Sunday, June 26, 2011

Training - Week 5

Training week 5

6/17/11 - Skip day

6/18/11 - Spent the day in Anchorage walking around, first watching friends finish their first marathon then at the solstice festival. Was inspired to my first outdoor run by the marathon participants. But my run was cut short by a moose on the trail. And since I had a movie I needed to get to and I didn't want to get trampled by the moose, my run was only 2.5 miles. But I downloaded the coolest app SportsTracker. It uses the gps in my phone to track my miles, pace, all kinds of cool info.

6/19/11 - Skip day

6/20/11 - Rode 10 miles in 50 minutes.

6/21/11 - Swam for 50 minutes.

6/22/11 - Wasn't feeling well after eating stuff I shouldn't have. Didn't feel like working out. So as a compromise I jumped on the elliptical for 30 minutes.

6/23/11 - Had to stay late at work. So no working out.

Training - Week 4

Okay, I know I fail lately at posting my training schedule. :( Catching up today.

6/10/11 - Skip day.

6/11/11 - Hiked 5 miles with the dogs.

6/12/11 - Friends birthday. Decided it'd be a skip day and Spent it celebrating.

6/13 & 6/14/11 - Was sick. Stayed home in bed. Lesson learned. If you are able, you probably should work out.

6/15/11 - Still felt like crap, after work slept.

6/16/11 - Swam for 55 minutes.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Writing a Novel is a lot like Falling in Love

I’ve recently started a new WIP (work in progress for those non writer readers). I was sitting at work sorting through e-mails in the rare half second pause between one call and the next and I found my focus was far far away from seeing if the examiner had adjusted the claim I’d asked for or not.

Where was my focus, you ask? It was lost in a swamp staring down at a Teflon wrapped body halfway reclaimed by the earth that had important secrets to share. It got me thinking about how similar writing a novel is to that shiny stage in the beginning of a relationship when your attention is focused on the object of your affection.

Here is a short list of the similarities that struck me:

- You spend every spare moment thinking about or daydreaming up where things might be going or will end up.

- Every time you think of about time spent on it/with them you can’t help but smile at the way it/they make you feel. Alive/happy/special/interesting/engaged.

- Little random things during your day remind you of it/them.

- Timing and commitment can either ruin things or allow them to thrive.

- The story/man or woman can help us feel confident or turn is into an insecure mess.

- Something can always be learned from our failures to help us grow and give us strength.

- When we find the right one and things really click it changes our life.

They say when you find what you love you’ll never work another day in your life. (they must never have had to edit!) What is your passion? What gets you out of bed and makes you feel alive?

Friday, June 10, 2011

Training - Week 3

Triathlon training - Week 3

6/3/11 - Was a skip day. I shopped, made goodies, and did domestic things.

6/4/11 - My sister-in-law hooked me up with a friend of hers that is also a beginner. We were going to meet and run outside but it didn't end up working out today, then it rained. So life and weather dashed those plans. So I did 3.5 miles on the treadmill. (On a completely unrelated note - my first quiche turned out amazing!)

6/5/11 - I planned to bike but it rained and I was feeling lazy and unmotivated. But towards bedtime I got my motivation back and ran, but only 2 miles since my wake up time is 4:15 am. Blek.

6/6/11 - Saw X-Men First Class (totally acceptable reason not to work out!)

6/7/11 - Swam for 50 minutes.

6/8/11 - 9 Miles on the bike.

6/9/11 - Swam for 50 minutes.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Training - Week 2

Triathlon training - Week 2

5/27/11 - Did 3.25 miles on the treadmill.

5/28/11 and 5/29/11 - I spent the morning and most of the early afternoon Saturday moving furniture by myself. So I did get a good workout even if it wasn't a traditional one. Then I spent the late afternoon and evening enjoying the holiday weekend with my friends. (Shooting my bow and other fun stuff) Sunday I took it easy during the day then spent the evening doing the same as the night before.)

5/30/11 - Rode the 9 mile bike course - finished in 51 minutes.

5/31/11 - Had a major allergic reaction and swelled up like a balloon to the point walking and breathing was difficult. So skipped the gym and had a nice long nap.

6/1/11 - Swam for 45 minutes.

6/2/11 - Swam for 50 minutes - really pushed myself and ended up with sore shoulders. =D


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