Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Posted by IronWaddler at 4:18 PM
Friday, December 28, 2007
Looking back at 2007 , there were several different perspectives.
On the professional side, we installed our new linear accelerator. I helped set up a new procedure at our hospital (stereotactic brain radiosurgery). We were the first hospital in Will county to do this and one of a few in the Chicagoland area. Our department underwent several other changes- physicians and added staffing. The were alot of challenges but we made it through and are much stronger for it.
On the family side, my MIL moved from Cleveland to Illinois to be closer to us after the loss of my FIL. My daughter Hooch got her driver's licence and her first job. My son Bino played football for the first time and made th JV team in his High School. My dad who is 85 is doing great.
For me, the spring found me completing my 3rd marathon in Cincinnati. The Flying Pig was a great experience. Then I turned to the duathlon. I did Galena, Batavia, Waterloo, and Sylvania. I finished the year a half marathon. I recently found out that I took first in the USAT Mideast Duathlon series for my age group.
The outstanding event of 2007 was volunteering at Ironman Louisville. The emotion stirred up was overwhelming. It gave me the motivation to learn how to swim. Also the incentive to sign up for a half-Ironman in 2008.
I thank God for being so blessed in 2007.
Waddling in to 2008.............
Posted by IronWaddler at 6:33 PM
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Posted by IronWaddler at 9:07 AM
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Happy Holidays to everyone! Take advantage of this time to enjoy your family, faith, and future.
My computer has had problems and I have had a cold. Or is it the other way around? The motherboard has gone bad. It will take 2 weeks to fix. I will find accessto a computer whenever I can.
Waddling toward Xmas............
Posted by IronWaddler at 8:06 PM
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I find it very interesting that my wife is already posting that she is getting a trainer for her bike.
She will be disappointed when she opens the box and it contains racing equipment for one of my drag cars. (Good way of getting them in the house unnoticed).
I bought her a padded (gel filled toilet seat!) It is the gift that keeps on giving.
Oh, and for you ladies out there that think your subtle hints like leaving biking magazines open to pages that contain things you want...We men pick up on that like flea's on a camel.....It don't work. Have to get up alot earlier to beat me sweetie!
Anyway's since my wife is not getting a trainer for Christmas, if any of you wish to contribute to the Waddler's "I need a Trainer" Fund, forwarded your gift to Corbin/Dean Racing attention sponsorship department, we will make sure that all proceeds go to a new engine..oops a Trainer.
Happy Holidays to all of you and your families.
Mr. Waddler AKA CORBIN / DEAN RACING.,
Posted by IronWaddler at 7:33 PM
Monday, December 17, 2007
Posted by IronWaddler at 8:03 PM
Sunday, December 16, 2007
The year 2007 is winding down. We are counting down to Christmas and a New Year. Time seems to be moving quickly to the holidays. But in a way it is moving slowly toward 2008. I feel the holidays will put alot of days off in my training. I am anxious to get at it. You will have to remind me that I said that when I am complaining about it.
I had a good weekend at the gym. Swim and spin was the focus.
Waddling with 9 days until Christmas...............
Friday - 1 hour= spin
Saturday- 1200 m Form drills and endurance = swim
Sunday - 900m ladder = swim & 1 hour spin
Posted by IronWaddler at 7:28 PM
Friday, December 14, 2007
My kids have bee using my laptop. For some reason, my wireless connection quit working. When I tried to contact Hp, they said to email them with the problem. That's hard to do wtih no connection. The other option- download a new driver. Hard to do wwith no connection. Final got a real person on the phone, they were so helpful but I had to do a complete recovery on my computer. I am again connected but all my music is gone.
Waddling online again......
Posted by IronWaddler at 11:03 PM
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Posted by IronWaddler at 8:07 PM
Monday, December 10, 2007
Posted by IronWaddler at 7:49 PM
Saturday, December 08, 2007
After a chaotic week, I think things are beginning to calm down again.
Mr. Waddler came home from the hospital yesterday. After all the tests, the findings showed early stages of heart disease. No blockage or heart attack. He is on a heart monitor for the next 30 days. It is good to have him home.
Hooch is gone to another cheer competition. Her knee still hurts but does not want to let her team down.
Bino is off all day to a bowling tournament. He had a new ball drilled yesterday and can;t wait to give it a try.
For me, my training took a vacation. I'll take today to catch my breath and catch up. Tomorrow should be back on schedule. That is why schedules are always in pencil.
Good Luck to Joe- He is running the Rocketcity Marathon today.
