Tuesday, August 21, 2012

One Week Till Florida! Uh Oh.

I leave for my annual Florida trip in just a smidge over a week.  I have one little problem....my shorts are all a little snug.  It probably has something to do with the three weeks of cake, high stress, and little sleep.  I am not throwing in the towel and I am not going out to frantically buy new clothes (which is what I usually do).  I am laying out an OCD plan for the next week that will hopefully get the shorts to button a little easier.  I am calling my plan:
Operation Shrink Da Ass.

Starting today.

This will be my workout schedule for the next week:
  • Tuesday 8/21-Shred and Hot Yoga
  • Wednesday 8/22-Shred and 30 minute Run/Walk
  • Thursday 8/23-Shred and Hot Yoga
  • Friday 8/24Shred and 30 minute Run/Walk
  • Saturday 8/25-Shred and 45 minute Run/Walk
  • Sunday 8/26- Shred
  • Monday 8/27- Shred and Walk Laps during spawn's football practice
  • Tuesday 8/28-Shred and Hot Yoga
  • Wednesday 8/29-Shred........and we leave for FLORIDA
Also:
  • No beer.
  • No pop.
  • Lots of water.
  • Lots of veggies.
  • No candy or chips.
  • No cake.
And for extra motivation:
I think I am going to purchase my tri photos.  They are DISGUSTING and I am too embarrassed to post them.  YIPES.  The image is burned into my brail of me coming out of a lake donning a tri suit with a tight white swim cap on (no make up by the way), with a dazed look on my face.  Hot.  Really hot.

Now if you will excuse me, I have a hot yoga class to get to.  Ms. Jillian has already kicked my ass.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Cake Coma

August 2,2012-Dairy Queen cake for middle child birthday
August 5, 2012-Homemade ice cream cake for oldest child.
August 11, 2012- Marble cake for family birthday party
August 14, 2012-Chocolate cake for middle son's party
August 15, 2012-Ice Cream for Diva's birthday
August 17, 2012-White cake with light frosting for oldest sons party
August 18, 2012-Chocolate cake for Diva's friend party
August 19, 2012-The rest of Diva's cake for breakfast

Total cake calories over the last two weeks:  1,524,258,654

Ugh.

The definition of August in our house is Birthday Mania.  All three of my kids celebrate birthdays within 2 weeks of one another.  Because we are absolutely insane (or really stupid), we celebrate each child's birthday on their actual day with a dinner of their choice followed by some sort of birthday treat. Then we have a family party.  And finally we have allowed them to have a friend party.  What that means for us is nearly an entire month of birthday celebrating.......and a 10lb weight gain.



If I can peel off my stretchy pants, I will be going for a really really long run today.....probably 3 whole miles.

I am happy to say, Birthday Mania has officially come to an end.  I hope to not see another piece of cake until next August.




Wednesday, August 15, 2012

YWCA Women's Triathlon Report

I cannot believe it has taken me this long to post about my first triathlon experience.  Well, I guess considering in the last two weeks all three of my children have had birthdays, I traveled north to my class reunion (2 day event), celebrated the kids' birthday with the family and have one kid party under my belt, hockey practice, board meeting, getting a knocked on my ass with a nasty cold, attended a going away party, and finally fitting my triathlon into the mix, I am not all that surprised that I haven't sat down to write.

If I want to get to the point, I should just sum it up by saying I finished, I LOVED it, and I can't wait to do another.  But being the person that I am, I want you to know every single detail.....but I will break it down  in bullets.  Before I even get started, I have to say that my number was "911".  I could shake that it was a bad omen.  My only goal of the race was not to have 9-1-1 called!

 
500 Yard Swim
  • I wore the "novice" swim cap.  It was white and made me look like huge Qtip.
  • The swim caps were latex.  I have a severe latex allergy.  It was mandatory to wear the provided cap.  I wore two and my head felt like it was going to explode. 
  •  I was in a "buddy wave" so we were in the 15 wave.  Waves were released every 3 minutes.
  • I stood to the back of my wave and started swimming as soon as I could.  I did the front crawl (head out of the water because.....ewwww) almost for the first 150 yards.  Then it was breast stroke, sidestroke, a flip to the back, and doggy paddle for the rest of the way.
  • I was chatting with other swimmers the whole time.
  • Yes, I can't stop talking even when I am in the water supposed to be swimming.
  • One woman apologized for grabbing my butt.  I told her not to worry about it and that I enjoyed it.  She laughed, I laughed....it was all good.
  • I probably would have done better if I just shut up and focused on swimming.
  • I got out of the water and saw Chubby Hubby taking a photo (great just what I want, I photo of me half dead, dragging my sorry self out of "dog shit" lake).
  • I saw all these people lined up so I forced myself to run up the beach.  I am proud that I didn't vomit and that I didn't drop and army crawl.  I saved face.
Total swim time:  15:58

