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My HR monitor is alive!!!

This morning I had a speedy swim and a fast run. Both were hard and I am learning how much I don't like speed...nor have much of it in my body. I think I need to devote an entire week to speed workouts. I just feel like I only have one speed no matter if I am trying to go fast, tempo or slow. Yesterday Karel fixed my Polar HR monitor watch which has been dead since Oct 2007. We ordered batteries for my chest strap and monitor from because Karel said that he could fix it himself, rather than send in the watch to Polar. Well, Karel didn't let me down and I have my watch back!!! I loved that watch for the entire time that I wore it in 2007 and it became a big part of my training. I love training with HR! There was an exciting moment when I started changing the settings of the watch last night on the couch. After I set the time and date, I went to the File setting and realized that my last workout was still stored in the watch. The date read October 13th and the time


I guess I am doing something right because my muscles are getting stronger as I walk a little slower during the day :) I only say my muscles are getting stronger because I am doing a lot of work in the pool, on the bike and on the all this hard work better pay off! Most of all, I am finding myself finally looking forward to training sessions because I always have a scheduled workout and goals to meet. Even if I don't reach/meet those goals, I feel like I am overcoming a lot of mental barriers by having a coach (and supportive husband) to hold me accountable to my workouts. But, I have to say if I didn't like what I was doing, I wouldn't do it all worth it no matter what happens in the future. I love having a healthy body. 27 degrees this morning! Yes, warm and sunny Jacksonville, Florida was in a freeze watch last night. BRRR. My alarm went off at 5:20am and I couldn't wait to have my warm coffee in my body. I grabbed a quick snack (1/2 sheet Wasa

Happy Obama day!!!

No matter who you voted for, I think this is such a historic and momentous day for everyone! I am hooked to the coverage on the Today show and I will be glued to the TV for the next few hours. Eventually, in the late afternoon (after I spend a few hours studyging) I will get off the couch and head to the Y with Karel so I can get in my 30 min run and a little lifting. Campy is super excited for today....doesn't it show??? :) Yesterday was an active recovery day. Every now and then I look forward to a day of nothing but rest but usually I like to do some type of non weight bearing activity such as a swim or spin on my bike. Monday morning I was in the water at 6am and it was MUCH warmer than sat. I even called at 530 on my way to the Y to see if the water was warmer. I am over my days of college swimming in cold water (75 degrees) and I crave a nice 78 degree pool. I swim much better in cooler water but I just wish I could have warm water for the warm-up and then manually control th

Staying indoors

I don't know how you all do it? I am not going to question why you do it because you have no other options. However, how you do it every single day, every single weekend just blows my mind. This weekend we experienced the 20's and it was cold! I have good cycling clothes for about 40-50-degree weather but nothing to get me through a 30-degree morning of outdoor training. My schedule had me doing a 14 mile run on saturday and a 70 mile ride + 30 min run on sunday. I knew Saturday morning outside was out of the question because I don't have good running gear for a cold long run. My plan for the weekend was to mentally tough it up and run on the treadmill for 14 miles. I "ran" my way through graduate school (literally) so I am use to LONG runs on the treadmill. I remember having piles of notes and notebooks on the treadmill during my 15, 18 and 20 mile runs. Back then (2006) I didn't really know what I was doing so among my piles of papers I only drank water an