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!