Monday, January 21, 2008

Starting Over -- again

New year, new look.

Not sure I love the new layout yet, but... it will do for today.

We are in the middle of a HUGE cold snap here in MN. Over the weekend, we were lucky to break zero degrees. It was mostly below zero with really ugly wind chills (-25 below).

I hate this time of year. Horrible cold; crunchy snow that isn't even pretty any more; still more darkness than light during the day. The doldrums are here for sure.

My workouts have been spotty since the holidays. I've been a little run down and my energy level reflects it. I've also been very reluctant to go to the gym once I'm bundled up in my warm jammies in my warm house.

It is not all bleak, though. I have hit some workouts and have even started to Spin and Swim again.

There are some Spin classes at the club near my office that happen over the lunch hour. I've gone to a couple of those and like them. I also got back in to the pool last week, which was a real dose of reality. I moved very slowly in the water.

I still have a few lessons left on my last swim package, but have been relucant to call him because I've been out of the loop (aka pool) so long.

Same excuse that I've been using for actually getting on the scale. I got on about mid December and felt okay about the results. I hadn't gained any weight since the summer. But then came Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Hubby's Mom's Birthday, Freezing Cold Weather, a few Chili Extravaganza's and POOF. I'm feeling sluggish and chubby and really don't want to see the number on the scale.

It is probably time to just face the music -- get on the scale and call Dave for a lesson.

The other pieces of hope came in small packages: I got my 2008 Membership card for the MN Tri Club. I've been a member of this club since 2006 -- mostly using it for open water swim clinics. I'm planning on getting more involved with the group this year, especially for bike rides.

I also got my first online newsletter for the Fargo Marathon.

Both of those small events reminded me that spring will indeed come and so will my events. I better be ready.

My first event will be Tri U Mah indoor tri. My friends Nat, Marcia and Mary will be doing it too. Hubby is registered but even further behind the training 8-ball than I am.

My biggest event for the year will be my first half-Ironman -- Pigman -- in Iowa on August 17th. i'm excited about the challenge and nervous about all the training.

Well, you gotta start some where... I'm going to log off now and make an appointment with Dave.

I'm still working on getting on the scale...


Sunshine said...

Loving that picture at the top!!
I am hating this winter more than usual.. or maybe I just forget how cold my bones get?
We might do the St. Paul Winter Carnival 5K on Saturday. It is sort of energizing to be out running with a bunch of other crazy people.
Good luck with the scale. You know you can do it.

Sunshine said...

Good to hear from you!

We 2 consider half marathons if the temp is about 50-60 degrees.

Don may do it on Saturday, though, if his Achilles tendon settles down.

Sure would be fun to see you.

Nat said...

I think this winter is a tough one because we actually have snow! Soon, spring will be here though and come Grandma's marathon time, we'll be warm! Great pic on top. See you soon.

Sunshine said...

We are not going to try to run outdoors tomorrow. Didn't want you to be looking for us... Enjoy the weekend.

WannaBe5Ker said...

Great idea to map out your year, and a half ironman, wow, exciting!!!!!

The new look is fun, btw!

Sunshine said...

Will try to keep you posted on race plans. We would love to meet you.