22 September 2007

Saturday

Today I ended up doing a whole bunch of cleaning. After I got up I thought I would do a few things. The next thing I know it's 3 hours later and I've torn apart the workout room completely. Whew!!! I did get the room straightened away though, and that's good.

After that it's been lunch, grocery shopping, and lazing around. A great Saturday. This is the first Saturday in a couple of months I didn't have a laundry list of things to do. It's been nice and relaxing.

Other than that, I don't have much to say. I'm starting to get hungry. I'm going to go see if I can rouse my husband to cook dinner.

21 September 2007

Moving...

I've been posting my TV musings here for the last 2 nights. I think I'm going to move them over to Flo's Place. I want to keep this blog focused on fitness, weight loss, training, etc. The other blog was specifically for all the other nonsense of everyday life. So, I'll spare you my TV ravings and stick to fitness stuff.

So my shoulder got better as the day wore on, but there clearly is something wrong with it. I'm going to talk to the chiro on Wednesday and if he can't do anything I'll see a medical doctor.

I didn't do anything this morning because of the shoulder, but tomorrow I want to do something. I'm hoping it's not raining so I can go for a bike ride. I just may ride over to Weight Watchers and join up again. I don't know, I'm thinking about it.

Survivor

Well the new Survivor started. I'm having trouble figuring out exactly where in China they are. I know very little about China's geography mainly because I've never been much interested in the east. But I am curious as to where they are exactly.

So a couple of thoughts.
-The girl from New York is so bloody annoying. She acts like New York is the center of the universe. Newsflash, it's not!!!
-The wrestler, ummm.... weak. I mean she was sick to her stomach. She's a wrestler!! She's tough!! Jeez, if she can take being taken down she should be able to weather an upset stomach.
-Chicken. I could not understand half of what that man said.

It looks to be an interesting season. I can't believe I'm still watching Survivor :)

20 September 2007

Today was better.

Well, I got up this morning and my back was sore. Muscle sore. You know. After you've pushed yourself too hard. The next day your muscles ache. That kind of sore. It wasn't bad, but it was there. Then I went to the chiro. Oh, yeah, better. He applied pressure to release the back muscles and it really helped. My back has felt great all day. It hasn't felt this good for this long in quite a while. I think I'm going to be okay. As the chiro said, my spine is so twisted and screwed up, there are probably going to be a lot more sore days before it's all better. That's okay, as long as there are some good days in between.

Okay, I have to change the subject abruptly. Can you develop dyslexia later in life?? In the preceding paragraph I wrote 3 words perfectly backwards. I have never done that. Ever. How weird.

Meanwhile, work is killing me right now. I am so swamped and I'm fighting so hard not to get stressed out over it. I keep telling myself I can only do what I can do in a day. I can't do anymore and there's no reason to stress over it. I will get through it, it will just take some planning and focusing. That's what I will work on tomorrow. I'm just glad I don't have to do one of those employee self evaluation. Right now I wouldn't be very nice about what I had to say about me or the company.

Anyway, that's all I have tonight. I'm tired and I'm heading to bed early.

TV

Did anyone watch that Kid Nation? I didn't watch the whole thing but I did catch the last 20 minutes or so. I don't know what all the hype is about. There are adults there, the host guy, and they let the kids leave if they want to . What is the problem.

Don't get me wrong, it's a stupid idea and a stupid situation and I would not ever let my kid do it, but it's not the end of the world. There are adults within easy reach of where the kids are so there is no problem.

I just had to get that off my chest :)

19 September 2007

My Back

Yesterday and today has been weird with my back. Yesterday the right side of my back was so seized up the chiro could hardly adjust it. He did a little muscle releasing but it didn't seem to help much. Also, my plantar hurt so bad he could hardly touch it. The rest of the day the back didn't feel so great.

Today I woke and the back felt pretty good. When I got to work and was walking around I felt like my right hip had dropped. Now my right hip is rotated to the rear causing my right leg to be shorter than my left leg. So I'm walking around and it really felt like my right hip was sitting lower than normal. I also felt like my right foot was hitting the floor quicker than normal (like it would if my hip was lower). I also felt like I was walking more balanced and not so lopsided. It's weird, I know, but that's how it felt.

I go to see the chiro tomorrow so I guess I'll find out what's going on. Also, my back muscles are sore. Not painful, but sore like they've been working. Weird. Who knows what's going on.

Bummer

It appears that the Haleiwa Triathlon is not going to happen this year. I've searched everywhere and all references to it are disappearing. I've got a call in to the race director to get confirmation but it doesn't look good. It looks like the Na Wahine may be my first and last of the season. Oh well.....

I'm focusing on the Century Ride in 9 days - ahhhhh!!!! No, it will be fun and I can't wait.

After the tri I realized that my aerobic capacity had really diminished. I knew I needed to improve it if I have any hope of doing good next year. So I started looking through all my training logs (thank god I'm anal and keep them all :) and went back to the fall of 2005. I was at my lowest weight and in the best shape aerobically. I looked over what I was doing and realized I was doing aerobics 6 days a week, strength training, running and biking (sometimes the running and biking were the aerobic work). So I'm adding aerobics back into the routine. I'm concentrating on riding until the Century is over, then it's going to be more aerobics with biking and running and strength training. Work with what I know works. I'm still trying to figure out when to start swimming. The first tri of the season is in April so I'm thinking of starting swimming in January, I don't know........

Well, I should get back to work. I have a lot to do and sitting at the computer is not getting it done. I think the secretary is looking at conference tables this morning. Or maybe it's postage machines, I don't know...... I do know I'm all alone in the lab and slacking off :)

18 September 2007

Life Balance

I am a firm believer in the power of the mind. I believe that what you think is what will be. I believe in The Secret (although I'm not sure about getting jewelry by believing it). I have found a guy that I really like. His name is Clay Nelson and he's a life coach. I've received a set of 3 of his CDs and I have to tell you they are pretty amazing.

