Filling in the Fall

battle-bridgesMy friend, Rich, and I both started in the sport of triathlon last year.  My 2nd tri was his 1st last November.  We are both passionate about the sport and enjoy bantering about the various aspects of training and such.

my-footI may be the stronger runner, but he has a sweet, fast bike and has been swimming with a Masters group for almost a year now and is GOOD!  And he’s fearless when it comes to open water – unlike your’s truly, who looks more like the horse in the picture!

Since my very much planned triathlon training hiatus began in early March, I have been having trouble maintaining the necessary motivation to work out on the bike and run.  I did have an epic trainer ride back in March, but mostly it’s just been blah – and very much when I felt like it, because there was no immediate end game.  That’s not cool!

I KNOW I train better with a goal to stretch for – and other than my blackbelt test in July (which I have been training for vigorously), I don’t have one.  Ironman Florida in 2015 is too far away to be anything more than just terrifying.

So, yesterday when Rich pinged me on Facebook and said “Find us an Olympic Distance Tri for the Fall” I got to work and found the Battle of the Bridges Triathlon in Melbourne on September 28th.

This will be a fantastic way to wrap up our Remarkable River Run 5K that will be held on September 20th – the weekend before!

The swim is a 1500m intercoastal swim; the bike is a tad over 40km that goes mainland and beachside; and the run is a 10km mainland loop with a hint of bridge in it.

BBT-swim     BBT-bike        BBT-run

I can’t wait!!  This will be a great goal to return from blackbelt testing and jump on.  I’m in Ormond Beach at Masters Swim at 5:30am on Monday, July 28th!

And it will be even more fun to race with a friend!!

See, I told you he had a sweet bike!!

See, I told you he had a sweet bike!!


Re-focusing on the Basics

focusWOW!  Deb and I just returned from a quick 5 day vacation.  I call it our “unplugged vacation” because we took our cellphones, but didn’t turn them off and kept them in the hotel safe, there were no tablets, computers, internet, social media, texting, or any electronic media at all.

I’ll be honest, I was really nervous that I would spend so much time obsessing over what I was “missing” in cyberspace that I would miss out on vacation!  But happily, that’s not what happened.  I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to unplug.

So in the absence of electronics there was a lot of real, live, interactive, interpersonal communication that went on.  Yes, we talked, and planned, and strategized, and walked, and swam, and had a tremendous time just being engaged with each other!

We ate and drank what we wanted.  I actually had one mixed drink each day – it was awesome.  I did not, however, drink any wine.  I believe wine is a trigger for me and one glass leads to a bottle.  I don’t have that problem with mixed drinks – one is just fine!

The first day I really just blew it out foodwise.  I enjoyed what I ate, but it was nowhere near gluten-free or dairy-free.  At the end of the night I felt awful!  I had stomach cramps and was so bloated.  Even though I enjoyed the food in the moment, it wasn’t worth how terrible I felt afterward.  So, the rest of our trip I stayed almost entirely GFCF and I enjoyed myself so much more!

One of the things Deb and I talked about was the fact that we have a couple of pretty major things going on this summer.  My blackbelt test is on July 26th and that will be a really huge physical and mental test for me and I will need to be at my very best.  At the end of August Deb is doing a training for several thousand people at a national convention and she is determined to be at her physical best.  After my blackbelt test I also have my sights set on running a marathon in December or January and as I start training I’d like to be ahead of the game and not starting from ground zero.

So, as of yesterday we recommitted to focusing on the basics:  Clean, gluten-free, dairy-free eating, no alcohol at all, 1 cup of coffee on Saturday and Sunday only, 6 workouts per week (for me that means weighlifting on Monday and Friday, cycling on the trainer on Tuesday, the blackbelt physical on Wednesday, running on Thursday, and then a long run or a long bike on Saturdays (alternating activities each week)), 2 karate workouts on Tuesdays and Thursdays – one AM and one PM – and modified free days – we will have a treat in the morning, but the rest of the day won’t be much different than any other day (except that there may be a bit more of it in order to spike calories).1-pushup-challenge

Today is Day 2 and I feel great.

OH, by the way, today is Day 20 of the 100 Pushup/100 Situp daily challenge.  I haven’t missed a single day.  I started the month pushing out sets of 10 of each, now I’m easily pushing out sets of 25 and I even did 2 sets of 50 while on vacation.  So I know I’ve gotten stronger.  I’m looking forward to seeing how all these pushups translate into by quest for 10 pullups!!

T-minus 67 days until my Karate Blackbelt Test – OMG!!!

And In My Spare Time…

1-pushup-challengeI know, I know, we’re all so busy, busy, busy!!

I feel like life has taken on this new momentum – like I’ve fallen in a fast moving river and I’m at the mercy of the current!

I’m training for blackbelt testing, plus I’m doing my tri-training (more of a maintenance thing than a build), work is out of hand, I seem to somehow have grown a middle-schooler (I’m still trying to wrap my head around that one), I’m organizing a 5K for our charity, I’m trying desperately to sleep 7-8 hours per night, and then there’s my personal life – all to fit into a nice, tight, 24 hour day, just like everyone else in the world.

I don’t say that to complain.  On the contrary, I LOVE my life and I LOVE what I do every day, but once in a while it all gets a little overwhelming.

So, what do I do when things get overwhelming?  Throw gas on the flame, of course!!

And so I bring you the 31 Days of May Pushup and Situp Challenge.

Every day in the month of May, I have committed to doing 100 pushups and 100 situps.

When I announced my intention last night on Facebook and asked if anyone wanted to join me, I was thrilled that there were a bunch of takers!!

We’re all going to post our results and hold each other accountable – it’s awesomeness in action!!

So, this morning, I popped out of bed at 4 am and got a 90 minute trainer ride and my 100 pushups/situps in the books before 7am!

Are you in?