Monday, March 29, 2010

Once upon a time a wise man (who drinks alot of beer) told me...

Ok, not 'once upon a time' as in a while ago, years ago or even a few weeks back but just now, moments ago in a comment to respond to a comment I made on his blog.  I have loads on my mind right now and there's more to say but I think I'll just take the words and let them sink in for a while..(which means STFU)

A, thanks. I'd say I'm 17 years old, although some do think I'm a mature 16. haha.

A, your 44 years young. In today's world, 40 is the new 20. I could easily give you the advice "forget how you think, forget the past, start fresh, LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST", and that would be good advice and I'm sure you've heard it already. 

Rather than highlight philosophy, I'll give you an exercise. I do it all the time. "Face your Fears". When you start talking to yourself as a no fun adult and your going to do the responsible thing, don't. 

Ask yourself, is this going to take me out of my comfort zone? If yes, DO IT. What's the worst that can happen? I'll make a fool of myself? 

If you want to have fun and live life to the fullest, it's just a matter of choice. Behave the way you WANT to, don't worry about others or whether this person will like me or not? 

Never look for a relationship or force it. Be yourself and it will happen naturally. 

Given the same circumstance that you find yourself in, another person with a different attitude and courage to "open themselves up" can take your life to a different level and make your life seem exhilarating

From 40 - 60yrs old you are still young. After 60, your health can be iffy. (sorry mom and dad). So you have 20 years of fun living. Right now it sounds that you don't have much baggage to deal with; husband/wife(if you swing that way) or kids. 

You know how fast time went by from 20 - 40 years old, and I'm told it even goes faster from 40 - 60 years old. You don't have any time time wait and think. In fact, you need to "think less" and be more of a "free spirit". I've never went wrong taking myself out of my comfort zone or not care what others think. It's a great way to "weed out" who your true friends are.

Sorry for the long reply, but I felt compelled. From what I know of you through our high touch internet contact (haha) you seem like a really great person. I can tell and I think I'm a good judge of character.

You seem like you have a lot going for you. You seem smart, have a good sense of humour, want to better yourself and your not handicapped. All great traits. 

It pains me when I hear about someone not "feeling it". But unfortunately I also know that my words can't change things, only your state of mind can.

Some advice my mother gave me was "you can do anything you set your mind to". It's advice that has never let me down.

Adena, what you want is in you. 

Cheering from the sidelines,


Wow, that is all I got.

Monday, March 22, 2010

OAT does not mean oatmeal

Today I got confirmation of my OAT membership. Now I'm not talking about an oatmeal eating club, I'm off carbs you know..  I am talking about the Ontario Association of Triathletes.  If you want to see what benefits there are to membership you can go hereWhen I signed up with TCOB the membership fee automatically included my annual OAT membership fees.  They sent me an email and I can print out the membership part to carry with me. I know I am old so bear (sp?) with me, but remember a long long time ago, when you could take a business card or photo or something else to get laminated?  Is that still done?  I would like to get it printed and laminated for my wallet. If anyone that reads this as old as me and remembers what I'm talking about, let me know.  

Thursday, March 18, 2010

HEY! Wait for me!

On Tuesday night Tawnya invited me to go for a 'walk' with her.  She's doing power walking for cardio these days, 2 hours a day (plus lunges plus her weight workout!!) and I thought since I needed to get outside for a walk/run it would be the perfect opportunity.  I must have had a momentary lapse of reality when I agreed. Here's why:

I have worked out with her before, not as client/trainer but as friends and really people, there is no difference except that I'm dying and she's barely breaking a sweat.  As we have become friends we've gone blading along the waterfront and she slowed her pace as I tried to get my footing, she can be really nice sometimes (when she's not laughing at me).  When she was training for her marathon I would meet her for the last hour/hour and a half of her run and FINALLY I could keep up with her, me blading and her running.. pathetic.  Well Tuesday night was NO different.  She walked, I walked three steps, jogged to catch up, walk three steps, jog to catch up.  We did some running intervals and I would run a bit longer to get way ahead of her so she would have to catch up to me and this would give me a chance to catch my breath but in about 30 seconds I could see her shadow coming up behind me.  We were out there for maybe 90 minutes but only 60 minutes counted on her watch.  Regardless it was a great workout and I did not die although I a few times I thought I might collapse.

On Wednesday I went in for my weight session hobbling pretty good, my hips (ITbands?) were a disaster but after an hour of circuits I was much more loosened up and today I felt 100% better, thank god.

Ah I LOVE exercise (I'm totally lying)

Hey, my diet is going good, has been since March 1 but I'm scared to get on the scale, I'll just keep plugging for a while longer but my pants are fitting better.  I am determined to get the t-shirt!!!

That's all I got.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Good morning officer....

This morning I was up and at it at 5:30am.  I wanted to check the progress of Bryan and Simon at their Ironman China race, plus I wanted to be up early enough to have time for coffee and food before my first swim with the Triathlon Club of Burlington.

I arrived at the school and parked where I could see a few cars, left the motor running for a minute while I checked out the area to see if anyone was coming or going.  A nice police man pulled up beside me to see if I was up to any shenanigans but I think as soon as he saw the state of me, pre-workout (yeah nice hair) he decided I was not a threat and wished me a good day.  I realized I was at the wrong spot, drove around a bit and found the pool a few minutes later.

Everyone was really friendly and welcoming and there was another woman that was a first timer like me.  There were only 10 of us there, a few were missing and there are still spots available.  I'm not sure how it's going to be once there are more.  Me and the ONG (other new girl) were put in the slow lane with 2 other girls so the coach could assess us and we were off.  We started with an easy swim, up and back for 200m, then did 8 rounds (400m) of drills which were interesting.  It is apparent that I while I can swim the front crawl pretty decently I have some major coordination issues for some of the drills.  One drill you are supposed to stroke with your arm and kick six times with one foot, stroke again, kick six times with the other foot.  Ha, didn't happen but musta been pretty funny to watch.  We did catch up, catch back, right arm, left arm, fist stroke, finger somethingorother and underwater crawl.  Between the drills and the warm up I was tuckered and there was still an hour to go.

At the end we did some 'racing'.  First we raced in our own lanes and our group got a 7 second head start and I made to the wall slightly before the fast lane. Yeah, I know I had a head start but I was pretty proud of myself.  For the next one he put the slow and fast lanes together and as each race went our head start got smaller, 7 seconds, then 6.  On the final round ONG asked if this was the last one, the coach said yes, she was happy, she said she needed to know, mentally.  I get that!

Then, that liar put ALL OF US in one lane, slow, medium AND fast for another round.  The girl beside me said that it's simulating a triathlon, lots of traffic. I asked her, "isn't that like sending a virgin into an orgy?".  I don't think she found it funny.  This time we only got a 4 second head start and I was just happy to make it to the other end (but I wasn't last, yay).

These swims will go for the next 9 weeks or so with two weeks off for the Around the Bay and something else but it's money well spent as I wouldn't push myself this hard on my own and I'm learning a ton. I think I must have done over 2000m today!   Now for my extra large Timmys and I need to find food!