28 October 2006

I forgot the best part!!!

During my ride I came up with an idea for Christmas. While driving to lunch I ran it by hubby and he seemed to go for it.

I have no idea what to get him for Christmas and he doesn't know what to get me. So I suggested he buy himself a new set of golf clubs and I would buy myself a new bike. He thought it was a great idea!!!!

I've already begun researching bikes. If you have any suggestions please feel free to jump right in. Also, tell me what bike you have and how you like it.

WoooooHooooo!!!! New Shiny Thing!!! Sweet!!!!!

See training really helps...

I've shifted (mentally) into training mode again and it's made a huge difference. I got up this morning and fed the birds, got everyone settled and began my day.

First, I did an hour of aerobics. I've been doing aerobics since I stopped training and I really think it's helping. It's how I began getting healthy and it's what I always go back to when I need a boost.

Then, I dragged my bike out and went for a ride. I haven't been on it since the race (it still had the race number on it) and about 20 minutes in I felt it. But I forget how much I love biking when I don't do it regularly. It was an absolutely perfect day. I know you folks who live in those cold climates think we don't have seasons here in Hawaii but we do. They are subtle and it takes awhile to notice them, but we have them.

Today was the perfect fall day. It wasn't very hot and there were some nice tradewinds blowing. There were some rain clouds hanging on the top of the mountains and it was just incredible.

I rode out the coast and began to tackle a hill I've been afraid of. It's not a very big hill, but basically, I suck at hills. So today I made it half way up and I was very pleased with myself. I stopped at a lookout to watch the hanggliders (there were about 6 of them out today) and drink some water. Then headed back down the hill and headed home. It was fantastic!!!!!!

Once I got back of course I was hungry!!! So it was off to Ruby Tuesday's for our Saturday lunch. What a great day.

Now the birdies are finally quiet. They've all eaten dinner and are sitting quietly with one foot up and beak grinding. Oh, the lovely sound of tired birdies. I think I'll put them to bed a little bit early since they wore me out this afternoon.

Tatu, the one I'm babysitting, wouldn't eat last night or this morning. I finally got her to eat by getting her a lilikoi (passion fruit), she can not resist them. She ate that then was hungry and ate some more. Then she spent the afternoon talking and screaming and just carrying on. Now she ate a big dinner so she's full and tired. Yeah!!!

Well, that's it for me. Tomorrow I'm doing aerobics again and going for a walk. I'm going to start running next week so I figured I'd warm up by walking tomorrow. I'm also going back to swimming. I have not swam since the race.........

Okay, time to put the birdies down.

I feel much better today.

My piriformis is definitely getting better. I went for 2 days with no pain at all. I am going to continue working it but I'm definitely on the mend.

So, after feeling like a slacker and not being as motivated as I like to be, I've come to a decision. I've picked my next race. January 1st they hold a 10k and I've decided to do it. I had planned on starting running next week anyway. I'm going to do a walk/run program and really take my time getting back into it. So now I have something to shoot for. I'm very excited!!!!

I'm babysitting this weekend. This is my boss's bird, Tatu. My boss, who did her 25th Ironman last Saturday, is on Maui for the Xterra World Championship on Sunday. It's called
doing the double. Interestingly enough a local triathlete is doing Xterra Sunday then IMFL the next weekend.

Anyway, I have a little Senegal Parrot, Mango. Senegals, although little birds, think they are big and tough. So my little parrot is trying to get to Tatu and take her on. Jealousy is ugly in any animal!!!

So Tatu is depressed, she gets like this whenever her Mom leaves, and won't eat. For a bird that weighs less than 2 lbs that can be a problem.

So this is my weekend, refereeing 2 birds and trying to get my workouts in. Sounds like fun yeah!!!

26 October 2006

I feel like such a slacker.

I'm reading everyone's blog and it seems like the entire blogosphere is in taper mode for IMFL. I feel like an absolute couch potato. Seriously though, I know you all are going to do great. I'll be busy trying to keep track of you all. For IM Kona you can track athletes on Wiggle Wireless. Everytime they cross a mat it registers on your cell phone. I did it for my boss and it was pretty cool. As I'm going about my normal Saturday errands my phone would beep to tell me her status. It was very cool.

