Monday, November 23, 2009

End of the Season Training

The holiday season has started which means it's the end of the endurance season. To maintain my balance, I participate in a few 5k or 10k runs, bike rides, and swim at my local gym. This helps my mind and body prepare for the next season. Not to mention, I try to eat healthy while spreading the holiday cheer. Most importantly, I spend time with friends and family as I continue to educate the importance health and wellness. Now, that's something to be thankful!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Run

I finished the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 5K Run at my alma mater CSU Fresno (Go DAWGS!) in about 45 minutes... I think, but who cares? Just as long as I finish right?

Afterwards, a few friends of mine who hail from Hollywood (yes they actually live there.. they are not celebrities though) and I rode a 12 mile route to Woodward Park in Fresno, the site of the Trail of Two Cities Marathon (it's in less than 2 weeks... I'm counting down- woohoo!).
With the completion of this race, I know I made Steven proud. As I mentioned before, I will continue his mission of inspiring and teaching others how to live an active lifestyle.

Monday, August 24, 2009

A Successful Lake Swim

I have spent so much time through the wonderful world of Twitter and Facebook that I have neglected to write about my training! I had a successful swim at a lake not far from my home. The jitters that I once had of seeing little fishies and dead critters are gone. Instead, I think about why I enjoy being an endurance enthusiast. I crave the competition. Thus, I was able to complete the .25 mile swim in an hour.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Vineman 2010 or Beyond

Let's face it, I have an addiction to exercise. For the past few months, I have had my eyes set on a half ironman, The Vineman, located in Sonoma County, California. It's a very hilly course, with a lake surrounding the streets. Many of you are aware that I refuse to do a triathlon in an ocean. The fear of getting eaten by sharks is always lingering on my mind.

I plan to do the Vineman in 2010 or 2011. However, my admissions to nursing school may hinder my plans of completing the event. Regardless of the situation, I will continue to train for the "V" on a regular basis. Vineman, here I come!!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

30th Annual San Luis Obispo Triathlon

The San Luis Triathlon was a success! After months of training, I was able to beat my original time by twenty minutes!! I thank you all for who have supported me for the past year in all of the events I have participated. Here are pictures of the 2009 San Luis Obispo Triathlon:










































Thursday, July 23, 2009

Random Thoughts Again...

Let's face it. I'm addicted to exercise! People often times wonder how I keep in shape and afloat. The key to staying healthy is to prioritize. Wake up an hour early than your scheduled time. Have your spouse or sitter take care of the kids. Take the children to the fitness center the same time you go.

A body is one unique organ. Utilize it while it lasts.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Saturday, July 4, 2009

4th of July Freedom Run

Fresno's 4th of July Freedom Run is sponsored by Team in Training, an organization that I dearly support. The course mostly flat, with little terrain. Overall, it was a great run!

Here are the results:


DIVISION: 30 – 39


50 285 Sherie Dauer 55:54 13:59 73 Fresno
51 295 Melanie Tatco 57:05 14:17 30 Lemoore
52 300 Sehyaabeah Mayu 57:36 14:24 22 Fresno
53 317 Priscilla Villalobos 1:00:31 15:08 266 Fresno

Friday, July 3, 2009

Weather Conditions

For those athletes who cannot endure training at 100 degree temperature, I feel your pain. Sweat is pouring all over your body 5 minutes after the start of a warm up. You're thirsty. Halfway through your work out, your body aches as fatigue sets in. Then, you want to give up after a grueling exercise.

That's the life of an athlete living in Central California during the summer months. Trust me, I go through this scenario every year. It is something that my body endures at heat extremities. And I HATE IT!!

I envy people who live in places where the weather is consistent every year such as San Francisco, Virginia Beach, and Seattle. If you want to add Denver to that list, minus the snow, you may do so. SF, VA Beach, and Seattle are very weather-training friendly. They are not too cold, or too hot. Just right...

