Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Life gets in the way of training

When people talk about real life getting in the way of training, it's usually things like family events taking place over the weekend or having to stay late at work. I went through a bit of that in the summer when I was on a crazy project where I had no life. I finally had to start doing my workouts anyway because I was more productive if I took off an hour or two and then came back to work fresh.

But yesterday I had a very unexpected thing happen. Just as I was about to leave to go to my gym to do my weekly water running, I got a text from Mr. Mac. It seemed that right when he got to the school to pick up Mini-Mac, he heard tires squealing and someone screaming. He ran down to check (along with a staff member who also heard the commotion and came out to check on it) and it was Mini-Mac standing on the median strip screaming "Oh my god" over and over and one of her school friends lying by the side of the road bleeding.

It seems the friend was trying to cross the road and got hit by a car! She was hurt badly enough that they strapped her on a board and life-flighted her to the local Children's hospital. Mini-Mac was very upset, but so was Mr. Mac. I can just imagine.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Week Eight: Santa Cruz Triathlon Race Report

I really signed up for Santa Cruz Triathlon because of the club competition. But then my mom and step-dad decided to come out since they won't be at IMAZ. Then, our club participation kind of fizzled. (But we still took 2nd place!)

In the meantime, I decided to use the race as a bit of a practice run for IMAZ. First, the bike course is an out and back of 40K along rolling hills with wind. So it was slightly shorter, but also slightly hillier than IMAZ, but as much like it as I'm likely to find in this area. Second, the run is fairly flat too. The swim is an ocean swim, but otherwise it was close enough.

I ended up being unhappy with my swim time, ecstatic with my bike split and okay about the run.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Notes from my annual physical

I generally get a physical around this time of year, which is also around when the kids are going back to school and need theirs and now it's also when I need to get my annual lab work done.

I had mine a few days ago and then did the lab work Friday. The first thing I noticed is that I'm always two pounds higher at the doctor's compared to home. I think that's because I no longer make a point to take off my shoes, wear light clothes and all the other tricks to come out as thin as possible on the scale. In fact, before my appointment this time, I ended up eating a snack and drinking a ton of water just because I was hungry and thirsty. It's kind of freeing.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Happy Birthday to me!

I'm starting to understand people who say things like "My surgiversary was yesterday and I forgot!" It's not that I forgot, but I have been so busy that I haven't had time to do all the posts that I wanted to for this event. I haven't taken a picture of my scars. I didn't do my "Then and Now" chart. I haven't taken pictures or done my measurements.

Plus I'm just in a different place right now. I no longer think of myself as a person who struggles with my weight, but as someone who watches my weight. Other things occupy my attention now. I still weigh myself most days, but I have started not to log my food as much. I don't know if that is good or bad. I guess I'll find out.

Anyway, I have out-of-town company and a race on Sunday so I think it will be a while before I can post a more traditional "two years out" post.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Week Nine: Time to Panic

So yesterday I realized my Ironman is only nine weeks away and I started to freak out a bit. On the one hand, I wish it was tomorrow because I want to attack it! On the other, I feel so far away from where I wanted to be at this point in the preparation. I feel about a month behind ... like it should be 12 weeks away, not nine. I'm not sure why, but nine seems much closer than ten did; maybe because I could fool myself that 10 weeks was practically 12.

My SVTC friends all assured me yesterday that panic at this stage is perfectly normal. So I guess I'm on schedule for something. Then, we all went in the Bounce House. (We were having our annual club picnic.)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Week Ten: Countdown to Ironman AZ

It's ten weeks until my Ironman, so I've decided to start a weekly taking stock sort of post. Ideally, I'll do one every Sunday since that is the end of my workout week.

So where am I?

Monday, September 6, 2010

My long-time goals at 2 years out

I realized the other day that I had accomplished most of my goals that I had set for myself in the beginning of this journey and even the ones that I added on as I went alone. So I was ripe for a crazy new goal. That's where Goofy's Challenge and the Ultraman came from. Having these goals, which are very long-term, is really energizing me. Most of my other remaining goals are not 100% under my control so it's good to have goals that are completely under my control.

It was also exciting to see that, even though I've been injured all season, I will actually attain most of my season goals after all. I hadn't expected that. I guess that's why it's good to revisit your goals periodically. The memory isn't always accurate and I was sure I wasn't going to make most of them because I was focused on the running goals.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Goals - Aug/Sept

I have been planning to do a monthly goals post for several months now, but I never seem to get around to it. So, it's four days late, but here's my summary of my Aug. goals and my new Sept. goals:

August Goals:
More "me" time - did okay but I'm still feeling "stretched" I think that's going to be my reality until I finish my Ironman
Heal my calf injury - it's much better. It's still not 100% but I went back to running and was able to continue to make progress instead of falling backwards like the last time I started running.
Do something to improve my work situation - I didn't do SQUAT!

Sept. goals:
Be able to run for 30 minutes by EOM - I am up to 11 min. Ha!
Continue to heal my calf injury
Work on Bike fitness
Do something to improve my work situation

Girl World

Do you ever get the feeling that everyone else attended some class or briefing or read some secret instruction manual that you somehow missed? I get that feeling all the time and have as far back as I can remember, starting with Kindergarten at least. There were probably moments before that, but school seemed like a place full of all this stuff that "everyone" knew that, for whatever reason, I didn't know. This feeling has lessened as I got older, but it never entirely disappeared.

And nowhere do I feel it more than when I have to deal with "Girl World."

Girl World is this mysterious other place full of rituals that I only dimly comprehend and have no natural aptitude for. It's full of people who know how to accessorize, which shops sell what kind of clothes, how to put on make-up, do their nails, style their hair, get hit on by guys and lots of other skills that flummox me.

Tired of eating

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm getting tired of figuring out how to eat enough. I know I need to eat well to fuel my workouts or my performance will suffer, but sometimes it's just such a chore. I'm starting to understand why people like Michael Phelps eat donuts and other crap every day. At least I'm not a guy who has to figure out how to eat 3000-4000 calorie a day!

It's not like everything I put in my mouth is high quality, either. I had frozen yogurt with toppings from those self-serve frozen yogurt places just yesterday and not all my toppings were healthy fresh fruit. Then I went to the Sports Basement party and I had some of the chocolate covered raisins and the M&Ms as well as a ginger snap cookie. But about 3/4 of the way through the cookie, I just got weary and sick of it. So I threw the rest away.

It doesn't help that lately I've just not been that hungry or that I still have a big resistance to cooking food for myself. If it's not ready-made, I tend to pass it up. Thank goodness for leftovers that I just have to heat up in the microwave!

I think I will force myself to make myself some scrambled eggs for lunch and see if I can break this cycle of food boredom and weariness.