Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Did the Boston Bombing make you think about starting to run?

A friend of mine postulated that the recent events in Boston would spike an interest in running. I'm not so sure that's true. I do think it might motivate some people who are already running to run more or maybe renew their resolve to qualify for Boston.

There was an article saying that there was a big spike in interest in qualifying for Boston. They showed a graph based on Google searching. However, I searched for "Boston Qualifying Times" right after the bombing and my main motivation was to check a fact for my blog post. So I'm not 100% sure those Google searches necessarily translate into direct interest on the part of runners. It would be nice if it did though.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

My Quest for the Perfect Protein Bar

I'll give you the short version of this review:

Quest Protein Bars = Monkey's Ass

Oh, you want more details?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Great Scott - That was fun!

A while back I heard about this one day triathlon clinic being put on in the area by Dave Scott. Yes, that Dave Scott! Not only is he a great triathlete, but he coached my all-time favorite, Chrissie Wellington, and also, unlike a lot of great triathletes (that's right, Mark Allen, I'm looking at you), I actually agree with a lot of his training methods.

Dave Scott and his new triathlon minions
Of course, I wanted to sign up right away but, with my head issues and not actually working out at the time, it seemed kind of silly to spend all that money and not be able to do most of the workouts. But I kept my eye on the announcements and a few weeks before the seminar, they announced a 'seminar-only' option. I was in! Of course, when it came down to it, I talked myself into signing up for the whole thing. After all, I was swimming again so I figured I'd just feel my way through the non-swimming, non-seminar parts.

The first session was "running" and strength training. We didn't actual doing any running -- which is good because I can't do that without major head issues -- but we did talk about form quite a bit including learning about something called the transverse abdominis (TA) muscle. I swear I had never heard of it before (even if I probably have), but knowing about it is going to change my (triathlon) life.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

You are more/less beautiful than you think

There are two videos making the rounds of the web today and I am having an atypical reaction to both of them.

The first is the Dove campaign video and it shows an "experiment" where some women describe themselves to forensic article and then another woman who doesn't know them but has spent some time with them does the same. The two pictures are hung up side-by-side and the women are brought to view them. They choke up because the one drawn from the stranger's description is supposedly prettier than theirs. 

The video ends with "You are more beautiful than you think."

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

This is what a "normal" BMI looks like

112 - Sept 2009
Before I had my surgery, I used to get an argument with a certain someone on the web with a screen name of Jachut. She would constantly declare that a BMI of 24.9 was healthy and any BMI above that was not. Period.

I liked Jachut a lot and I loved her no-nonsense attitude about exercise and eating and how she didn't sugar-coat things or fool herself. But, on this one, she was full of shit. Period.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Yesterday was the worst day

I had a great weekend and was having a good time at work when I got a text message... did I know if a friend had gone to Boston to run the marathon?


I jumped onto Facebook and my email and that's how I found out that someone had set a bomb off at the Boston Marathon, killing three people (though it was two at that point) and injuring hundreds (only 20+ had made it to the hospitals by then though).

I was in shock. I still am somewhat, but it's finally starting to wear off a bit to the point where I can take stock.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

My brain is made of swiss cheese

Okay, it isn't really. But a few weeks ago, when I first upped my dose of topamax (aka dopamax), it sure felt like it was. It was kind of scary, actually. I decided then and there that even if the new dose wasn't enough to cure my brain that I wasn't going to up it again. It just wasn't worth it.

However, as has been the case with this drug all along, this side-effect also wore off. So my brain doesn't seem remotely swiss cheese-y now. Then again, it also doesn't seem to be working as well either. I'm not sure what to make of that.

I guess it's time to see the neurologist again. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if our COBRA is turned on. We did get the forms but I'm not sure if Mr. Mac turned them in and we haven't gotten our new ID cards.