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Never, never, never quit

October 22, 2014
Inspires : 0


In my journey to eliminate chemicals from my hair and skin, I recently forayed into homemade deodorant. I know. I'm that girl now. I've been waiting until the weather cooled off to jump back into this. I keep reading about magnesium oil being an uber effective deo (plus it allegedly doubles as a sleep aid when rubbed into the skin) so I bought a bottle last weekend. 2 days of this on my pits and I was slightly stinky after work. I know you have to "detox" a bit from chemical deo, but for being all but sedentary at my desk for 8 hours I shouldn't really be smelling like ANYTHING. So I made this recipe last night and on the trainer? I was all but DRY when the rest of my body had sweat rolling everywhere. I'll test it the rest of the week but I'm sooooooo optimistic! 
And Laura had asked for a photo of my hair awhile back, after my stylist praised it... here is a photo from Saturday. This is 6 days since a "wash" and by "wash" I mean an all-natural and completely sulfate/paraben/[...]
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Je ne suis pas l'homme d'acier.

October 21, 2014
Inspires : 1


I have put together a schedule from now to next April which should see me getting back up to 4 or so hours in the saddle and a 5k run without walk breaks.
The point of the schedule is that it is regular, progressive, and attainable, something which my boom and bust attitude to this has been lacking for a long long time. It's slow as the increments are small and the recovery weeks frequent, meaning that the odd missed session won't impact greatly.
 
^^^ I know that you've heard all of this before but I need to keep trying and if that means another start, so be it.
 
Tonights ride comprised these...

and was under this sky...

Remarkably I didn't get wet.
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Great White North

October 21, 2014
Inspires : 0

Leg work pushing to find the limit.
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Goals? Who needs goals? Just move......

October 21, 2014
Inspires : 2

Bought a new strength DVD. Jillian from Biggest Loser. Not sure I like it or not. The movements were complicated so I had to stop the DVD, watch them do the exercise then try to make sure I was doing it correctly and not injure myself! Everything had 2 or three steps but you used your whole body. I do better when I can focus on one thing at a time. So for instance a lunge too simple so lets add arms tricep bend then push up to balance on 1 leg while still trying to do the tri exercise. My balance sucks so this whole exercise I just felt like I didn't get that much out of because I couldn't do it properly. Maybe it will come with a little more practice.
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IronOx: Strong, determined, dependable, fierce

October 21, 2014
Inspires : 1

MB SL hip lift
Bosu front split squat
Mid line break to cross chop and bosu step off
SL prone prone hold--bosu
Bosu lateral jumps
SL squat and pull

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Martine1975

October 21, 2014
Inspires : 0

Rather good day where I got done more than expected. Feeling a bit irritable though. Hubby eating too much of my hard effort cooking. Could consider it a compliment I guess.
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Back to Ironman

October 21, 2014
Inspires : 0


Travel day.  Headed home from GA. 
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Never, never, never quit

October 21, 2014
Inspires : 0


My bio-metric screening results are back! A full vial of blood to get these results:
Waist circumference: 25 (target <35)
Triglycerides: 126 (target <150)
Blood pressure: 124/74 (target 120/80)
Blood glucose: 83 (target <100)
Total cholesterol: 172 (target 125-200)
HDL cholesterol: 62 (target >46)
LDL cholesterol: 85 (target <130)
The only "alert" area where I was on the line was blood pressure. Normal range is 120/80 and I was just slightly over that. They told me in the screening that number was "good" but I guess the computer program thinks otherwise. Really pleased with my other numbers, especially triglycerides and cholesterol. In the past I've had super low good cholesterol and I've never seen a triglyceride number. 
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Just Enjoy the Moment

October 21, 2014
Inspires : 15


Todays Spinerval is supposed to include a 1000 yard swim, 30 min bike with a brick run.  I am thinking I can do the brick after work but am not sure about getting the swim in today.  Was thinking about swimming tomorrow morning and doing the Coach's run tomorrow night.
Kept my run shorter than the Spinerval called for cause I am running more than the 8K plan calls for already.  Not by a lot--but no need to stress the legs too much.  I haven't done a brick since my last tri in June!!

upper body circuit Grokker
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It's all about the journey

October 21, 2014
Inspires : 1

Stats taken after run and before dinner, %water 69.3, muscle 38.5, bone 4.0. Essentially followed the plan today. Really all I can do in the evenings after work now considering how dark it gets. Ramping down before the race anyway, so works out. Decent swim and treadmill workouts though I think I may need to calibrate my foot pod again. Left foot in inside ankle and also a bit of the Achilles/heel bothering me during and after the run. But this is the last run until the race now.

Tomorrow: pick up wetsuit (it was being adjusted), pick up bike, and pack. I will need to spend a light hour on the trainer if the rain doesn't let up.

Thurs: drive to race site with fellow triathlete Jon Ege. It will be his first Half. Hopefully, we can at least drive the bike course after we get there.

Fri: race prep - packet pickup, turn in run gear bag, pack bike gear bag, relax as much as possible

Sat: RACE!

Full body
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Who am I kidding - I just want to ride!

October 21, 2014
Inspires : 2

Early work day so I found some new mountain bike track and then took the road bike out for a spin afterwards and then finished the evening off with a treadmill run. It is training camp week so I will be hitting it hard and resting a lot as well!
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I like my IMs how I like my steak: still Moo-ing

October 21, 2014
Inspires : 1

Snatches and squats today - Good stuff

Finisher: For time - 7:34
A) SB squat clean x6,5....1
B) Lunge Jumps x6,5....1
C) Dragon Flag Negative x6,5....1
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Enjoy the Journey

October 21, 2014
Inspires : 2

30 squats
40 incline pushups
30 one arm rows using KB
10 tricep press using KB
60 second plank
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EKH Training

October 21, 2014
Inspires : 0

1x20 Swissball
1min plank
2 x 10 heel drops
20 side leg lifts`
20 glute lifts
20 chair squats


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Three Wishes

October 21, 2014
Inspires : 11


I've been feeling pretty frustrated and down these past few days and I had a meltdown last night. Part of the problem, probably a of of the problem in fact, is that I feel like I haven't slept in four weeks. I've been "sleeping but apparently it's not restful sleeping.
Also, I find it to be very unhelpful when coworkers point out things my saying, "Too bad you're missing all this great weather!"  I want to say unkind things to the children that approached me in Costco and said, in a rude and nasty tone that even took my mlld-mannered husband aback, "What did you do to that?!"  And telling me that your recovery is faster than mine? Also not helpful.
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