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Friday, May 2nd, 2008
10:58 am
[fanw]
Memeing Lizards! (Health)
Here's a health meme from veekand alt-fridays. What do you do to maintain your health?

Physical, mental, and emotional healthCollapse )
Wednesday, April 16th, 2008
4:20 pm
[fanw]
Weights (the lifting kind!)
So, Sunday I went to the gym. I've been paying for the gym for months, but I haven't actually gone since I don't know when! In fact, I joined Mr. A's gym for a day so that we could work out together and tried out my old routine.

My old routine is a little weird. What is it? the boring detailsCollapse )
Wednesday, April 9th, 2008
10:09 pm
[fanw]
We Can Rebuild Her!
Okay, my few fitness goals fell off the wagon while I was hacking up a lung, but I'm back now and more determined than ever.

Now that spring is in the air (I can taste it!) and my cough has settled down to a rumble, I've started the slow road to fitness. How's it going so far? Well, I have successfully avoided the sinfully delicious Dunkin' Donuts coffee every day this week. I haven't run in a couple weeks, but I biked to work each day this week and today I inaugurated my swimming for 2008.

Swim distance: 500 yards, mostly breaststroke, rest between each 100 for a minute or less.

I need to work up to 400 yards, constant, doing freestyle. At least this first race (in May) has the swim in a pool, so I don't have to worry about open water. So for now, I'm happy! Looking forward to seeing the old me again!
Saturday, January 12th, 2008
4:18 pm
[fanw]
Getting back on the horse
So, due to weather and general slackerliness, I basically haven't exercised since October. Yes, October. Also, I've eaten several feasts and spent far too much time boxed up in little tin cans that fly through the air at a few hundred miles an hour. This has all lead to the current state of affairs: I'm about 5 lbs above my usual and about 10 from where I'd like to be. That puts me hanging just under 150, which is where I close my eyes and stop weighing myself and then strap on my running shoes.

Today was a beautiful day, so I went back to the Couch-to-5k plan. Now, I'm certainly more comfortable with running than I have been in years past, so I went ahead and started in week 4 of the 9 week plan. It was a good level for me. It pushed me, but I could do it, and I felt no ill post-running effects. So, it's back on the wagon for me! First running, then biking when the weather gets a little more reliably better, then swimming too. It's hard enough getting up in winter with the darkness. I don't want to add to the trouble by feeling sluggish as well. Here we go!
Saturday, December 15th, 2007
12:55 pm
[arachne8x]
Mistressing the pushup and easing into workouts
I am starting again to hear the comeback music as I begin my new workout routine.

A little background: I have been dancing since I was four, done martial arts, boxing, and almost every type of aerobics there is.  I used to be a hard core gym girl with spinning classes and machines.  I have been dealing with chronic pelvic pain since October 2006, had surgery Dec 2007, things started to get a bit better with medicine regimen, and I had enough good days to start exotic dance classes in March 2007.  Exotic dance is good because it kept me mobile but wasn't really really hard.  Now I am starting to get some real progress with moving to a pain free life and I'm trying to get in shape for Jazz and Flamenco classes. 

My current regime:
I'm taking a break from the gym which isn't very motivating right now.  Also I'm out of a job and my gym is expensive.  So I'm doing a Jazz class once a week on Tuesdays, and borrowing The Firm DVDs and box from a friend.  I am going to alternate days of the longer Firm videos (weights and cardio intervals) and the shorter cardio weights tapes (they are slightly different in format.  I am also trying to take some days off because I have a tendency to push myself too far too fast and get injured.  I am also doing a program to get to the point where I have "mistressed" (stumptuous.com term) the pushup.  I am right now doing them with my hands on the 14" firm box, legs fully extended.  When I can easily pull out 3 sets of 5 on that, I will move to the 6" box, and then the ground eventually.  I am doing this instead of modified "girl" pushups, because it engages the core and stabilizing muscles I will need when I'm ready to do "real" pushups.
Tuesday, November 13th, 2007
9:10 am
[amber_phoenix]
what's next


so i didn't get everything i dreamed out of the triathlon sunday - it didn't have the swim portion (due to oil in the bay) and i walked parts of the run - but i did learn a lot and i *finished*, and finishing was grand. because it wasn't really a full sprint tri, i'm going to go for doing one again, running the run and swimming the swim, before setting my sights on an olympic. the current plan is to do this one with rednikki next may. if a different one crops up nearby earlier than that, i may do it too. oh, and there will be bay to breakers later next may as well. the challenge now will be to keep training with my next big goal six months out.

logistically, i need to figure out:

- how/when to swim when longueur or someone else can wrangle the babe.
(first thing to try is the temescal pool at 6:30 in the morning. the more tempting and flexible, but expensive thing, is the ymca during child care hours.)

