Saturday, September 29, 2012

Iron Soldier Sprint Triathlon 2012

Today was the big day, and I did better than I expected.

J and I got up early and made smoothies for an easy breakfast (frozen fruit, greek yogurt, a little bit of Naked juice, and some chia seeds). We gathered up our stuff and walked over to the pool. We were some of the first ones there and had our choice of spots on the bike rack. We picked one and set up our gear in between the bikes. It was actually chilly this morning, so we spent a while around the pool staying warm.

As it got closer to start time we wandered outside, and realized why it's good to come early. There was no line for us to get our numbers written on us and pick up our chips, but there was quite the line now. And the racks were filling up.

So the race is starting. We lined up by swim time (they ask for it on the registration), with late registrants and those who didn't put a time toward the back. I was 113. J was 160. I kept going back and forth between nervous and excited.

Grrr!
They keep 3 people in the water at the start point. As one person starts, a new one gets in the water to keep the line moving. I took off and was even able to see (and grin at) J on my first length. It got crazy after that. I passed quite a few people in the water, which isn't easy. So many people swimming together churns up some waves and makes breathing a little harder. I finished the 400 meter swim with a time of 10:23.7, slower than I wanted, but not too slow considering I hit a couple traffic jams in the pool.

I jumped climbed out and jogged to my bike. Had to dry off a bit, focusing mainly on my feet. On went the socks, shorts, shirt and shoes, while sucking down an energy gel. Make sure I have my helmet, grab bike, and jog it to the "mount" line. Then I was off.

The bike part went much better than I expected. My pace was faster than I think I've ever kept it. I did reach a point, I think around mile 13 or 14? where I slowed my pace a bit. I was afraid I wouldn't have any legs left to run on if I kept up the pace I was at. So I slowed to my usual riding pace and finished pretty strong. Time was 59:02.4, which means I averaged a pace of 17 miles an hour. I'm usually lucky to average 15 mph! Wow, way to go me.

Hopping off the bike and jogging it to the rack wasn't as easy. Legs were tired. But I made it, changed shoes and shorts, remembered to take off the helmet, and left for my run. This transition took me a little over 7 minutes, but hey, I was tired!

For the run I was able to settle into a pace that felt easy enough for me to maintain. And maintain I did! I only walked for a few seconds at the water station because I tried to swallow too much and choked. It was on the run where J finally caught up and passed me. That was early on, like in the first half mile. Didn't see him again till the finish. But, like I said, I kept a steady pace and ran the whole thing in 30:35.9! I honestly didn't think my time was that fast. It felt a lot slower! That's an average pace of 9:52.

I pulled out a little kick for the last corner of the run and finished strong. J was waiting at the finish line with my phone to get a couple shots of me.

Yay! I made it!
We walked around to cool down, drank water, talked to a few folks, then grabbed our gear and headed home. The shower felt great, and lunch at Smashburger tasted good. The frappucino I had tasted even better. It's been years since I had one because they are so high calorie, but I felt I'd earned it today.

Overall time, including transition times, was 1:51:09.8. I came in 183 out of 224 overall, and 4 our out of 5 in my age group. I'm thinking next time I might invest in some tri shorts to make transition times shorter. Shave off a few minutes.

The next Bliss triathlon is in May. I think I can get my bike time a little faster, and maybe my run time. I'm going to try to do 1 race a month if I can. Only 2 weeks now until the Transmountain Challenge!

Yeah, I'm that good. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Yom Kippur

It's the Day of Atonement for Jews today. I've mentioned before that Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are 2 Jewish holidays that J and I decided to observe, in our own way, a few years ago.

Yom Kippur is observed by praying, not working, and fasting (those are the basics). Well, y'all know I'm a bad Jew, but we do fast on this day. I also try to think about what I need to work on to make myself a better person. This is kinda of a written meditation.

The fast has been an easy one for me this year. A few sips of water to ease the allergies (very stuffy nose). I must say that looking at Pinterest is a bad idea on this day. I learned my lesson. J and I even made a trip to the commissary to buy some foods for our dinner after sundown (Jewish days is sundown to sundown). We're having a spread of cheeses, dips, crackers, chips and some sliced lunch meats. Yes, not kosher. Like I said, I'm a bad Jew.

As for bettering myself, the past couple days made it very obvious that I need to work on patience and anger management. I get very upset very easily, especially when driving. I have little patience for people lately. I feel this is important for me to focus on now, since I know my emotions are getting ready for a roller coaster ride. I'm not fond of emotion and feeling, which often makes me quick to anger. Ok, really, anything makes me quick to anger, and that's not such a good thing.

I also know I need to work on my feelings about my brother and his ex-wife. I love hating on her, and we all know that's not a good thing. Fun? Yes. But good? No. So I need to focus more on helping my brother through this as best I can with what communication I have with him. And be open for more communication when he is ready for it.

