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Monthly Archives: January 2013

spiderweb suit

3rd AgonSwim suit arrived. Blue w/black spiderwebs. COOL!

I allowed myself to get talked into doing the One Hour Swim – I think I mentioned that in a previous post.  Well, I did it.  Phew, glad that’s over!  My goal was to do 4000 yds which is a 1:30/100 yd pace.  That seemed like an attainable, although challenging enough, goal.  The last time I did the OHS was probably 10 years ago and I went just over 4000 yds, if memory serves (why don’t I write these things down?!), so while I know I’ve been swimming fairly consistently, 10 years older is 10 years older!  So on January 13th, with the support of a good friend who diligently wrote down my splits, I took the plunge.  And, guess what?  I swam closer to a 1:25 pace and eked out 4225 yards!  I was pretty pleased.  An hour later and I was even able to move my arms around in a normal fashion.

USMS One Hour Swim:  the website is kind of crappy and scary looking, but basically, you swim as much as you want or can in one hour while someone takes down your 50 splits (cumulative splits.  There’s a form).  You have to be a USMS member, and there are some other rules about where you can swim – check out the site for details.  Swim continuously, or stop and start – it really doesn’t matter – yardage is yardage and it all adds up.  A couple people who have shoulder issues kicked for the hour (can’t imagine).  My regional team, New England Masters, seems to have some kind of rivalry with Davis Aquatic Masters in CA, so there’s always a big push to get as many people to swim the event as possible.  I think we won last year, so Davis is out to get us this year.

Looking ahead to race season… I’m all signed up for the season! I’m doing the swim part (fun part!) on 3 Team EnVision relays, all with my super fast cycling sister, and 3 different runners .

  1. Escape the Cape in June (brr, but only 1/3 mile swim)
  2. MASS State in July (Olympic distance, yeah! .9 mile swim)
  3. The Sharon in August (1/2 mile swim)
  4. Cranberry Olympic distance Aquabike also in August (not a relay, I get to bike on this one – we’ll see if that’s a good thing…)

I hadn’t planned on registering for events so early, but people started talking about what they were going to do, and relays were getting decided, so… LEAP.  No procrastinating.

Do you have your races figured out?

Read:  Thereby Hangs a Tail, Spencer Quinn.  Detective novel from the point of view of a dog.  So fun!

Oh, and EAT!  I made a variation of Frugal Feeding’s Onion Bhajis.   I added some shredded carrots and beets.  I don’t like to fry much, but for these?  totally worth it!


I considered signing up for the Janathon challenge, but didn’t find out about it until January 1st, and I was basically a slug that day.  I generally do some form of exercise (or 2) every day, which, according the “rules” is the whole point, but it seems like the focus is on running. Every day.  And that’s not going to happen!  I also doubt that I’d blog every day.  I encourage you to take a look at the Janathon site and participants – it looks like a fun challenge and a great way to find new blogs to read.

SWIM – the usual.  I try to swim most days, but end up taking a day off here and there.  On my own I’ll do 2000-2500 yds; more when I swim with the team. On New Year’s Eve day, I took part in the Miles for Marly 100×100 benefit swim.  A Cambridge Masters Swim Club coach was killed in a bike accident a few years ago, and a scholarship has been set up in her name at Smith College, where she did her undergrad.  I did 55×100 on a 1:35 interval.  I had only planned on doing 50 so I was pretty happy with that.  Hey, I wanted to go out on New Year’s Eve and be able to raise my arms in celebration!  Next year I might try for more 100s at a slower interval and see how it goes.  Next up:  USMS One Hour Swim on January 13th – unless I’m sick.  I seem to be catching a cold but hope to be better by next week.

New swim suits from AgonSwim

Two new suits

Very exciting:  I got 2 new bathing suits!  And I’m waiting for one more (back order).  I decided to give AgonSwim grab bag another try.  Unfortunately the one w/the paw prints is too big.  Oh well, someone will take it off my hands for $18 (cheap, I know).

What the hell is Cimarron-Memorial anyway?!  That’s the fun of grab bag.  Maybe somebody will recognize it somewhere along the way.

BIKE – other than commuting my 3 miles to/from work, I’m not riding outside.

commuter bike

My trusty tank w/lots of lights

It’s just too cold.  I went for a road ride when it was in the 40s and I was NOT happy by the end.  I hate it when my feet turn purple.  And that was WITH shoe covers!  So I’ve been on my trainer a couple times and am resigned to spin classes until… June?  No, probably April, though.