- how to run and bike with the babe so i'm not constrained by the other-people-babe-wrangling schedule. (in other words i should acquire a jog stroller and bike seat or trailer. i should first borrow such things so i can see if he'll put up with them.)

motivationally, i'd like to figure out how to do *something* 4 or 5 days per week. right now i generally make 3 days in a good week.

ideally, i'd like to develop a habit of at least two runs, two swims, and one bike per week. i don't think i can realistically expect more than that, but less than that won't be training to the level i'd like. some yoga would be nice too.

hmmm...

i did got out running this morning. that's something.

Current Mood: getting there
Monday, November 12th, 2007
2:14 pm
[fanw]
When I'm Good I'm Very Very Good, and When I'm Bad I'm Horrid
First of all, huzzahs to amber_phoenix for her great performance in the triathlon! Huzzah!

I'm dropping this entry here because, while not about exercise, it's about health, and I think the two are intertwined. I just had my annual doctor's appointment and was, while not scolded, gently encouraged to be healthier. My own internal scolding was enough.
Of diet and healthCollapse )
Friday, November 9th, 2007
9:27 am
[amber_phoenix]
riding a road bike after over a decade? feels like flying. soooo nice.

also, i managed to get under an 11 minute mile running after biking. that may not seem fast to real people, but for me it's super speedy. whee!

one problem - um, how do i use thumb shifters? am i an idiot? i managed to shift down, but not up. my wondrous housemate and bike loaner was not up to ask about it.
Sunday, November 4th, 2007
8:41 am
[amber_phoenix]
i can't hardly guess
dear sturdy bitches,

what is my estimated time to complete the treasure island sprint tri? i "run" 12 minute miles. i bike and swim competently but not fast. it's .5k swim, 20k bike, 5k run. i'll have to get out of a wetsuit in t1.

thoughts?

Current Mood: curious
Monday, October 22nd, 2007
1:37 pm
[fanw]
Body and Mind
This fall I've fallen off the exercise bandwagon. My weight is creeping up to the near side of 150 and I've never been demonstrably over that. (That is, when I reach 150lbs I always stop checking my weight until I'm reasonably sure it's back under.)* I know I'm eating poorly. It's baking season, so I'm spending more time cooking pies and cobblers than yummy chickpea dishes. Lately, my clothes don't fit quite as well.** I also have no exercise goals, so there's nothing to get me out there. Running has never been fun for me, it's only ever been the most efficient way to send my heart rate through the roof, and in another month or so it will get wet and cold and even less fun.

So, I need some encouragement here. Does anyone have ideas for how to make this fun? What goal should I have for winter exercising? What other exercise should I try? What is a good indoor option for when the weather gets truly gross?

*Use of actual numbers in no way implies that that number is right or wrong for anyone else. Body weight depends so much on height, shape, frame, genes, etc, that I make no implications for anyone but myself.

** I always enjoy the centrifugal theory of fitness. When at rest, my body mass moves to the center. When in motion, my body mass migrates radially.
Monday, October 1st, 2007
9:26 am
[amber_phoenix]
it's looking possible
after a mildly flubbed attempt last friday, i did actually complete a 5k run this morning. (yay!) yesterday, under the influence of my spiffy cool neighbors, i also managed to complete biking >20km (albeit it somewhat casually) followed by running a mile (albeit slowly). i still have to get out and do an open water swim, but i am now confident that i *can* finish the sprint distance tri in november. (whew!) this leaves the next month for getting more in shape in the hopes of finishing without stumbling the last two miles and for figuring out logistics.

speaking of logistics - i'm going to decide about a wetsuit after doing a test swim in the bay and will either borrow or rent one if i decide i need to. i'm pretty sure i can borrow a road bike with toe clips, meaning both "yay! road bike!" and that i can wear my running shows for the bike and the run. but i do have a question for those who have done this sort of thing before - what should i wear? should i get a tri suit that works for all three legs? pull on bike shorts over a swimsuit? do i need a hat and/or sunglasses? etc. etc.

Current Mood: getting fitter
Monday, September 17th, 2007
3:38 pm
[fanw]
Racing Season
So, it seems racing season has come to an end. I had vague ideas of doing the SeaCoast Century and showing the Tufts 10k what for, but I signed up too late for the former and a concert at Carnegie totally trumps the latter.

How's it been? It's been glorious. All in all, I completed four sprint triathlons and five road races. I got progressively faster throughout the summer and ended with a really satisfying fast time for the Twist & Shout 4.2 miler. I did NOT also do 100mi bike ride (but that was a little ambitious) and I did NOT do an Olympic length tri on my birthday. I had a busy summer and I think I wisely assessed my preparedness and opted for the sprint tri instead.

How do I feel? Well, in numbers I'm just the same. I haven't lost an ounce (in fact since my vacation, I'm up a few pounds). Then again, as I mentioned, I'm faster and I certainly feel I accomplished a lot. Just the idea that 4 mi seems almost reasonable is a huge leap!