Waddling to calm down...................
Posted by IronWaddler at 6:59 AM
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
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Sunday, December 02, 2007
Posted by IronWaddler at 9:58 AM
Saturday, December 01, 2007
December is coming in like a bang. "Winter Storm Warning is in effect." The morning new is covered with stories of the approaching weather. Outside it has just begun. I actually love this kind of weather.
This morning for my workout , I headed for the gym. I did a run-swim brick. I started with 4 miles on the treadmill the headed for 500m in the pool. I felt good. On the treadmill I watched to keep my heart rate in zone 2 with a little in zone 3. In the pool. I just worked on drills for keeping my head down and breathing.
I knew the weather was coming in so I stopped at the grocery on the way home. It was time for me to turn into Susie Homemaker. I made chicken soup, chicken salad, macaroni salad, and deviled eggs. I have a few more things to go but I don't intend to cook the rest of the weekend. Bino is spending time with his girl and Hooch is in Indy for a Cheer competition.
Waddling to watch it snow..................
Run = 4 miles
Swim = 500m
Posted by IronWaddler at 1:54 PM
Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
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Monday, November 26, 2007
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Sunday, November 25, 2007
Posted by IronWaddler at 6:39 AM
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Our trip back to Ohio was awesome. It is so nice to slow things down for a few days and regroup. Dad looked great. He slept alittle more than in the past but at 85 - I may do that too.
For Thanksgiving, we have our special traditions. Wednesday night is toasting the bread for the homemade stuffing. Hooch did most of it.We ordered pizza and watched the DVD "Wild Hogs". I got up at 4 am on Thanksgiving and put the bird in the oven. My dad and I went to morning mass where he did the readings. After coming home Bino made the green bean casserole while I peeled the potatoes. After overeating for dinner, the afternoon was spent watching Christmas DVDs. Our new one for this year was Santa Claus 3 with Jack Frost. Supper was the leftovers.
We came home on Friday to beat the traffic. I was home early enough to head to the gym and get a swim workout in.
Saturday , I awoke to 28 degree temperatures. I headed out the door with Dakota for a 5 mile run. My mind began running to the future and the training ahead of me for Steelhead. I have to lose some more weight then start logging in the hours.
Waddling to the grocery....................
Posted by IronWaddler at 12:21 PM
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Over the river and through the woods....... to Ohio.
Tomorrow we are leaving for my dad's house in Ohio. I am so excited to see him. At 86, you never know what tomorrow will bring. He bought the turkey, pumpkin pie, and made cranberry salad. I bring the rest. My hubby had decided to stay put at home to be with his mom at this tough time and I totally understand.
My morning began with Master's swim. I started my warm up. Nothing seemed to be clicking. Coach continued to talk to me and give me support and by the end of the hour, I felt good about my workout.
My morning continued by taking Hooch, my daughter, to the orthopedic office. At the age of 3 she began in gymnastics. At 10 , she was 6th on the floor in a national event. The 20 hours a week training took a toll on her body. By 13 she had torn her achilles, broke her rt foot and ankle 3 times, and broke her finger. She made the decision to quit and change to cheerleading. Today, I was concerned again. The doctor thinks it's a strain. But will re-eval in 1 week before nationals in Indy.
The day ended watching my son, Bino, bowl on the JV team. His high game was 198 and they won.
I do have alot to be thankful for.
Waddling to Ohio..........
Posted by IronWaddler at 7:38 PM
Monday, November 19, 2007
Posted by IronWaddler at 7:03 PM
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Yesterday, I got up and ran the 5.5 mile Run for Ryan. The run was very powerful for me. It took me back 20 years ago when I began running the first time. My mind went over 5ks that I ran in a local park to the River Corridor Half Marathon where I broke 2 hours. I was a much lighter and different person back then. The only thing that remained the same was my love of running.
As I approached 3 miles in my run, I realized that I hadn't taken any of my ususal walk breaks. I felt great and continued. Now my mind wandered to how quick life can change and how precious it is. A year ago this week, we lost my father-in-law to his 5 week battle with cancer. I was overwhelmed with appreciation of every step that I take.
I was still running with no walk break at mile 4. My pace was still strong. Now my thoughts wondered to the future. The thought of my first Triathlon next year. I still can't believe it. So many great things ahead in 2008.
My last half mile, I pushed as hard as I could. No walk break had been taken. As I glanced at my watch my pace was 9:18. Where did that come from?
I felt a special power and peace during the entire run.
Waddling to the future........
