Monday, January 28, 2013

What a Weekend

This weekend was probably one of the busiest weekends I can remember in a long time.  It started out on Saturday morning, bright and early, with my first Cinderella Training Ride.  The Cinderella Classic is an all women's bike ride put on by one of the local cycling clubs.  There is a choice of the 65 or 95 miles.  I signed up to do the training for the 65 mile ride with another local bike club, and Saturday was our first ride.  We started with a nice, flat 15 miles this weekend and will progress each week to longer and more challenging rides - and hopefully more scenic!

Coffee stop at the halfway point
I wrapped up the ride and got home in just enough time to shower, change, and head out to a Sharks game.
Drop the puck!

Dan & I split season tickets with another couple so this was our first game.  The Sharks are off to an incredible start (5-0) and this game was no disappointment.  I'm so excited that they settled the lockout and hockey is back.  It was great to be back at The Shark Tank cheering on my favorite sports team.

After hockey, it was home to change again and head out to Dan's company holiday party.  Yes, they have their party in January.  I actually like it this way because there are already so many other things going on in December, it's nice to have something to look forward to after the holidays.  It was a fun party - good food, good company, a fun time.

We were supposed to play golf on Sunday morning, but after running around all day on Saturday we decided to sleep in instead.  I was happy for the change of plans.  It allowed me to get in a leisurely three mile run on a beautiful Sunday morning instead.  I feel like I haven't done much running at all since the new year has started, so it was nice to get out on such a great morning.  It was perfect running weather - sunny but not hot, no wind, awesome!

It was such a great weekend that left me so exhausted, I went to bed at 8:00 last night.  Now I've got my workouts planned and I'm ready to tackle another week!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

They can't all be good ones...

I've been having such a hard time getting back on track with my workouts after being sick for almost two weeks.  Truth be told, I kind of enjoyed coming home from work every night and not having to do anything.  The couch is very inviting.

So I decided to enlist the help of a friend.  My friend and I belong to the same gym, and she likes to spin.  I texted her yesterday morning to see if she wanted to go last night, but she was working late and couldn't make it in time.

Luckily, I had a backup plan.  I had packed my swim gear just in case she didn't want to spin.  I got out of work and headed straight to the pool.  After changing into my suit, I headed out to the deck and it was a madhouse.  The smaller (warmer!) pool was packed - kids swim team practice in three lanes, a couple of full lap swimming lanes, and two lanes of kids swim lessons.  Drat!  But I'd come this far - I was going to swim.

There were plenty of lanes available in the olympic (colder!) pool, so I picked one and braced myself for the chill.  I jumped in, and I felt something like this.

Only polar bears should swim in cold water.
The lifeguards at my pool are great.  When one of them saw my hesitation to jump in, he told me he'd let me know if a lane opened up in the smaller pool.  After about 100 yards, the kids swim team finished up and I was able to move over to the warm pool.

But don't think it was all rosy after that.  My goggles leaked the entire time.  And at one point I managed to inhale water and started choking.  It took me a few minutes to compose myself enough to swim again, but I never felt good after that point.  I only managed about 425 yards before I decided to call it a night.  But I got there, I got in the pool, and I feel like I'm ready to get back on a regular workout schedule.

Sometimes we need a really horrible workout to make us really appreciate the good ones.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I'm Baaaack!

I have spent almost two weeks battling that awful cold that was going around.  Once I got past the general exhaustion and stuffiness, I was left with a nagging cough that was keeping me up at night.  But this week I'm feeling human again, and I'm so happy and anxious to get back to a regular workout schedule.  I went to spin class last night and it felt so good to break a sweat.

I think it's going to be tough to meet my goal of swimming 12 times in January since I've only been there once so far this month.  But I've got my bag packed and I'm hitting the pool tonight.

I start training for the Cinderella ride this weekend, so I'm excited and nervous about that.  Am I really going to be able to ride over 60 miles on my bike?

I saw my running shoes still caked in mud sitting in the garage this morning.  I made a mental note to clean them off when I get home tonight.  I want to be able to just go for a run tomorrow.  My Garmin is charged.  I'm ready!

