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:

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!