Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Training for 2009 Season

With the impending New Year vastly approaching, I am still able to maintain a moderate 6 day schedule. The other day, I bought "Strength Training for Triathletes" by Patrick Hagerman to improve my stamina. Hopefully it will have a significance for the 2009 racing season.

As for this week, I have been consistent with my swim and run workouts at a local fitness center. After 8 250 meter swims and 40 minutes on the treadmill I am pooped! Although, I must admit, I haven't mad much riding time because of bad weather (I know ...EXCUSES!!) However, I will ride with the Visalia Tri Club this weekend. I'll let you know how it goes early next week... Stay tuned!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas from Me

As I look back to this year, I am deeply grateful for my friends and family who have been there every step of the way. They were my major support system. Here are my major accomplishments for 2008:

1. San Luis Triathlon I wanted to prove to myself that I can achieve anything that can keep me focused. Training for my first triathlon made me believe that anything is possible.
2. Merced Triathlon I loved the course. See number 1. Enough said.
3. Wildflower Century This century taught me to climb up a mountain at any weather condition.
4. Trail of Two Cities Half Marathon Prior to this event, I was never much of a runner. Now that I developed a love/hate relationship with the sport, watch out!
5. Going to School. I have been taught that education is the key to success... I'm getting excellent grades in school.... enough said!

With this said, I am deeply saddened that 2008 is at an end. I have many things enstored for 2009. You'll just have to wait and see what's next...

Sunday, December 14, 2008

I'm Back With the Holiday Blues

With the holiday season upon us and my end of the semester finals over, it's now important to focus on more important matters, life, family, health, and the pursuit of happiness. I haven't done much holiday shopping, but I am eager to get started. However, I have been able to spend time with friends and family during this festive time. Not to mention, I do spend quite a bit of time exercising (for the record, I hit the gym for about 2 hours- one spin class and 45 minutes on the elliptical).

Here's what I have been doing, besides shopping and studying, during holiday period (sorry if it's all distorted!):

Monday, December 8, 2008

One More Week Then I'm Back!!

I have not done any serious physical activity since the Turkey Trot other than going to my local fitness center, In Shape City Health Club. I've been too busy hitting the books in preparation for my end of the semester finals! This is the main reason why I missed the annual Toys for Tots 5K Run in Fresno, California. It's a decision that I deeply regret. I should have listened to my friend, Duane's advice by putting my body and health first over anything. Now it's time for me to hit the books! (For the record, that's not me on the picture!)

Friday, December 5, 2008

The Real Slim Shady

It has been two days since I last took my finals. Now, I am back to my regular exercise routine of 1 hour swim, 1 hour treadmill, and 1 hour weights with an occasional spin class a few days a week. This time of year is when I lose weight rather than gain. For the record, I have lost 3.5 pounds. Most people are jealous towards my holiday success.

Here's the key. Think of the holiday season as a buffet restaurant. You have all these food choices to fill up your plate. Then you take the first bite and savor it. Twenty minutes later, your brain tells you to stop, but you decide to continue. Well, listen to your brain!! If not, head to the gym the next day. Otherwise, you will gain those unwanted 10 holiday pounds. If you follow my rule, then you will be a "Real Slim Shady."