In the meantime, I must make the best of the Mediterranean climate that Central California offers. Plus, CenCal has great bike and run paths for everybody to train. Without them, I don't know what I would do for an outdoor activity.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Improvements

I'm happily to say that I have been improving since racing season started. I have increased my workouts tremendously. Timing is better. Most importantly, my selfesteem has improved. God do I love to exercise!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Getting Ready To Train

Just got home from a 1 hour workout with some friends and a certified triathlon coach. Boy did we have it! He showed us workouts that were triathlon-related. Each of us wanted to give up after 10 minutes. In the end, we all stuck through it and got one good workout! And need I mention we all burned at least 500 calories?

Though the workout was done, I decided to swim at the fitness center. I did a few laps around the pool before it was time for me to head home. Now, it's time for RRRRO (REST, RELAXATION, RACHEL RAY, AND OPRAH)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

More Training

Since school is over, I had more time to train. I have been spending at least 3 hours a day either biking, running, or weight training at the gym. And if you count cleaning the house, it would add to my training regiment. Thus, my energy has skyrocketed. I'll keep you updated with my progress as time passes.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Summer Fun

Since my summer vacation has started, I have been exercising regularly, allowing myself at least one or two days of rest. So far, it has helped my overall stamina. I've lost a few inches. More will come soon!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Splash and Dash


I am still in awe for completing an open water multisport event. The Splash and Dash was a USAT sanctioned duathlon located at Millerton Lake outside of Fresno, California. The course was designed as a .25 mile swim and 5K run which is great for beginners.

The swim was very challenging for me. It has been years since I had stepped foot into a lake. Being that it was my first time, the drowning jitters began to creep as I reached the first buoy. I seem to struggle throughout the route as was gasping for breath. I thought that I was going to drown and die! A few experienced athletes told me to do a few breast strokes and/or elementary backstrokes once I was losing energy. One of the volunteers who was worried about my safety carried me back to shore.

Running seemed like a piece of cake until I reached a very steep hill. Prior to this, my only hill training was on the treadmill at a fitness center. Like any other course that has terrain, I stumbled through rocks and pebbles. None of the less, it was a great route.

In the end, I enjoyed my stay. My finish time was 1 hour and a minute. Not bad for a first timer right?

Friday, May 29, 2009

Tomorrow's THE Day

Splash and Dash is tomorrow. It's my first lake multisport event. I hope to complete it in reasonable time. I'm sooooo excited!! Wish me luck!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend Ride

Ninety percent of the United States population would not do like what I did this weekend. Riding 135 miles. flat land, with rolling hills. In the end, I feel very good! Trust me, I'd rather be doing some type of exercise rather eating hotdogs and hamburgers. Does anybody want to compete with me?

Here's my workout schedule for the remainder week:

Monday- 65 mile bike ride with the Fresno Cycling Club
Tuesday- Spin and weight training
Wednesday- off
Thursday- same as Tuesday
Friday- off
Saturday- Splash and Dash, Fresno, CA
Sunday- Ride with Fresno Cycling Club

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Back to Basics

With school over, I'm back to full time training. Being a "fit" college student can be very difficult trying to meet the demands of daily life, working, training, and studying. In addition, having a nutritious meal may not be an easy task.

During the academic year, I always seem to find time to do my daily routine. The key to overall achievement is to make yourself a priority. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day (I prefer longer). Save money so that you can afford a nutritious meal or a 5K entrance. Most importantly, plan ahead! With these ideas mentioned, your body and pocket book will appreciate it in the future.

Now, it's time for me to go to bed so that I can dream about a spin class at my local fitness center.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Emergency Run 10K

With the temperature vastly approaching 100 degrees, I survived a 10K run on an unmarked course (I'll save my reservations until later). I finished in over an hour and received a third place finish under my age division. It's the fastest run that I've ever done. Yippee!!

Back to the route, there unsupported aid stations and road markings. Many of the participants, including myself, were lost. Similar to what I had experienced in the Cycle 4 Central ride, I had to ask one of the race volunteers for a map. In the end, I was able to complete the course with medal in tow.