Posted by IronWaddler at 8:00 PM
Friday, November 16, 2007
Another hectic week, I finally have a minute to catch-up.
It was a good training week. After masters swim on Tuesday, I did another swim workout on Thursday. My problem remains relaxing with my breathing. When you bike and run, you fall into a natural rhythm. There is nothing natural about swimming and breathing to me. By the end of 25 , I am breathing hard and grabbing for air. I decided to (cover your ears) put my nose clips back on. I was able to relax and do 50. So I am in a dilema again.
I also got in a really good spin workout at 530am. The instructor was intense. There were some good intervals with hill climbs. I recognized several people from my master's swim. I focused on my HR zones. I stayed mostly in zone 2 with intervals in zone 3.
Tomorrow, I plan on getting up and running a 5.5 mile run for Ryan. How sad he was so young. My prayers to his family.
In other news, Bolingbrook ,where I live, has been on the news alot lately. Just down the road lives Sgt. Drew Peterson whose 4th wife is missing. Now his 3rd wife who died suspiciously has been exumed from her grave. Not a day goes by without passing news crews. I think this will someday be a made for TV movie. Even Geraldo was here last weekend.
Waddling into the weekend........
Posted by IronWaddler at 5:24 PM
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Posted by IronWaddler at 6:56 PM
Sunday, November 11, 2007
This morning, I awoke to do my Sunday Morning run. I looked around and remember that I was downtown Chicago and quickly got dressed and ran out of the room. I was excited for the first time to be running along the lakeside when not entered in a race. I wanted to take everything in. My hotel was on Michigan Avenue but I found myself quickly running down the lakeshore. I ran to Navy Pier, passed the tour boats, next to the ferris wheel, and to the end. Even though the morning was gray and misty, it felt so alive outside. There were very few others out this early. The silence and solitude was refreshing.
It was the perfect ending to the weekend dowtown with Hooch(my Daughter), my sister-in-law, and my niece. We had a great time, shopped alot, ate good food, then could barely stop laughing to fall asleep.
Tomorrow it's back to dieting and training but I feel this weekend was just what I needed.
Waddling into new week ..............
Posted by IronWaddler at 7:23 PM
Friday, November 09, 2007
It's been a crazy week. Work is increasingly busy proportional to me trying to increase my training. Something usually suffers when this happens. This week it was my laundry. With hubby and 2 busy teenagers plus me , it piles up fast. But eventually if you need something , you do it yourself is my theory.
I continued my streak of working out through today making it 21 days in a row. Tomorrow will be a day off. My legs are tired and can use a break.
The real reason for my break is that I am going downtown (Chicago) this weekend. My sister-in-law and niece fly in to Midway in the morning and we are heading for the Magnificient Mile for the week-end. My daughter is going down with us also. It should be a good time. I have been really good on my diet but I may take a small break but no go crazy. Cheesecake Factory is on the agenda for dinner.
Waddling to downtown......................
Posted by IronWaddler at 6:11 PM
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
When I began swimming for the first time in my life in the beginning of September, I wasn't sure how it would go or what would happen. I worked as hard as I could and practice 2-3 times per week. I graduated from Ripples. Also I got rid of my nose plug. In comparison to the others in my class, I did fairly well. Thus my registration for Steelhead.
Today began a new part of the process. I began a Masters swim class at my gym. Coach Steve is from ExperienceTriathlon.com. There were 12 in the class which starts at 530am on Tuesdays. This was my first one hour workout in the pool. Coach went through the board and goals for each class. He watched us for a couple of laps and divided us into lanes by levels. I was in the first lane with 3 other beginners. Coach watched us swim and walked beside me by the pool several times. He had alot of good input and felt like he was picking on me but I found it very welcome.
After the workout, I improved alot thanks to coach. But it made me realize how far that I have come. More importantly, it made me realize how far that I have to go and I know with alot of hard work I can do it.
A special thanks to my friend , Iron Snoopy. She was also in the class and in the next lane. She offered constant encouragement.
Waddling to watch Biggest Loser.....................
Posted by IronWaddler at 7:10 PM
Monday, November 05, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
- Sunday being my favorite day of the week.
- Swimming at the pool and feeling good.
- Spin class which was one hell of a workout.
- Salad and soup for lunch at Panera.
- Shopping with my MIL and having a fun afternoon.
- Sitting in my recliner reading blogs and relaxing
- Sleep which I will be doing soon before I face Monday
Waddling through an S kind of day.................
