Monday, December 19, 2011
I came home Friday night after work and two workouts to open the door to a flashing orange light. It was my parents taking a picture of me screaming as they shouted Merry Christmas!
The surprises did not end there! We decided to open up mine and the boy's Christmas gifts the next morning since both of them really couldn't be mailed. My sister and my brother-in-law joined through Google+ hangout since they are hanging out in England for the next 3 years. The boy got a fancy plunge router and I unwrapped a power strip.
Yeah, I was confused...until they told me to follow them downstairs.
The boy was in on it all and provided a couple measurements and a good hiding spot until the reveal! I definitely didn't put this on my Christmas list, but it has been something on my own to-do/honey-do list for the early spring.
Last week I made some cookies for a party at work that turned out delicious. Enter smitten kitchen, one of my favorite blogs for simple recipes.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
And for the humbleness...Now that I am here at the computer and still ever so pumped and really can't wait for 2012 to start I am finding some other things more interesting for me to post about and connect with my news. This year is going to be epic and change everything which was blatantly put by my coach. Yeah, I said it, a coach! I never thought I would come to this. He is the man that turned me on to Rev3. He recently won his first full distance Ironman triathlon and I thought this would be an appropriate time to introduce him. Yeah that is right, I said WON! Follow his blog here to find his Rev3 Ceder Point Race Report and to keep you mildly entertained. This man can get coke on demand from the back of an SUV. Amazing.
It is actually more of an informal agreement with a well-respected friend where I asked for some initial planning, general advice throughout the year, and 2 months of more detailed workouts and feedback leading up to my peak race. Mainly to keep me honest! I am excited to be able to bounce things off someone who is knowledgeable, leads by example, and awesome enough that he has two first names.
Time to resort the schedule and plan for some awesome Rev3 races around the country!
Monday, November 28, 2011
I was first introduced to this book years ago when I was traveling to a race on the other side of the country. My friend who hosted us had it on his bookshelf and my travel/racing partner at the time snagged and read it throughout the weekend. He loved it and couldn't stop raving about it. I dismissed it, focused on the race, and never came back to it until these last two weeks.
I would hands down recommend this book to anyone. I knew little to nothing on Taoism besides a brief uninformative overview in one of my college courses. The book is intended as an introduction to the eastern belief system of Taoism for westerners in relation with the writings and characters of A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories.
Everything I took from this book I related it to my training and racing. I took a couple quotes from the book that I am going to hang on to and put in a place that I will consistently see.
You also know where you don't belong."
Read this book and I am sure you will walk away with your own quotes and takeaway. Up next, 'The Te of Piglet', also by Hoff.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
I also find it is easy for me to find balance when I don't push myself to the limits. When I simplify my life and am at ease with the workload I can simply balance like I would balance on one foot.
But it is outside of my realm of capability to simple balance on one foot. I am someone who consistently pushes myself forward. I always have something more to strive for and a more difficult balance to obtain and hold.
It is my goal to strengthen myself to be able to achieve this stretched balance and hold. It takes practice and consistency and time and patience.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The main things I wanted out of a GPS watch was something that included heart rate and that wasn't big and bulky. That was a hard thing to find since I have the wrist of a 7 year old boy. This does the job.
Since tearing this bad boy out of the package I have purchased some additional accessories including the awesome wrist band in the picture which has made the fit even better. I also have purchased the bike sensor and bike mount. Since I tend to power my way up hills and I have never ridden with cadence before I think will benefit greatly.
Most recently I have added the Garmin foot pod to my Christmas list. Its going to be hard not to purchase it before then because once on I will be able to measure my running cadence as well. I am super excited. One of my main goals is to make my running form more efficient and I have been told that cadence is an extreme factor in this.
Some shop for shoes, some shop for purses; I shop for gadgets!
Monday, October 31, 2011
Since about late June my body has been going through some ups and downs. Every day I daydream through assumptions about what is going on inside my body. The list below is the range of symptoms and conditions I have self-diagnosed with. Recently my physical therapist has confirmed that I have an anatomical leg length discrepancy of ¼ inch to 1 cm. By the look on her face when she told me this, I realized I was outside her normal zone.
