Monday, May 14, 2012
I woke up in a fuzzy, not quite grumpy mood. Then I stepped on the scale and it bumped up not quite half a pound, despite good behavior all weekend.
Had an moment about how often a Monday *is* a bump up on my scale. Often that has some Sunday or Saturday eating behavior associated with it, but this time, not so! I could choose to decide that behaving myself over a weekend isn't worth it, but instead I contemplated that this might just be my body's natural rhythm. And I'm moving on! Reminding myself that the number on the scale is NOT my grade in life and is NOT allowed to dictate my feelings about myself. Taking my own advice, that's the ticket!
I did not get a phone call or even an e-mail yesterday... did not detect an online presence. So I'm hanging on to the pre-Mom's day one I got last Wednesday. It will have to do. Feel a little blue about that, despite the logic that knows he's busy and potentially unable to communicate? Mayyyyybe? Move on, LIVE anyway. Again, taking my own advice, that's the ticket!
And it dawned on me besides that today is a "rest" day on the training calendar. Whatever shall I do without being able to "run away" from the negative feelings? Breathe, that's what. As the line in Sleepless in Seattle says, remember to keep breathing in and out until you don't have to remind yourself to breathe in and out anymore.
Feelings, you see, are transitory. I don't have to DO anything for them to go away... they will fade in time. Distractions are fine. But staring uncomfy emotions in the face and saying "Yes, that's what you are!" works too.
So now, it's off to a work day. Healthy lunch and snacks packed. Healthy breakfast consumed. Spark coffee mug filled and being sipped.
Today WILL be a good day. Spark on!
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Life's phases influence what one's mother's day is like.
When I was a kid, there was this running joke between Mom and Dad. Mom would pout and say Dad didn't get her anything for mother's day, and he would quip, "But you aren't my mother". And we would drive to grandma's house.
Of course we kids would put something together for our mom, assisted / pushed by dad.
My first mother's day cards from people other than my son were from my own mom and sisters when I was expecting him. After that, it was the hand-made kid-cards, and all that goes with school created crafts... one year I logged on to my PC to find that overnight "someone" had modified my computer's wallpaper to read "Happy Mother's Day" with a flower motif.
This year, I got an e-mail last Wednesday, from AFG, warning that he might not be able to write again today, and assuring me that he considers me an "awesome mom". So... evolution of Mother's Day over the years.
My own mom is gone from this plane and has been since 1996. This morning, as I started to put my mother's day gift (the padded biking shorts) to use, I thought about riding by the cemetery where she and dad are laid to rest... but the bridge over the highway was out, and I chose a different route to finish my ride. And I of course thought about her and the many ways that she influenced me to become who I am today.
I thought about how fast life speeds by and how important it is to grab hold and live it!
Part of where I rode, I was walking/jogging in traffic a week ago... the bike path covered with half / full marathon participants. It looks different when it is not so crowded. Has it really only been a week?
I wished the moms I saw along the path a happy mom's day, and my wish for all here is the same. May this be the kind of day that puts a smile on your lips and joy in your heart.
Friday, May 11, 2012
But last night I did do the first "swim" workout on the training calendar. This is one area where I have a few challenges.
I am a strong swimmer, but not a fast swimmer and the "crawl" stroke I learned as a kid is not my favorite, but it is the closest to the "freestyle" that seems to be the speed stroke of choice.
Also the training plan I picked up online is for a Sprint distance TRI that includes only a quarter of a mile swim, and the one I am signed on for is 0.6 miles. SO... modifications in order. I doubled the length of what they said to make it "400 yards", instead of the "200 yards" in the original plan.
My swims have normally been between 36 and 44 lengths of the 25 yard pool, rotating among side stroke (left and right), breast and elementary back, and crawl and back crawl. Down one stroke, up the next... I would do seven sets of these, then cool down with a couple extra.
I did not stop between lengths, as I was changing strokes, anyway.
The training plan is all "freestyle" and has a 15 second rest between each length of the pool. Because I want to build my freestyle endurance, this is probably one plan I'll try to follow more closely. So the first 400 yards of my workout, I followed their rotation... well, except I did a couple of side stroke lengths before the plan's warm up... just because.
Then I finished up with going to my normal stroke rotation, for a total of 800 yards. A little shorter than my previous swim workouts, but that's OK for now. The goal is not a huge distance now, it's adjusting to the single stroke for a distance.
The challenges: 1) Learning to count when I don't have the rotation to group things (7 rotations x 6 lengths = 42 lengths... easy to count... "Was that 10 or 12 lengths" all of the same stroke, harder!)
2) Eyes and chlorine! I fixed this one by buying myself a pair of goggles. Nope, hadn't had them before, and avoided getting the face in the water on most of my strokes... with all freestyle, this was a must for me. It was pretty incredible, since I had never worn them before, to see how clear the vision was with them.
And today is a planned rest day. Wow! I feel I've earned it! Great active week, this one was!
Thursday, May 10, 2012
The training calendar for yesterday said "Bike 5 miles". Well, I didn't get back to read the details because at work I encountered a couple of the gals who are biking together prepping for one of the regional week long biking events that tour around various areas of the state. Not the BIG one (BRAN) or the BIGGER one next door (RAGBRAI)... but in that flavor. Kind of like the relationship between my planned Sprint distance TRI and an Ironman.
Anyhow, they were heading out after work and meeting at one of the local trailheads for a longer ride, and I thought, what the hey, I have Dexter, my new ride (yes, a second childhood car NEEDS a name), to cart the bike out there... and riding in a group is better security (some of us think like that)... and a plot was hatched about half an hour before quittin' time.
I endured some nasty construction induced SLOWNESS getting home, so I barely had time to wiggle my fanny into those new Mother's Day biking shorts and load the bike, and get over where I needed to get. Phooey with reading the plan! Besides, I would have to adapt to ride with others, anyway, and I trusted them to set a good pace.
We started down the trail, and I did at least remember SOME of the advice, like "get used to the gears", practice "spinning", i.e. pedaling at a cadence. But mostly on the way out it was a pleasant chat, listen to the others, and pedal our way through some lovely country. Observed the improvements to the trail (same trail I jogged the 10-miler on in March).
I said good-bye to my chums at the turn around point from the 10 mile race, which is about 4 miles from the trail head. They went on, and I set my focus on what I could remember of the tips... and was treated to some of the little surprises one gets when biking in nearly rural spots. A baby bunny was sitting in the middle of the trail and didn't scamper off until I was almost upon it. And several yards in front of me, a tall wild turkey stalked across the trail. And of course LOTS of humans out enjoying the evening as I was: walking, jogging, biking, pushing strollers, with their kids, or walking dogs. It was, in short, great.
Came home, stretched well, and THEN looked at the training plan. You know what? I've been overdoing what they really meant for week 1! Surprise! This plan is supposed to take you from somewhere less fit that I already am. Well, it *did* say "beginner". I had kind of wondered about a starting workout being 40 minutes long and had been a little worried about what lay ahead.
BUT, it really meant the warm-up, cool-down to be part of the 5 miles, not added ON to it. After doing a double-take, I re-read the plan for the "run 15 minutes", and it was the SAME... the 9-minute warm up was supposed to be PART OF the 15 minutes.
OMG, after having done that half marathon, that would NOT have been much for me. SO! Felt good about my level of fitness... now the challenge is "don't get cocky"! My modified plan is to keep training at the level I'm at now, rather than drop back to what it says on the page. And make sure I TAKE the scheduled rest days.
You know, it's funny how we have certain concepts of ourselves. And we read things in to instructions based on where we are...
Life's good. Spark on!
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