Posted by IronWaddler at 7:26 PM
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Reality has set in and I know I am at the beginning of an experience of a lifetime. When I trained for the marathon, I learned alot about myself and life. This will teach me alot more. I hope use every piece of information and experience from anyone who will share. Hang on for the ride...
Waddling to train for 70.3........................
Posted by IronWaddler at 1:38 PM
Friday, November 02, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
This morning at 4:50am when my alarm clock went off , I thought the gremlins had changed the time because it was so dark outside. Every clock said the same thing. My team Weight loss class was cancelled tonight because of Trick or Treat. I did not want to skip today so I went to the 5:30am spin class. I don't really care for the instructor so I went to the back and did my own thing. It felt good to have my workout done for the day.
Every year for Halloween we dress up for our patients. Every year the hospitals rules get stricter on what you can do. We always have fun. This year we all had shirts with bats on them that say "BITE ME". Also one of our patients treated us to Pizza for lunch.
Waddling to trick or treat..................
Posted by IronWaddler at 11:05 AM
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Tonight on the way home from swim class, I had to stop and buy candy for trick or treat tomorrow. It was a tough job. I was starving after class was over. Standing there in the candy aisle-I could have bought everything in sight. (and eaten most of it before I got home) Our nutrition coach told buy something we did not like and not too much. My problem was at that point in time everything looked amazingly good. I ended up buying small bags of animal crackers. My kids could take them for lunch if left over. I got out of the store as quickly as possible.
I got back home just in time to watch the Biggest Loser. I love this show! It gets me so pumped up. I cannot believe they voted cowboy off. I loved him. This year there is more game playing than ever. I cannot imagine having the opportunity like they have.
Waddling to bed....................
Posted by IronWaddler at 8:49 PM
Monday, October 29, 2007
Amazingly, I have found alot of motivation. I have worked out the last 10 days in a row. I am finding alot of excitement in preparing to train for a triathlon.
Posted by IronWaddler at 8:32 PM
Sunday, October 28, 2007
You know it's fall when......
- You go to spin class on Saturday morning and it's almost full
- You clean out the back of your SUV and take out the bike rack, camelback, and hot weather supplies.
- Your hubby gets the lawnmower out to grab leaves rather than cut grass.
- You go out to run on Sunday and wear long tights rather than shorts because there is frost on the ground.
- You drop your son at the bowling alley for practice rather than the football field.
- You go your daughter's opening cheer competition for the season.
- You put on a crock pot of chili.
This is my favorite time of year.
Waddling into fall..............
Sat= Spin- 60 min
Sun = Run -60 min.
Posted by IronWaddler at 7:19 PM
Friday, October 26, 2007
This is one of the longest weeks. Every part of my life is busting at the seams. We have double our patient load. (which is not good at a cancer care center) Bino had bowling tryouts for school. Hooch had extra practice for her first cheer competition. Hubby was working long hours. I had my new training schedule. I felt like that I was meeting myself coming and going.
A follow-up to the Chicago marathon and the runner who died. In an investigation, it has been shown he collapse and it took 30 minutes for an ambulance to get to him. The crew that arrived was from the suburb and did not know there was a hospital 6 blocks away and headed a different direction. It also seems he still did have a heartbeat despite early reports. If you are intersted go to CBS 2 Chicago and look in the video library for a report. Again , I ask are these races getting too big to be safe?
Waddling into the weekend....
Posted by IronWaddler at 8:05 PM
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Posted by IronWaddler at 8:49 PM
Monday, October 22, 2007
As always, the plan and the actual vary. Yesterday that happened to me. The plan was to bike then swim. It all started good on the bike except for the 20 mph headwind on the out part. But what came next was 3 games of bowling with Bino. He had tryouts for the HS team and wanted to get some practice before the first day. After that came the swim, which was 30 min. in the pool. I wonder if they could make that a triathlon- Bike, Bowl and Swim. It was alot of fun and a nice break from the ususal.
Waddling into a new week.................
Posted by IronWaddler at 2:47 PM
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Last night was an evening that memories are made of.
It was a beautiful fall evening. Perfect for football. It was the last game of the season. The hometown rivals, North and Central , were playing each other. My son, Bino, plays on the sophomore team as a defensive tackle. We scored a touchdown on the first play and the score was 7-0. That also was the final score of the game. It was so awesome to see him out there on the field. He never has played football before this year. He has grown so much physically and emotionally from the experience. He had a few tears in his eyes when the game ended. I also had a few.