And finally, I am so freaking excited that hockey is back, I can hardly think straight!  The regular season starts on Saturday and the Sharks play their first game on Sunday night.  I'm really looking forward to next week when the Sharks open up at home.  CAN.NOT.WAIT!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Monday Musings

  • The NHL has finally settled the lockout which means I could be going to a Sharks game as soon as next week!  Honestly, I doubted they were going to play at all this season which factored into my decision to sign up for a metric century and my first triathlon in April.  I guess I'm going to get a lesson in time management this spring.
  • I spent the entire weekend on the couch battling a cold.  I did not even leave the house all weekend.  I can't remember the last time I did that.
  • My gym is offering a Tri Masters swim program starting this week.  While I know it's probably exactly what I need, I'm nervous to try it out.
  • Cup O'Noodles makes an excellent breakfast when you're not feeling well.
  • And an Emma shot, just because I find her incredibly cute.

Soaking up some sunshine.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Brazen New Year's Day 5k

My husband & I normally don't do anything too crazy on New Year's Eve.  I spent years working in the bar & restaurant industry, so I know what it's like out there.  So I thought it would be a pretty safe bet for me to sign up for a 5k on New Year's Day.

We did wind up going out for a very brief time on New Year's Eve but we were home by 7:30 and I was in bed by 9:30.  Unfortunately someone in the neighborhood decided to set off fireworks at midnight, which led to a barking fit by Emma.  Once we got her settled back down, I tossed and turned in bed until at least 1:30 am, at which point I decided to turn off my alarm clock.  I figured I'd be tired and wouldn't mind sleeping in on New Year's Day so I decided to bag the race.

I don't know why, but even with that fitful night of sleep I woke up at 7:10 am.  I laid in bed doing the math, and figured since I had just been to this race site three days before, I was going to go for it.  I knew the parking situation, the packet pick up situation, the bathroom situation, and the course.  I knew I'd regret it if I didn't go, so I quickly got dressed and headed out.

I got there in plenty of time, got my packet, and watched the half marathoners head out.

It was much colder than I expected.

A few minutes later the 10k group headed out and it was time for me to line up with the 5k group.  Since I wasn't feeling well rested and my legs were still protesting the 10k from Saturday, I decided to line up towards the back of the pack.  We counted down and off we went.

Lots of families out there.

I walked for the first five minutes and then switched to 3:1 run/walk intervals.  I was glad that I had done the 10k on Saturday because I was prepared for how hilly the course was going to be.

A bright sunny morning.

I wound up walking some of the uphills on the way back.  I'd never done a 10k and a 5k so close together - particularly on such a hilly course - so my legs were really feeling it.  And I was so happy that I only planned on the 5k that morning.

Sprinting towards the finish.
It was not one of my faster races by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm so glad I decided to do it.  It was such a fun atmosphere.  There were tons of families and everyone seemed so happy to be out there even if it was freezing cold.

The bling!
Because I had done both the New Years Eve and the New Years Day event, I received a special finishers medal.  What a great way to kick of 2013!  I think this is going to be an incredible year!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Looking Forward

I don't think I'm much of a New Year's Resolution type of girl.  I'm sure I've made some in the past - lose weight, exercise more, floss my teeth every night, learn to speak a foreign language, blah, blah, blah!  But I don't think I've really been successful so I stopped making them.

But this year I have some big goals in mind.  I plan on doing my first metric century bike ride and my first triathlon.

In order to achieve those goals, I need to have a plan.  So instead of New Year's Resolutions, I'm going to go with New Month Goals.

I like the idea of a shorter time frame so I can adjust more often.  And with a shorter time frame I'm also more likely to stay focused.  I'm going to try to keep them reasonable but challenging.  In other words, I'm not going to say I will workout in the morning every day before work because I know that will never happen!  But I need to stretch my comfort level a bit in order to hit my big picture goals.  So without further ado, I bring you the inaugural edition of my New Month Goals.

January 2013

  • I will swim at least 12 times. 
  • I will lose at least 3 pounds.
  • I will strength 2 times per week.
  • I will bring my lunch to work 3 times per week.
  • I will vacuum at least once per week.  (OK - not fitness related, but necessary!)

This pool and I are going to be seeing a lot of each other this month!
I think the swimming is going to be the most challenging goal to meet, but I've got my bag packed and I'm ready to go today.  Wish me luck!