Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Swimming Makes Me Tired

I swam for a mile at the gym pool today.

Then I just wanted to curl up and go to sleep...but I didn't. I went to my Yoga class.  And while Yoga breathing is supposed to "drive away my thoughts" all it did today was bring thoughts to my brain - like the time Danielle first swam for the Riverside AQuettes and then fell asleep 3 seconds after being in the car.  Or the time I cheered for Dion as he swam the 500 for his high school team and at the time I thought how far that would be to swim. He could swim the 500 in less than 6 minutes. Now that I am a swimmer, it takes me at least 10 minutes to swim a 500.  Deep breathing aside, the thought of Darin swimming up and down the pool playing water polo invades my thoughts.

Tonight Yoga was thought-inducing, not thought-erasing.

I am tired.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ready to Run, Bike, Swim!

Just a reminder to anyone wanting to participate in endurance sports of any type:

  • If you haven't been active for a while, or haven't had a check-up in some time, seek the thumbs-up from your doctor.
  • Stick to a training plan which contains solid training principles.
  • Plan recovery time into your workout schedule.  Recovery time, rest and good nutrition are what makes athletes stronger and faster....not more training.
  • Include some high intensity sessions into your workouts.
  • Be consistent. Don't be a weekend warrior.  Have a plan and work it all year-long!
  • Strength Train. Men and WOMEN!!! It's important for bones and muscle mass.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Running the Hills

First thing this morning I took off into Sycamore Canyon to lay down some miles.  My legs were aching from trail running Mt. Rubidoux the day before.  I ran a big loop and only saw one other person, but lots of bunnies hopped across my path. Just being outside is a great way to start the day!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April 12, 2011

Today my life was in hourly segments - train an hour, lift an hour, run Mt. Rubidoux with Robert an hour, write an hour, eat lunch at Back Street with my dad for about an hour, massage an hour, garden an hour, edit for an hour, train, read a book on the patio and have a glass of wine for about an hour, ebay and facebook...woosh, I am houred out.  I love days like this.  When I get stressed that I haven't been called for a job, all this is a sign that I am suppose to be doing something else.  I love spending time with my family, writing and being active. I am thankful that sometimes I am "forced" to have a day that I live by the hour.....

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Redlands Classic

Redlands Classic - Sunday, April 3, 2011....Robert and I were joined by our great friends C and G on our bike ride to Redlands for a fabulous pancake breakfast and to watch some of the Redlands Classic bike races. We watched the races really up close at the last turn - so close that a couple of the cyclists decided to try to crash throught he barricades.  Another woman and I disengaged one rider who was mangled in the barricade and his bike.  One cyclist I was most worried about because he rolled 3 times, picked himself up and pedaled on before I could get to him. When a guy on the street asked why I wasn't racing, I pointed to the broken barricades and said, "That's why."