The varsity game was next. I looked down at the students section and saw my daughter Hooch in the front. She has taken the year off from cheerleading to focus on a heavy academic schedule to take her senior year easy. As Bino came out of the locker room, he walked passed the student section where Hooch gave him a hug for a great job. He walked up to my hubby and me in the stands. Then as he walked away, he turned to me and said, "I love you, mom" . That's what memories are made of.
Waddling and remembering............
Saturday : Run - 6 miles
Posted by IronWaddler at 7:08 PM
Thursday, October 18, 2007
As I said the other day -all my plans are in pencil. Today was a classic .
Work just sucked. My boss has been in Florida with her sick father and today found out he has lung cancer. The prognosis is poor. When she was 14 , she lost her mom to lung cancer. Now to face it again. My heart ached for her.
I am facilitator for a Y-me breast cancer support group. Mid-morning I received a call that a special lady that I am close to has Brain metastisis. Prognosis is bad. When she came in, we both cried and she told me that she was ok with what was happening and I should be too.
When I finally got home, Bino ran in from football practice and reminded me I had a parent meeting for the bowling team which is having tryouts next week.
After getting home from the meeting, I was mentally exhausted. The swim workout plannned was not happening.
Waddling to watch the Cleveland Indians ..........
Posted by IronWaddler at 8:20 PM
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Tonight at swim class, we learned the backstoke. My freestyle is still not quite there. Coach wanted to give us something different to keep us motivated and we did some laps. It was a good workout.
My legs were still tired from Team Weight loss from last night. We were pushed for an hour on the treadmill. Coach took our incline up to 10 and gave us 10 lb. weights.My HR really jumped. I got on the scales and found that I'd lost another 2.5 lbs. Brings me a total of 5 lbs. I hope that I can keep this up.
Waddling to stay motivated and watch Biggest Loser..........
Monday : 60 min. treadmill
Tuesday: 45 min. swim class
Posted by IronWaddler at 8:03 PM
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Every year I come up with multiple plans and training ideas. This is part 1a that will last 11 weeks until Jan.1.
Posted by IronWaddler at 1:57 PM
Thursday, October 11, 2007
It's been 5 days since the Chicago Marathon. Alot of people going back over the events of the day and second guessing. One question or thought that I haven't heard is --- Are these races getting too many runner's? What would have happened on Sunday if the other 10,000 would have shown up?
Sunday's marathon had the best elite finish that I have ever seen. That includes men and women. The times were not world record breaking but the guts and strength were world class. After they finished, TV coverage ended. The next big story of the race was about to begin.
Runner after runner took more than the normal amount of water and Gatorade. There was no way for the volunteers to keep up. Heat exhaustion began setting in. Some out there ran as a whim. Others because they had no respect for the distance and anyone can do it. Others who were truely trained and ready to take on the course.
At about 3.5 hours after the start, heat exhaustion set in for many. There was not much room for the air to move around with all the tall buildings. Many stopped and sat on the curbs. Some sought medical help. Other staggered along, while some runners were running their race the best the could to get to the finish line. Ambulances were called in from all the suburbs that could spare them. One medical tent with 8 nurses saw over 1,000 runners. One nurse alone started 50 IV's. The city was heading for a crisis if many more went down. The race was shutdown. To my friend out there, it became like a war zone. The helicopters were flying overhead. The ambulances were trying to get in from every direction. Runners were laying in the gutters. How much more could the medical community handle?
My friend was turned around at mile 18. There was no reason given and the first thought the way that things looked was that there was a terrorist attack. Eventually they found out what was going on. The Red Cross set up a help line for families to find missing runners- there were over 300 in different hospitals.I could continue with other stories that have nothing to do with the lack of water.
When I volunteered at IM Louisville, the temperature was higher. I think the difference was that the athletes were better trained for the event and there were fewer athletes (2000).
My question still is are these races too big?? What is a safe limit of runners out there if something begins to go wrong.?
Waddling and pondering.......................
Posted by IronWaddler at 7:59 PM
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
TEAM WEIGHT LOSS
Tonight we met with a nutrition coach(Coach B). We received log books and a workout binder for 12 weeks. Because of the time spent with coach B , we had no time for a workout. I did get alot of information and a goal.
Chicago Marathon Update- My friend received an email which list several upcoming marathons who will give Chicago runners a discount because of the race shutdown. They also promise have water and gatorade.
Waddling to jot in some caolries..............
