Archive for April, 2011

Final Challenge
April 29, 2011

Well, I made it through this year’s 46 Day Challenge.  There’s a reason it is called a challenge.  It’s a challenge to keep up with the exercise on a daily basis, even when you’re sick, busy, or out of town.  It’s a challenge to “make” time rather than “find” time.  You challenge yourself to new physical and mental limits.  Or you just challenge yourself to try something crazy, like a triathlon.

For the last weekend of the Challenge, I was out of town for the holiday.  While travel usually makes it difficult to exercise, I still found time to run on one day and because of where we went for vacation (more on that in an upcoming post, here’s a hint…the happiest place) there was a LOT of walking involved.  I mean a lot.  I almost regretted going for that run on Saturday morning.  I have some well-worn sneakers now!

Also, remember how I hooped the half marathon last year?  Well, I wasn’t able to participate in the training this year, but tomorrow is the half marathon.  I will be on bike support with the hoopers!  Getting in my biking training for the triathlon and supporting a great cause and group of women at the same time!

Here is my final progress.

3/29 Walk 2.6 miles
3/30 Run 5.5 miles
3/31 Walk 1 mile
4/1 Walk 1.7 miles
4/2 Walk 0.25 miles plus some light bike riding
4/3 Walk 0.25 miles plus some heavy house cleaning
4/4 Foam Roller 20 min
4/5 Walk 1 mile
4/6 Run 2.4 miles
4/7 Swim 300 meters, walk 1 mile
4/8 Bike 4.34 miles
4/9 Swim 300 meters
4/10 Bike 5.73 miles
4/11 Run 4.2 miles
4/12 Run 3 miles
4/13 Swim 300 meters
4/14 Bike 9.26 miles
4/15 Walk 1/2 mile
4/16 Swim 750 meters
4/17 Run 4 miles
4/18 Bike 8 miles + Run 2 miles (practicing the transition for the triathlon!)
4/19 Walk 1 mile
4/20 Walk 1 mile
4/21 Swim 400 meters
4/22 Walking minimum 2 miles
4/23 Run 2.4 miles, plus walking minimum 2 miles
4/24 Walking minimum 2 miles, hooping 10 minutes

So, how did you do?  What has been your biggest challenge?

Almost there
April 19, 2011

I’m in the final stretch of the 46 Day Challenge.  I have to say there were difficult moments this year.  I became insanely busy for a week or two at the beginning.  Then I came down with one of the worst colds I’ve had in a very long time for nearly a week.  But I persevered, even if it meant going for a quick 5-10 minute walk.  I’m also in the last couple weeks before my first triathlon.  I went for a practice run of 2/3 of the tri yesterday and it went better than I expected.  I’m really enjoying all the cross-training with the 2 extra sports and it’s helped keep up with the Challenge as well.  Just have less than a week left in the Challenge.  Here are the past 3 weeks for me:

3/29 Walk 2.6 miles
3/30 Run 5.5 miles
3/31 Walk 1 mile
4/1 Walk 1.7 miles
4/2 Walk 0.25 miles plus some light bike riding
4/3 Walk 0.25 miles plus some heavy house cleaning
4/4 Foam Roller 20 min.
4/5 Walk 1 mile
4/6 Run 2.4 miles
4/7 Swim 300 meters, walk 1 mile
4/8 Bike 4.34 miles
4/9 Swim 300 meters
4/10 Bike 5.73 miles
4/11 Run 4.2 miles
4/12 Run 3 miles
4/13 Swim 300 meters
4/14 Bike 9.26 miles
4/15 Walk 1/2 mile
4/16 Swim 750 meters
4/17 Run 4 miles
4/18 Bike 8 miles + Run 2 miles

Tri update
April 13, 2011

In my last post, I revealed that I was biting the bullet and taking on a bucket list item.  So, in my quest to become a triathlete, I have jumped in and made several steps towards the big (ok, it’s really a very small one) race and learned several things along the way. I still have a little bit left to do in the next month, so I’m calling it the good, the soon-t0-be-good (because I don’t want to jinx it with the b word), and the ugly.

Completed (the “good”):
1.  Gotten access to a lap pool for training swims.
2.  Purchased new swimsuit (because I couldn’t find my old one) and new goggles and swim cap.
3.  Go for a couple training lap swims.
4.  Found and purchased a road bike.
5.  Purchased many biking accoutrements (gloves, extra tube for tire, other repair kit items, bike shorts).
6.  Start riding said road bike to get used to it before the race.
7.  Purchase a handy book with more info about triathlons (specifically geared to women) to calm my nerves.
8.  Take a basic bike maintenance class, so I can take care of my bike and not freak out if I get a flat tire.

To do (the “soon-to-be-good”):
1.  Get used to swimming with contacts and goggles.
2.  Do a full run through, transitioning between the sports, and for the full distance of each the swim, bike, and run.
3.  Buy tri-shorts for the race.

Learned (the “ugly”):
1.  I can still do my (whatever it’s called stroke) swim in the pool without getting water up my nose.  And can make a few laps across the pool without having to stop.  Not bad since I haven’t done laps since using it as a study break for the Bar Exam.
2.  I hate my new goggles. They won’t seal to my face.  I have tiny eye sockets apparently.  Pulled out my old goggles and they fit perfectly, even at 4 years old!  I think I remember I bought junior sized instead of full adult.  Good thing I didn’t spend much on the new ones.
3.  Road bikes are really expensive.  No.  REALLY fucking expensive!  Holy crap.  Thank goodness I found a good deal on a cheaper one at REI!  In fact, just biking in general is expensive.  Lots of gear and crap to keep up with.
4.  I am really short need a really tiny sized bike.  Most bike shops didn’t have something in my size.  And people just don’t sell used ones in my size regularly on Craigslist.  So I had to have REI assemble 2 different sizes (um, hello, the extra small fits now) until we got it right.  Short legs, short arms, short Sally!
5.  Starting your training on a mountain bike makes taking on hills with a road bike like riding an elevator!
6.  REI has excellent FREE classes!  The bike maintenance class I took was incredible, way more than I expected to learn.  And their bike shop and staff are super helpful too.  I just thought they were a camping type place.
7.  If you go for a morning swim before you have to be at work at 6:30am (i.e., swimming before 6am), bring lots of snacks.  By 9am that yogurt you ate for breakfast 2 hours ago is no longer helpful.  By your 11:30am lunch appointment, you will want to kill someone for food.

Bonus
Also, just for funsies, I have signed up for a Duathlon and another Triathlon this summer!  Might as well get use out of ponying up all that money prepping for this race.