29 March 2008

Saturday morning go for a ride...

Yeah, that's not how the song goes, so sue me :)

I went for my bike ride this morning and it was awesome. The weather was perfect, sunny with a little clouds so it wasn't blazing hot. Nice breezes, until I got near the ocean and they turned into killer headwinds. Basically your perfect day in Hawaii Nei.

So I did like I said, just set my Garmin to HR and distance since I was out for a specific distance not a time, and off I went. Of course I forget to actually turn the Garmin on - DOH!!!! So I shorted myself almost a mile, but that's okay. I was shooting for 15 miles and I ended up, really, at 14.2. When I first got back I wasn't sure how that happened until I realized that I completely forgot math and turned around at 7 miles instead of 7.5 miles - DOH!!!! That's okay, it was still fun and I had a great ride.

I did yell at this large group of bikers who were hogging the whole lane. Here in Hawaii we don't have a lot of bike lanes so we have to share with cars. Lots of drivers get pissed off at bikers because they block the lane so the cars can't get around them. This leads to a lot of pissed off drivers. One thing I don't want when I'm out riding is some loony in a car pissed at bikers in general and decides to take it out on me. So this group of about 30 bikers, it's one of the local clubs and I know which one, are riding 4 and 5 abreast. I'm coming from the opposite direction and I can see they've got 3 cars following behind them. So I yelled at them to ride single file, that they were pissing off the drivers. I don't think they were very happy with what I said but it's the truth. It ticks me off when I come on bikers riding like that and I'm a biker!!! Anyway, when I passed this group again later they were all riding single file. Maybe it made a difference. who knows.

That's it for now. I have to shower and head off to work for a little bit. We're still tossing around the whole vacation thing. Maybe instead of going anywhere we'll just invest in some Branson real estate ;)

28 March 2008

Let Go!!!

Just let go!!! I'm not sure this will make sense but I'll try. I've given up fighting things. Rather than focusing on the negative side of something I'm working on just enjoying the experience. I did it yesterday while swimming. Instead of timing myself and seeing how hard or fast I could go I just let go and enjoyed the swimming itself. I had the best swim I've had in a while. I was pretty fast, for me, but more important I felt like da shark.... I felt sleek and smooth and I felt like I had perfect form. I was even doing bilateral breathing with no problem. It was awesome!!!

My run this morning was the same way. I strapped on my Garmin but I have the display set to only show time and HR. That way I can't calculate pace in my head from the distance :) So I just let go and ran. I started really slow and was just enjoying the run. I watched the sun come up. I said HI to every person I met along the way. I stopped briefly to look at things that interested me. I did not acknowledge aches or pains and just let go and ran. What fun I had. I had the best run I've had in a long, long time. It was awesome!!! When I downloaded the data from my Garmin I discovered that I did better than Monday. I went farther in less time which resulted in an increase in pace. Excellent.

So, what have I learned from this? I've learned that I get obsessive over the craziest things. I'm never going to break any world records and I accept that. But when I focus on things like time and pace, etc. I get crazy and I focus on the negative. I say things to myself like, 'I'm slow', 'I'll never get any faster,' 'I can't do this.' Well, when I say those things they become true. So no more. I have no goals or expectations other than to do it. No more crazy obsessing over numbers.

On tap this weekend is a 15 mile bike ride (don't care how long it takes), an ocean swim, and an hour run. Also want to squeeze in some tennis with Hubby! That's it. No expectations, no goals, no egos involved. Just let go and have some fun.

27 March 2008

One of those mornings

The alarm goes off. I lay there listening to it rain outside. A little voice inside is saying stay in bed. I force myself up and get ready. I head out to the Y. I get there before the lifeguard. When I can finally get in the pool I am not in the mood for workout. I just want to play. But I'm 2 1/2 weeks out from my first tri, I have got to get the mileage in or I'm going to have an ugly swim. I get my cap on, get the goggles set, put the earplugs in and turn on the mp3 player. It takes a minute for the player to start playing, so I've gotten into the pool and am putting my workout so I can see it. All of a sudden this song comes on:

