Monday, February 22, 2010
Work - Has been busy. This is a very good thing!
Training - 2/14 3200m swim, 2/15 strength and core, 2/16 some treadmill and elliptical it was a lame ass work out - I was having a pants staying up issue -drawstring missing, they are too big and were not staying up very well, 2/17 20 min hill work on exercise bike, strength and core, 2/18 nada or I don't remember so I am thinking it was nada, 2/19 strong interval run on treadmill, core. 2/20 nada - had child stuff going on - see the next day 2/21 nada - missed swim practice as I had 6 teenagers sleeping in my living room.
I also attended a singles event in the hopes of sparking some life into my social life.... it was lame! I will keep trying.... ugh...
This week...I hope I can get in the pool at least once before Sunday 2/28. We'll see. I want to also get on the compu-trainer with the bike. I miss my bike! The standard strength training, core work and treadmill runs will happen.
I know this is a dead dull post!
Friday, February 12, 2010
On the exercise/training front.... shoveling snow.... snow ball fight with my daughter and we had a nice walk through DEEEEEEEEEEEEPPPPPPPP snow that was fun and then a walk to the grocery store (we just had to get out of the apartment). I did some stuff with the Wii fit and I did some yoga and stability ball stuff too. Today I am back at work, so I am going to the fitness center this evening. I hope to get a run of substance on the treadmill. SUNDAY I hope to get to swim practice. FINALLY... It has been 2 weeks since I swam last. I hope to get back to normal routine soon!
The Knitting Olympics Athletes Pledge I, a knitter of able hands and quick wits, to hereby swear that over the course of these Olympics I will uphold the highest standard of knitterly excellence.I will be deft of hand and sure of pattern, I will overcome troubles of yarn overs and misplaced decreases. I will use the gifts of intelligence and persistence (as well as caffeine and chocolate) and I will execute my art to the highest form, carrying with me the hope for excellence known to every knitter.I strive to win. To do my best, and to approach the needles with my own best effort in mind, without comparing myself to my fellow knitters, for they have challenges unique to them.While I engage in this pursuit of excellence and my own personal,
individual best, I also swear that I will continue to engage with my family in conversation, care for my pets, speak kindly with those who would ask me to do something other than knit, and above all, above every stitch thrown or picked, above every cable, every heel stitch, every change of colour, I swear this: That I will remember that this is not the real Olympics, that I'm supposed to be having fun and that my happiness and self-worth ride not on my success....but on my trying.Let the games begin!
So what will I be knitting???? Well for the Olympics you must be
starting something new as of the torch being lit. So I will either knit this vest in a blue yarn that I have or these socks in a crazy multicolored yarn that I have. Also while I
am working on the new item and trying to get it done in 17 days, I will be
working to finish my current project in the same time frame. I have
the back and one front done of the Nantucket jacket, so another front and 2
sleeves to go! I will take some pictures of all of it. Knitting fun
Happy Weekend to All!!!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Those University of Tennessee ties run deep.....
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Major winter storm comparable to the Dec19th event now imminent for the region. Winter storm preparations should be rushed to completion.[I LOVE THIS LINE! Hurry get your bread, milk and toilet paper!!]
16-24" of snow possible for Montgomery County with near Blizzard conditions likely
Saturday. Event onset is around noon tomorrow with several inches expected
by the Friday Afternoon rush hours. Travel may become extremely difficult if
not impossible Friday evening through Saturday. The National Weather Service has upgraded the Winter Storm Watch to a WINTER STORM WARNING. This Warning is effective until 10PM Saturday. A WINTER STORM WARNING means that significant amounts of snow, sleet, or freezing rain are expected or are occurring in the warned area. Significant amounts of freezing rain are possible as this storm passes. Travel disruptions within the County and region are likely as roads quickly become snow covered and icy. Caution should be used during any travel and please remain alert for ongoing plow/salt operations. Deteriorating weather conditions are now imminent in the next
I guess I better get my outdoor run in tonight. It is 37 and sunny right now. I already hit the grocery store and that crazy place COSTCO yesterday....I really did need toilet paper, I was down to my last roll! Now I have toilet paper and paper towels until Summer! LOL I am sure the grocery stores will be insane the rest of today.
In addition to reading, knitting and copius tv watching. I am planning on doing some baking this weekend. I am testing out a couple chocolate cake recipes and a raisin shortbread. The cakes are for my daughter's 13th Birthday on Monday...testing to see which she would like for her upcoming party with friends and to surprise her Monday when she comes from being with her Dad. The shortbread is to see if it is close to a yummy raisin cookie thing that I LOVED as a child that is no longer produced.
Good news! I have lost 6 lbs since the beginning of the year! Something is working! I will try to keep my cake sampling and just generally boredom eating down during the apocalyptic snow storm this weekend.
Stay warm and dry! And to all that have races or events this weekend ENJOY!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
While I did want to do the Rev3 Tri in Knoxville, TN in May, the hills on that bike course just freaked me out. I didn't think that would necessarily be a good thing for me to do my first time moving up to Olympic distance.
I have continued to be consistent in my workouts (other that my weekend set back - see below). I ran last Thursday with the lovely folks at Fleet Feet Gaithersburg and ran at a faster pace ~11 min/mile ( that used to be an all out race pace for me not so long ago, not a training run!). I am getting to be a stronger runner! I like this! Friday evening, I had a happy hour date with the compu-trainer at the bike shop (Contes in Bethesda). I did 15 miles in a little more than an hour on a rolling hill course. My legs and butt were dying after being on the saddle for that long on the trainer, but it felt good overall! While I thought after a good run on Thursday and a strong trainer ride on Friday that my legs would be toast on Saturday, they were not. This is also a good thing! My stomach was toast on Saturday for some reason.... I was in bed all day barely able to keep water down. YUCK! Sunday I felt much better, but I did not go to swim practice since I had had basically no nutrition the day before.
This weeks schedule
Monday - strength train and core (on my own yesterday didn't make the core class)
Tuesday - Treadmill intervals (I am liking the run/ squat combo - I am doing half mile hard run, then 50 squats - I try to get to 2 miles total run and 200 total squats.) And a good stretch at the stretching class
Wednesday - strength train and core class day
Thursday - Run day - may get split into a ~2 mile run at lunch and then ~3 mile run in evening -since a long run day has been hard to get with the weather.
Friday - Light strength and core class at lunch, bike compu-trainer and/or an hour swim in the evening.
They are calling for crappy weather again for our weekend, so I am not likely to get a long run in on Saturday and swim maybe iffy for Sunday depending upon what the weather does.
Back to the desk job!