Posted by IronWaddler at 9:14 PM
Monday, October 08, 2007
Team Weight Loss -2A
Tonight was a weigh in, flexibility test and caliper measurements. That took the first 30 min. Then we went to a treadmill workout with incline intervals up to an 8 with 5 lb barbells. We must constantly watch our HR not to go out of zone 3. I am not sure currently where my zones are at so I am scheduled for a MAP test at the gym on Friday. On Weds., we are meeting with the sports nutritionist to get logs. I have lost 2.5 lbs. so far!
What a chaotic mess. My friend DeeDee did not get to finsh just like 10,000 others. She did not have any heat related problems. Luckily she had money to buy something to drink at a Shell gas station otherwise she sould have had problems due to the lack of water and gatorade. Officals deny this existed but there was nothing there for the back runners. It will be interesting to see if this has any bearing on Chicago's bid for the Olympics.
Posted by IronWaddler at 9:43 PM
Sunday, October 07, 2007
This morning when I got up, I immediately flipped on the TV. Today is the Chicago Marathon. It's 7am and the temperature is already 70 degrees. I remember back to 2003 when I watched this and made my mind up to run it in 2004. I wanted to be part of the thousands of runners at the start and feel the excitement for myself. There was no doubt in my mind that I could be one of those out there.
I got up and headed out the door for a 4 mile run. One mile for every year since then. One mile to glance back to where I have come from.
Mile 1 (2003) After 15 years of not running, I began to run again. I was up to 3 miles. I completed my first 5 K race and was thrilled with 34:50. I made up my mind to run the Chicago Marathon in 2004. In 1988 while training for the Columbus marathon, I injured my knee on my last 20 mile run. It was important to me to finally take a shot at the marathon distance.
Mile 2 ( 2004) My sights for focused on the marathon. I began the season with a 10k in May. That day when I finished the race, I officially signed up for Chicago. I started increasing my mileage. I used Marathoning for Mortals by John Bingham as my guide. In August, I ran the Chicago Distance Classic Half Marathon. Then in October completed my first marathon. I was on top of the world.
Mile 3 (2005) I made the decision to sign up for Chicago again. I did my half earlier in May at Indy. My friend DeeDee also had signed up for Chicago. My training was right on track. This year I leaned toward Jeff Galloway training. In September , I ran a PR at the USAF half marathon. When October came, I lined up for my 2nd time in Chicago. Unfortunately at mile 22 my knee began hurting so bad that I walked the last 4.2 miles.
Mile 4 (2006) After recovering for my ITB injury in my right knee, I began spin class. There I met Mary who introduced me to the world of biking. I loved it and bought my first road bike. I decided no marathon this year. Because I can't swim, I decided to do some duathlons and half marathins this year. I really enjoyed doing the 2 sports.
Cooling off (2007) A quick glance at this year started with siging up for the Flying Pig Marathon. I had no desire to run Chicago again. After the marathon, my focus was truely the duathlon. I enjoyed every race that I did. A highlight also was going to Louisville and volunteering at Ironman. How inspiring. That's when my goals for 2008 began popping in my head. I needed to learn how to swim as soon as possible. Because I knew that 2008's big goal would be a half Ironman.
In all of this, I realized how lucky I am to be able to dream something and do it. I hope I can continue and always have the faith to go on.
Waddling to the future..............
Posted by IronWaddler at 10:58 AM
Saturday, October 06, 2007
I did my first swim brick this morning. With the weather being hot and humid early, I decided to head for the gym.
SWIM- I spent 30 min in the pool. I focused on the drills that I learned in class. I'm not going to worry too much about distance until Jan. 1. I need to concentrate on the learning to swim and good form. I felt like I did get better but I have to admit I was wearing my nose plugs.
Spin - After the pool, I changed and headed for a 60 min. spin class. There was different instructor that I had not experienced before. I also forgot my HR monitor. I talked myself into at least doing 30 minutes. She made up the workout as she went and it did not go with the song that was playing. at 30 minutes I had just made it my own workout. I did complete the 60 minutes.
Just a note - tomorrow on TV Versus has on IM Coeur d'Alene. I am anxious to see the course as I know several friends that are planning to do it.
Waddling to clean and do laundry(woohoo).........
Posted by IronWaddler at 2:01 PM
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
SWIM LESSON #5
Tuesday night's swim class was not as good. I tried tonight to go without nose clips. I can't get the breathing down yet. I get so caught up in worrying about the breath that my form stinks. I might concentrate on my form now and work on the breathing later. Next week is the last week for Ripples. I hope I can still graduate.