Edit: I had to change the video since the original was is no longer available :( I heart Bob Seger, big time, and would much rather watch him then anime.
If you didn't grow up in the 70's and 80's the actual words won't mean a lot to you, but the beat and the chorus,the fire inside, gets me every time. This fired me up so much I had one of the best workouts ever. I ended up doing 1400m in 40 minutes. I was rocking. It felt great and I think I'm getting faster. I've purposely avoided timing any swimming because a) I get bummed when I read how fast other people swim and b) I get upset if I don't see improvement like week to week. So I haven't timed a 100m swim in months. I do the overall time, 1400m in 40 minutes, but that always includes rest intervals, kicking intervals, really slow,lazy, intervals. So that doesn't really tell me anything. But I know I'm getting faster because I caught up with the swim coach today. She was in the next lane warming up with hand paddles and I was able to catch up with her. Woo Hoo!!! I'm getting there.

Last night I did something new and different. Hubby and I went to the rec center near our house and attempted to play some tennis. I have not held a tennis racquet in years but it was fun. We hit the ball around for about an hour. That is quite a workout. We will be doing this a couple of nights a week. It's so much fun!!!

That's enough for now. My right forearm is sore from tennis and typing is hard :)

25 March 2008

What you resist persists....

I've been following along with Oprah's 'class' on The New Earth. It's really fascinating because it's a lot of the stuff I had caught glimpses of but couldn't seem to get a grasp of. Other things I've been doing for years. But it's interesting stuff. If you haven't read the book or heard about the class, it's along the lines of The Secret but not so focused on material things. In fact, it's completely focused on the inner self, be still and know. Anyway, one thing he says in the book is, what you resist persists. That is so true. Anytime I try to fight against something it never works out right. If I try to change something it almost never works out. If I just accept a situation and then try to deal with it, it almost always works out. I find that so freeing. Instead of getting so crazy over my car, I've just decided to accept it and try to find a solution to the problem. Now, maybe I'll go look for some
tankless water heaters. Those have to be the coolest thing since sliced bread.

I am such a freaking clutz

I had to take my car in this morning, somethings wrong with the brakes. Please send good thoughts, I can't afford a ton of money right now. So when I take my car in I generally ride my bike to the lab. It's only about a mile or 2 away so it's not bad. The problem is it's through a very busy area and Hawaii does not believe in bike lanes. As I got closer to the dealership I got more nervous about the ride. Also, if I don't ride my bike regularly I get all nervous about the clipping in and out. Don't ask me why, I'm crazy. So I'm getting more and more nervous. I get to the dealership, get the car signed in, get my bike and gear out and get ready to ride. I get to the street and I'm trying to decide the easiest way to go but my left foot is clipped in. I was thinking about traffic and not my foot, and the next thing I know I'm on the ground. Ugh!! How embarrassing :) Thankfully, the rest of the ride was uneventful.

24 March 2008

Monday Misc.....

Well, it's seems the lethargy has passed. I woke up this morning before the alarm. Did my strength training then went for an hour run. Felt pretty good and still feel pretty good. Glad that's over.

My car is acting up and I have to take it in tomorrow. Tuesday is my swimming day and I'm trying to figure out the logistics. If I swim from 6-6:30 I can be at the dealership a little after 7 and ride my bike to work. Or, I could swim till 6:45, make it to the dealership by 7:30 and ride to work. Or, I could stay home and use my home exercise equipment. Nah, I think I can get a swim in it's just a matter of swimming for how long. Have to remember to pack the bike stuff tonight.

Okay, nothing much to say this morning. Hope everyone has a good Monday.

23 March 2008

Don't panic, there's still time

Well, I seem to be snapping out of my total lethargy. I thought it would be gone this morning, but not so much. I spent much of yesterday just lying around and reading. I was in bed pretty early and thought I'd be back to normal today. I got up this morning and we went to brunch. By the time I was done with brunch I was ready for a nap. We came home, I cleaned the house, and boom, I was on the couch for a nap. I just woke up a little while ago and I do feel better. I'll probably be fine in the morning it just makes me crazy when this happens. I was planning on a fairly big training weekend but that didn't happen. I'm trying not to panic since there still 3 weeks until my tri. I'm pretty ready and the next 3 weeks should just put the icing on the cake. No need to freak out just yet. Maybe I'll get a little massage therapy to help me snap out of this.

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