Tuesday, August 31, 2010
On the flip side, trying to get the workouts in while adjusting to the "back to school" schedule over the past week has been a bit of a challenge. Last week started off all fine and dandy, and then before I new it, it's been 5 days since my last workout. Things like mowing the lawn, a wedding out of town, and long days with late nights haven't made the transition any easier. I guess I just need to plan a bit better.
This week better be different .... even though I got nada in yesterday. Today calls for a 2-fer!
And like every other first day of school, I am going to post my usual video from one of my favorite movies - Billy Madison! This song has been going through my head for the past week!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Today marks the first day back to work for me. Tuesday I will begin working with my little 6 and 7 year olds. Oh, how a change this will be from my 10-11 year olds.
This summer was the best! I was always busy, but I think that's what made this summer so great.
Let's take a look back:
★ Kicked of my first weekend of summer camping with the BF and a couple other couples!
★ First weekend of June we went camping again, and took in a great Bret Michael's Concert at the Casino!
★ Attended a cousin's wedding.
★ Completed my 3rd outdoor sprint triathlon on a tough, but rewarding course (1st outdoor triathlon of 2010)
★ In attempt to clean my spare bedroom, I found water seepage and had a company dry out my drywall...and rip up my carpet and carpet padding.
★ Bought my new car! My 2009 Toyota Camry LE... black!
★ Taught 4 weeks of extended school year (special education summer school) to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students.
★ Said my final goodbye to some of my 5th graders heading off to middle school this year - they gave me hugs and all!
★ Went to my first Twins game at the new Target Field over the Fourth of July weekend! Witnessed some of the best fireworks I have ever seen in Chanhassen, MN!
★ Attended another cousin's wedding.
★ Attended (as good friend and personal attendant) a friend's wedding over looking Big Pine Lake in Perham, MN.
★ Finished my summer grad class
★ Took a trip to San Diego, CA with the BF!
★ Attended a friends bachelorette party at a cabin on Long Lake in WI.
★ Finally made a decision on flooring for spare bedroom (mentioned above) and had carpet put in. Room is still empty.
★ Got to see the Twins play again at Target Field with fireworks to follow. What a treat!
★ Participated in 2nd and last triathlon of 2010
★ Went home for a week to visit the BF and family - got to have a nice dinner with the BF's family, dinner with my family for my Dad's birthday, dinner with my Grandpa, and some wonderful relaxing and downtime.
★ Going to the BF's cousin's wedding this coming weekend...
In addition to that, I have proceeded to run 79.77 miles, bike 269.47 miles, and swim 16,100 Yds (or 9.1477 miles) Since the 1st of June!
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
So, here's a handful of things that have made me smile recently:
- My Students - When cleaning through student folders from last year, today, I opened one student's folder to find the following sentence written by one of my 5th graders (who will now be at the middle school): "Miss 'S' is a very nice teacher." I loved it - plus he used correct capitalization, punctuation, and spelling - this was his writing folder after all.
- 2-fers - Yes, I said TWO-FERS. There's just something about getting in two workouts in ONE day! Yesterday I ran 3 miles in the morning, and then in the afternoon I biked 6 miles and did 45 minutes of Pilates. All felt sooooo good!
- Kind Words - all of your kind words/thoughts regarding my last triathlon. Thanks, everyone!
- Haircuts and colors - tonight I am going in for a cut and color. It probably could have waited another 3-4 weeks, but I wanted a fresh look and feeling prior to the start of school.
- Compliments - Why is it that some people have a hard time taking compliments?! Yesterday when leaving Pilates, one of the regulars was trying to remember who I was (since I had been there a few times before in June)... he asked if I had been doing some other training since I "looked pretty buff and in good shape".
- Start of a new school year - As much as I am sad to see this wonderful summer come to an end, I am excited to get back into a work routine and start teaching again. I have a feeling there are going to be a few changes this year, and I look forward seeing what this school year will bring!
Happy Tuesday, y'all!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
YWCA Womens Sprint Triathlon
August 15th, 2010
I did this race with my sister, and friends J and A.
The night before the race, we ate out at Bucca Di Beppo in Eden Prairie, MN. Sometimes I am leary about eating pasta the night before a race, but we selected wisely and I ate just enough to feel comfortable.
