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Friday Stray Thoughts

February 13, 2015 Leave a comment

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Happy Friday everyone!  For those of you looking for a little light lunchtime internet distraction to tide you over until quitting time, here’s a few Stray Thoughts for your Friday Afternoon

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This week I re-introduced strength training into my routine, for the first time in… well… a lot of months.  And by that I mean I lifted a bunch of weights on Tuesday that were WAY too heavy given how long it’s been since I last lifted weights.  My everything is sore, even still today, 3 days later.  I’m familiar with the general gist of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness – I’m not terribly surprised at being really sore after not having lifted in a long time.  But I am surprised at how much I hurt, and how long it’s continued to hurt.  I’ve been walking real funny around the office this week, kinda like an elderly penguin.  Last night I went for a 20 minute hard run, and I could tell near the end when my form started to falter, and my arms started to swing a bit more wildly than normal, because my pectorals started to wince.  I’m clearly broken.

Tomorrow is my long run for the week, and while I wouldn’t normally plan to add strength on a long run day, I’m thinking it’s best to pick up a few (moderately less) heavy things tomorrow as well, lest the muscles relax too much again.

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I think this came across my Facebook feed this morning – for some random reason – which is totally amazing.  You all need to rush over to and spend all your money on this hoodie.  Do it now, before you forget!

Because Sharks!!

(I have absolutely no affiliation with the people who make or sell this shirt.  I just think it’s totally fantastic and happen to have a birthday coming up… in 5 months… hint hint)

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Speaking of amazing crap that I totally need but really shouldn’t spend money on, I came across this cycling jersey on Pinterest by way of a link to an amazon store (where, sadly, the link to the store on Amazon is no longer valid, otherwise I would gladly link it here and encourage you all to go and spend your money there).  Nevertheless, this jersey is still AMAZING and totally reminds me that spring is on it’s way, which means outdoor cycling is on it’s way.  And I’m truly in the mood for an awesome new cycling jersey (or 3) to get me through this summer!

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Have a great weekend everybody!  Good Luck to everyone racing or training this weekend!!!


Cross Training: Curling Edition (or why I hurt so damn much this morning!!!)

February 9, 2015 6 comments


Swimming and biking and running over and over and over again can get really tedious sometimes, especially during a Canadian winter.  I’m a big fan of getting other (usually social) forms of sport into the calendar.  I consider them cross training (okay, I’m stretching here a bit sometimes… but they are still active, do use muscles not normally used in my other training, and get me out and off the couch.  All of these are good things).

This winter I’ve decided to give curling a try.  After 3 weeks of Sunday night matches, I’m terrible.  I really stink at this game.  I’m also having an amazingly fun time!

Yesterday was a kinda gross weather day around these parts: grey, freezing drizzle, the kind of weather to make you want to stay inside with a good book or a few rounds of StarCraft.  But I knew I had a curling match planned – and I also owed myself a 60 minute run – so I decided to make a single trip out of the house, hit the treadmill for 60 minutes of 9:1 LSD running (note: the first time I’ve done a 60 minute run since last July!!  Gettin’ back at it!), snarf a granola bar and head straight to the curling rink.  I may have been a bit tired, and a bit hungry, and a bit low sugar for the game.  My teammate singing songs about nachos sure-as-shit didn’t help… nor did my singing along…

I played lead this week, after playing third the first two weeks.  I like lead – a lot more leeway in what constitutes a ‘successful’ shot, and a bit more exercise in sweeping more often.  I had a few successful shots, and one amazing shot with a perfect draw to the button (and if it wasn’t supposed to be a high guard that would have been amazing!!!).  I also managed to do a complete yardsale on the ice while sweeping once – complete face plant superman style, landed on my chest, and the slider that was hanging out in my back pocket ended up 2 sheets over.  I was laughing, but that ice really isn’t too forgiving.  Props to my co-sweeper for finishing the job for me!

In hindsight I should have had a nice hot bath when I got home last night.  My thighs and hamstrings are feeling it from the long run, and my chest and hip feeling it from falling on the ice.  I’m a sorry achy mess today (and I certainly didn’t make it to my morning swim this morning).  But it’s so worth it.  Turns out curling is a pretty fun sport (and having really fun team mates sure doesn’t hurt).  And it’s a great little change of pace from the routine swim, bike, run.


Beginner Triathlete Tricks of the Trade

February 5, 2015 1 comment


I read a lot of articles about triathlon training.  Most of them focus on advice for seasoned triathletes – how to improve power output, functional threshold training, stroke efficiency, etc. etc.  That’s great – I’m sure this is helpful reading to the many triathletes out there who already log 10-15 hours per week and are looking for those extra tips to get them on the podium.

I’m not them.  And though I’ve been racing for a few years, I’m still effectively a beginner at this sport.  And as a kind-of-beginner, I’m still looking for tricks of the trade to help beginners get their foot in the door, so to speak, in this amazing-yet-insane sport.

Here’s one that I stumbled on myself that I’ve fallen in love with: Hijack a day use locker at your local gym!  It works!

The only way I can get enough sessions of swimming, biking, and running (plus some strength and flexibility training, in a perfect world) in each week is to do 2-a-days.  Get a work out in before work, and another in later in the evening.  It seems like a lot, but the body gets too tired to do the same volume of training in a single session, and my boss wouldn’t like it if I was an hour later getting into work each morning.  The problem is: after a tiring training session in the morning, and a full day at work, I just want to go home – eat, socialize, rest, and get to bed.  How do I make myself go back to the gym for that second session?

The answer: Leave my stuff in the locker.  The gym has all kinds of signs up that tell you that lockers are day use only, and not to leave locks on overnight.  But when I’m there at 6am, why not leave my stuff in the same locker all day and come back to find it at 6pm?  It means the morning’s gym clothes aren’t stinking up my car all day at work, and the afternoon’s gym clothes aren’t freezing cold from sitting in the car all day!  PLUS, if I don’t haul my ass back to the gym in the evening, my lock’s going to get cut over night and all my crap will be stolen (okay – really, are they gonna take dirty gym clothes?!?)

I don’t leave my wallet or phone or anything else so valuable in there that I’d rally be upset if it was stolen – if someone breaks in and steals my sweaty shoes or shorts, well, hopefully they really needed them.  But knowing I have to go back and pick them up forces me to get back to the gym, and not make excuses to skip the second workout.  It works really well – keeps me motivated, keeps me on track, and keeps me training!

So locker 122 at the local YMCA is mine.  They don’t know that, but it is.

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