Saturday, August 05, 2006


My house was broken into while I was at work yesterday (they cut a screen and came in through an open window). Took my new laptop & nothing else. I've cancelled credit cards, changed on-line banking info (and added an additional level of security), reported stolen to Dell (maybe they can track it); changed other passwords. Oh, and shut and locked al my windows (which sucks, because we finally have lovely weather, and I hate AC). Anything else I can do to protect myself? Like lots of people, there was a ton of personal information on that computer and I feel very exposed.

At least they didn't take my bike (which is worth 2x the computer), probably because it wouldn't fit through the window. Of course, they saw it there (its in my office), so who knows if they will be back. AGGGHHHH, I'm soooooo creeped out.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Friday QOTD

Did is a word of achievement,
Won't is a word of retreat,
Might is a word of bereavement,
Can't is a word of defeat,
Ought is a word of duty,
Try is a word of each hour,
Will is a word of beauty,
Can is a word of power.

*Unknown Author*

This quote follows on an exchange between two Tri-DRS this week, which resulted in a fabulous piece of advice:

What we do hurts. What we do makes us freaking tired. What we do makes our skin, bones, muscles and mind ache.

You have to quit worrying about training and just do it. Some runs suck, some runs are of another world.

You use words like...I can't...I don't want to...if only I...take those words the hell out of you vocabulary and replace them with...I can...I will...I have...until you remove the negative atmosphere around your workouts you will never find the sweet spot.

And that kinds is another lesson in JFR

Thank you Kurt, letting go of the "I can'ts" is something I also need to remember, to work on, and to do better with!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Training for a Half Marathon

I never, ever thought I'd come close to participating in an event with "marathon" in the title, but here I am. Last week (7/24) was the first official day of my training program. I'm using the Hal Higdon Novice plan, with a few modifications to allow for some tri training, and to lengthen out the long runs to account for my current abilities. And, of course, I'll modify the schedule as needed to fit my nutty schedule.

This is last week's log:
Mon - Yoga (45 mins)
Tues - Ran 3+ (3.1 or 3.2, need to measure it to be sure) (44 mins)
Wed - REST
Thurs - Run 2.5 (treadmill), Walk (0.5 - indoor track) (42 mins); 40 mins weight lifting
Fri - REST
Sat - Run 6.5 (1:34:xx, and it was HOT)
Sun - Swim Angel Danskin Webster Lake - swam 1 mile+ (lets call it 1800 yds)

TOTAL TIME: 350 minutes (approx.)/5.88 hours

Not bad, I made every workout but the short run on Wednesday, but made up for that by increasing my distance on Saturday. I really want to keep on swimming 2x a week, so I'll either do that, and swim in rest days, or add a swim to the short run days. And I need to keep on getting on the bike -- which I entirely failed to do this week. Sigh.

Coming up for the week of 7/31:

Mon - Yoga (done - 45 mins)
Tues - Run 3 (done, 41:00)
Wed - Run 2 (planning on fartleks, will try to swim after work as well) (2.3 miles w/ 1/1 fartleks)
Thurs - Run 3 + lift (REST)
Fri - Rest (may try an AM swim) (Run 3+, 46 mins -- not sure why I was so so slow. Pilates or swimming after work tonight).
Sat - Cross (Bike, Bike, Bike)
Sun - Long Run (6-8)