I went to bed pretty early, close to 9pm, but struggled to get a good night's sleep. I fell asleep around 930pm, woke at 11pm, 3:10am, and then again at 4am. The alarm went off at 4:40am and I know that I didn't sleep much between then and 3am, but I felt ready to go. J and her hubby picked my sister and I up at 5:30am, and then met up with A.
We arrived at Lake Nokomis around 6am to find our spot and set up transition. With the high number of participants, the transition are became pretty snug. We had heard that close to 1,200 women were participating in this event and over half of them were first timers! How awesome is that?!
After getting bodymarked, timing chips, and checking the out the water, the transition area closed at 730am. Our wave (15 out of 18) wasn't expected to start until 842am so we had quite a bit of time to stand around on the beach.
If I remember correctly, I ate half of a clif bar at about 715am and then took my first gu at about 820am.
500 Yds - 15:24
In past triathlons, I never took the time to get aquainted with the water prior to jumping for the swim and in past swims there has been a going trend that my heart rate will jump through the roof when starting the swim. Other bloggers have mentioned getting used to the water prior to the start of the swim and that is what I planned to do for this race. About 20 minutes before our wave started, I spent a few minutes "warming up" in the water. The water was already 80 degrees and probably the warmest water I have ever swam in before.
Before we new it, our wave was on the shore line waiting for the countdown. The plan was to stay to the back and on the outside of the group. Everything started out just fine and I was feeling pretty strong. After we took our first turn, things started to go down hill. My breathing was off, probably too shallow, and I started to feel a pinch in the middle of my back every time I would breath in. At this point, there were multiple times where I would have to roll over on my back and catch my breath. When on my back, I would take a deep breath and my breathing reminded me of how one breathes while bawling their eyes out. You know what I am talking about?
So, needless to say, the rest of the swim was horrible and I was ready to call it quits. I had a bad attitude at this point that stuck with me through pretty much the rest of the triathlon and I wanted to be done.
I reached the shoreline and it took everything in me to run/walk through the sand and into transition. The distance from the water to our transition area was the longest transition I have ever done.
I felt like the swim took everything out of me and I could barely manage to do much more than walk through most of the transition. Isn't it written all over my face?
I was hoping that if I took my time getting ready to ride that my heart rate would come down a bit and my breathing would become more regular. Once I was ready, I grabbed my bike and took off. But, I will admit, I struggled to get on my bike at first. It was rediculous.
After the race we were handed dog tags and water. There was a huge tent set up with a wonderful array of food: wraps, bananas, clementines, cookies, chips, watermelon wedges, nutrigrain bars, candy, etc.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
2. Reads - One thing I am not looking forward to about going back to work and starting up with another grad class is that I won't get much pleasure reading in. In the past few weeks I finished The Shack (love love love - will probably re-read it), Deception Point, and am currently working on The Time Travelers Wife. I have so many books that I have borrowed from people that I want to get back before I forget! What are you reading?
3. Dinner with Gramps - Since I am home for the week, mom and I thought it would be nice to bring dinner to Grandpa. After my Grandma passed away this winter, all of my mom's siblings have been really good about making sure Grandpa had everything he needs to live on his own. My Grandma did everything for him and it didn't take long for him to realize this after she passed away - I remember when he made the remark that he has never had to make the bed before. It's been a surprise to see him do so well, considering he is legally blind with Macular Degeneration and can't drive a car. Must be due to the fact that he is a stubborn German, just like the rest of us. Many family members have taken turns bringing him meals, doing laundry for him while visiting, taking him to church, etc. I guess there's an advantage of having 12 kids... and 28 grandkids. And, it just so happens that tonights church mass is for my Grandma, so that will be nice to attend.
Happy Thursday, y'all!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
So, in an attempt to catch up a bit, I will do it bullet-style:
- This past weekend the whole fam was in the Twin Cities. Steph and I, as well as a couple friends, participated in our last triathlon of 2010 on Sunday. (Race report will be up as soon as it's finished and I receive my camera in the mail - left it at my sister's place - oops).
- Friday night we went to a Twins game. They beat the Oakland A's. Woot woot!
- I have been home in the Bis since Sunday night, rode home with the 'rents and the BF will bring me back to Fargo this weekend.
- Monday morning I finally get my carpet installed in one of my spare bedrooms. Then the trim needs to be replaced and I can start putting the room back together and my basement living room will be more usable.
