Maybe I Don’t Hate Bicycles

The whole triathlon thing?  Yeah, it’s still my BIG goal.  I can swim very well.  I haven’t mastered open water swimming in the surf, but I’m a strong swimmer and I know it’s very much something I’ll be able to do.  I’m not the best runner, but I can do it.  I can do the distance.  Well, I can do 6 miles.  Let’s work on the rest.

I can ride a bike.  I mastered that at age 5.  Biking as an adult, knowing the danger, I don’t know, I think I’m a little afraid.  So I haven’t been doing much biking.  I make excuses.  I do other stuff.  I really hate shifting.  It feels weird, it sounds weird.  Cars are scary.

I did some indoor biking this year with my trainer.  I just mashed the pedals.  I put the resistance on, I suffered through the butt pain and I pushed.  I went for time, I went for cadence, I went for calorie burn.  I stood up when I couldn’t stand the butt pain anymore.  I hated every single moment of it.

So I wasn’t too excited about Spin class when my friend wanted to go.  But, I’m a good friend and I went.  When the instructor helped me adjust the bike settings, I knew it was going to be better than I thought.  All my joints lined up.  As soon as class started I knew things would be different.

The music was inspiring and the giant tour of San Francisco kept my eyes satisfied.  The class really got my senses excited and also satiated.  The whole class didn’t fly by.  It was hard.  It was work, but I enjoyed it anyway.  And afterward I got the endorphin high.  THE ENDORPHIN HIGH!  I never get it!  It’s fabulous.

My kick ass instructor, Sharon!

My kick ass instructor, Sharon!

I’ve been able to go two other times and it was equally as great.  And so was the endorphins.  I’m planning to go on my last week in Portland. And then I’m planning to go at my gym in San Diego.  It’s a completely different kind of workout.  And I think the switch up is just want I need right now.

Things have been tough in the last couple weeks.  The spin classes have been just what I needed.  Along with yoga and long walks.  I’m in a good place.

So maybe I’m not a biking goddess, but maybe I can do this after all.

Umm, Have You Forgotten About Triathlon?

No, actually I HAVEN’T forgotten about my triathlon goals.  I know it seems it, with all this talk to 5K and Beachbody, and Shakeology, and eating Paleo, and all the other seeingly random health-related things I bring up here.  Finishing a triathlon is definitely still my goal.  Maybe my why has changed?  I view triathlon as something REALLY badass.  I think of myself as pretty badass.  Therefore, completing a triathlon would further prove that train of thought.  You really need a great level of fitness and endurance to finish one.  You can’t really just get away with being good at one event and phoning the others in.

I'm still regularly doing TRX and getting fantastic strength and flexibility gains.

I’m still regularly doing TRX and getting fantastic strength and flexibility gains.

I have started running.  Like, actually running, not just walking really fast.  I’m working with a trainer who is really helping me get my form down.  My fitness level and muscle development is good enough that I can venture in to this world and not have to worry about killing my joints now.  Sometimes my lungs keep me back, sometimes it’s my legs.  Strength and cardio endurance.  I’m going to piggy back with these, but I’ll get better at both.

Biking is still eluding me.  I have a bike, but I’m not super comfortable on it.  We’re going to get a trailer hitch on one of our cars so we can use a bike rack to transport our bikes.  As it is now, my bike is big and heavy and getting 2 bikes in our small SUV is kind of difficult.  My husband thinks that cycling will be the best way to improve my cardio output without hurting my body.

Swimming.  I could be swimming in the ocean *right now* but I’m using the excuse that it’s too cold.  Which, really, it is.  But I also have access to a couple of pools.  I need to get my butt back in the water.  It’s always awesome and I always think “Why haven’t I been doing this” when I’m swimming regularly.  I did practice water transitions with my trainer.  Unfortunately it resulted in the loss of my iPhone because, well, I have no excuse other than I didn’t think far enough ahead.

I’m going to find an event within a week and either sign up or set up an alert for it.

Friend Makin’ Mondays: Easy Answers

I have been lucky to have had my husband home for 4 whole days! And no plane delays! No minor accidents happened before he arrived! Alas, he is back in NorCal for the week, but I’m soldiering on with the Whole 30. Day 17 is complete!

FMM

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Easy Answers

1. Are you a planner, or do you prefer to see where the moment takes you? I like to have a rough idea of what’s going on, but overall, I do like to fly by the seat of my pants and see what happens. There is so much you can’t control in this world, you might as well go with it and enjoy.

2. How often do you blog? I’ve been trying to blog twice a week. My biggest hurdle is photos. My blog design needs to have a featured image and sometimes I just don’t have one.

3. Do you color your hair? Oh my, yes indeed. Happy to say I only have 1 gray hair, but I’ve been kicking up the color for longer than I haven’t. Currently rocking a strawberry blonde ombre look.

4. If you had to choose between running or riding a bike, which one would you choose? Probably riding my bike because it would be faster!

5. Have you ever traveled outside of your home country? Yes – I’ve been to Italy, Greece, Great Britain and Canada.

Here I am at 15, going on 16 in Vatican City.

Here I am at 15, going on 16 in Vatican City.

6. Do you like weddings? I do like weddings! I like to dance at receptions, cry at ceremonies, see the pretty dresses, and try wedding cake.

7. What is your favorite guilty pleasure on TV? Totally Keeping Up with the Kardashians. I love them.

8. Are you good at math? I’m good at basic math, definitely not math in my head! I never understood Calculus, but I was pretty good all the way up through Trig.

9. What is the last movie you watched? We went to see World War Z last weekend. I liked it, and I usually don’t like zombie movies because they are too scary.

10. Share five adjectives that your friends would use to describe you. Honest, loyal, chatty, funny, and weird.

Bonus: Did you celebrate Independence Day? If so, what did you do? We had a couple of our close friends over. I grilled meat, made a salad and sweet potato fries. (Everyone eats Paleo at my house!) We sat around watching crazy YouTube videos on the AppleTV until the fireworks started, and then we walked upstairs to our bedroom, went out of the patio and watched 2 shows at once. I live near 2 resorts that do their own and we have a great view! Plus, no parking, no crowds, no bugs. It’s pretty great. Last year we watched one from the hot tub because it happened to be on another night than the other.

Thanks for reading – feel free to say hello! Don’t forget to answer the questions and link back up with Kenlie!

I’m back

There has been so much going on that it would be pretty impossible to totally update you!  The road trip was good but I didn’t get nearly enough workouts in.  I paid dearly for it when I got to the gym for my next training session with Neal.  But, I really tried to do my “homework” and I think I bounced back pretty quickly.

I’m messing around with training nutrition.  I have started making my “monster smoothies” again rather than the breakfast sandwiches I had been making before morning sessions with Neal.  I feel great and I’ve had no loss of energy part way through.  Monster smoothies are calorie mongers though – so it’s something I have to be mindful of.

Right before I left for the road trip – I bought a bike!  And I FINALLY got to ride it this weekend!

Maybe I won’t set any speed records with this baby, but it’s a start.

The ride was good – it ended up being around 5 miles. Not bad since I haven’t ridden a bike since I was 13! I did okay on the road with traffic. Luckily we have great bike lanes in SoCal. Sadly, I wasn’t really able to control the bike really well and I took up most of the lane with weaving! And man, does my rear end still hurt!

It has been HOT HOT HOT here. And by that I mean, 80’s. The horror. So I’ve been hitting the pool for my cardio. I’m definitely getting the hang of in pool freestyle. I tried using a nose plug but it didn’t stay well and actually really hurt my nose. So I need to work on training myself to breathe OUT when the face is in the water and not end up inhaling the whole pool.