27 March 2012

Traveling is hard on the bodyI


I left Hawaii at 4:35 Monday afternoon and I arrived in Indianapolis at 9:00 Tuesday morning. Yikes!! That's a long time in the air, and most of it was in the air.

During that time I ate: Some weird chicken and rice dish; breakfast of yogurt, fruit, and granola bar; peanuts; Subway sandwich; 3 cookies; bag of popcorn; and a Panera chicken cesear salad. Not the worst diet but definitely not the best either.

My pass through Atlanta was interesting. My flight was about 10 minutes late and my connecting flight was all the way at the other side of this massive airport. Yikes!!! As I was racing through the airport I noticed a number of ads for Atlanta drug abuse rehab centers. I found it quite interesting. In every airport I've ever been in there are the usual ads for attractions and things to do, but also for help people need. Because I was in Atlanta I saw ads for Atlanta places; Atlanta alcohol rehab or Atlanta Drug Rehab.. It's really not that surprising. With the economy the way it is and the slow, slow, slow recovery alcohol and drug abuse are pretty rampant. I know in Hawaii substance abuse is huge and from what I saw of the Atlanta airport, it is there too.

Okay, so my brutal day of traveling is over and for the next 3 days I have workshops, seminars and demos to see. That should really screw up my diet but I'm going to try and not let it go completely. I am going to carry a bottle of water with me at all times and fill it up whenever I need to. I'm going to try and stick to whole foods and avoid junk food and fried stuff. That was a problem when I was out looking for food today, so many places save everything fried...Yuck....

Okay, I'm going to relax, watch the Biggest Loser and get a good nights sleep.

25 March 2012

Warrior Dash


That was me at the finish line yesterday of the first ever Hawaii Warrior Dash. It was fun and I can not wait until next year. But let me back up a bit.

About 3 months ago I accidentally found out that Warrior Dash was coming to Hawaii. I had heard about these and was dying to try one. So in a fugue, I signed up and got a friend to sign up with me. As the day got closer and closer I realized I had not be training or doing much of anything, how the hell was I going to pull this off? But we went yesterday and decided to give it a go. I viewed it as the first one and therefore kind of a reconnaissance mission. Not knowing exactly what it would be like, I would do my best, do what I could and then prep for next year. Woo Hoo, game on.

As we were driving up, we had a 2pm wave so as we were driving in we could see people on the course, and the people we were seeing were not that muddy. Cool. Maybe it wouldn't be as bad as I thought. As we are waiting for our wave to start , it begins to rain. Then it begins to rain harder. By the time we hit the first obstacle it was pouring. So all those people we had seen who weren't very muddy just got lucky, by the 2nd obstacle we were a mess. It made walking very hard since the mud was very, very slippery. But we trudged on and on. I think it took us about an hour and 25 minutes. The timing isn't up so I'm not positive. At the finish line you have to swim through a mud bath under barbed wire, so when you stand up you look like the picture above. Awesome.

The thing was, it was really, really fun. I definitely want to do it next year, we plan on getting a big group together for it, but I also realized a couple of things. First, I need to train. Even though I ride my bike every day, I am so out of shape it is not funny. So training has become a real priority for me. Second, I like doing races. The whole atmosphere. The pushing myself to go further then I thought I could. Everything. I love it and want to do more of it. And thirdly, next year I am going to rock that dash. Rock it completely!!!!!

This morning I am sore all over. Legs, back, arms. Everywhere. I actually had to get up because I could not lay in bed anymore. So a good day, a good workout, and Monday it's time to get serious.

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