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My Bike Ride

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Today was one of those great days in Hawaii. It was a little overcast. Not too hot. Not too cool. Just perfect. A day that makes you want to be out in it. So I went. On a bike ride. I'm not really training for anything so just headed out for a ride to get out and get some exercise. I rode up the coast and stopped at a beach to drink some water and enjoy the day. Here is what is was like:

This is looking back towards where I live. That pier you see with the building in the middle is HURL: Hawaii Underwater Research Lab. It's the University's subs. They drop out of that big building into the water and take off. It's pretty cool. As you can see it's a little cloudy but still gorgeous.








This is looking straight out to the ocean from where I was sitting. That is Rabbit Island you see there. Now I don't know exactly why it's called Rabbit Island but I've heard a couple of explanations. First, that is used to be covered with rabbits. No. Seco…

Well, it's the weekend....

Yeah!!! It looks like a beautiful morning outside. In a little while I'm going to head out on my bike. I love mornings when I don't have to rush to workout. Mornings like this one where I can sit and have my coffee, read some blogs, and get ready in my time. I love it!!!! It does look like we may get a little rain. That's okay, riding in the rain builds character :)

Well, I don't have too much to say really. I'm going to make my protein smoothie and get ready to go. I'll check back later.

The Fire Inside.....

It can not be denied........... The fire inside......... Burning you up........ Burning you up.......
That's how I'm feeling about swimming lately. I'm ready to get back to it. And I'm going to, starting Sunday.. Sunday I will get up early, go for a long run, and then go for an ocean swim. I'm excited about that. Can't wait.

What got me fired up was reading Fe-Lady and 21st's posts about SharkFest. I want to do that. I want to do that bad!!! I lived in the Bay Area for 20 something years and the thought of swimming SF Bay is just very exciting. Also, I have a real fear of swimming. I'm not sure why because I love the water, the ocean, all of it. Heck, I'm a marine biologist for christ sake. But when I get into water, any water, to 'swim' I have a basic fear and freak a little each time. Not sure why. Is it the act of swimming and not just playing around? Is the breathlessness that initially develops till you get you rhythm when …

Drugs

Oh, my neighbor is at it again. The murdering, drug dealer seems to be back at it, I'm just not sure exactly what. There doesn't seem to be much traffic so I don't think he's dealing, that's good it only took getting raided 2x for them to figure that out - smart. But they are doing something, they are still up all night. It's crazy.

Drugs are so prevalent here in Hawaii it boggles the mind. I'm not sure I understand the attraction I don't like to not feel like myself. Of course, that wasn't always the case. I did my share of drugs when I was much younger and much stupider. Fortunately, I was wise enough, even in my drug addled state, not to mess with anything addicting. And, if I found myself getting too fond of any drug I'd stop taking it. By my mid 20's I was completely over that. Now I don't even like to get drunk because I'm not myself. I like to be myself and be clearheaded and in control. I like to have fun but not to…

Intervals

Today is my light workout day. I only do intervals and I generally take them outside and run. I did that. It was an absolute beautiful morning and I loved being outside.

I'm in a bit of a quandary with my training though. My legs are strong. My legs feel like they could run forever, no problem. My aerobic capacity however is not equal to my leg strength. Now long extended aerobic workouts do nothing for fat loss and that is my focus right now. But I'm thinking of adding aerobic workouts on the weekends. I was thinking of doing the bike on Saturdays and running through the botanical gardens on Sunday. I don't think this will mess with my fat loss program because a) both bike and running routes are kind of hilly so it will be more like intervals than long, slow aerobics and b) I read that you can add long, slow aerobic activity to just burn additional calories if you have the time. These are not a priority so should only be done if there is extra training time duri…

I'm really itching

to do a tri. I'm really getting the bug bad. I was reading Vicki's report from her 2 weekend races and I was brimming with jealousy. I want to race. I'm still not sure how I could fit enough swimming into my schedule to be ready to race but I'm going to try. I'm going to give some serious thought to how to rearrange my workouts to accommodate some swimming and more biking. I want to do a race!!!

Okay, weight training is going so incredibly well I can't stand it. I'm pushing myself with my workouts but not so far it hurts. I've also been hitting the intervals hard, really hard. By the time my 1 minute is up I'm pouring sweat and almost ready to collapse. The good part is I'm recovering quicker. When the interval is done I feel ready to drop but within 30 seconds of slowing down I'm recovered and ready to go again. I was told a long time ago that's how you can tell your heart is getting stronger.

Well, things are getting better…

Colloidal Silver

colloidal silver is very fine particles that are suspended in liquid, usually water. This apparently has antimicrobial properties and has been used externally to treat wounds and burns to prevent infection.

Working in the lab we get lots of nasty, nasty burns. You ain't been burned till you've been burned with hot sodium hydroxide - yow momma!!!! Anyway, we always kept a jar of colloidal silver around and used it on burns. It not only helped it heal it seemed to reduce the pain. I don't know how it just did.

Now, some folks think you should drink this. They say it has antibiotic properties and is fairly harmless to drink. I don't know if that's true but it sure would be nice if it was. I hate taking antibiotics for a number of reasons. It would be nice to be able to drink something and have the same thing happen.

colloidal silver has also been used to keep potable water drinkable for long periods. This sounds like some pretty amazing stuff.

Being the science ge…

I want to apologize

to the blogging world at large. I've been a really bad blogger lately. I've not been commenting much, in fact I haven't been reading blogs as much. I've been skimming them and then trying to come up with some meaningful comment and I can't, so I tell myself I'll come back later and comment and I don't and that's been going on for weeks, and I apologize.

The truth is I've had some major stuff going on in my life and I've just been distracted. My posts have been boring drivel, my reading has been fast and furious and my commenting has been lacking.

Things kind of came to a head this weekend and I'm hoping the worst is over. I plan on being a better blogger from here on out.

I have a huge apology to give to Lisa - Slow and Steady. She sent me some t-shirts to make a quilt about 100 years ago. Well, with all that was going on I could not conjure up the creativity necessary to get it the way I liked it. Trust me, I've been working on it…

The pattern reveals itself.

I can see exactly what happened this week and it's not unexpected. After 4 solid weeks of working out I was a little bit of a slacker this week. I did exercise but my heart wasn't in it and I didn't do all the interval training I should have. But, looking back at my calendar, this was not unexpected or surprising. Every 4 weeks or so I have a slacker week. Gee, do you think that's where periodization comes from??? Hmmmm.......

So tomorrow morning it's back to it with a vengeance. Break time is over :)

I'm also starting back to logging everything I eat again. I'm eating really good but the few things I do eat that are higher in calories I think I'm going overboard with. Anyway, it's back to tracking every bite again. It's not my favorite thing to do but it really does help keep track of things.

It was a wild weekend, details are available over at Flo's Place.

Oh, one tidbit. I've been doing the blogging for dollars and have made …