Will I do this run again next year? May be. It will depend on how vast improvement the coordinators make. If this trend continues, then I will do other events within the surrounding areas.

Until next time......

Monday, May 11, 2009

Sounds Like Me

For the past few years, I have subscribed to Fitness Magazine. Every month, readers share their weight-loss success stories. However, the May 2009 edition has a subscriber who wrote a story that is similar to me.

Lisa Keyes-Blair is a 42-year-old Risk Manager from Frisco, Texas. She has lost about 50 pounds within the past year. Her wake up call was when her doctor informed Lisa had high cholesterol and needed to go on medication. Rather going on medication, she opted for diet and exercise. Lisa focuses on portion control and has fruits and vegetables in every meal. She runs four or five times a week and adds strength training regiments to prevent boredom. Lastly, Lisa gives herself a goal of participating in 5K runs once a month.

As for me, I'm a soon-to-be 31 year old educator/relay operator/nursing student from Central California. Since 2005, I have lost 20 to 30 pounds (I fluctuate between 130-138.... goal is to get to 130 pounds and stay there permanently). As mentioned in a previous blog post, my turning point was the typical "New Year's Resolution" promise. I was several pounds overweight and severely depressed. Knowing that I have a history of cholesterol, heart disease, and diabetes, I did not want to take a magic pill to save my life. Instead, I bought a gym membership, joined Team in Training, and signed up for local fitness clubs (running, cycling, and triathlon) around my area. Not to mention, I do have a "Certifically Organic Kitchen" that is overflowed with fruits and vegetables. I ride my bike at least 5 times a week, attend spin class, swim at my local fitness center, run with friends, and weight training 3 times a week. To increase body excitement, I register for triathlon, duathlon, running, and cycling events on a monthly basis.

So, do Lisa and I have similarities or what?

No Calorie Counting

I must admit, writing down the amount of calories consumed has been very lackluster. With my hectic schedule, it's hard for me to keep track of my daily routine, let alone myself. Luckily, I haven't gained any weight, at least I hope.... However, I have been exercising to de-stress and release endorphins.

Monday starts tomorrow, so I'll get back on track. Fingers crossed!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Week 1- Calorie Counting

I've been able to keep up with my calorie counting/nutritional regiment. So far, I have consumed about 1400 calories per day, burning off at least a few hundred. Not to mention, I have lost another pound, bringing my total to 3. Until next time...

Cycle 4 Central

Schools are in dyer financial need. Districts are scrounging for every penny to keep faculty and students afloat. Thus, many of them seek money from the community to make ends meet. The Foundation for Central Schools was formed to provide supplemental funding to restore excellence in education within the Central Unified School District. The organization hosts fundraisers as a part of the ongoing process to generate funding.

Among the fundraisers is the annual Cycle 4 Central, a non-profit bike ride. The event consisted of 3 different courses - a metric century, 25 mile ride, and a 10 mile ride- all were flat. In typical fashion, I opted for the metric. Being that it was a non-terraneous route, I thought that I was going to have a joyous exercise until I misread the directions of the map given to all contestants at the registration table. This happened about mile 2. So, I headed back to the start line, talked to the race director who was gracious to give me a new map. From there onward, I was able to complete the 60 mile ride in about 5.5 hours with moderate headwind while befriending volunteers, all were educators within Central Unified School District, and fellow male cyclists whos buttocks I seem to mesmerize. Overall, it was a great ride!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Day One- Calorie Counting

I finally bought a diet journal at a local bookstore and wrote some information on what I ate today. Let's say I consumed about 1200 calories and burned them off while at the gym. Not to mention, I did a 20 mile bike ride. Hopefully counting calories will help me with my training. It's a matter of me staying on task.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Food Journaling

A friend of mine has suggested to write a journal on what I eat to track my overall calorie counting. After all, my main goal is to lose weight while training. I have tried this before, but seem to fail after less than a week. I'll start on Monday and let you know how everything goes afterwards.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Certified Organic Kitchen


For the past several years, I have met many fitness-minded/health conscienscious individuals. I must admit I have fallen into their nutritional trap. Each of them have taught me that naturally grown, non-processed foods is the key to longevity. In addition, all of them have taught me to shop at local certified organic grocery stores such as Whole Foods , Trader Joe's, Tesco's, and The Fresh Market.


