Tri Training continues

Fortunately or unfortunately, I took most of April off for hard core training.  I think you need those breaks.

Sunday I knuckled down to map out my next 12 weeks.  I’ve had to modify things a bit for Bartle & DR travels.

So what’s the difference?  In January thru March – I did my own internal schedule do this on this day.  For May thru July, I made boxes to check off.  Yup it’s done if you have a pink boxCalendar

Now go get outside and play today!!

Making the most of it

Decided with the weather so fine, it was high time to ride my bike to the gym to swim. It’s not very far to ride, but more challenging with roads and lights.

Swam .7145 of a mile. Then road home. I think the best way with the least traffic is to go thru Corbin Park.

Good work out but now I’m pooped out.

The funny thing was all the looks you get from the folks driving up. WoW! Someone actually used their own power to get here!

Spring is almost here!!!!


Spring Transformation

March is a month of teasing in Kansas.  30 degrees one day.  74 degrees the next day.  Thunderstorms and hail that night.  If the temp goes up, you know it will plummet down like a bowling ball dropped from Argo Hall.

This week has been no exception.  After a long chilly winter, Monday opened up with a 70 degree day.  After work I got my Trek out and did about five miles.  Except for the Kansas wind, today warmth was even better.  73 degrees beckoned be to do about 8 miles on the Tomahawk Creek trail from Ilan park.

It’s good to come home like a tired dog.  Still waiting for the full transformation from winter to spring.  Almost there.

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Sunday Morning Spin

Heading into Super Bowl Sunday, we had a pretty busy weekend!  Friends over for wine and appetizers on Friday night.  Gym, errands, dinner and and theater on Saturday.  Sean was the Shoe Shine boy and in the ensemble for BVN’s production of Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks’ adaptation of the show into a musical.

Young Frankenstein is one of Rob and my favorite shows.  The story, the lines, ah sweet mystery of life.  Since it is high school, they had parent volunteers help break the sets after the show.  So Rob and I stayed late with gloves and helped do heavy lifting.  I am so impressed how the schools now strike sets.  It is a MASSIVE group effort.  None of the crew or cast is dismissed until it’s complete.  Those kids ( and parents) worked so hard and fast to dissemble those sets.  Everything but some of the standard walls were broken down to parts.  Sean went to his first cast party and thankfully arranged for transportation to and fro.  He got the first “don’t get in a car with anyone who has been drinking” talk.  We’ll come get you.  period.  just ask.

Somehow getting home at midnight and then crashing to bed, 8 am decided to rear it’s ugly head with a bright icy chilly Sunday morning!   Brrrrrrr!!!!!!

A cold morning means a hot breakfast is in order.  I use the toaster oven and line a couple meats, like cappricola or proschutto, then add the stuffed mushroom sausage and top with munster cheese.  Broil that for a couple minutes while you fry up eggs.  Voila  yumminess!!!

A good protein break bask is exactly what I needed for my gym exercise today.  I had been getting milage in on the electric bikes.  Today I moved over to the spinning cycle.  20 minutes on the spinner.  about  a 1/3 of that standing instead of sitting.  Then 20 minutes on the treadmill to do intervals.  My jog was more of a walk and my run more of a jog.  But in any case it was nice to do the bike then run combo.

Yeah!!!  Tired out but happy as a clam!!

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a good day

What a wonderful Wednesday.  I slept all the way thru 9 hours last night.  Work was focused and fantastic for a month end.  Scout ate a minimal amount of items in the house.  Sean got home early and we had a family dinner.  a good day indeed.

Training today was easy peasy.  30 minute elliptical watching star trek nex gen, Rascals.

4 team members including Picard, have their ages reduced/reversed when beaming out of a shuttle craft.  Couple fun scenes that hit the memory.  My 1st is Giunan taunting Ro Laren into having fun!  Yes, despite all our memories, we turn to our have FUN moments.  Even recreating them as adults is more promising.  We know why we want to go to that space and time.  But don’t go there as escape.  Embrace and enjoy your transformation. My 2nd is these adults realizing that they can overcome their obstacles by embracing the things the hate most.  That is they hate they are now Young again.  But when you embrace your “situation” (or age) you can overcome anything!

Final training tonight, was easy laps.  Just 30 minutes.  before getting to the pool, I stopped by SwimKwik and picked up some hand scoops and ear plugs.  After yesterday, I realized the extra little h20 int he ears was really annoying and not helping  me relax  The water earplugs both kept out the water but really reduced the kid sounds too.  NICE.  The swim mitts, changed the upper body work out.

