Maintaining Balance

Akron,OH 
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MONDAY
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TUESDAY
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Sunday - August 11

Sport
  • Kayaking
  • 1h 00m

This was a spur-of-the-moment kayak at midnight. There was a mushroom cloud of constant lighting off in the horizon that I wanted to see closer PLUS it was one of the Persied meteor shower nights. It was awesome. It was breezy enough to keep the bugs away. The lighting was non-stop and all-over that part of the sky. The rest of the sky was a perfectly cloudless night where I saw two large meteors streaking across the entire sky - I even saw their contrails.

I love testimonials like this:

I began your Couch to 5K Conservative Run program in January.  I just completed it this morning.  This is the only program that I've been able to follow.  It was conservative and not intimidating. I viewed it and believed from the start that it was doable. 

I've never been athletic and have some struggles with asthma.  Yet, I've always had a desire to run.  After many attempts with programs designed for couch potatoes, I realized those programs were to aggressive. I found your program in November and began in January.

The program is perfect. I had some challenges around Phases IV/V. However I stuck with the program and pushed through.  Half of the battle was mental.  I like that the program is designed with walk/run totals so I can take a walk break when I need to and run for the length of time that I am able to as opposed to walk 10min/run 10min/walk 10 min.  Additionally, I like that weeks 3 & 4 (of each month) are similar with the allowance for a one day taper run. 

I have sent the program to several friends and signed up for a 5k in October.  However, I am going to keep increasing my run time and I have my eye on a 10k this winter.  I am excited about running!

I cannot thank you enough for sharing your knowledge.  
 
Thank you, 
Juanita

  • Calories out: 2957 From lifestyle:2612, From activities:346

Saturday - August 10

Sport
  • Kayaking
  • 1h 30m

With one of my sons. I towed him 3/4 of the way to the ocean, but he did very good under his own power.

Allright, I just sent the tech specs to one of the programmers for building out our mobile site.  Blogging, inspires, more training log stuff, etc.  We should have it live by months end.  Then a few month after that we plan races and a race log and a BT'er should be able to do pretty much all of the core features of the desktop site, but on a mobile optimized site.

  • Calories out: 3110 From lifestyle:2591, From activities:518

Friday - August 9

Strength
  • 20m

  • EXERCISE

    Sets
    Min
    reps
    Max
    reps
    Min
    wt.(lb)
    Max
    wt.(lb)
  • GENERAL - Back lever - tuck 1
    3
    10
    10
    0
    0
  • GENERAL - Front Lever - tuck 1
    3
    10
    10
    0
    0
  • GENERAL - L-Sit Pullups (Rings)
    3
    13
    16
    170
    170
  • GENERAL - Planche - tuck 1
    3
    15
    15
    0
    0
  • CHEST - XR Pushup
    3
    15
    15
    0
    0

In July, BT hit a record of 900,000 unique visits.  I was hoping for 1mil, but will settle for that. Wink We also increased our number of unique loggers by 10% from June - historically we are flat or declining from June-July as the season is peaking.

We may not hit 1mil this year as we are in a seasonal downtrend...it would be nice as we are in our 10 year anniversary.  I need to do something about that - any ideas?


Finally finished the tile floor.  I did my second and last day of grouting.  Slate tile is so cool but a PITA to grout.

Persied meteor shower tonight.  I saw three of them.  My kids just went to sleep when I remembered, but then it was too late.  They will peak Sat-Sun-Mon.  If there is a breeze and clear skies, I will have a late-night meteor shower party with them on the dock.

  • Calories out: 2778 From lifestyle:2640, From activities:138

Thursday - August 8

Run
  • 30m
  • -----
  • -----
Strength
  • 20m

  • EXERCISE

    Sets
    Min
    reps
    Max
    reps
    Min
    wt.(lb)
    Max
    wt.(lb)
  • GENERAL - Back lever - tuck 1
    3
    10
    10
    0
    0
  • GENERAL - Front Lever - tuck 1
    3
    10
    10
    0
    0
  • GENERAL - L-Sit Pullups (Rings)
    3
    13
    16
    170
    170
  • GENERAL - Planche - tuck 1
    3
    15
    15
    0
    0
  • CHEST - XR Pushup
    3
    15
    15
    0
    0

First new feature of the new BT is just about here:  Interval graphs of manual intervals (not from a device like Garmin). We also will have all of the 'gear reviews' area back online. 

