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" :

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..

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Back on Track..

Went to the track-did 12X300's with 100 walk in between. I felt really good. Guess the lost day yesterday helped. Not to mention we now have clean clothes to workout in. I am still doing the Josh Hollis training in the gym three times a week. That is stepping up to "Bootcamp" next week so we'll see what a soldier I am..

Monday, July 30, 2007

The "P" Word..

pro·cras·ti·nate (prō-krās'tə-nāt', prə-) Pronunciation Key
v. pro·cras·ti·nat·ed, pro·cras·ti·nat·ing, pro·cras·ti·nates

v. intr.
To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness.

v. tr.
To postpone or delay needlessly.

This is what I do. When i do not have much structure to my day, I put things off. I have my list, of easy things to do each week/day and I will put off even the dumbest things. There is ALWAYS the laundry. Today i am committed not to leave the house until it is ALL done. I need to make calls, run errands-easy stuff. I will find anything to do except what is on that list. I started to do an in depth study of the psychological reasons people procrastinate when I was practicing as a counselor, but of course, I never finished that either! Sometimes I feel so everwhelmed, I just do something to occupy my time, like write in this blog..I wonder how others deal with this tendency? Seems to get worse in my older,less structured life..
Does this mean I am "careless" or "lazy"? Hmmm, I wonder about that..I do not feel lazy afterall I am a triathlete. Which brings me to anther point-I have not even gotten out of my pajamas yet today. No workouts for me today! I listen to that inner voice that says "Laundry is priority" instead of training sometimes. Does that make me "careless"? Well, my kids would probably say I have too much time on my hands to be musing about this subject.."Get a life mom!" I can just hear it now..

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Beat the rain!

Today Hartley and I went for a 4 hour, 50 mile, whatever came first bike ride in the mountains. We headed up Tramway, then east on old Rte. 66 and to Zuzak (sp?). The first half of the ride is basically up hill. I told hart early on that I was taking it easy on the hills. After last week trying to keep up with the big boys, I was determined to go at my own pace and not kill my legs. That plan went well until Hartley was out of sight in front of me on the old 66 road. Now this normally would not bother me but I don't feel safe on that road by myself. Maybe a result of age or paranoia but Road 333 is creepy by myself. It is not unusual to see pickups with guys and guns whizzing by, old vans parked at the side of the road with who knows what in them, also cars riding really close to me sometimes, even if I am on the shoulder. Well, this resulted in me yelling (not really but I was upset) at Hartley at Zuzak, where we stopped. I told him never to leave me on that road again like that! he apologized, then I felt bad for getting so upset. Men just don't understand sometimes what we women have to worry about I think. Anyhow, I got over it and we rode back. He stayed with me-well it was all downhill now so I was happy. We had to cut our ride short because of the daily monsoon that started to pour on us. I feel happy I went my snail pace on the hills. My legs are thanking me.
Our friends left today. Was great company for the weekend. She and I went to college and did alot of bad things in the 70s together so lots of history and fun each time we see each other..There is nothing like old friends who really get you-the ones that knew you as a kid and the free spirit you use to be. We laughed at how midlife has made us both brain dead bitches and how antidepressants are a great cure for menopause and hot flashes!
The cough is subsiding after a) allergy medicine b) Advair inhaler c) cough medicine at night
What's up with the pollen this year?