Monday, October 27, 2008

Yearly Physical

So I had my yearly physical today... and sorry to disappoint some of you but I am going to make it.

Now I am not a hypochondriac but since I have insurance I figure I might as well use it. Plus I wanted (and got) a note so I can get a sleep study done, because waking up 1-2 times a night for the past few months is getting out of hand. I also wanted to make sure everything was working properly and get an idea of how far I need to go with my personal training I have been doing. Speaking of which I couldn't walk comfortably from Thursday to Saturday due to the lunges I had to do. Of course I get to do them again this Wednesday. Had the 3rd session this evening and so far I am not feeling it ...we will see about in the morning though.

Well I need to get a few things done around the house before heading to bed...4:20am comes early.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Top 5 songs about Pain that I can think of right now:
1 Jimmy Eat World: Pain
2. Three Days Grace: Pain
3. Dinosaur Jr: Feel the Pain
4. Faster Pussycat: House of Pain
5. Chevelle: Send the Pain Below

So I have now had 2 sessions with my personal trainer and let me tell you tonight she kicked my butt.

My legs are aching and sore and so are my arms...and then she made me do planks...those are tough.

After my hour sessions was up I walked around the track for about 10 minutes before hitting the ArcTrainer for 45 minutes ...then I went and did the Master's Swim which also was tough not only because I was sore from the personal training but I had not been in the pool since before my last race. I have just been doing a lot of spinning lately as I seem to have no life what so ever.

Anyway .. off to bed so I can wake up a few times during the night ...going to Spin in the morning is going to be a "Can I move in the Morning" call

Thursday, October 16, 2008

5 Year Plan

So it has bee almost a month since my last race of the season.

Since then I have mainly been doing Spinning classes in the morning and evening. I have also plateaued with my weight loss which has been rather frustrating.

Starting Monday I am getting back on the horse...I have my first session with my Personal Trainer whom I met and talked to this evening before Spin class. This is going to be good because not only will I start working on strength training but I will have someone there making sure I do it correctly and efficiently.

I think a large part of the last few weeks is that I don't have a race coming up until next year so the idea that I need to be training seriously and there is no deadline. In college and grad school I always worked better when I had a set date that I had to have a project finished.

So I have decided to set a goal of completing an Iron Man Triathlon in 2013. That give me more than enough time to get in shape and gradually increase the length of races that I do in order to build up to the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile Bike, and 26.2 mile run. If I keep on track then by the time I am 35 I will achieve this goal.

Will it happen...I hope but who knows...We all know how well the 5 plans worked for the Communists.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Not With a Bang but a Whimper

This is the way the season ends Not with a bang but a whimper.*
*Apologies to T.S. Eliot, "The Hollow Men"

I am hereby declaring an end to Season 1:

Overall it was a good season...little did I know I was going to catch the Tri bug like I did. I originally thought that after the PineBush I would find a new hobby to distract myself from this boring life I have. I wish it hadn't have ended like it did with the last race being canceled but I have beat that dead horse enough and no one likes to hear a whinner.

So over the season I have
-dropped 25 lbs
-got back into riding a bike after 13 or so years
-swam the Lake Placid Iron Man course
-got some really cool t-shirts (the real reason)
L-R: Triclub shirt, Pinebush, Fantastic Nantasket, Buzzard's Bay*
*recieved my goodie bag from Buzzard's Bay race in the mail(shirt is XXL I thought I had ordered an XL)

But there is no off season here...I am going to start working with a personal trainer here in the next few weeks so I can be ready for when tri club starts up in drop another 20 lbs, build up muscles and

I have learned what works well and not so well giving me no excuses next year.

Wake me up when December ends*
*Apologies to Green Day

Sunday, October 5, 2008

25 Mile Bike Ride

So this morning I did the NERAC 25 mile bike ride here in Conn.

I had a Continuing education Spinning class in Hamden yesterday and my brother and his wife were planning on doing the 60 mile ride so needing something to do I did the 25 mile ride.

This is about the same length as an Olympic distance triathlon bike and aside from the rain and the cold it was okay. It took me about 2 hrs and 15 min. part of which was partly due to the rain and the fact that I forgot to change the lenses in my cycling glasses to something lighter and the fact that they had rain on them.

I almost felt like I could have run off the bike but my knee was hurting and I was cold and wet.