What next? Well, I'm gonna have to switch over into winter mode. I've just renewed my membership at the gym so I have the option of doing weights or other some such. I still feel for my own health I should watch what I eat more carefully (not calories, but quality). And then next year? Next year I want to train for one race, an olympic length tri: 1mi swim, 25 mi bike, 10k run. After a summer like this one, I'm pretty confident I can do it!
Wednesday, September 12th, 2007
1:18 pm
[amber_phoenix]
back on the horse
1.6miles/2.5km
~19 minutes

more stretching and a bit of warm-up walking first
blinding white new pair of shoes

friday's goal(s):
actually get up and go
try for 2 full miles

Current Mood: back at 'em
Monday, September 10th, 2007
7:42 am
[amber_phoenix]
argh, oops, and other such exclamations
so...

i did manage to go running three mornings last week. i even almost made it two miles on saturday. (i think it was not quite, but i haven't checked gmaps pedometer yet.) and i got myself out of bed and into running gear and out on the sidewalk this morning and realized... "hey, my knees kinda hurt". then went about a block more and thought, "nope, my knees really hurt, i should probably not do this", and came home. grrr.

i can research, of course, and i plan to go into my local nifty store and have them check out my shoes and stride, but i'd love to also hear from you. what are your favorite injury preventing ideas? what actually works for you in real life?

Current Mood: hoping
Friday, August 31st, 2007
11:10 am
[amber_phoenix]
day 4
it was *tough* getting up this morning, but...

biked
~6.8 miles
in about 43 minutes

(i am sooo not speedy)

also got to see where i'd go running if i lived in one of the richer parts of town.

Current Mood: i keep saying sleepy, don't i?
Thursday, August 30th, 2007
9:11 am
[amber_phoenix]
day 3*
ran 1.1 miles in a bit under 13 minutes. not speedy, but i'll take it.

i'm still pondering how i'll add swimming into the mix. i think at first it may be on a weekend so i don't need to be home quite as quickly. i should also add in some core work, um, somehow.


* don't fret - eventually i'll convince myself this is actually going to happen regularly and will switch to posting less often


Current Mood: sleeeepy
Wednesday, August 29th, 2007
8:58 am
[amber_phoenix]
day 2 of current plan


for bike ride days i'm going to need to either get up earlier (*shudder*) or skip morning showering or ...

today i managed 3.45 miles in 20 minutes, which is simply not satisfying.

getting on my bike for the first time in six months? great
getting up and out of the house doing something like exercising two mornigns in a row? awesome
3.45 miles? enh
lack of upper body strength to get bike back up on ceiling hook? sad

ah well. onward and fitward.

Current Mood: sleepy!
Tuesday, August 28th, 2007
8:52 am
[amber_phoenix]
starting over
this morning, having plotted ahead, i got up an hour before l needed to start getting ready for school, abandoned the boys in bed, and, with a rough route in mind, went running (for the first time in over a year!). i managed to put on my heart monitor strap, but not the watch, so i have no idea how i did heart rate or time wise (i also later discovered that my heart monitor needs a new battery or something anyway), but i did make it a mile. (a mile may not be much, but it's a lot farther than i suspected i'd get.)

roughly: brief stretch, 1 mile running, fairly slow, ~.8 miles walking, even briefer stretch.

so much better than nothing.

the plan, from here on out, is to try the getting up early on a regular basis, then run, bike or swim in the mornings and perhaps manage that sprint distance tri i have my eye on for november.

Current Mood: yay
Thursday, August 23rd, 2007
10:09 pm
[fanw]
[Race Day] Brie Burger in Paradise Run - 4.2 mi
I thought twice about running the 4.2mi Charles river run this month. I've had a lot on my plate lately, and running hasn't hit the top of my list. However, the weather conspired to be wonderful: a little muggy, but about 70 and completely cloudy to block out the sun. Made for a good run.

I did the 4.2 mi in 41:10. This is pretty great for me! I haven't run four miles since, well, since two months ago when I did the last on of these, and I still cut off three minutes or so. With falling temperatures come falling times. Go figure! Still, a nice race and a quick and easy local one.
Tuesday, August 14th, 2007
11:34 am
[fanw]
Be Careful out There
On Sunday, despite a triumphant triathlon, I found myself fighting heat exhaustion by the end of the day. I'm not sure what is up with this, why the delay. I felt hot but not overwhelmed during the race. What resulted was a milder form of what happened to me last year at the Tufts 10k when I found myself fine for a few hours and then progressively worse and worse until I spent the rest of the day lying on the floor and not keeping my food down. This time I had a growing headache (often a sign of dehydration for me) about six hours after the race, which then finally developed into nausea and the need to lie down with a wet towel on my head, inconveniently between dinner plans and game night plans. You try being perky while you're trying not to lose your lunch all over your friends.

So I did a little research on heat-related illnesses (taken from American Family Physician online). It's August and I know some of you are trying to keep up the exercising, so I feel this is useful exercise-related info, but it's also just my struggle with my heritage. Here goes.

Nordic Genes and Boston SummersCollapse )
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