Friday, January 29, 2010

Giving Stuff Away

Yes, I'm still sticking with wordpress - it's great - just a gentle reminder to come and see me on my new WORDPRESS BLOG - I'm giving away stuff!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Making the leap

Well, here I go! I've gone and gotten all fancy and switched my blog over to a wordpress blog. I can create several pages, upload more pictures and other fancy stuff much easier than on blogger. Plus this way non-bloggers can leave comments too! Come and see me HERE or just click on the title of this post. Then make sure to bookmark the new site and come and visit often!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Balance . . .


Got back in from Costa Rica at 3:30 this morning. It was simply amazing! I will post many, many pictures and lots of details about the journey later. Now I am much too tired to remember everything. For now I will share my latest project. (yes, I am the QUEEN of the project - but this one is a great one and it is very important)

Years ago after our son was born Paul and I decided to take up the sport of triathlon as a way to have at least one non 'child-centered' thing that we could do together. It worked wonderfully for the first few years, but then we started racing longer and the demands of kids, work, and long training hours started to become more of a stressor than a bonding experience. Nothing too bad, just added stress to life which, with 2 kids, 2 jobs, a house etc. - who needs more stress!

Being away made us both realize how much we have been missing out on our time together. Paul gave me a very sweet list of things he would like us to 'resolve' to do together this year. Get your mind out of the gutter, not those kinds of things. More like doing our morning yoga twice a week, planning another trip together, and training to do well at Triple T.

So, this brings me to my project. Paul left about 5 hours after I got home for his 40th b'day ski trip with 2 of friends. While he is gone I am working on an "Intentions" board. I got the idea from one of my Trakkers teammates, Kelly. I am going to include our training goals, our travel plans and all the other great things we will do together and share in 2010. One of the 'things' is a the above picture of the sunset in Costa Rica. We won't get back there in 2010, but hopefully in the next year or two we will have a good excuse to go and share the experience, and maybe even leave kids at home!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Race Planning . . .

Friday, January 8, 2010

HURAY for new gadgets!!!

I love gadgets. I really, really love gadgets. My latest is both for the big trip (4 days away!) to Costa Rica and to use in my triathlon coaching. Paul got me a new compact digital camera for Christmas. O-k, I admit I might have told him to get it for me, then returned the one he got and ordered a different one online, but that's beside the point. I ended up with the Canon PowerShot SD1200IS. Just look at the pretty blue!

I won't go into a detailed review of the camera, I haven't really used it enough for that. What I will, instead tell you about is the nifty little side item I found for it: the DiCAPAC - an underwater case for the camera! Put that together with the video function on the camera and VOILA - underwater stroke video! Paul and I tried it out yesterday during our swim. As you will see from the video I am still getting the hang of handling and videoing, but that is something I can improve with a few more tried. I am sure I can find people that will be guinea pigs for my new project!
video

Here is the big thing I realized looking at my video. (I had to edit mine down because darn it my hips looked flabby when I swam by the camera. No, not in a 'my muscles are flapping in the water sort of way, in a "EWWWWWW!" sort of way. So I'm not putting it up for the world to see!) Right now I am fairly de-conditioned in the pool. I am swimming 5-7 sec. off my normal t-pace per 300. With that de-conditioning I am getting a lot of up and down movement with my stroke. So, now watch the video again (paying close attention to the bounce, not my hips) and see how my body moves up and down, which is completely counter productive. Now that I have seen it I know to work on it, and that my friends is the beauty of having your stroke video taped!

As for Paul's video at the end, I just thought it was a cool angle, it's hard to see much about his stroke from there, but I did get some other good footage of him.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

It's gonna be a GREAT day!

To Frazz
Ten Reasons why TODAY is going to be a great day:
1. I feel MUCH better. My sinuses don't feel like they are going to explode any more - hurray!
2. I got up feeling ready for my am workout today!
3. I was able to meet all my wattage goals for my a.m. cycle. That's the hardest I've worked in a while on the bike and it felt great.
4. Day 2 of new haircut is always a dicey day. Yesterday my husband came home and said "Wow, so that's the new haircut huh?" (I thought about punching him, but used restraint), today he got home from his cycle study and said "Now today your hair looks great, I do like the new cut!" The stylist always straightens my hair, he hates my hair straightened. Anyway, regardless - I was actually able to style a new cut and that's a GOOD thing.
5. Lunch time swim scheduled. I love swimming.
6. Paul is off work all day - I love Paul. ; )
7. I leave for Costa Rica in 5 days - my bags are almost all the way packed and I am ready to go!!!!
8. I get to go for my yearly physical today. (yeah, that's not really a great hurray, but I'm trying to think positively so I included it.)
9. The kids got ready for school on time with no whining and no yelling. Miracles do happen.
10. Last night one of fabulous and wonderful JMU kids offered to hang out with the kids while Paul and I have a date night. WHAT - FREE childcare? How can you beat that!
Hope you all have a great day too!!!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

