Tuesday, October 26, 2010

More of the usual

Time to dust off the cobwebs and update this thing! My plan to update the blog once a week has apparently NOT been happening! What have I been up to?

Not much... took nearly an entire week off training/any exercise following the wedding, and after that much needed mini-break, I have been doing some hot yoga (maybe this also counts as heat training for Hawaii?), lots of strength sessions, some running but not much, one bike workout (indoor) and one swim. And some of this:

Ha! It is a forgotten past-time and much harder than it looks! A few weeks ago I couldn't even hula-hoop at all but now I seem to have gotten the hang of it again. I know I used to be able to do it as a child. And it is freakin hard! [The reason I even have a hula-hoop right now is because we made guests at the wedding go up and hula-hoop if they wanted the newlyweds to kiss, instead of the standard 'clink the glass' crap. This made for lots of laughs.] When's the last time you hula'ed??

My previous race schedule plan included racing the Sprint Championship triathlon on Nov. 7 in Arizona, but I decided several weeks ago that wasn't happening. And without any imminent goals I was lacking in the motivation department for training/exercising, so I have decided to start training for a 1/2 marathon in February - in Vancouver! Registration starts on Nov. 4 and usually sells out in a couple hours, so it is not guaranteed I will get in, but that's the goal! Geoff is going to do my training plans, and the first workout started today! It was only an easy 40 mins so we're off to a good start :)

The big goal over the fall/winter is to build strength and power. Operation-get-strong! To that end, I have started working with a trainer at a boutique studio for strength/power sessions and hope to continue these workouts once per week. Christian Gannon at Body Architects in St. Albert has been laying down the hammer and making me work! It is going great so far! I'm getting stronger and stronger and hopefully developing those fast-twitch muscle fibers so I can have some speed next season!

A write up on my experience and results from the UofA research study is definitely still coming, I'm just waiting to receive the final results and video, so stay tuned. I didn't think it would take this long to receive everything back but the vivid memories of the pain and epic-ness of the sessions are still with me!


Julie said...

Hahahahahah!! So awesome about the hula-hooping! Mike is REALLY good at the Wii Fit hula hoop game. OMG, it is so funny to watch him -- these hoops get thrown at you and you have to catch them with your hips. I was terrible at it -- Mike totally rocked it. LOL!!

I am looking forward to hearing all about that study!! I knew you were going to rock it! :) :)

Cool new goal too! Here's hoping you get signed in no problemo! :)

Jen (Triathlete Within) said...

LOVE the hula hooping! Excellent cross training idea ;)

I'm thinking about the half in Vancouver too!!

runningman said...

Heyyyyyyyyyyyy, I was workin away here and I happened to see your background picture on our website. Did you happen to get it from iStockphoto.com? I work there. lol

Jen (Triathlete Within) said...

Thanks for your comments Lisa! I appreciate the recommendations on strength training and speedwork - I'm definitely going to be working both of these into my training plan. I'm going to go easy for the first few weeks just to ensure my knee can handle it and then...BRING IT ON!!

I also agree too many gadgets can make things complicated. But I'm an analyst - I thrive on numbers!!

Most importantly, does the Vancouver half give a finisher's medal? I'm only doing races with a medal this year ;) Although it sounds much warmer than the hypothermic half here.

Lisa G said...

D - I think that photo was actually taken by Geoff at the Chinook Olympic tri in Calgary on his camera. That's weird it is on your website, wonder how that happened(?).

Julie, that is hilarious about the Wii hula hoop game, it sounds like fun!

Jen - I'm not sure if the First half has finisher medals as I've never done it, but I think most half's do these days...