Wednesday, July 7, 2010

the time is near

Well... ready or not, here I come....!

things I've learned....
1) keeping a positive attitude is a really good thing
2) probably better to learn to swim and/or run FIRST, then try and train for a TRI  ; )
3) no matter how well planned, it won't be trouble-free (I already knew this, but had it confirmed multiple times in multiple ways...!)

send me positive vibes for sunday

To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.” Mark Twain

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

one of those days...

I'm feeling a little frustrated ... I am not as far along as I would have thought or would have liked to be at this point... arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.  I feel like I just keep doing the same thing but can't make any gains in time or in speed.....  Does everyone go through a sense of ick when training??

The three qualities necessary for training
Great faith. Great doubt. Great effort. - anonymous

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Final Month...

Today as I was busily readying myself for my trek back up north I began to think about all the preparation that I've done so far.... lots of positives:  am learning to swim, am finding a passion for multi-event preparation, and have tapped into a long dormant sense of pride and competitiveness... it feels good.  Learning Points:  I would take a bit more up front time to determine the right training plan and get it in place so that it would be easier to work the plan.  And I would concentrate on my weakest area sooner.... much sooner...   : )

I still have a month and am excited about the event.... what a way to keep focused on health and fitness.

The difference between the possible and the impossible lies in a person's determination - Tommy Lasorda

Monday, June 7, 2010

swim time

Well I've got the shoes and socks all set.... the bike all set (thanks, Robert!), and now I'm concentrating on trying to get my act together with swimming... I am going to increase my pool time to try and perfect my technique.... it is my weakest area... ; ) !

Monday, May 24, 2010

Strength Training

I am not only training for my first ever TRI, I am also working my way back to health and fitness.  I have weight to lose and I wanted to be sure to incorporate weight training and specifically core work to my training schedule.  I have been doing this for over a month... here is what I learned:

  • Interview your trainer... follow your instincts about fit... you need to fit with your trainer and you need to know what you are looking for in terms of style and temperament (it should go without saying that you want to be sure they are certified, etc)
    • I DO NOT fit with my trainer... this can become a distraction as well as a de-motivator
  • Be sure you have an open line of communication with your trainer... be clear with your goals and how you want to go about achieving them.  My trainer continues to 'forget' that I'm training for my TRI... my first goal is my TRI-specific training... the secondary goal is incorporating the additional strength training
  • Don't do more of anything than you feel comfortable doing
    • I do NOT want to train all this time only to bring myself down by lifting too heavy a weight or doing too many reps... My trainer seems to be of the no pain, no gain camp
You may wonder why I'm with this trainer when we seem to be at such odds... it's because there really aren't that many options in this area.  Initially I was excited because the cost was a mere fraction of what I'd pay back home... but ultimately it's not a bargain if it makes me not want to go to the gym... lol... and I really DO want to be the best I can be... so, I simply try and learn what I can so that I can take it all and continue on my own.

You have to know what you want to get.  -Gertrude Stein

Friday, May 14, 2010


Over a week since my last post....  the good news:  I'm getting loads of training in.... the not as good news:  I'm time challenged  *groan*  I'm still working off 3 different training plans and trying my best to set aside some time to create my uber plan so that I feel a little more grounded.... hence the inability to even make one post... lol

This week I finally got my first swim lesson in: YAY!  I'm feeling so much more confident about all this now (lol... it feels funny typing that)... maybe  that's not exactly what I mean, cuz, let's face it, I'm nothing if not confident.  So, maybe a little less intimidated by the water portion... AND the woman who is giving me pointers used to be a swim instructor (red-cross, I'm sure).  I shared with her my vision of learning TI and she's very supportive... I offered to let her view the DVD and she's totally on board with it. WooHOO!  There is also an awesome guy who works for my client who does Iron Mans... he's super supportive AND let's me pick his brain all the time... Everything feels like its really coming together and I'm loving it!

The running is coming along a little more slowly and I was not quite sure how to add time to my splits... so I did some research and found a cool program called c25k (Couch to 5k)... it takes you from not running at all to being able to run a 5K in 9 weeks.  It works on the same premise I've been doing but a little more focused and provides me with the structure of adding time to my splits. 

Ran today with Bax at the lake... he loves going there... and I do, too... how lucky I am to live in such a scenic, gorgeous place.

I also started sprouting again.  Delicious, nutritious and super easy (and you KNOW I'm all about the easy!).  Visit if you're interested in learning more... they have great seeds and they are all organic.

There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream. ~Author Unknown

Thursday, May 6, 2010

the swim

so I'm doing my bit, reading Total Immersion... I'm doing the drills.... and I even think I've found my coach.  Only problem is we can't seem to connect and the coach I found in Chicago is out of my price range (and time range)..... so as I was talking with a colleague today about how my training is going, I mentioned my dilemma with the swim element.  Another woman who was in the break room (but whom I'd not met) piped in 'I used to be a swim instructor... I'll train you'... lol... and when I said, Great... how much would you charge she said nothing.  NOTHING.... that she just wanted to do this....

It's all coming together. It's all falling gently into place.... it's all sooooooooooo great!