TEAM WEIGHT LOSS # 1B
Tonight we were supposed to meet with the nutritionist. On week 1,6, and 12- the team weighs in and gets measurements done. The nutritionist was off sick so they added on a free week for us and there will acutallu be 13 weeks to the program. We were on the treadmill again for 60 min. Today was incline intervals between 2 -4-6 . We added 5 lb weights to work our arms also at different time. I was drenched with sweat when I was done. I thought about swimming but my legs were just too tired. When I left the gym, I felt like I am really heading the right direction.
Posted by IronWaddler at 8:38 PM
Monday, October 01, 2007
The first piece of my training program is to lose weight. Tonight I joined a program at my gym for TEAM WEIGHT LOSS. It's like being on a team on the Biggest Loser except our team trainer is Pat. Pat came to us from the University of Cincinnati-he was their fitness trainer.
There are 10 on our team. It covers 3 months. Tonight was a treadmill workout. It was intervals that were heart rate based. We have 3 workouts per week with the trainer. We added incline, hand weights and stretch bands at different times.
I will finish this and be lighter and hopefully more ready to begin hard training January 1.
So now I have a swim coach and a trainer.
Waddling into base training.....................
Posted by IronWaddler at 8:16 PM
Sunday, September 30, 2007
I did sign up for my first triathlon today. Registration opened for the Accenture in Chicago. It always fills fast.
The rest of the day was spent with catch up and getting ready for the work week. I also made homemade chicken/noodle soup. Um,Um good.
Bike: 3h 30m - 41 Mi
Run: 8h 44m 55s - 39 Mi
Swim: 5h 55m
Waddling into October...............
Posted by IronWaddler at 8:09 PM
Friday, September 28, 2007
Monday will officially begin my 2008 training season. I've picked 6 goal races. There will be no marathons in 2008 as I want to try triathlons this year. I do plan on doing 2 half marathons because I love that distance.
Here it is:
5/3 Indy 500 Half Marathon--I love running this race with the 35,000 others. Great experience no PR.
5/17 Galena Triathlon --- I have done the Duathlon the past 2 years. It was well run with a very challenging bike course. Swim 660 yd / bike 16.8 mile/ run 4.3 mile
6/25 Subaru Women's Triathlon -- This Tri is the closest Tri to my house and I have always watched from the sidelines. I am looking forward to being close to home.
8/2 Steelhead 70.3 Half Ironman --- Now I have said it out loud!! This will be my "A" race for 2008. I am so excited!
8/24 Chicago Accenture Triathlon --- A world class race close by. Looking forward to the experience.
9/20 Us AirForce Half Marathon -- A trip home to Ohio to see my dad. The best half that I have ever run.
Well - there it is. All official looking. Monday , October 1st is game on to lay the base. Hang on for a ride!!!!
Waddling with a huge smile .......................
Posted by IronWaddler at 9:39 AM
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Last night was swim class #4. It went so well. I worked on the single switch with breathing and at the end the triple switch. I am still having trouble with my breathing but coach said my form was good.
I have 2 more Ripples classes. The you graduate to Strokes or repeat Ripples. Out of the 6 of us- Nancy and I are going on. I was so, so excited! My coach also suggested that I join Waves which is the Master's swim team. Can you believe it?? I am no where near being the swimmer to do a Tri yet but........Coach thinks I'm on track for my "A" race next summer.
When I got home, thank heaven for TIVO Biggest Loser and Dancing with the Stars was going head to head. I love them both. I can't believe they voted Jerry off the Blue Team and How much better the women dancers are than the men. It's going to be a good season for both.
Waddling to work after lunch..........
Posted by IronWaddler at 11:46 AM
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Posted by IronWaddler at 10:36 AM
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
This week-end has been spent finishing past items and now focusing on the future.
Yesterday my hubby and MIL made a return trip to Cleveland where she lived before moving to Illinois in April. The purpose was to visit my FIL's grave. His stone that they designed was put into place and it was important to make the trip for the peace of mind in putting things to rest. I know the day sucked for both of them as it is now approaching the 1 year anniversary of the cancer diagnosis and the subsequent 5 weeks of hell watching my FIL die. That is now behind us and it is time to focus ahead.
Today I am taking my MIL to a dog rescue. She is very lonely living alone and wants a companion. I tried to give her one of my 3 dogs but they were all homesick for us. So today -we will go see if there is a furry friend for her. Hopefully I will update this later today with a photo. I want to make this as fun and exciting for her as I can.
The sun is shining and I feel someone is smiling down on us.
Waddling to pet puppies...................
Saturday : Spin : 60 min.