Eating organically has my training and nutrition tremendously. I am a faster cyclist, runner, and swimmer. If you want to note the amount of time I spend at the gym, that can be included. I rarely eat junk food unless it comes from the places mentioned. Fast food, other than Subway or Starbucks is not welcomed in my body.


Besides myself, organic consuming has improved my family's nutritional needs. My parents who once had high blood pressure and cholesterol no longer have them. They eat naturally grown products religiously. Maricel, my beloved sister, resides in the health conciscious city of San Francisco, lives off of them. So, you can say that I've transformed my family to become organic lovers.
Yes, all natural grown products are expensive, but your body will benefit it in the future. Go green... GO ORGANIC!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Random Thoughts

Just got home from a near 40 mile bike ride. In the midst of my ride, I was able to experience dog chasing and impatient drivers. If only I lived in a very eco-friendly, health-consciencious city, everything would be fine. San Francisco, here I come!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Spring Training

Yes, it may be the beginning of the baseball season. However, for many endurance athletes it is a continuation for an evergrowing training process. Instead of bats, baseballs, popcorn, hotdogs, and soda, I am in swim, bike, run, and gym gear. Although, I do love the sport of baseball (go SF Giants!), I'm sure my body will be greatful to the training and nutrition regiment that athletes endure.

With that in mind, here's the rest of my workout schedule:

Monday- Spin, swim, weight training (total 2 hours)
Tues- Spin, swim, weight training (total 2 hours)
Wed- Bike (25-30 miles)
Thursday- Spin and weight training (pending substitute assignment)
Friday- Bike (25-30 miles) (pending substitute assignment)
Saturday- off- Maricel's coming this weekend
Sunday- Bike (25 - 30 miles) and run 5k (pending when Maricel leaves before I have to pick up my aunt at UCLA or Fresno Airport)

Oh btw, last week's totals= calories burned 4500, miles on the bike: 110- 150, run mileage: 10K, swim - I lost count after 1, pounds lost- 1.5!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Cycling With the FCC

I am overjoyed when I participate in fun activities with people who have the same interests as me. This week, I rode with members of the Fresno Cycling Club and showed them my stuff. The route consisted of 37 miles with 2400 ft of climbing. And what a joyful ride it turned out to be!

Friday, April 10, 2009

The End of a Vacation

My week long vacation is coming to a close. Albeit, it's bitter sweet. It started with the Visalia Triathlon, followed by the Tri-This Kids Camp, then spin/weight training classes at my local health club, then a 37 and 56 mile bike rides with friends and family. I'll leave the Easter Egg Hunting and Parties for the kids. Now it's time for my body to sit back, relax, and wait for whatever lies ahead.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Spring Break

Any vacation that has strictly tourist entertainment and junk food is simply boring! Why can't you incorporate exercise into your vacation schedule. A friend of mine once told me he had more fun participating in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC than acting as a tourist. While running, he saw all the national monuments around the city and finished the race at over two hours. Not to mention, he was able to eat a healthy choice of foods.

With this in mind, here is my Spring Break Vacation Schedule:

Monday- Spin and Swim
Tuesday- Help with the Tri This Kids Club Camp. Ran a few miles Spin and Swim
Wednesday- 20 mile bike ride and weight training
Thursday- Weight Training/run
Friday (Good Friday)- off
Saturday- 37 mile bike ride in Coalinga
Sunday (Easter Sunday)- 56 mile bike ride Lemoore to Kingsburg

All of these activities sounds very enticing to me! Enjoy the rest of the week! Until next time....