Well.  tired and enjoying watching David Blaine with my youngest.


Be one with your world.

Challenge others reality.


Swimming with a Purpose!

Training has been going well. Breaking into new routines. Noon elliptical. Late afternoon, bike and/or swim.

I must say, it’s been nice to get back in the pool consistently. It’s not quiet when you swim, there is the water noise of your body pushing through, the water dribble out of your ear as you breath. Squeals of kids doing swimming lessons. The thrum of the fans circulating the air. There is a lot of noise to block out!!!

Earlier in the month, I’ve started with alternating laps. Free then breast. Today was the first day I wanted to do a full 500 meters all freestyle.

I did it. 15 minutes!!!! Wahoots!!

I spent the rest of my workout doing kick board, arms only and laps. Terrific 45 minute workout over all. The dude 3 lanes over had work out cards. What a neat idea. In swim team the work outs were on a white board. As an adult, I’ve only done laps. But I like the idea of a formal work out. Purpose. Drive. Timing. Goals. I found a couple sites that have goal work outs all set.

Look out Wednesday. Here I come.


When is Monday a work out holiday??

Never!!!!! Or at least not this week.
I was able to squeeze some time on the elliptical at lunch and looking forward to laps in the pool tonight. Well, more accurately I am looking forward to the hot tub after the laps.
Our shower is still out of whack, so I think I’ll avail myself of the gym showers to clean up.

Over the weekend , I made a point of saying hi to two new people and thanked the nice girl for taking care of the locker room. I don’t know how they keep up with all those towels. I am just thankful I don’t need to take mine and dry it out every day.

The January commercials for the latest fads still make me laugh. The latest was Jillian Michaels now doing adds for curves. This corner gym is billed as the every day girls gym. No hype, no guys and a place where you can be you. While I have no problem with target audience focused small business I was kind of curious in that the video in the commercial didn’t have a good population demographic. I know the sales is, if you go, you will look like this, but the marketers also need to remember that if you don’t show a cross section of your accurate demographics, you will ultimately limit your clientele.

So how should gyms advertise? I dunno. Cross fit seems to call the uber fit crowd and if you go there you can get more uber fit. Nutria systems seems to promise do this and you will look like this in no time (forget the small print that these results are not typical of normal clients). I think a year ago I read of a gym that dare I say discriminated against fat people. Ie they didn’t want too many overweight people.

At the end of the day, all these clubs and business are there to make money. They won’t make you thin or fit. Only you can do that. Slowly. One day at a time, you are the one that chooses to do things differently and change one habit at a time.

I think the best way is to learn about what you eat and how it affects you. Healthy and natural isn’t that unless you know what’s in it!!
Classic example is the picture below. Just how healthy is that salad you ordered at lunch??? Surprised??? Yup that is how many sugar grams are in each of those items. WoW!!

So if you are looking to make a change this week, how about reading a label and deciding to make your own salad. Be a conscious eater.


Now go take some time for yourself and GO PLAY.

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Calendar says it is a swim day. Nice to get in the pool at lifetime.

40 minutes laps alternating between breast stroke and freestyle. Even used the buoy and kick board for a couple lengths. With knee surgery kick board, I can tell my leg strength needs work. It seemed like I was barely moving down the lane with the kick board. On the other hand I felt like I flew using upper body and the buoy.

The dude in the lane over was a splasher at kick turns. But at least I had a lane to myself.

It was nice to have quiet time with the laps. That was interrupted a bit with a stupid alarm sounding for what seemed like 5 minutes. I find myself counting strokes not laps. I wish I had a bead counter to log laps. When I count strokes, it’s a 1-2-3-4 then breathe.

Best part of the work out was the whirlpool afterwards. Go Team!!


Win for KC

I never set my new year’s resolutions at the beginning of the year.  For me, that is the surest way to fail.  Instead, I spend the holiday thinking about what one big thing I want to do or change in the coming year.  I roll it over in my mind.  obsess about it.  finally I act.  Bottom line, by the time I commit, I’m in for the long haul.  It’s a done deal, I’ll make my goals.

This weekend, I finally took the plunge.  I agreed with my friend to do the Win for KC- Women’s Triathlon.


Don’t have a heart attack!!!  Because this is something that has been on that internal bucket list.  2014 is simply the year it bubbled to the top of the list.  The hardest part is actually declaring PUBLICLY that I’m going to do it.

So without further ado, I’m going to do the Win for KC Women’s Triathlon in July 2014!!!


gulp.  let the training begin!!!