Thursday, December 29, 2011

Happy 2012...almost.

Another Christmas has passed. Sigh.

We had a very nice holiday, but I did miss being with family. A few years ago we made the decision to stay in Syracuse instead of driving 9 hours to Ohio. After 12 years of near death experiences on I-90, we decided it was better to visit in the summer. And it is better. However, I still miss the noise and the family drama. For about 5 minutes.

The husband did a great job with the gifts. He got me a year supply of my favorite chapstick. Carmex is the only way to go! I do believe I have a slight obsession (among several other things)about chapstick. If I think for a second I don't have any immediately on hand my lips get cracked and dry like I've been out in the desert for days. A little pyschosis perhaps?

My sister bought me the most awesome hoodie jacket! It is from Under Armour called "The Storm" WATER RESISTANT cotton?! WTF? Oh, yeah, baby. Next time I am at a race standing in the freezing rain I will have this beauty on to keep my sorry ass nice and dry.

Bill and I have a tradition of giving the pups a few gifts too. The crew received two stuffed toys each and some chews. John isn't into the toys any longer. Guess he is too old for that type of crap. Lily is scared shitless over the Angry Bird toy. The oinking noise it makes freaks her out and she hides in the bedroom. Sissy.

Sophie thinks it is her job to eviserate all of the toys and has been successful with the rabbit. It wasn't a pretty scene and I had to pick cotton out of her front nibblets. I could tell she was damn proud of herself. Evil dog.

It is also the time for resolutions. I am not a fan. Every year the Y it is packed to the gills for two months and then in March. Poof. Everyone disappears. Why not make a resolution in the summer? When you are much more motivated to get outside? January is just a brutal month to begin an exercise program. Cold. Dark. Snowy. It is like asking for failure. It is hard for people who regularly excerise to get out and get it done. Instead. Why not focus changing eating habits with a few days of excerise either at home or the gym. Slowly get in the habit. Don't go all balls to the walls and then stop because it is "too much" or "didn't have enough time."

For me, I am not making any resolutions, but hope to do better in a few areas of my life. For example, I would like to do better at following a training plan. I would like to do better in sending cards and staying in touch with people. I would like to do better in the area of finishing projects at home. In 2012, I want to look at certain areas of my life or things I currently do and focus on doing them a little better. Not changing. Not adding a new goal, but instead staying present with what I have and can do and see if it can be improved. If it can then maybe...just maybe...from there a new goal can come to be.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Focus...not so much

I am struggling. I have no focus about what I want to accomplish over the winter months. I am teaching yoga twice a week and taking a 14 week Tri program, but can't figure out where I want to go with it. Where do I want to be with my training by spring? After? Races? Crap. I *feel* like I am having a mid-life crises as an athlete. I cannot seem to make a decision and the indecisiveness is driving me nuts.

On the bright side of things. The winter tri program is going great -- granted it is only the second week, but I am really enjoying it. The coaching staff are awesome. It is nice to be learning so much about the sport. This is the first time ever using a bike trainer and I don't think I will ever be able to go back to a spin bike again. I love being on my own bike. This week they had us doing 5 minute intervals at 90-100 cadance. As sweat was dripping in my eyes, I thought, they want us to go this fast out on the road? The thought scares the shit out of me.

On the running side. I am running once a week -- a long run. My friends and I want to keep our fitness up with running 10 miles on the weekend. This isn't the smartest thing on my part and need to get in a few short runs during the week, but it has been so hard to get everything to fit in my schedule!

Last weekend in lieu of our long run we did the "It's A Wonderful Life" 5k and had a blast. I do believe I had a PR 26:36 (garmin time - the clocked only at the end with a guy and a wand so I am going by the watch). And I felt every bit of it. This was the first race in a long time that I thought I was going to puke by the end.

At the end, I thought, DAMN. What would have it been if I have been running consistently?

Self doubt. It sucks.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Not The Best Look

This week I started a 14 week tri training with our local Fleet Feet store. Tuesday nights are swimming and strength training and Saturday morning will be cycling.

On Tuesday's I teach yoga from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. and the tri program starts at 7:30. Since it is only a 10 minute drive from the facility where I teach it isn't too big of a stressor to get there before 7:30. Because I have only 30 minutes between I thought it would be a good idea to wear my swim suit under my yoga clothes. This way all I have to do is whip off my clothes and head out to the pool.

I do not recommend this. Two words: MAJOR wedgie.

They split everyone in two groups. One group jumps in the pool for drills and the other group does a strength routine on the pool deck. My group was first in the water -- after about 45 minutes we get out and switch.

Okay. So. I am on my mat in my bathing suit. They have us do "fire hydrants" This is where you are down on your hands and knees and you lift one leg up, like you are peeing on a fire hydrant. This works your hip flexors. Good. Doing this in a bathing suit with a dude behind you. Bad.

NOT a good look. Felt like I owe the guy behind me an apology. Or not.