Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thoughtful Thursday

Today has been a great day.  This morning I was up early for a round of P90X yoga.  It was 90 minutes of torture but it is focus time. 

Recently I have been thinking about beginning meditating.  I know everyone has their opinion of meditation but I hear that it is great for balance (emotional balance) and Lord knows I need that.  I am one of those ADD kids (not really but listen/read anyway) who can't concentrate on one thing too long or I will drift.  And I am always thinking.  I have this motor in my head that is constantly running.  I am always thinking about what I could be doing, should be doing, what I have done and why did I do it.  How can I make it better, where am I supposed to be, and on and on.

So imagine how my body/mind and spirit reacted to me telling my body that we were going to shut down for 5 minutes.  Focus on keeping the random thoughts out and just breathe.  That was a long 5 minutes but I feel like it was worth it.

I am going to continue to work on it and we will get better at meditating,

Monday, July 25, 2011

Back from Mountains

Spent a great weekend in Franklin, NC.  It was great.  I was able to ride and run.  It was awesome.  We spent time with great friends. 

Everyone needs a little time away. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mountain Vacation

This weekend we are going to vacation in the NC mountains.  I am really looking forward to the different vacation.  We normally go to the beach but we are doing something different. 

I have a long run and a short bike ride schedule for these days.  It should be really interesting.  After watching the TDF all week and seeing the climbs (I know that I do not have anything like that in store for me) but I am excited nonetheless. 

I am also looking forward to the cooler weather of the mountains.  I will try to take pixs of the climbs. 

Friday, July 15, 2011

This year, I'll be taking part in the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes, along with hundreds of others nationwide. Our goal: to raise $5 million to fund research for better treatments and a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

It's been a Monday

I know that I am supposed to try and be very upbeat in my writing.  and I think for the most part I have been.  There was the one very swimming frustrated post but that was the exception to the rule.  Before today.

After the weekend with a 30 mile bike ride with the Second Wind crew and a 10 mile run on Sunday I was pumped and rearing to go this week.  Thinking that I had give my body plenty of time to recover.  Well on today's schedule I had a 8.4 mile run planned.  I know that I normally can do an 8 mile run with out any problems.  If had been 12 - 15 then I would expect some challenges but not 8.

The run started great.  I was coasting.  I actually carried a water bottle today.  I know what a surprise.  It was noon so it hadn't gotten too hot yet.  I think it was about 90 deg.  The first 3 miles just clicked off, no issues.

At about mile 5, I really started feeling it and not in a good way.  I thought maybe a drink would help me get past it, but it didn't help.  My energy level never increased so I was running on empty.  By mile 7 I was spent and had to stop running.  As I walked along kicking myself for not completing the run, I just had to laugh at myself.  I will have to be smarter. 

Friday, July 8, 2011

Finally Friday (That guy)

This has been a long week.  I have been training my little rear off.  P90X, running and biking. And working two jobs.  Busy, busy, busy.

I am not complaining.  I love it.  But I am glad its Friday.  The weekend is when I can get a long ride and a long run in.  I also get to ride with a group.  This is one of my highlights of the week.  My long runs are still alone but its just that a long run and time to meditate.  I am not rushing to get changed, run, showered and back to my desk.

A nice easy run at a nice easy pace.  Able to just relax and enjoy.  Running is really, really therapeutic for me. I am not saying that when I am running my mind is clear because I am constantly thinking while running.

This weekend, I plan on riding between 30 - 50 miles on Saturday and hopefully get a 10 mile run in on Sunday.  I am SUPER excited.  I am turning into that guy.  Who only wants to talk about exercising.