Friday, August 3, 2007

Random Thoughts from the Day..

I swam 2.2 miles yesterday at the lake yesterday with Geekgirl,s.baboo and Dreadpirate. It was choppy the first mile. I swallowed so much water I began to worry I was ingesting Giardia by the bucketfuls. The good news is that 3 years ago, I was scared to death to even swim half that distance at Cochiti Lake, now over and back is a snap! My old coach Mark use to say when we would ask "How do I get faster in the swim?" His answer "Swimming more" It's true! Well, I do not know how much faster I am but I am use to it more..I remember the days of panic in the water my first triathlon. Hyperventilating in Lake Van-I didn't realize all I had to do was stand up and catch my breath. I did the whole 500 meters backstroke and breaststroke. i was humiliated because swimming was my best sport! That was June 2001. I can't believe I have been tri-ing that long..Such a great life!

Running today for 65 min. Only went 5 miles. I explored and went up a foothills trail I had never been on before. I felt safe cause I was following a woman with 2 big dogs. I figured any weirdos out there & I could pretend they were my dogs and yell "Sic em!" and scare them away. geez i am paranoid sometimes! I love my GPS. I can just run anywhere and know how far i have gone, how fast (or slow as the case may be) I am going (oh, yay..)

I lost 4 lbs so far as of today. The other day I was 2 lbs heavier so who knows what is right but my clothes are fitting better and I feel lighter which is the goal.The new way of eating (more veges, fruit, no sugar, no bread basically) is becoming more routine. I am not hungry at all when i eat every 2 hours like I am suppose to.

We got our new day packs in the mail today. We are going to Peru in a couple of weeks to hike the Inca Trail. It is a 4 day, 3 nite camping thing to get to Machu Pichu-which was just voted one of the wonders of the world by "the World" :
http://agutie.homestead.com/files/wonder_world/index.html

We are going with friends who basically planned all of it so I have no idea what we are getting ourselves into except I know we fly into one place that is 12,000 ft and hike to 14,000 ft. So we have done no hiking training. We will probably hike next week up in Chama (8,000 ft to start) at least to get our hiking legs. Last time I hiked was 2000 when we hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro. Hartley had to descend because of altitude sickness. It was miserable, rained all the time, I hated being alone in the group after H left. A really not good time. I am not a mountain climber, I have decided. But this one seems to be manageable. PLEASE don't let it rain!
More about that later..

6 comments:

the Dread Pirate Rackham said...

OMG! That sounds like so much fun! Have an awesome time!

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

My husband did that many years ago and had a blast. I didn't go with him because I the kids were little and I was still a couch potato back then. I think you'll have fun!!

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GeekGirl said...

Ooooo. you are SOO in charge of my retirement. When I retire. In 13 years. But you are so in charge of activities.

Jenny said...

I just found your blog and saw your post about overcoming the swim panic thing. I did my first-ever sprint tri this summer and have been afraid to do another because I freaked out so much swimming (though I did finish - I just went from boat to boat). How did yo go from that first race, to the next, to the next?

SWTrigal said...

I actually got one sesssion os hypnosis to get over my panic which helped ALOT! Just keep racing-it get's easier and easier. Hang in there!