Monday, April 6, 2009

Vi Tri Overview

It was yet another pool event for me. The Visalia Triathlon is a great event for beginner athletes. And the weather was absoultely perfect! The temperature was in the high 70's.

I learned from a fellow endurance athlete that the key to success is to maintain composure in an event at slow and steady pace. I swam at a modest speed of 1:40 a minute lap, broke ground at the bike while travelling 15 to 17 mph, and stormed away through the run to the finishline. Overall, it was a great race!

Here are the results:

Division:
Women - 30-34

1. Janelle Martin, Fresno, CA 33 1:08:00 O'All: 20
2. Maria Mancebo, Porterville, CA 30 1:12:42 O'All: 28
3. Sheri Durham, Fresno, CA 32 1:13:05 O'All: 31
4. Amy Prince, Fresno, CA 33 1:13:41 O'All: 32
5. Jill Rollins, Madera, CA 30 1:15:36 O'All: 35
6. Christy Salazar, Visalia, CA 33 1:20:33 O'All: 39
7. Courtnee Hunt, Fresno, CA 34 1:25:07 O'All: 42
8. Melanie Tatco, LEmoore, CA 30 1:26:49 O'All: 45
9. Araceli Maciel, Madera, CA 30 1:31:27 O'All: 49
10. Rachel Smoljan, Orosi, CA 32 1:44:41 O'All: 52

Women- Overall

41. Rosemary Rodriguez, Porterville, CA 27 1:22:22 25 - 29 / 5
42. Courtnee Hunt, Fresno, CA 34 1:25:07 30 - 34 / 7 4
3. Kathi Hash, Visalia, CA 42 1:25:24 40 - 44 / 7
44. Kristin Brunson, Visalia, CA 38 1:25:38 35 - 39 / 9
45. Melanie Tatco, LEmoore, CA 30 1:26:49 30 - 34 / 8
46. Sharon Barreto, Visalia, CA 62 1:26:57 60 - 64 / 1 4
7. Jennifer Wilber, Visalia, CA 37 1:27:17 35 - 39 / 10
48. Mazie Jameson, Visalia, CA 14 1:31:03 13 - 18 / 3
49. Araceli Maciel, Madera, CA 30 1:31:27 30 - 34 / 9
50. Erica Garza, Visalia, CA 29 1:32:38 25 - 29 / 6
51. Natalie Jameson, Visalia, CA 61 1:34:14 60 - 64 / 2
52. Rachel Smoljan, Orosi, CA 32 1:44:41 30 - 34 / 10

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Pre-Vi Tri Bike Ride Loop

It was a beautiful, mystical day in the heart of the Central Valley. The weather was absolutely perfect for endurance athletes. Today's high was in the early 70's with very little wind. Therefore, I decided to take a short 20 mile bike ride throughout the countryside. I wanted to take it slow and conserve my energy for tomorrow's triathlon. I averaged about 11 mph compared to my usual 15 to 17 mph. Not bad for somebody who's training for an event!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Top 10 Must Have Songs in the Ipod

Most of you already know that I am a technology and music junkie, so I thought that I would write a Top 10 list that will help you get your groove on while training. They range from slow to up tempo beats. Here's the list:

10. "Disturbia" by Rihanna- Very catchy and upbeat
9. "Please Don't Stop the Music" by Rihanna- Again, like number 10. By the way, I'm against her of wanting to go back to Chris Brown... That's a different story!
8. "No One" by Alicia Keys- Very slow paced and melodic....
7. "Flashing Lights" by Kanye West- Very slow rhythmic beats. Great for hill training.
6. "Just Fine" by Mary J. Blige- Typical girly-girl song... but I love her style! Great for increasing your heart beat for a cardio workout.
5. "4 Minutes" by Madonna/Justin Timberlake/Timbaland- Timbaland is known for his beats. Justin is simply a great singer. Madonna is the best at creating a new genre of music. Put the three together and you have one song that will make you move non stop.
4. "Get This Party Started" by Pink- Great intro for a warm up exercise. Very fast paced.
3. "When I Grow Up" by The Pussycat Dolls- Same as #4.
2. "Promiscuous" by Nelly Furtado ft. Timbaland- This Timbaland produced song provides a unique sense of style. Very up tempo and fast paced that will make you sweat!! At the end of the workout, you will have game MVP like Steve Nash!
1. "Sexyback" by Justin Timberlake- Yet, another Timbaland-produced song. What can I say? Extremely fast paced song for a cardio workout. Not to mention, this song will make you jump out of the chair and dance! I love the beat!

Honorable mention: "Let it Rock" by Kevin Rudolf, "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge, "She Bangs" by Ricky Martin, and "Livin La Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin

With that said, it's time for me to go to the gym and do a workout. Until next time!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Group Run

I had another group successful run with the Visalia Tri Group today. I seem to amaze people while training for event. The run was a small 3.1 mile training route with some climbing. Afterwards, it was off to the gym for a brief swim.

Here's next weeks schedule:

Monday- Weight training and swim
Tuesday- 25 mile bike ride
Wednesday- Weight training and swim
Thursday- off
Friday- Run and bike
Saturday- Off
Sunday- Visalia Triathlon.

Friday, March 27, 2009

A Weekly Workout

Monday- Off. Study for Human Anatomy test
Tuesday- Same as Monday
Wednesday- Weight training with Steve. It was a great workout. We worked on upper and lower body positions. In addition, I swam a few laps at the gym.
Thursday- Off. See my last blog before this one.
Friday- I went to the gym to do workouts on the elliptical and swam 8 laps around the pool. Now, I'm getting ready to ride.
Saturday- 25 mile ride with Kings County Cyclists
Sunday- Run with Visalia Tri Club

I want to end this posting with an online triathlon/fitness coach that I met on Twitter:
"Be greatful that you have the resource to train when more than half the population of the world are merely getting by and trying to survive."

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Regrets

I could have went to the gym today and attended a spin class, but I had a last minute call to substitute teach at a local elementary school. My financial wallet would greatly appreciate it, but not my body. After teaching, I'm off to my regular 40 hour week job, then home to do my studies. So much for not exercising! I know my body will regret it later! AGH!!!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Twitter

I got into Twitter, a new online social network. It's better than MySpace, Facebook, Friendster, or Xanga. People can say whatever they want rather than leaving comments on a site. Check it out!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Spring Fling Duathlon




Through rain and sleet, the annual Spring Fling Duathlon was held in Fresno, California to kick off the triathlon season. Organizers had to redesign the course because of weather conditions. Instead of the proposed route of 4 mile run, 16 mile bike, 2 mile run, the bike portion was cut by six miles. I was able to finish in 2 hours and 12 minutes, placing 7th in my age division.




Spring Fling Duathlon Results Age 30-39

1 Felicia Gomez39 1:03:31
2 Shelly Lynn 38 1:14:27
3 Sheila Castro 38 1:20:06
4 Jamie Martin 32 1:41:05
5Jennifer Sano 35 1:47:10
6 Stacey Brownell 34 1:54:10
7 Melanie Tatco 30 2:12:18




A lesson learned from this event was focus, persistence, cleanliness, and organization. Persistence is the key to success. Cleanliness is not part of the athletic agenda (At the beginning of the race, I had once clean shoes which is now filled with mud... AGH!!). A disorganized transition resulted in my "lapsed" time. Lastly, focus and determination will lead to cheers at the finish line.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Constant Paranoia

I wish there was a remedy that resolves all problems of the world. My ongoing dilemma is finishing last at any event. With all do respect, I do train really hard. However, preparing for an event seems to be more of a psychological issue to me. If you read the Aug. 2008 issue of my blog entitled "My Biggest Fear," it will explain.