T1
I took my sweet time.....4:49
 
15.5 Mile Bike
  • Hopped on the Green Beast on wobbly legs.
  • I felt my blood start to boil because I all I kept hearing was "On your left".  I think I may have grumbled "I show you on your left" while resisting flipping the bird.
  • I was peddling as fast as my legs would allow and I felt like I was going no where.
  • Race official pulled me over at the 4 mile mark and told me my tires were extremely low.  Here is how this conversation went down:
    • Race Official:  Your tires are REALLLLLY low, do you feel like you are moving slow? 
    • Me:  Yes, I can't get this beast of a bike moving.  My husband filled them this morning, I hope I don't have a leak.
      • Flashback to the pre-race conversation at home:
        Me: Chubby Hubby? Will you please top off my bike tires with air?
        Chubby Hubby: Sure.
    • Race Official: They are really low for him topping them off. You are going to have enough problems getting through this race on a mountain bike let alone low air in your tires.
    • ME:  Sigh
  • I spent the better part of the next 15 minutes stopping and starting looking for someone with a pump. Finally found someone with a mountain bike pump and they put in a SIGNIFICANT amount of air. Like double. I couldn't help but want to punch Chubby Hubby because after I got back on my bike, I was pretty much miles behind the other participants. Well, not really but it felt that way. 
  • Finally I was moving and I even passed a few people
 Total bike time: 1:13.42


T2
Chubby Hubby was at the end of the bike route cheering for me.  I politely (evil grin) let him know about the tires.  That is when he indicated that the tires were quote "fine" and he didn't add air. 
Time in transition......2:22 which included a mild domestic altercation. 

3.1 Mile Run
  • My legs were a bit wobbly and crampy after the bike.  I did some walking and running the first mile.  It was slow going.
  • Mile two I ran a bit more and got a bit faster but still walked when my legs were cramping up.
  • When I had just a mile to go, I ran as fast as I could into the finish. 
  • Finished in an all out sprint (which indicated that I could have pushed a bit harder on the run)
Total run time:  37:25  (grrrrrr)

Official Time:  2:14:14  an instant PR!

Post Tri Thoughts by Carly:
  • Swimming would be easier if I could do it better
  • Don't talk during the swim 
  • I need a new fancy bike and I think Chubby Hubby should buy me one because of the incident with the tires.
  • Fill my own damn tires.
  • Do a few brick workouts so my legs will know how to function properly
  • By a silicone swim cap that matches the MANDATORY ones they provide
  • When can I do another one?????



Today is Diva's 5th Birthday!  Oh my God, where does the time go?????

Thursday, August 2, 2012

August? Already?

  • Birthday Mania is starting this week in our house. My kids all have birthday within 12 days of each other. I know, I know....it gets cold in November, what can I say?? Today is is my middle son's special day. We started the day with donuts and are ending the day with burgers and ice cream cake. I may need to duck out and go for a short 4 hour run to burn off the calories.
  • I feel like I have been planning the parties for weeks.  The boys are having low key small parties with a few friends.  Diva, on the other hand wanted a birthday party at home and wanted a "Hockey Princess" theme.  She didn't earn the name Diva for being easy going (she is a lot like her dad).
  • Because there isn't a lot of prepackaged "Hockey Princess" stuff, I am taking matters into my own hands and getting (wait for it) CRAFTY.  I am making tutus for her friends and I am making a pink puck pinata.  I am sure the people that know me in real life are laughing their asses off at me stepping foot in a Michael's store.  I found a cute girly hockey t-shirt for and PINK hockey pucks. (I maybe getting out of control).  

  • I have been biking and I have been liking it way more than I ever thought I would.  I may have to let Chubby Hubby know that we need to set up a "Carly Needs a New Bike Fund"
  • I ran a sub 10 minute mile on Sunday.  This is a HUGE deal for me because I don't think I have EVER seen a single digit in minutes category for the mile.  I was only able to do one the rest of the run was a lot slower.
  • We had a family reunion on Chubby Hubby's side.  It was a beautiful day to hang out with his relatives we never knew existed.  My mother-in-law even made us wear matching t-shirts.  It is a good think I love her....sigh.  We had a great time especially playing bocce ball.  My parents would be proud that my years on the softball field made me the competitive bocce player that I am today (pitching technique rather than rolling).  Alas, the girls lost because the guys cheated. 
  • The best part of the day was the food.  The award for most disgusting went to the is marshmallow, cherry thing.  There may or may not have been cat food in there (I didn't try it but offered my son a dollar to try it).  No family reunion is complete without a little Jell-O!!!

  • I just  read "Two Kisses for Maddy" by Matthew Longelin. It is about a guy who lost his wife 27 hours after she gave birth to their child.  CRIED. MY. EYES. OUT.  I can't even post more about it without getting teary.  Great book book but I wish it was not a true story. 

  • I am going to my class reunion this weekend.  We are kicking it off with a Kegger.  Yes, a good old fashioned, backyard, steal your parents booze kegger.  The invite indicated that we should "come as you were".   I am showing up in an outfit from the era.....an oversized school sweatshirt and boxer shorts with spandex shorts underneath OR I am going to show up with pinned/rolled jeans and a denim shirt (what we Minnesotans call a Canadian Tuxedo).  I am going to complete the look with slouch socks and white keds.  I am not sure if these styles were ever "in" but that is what people wore back in the day at my school.  We know how to keep things classy in Duluth.
  • The Tri is in 10 DAYS!  YIPES!!!!
  • Yes, I have been running and biking and swimming too....nothing great to report with the exception of not running anything over a 11:30 minute pace in the last 3 weeks.