- Tuesday I plan to get my haircut and colored before school starts.
- My classroom is a mess and I need to get things organized... will be doing that all next week.
- Next Thursday I am back to work and the following week we start with the kiddos. Yay.
- Grad class starts next week as well. won.der.ful.
I am hoping to catch up with you all this week. I seem to have a lot of time on my hands during the day, while everyone is at work!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
2. Two weeks from today I will be sitting in workshops. Gasp. Yes, that means two weeks from today I will be heading back to work. Three days of workshops and we start with the kiddos on the 31st. Am I ready for this? No. But, I know once I am back I will be okay with it... I think. Summer is really almost over.
3. Looking for a Challenge... After this weekend's triathlon, I don't have another race on my schedule. Thus, I am looking for a challenge. Something different. Something fresh. Any one doing anything special out there or have any ideas?
Monday, August 9, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
San Diego/Coronado, CA
July 28th - August 2nd, 2010
Tuesday, July 27th, 2010:
While the BF was driving to Fargo, and less than a day before we were to fly out of FARGO, he get's a notice that our flights were CANCELLED. After a few phone calls, we got put on a different flight, out of Grand Forks. So, after the BF made it to Fargo, we packed up my car and drove the hour north to GF and stayed the night with my aunt. It was a nice relaxing evening, but still disappointed that we had to add that extra drive to our trip, as well as parking the car at the airport. *WARNING to all those that travel with me, by air or by land - I BRING BAD LUCK*
Wednesday, July 28th, 2010:
Arrived at the airport before 7am, realized the flight was delayed a half our, and was only able to print one of my two boarding passes. Made it to Minneapolis with just enough time to get my second boarding pass before the plan began boarding. phew.
We arrived in cloudy San Diego right later that morning, grabbed our bags and got our rental car - the Chevy Colbalt leaves little to be desired.
We were staying at Loews Resort in Coronado and arrive shortly before 1pm. Check-in wasn't until 4pm, so we went to grab a bite to eat at the Market Cafe in the resort while we waited. Who knew the portion sizes were so big, we could have shared our first meal. But, it was tasty! This place has the best fresh fruit! While we enjoyed our meal on the patio, we took in a beautiful view of the Bay area.
After getting settled into our hotel room, we decided to take advantage of the Wednesday night Wine Tasting on the Gondolla. The experience exceeded our expectations. There were about 12 people on the gondolla, including the wine connoissuer sharing 6 different wines with us. Plus, there were chocolate covered strawberries to enjoy, and I didn't have a problem trying one or two.
After the near 2 hour gondolla ride, we grabbed a late dinner at the Mistral - another resort restaurant. With our meals, we enjoyed our new favorite wine, Dona Paula Merlot. It was wonderful!
Thursday, July 29th, 2010:
The only thing we had planned for this day was to attend the Padres vs. Dodgers game that afternoon at Petco Park. We headed into San Diego later that morning, parked, and took a walk through the area before grabbing a lunch. The park opened a couple hours before the game started and spent some time walking through and taking photos. We even sat a bit on the green grass mound behind left feild. There were about 45,000 people at the game and the spirit of the fans was definitely heard. The Padres ended up winning in a 9th inning walk-off! Too fun.
To top of the fun, I managed to sun burn my shoulders/neck the first full day we were in San Diego, even though I applied sunscreen 4 times during the game. I guess the hour or so of walking around before the game is what really got me.
This evening we grabbed dinner in Coronado at Mc. P's Irish Pub & Grill. The food was okay, but I think the we both really enjoyed the atmosphere. There were baseball games on all tv's and we found out later that they have live music every night! We stuck around that night for a bit to listen to the husband and wife duo performing songs from the 50's and 60's. Very entertaining!
Friday, July 30th, 2010:
We shared a pizza for lunch at Alexander's Pizza in Coronado before heading to the San Diego Zoo. All I can say is DELISH!
Most of our day was spent at the zoo, and even though I took tons of photos, I won't bore you with those. However, I will share my favorite that left us laughing for a long time! My new found love, the Hippo!
This evening we grabbed another late dinner, sharing a burger and nachos at the bar in the resort. The food was pretty good, but it was disappointing to see 3 different "restaurants" in the resort that served pretty much the same menu coming from one kitchen. It was pretty limited on the resort.