The CD set has 3 discs. It's called "Getting Started Series, Having a Say in How Your Life Turns Out." I love that title. I absolutely believe that how your life turns out is in your control. I can pretty much trace back every thing that's going on now with decisions I made in the past. I've controlled it all.

The 1st disc is "Creating Your Purpose." In this disc he takes you through how to develop your own purpose statement for your life. I haven't done this yet but I plan to after I listen to the CD a couple of more times.

The 2nd disc is "How to Let Fear Serve You." This is really powerful and it really spoke to me. I have a habit of letting fear rivet me to a spot (either physically or psychologically). In here he explains a lot about fear and how to take it's power away. I loved this one.

The 3rd disc is "Commitment." Not necessarily to other people but to yourself and how you want to live your life. He explains the difference between commitment and involvement. Imagine a breakfast of eggs and bacon. The chicken was involved in the breakfast, the pig was committed. I love that. This subject ties in with disc 2 and the fear.

All three of these discs are powerful and very informative. I've listened to all 3 of them twice so far and each time I hear something new. I plan on listening to them again and sitting down and developing my purpose statement.

These discs would be really helpful to athletes. You could focus this on sports and use it to make yourself a better athlete. That's how I'm going to use them. That's the kind of person I want to be and these are going to help me be that person.

Another day,

another 50 cents :) Today was weird and I'm not sure why. I woke up and my plantar was screaming. That hasn't happened since I started seeing the chiro last week. I thought it may be from the tri but yesterday it didn't hurt at all. Weird.

Also, my back was tight. So tight that the chiro had a helluva time adjusting me today. He asked me what the hell I had been doing and I had nothing to offer. All I did was go to bed last night and wake up this morning.

Then I got so tired this afternoon and I don't know why. I mean falling down asleep. It was bad. Don't know what's going on but it's weird.

I did get up and do the elliptical for 30 minutes this morning, so that was good. Okay, that's about all. I'm going to watch the end of Big Brother and head off to bed.

17 September 2007

Beer

Okay, this is serious. Every weekend (almost) we go out for lunch and have beer. We love to go to the local microbreweries and taste all their different beers. When we go to the store to buy beer we look for the new, different ones. Those from the Pacific Northwest are really good.

Anyway, I have seriously considered trying to brew beer at home. I found a site that sells Homebrew Beer Kits and they are pretty reasonable. They also sell the ingredients for making all kinds of different beers, Amber Ale, Bock, Brown Ale, and others.

I'm really thinking about doing this. I've always wanted to try it and I think it would be fun to make my own beer. Has anyone ever done this?? If so, how'd it go??

Thanks

You know one of the best things about having a blog is that you get all this feedback from people. I was feeling pretty down on myself about the tri yesterday, but thanks to all your comments I'm feeling better.

I did finish!! I went out there and gave it a real go. My time wasn't bad, it wasn't great, but it wasn't bad at all. I learned a lot.

More than anything though, it reignited the fire. I'm itching to race again now. There is nothing like the excitement and adrenalin of a race. There is nothing like putting yourself out there and trying your hardest. No matter where I come in, I had a great time and enjoyed the effort of pushing myself harder than I have in a while.

So thank you, your comments helped more than you know.

16 September 2007

Na Wahine Super Sprint

Well, I've avoided writing this report all day but I need to record it. I feel ridiculous writing this because it was such a small, short race. But every step of the journey needs to be documented. So hopefully I can learn from this experience and build on it.

The super sprint was 250 m swim, 6 mile bike, and 1.7 mile run. I was really, really looking forward to this race and getting back into it again. It has been one year exactly since my last race. Na Wahine last year was my last race. So it was kind of like coming full circle.

The swim: Easy, 250 m right? Yeah, except the tide was coming in and the surf was up. There were surfers who were pissed that they couldn't go out where we'd be swimming. That is not good. But, and this is a huge important but, I did the swim no problems. I did not freak out. I did not panic in any fashion. I did discover that I have zero aerobic capacity in the water. I was breathing so hard after 250 m I had no idea how I would do the bike.

The bike: 6 miles - piece of cake. The only problem on the bike is that within the first mile you are climbing the backside of Diamond Head. That is not fun. But I smoked on the bike, I always do. I did have a little trouble in the beginning breathing due to being so out of breath from the swim, but once I got over Diamond Head it was easy.

The run: 1.7 miles - easy, right??? Ummmm, not so much. I had gone to the chiro yesterday and got adjusted. I specifically asked him if doing the race today was okay and he said yes. I took off on the run and immediately developed back pain. This is absolutely not good. I walked for a few minutes till the pain eased up then tried running again. This went on for almost a mile. Finally the back loosened up and I was able to run the last .7 miles albeit slowly. But I did it.

So I finished. I have no times because; a) I never turned my watch off after exiting the water. b) I never hit the lap button on my Garmin, and c) they didn't have chips and the timing started when the first wave started. Our wave was last and probably 15 - 20 minutes behind them. So near as I can figure I did the entire thing in anywhere from 52 to 57 minutes. But I'm not even sure of that. I don't know how they determined the winners but I guess they used to do it this way before the chip was invented huh???

What did I learn from this? Going into a tri untrained is beyond stupid. I have a lot of work to do, aerobic as well as specific sport training. I need to master my Garmin.

I do have to say this race is so cool. It's women only and they really strive to bring new women into the sport of triathlon. I will do this race again next year. I've already set my goals and I will work for the next year to make sure they come through.

Social media holiday

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