Saturday, January 10, 2009


I got up this AM in plenty of time to get to the gym to make sure that I got a bike in spin class. A quick glance out the window told me that it had snowed 6 inches. I went out to warm up my Jeep and realized that I was parked in by my kids. I decided Hooch's car was the easiest to take.

I grabbed my bag and got to the gym so proud of myself for getting there early. As I was throwing things in my locker, I realized that my cycle shoes were in my car which was at home. S**t. This kind of stuff really bugs me. Mentally I was heading up the stairs to spin and setting up my bike. I felt like a little kid pouting in the locker room.

I went through the options in my mind:
  • (A) Swim except no suit.
  • (B) Run on the DREADMILL
  • (C) Spin with my running shoes.
  • (D)Go to a strength class that was just beginning

Again I felt like a little kid and wanted to stomp my feet because things did not go like I wanted.

I chose Plan B and headed to the dreadmill. I actually had a good workout and and ran 4.5 miles. As I walked to the locker room, I was pleased how the morning had went. It was funny now how childish that I had been.

Waddling to get ready for a spin class tomorrow....

Friday, January 09, 2009

I knew that It was going to happen. I have heard many stories and read many blogs about this happening. Now it has happened to me sooner than I thought! I had my first IM race day nightmare. I was standing in my wetsuit on Wrightsville Beach ready to begin the swim. I realized that I had forgotten all of my nutrition and drinks. I decided to attempt the race any way depending on the aid stations. It was all so clear. The swim began and off I went. Then I woke up.

I wonder how many of these crazy dream that I have ahead of me.

Waddling to go back to sleep at 3am..............

Monday, January 05, 2009

WEEK 1 OF 14

Today begins my Pre-IM training. It will last 14 weeks which will take me to the week of April 13th when my 30 week IM plan will begin. Each week will have different goals. There will be several common goals though:

  1. Lose at least 1 pound per week.
  2. Increase daily water intake and decrease diet Mountain Dew
  3. Workout out: min.=5 days per week
  4. Keep heart rate in zone 2 for most workouts.
  5. Daily Sit-ups starting with 10 per day in week one and increasing by 5 every week.
  6. Daily Calorie intake no higher than 1600/day and track with
  7. Prepare for Indy 500 half Marathon
  8. Maintain 5-6 hours per week of training
  9. Stay injury free and listen to my body
  10. Enjoy!

Waddling into week 1............

Sunday, January 04, 2009

I was excited when I got up this morning. For the first time in 6 weeks, Snips and I were meeting in Glen Ellyn to run outside. The temperature was in the upper 30's. We headed out for a 4 miler on the Prairie Path. At the mile mark we came into icy patches all over the trail. We were busy catching up and had no time to watch for ice!

We headed out onto the streets thinking that we knew where we were at and knew where we were going. HA! When we reached the sign that we were entering Wheaton, we knew we had taken a wrong turn. We weaved our way down some side streets and saw some of the others in our group. The run ended up being 4.25 miles and we our average pace was 13:15. Not too bad. It felt great to be outside!

Waddling on a January day.............