Saturday, July 31st, 2010:
We didn't do much on this day. For breakfast, we enjoyed a good meal, and the environment, at Clayton's Coffee Shop in Coronado. The temps were a bit warmer (almost 70 degrees) and we were ready to enjoy some time by the pool.
Our resort at 3 pools, an adult pool, a family pool, and a kids pool. The adult pool was nice and quiet and I loved it. We both had a mojito from the pool bar, and even though it was a bit spendy, it was the best mojito I have ever had! The BF enjoyed it to, and it was his first! We also played a little ping pong while out on the pool patio.
For dinner we ventured back into San Diego, in hopes of finding a good mexican restaurant I had read about online. However, even with the Garmin, we wound up in a shady spot and decided to go with plan B - House of Blues. The food was pretty good, and live music was starting at 8pm, however, we were a bit wiped out and ready to head back to the resort. I know, we're old.
Sunday, August 1st, 2010:
This morning I had one of the best breakfasts I have ever had in my life at the Beach -n- Diner in Coronado. Asside from the best french toast evah (that I will never feel guilty about eating), I had a side of scrambled eggs, bacon, and home fries. Obviously I didn't finish it all, even with the help of the BF. I think he enjoyed my french toast more than his pancakes!
We spent the afternoon at the Silver Strand State Park, which was just across CA-75 from our resort, to dip our feet in the Pacific Ocean and enjoy some time at the beach. I think this was the best 10 bucks we spent on our trip, and were sad it was the only day we were able to get out there. The weather just wasn't that warm until then.
That evening we enjoyed a good mexican meal at the Costa Azul in Coronado. From there, we walked around a bit and grabbed a glass of wine at the Bistro d' Asia & Sushi Bar. After seeing some of the meals people had ordered, this is definitely a place I would like to try the next time I go back!
Monday, August 2nd, 2010:
We were up early, packed and checked out of the hotel shortly after 8am. We returned the car to Enterprise, and got to the airport more than 2 hours before our flight was to depart. Shockingly, I had troubles with my tickets, again. After standing in line for quite some time, with no service, we were able to figure things out. I got my boarding pass for the first leg of the trip, but had to wait until I got to MSP again to get my ticket for the second flight. grrr.
Once we got our bags checked and through security, we both were ready for a beer! And dangit, did we enjoy it! The BF ordered a beer that was a microbrew from a local brewery - Karl Strauss Brewing Company. It was yummy! We shared a breakfast pizza and then ended up ordering another drink - the best bloody mary I have ever had!
We got into Grand Forks around 830pm, grabbed our bags, paid our parking fee, and drove back to Fargo. It was a quiet drive, as I think both of us were tired and sad to see the vacay was over. But, we both said we would love to go back... sometime! All of the people we encountered while in San Diego/Coronado, whether they were employees, residents, or other guests, were sooo nice. It was very welcoming!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Month in Review: July 2010
Swim - 4,700 Yds ........ 5,200 Yds in June
Bike - 98.23 miles ....... 96.19 miles in June
Run - 24.90 miles ....... 31. 79 miles in June
Total Number of:
Swims - 3
Bikes - 6
Runs - 10 (including runs off the bike)
Bodypump Class - 2
Pilates - 0
Rest Days - 15 (includes 4 days while on vacay)
Highlights of the Month:
- Attending a Twins game @ Target Field with the family over the 4th of July weekend!
- Two weddings!
- Finishing grad class for the semester!
- Vacay in San Diego/Coronado with the BF! (more on that in a later post)
- Spare bedroom was emptied and painted!
Lows of the Month:
- Not being able to follow a good training plan, but was able to squeeze high quality workouts in when and where possible. No regrets here!
- Eating some heavy, not-so-healthy food :(
Goals for August:
- Back on track with training/working out - more strengthening/stretching/core work asside from my biking, running, and swimming.
- Back on track with healthy eating. period.
- Enjoy the next few weeks the best I can before work starts back up again. On tap: Bachelorette party in Wisconsin, triathlon in Minneapolis, wedding in MN, and hopefully some time back home again. Before I know it, summer will be over and I will be looking forward to my long labor day weekend after school starts!
Swim - 52,900 Yds
Bike - 669.80 miles
Run - 228.05 miles
July went by so fast, and I know August is going to go by just as fast. But, I can say that July was jam-packed with goodness and look forward to all the "happenings" in August!