I know I can do anything once I am focused. It's a matter of overcoming the obstacles that lies ahead.

A Blah Workout

I spent nearly an hour and a half at the fitness center today training for my next event. Typically, I feel excited about exercising, however, my hectic schedule has taken the downturn. I burned over 200 calories in the elliptical and did some weight training with some sadness. Afterwards, I went home and crashed. So much for a fun day.....

Friday, March 13, 2009

Anatomy 101

Throughout my nursing studies, I have been able to study the body and its functions. Often times, people have a false misconception that everybody was born with different bones. This seems to be a common trend of what people are saying about others. What they do not realize is that we are all have the same type of body. It's a matter of how you use it.

The key of how to maintain order in your body is how you take care of it. Trust me, you'll need it in the future.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Blossom Bike Ride

The Blossom Bike Ride is an annual event sponsored by the Reedley Lions Club. It consists of a metric (65 mile) and 45 mile route. Local cyclists reunite as they enjoy the scenic view of Kings National Forrest. In addition, the route serves as a training ground for century training. Let me remind you, it has very little terrain.. Also, the weather suggested rain, but mother nature was nice to us!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A 2 Mile Ride

After days of not exercising, I had the urge to go on the bike. What can I say? I had a major biology test early this week and needed my Rx drug to calm me down. I admit, I was experiencing the early case of high blood pressure for the last week and a half. (For the record, I DON'T HAVE HBL!)..... All I needed was a half hour of my time to exercise. I was able to accomplish that today. I hopped on my bike and went on a 2 mile ride. Boy does it feel good!

Now, time to train!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Keep on Climbing

It has been less than two weeks since I last rode my bike. Although I am not up to my original form, I still maintained a constant speed at 15 miles per hour. Oh, need I say the route was 30 miles with a few thousand feet of climbing? Not bad for an individual who has had limited time training for an event.....

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Training Oh Training

I miss training... I wish I was a nurse.... Agh!!!! I need to go to the gym, but I have a test to study. Which one should I pick?

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Team CSD's First Race Race for Judicata 5K Run

At the turn of the year, a few coworkers (Dolores, Zoraida, Monica, Steven, and myself) created our own fitness team headed by yours truly. This is our first event, Race for Judicata 5K Run, held at the well-renowned, San Joaquin College of Law in Clovis, California. Zoraida couldn't compete in the run because of a prior obligation. After several weeks of training separately, given our hectic and non-condusive schedules, we all finished strong. Steven and I finished under 45 minutes while Dolores and Monica completed their first event in an hour. Lastly is our youngest competitor, Hunter, son of Monica, who placed 11th out of 32 children in the Kid's Race. Here are pictures of the event:
A cool slogan that I grabbed from Sierra Running Company, one of the sponsors for the race



(Pictured above is the kids race)


Monday, February 16, 2009

Putting Myself First

I have been a fitness fanatic for many years. Throughout my journey, I have witnessed many pitfalls of staying fit. Lack of time, school, or caring for others seems to be the common excuse. The factors mentioned leads to depression, low self-esteem, and lack of energy.

The key to staying healthy is to put yourself first. By allowing yourself a decent amount of time gives you a piece of mind. Most of you know my crazy schedule of attending school, have a family to attend, household chores to accomplish, and working full-time. However, that does not stop me from taking care of my body. With this reason in mind, I would like to share with you my key to fitness success:

1. Focus on you. You are in control of your life and own destiny. Put yourself on top of that pedestal and conquer the world.

2. Exercise. I can't emphasize this enough. There are 24 hours in a day, 7 days a week. Most fitness centers are open early in the morning to the wee hours of the night. Wake up an extra hour early before your spouse goes to work and the kids get ready for school so that you can make it to the gym. If that doesn't work, allow fitness to be a weekly family affair. Studies show children are raised in a healthy and fit environment, it will add years to their lifespan.