My kids are doing a lot of swimming this summer.  This coming off the heels of their first full year on the swim team-though they still don't want to compete. I love watching them swim underwater.   You can tell that they are perfectly at ease.  Little skin-divers they are.  My personal philosophy is that every  child should go through at least a year of formal swimming lessons - enough to do the essential strokes proficiently (crawl, backstroke, side) to be able to handle themselves in most water situations.  Plus the water is a just...well...magical.  Something about it.  I have it in my blood, and they seem to also.

I may have written before that the best thing after a hot run (or a long run) is a 30 minute swim in the pool.  The water's effect on the muscles makes it like you didn't run when you get out.  Your body is cooled, and full of energy.  It would take me an hour long cold shower to accomplish the same thing.  And 'no', ice baths are different.

  • Calories out: 3103 From lifestyle:2619, From activities:484

Wednesday - August 7

Last day of floor tileing. My body is beat...no strength exercises or running.  300sq feet of 16' slate tiles...solo.

A long time BT'er sent me a pm a few days ago regarding using the new site mobile-y and the fact that it's harder to do social stuff like blogging and friends.  I haven't responded to her but am mulling it over.  Truthfully, the old site couldn't have been much better either.  Unless I'm wrong, on any smartphone, the old and new site is small, you have to enlarge parts to see on mobile.  We have gotten the blogging and inspires working - though inspires is a little different.

But she is correct, it may have gotten worse to some degree using the full site mobile...but it shouldn't have come to that.  Before she pm'd me I have been working on our mobile strategy - responsive design vs pure mobile site.  I have been back-and forth but now I have made my decision after getting some input from the programmers on time/cost/long run maintenance.  We will continue with our mobile site, open it up to guests and add in races and race logs...then start integrating the main social features: blogging, inspires, pm'ing, etc.  Our mobile site is beautiful in it's simplicity...something that BT is not, hence not choosing a responsive design option.  We already have the logs, forums and articles in mobile...we just have to do a few more things to make it really work for users.

Some of you may ask, "Why didn't you come up with a mobile design in-tandem with the new site?"  Good question.  We wanted to, but costs and timelines were escaping.  It was a good thing, as I would have gone the wrong way after seeing how the desktop site settled down and what mobile should really represent - simplicity.

Tuesday - August 6

Bike
  • 30m
  • -----
  • -----

With kids.

More floor tileing.

  • Calories out: 2978 From lifestyle:2633, From activities:346

Monday - August 5

Run
  • 30m
  • -----
  • -----
Strength
  • 20m

  • EXERCISE

    Sets
    Min
    reps
    Max
    reps
    Min
    wt.(lb)
    Max
    wt.(lb)
  • GENERAL - Back lever - tuck 1
    3
    10
    10
    0
    0
  • GENERAL - Front Lever - tuck 1
    3
    10
    10
    0
    0
  • GENERAL - L-Sit Pullups (Rings)
    3
    13
    16
    170
    170
  • GENERAL - Planche - tuck 1
    3
    15
    15
    0
    0
  • CHEST - XR Pushup
    3
    15
    15
    0
    0

Saturday was my first tri in about two years.  Last year it just didn't work with kids activities and last summer.  I didn't stopped training, but just didn't fit one in.  My wife encouraged me to do this one (she inputs and updates the races here) and I was glad I did.  I love beach triathlons - since my kids love water it's very easy for them to be entertained until I'm done.  I want to do the Captiva triathlon and the Key West triathlon someday too...or any other cool beach tri.

Worked on tileing a floor at the in-laws.

 

  • Calories out: 3103 From lifestyle:2619, From activities:484

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