Medial gastrocnemii tear or strain on right and left leg (calf strain)
Posterior compartment syndrome
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
Anterior pelvic tilt
Anterior pelvic rotation right side
Anatomical leg length discrepancy right leg
Functional leg length discrepancy right leg
Rib subluxation left side (1-2)
Pes planus right foot
Our assumption is that everything else is related to this little birth defect; that and trying to do too much to quick. Really need to fix that!
Main hindering thing right now is when I go for a run my calves, more so my right, locks up and hits me with extricating pain, enough to not be able to put any pressure on during or afterward. At least it was because I haven’t ran for a little over a week. I have been doing physical therapy with a new therapist and am going to get some deep tissues massages over the next month. Apparently my muscles are on lockdown and don’t want to loosen up. After my functional (muscular) discrepancy goes away I will be fitted for a heel lift in my right show. I am aiming to get ease back into running on Friday. Fingers crossed. My plans to for a successful recovery include strengthening my butt and lower extremities with tedious exercises, resetting the muscle memory part of my brain, and get back into running slowly.
If anyone has any wisdom or suggestions on these symptoms and injuries I would be gracious for your thoughts. I always feel like I am a hot mess when I am not completely back into shape. Once I get to the level of fit and strength I would have these minor hiccups. Getting there is key.
Friday, October 28, 2011
This last weekend we were doing some major construction on the house, tearing down ceilings and replacing joists. Some dirty dirty work. Despite being exhausted from the weekend and continuing to wrap up some of the odds and ends from the project I have been making some good tasting meals. I am in no way a baker. My sister has got those skills, follow her blog here and get excited for some up and coming posts from England. I am a cooker. I love tossing things together, merging recipes, and not measuring.
Including the last post of chicken noodle soup, I made some butternut squash muffins (fat-free and they were good! Trust me I am all about the fat), butternut squash stew, and apples over pork. It worked out that we had enough miscellaneous items in the house to whip up some great quick dinners. Thank goodness for my back-stock of homemade chicken stock which I used in the soup and stew.
One of my training goals going forward is to eat better. Two ways I intend to execute this is by signing up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in the spring in addition to my home garden. Having more vegetables around will definitely make me cook with them more and I feel like my diet can never have too many vegetables. The other execution will be making small quick meals on the fly. I know once the training increases my time will decrease but it is just as important to make sure I am putting the goods into the tank. I think having the right backup of ingredients and spices is key to making some delicious and healthy meals. Recipe recommendations are always welcome.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Sometime in the last year in browsing cooking recipes I picked up the idea of roasting a whole chicken. Every time I do I realize simple, efficient, healthy, cheap, and yummy it is. All I do is buy a whole chicken from the grocery which is usually $4, but can be found cheaper when on sale. If I freeze it, I take it out the day before I am going to make it to defrost. Rinse it, pat it dry with paper towel, remove the stuff (neck, heart, livers, etc.) inside (save), lay it on a baking sheet (with tinfoil over it), butter and season it (salt, pepper, garlic salt, celery salt, thyme, onion powder, etc.), and bake it in the oven. Last night I put it in and went downstairs to ride the trainer. Usually takes about 1-1.5 hours to fully cook. I came upstairs to a warm house and great smells. I let it sit for a while to prevent it from drying out and then comes the tricky part.
I watch this video every time if I am serving the chicken for others, otherwise I will just pick all the chicken off the bone if I know I am going to use it for a casserole or lunch meat.
I set aside the chicken I am going to use for dinner that night and put the rest in a tupperware to use throughout the week for sandwiches, soups, casseroles, or just chicken. Anything that is left including the uncooked insides I saved, spare bones, fat, skin, and the chicken love juice left on the tinfoil I put in a separate container, cool, and freeze. I use this later to make chicken stock which I will post up once I make my next batch.
You will notice all my cooking will circle around simplicity, efficiency, healthy, cheap, and deliciousness. I tend to look up a couple recipes take what I like from each and wing it, but there are tons of recipes out there for roasted chicken. I forgot to get a picture of my delicious creation from last night, but I am sure your mouth is already watering.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
To start I inserted a picture of what 2012 will look like in regards to my training goals. So if I seem to have fallen off the face of the earth just look back to this original post and you will know where to find me.
I will be signing up next month for Ironman Arizona which will be the race I am looking to lay the hammer down. After seasons of sickness, injury, and balancing life and monie$ with triathlon I think I have learned enjoy to tackle this season head on and kill it. Let's hope we can keep the excitement up through those peaks.