Of course I'll still be working on my fitness and health. I would love to get the weight loss going again, but would be happy just seeing my body change to look more fit. Which means strength training. I think trying the pilates video I already own would be a good place to start. If I can do that twice a week, I will probably see a difference. Then running, swimming, biking in between. And dog walks, because Remy is getting chubby. OH, and I started taking daily vitamins again. I bought a 30 day supply and will see how I feel when I get close to running out. I didn't take them today because I didn't want to upset my stomach.

So, that is what I think I need to do to be a better me. At least, those are the big issues. I'm sure little ones will crop up along the way.


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Workin' On My Fitness

So, while flying home from Maryland, I decided I should check out My Fitness Pal. My sister uses it, and I keep hearing other people (or reading, on weight loss sites) say they like it. It's a free tracker for food and exercise. 

It's the straight up calories again, but I have to admit their iphone app is pretty cool. You can scan bar codes and it pulls up the nutrition info for that food. It even has the stuffed chicken breasts that we bought at Sprouts already in there, and the focaccia bread they bake there. That made my life easy. So as I'm making myself dinner, I can scan bar codes and easily update my food log. 

The fitness tracker is a little more specific than WW, which I like, and it adds my calories burned into the day's calories. Although it still doesn't have hill running, but my Strava app calculates that and I can just enter that number. 

I'm just kinda tracking right now and not trying real hard. J leaves in early October, and my mom is coming to visit right after he leaves. So October is my experiment month. I'm going to try out My Fitness Pal for a month, like really truly trying to meet the goals, and see how it does. If I like it, I will cancel the WW and save $18 a month. 

We also have the triathlon next weekend. We hit the pool yesterday and today, and tomorrow we plan on biking the route and then running. I haven't practiced that transition yet. I'm not looking for any certain time frame on this tri. I just want to finish. 

Then it's lots of mornings at the canyon to run hills before the Transmountain Challenge. There's also the Tour De Tolerance the week after that, for the bike. I'll just do the 50K (about 30 miles), but I think I should definitely do it. Depending on how long Mom stays, she might be here for the Transmountain, which would be cool. 

I don't have any real plans for when Mom comes. She's bringing her sewing machine and we're going to turn the dining room into sewing heaven. She's going to show me how to tailor some of my clothes to fit me better (they got too big), and I'm going to get the quilt that's already a year late finished. That's my goal, I guess, while Mom's here. And eat some of the foods that J doesn't like. Cauliflower and artichoke mostly. Probably lots of squash and sweet potatoes. I love those.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Adventures of Rembrandt: Neighbors

So Jason sent me a text. I seems our new neighbors decided to get a puppy. Which of course means Rembrandt had to go make friends with said pup.

So we're back where we started. And I cannot handle Remy constantly jumping over there while J is gone. So I'm back to the fence. I can get 6 ft tall wooden fence posts at Lowes, and 2 ft. x 8 ft. wooden lattice. All in all, I think I can do it for $50 to $60 bucks. The hardest part will be getting the fence posts in the ground. Hmm, Maybe I should go with the 8 ft posts so I have enough to stick in the ground.

*sigh* Yeah. Oh, Kristy, if you read this, Could I maybe borrow a shovel? Maybe I should just buy a shovel. Probably not a bad thing to own.

Yeah. Just. Yeah. 

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Quilting: Moda Bake Shop

I've been following the Moda Bake Shop blog for a while now. I love moda fabrics, and they're having a contest! So for extra points, I'm blogging about one of their patterns.

The Puzzle Box Quilt is one of the early ones that I bookmarked. I like the solid color patterns that the Bake Shop has, and I want to do more with solid color fabric. Which is why I fell in love with this pattern.

One of the color examples
My quilter friends like patterns and bright colors. I like neutral tones, nothing too bright, and subtle pattern, or just one big pattern. I want to play around more with solid colors and how they work together. Maybe it's my artist husband's influence.

Of course, I gotta finish the quilts I have started first. I have lots of sewing time coming up, so I hope I can get a lot done. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Travels

It's a good time for a blog. Baby is asleep, Misty is on a conference call, and Ted the cat is snuggled up to my legs.

I noticed something on my way here. The last 2 times I've traveled, I got migraines. When I went to Denver, I was getting over one, and got another one. Then I got one while flying here. I'm a little curious to see if I get one on my way home.

I've also noticed that my pain level is higher than it used to be, and the migraines come on faster with less warning. Oh the joys of getting older. And I still get the menstrual migraines as well. At least I have a good painkiller that can do double duty on migraines and cramps.