Well, I have been doing some light exercise in the mornings so that's better. I'm heading off to bed soon because I'm really tired and there is not a darn thing on tv to watch.

24 October 2006

My butt feels much better.

Vickie told me how she treated her piriformis. I tried it and what a huge difference it has made. It's not 100% but it is sooooo much better than it was. I saw my doc today. She told me what I was doing was good but still gave me a referral to PT. When I stopped there to schedule my first appt. I found they are booked for 5 weeks. So I'm not holding out a lot of hope for that. I will continue to do what I'm doing and hope for the best.

Okay, so I'm facing a couple of new, exciting things in the coming year. There will be decisions to be made on a number of fronts. It's all very exciting. The thing is I'm scared. I love new adventures and experiences but there's a lot coming up.

One of the things is Honu. It's getting to the point where I will have to make a solid decision on Honu. I will need to start training next month so it's time to put up or shut up. I really want to try a 70.3 but it's scary. I've done an olympic distance and did fine but 70.3 is a lot further. It's scary, very, very scary. So that decision has to be made.

On another front is the house. I have never had any desire to own a house. Don't ask me why, I don't know, I just have never had the desire to own my own house. Well, we've reached a point in our lives where we really have to. We are on a lease in this house until April but if we are going to buy the decision will have to be made soon to start the process. It's scary. It's not something I really want to do but something I feel I SHOULD do. It's very, very scary.

On top of that the holidays are coming. While these aren't scary, they are a little depressing. Since my Mom's gone they are just not the same anymore. So that's just one more thing to add into the mix.

Finally, things will be changing at work. I'm not sure exactly what form the change will take but it's going to be a big change. While this is scary, I'm really looking forward to it because deep down I do love change. This change will probably be the easiest to handle since it's not completely new. The other things are completely new, untested water. Work, ehh, been there done that.

So I'm scared. There are big decisions to be made in the next few months and since some of them are in the unknown, it's scary.

Okay, enough of that. I think about it all the time, nuff already.

The eating is going well. I've been really good at logging my food in FitDay and things are starting to click. I've dropped 4 lbs so I'm off to a good start. I'm really feeling good too.

Well, that's all I have to say!!! Nothing more to see here, move along :)

22 October 2006

A quiet Sunday

I'm feeling very melancholy today, not sure why.

For some reason I'm really missing my Mom. She died 4 years ago next month and I still miss her a lot. We were pretty close, less so once I moved to Hawaii.

I've also been thinking a lot lately about aging. I'm almost 50!!! What's up with that?? I never thought I'd live past 30, seriously. When I was younger, late teens early 20's, I was so into drinking and drugs and partying, I was sure I'd kill myself by 30. A number of friends did. One friend was pushed out of a moving pick-up by her boyfriend as they were doing 80 down the freeway. She was messed up bad!!! I wonder what ever happened to her????

I look back on my life and I have a few regrets, not too many, but there are some things I wish I'd done differently. To me a regret is wishing I hadn't done something I did, or had done something I didn't. I only have a couple of those. There are a few things that I just wish I'd done differently. I wish I'd gone to school earlier. I wish I'd stopped using drugs earlier. I wish I'd gotten serious about weight and fitness earlier. In some areas I feel like I'm playing catch up because I waited so long to start some things. On the other hand, I should be thankful I did them at all. I could be like my friend rolling down the freeway at 80 mph on my face.

Okay, enough maudlin stuff. Oh yeah, part of the reason I'm kind of bummed is because I didn't get to go to Kona and volunteer. The person I was supposed to stay with had some damage to her property so I couldn't stay there and, as you can imagine, hotel rooms and rental cars were near impossible to find. That kind of put a damper on the weekend. I did watch the finish line last night for a while and it sure looks like fun. I'm definitely going next year and I'm planning early. I'll get a hotel room and a car reserved early that way I don't have to rely on anyone else.

Okay, that's really enough. I'm going to go read my book for a while then hubby is taking me out to dinner. What a nice guy!!!

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