I haven’t written anything lately mostly because I haven’t had much to say. I survived my 4 TRX classes. They were good and I really liked the instructor. I can see how doing it regularly would help with strength and tone, but then again, it doesn’t seem like it would be that hard to do similar exercises with weights or body weight in the gym. I still would need to actually GO TO THE GYM (see previous post on gym aversion)!
So… it’s finally race season. I watched a sprint triathlon on Mother’s Day – poor racers. The water was maybe 59 and it was cold and rainy out. So glad I didn’t sign up for that one! My first event is coming up on June 8th – Escape the Cape:
SWIM: That’s all I have to do. Hurray for relays! 1/3 of a mile. Easy. Cold. I did the whole tri last year (water was 64. Yikes!), but opted to be part of a relay this year. My goal is to beat my time, but I’m not swimming quite as well this year so we’ll see. Swim time to beat: 7:24. Last year it was a small women’s only tri, but this year it’s co-ed. I just hope the relays don’t get put in the same wave as the Clydesdales – it hurts when they swim over you.
On one of my swims last week, I was lucky enough to have a kayak escort. I say “lucky” because it was foggy and I couldn’t see beyond the first buoy. But my kayaker could. Pretty cool! He just positioned himself so I wouldn’t go off course. The kayaker is planning to escort a swimmer for the Manhattan Marathon Swim in a couple weeks. Now that’s a serious swim.
BIKE: I ended up going to a spin class last week, but for the most part I’ve been riding outside. It’s so nice to be on the road again! I did 41 miles with a friend on Memorial Day and hope to get out a couple more times this week.
READ: Being Henry David, a young adult book, but suitable for adults. It’s set in Concord, MA and some of the action takes place at Walden Pond, where I swim, so I couldn’t resist. I also read two books by Gillian Flynn: Gone Girl and Sharp Objects. Dark and twisted. Creepy good.
and… EAT! A while back I wrote about what I was eating for breakfast. I was on an oatmeal kick for a bit – it was good – but I needed a change. Hello, Smoothie! But what to put in the smoothie? EVERYTHING (see below)! I consulted No Meat Athlete’s perfect smoothie recipe, and then went wild. I’m not vegan so I’m using BiPro protein powder – it’s whey protein isolate. It dissolves really well, no weird grittiness or taste. If at some point I decide I don’t want to eat whey, I’d probably use Hemp protein. Tons of options when it comes to smoothies.
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.
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.
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!!!
To paraphrase my husband, everybody starts out their blogging adventure with all these great ideas about what to write, and then they end up saying what they had for breakfast.
Well I say, “why wait?” – I’m going to tell you about my new favorite breakfast NOW! Well, not so new: a friend of mine turned me onto this delicious, nutritious (?) Overnight, No-Cook, Refrigerator Oatmeal a couple months ago and I’ve been hooked every since. Although I’m not vegan, I’m not that crazy about milk, so I veganize the recipe by substituting soy yogurt for the greek yogurt , and I use soymilk instead of regular milk. AND since I recently made cranberry-applesauce, I’m using that in place of the jam for now. I don’t add fruit – it’s a mouthfeel thing, I think – but I’m sure that would be tasty. The basic recipe is extremely adaptable; I pretty much follow the Raspberry Vanilla one with some variations. Play w/the add-ins! Enjoy.
Swim: I made it through 3500 yds of masters practice last night. Got out a little early. I’m hoping my shoulder can tolerate shorter workouts more often, better than longer practices less often.
Bike: Wimp that I am, it’s getting too cold for me to ride outdoors, so I’m planning to go to at least a couple spin classes every week. If that fails, I guess I could get on my trainer…
Read: Singing Boy, by Dennis McFarland
Run: I actually ran yesterday! I might even do it again someday.