Most fitness centers offer classes that are suitable for everyone to enjoy such as Zumba, Spin (a personal favorite), water aerobics, pilates, yoga, cardio boot camp, and rock climbing. If you prefer to save money, do an outdoor workout such as walking, biking (another favorite activity), running, swimming (see pictures of me below), and hiking.

3. Create a "me" time. Again there are 24 hours in one day, 7 days in one week. Find a time when you don't have any distractions. This could be an hour at the gym (as in most cases with me) or a weekly bubble bath at home. During that time frame, think about you. Trust me, your spirit will be rejuvenated once you complete your "me" task.

4. Know your health and family history. If you are currently taking pills for health related reasons, that should serve as an alarm clock that you should be taking care of your own body. Educate yourself for a condition that you or your family has endured. Talk to your doctor or other health care professionals about a certain disease. Take a diabetes course at your local hospital. Read books and periodicals about the cardiovascular system.

5. Find an activity that you truly enjoy. If there's an exercise activity that you enjoy, stick to it. For me it's doing endurance events. As for others, such as my father and sister, it could be playing the game of tennis or basketball. It's whatever works for you!

6. Find a support group that will help you go the extra mile. There times when a person is frustrated because they are not training hard enough for an event or have plateaued because of their weight loss. Local and online support groups provide professional coaching and guidance for any event that you train. If there is a sports club in your area, join them. Besides your friends and family, they will be cheerleaders at your side.

7. Nutrition. A great boost of energy cannot last without proper nutrition. Eat right and stay healthy. Stay away from fast food and processed materials. Prepare your snacks and lunch beforehand rather than making an entrance to McDonald's, Subway, or the vending machine at work. I'm sure your body and pocketbook will be thankful.

Before I end this article, I wanted to show you pictures of my weekly exercise and training regiment, bike excluded:


Remember we have one shot at life. Take care of your body and enjoy it.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

GO RED

February is National Heart Month. The American Heart Association says that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. To combat this disease plagued my family, I have decided to commit to do one more hour of cardio each day while training for my next event. Stay tuned!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

My Unofficial To-Do List Before 35

For the past 30 years, I have conquered many obstacles such as earning two collegiate degrees, completing pool triathlons, one half-marathon, and five century bike rides. Who would have known that I would have completed all of these events by the age of 35. With this in mind, I have set some goals that I would like to achieve before I reach the big 3-5:

1. Obtain a nursing degree. It has taken me 30 years to figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life. It has been a lifelong dream to work in the medical profession. I have always had the patientce to help others in need. Therefore, I feel that nursing is my true calling.

2. Ford Ironman- After completing my first triathlon, I had my eyes set on doing an Ironman, the mecca of triathlon, preferrably in a lake setting (i.e. Ironman 70.3 California, Ironman Louisville, and Ironman Coure d Ilene to name a few) If completed, i will be one of 10 percent of the world's population to ever cross the finish line. Remember, I will NOT participate in a triathlon in shark-infested waters (a.k.a. ocean).

3. A double century ride (200 miles)- I got the bike "bug" a few years ago when I attended a spin class at a local fitness center. From there, I met a few cyclists and rode with them. It wasn't until I joined Team in Training where I learned the fundamentals and mechanics of cyclist. I was immediately hooked to the sport after I crossed the finish line at my first century ride in Lake Tahoe. Afterwords, I was hungry for more. So I decided to train for a double century.

Fast forward to this present time. I have been putting this one on hold. For the past year and a half, I have had too many distractions! I work, go to school, exercise, and have friends and families to attend. However, I will squeeze #3 into my schedule somehow -- NO EXCUSES!!

4. Obtain a group fitness instructor and personal training certification- See #1.

5. BE HAPPY!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Destressor

After a week of stress, I decided to go for a ride a local triathlon club.



Go Sandy!



On top of a hill taking a rest....




Now ready to go home, striking a pose with friends...




And to the people who were giving me grief at work... BUT OUT!!