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Flexibility

Posted by SharynLS Apr 16, 2010

Whenever I think I have things figured out....they change!!!

 

I had joined a fitness center and had worked up a training plan to do while my daughter is in pre-school.  NOW.....I find out that I will be taking over for a teacher and substituting starting on Monday until the end of the year...May 26th.

 

Don't get me wrong...I am thrilled for the opportunity to teach and make some money.... I just have NO idea how I am going to fit in the training plans I made up.  This is where I need to be flexible.

 

On Wed. I went to the fitness center and walked/jogged for 30 minutes (1.7miles), rode the stationary bike for 15 minutes (3.8 miles) and swam 1/4 miles (15:26).   I am feeling more confident about the bike and swim portion of the sprint tri...but am still concerned about my endurance on the 5K.

 

I haven't joined the tri club and I still haven't signed up for the 5K on May 2nd.   I looked up last year's race and there were only a handful of people with times of 45 minutes or longer.  It looks like a fast crowd.  If I did do it....I would definintely be in danger of coming in last (which has happened before).  Maybe that would be enough motivation to really get out there and push myself!

 

I am going to either have to get up way early in the morning to run while my hubby is still home....or work out some times in the evenings.  I have two days where I tutor until 5:30 and by the time I get home, fix dinner and get my kiddo to bed..it is dark.  I need to check and see what time the fitness center closes.  Hopefully it is open later than 9pm.....

 

I can tell I am going to have to become quite organized to get all my teaching duties and mommy/wife duties done and still have time to train.

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NEW Shoes!!!

Posted by SharynLS Apr 11, 2010

I have been running in a pair of Asics that are probably about 6 or 7 years old.  Since I haven't done much running until recently, they have been used mainly for walking, hiking, biking...etc.  I bought a pair of Nike Airs about 4 years ago....when I thought I would start running (lol)  BUT...they give me blisters and I won't wear them.

 

So...I spent a lot of time today trying on and running around the store in various pairs of shoes before I settled on another pair of Asics (GT-2150)  I think Asics just fit my feet really well.

 

Tomorrow I am substituting for a HS English teacher for two class periods in the morning.  Then, I am going to the fitness center.  I am thinking about jogging/walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes, riding the stationary bike for 30 minutes and then jumping in the pool to swim 8 laps (25m pool).....  The key word is "thinking"    I'm kind of making up my training as I go along.....  I figure it can't hurt to see how I do endurance wise.

 

I am also "thinking" about signing up for a 5K on May 2nd.  It isn't advertised as a walk/run...so I am a bit worried about finishing WAY last behind every one.  I am going to look up last year's race results to see what it looks like.

 

I also googled and found a Tri club in my town.  So I am "thinking" about joining it.  I will email the organizer and see if at my current fitness level, I could actually participate in any of their training events...

 

Sounds like I have a lot of "thinking" to do.... I should probably just DO and not "think" so much!!!

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Saturday morning

Posted by SharynLS Apr 10, 2010

We really enjoyed the concert at The Phil last night.  We had the babysitter come early so we could have dinner out at Brio's before.  I had the Lobster Bisque, Steak Salad and a mini caramel cheesecake.  YUM!  Because of my insulin resistant, carb sensitive, pre-diabetic body.... I shouldn't have had the dessert....but every once in a while........

 

I got up at 7am and went to the fitness center.  I spent 30 minutes on the treadmill and 30 minutes on the bike.  I did 1.8 miles on the treadmill, which is only .2 more than last time, but I was able to jog for 13 minutes without stopping.  I was pretty excited!  I paid more attention to where on my foot I was landing and that seemed to take care of the discomfort I was feeling last time.  I am beginning to feel a lot more confident about being able to jog most of the 5K portion of the Sprint Tri in 2 months.

 

I went 6.7 mile on the bike, which is .2 less that what I did last time.    I got kind of distracted by watching a trainer working with his client on some weight machines....before I realized I had slowed down quite a bit.

 

I need to go shower now.... my DH and DD and I are heading to the botanical gardens today.  They are having a special event with animals from the zoo, mask making, story telling, puppets...etc.  The high is supposed to be 82...so it should be a great day!!!

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1/4 mile swim...

Posted by SharynLS Apr 7, 2010

I went to the aquatic center for the first time today.  My husband wasn't sure why I needed to pay to swim there, when our condo has a pool.  When I explained that navigating around the 'older' folks with noodles didn't make a great workout, he understood.

 

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the pool is a salt water pool!  I am not a big fan of chemicals and chlorine.  I met some lovely ladies that swim there almost every day and they were thrilled to 'show me the ropes'.

 

The pool length is 25m, so I wanted to time myself swimming 8 laps.  I did the 8 laps without stopping and did them in 17:37.  I didn't try to swim too fast because I haven't swum that much recently and I didn't want to die halfway through.  I can definitely improve that time.  I actually swam the last 4 laps quicker than the first four, as I was feeling comfortable.  I am looking forward to doing more swimming there and increasing my endurance and getting faster.

 

One thing that someone pointed out to me is that since my Sprint Tri is in reverse order....fatigue might be an issue during the swim.  They encouraged me to also work on upper body strength, since my legs will be tired out from the run and bike.....something to think about adding to my training.

 

Another bonus today was pointed out to me by Jo Ann.  For some reason, I thought the bike portion was 12 miles....and couldn't figure out how people were completing that portion in 30 minutes or less...!  Turns out the bike portion is a 15K....9.3 miles.  I feel much better about that now!!

 

My goal is to just finish the race......but I think it helps me figure out some time goals to shoot for.

 

Double bonus.... I just now found out I won a trivia question contest on Facebook and won two ticket to see Chita Rivera Friday night at The Phil!!! SCORE.....now just need to find a babysitter....

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Spring Break

Posted by SharynLS Apr 6, 2010

My husband and daughter were out of school last week for Spring Break, so we headed up to VA to stay with his parents.  We had a great time!  We went to D.C., Williamsburg ...etc.   I had planned to ride my in-laws stationary bike every day....

 

That didn't happen.  I only rode it twice.  I was active though....we did a lot of walking and my eating was good.  I only had a few pieces of Easter Candy....

 

Today I went and signed up for a one month pass at a nearby county fitness center.  I can go to any fitness center/aquatic center in the county with my pass for the next month!!  After I paid for it, I was on the treadmill for 30 minutes....and went 1.6 miles.  My shins were starting to hurt.....so I didn't push myself very much.  Not sure what to do about that.

 

I then rode a stationary bike for 30 minutes and went 6.9 miles.   I was thinking I could go 8 miles in 30 minutes....I really have no idea what a good pace is.

 

For the Sprint Triathlon (which is exactly 2 months from today!!!)  I was thinking I wanted to do the 5K in 45 minutes or less, the 12mile bike ride in 45 minutes and then the 1/4 mile swim in the Gulf in 15-20 minutes, which would have me finishing the whole thing in under 2 hours.     I need to find out if the 12 miles in 45 minutes is realistic for my fitness level...

 

Tomorrow, I am going to the aquatic center and time myself swimming 400m.  It's a 25m pool...so, 8 laps.   It will be interesting to see how I do.  I have always been a good swimmer and am comfortable in the water...but not sure how my endurance is.

 

Still hoping to find a workout buddy!!!

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