of my age group. I guess I can hope all those women are busy this year :)

Oh well, I'm not going to stress over it. I'm going to go out and do my best, but above all have a good time. Because that is why I do this, for fun.

*My f(*&*&*^*^(*^^%%$* hyperlink won't work.

05 October 2006

Moving on!!!

Now that we all know how logical and left-brained I am, it's time to make a logical step.

This post may not make much sense as the names have been removed to protect the guilty, so follow along if you can.

I've been hanging with this group for about 2 years now. It's been fun, but things are changing. Some in the group are advancing and beginning to think more of themselves. Some of the group are dropping out and not caring as much. Then there is some, like me, who are plugging along trying to keep things together. Well, it's over. It's time for me to move on. I don't know if I want to find a new group or go it on my own for awhile, I haven't decided yet. I think it's time for a big change.

Okay, enough of that. I slept better last night but I'm still kind of tired. I didn't workout this morning since I allowed myself another day to sleep in a little. I have my running stuff with me, I'm going to try and run after work. Just a little, 30-45 minutes.

That's really all I have to say. I should get to work, there is lots to do.

This is totally me!!!

You Are 70% Left Brained, 30% Right Brained

The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.
Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.
If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.
Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.

The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.
Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.
If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.
Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.
One of my favorite times of the week is Sunday afternoon. It's quiet in the neighborhood and the house, and I love to lie on the couch with the dogs on the floor, reading a book. Dead on!!!

04 October 2006

Can I go back to bed now???

Ugh, I did not sleep well last night and pretty much feel like crap this morning. I don't know what's wrong, I just kept waking up and then not being able to get back to sleep. I have my suspicions as to the cause. The last week or so I've been having major hot flashes and I believe that this is the next step in the process. Ugh!!!!

So, needless to say, I didn't workout this morning. It's okay as I'm in a semi-taper for my race this weekend, so I'm not worried just bummed.

I swam yesterday and that was fun. I had no workout planned I just wanted to swim for fun, so I did. I did the crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, side stroke, whatever I felt like with the flip turns. For the first time in a long time the swim was just fun!!!

I guess I'll just take it easy today. I've got some other things going on outside of tris and I'll guess I'll focus on those today. Work has been crazy so maybe I'll go in a little early and get a jump on things.

01 October 2006

A good weekend.

Not much training but a fun weekend.

Yesterday I went for a 90 minute bike ride. Not speeding, just spinning along getting some time in. After we went out to lunch (beer) hung around the house for a while; went to a party (lots of beer) and came home and crashed. Since I haven't drunk that much beer in at least a year, I am out of it today. Really out of it. But that's okay, we had a great time at the party.

The lady who retired worked for the marines for 40 years. She was a civilian employee, assistant to the post general or something like that. Early on in the party there was this corporal walking around with an attache case handcuffed to his wrist. I had a feeling it was a setup. After a couple of hours a bagpiper came in and the festivities started. The generals spoke and a "top secret" message was delivered to her. It was the combination to the attache case. She opened it up and inside was a crystal obelisk commemorating her 40 years of service. It was kind of cheesy but cute.

In more important news, I've worked out my training plan for the next year. Tomorrow I'm starting training for Honu 70.3 in June. My last sprint this year is next Sunday so I'm ready to begin my big training. I'm moving into a slow, base building period. I figure it's okay to start this week since I was going to taper for my race anyway.

I'm also revamping my diet. I've been eating at regular intervals (2-3 hours) for 2 1/2 weeks now and I can feel a change in my body. I don't get really full. I think my theory is correct. My body is used to getting food regularly it doesn't store as much as fat. There are ways to tell if things are being stored or just passing through but we won't go there :) So now that the body is used to getting food I'm going to tweak the diet slightly. I'm going to slowly introduce a calorie deficit of 500 calories a day (500 x 7 = 3500 = 1 lb). I'm trying to up my protein intake slightly. Right now I'm averaging about 20% a day, I want to bring it closer to 30%. I also want to reduce my carbs. Right now they are about 60% , I'm going to try a get them down to around 40%. My fat is hovering around 30% and that's pretty good so I'm going to try and leave it there. My BMR is 1400 - 1500 cals. Since I really can't go any lower than that I'm going to rely on my exercise. I'm going to use my HRM to calculate my calorie expenditure (taking it's number minus at least 10%). I will be using my HRM anyway since this will be base building I want to keep the HR down. Okay, there you have it. The serious work begins tomorrow and I'm anxious to start.

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