Otherwise, things are going well here. Misty got to work from home 3 days this week, so we got to spend more time together. Always a plus. She'll have to go back in tomorrow, so it will be me and the baby. Who is being good, by the way. Even though she has spit up on me twice today. I packed lots of clothes so I would have spares. Not changing my shirt now until we get ready to leave for dinner though. Just in case.

Doing dinner with Misty's in-laws tonight. They are cool. And they have an adorable blonde lab pup named Scooby. Yes, of course I love the dog. I still miss my own critters tons. J said Rembrandt has been whiny without me. As much as he annoys me some days, I rather miss his constant attention and how often he makes me laugh. And I miss Duke's snuggles. He has to be the snuggliest cat I've ever met.

Speaking of cats, let me tell you about Magic. Misty and Tony took in Magic when his owners were moving, I believe. New place didn't allow pets or something. Magic is an all black, total spaz. He's super jumpy and super suspicious. He takes quite a while to warm up to people. I finally got snuggles with him last night. Kinda. He jumps up next to you and can't seem to stop moving while you pet him. Any sudden movements or weird noises and he's gone. He's special.

Ted on the other hand has been sleeping with me at night. He sleeps at my feet, which is wonderful, but sometimes he and Magic get playful. It wakes us all up. Silly cats.

Yeah, I just had a cat moment.

Anywho, I am looking forward to going home. J gets to pick me up from the airport, and I can't wait to see my own critters again. As great as it is to be here and see them, it will be good to get back to my own life again.

I suppose I'll throw a warning in here now - you won't see me much for the rest of September, even when I'm home. J's big D got moved up, so we're spending as much time together as possible before he leaves. I have a few commitments I already made and won't back out of, like the luncheon and FRG, but otherwise J gets priority on my time. Soon enough I will have plenty of time for other things.

And now, I think I should upload some pics to share.

Sophie sleeps like this a lot
Where I've been running
Magic didn't like the flash
Ted snuggles
I tried a scotch egg at Ren Fest. It was good!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Soy Un Perdedor, Or Not

So, I have been between 151 and 155 pounds pretty much this whole year. It's getting really annoying. I've changed up my fitness routine, I've tracked my food better and tracked worse. I can't seem to break this plateau.

I've been feeling, lately, like the $18 per month that goes to Weight Watchers is a waste. It worked well to get me into to the lower 150s, but it isn't taking me any farther. I've thought about just stopping it. I'm also thinking of playing with the numbers I use in it. My daily points and weekly points are just a default. I can change them myself, which doesn't make much sense to me. I want guidance to tell me how much I need or don't need to help me lose weight. I suppose I could try lowering the daily points a bit and make myself eat more fruits and veggies (most are 0 points) to keep myself full. I could try lowering my weekly points, which means I have to stick closer to the daily points and/or earn more activity points if I eat more.

Now that I write that out, maybe I should give it a try. I can just lower it a little bit, like 2 daily points, and I don't know, 5 to 10 weekly points? And see how that works for a couple weeks. I tend to eat healthier when cooking for just myself, so after J leaves, I think I can maintain it. I plan on still getting the Harvest boxes every other week because I'm loving the fresh produce, and it's introducing me to new veggies. I have also proven to myself that I can eat healthy when J is home. So, if I could lose the remaining weight while J is gone, I'm pretty confident that I could maintain my weight when he is home.

See? This is why I blog. It helps me make decisions. Ok, it's one of the reasons why I blog. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Oh My Baby


She picked out that shirt herself. It says My Auntie is Awesome.

Meet Sophie Rayne Moore. My goddaughter. 

I'm currently in the beautiful state of Maryland visiting Misty and Tony. I get to watch the lovely Sophie while they are at work. 

She is precious. Let me start by telling you that I was more excited about Misty just being pregnant than I would ever be about my own pregnancy. I wish I could have been closer for her pregnancy, and been here for the birth, but that wasn't going to happen. So I'm here now, playing daycare for a while. Misty is taking a few days off to spend time with us, of course, but I get alone time with the baby. 

Alone time with a baby is slightly scary for someone who is not a mom. I mean, a couple hours is one thing, but all day? Yeah. 

So far, we are doing OK. She's figuring out that I have to take time to warm up her milk, and I'm learning that she will calm down if I put her in her swing or bouncy chair. 

I even took her on a run this morning. She loved it. She loves her little stroller and loves being outside, so it went well. She was asleep by the time we got home, which is good because I was desperate for a shower. It's much lower altitude here, but very humid, which means more sweat and the air feels thick when I breathe it. We did pretty good though. 

This weekend we're headed to the Maryland Renaissance Faire, and I might get to see an Army friend there as well. I can't wait! I'm so excited to get all dressed up and geek out. It's been tooooooo long. 

So that's all for now. Maybe more next week.