It Starts Right Here, Right Now

My pride and joy!

I don’t really know how to start this post. My intentions are always so good, follow-through sometimes isn’t. This post will focus on my good intentions. I have done lots of planning and processing in my head in preparation for the next 8 months. I’m preparing for lots of training, lots of sleep and lots of eating. I think I have created a pretty good plan and schedule. Calendars are super important to me. I’m talking about physical calendars. We have a calendar on the fridge that we literally look at many times a day. Does Josh have hockey? Let … Keep reading

My November Challenge

Time for change

Every month I set up a money budget. I don’t follow it to the penny, but it gives me a sense of control and understanding of my spending habits. It helps me to plan ahead. I’ve been following my budget for over a year and it has reduced my life stress by a lot. Last week I was thinking about my training schedule and it occurred to me to make a time budget. For a few years now I have felt like I don’t use my time wisely and my theory is that it’s because I don’t allot enough of it … Keep reading

Reality Sets In

Ironman Canada 2011 Finisher Photo

Yesterday I went for my first open water swim in a year. I thought it had been longer, but I remembered that last year I attempted to swim across the lake by my mother-in-law’s house. After I did that my back seized up because I had hardly swum and I was so out of shape that it felt like it rejected my effort. That was my reality call last year. I listened and spent a few months finding a decent massage therapist (actually I found an AMAZING one). The past year has been an interesting one trying to find a … Keep reading

The Treadmill Mocks Me

Our Dreadmill

Yesterday we finally got the treadmill set up! It has been taking up space in our porch for a couple of weeks because it was bought and brought home without adequate space to set it up in. We got the space cleared out and the treadmill set up. I got to take the first few steps on it just to say I did. Then I got off, put my walking cast back on, and looked at it longingly. Maybe this injury has made me appreciate training. It has created in me a WANT to get on the dreadmill! My bike … Keep reading

More and more inspiration!

On Monday I went to the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour viewing of some amazing short films. I try to go every year, but can’t always make it. Whenever I go, I am taken back to my epic bike ride across Canada. The people in these extreme outdoor adventures go through such adversity and push the limits of the body so hard that it can’t help but be inspiring! I have a bit of a flaw these days. My flaw is that I really like to plan my workouts, but have a difficult time finding time to do them. … Keep reading

Planning my workouts and week

I like to plan my weeks and my workouts, but I also like to have some play with my schedule as well. I mean, if a really good social event comes up, I want to be able to go to it. If I feel really tired, I want to take my exhaustion seriously. If I have a neck headache, like I do today, I would like to be able to nurse it and take care of myself. However, it is important also to make sure that I get my workouts done. I have been using the Beginner Triathlon log to … Keep reading

Untraining Ends, Re-training Begins

For the past several weeks, I have been happily in untraining mode. I have been drinking beer and wine without worrying about calories or whether I have to get up early the next day. I have been generally eating whatever I feel like, including french fries, potato chips, and soy ice cream. My bikes and runs have been mellow and I didn’t even keep track of them! I have no idea how far I ran or biked and I often didn’t even know how long they took. I just went and enjoyed. It was great. Yoga practice was frequent as … Keep reading

Just because I’m vegan, doesn’t mean I can’t be picky!

Race nutrition has always been something that I struggle with. Sports drinks, gels, and protein bars are expensive, taste kind of awful, and are hard on the stomach. However, I’ve slowly found ways to shave down cost and stomach both the taste and the high calories! First of all, I eat mostly Clif bars in bulk. I either get my local health food store to order me a whole box of them or I buy them at sketchy Costco. The bulk ones from Costco come in assorted flavours, but I have become quite tired of the Peanut Butter, Chocolate Almond, … Keep reading