Posted by IronWaddler at 10:34 AM
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Since the 2007 season is complete, it is time to start laying the groundwork for 2008. My primary goal is getting this swimming thing down by January. I also take this opportunity to take try some different classes at the gym. I printed off the fall schedule and may try some next week.
Other goals include keeping my running base of 2 days a week with the longer run of 6 miles and 1-2 days of spin per week. I think until January there will not be alot of structure then real training will kick in. Hopefully with several tri's on the schedule.
Weds.- Run : 45 min.
Thurs - Swim : 30 min.
Waddling and building a base.................
Posted by IronWaddler at 8:02 PM
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Along with the change of seasons to fall, homecoming also comes for the kids in High school. Hooch is a junior. Every year she goes with a group rather than an individual because she enjoys it more. Bino ,my son who is a sophomore now ,invited a girl last year who changed her mind the week before homecoming and went with someone else. This year he has had a relationship with a girl for months and asked her to homecoming. Yesterday (10 days before the dance) she decided to go with her ex-boyfriend who she still had feelings for. How tough!! I wish I could do something to help ease the hurt but he seems to be doing great. He has decided to go anyway with a group of guys from his football team. Growing up is tough.
Last night was swim class #3. I did the side float with the flutter kick and added the breathing. The coach then had me raise my arm and flip to the other side. Cool. Then to go side to side and add the arms. Yeah!!!!!!! My homework switch 3 times then take a breath!!!! I can do this!!!!!!!!
Swim: 50 min / drills
Waddling and flipping................
Posted by IronWaddler at 10:07 AM
Monday, September 17, 2007
My race season is now complete. It is an exciting time for me. I love planning and organizing. It is time to start looking at 2008 and laying some groundwork. I have signed up for my first and and put it on my calendar. It is the Indy 500 Mini-marathon. The date is the first weekend in May. I've done it once and loved it.
I feel satisfied with 2007. I had no time goals at all. I did 1 full marathon, 2 half marathons, and 4 duathlons. Most importantly- I enjoyed every experience. I was also injury free besides a few scrapes from bike wrecks.
Swim : 30 min.
Waddling and planning............................
Posted by IronWaddler at 8:45 PM
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Weekends like this are few and far between.
On Friday, Hooch and I arrived to take my dad to lunch. Following that we went to the runner's expo and packet pick up. While we were there Hooch noticed a sign that was for a blood drive for the troops. She had never given before but was immediately drawn to it. On her own she filled out the papers then jumped in the chair and donated. We were so proud of her.
On Saturday morning, I awoke to the most perfect running day. Sunny and 45. I had no expectations going into this race. I really hadn't trained for it. I felt no pressure at all to do a certain time. After running this the past 2 years, I knew the course and what was ahead. I just wanted to enjoy it.
This is by far the best half marathon I've run for the experience of it. The support on the course is unbelievable. The first 2 miles are up a slow grinding hill. I could see the ROTC guys ahead of with with all their gear and heavy packs. They chanted as they ran. Water station after water station the cheering was overwhelming. I tried to thank every serviceman that I could along the route. Before I knew it , I was at the turn around. My pace was comfortable and I was enjoying each step. When I hit 9 miles, I knew the worst hill was around the corner. I decided to walk up and prepare for the finish. When I hit 11 miles, my watch read 2:28:10. I was surprised. I had 32 minutes to do the last 2.1 miles and break 3 hours. Most of it was downhill and I knew that I was fine. The finish line is spectacular. The last .25 miles it is like a runway through military airplanes on both side. The cheering is deafening. I saw Hooch and my dad-stopped for a high five and a hug- then finished. I could see the tears in my dad's eyes. To put the icing on the cake, was the medal put on by a colonel. Then the cherry on top was lunch at Frisch's Big Boy.
To complete this perfect day, we went to my cousin's daughter's wedding. I got to see alot of my aunts and uncles on dad's side. He is the oldest of 8 kids. Hooch enjoyed the wedding especially the part where the Groom pushes the bride around in a decorated wheelbarrow.
Sunday came quickly and it was time to head for home. Time flies. Last year on this weekend, my in-laws came down from Cleveland to meet us for dinner and celebrate my 50th birthday. Little did we know that within a month my father-in-law would be diagnosed with an agressive cancer and pass away the day after Thanksgiving.
This weekend and race will always have a special place in my heart.
Run : 13.1 miles / 2:56:55 / 13:31 pace
Waddling with alot of emotion......................
Posted by IronWaddler at 5:09 PM
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Waddling to Ohio.....................
Posted by IronWaddler at 12:43 PM
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
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Monday, September 10, 2007
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