Thursday, March 29, 2007

Well, I ran 8 miles before my right knee wasn't feeling too good (it was that tiling, I know it, worse on your joints than marathoning). Dustin ran 4 of those with me, but he has a head cold, so that was all he could handle. Then, I went to TNT swim practice and swam 1700 meters. It felt good, but I was definitely tired. Our total from January until now are 30,150 meters for swimming, 605 miles of biking , and 152 miles of running. That should be more, but because of our break we took with the cruise, those numbers are "low." I just want to say if you are reading this and haven't been able to get into a good workout routine and healthy eating routine, you just have to set your mind to it. It was extremely hard getting back to our routine after that cruise, but finally, we just said, no more eating pizza and overeating unhealthy foods and we gotta start burning calories. Although most of you won't be going long distances, even running, walking, cycling, lifting weights for short periods still burns calories. So, get up off that couch and go for it. Print yourself out a schedule and stick to it. I know I feel so much better now after only two days of training after our break. Remember, there are no such things as unrealistic goals, just unrealistic time frames!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Catching up: Wednesday, March 14, I ran 11 miles around Ed Austin Park and on Fort Caroline Road. Thursday, we went to spin class with Bob and then swam 2300 meters. We returned home to finish our packing for our cruise! We left on Friday to drive down to Miami and stayed at Ruben and Michelle's (even though they were in NY). You can even see the cruise ships from their condo, so that was awesome! Saturday, we left on the Carnival Imagination with Toni, Allie, and many soon to be other friends! (Most of them, because they were fellow Kansas basketball fans). We had a great time, went to Grand Cayman and swam with the stingrays! Yeah, I can't believe we did that either! And then we went to Jamaica and climbed Dunn's River Falls, which was a good workout and very fun! I have some pictures on the website, but more will be coming for the stingrays and the falls. Those two days were the only "workouts" we got in on our vacation, but we had a lot of fun and met some awesome people! We got home on Thursday night and then on Friday, started preparing to lay tile over the weekend. We were planning on doing a long bike on Sat or Sun, but laying tile was a bit more than we expected. Talk about a workout.......our quads, hamstrings and lower backs were screaming! Stuart helped us a bit, but Dustin and I figured out that we must have done about 2100 squats or hamstring lifts over the weekend! We were still too tired and not in the working out "mood" on Monday. It was harder than I thought getting back in the swing of things in doing our training, eating right and getting back into work and school! We did go on a 20 mile ride yesterday evening over the bridges of Wonderwood and into Hanna Park. Our legs were still sore and we went a little slower than usual (averaged 15.7 mph). It was fun exploring Hanna Park a little and riding our bikes up to the beach. It was perfect weather, just a little breezy on the way back (but the tailwind helped us). Dustin isn't feeling well today, so I will be running tonight while he is at sailing practice. Our schedule says 12 miles, but I don't think I will make it that far. Well, you are pretty much updated now. Don't forget to check out pictures of our cruise and our tile!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Friday, we left for Salt Lake City, to ski with Thierry and Stef. Saturday and Sunday, we skiied all day. It was a lot of fun and none of us got injured, so that's good! We weren't even as sore as I thought we would be; probably because we had been biking so much, so our quads were in better shape than previous ski trips.

We got back on Monday night and slacked off until Wednesday, trying to catch up with life.

Wednesday, I ran 4 miles near our house and then we went to the TNT swim practice with Roberta and swam 1700 meters.

Thursday, we went to spin class with Bob, but skipped swim because Shawn and Mia were coming into town and we didn't want to overdue it before the Gate River Run. Friday was our day off.

Saturday, we ran the Gate River Run downtown; it's actually the National 15K championships. No, we didn't win, but we finished in the top 10%, so we got hats for that, which was very cool! Dustin finished the 9.3 miles in 1:08:54 (7:24 minute mile) and I finished in 1:15:08 (8:04 minute mile). We were happy with our times, especially despite the HEAT and no gatorade on the course! We had a TNT tailgate party afterwards and hung out with Shawn and Mia, and then took them to Clark's Fish Camp, which was fun!

Sunday, after Shawn and Mia left, we rode 35 miles from Atlantic Beach past Micklers and then ran over 3 miles on the beach. We felt pretty darn good for being sore from the Gate River Run.

Monday, we swam 2000 meters at the Riverside Y pool. I stepped it up a bit and decided to push myself a little bit. We swam 2000 meters straight and I averaged 1 minute, 3 seconds for a 50 meter lap and Dustin averaged 58 seconds. We are definitely getting faster in the pool, so that's promising! That's the distance of the 1/2 Ironman, so we are now more confident with that, although we weren't being kicked and punched and splashed by 1000's of other swimmers!

Tuesday, today, I am extremely sore. Where, you ask? Not the quads, hamstrings, calves, lower back, shoulders, neck (which have all hurt in the past). No, it's my fingers and thumbs!!! What???? Well, I had the hardest day of training so far this year, and it was because I had a flat tire and had to change it before riding today! I refused to have Dustin help me, because if that happens out on the course, we have to change it ourselves. It took me over 20 minutes, but I DID IT and I am extremely proud of that. You should have seen my hands and even legs......I looked like I had been a mechanic under cars all day with by black greasy hands! The hardest part is getting the tire back on, and I think I pretty much rubbed some of my skin off, so it's hurting to type right now!! We did ride 20 miles from the San Marco Y and then I went to Yoga afterwards. So, besides the frustrating experience of changing a tire, it was a good day with good weather and good company (love ya Dustin!)

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Tuesday, as Dustin was still studying in the morning, I went for a bike ride on Wonderwood Expressway bridges for 15 miles in the morning before work; once again, beautiful day! That night after work, I went to Yoga and had to warm up with 3 miles on the recumbant bike.

Wednesday, couldn't get myself out of bed in the morning, so I ran after work-9 miles a couple times around Ed Austin Park and down Monument to Fort Caroline and back, got some rolling hills in so that was good and was able to maintain around a 8:18 pace. After this, rushed home, ate dinner with Dustin and then went to the Team in Training Social

Tonight, Thursday, we were WAY too busy with LIFE to workout unfortunately. Tomorrow morning, we are on a plane to Salt Lake City to visit Thierry and Stef, so we had some shop to clean up with our business, with my other work paperwork, of course packing-which meant we had to find all of our ski stuff we haven't gotten out in forever, which took longer than expected. Plus, I had some team in training stuff to do, plus update this blog, and sad enough to say, also had to see the results of American Idol. Well, we should be getting some workouts in on the mountain this weekend; we are taking our heart rate monitors with us to see what our heart rate does when sliding down the side of the mountain! I know our legs are in better shape than they used to be, but we will be using different muscles, so we will probably be pretty sore after our adventure. Please email me if you read this blog and let me know that someone is actually reading this and getting something out of it. :)