dinsdag 17 januari 2017

Rambling Weekend Update

Cadu the cat with greenery

Someone was displeased about the removal of Christmas. Mostly because he likes to sleep under the tree.

Over the weekend, I successfully de-Christmassed my house.  Yes, I waited until this past weekend to do it.  And yes, I do put my tree up early.  If I’m going to do all that work, I’m going to enjoy it for a good long time.  Plus a long weekend is the perfect time to get it done.  Plenty of time to get everything packed away and get in all my workouts and have time for fun.  Or sitting on the couch.  Or both!

I’m not sure my brain is ready to be back in full training mode.  This weekend involved two hours on the trainer, a 9 mile run, and some strength work.  Since it gets dark so early, it always feels like the day gets away from me.  Not that I’m working out in the evening on the weekends, but the days do feel so much shorter with less daylight.  I’m sure it will become the norm soon enough.  Plus it will be nice when I can get started on my long runs earlier.  This weekend, I waited until it had warmed up a bit.  Way better than last weekend, but still kind of chilly.

This week is going to be interesting.  Holiday yesterday.  In the office today for some meetings.  And then Wednesday and Thursday, we’re on telework because my office is inside of the security perimeter for the Inauguration and they’re like “Yeah, you can do your job at home.  Don’t come in.”  And then Friday, we’re off for the Inauguration (because the government wants to limit the people coming into the city – this is how Inauguration works every 4 years, not just for this particular event).

Not that I would be anywhere near Inauguration anyway.  This isn’t a political statement.  I didn’t go to either of Obama’s Inaugurations either.  I don’t like massive crowds, and have you experienced DC weather in January?  I would much prefer to be… well, just about anywhere else.  So during Inauguration, I will be getting a deep tissue massage.  Hurts so good.

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Whole Body Burn Workout: Post Natal- CARiFiT

vrijdag 13 januari 2017

Friday Link Love

Happy Friday the 13th!  I started my day with a black cat staring me in the face.  I consider that good luck though.  He’s a sweetheart.

As I read through blog posts in Feedly, I bookmark links that I want to share.  I realize it’s been quite some time since I’ve done that, so here’s a partial backlog of some interesting reads.

How to Pack for Winter in a Carry On – I am the world’s worst packer.  I need to re-read this over and over again.

When Mama Gets a Man Cold – There is a crazy cold going around right now and this post made me laugh and laugh.  Colds are real, people!

Another good laugh is My Continuing Quest for the Sub-2 Half Marathon

Harry Potter Christmas Recap – If you don’t read EPBOT, you should.  The creativity that these two bring to just about everything they do is phenomenal.

I saved two posts from Swim Bike Mom – A Homework Assignment for the Last Few Days of 2016 (so what if it’s late, it’s still a good read) and How to Get Back on the Wagon

Two posts related to body image from two great ladies – Cyber Bullying and Body Shaming and What is an XL

Two great posts about Carrie Fisher and what she meant to people dealing with mental health issues – Stay afraid.  But do it anyway. and Carrie Fisher Helped Me Understand My Mental Illness and Addiction

And finally, the recipe roundup, which is mostly just “Things I want to eat.”

 

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donderdag 12 januari 2017

A slightly delayed Wednesday Workout Recap

For whatever reason, this didn’t auto-post yesterday.  (And by whatever reason, I mean that I forgot to schedule it to post after I wrote it.)

After a busy December, January is about getting back to business.

Monday – Rest Day… this business thing is easy!

Tuesday – Team Fight Swim.  So many kick drills I thought my legs would fall off.

Wednesday – FTP test.  Remember when I thought my legs would fall off yesterday?  Now they really don’t work.

Thursday – I confused my Thursday and Friday workouts and opted to skip today because I was absolutely exhausted and thought my legs needed a day to recover.

Friday – 4 mile treadmill run.  This was rough, since my legs were still so tired.  I probably should have done more of a shakeout workout Thursday to help with recovery.

Saturday – 2 hour trainer ride.  I surprisingly don’t mind these.

Sunday – 8 mile run outside in the super cold weather.  It was incredibly slow because of the snow and ice, but it was nice to be outside in the clear, crisp weather.  A treadmill run would have been much more of a mental challenge.  Besides, once I’ve run 4 miles, I’m 4 miles from home, so I can’t quit very easily.

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dinsdag 10 januari 2017

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is my birthday.  Happy birthday to me!  I’m a whopping 36 years old, which seems kind of old and also kind of super young.  After all, my cousin shared a quote from my grandma this weekend.  “I’m 92.  That’s pretty damn old.”  So 36 is super young.

Also, as I like to tell my friends with kids, good job to my parents for keeping me alive for 36 years.  Though I suppose at some point, that became my responsibility.  This adulting thing is really no fun.

This is the first year in many that I’m not at Walt Disney World for marathon weekend for my birthday.  That said, given the weather, maybe I made the right choice by skipping.  I was sad to miss all the fun though, and am halfheartedly considering going next year just to cheer for friends.  I just wish race weekend weren’t so close to New Year’s.  That makes it so much harder to take time off.  Plus crowds.

On their birthdays, a lot of bloggers like to post lists of things they’ve accomplished in the past year of their lives.  I sort of already did that with my 2016 recap.  One of the joys of being born on the tenth day of the year.  (Another advantage – my triathlon race age is always my actual age – until I find a tri on Jan 1-9.)

Others like to post about things they want to do before their next banner birthday.  I guess that next one is 40, which I choose to not think about.  If I pretend it doesn’t exist, it won’t happen, right?  But mostly, when I’ve created those lists, I’ve found that as time goes on, the things that I thought were important goals in my life became totally different goals.  At 30, I had no idea that I would end up racing a 70.3, and that was a huge goal for me last year.  So I have no clue what the next years will bring, what my interests will be, and what I will hold as important.  Maybe I’ll take up cliff diving or something (likely not).

As to great plans for my birthday, well, note the earlier mentioned adulting.  I’m going to work and then going to swim practice in the evening.  Big fun, I tell you.  But I’m sure there will be cake at some point.  All birthdays need cake.

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