IronYoga


Paul and I have committed to waking up early to get our workouts in. So far we have decided on am trainer rides on M & W, but we needed something to do on T & Th until this cold has passed and we can actually get outside to run. I found the IronYoga book at the Green Valley Book Fair for $3 so I thought we would give it a try. It combines yoga poses, breathing and light weight strength exercises.

Let me begin by saying I love yoga. I don't do it nearly as often as I would like, but in general I *wish* I found time for it daily. So, this week Paul and I will be trying out the IronYoga book on Tues. and Thurs. Here's my opinion:
-The book without the DVD is really not ideal. I had to stop every other pose to turn the pages. I went on ebay and ordered a new, sealed copy of the DVD for $8.99, including shipping. It will be much easier to follow once the DVD arrives.

-The light weights (3lb) got heavy quickly! The sequence the book uses is one breath for each contraction, (you do 2 - 3 contractions per move) then you hold the move in a static contraction for an extra breath. Doing overhead presses in a deep lunge - ouch!

-Until our (read-Paul's) flexibility improves it will be hard to get through the workout without lots of giggling. Seriously, the groaning and moaning going on is HI-larious! There are some modifications suggested, but not enough for Mr. UN-flexibility. He struggled to get through a lot of the basic poses, making it hard for him to focus on the contractions. I think that shows that he really does need to be putting in the time for this and flexibility and balance will improve with time.

All in all I really like the program. My strength moods change, and right now this program really fits my needs. I will add in some extra weights on Thursdays with a friend at the gym, but I really felt a good total body workout from this program.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Helping "the girls" out

The two things that I think are worth spending the extra money on: jog bras and running shoes. I'd even wear - gasp - cotton, in order to devote my $$ to those two things!

One question that has been asked by 95% (no really, that many) of the females that I train is "Which jog bra do you use?" I have been through them all, from the double up, to the underwire, to the lock 'em down uni-boob variety. My hands down favorite that I have been wearing for the last 4 or 5 years is the Moving Comfort Fiona bra. I have yet to recommend it to someone that didn't love it too.

Let me also interject that I am not sponsored by Moving Comfort, although I do have their bumper sticker on my car:A fit Mom is a powerful Mom.

So, is the $40 price tag worth it? Yep. However, if you are web savy and like to buy lots of stuff like I do you can find it cheaper! Why pay more? I order my bras from Actively Yours for $26. Shipping on 4 bras was $8. If you really have to have white it is $34. I don't have to have white and would rather save the money, nobody really sees my bras - I'm not the run in a jog bra only kinda gal, so who cares what color they are!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Renew

Well, I'm a little late on the whole "New Years" thing, but we have had a house full of cousins so I have been off enjoying them instead of blogging! Cousins are all returned home to their rightful parents and my children are plugged into some XBOX game so I have a moment of peace . . . ahhhhh!

Onto 2010 . . . A few years ago I had a delightful personal training client that did some work with life coaching. She was big on writing out statements of intention. That was the year of my first Ironman and she wrote a wonderful statement of intention for the IM for Paul and I. It went like this . . .
I see myself & Paul easily & effortlessly completing the Ironman in our perfect time. I see us relaxed, having fun & remembering every second of the experience. This or something better now manifest in our life & so it is!! I didn't set time goals, I didn't set expectations, I simply wrote out my intentions for the race and don't you know - it worked out just like the statement. The next IM I did was full of expectations, time goals and ultimately . . . disappointment. So, lesson learned. Not that I think that time goals are unreasonable, I just think that I work best with a broader intention. BTW, I came in the EXACT same time (down to the minute) for both Ironmans, but the first one was MUCH more enjoyable!

Which brings me to 2010. I have decided rather than goals, resolutions and lists I will give myself a statement of intention for the year and live it. Here goes:
I see myself living purposefully and simply in 2010. I see myself racing with purpose and heart, and training regularly with joy. This or something better now manifest in my life & so it is!

So there it is. The year will be about joy, simplicity and purpose. Now, off to enjoy a trainer ride since it's 18 degrees outside and windy! Brrrr!!