[RUN – I figure it’s worth mentioning when I actually do it.  3 mile run with a friend, talking most of the way.  Actually fun and not horrible!  And not too slow – it’s all relative, right?]

READ –  Fugitive Pieces, by Anne Michaels.  The writing is beautiful, descriptions and characters are rich.  But I’m not loving it.  I can dive into it and get lost for a little while, but can easily put it down.  And I’m not rushing to pick it up again.  I’m hoping the next book I read will really grab me.

and EAT! – after run snack (aka breakfast):  a banana, 1/2 an apple, 2 dates, home-made almond butter and home-made tahini.  Yum!  Oh, and MORE COFFEE!!!


I never thought I’d say “nice” and “chain letter” in the same sentence, but here goes.  I’ve been nominated for a Liebster award by I swim (and now iTri too!) – thanks, Mo! – which seems like the blogger’s take on a chain letter, but a nice chain letter.  If the idea of blogging is to get yourself out there, why not ask questions to learn more about each other and promote those sites that we find interesting?  It’s like saying “Tag, you’re it!  Tell us who you are and why you decided to speak out.”  I’m pretty sure I won’t fulfill all of the requirements (let’s say “suggestions”), but blogging is kind of a free-for-all so I can do whatever I want.  So there!

liebster-blog-awardLike any award nomination, there are rules.  I’ll state the rules cited by my nominator (and her nominator), because cutting and pasting is a lot easier than thinking and typing:

  1. Add the award icon to your blog
  2. Link to your nominator to say thank you
  3. Each blogger should post 11 facts about themselves 
  4. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create 11 questions for your nominations to answer
  5. Choose 11 up-and-coming bloggers with fewer than 200 followers, go to their blog, and tell them about the award.

Wow, that makes for a LONG blog entry.  Forgive me, but I’m going to post fewer than 11 facts about me, and might cheat in other ways, too.

  1. I turned 49 in December, but will be racing as a 50 yr old this coming tri season (wonder if it will help)
  2. I quit swimming competitively at 15 and took about 10 years off – 18 years before competing again.
  3. I considered being a mental health therapist, but couldn’t sit still w/o falling asleep, so I became a massage therapist instead – much more active!
  4. I lived in at least 10 different places in the SF Bay Area in the 10 years I was there (’84-’94)
  5. I’m the youngest of 4, so I’ll always be the baby
  6. My commuter bike was stolen from my office and I found it a month later, locked to a pole, a block from my house
  7. My husband and I recently decided not to replace our 2nd car so we’re sharing one.  We’ll see how that goes…
  8. I’ve had a few motorcycles, but my bicycles always got more use, so I no longer ride (obviously wasn’t much of a motorcycle rider anyway!).

Mo’s questions for me:

  1. Why do you blog? I hadn’t planned on it, but my husband signed up for a wordpress class so I joined him.
  2. What sport(s) did you do as a child? swimming, gymnastics (I was terrible), more swimming, field hockey
  3. What’s your favourite colour and why? It was always blue, but I’ve branched out into purple.  There’s no “why” to it!  It’s a visceral reaction.
  4. In a world with no technology, what would you do for a living? I could probably keep doing what I’m doing!
  5. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?  Flying.  It just seems so cool
  6. What motivates you?  food, and too much food!  And friends
  7. Chocolate or cheese?  Chocolate more than cheese these days.  Cutting down on cheese consumption
  8. Do you always shower before swimming?  No, not if I can get away with it
  9. What did you want for Christmas that you didn’t get? World Peace?
  10. What are your plans for 2013? Winter escape at the end of Jan., do a couple swim races, tris, and a bike vacation in Croatia (in September)
  11. Would you ever shave your head for charity? Sure, in summer, and if the charity actually got anything for it!

11 Questions for whoever wants to answer them, since I don’t know 11 bloggers w/fewer than 200 followers except the ones that have already been nominated.  Anyone can answer!  I’ll tag some blogs that I think have fewer than 200 followers.  I can’t always find the number of followers on blogs, though.  Sorry if you’ve done this already.

  1. What food/snack/drink do you find hardest to resist?
  2. Who is your favorite author?
  3. What is your most vivid childhood memory?
  4. Would you rather be hot or cold?
  5. If you were to do a tri relay, which leg would you do?
  6. What’s one goal you hope to achieve in 2013?
  7. Do you walk around while brushing your teeth?
  8. Dogs or cats?
  9. What household chore do you dislike the most?
  10. What’s your idea of a perfect day, that you can realistically have (but maybe not every day)?
  11. How often can you make your perfect day happen?

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