Monthly Archives: March 2013
So this week I added walking to my routine. My challenged knee was very unhappy and today I was limping more than walking. Three miles in 58 minutes. Good grief I have to pick up the pace on that puppy. It was nice to get outside though and I know that I have a lot of time for improvement. Still haven’t been on the bike. I will do that when I return from my conference next week. Triathlon on my mind.
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I FEEL LIKE AN ATHLETE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Today I went to the park for the first time since the day after Christmas. It was 36 degrees and breezy. Not exactly my ideal walking temperature. Mid forties are better for the knees but whatever. I walked 1.8 miles and since I was late and it was chilly I called it quits. I consider today the first day of my training for the Tri. I will keep you informed.
Keep your face in the water, don’t hesitate when you breathe, elbows high, glide. Did I mention that I’m slow as all get out? Oh for goodness sake. Once I start swimming I can barely remember where I am. The coach is having no mercy and that’s what I wanted but yesterday and today I am exhausted. I guess there is progress but it’s not much at this point. I’m not exactly discouraged but… So this evening I’m saying to myself SUCK IT UP and just continue to do what you’re doing. No sympathy needed. Just perseverance on my part. What do you say?
Today for the first time I swam 100 yards freestyle without stopping. Thanks to my friend Tony who swam next to me and convinced me that I could do it. I still freak out at some point but it used to be before I reached 50 yards. Now I don’t begin to have a real problem until I am into the third lap (75 yards). When the panic sets in I remind myself that I can breathe every two strokes instead of every three and that slowing down and taking mental control works. So a long way to go to the half mile I need for my Tri but I have plenty of time to get there. Progress feels good!
Yesterday we had a meeting of our swim team and as usual we spent a lot of time laughing and joking before getting down to business. We did however start to plan our spring activity schedule and I am looking forward to warmer weather and being outside more. I can feel it.
My friend Terrell has suggested that I come to Yoga class and finally I ran out of excuses and went. Wow! I hadn’t realized how inflexible I had become and I mean that literally. Downward facing what? Warrior who? I’m pretty sure that unless I am able to unhinge my joints, they no longer go in some of those directions. An hour later I realized that I so needed the class. I believe that I am going to be very sore tomorrow but I will be back next week. This should help my swimming. That is if I can still walk or get in the pool tomorrow!
My computer is back! Thirteen days without it and I was nearly out of my mind. I had to share my old computer with my husband who has taken it over. Didn’t have my files, my pictures etc. In my defense I do teach on-line but I was as crazy without it as the young people are if any of their technology goes on the blink. Listen up people most of us are addicted. No electricity, we freak out. No TV, phone, radio etc., we don’t know what to do. I think it’s time to step back and think about our dependence on this stuff. We no longer talk face to face, play games with family or write notes and letters. We are becoming uncommunicative, anti-social loners. Could that account for some of the crime that is taking place all over the world? Hmn
I shall return this week but the past week was too busy and I couldn’t write here. Also my computer is still in the hospital. Anyway more Road to the Tri this week. Read the rest of this entry
Did I mention that my Triwomen group will begin a 13 week training program in June. The Danskin which is now the Irongirl will take place at Sandy Hook in New Jersey on September 8th. They say that to take part in the training we need to be able to swim for 20 minutes, ride for 30 minutes, and run/walk for 20 minutes. Well I’m working on the swimming and if I don’t do freestyle I can swim for at least 30 minutes. Haven’t started the other two yet. Since I haven’t written in close to 20 years I am most concerned about that. In about two weeks I will be back in the park walking and hopefully that will improve monthly. I should be good for at least 45 minutes to begin. Just do it keeps coming to mind. What do you think Triathletes?